The Best Turkey Frying Disasters On The Internet

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It's Thanksgiving, which means it's time to be thankful for morons who attempt to fry their own turkeys. Here they are: The very best of the biggest Turkey Fryer Fails we found on the internet. Be safe!

Top image from the Springdale Public Schools turkey safety video.

The Homemade Turkey Fryer

"Homemade turkey fryer" or pot with oil over an open flame? Either way, if you have to drop your turkey via 5-foot pole, you're doing something wrong. Note this particular gem has brought a lot of speculation with it; seems like the good time gang associated with this blunder is a little too aware of what they are up to. Also, it may not be a turkey.

Inside The Garage

Step one: place fireball under roof of house. Step two: profit.

Barefoot BBQ

When operating over gallons of boiling oil, it's best to remove your socks and shoes first.


Who suggested leaning the pot up against the house?

"We Should Definitely Call The Fire Department"

But first maybe don't try and fry a turkey over your wooden deck. Extra points for the "quick, get a pan of water" idea.


Kudos for having the fire extinguisher nearby (fingers crossed this is the appropriate "type K" extinguisher used for combustable cooking oil SAFETY WHAT!). Negative points for filling the pot with too much oil, using the wrong kind of stove, using a pot that's too small, and hovering your crotch over the boiling oil.


Things took a turn for the worse that day in Margaritaville.

"House Is On Fire Turkey Music Video"

We have no idea what is going on here, but it's really intense.

Another Classic Indoor Turkey Frying

The title of this video is "How Not To Fry A Turkey."

Absent Minded Fryer

They left the fryer on all night. And now you should call the fire department.

Babies Love Hot Oil

Actually this person has all the recommended safety precautions in place, minus his naked child a few feet away.

Thanksgiving Is Cancelled

Thanksgiving is cancelled.

Blame It on the Thermometer

Hey Turkey, YA BURNT.

Countdown to Turkey Explosion

Double points for setting the kid's playground ablaze. Santa says "YOU'VE BEEN BAD."

The Professionals

And now a couple of "fried turkey safety" posts created by various firefighters. Yes, they are doing everything wrong — but even these look safer than what's above.

Professional Turkey Explosion created by Springdale Public Schools.

Just in case you actually want to attempt frying your turkey without destroying your home, here's a very good infographic from Live Science explaining in great detail what you should be doing.


This is an io9 flashback. This article originally appeared on November 27th, 2013.