An electric roaster is a great addition to your kitchen. You can cook the juiciest, and most tender turkey in less time than regular ovens. Note that it is not only for turkey roasting; you can cook or bake anything that you prepare with your regular oven. It is a versatile piece of kitchen appliance. Hamilton Beach 22 Quart is one of the highest capacity electric roaster ovens out there. So, if you are looking for a yummy and stress-free way to cook for a huge gathering or large family dinner, then you found your solution.

HAMILTON BEACH 28 lb 22 Quart Roaster Oven – Self-basting lid


I like the attractive stainless-steel finish of this roaster oven as it blends with my other appliances in the kitchen. This is my large size electric roaster that I use when I have too many guests coming by. You can easily cook a turkey as big as 28 pounds. It is also useful for making large volume soup and stew for big social events.

Electric roaster oven makes the most moist and tender turkey roast wth the self-basting lid. Make sure yoours also come with cold handles as electric roasters tend to get very hot while you are cooking meat in them. ALways use a meat thermometer to check if the turkey is done. 165F is the best temeprature for a welldone turkey. If you don’t have a meat thermomet, then pierce the legs; if the juice comes out clear then your turkey is cooked, done and ready. If the juice comes out pinky then it needs more time in the oven.

Hamilton Beach 22 Qt electric roaster comes with a self-basting lid, which is a very important feature when you are cooking a turkey. Self-basting lid means is that there are ridges underneath the lid that collect the steam and make it rain back on the food. This makes the meat moist and tender. It is essential and I always look out for this one whenever I am shopping for a new electric roaster. Also note that the lid has a high dome design to allow for extra-large birds to fit effortlessly.

There is one unique feature that you will not see in other electric roasters; cold handles on the sides. Electric roasters tend get really hot while they are in use. My other roasters also have cold handles, but they are set on top of the lid. Hamilton Beach placed the stay cool handles on the sides, which is marvelous when you want to move tor roaster oven while it is still hot. So, it is more portable than other brands.

The pan is enamel coated and removable. It is easy to clean but I highly suggest that you use pan liners. It just makes your life easier. The pan is a bit too big; and there is no reason to struggle with it in the sink. Add the pan liner before you start cooking, and then throw away once you are done.

This 22 Qt model comes with a handy lift-out rack that enables you to remove the meat once it is done. However, I suggest using turkey lifter forks instead since you can also carve the turkey with them. Plus, you can keep your hands clean if you do so.

Temperature range is the same with all other electric roaster ovens; 150°F to 450°F. Keep in mind that you can also slow cook with this roaster oven. It is easy to convert to the slow cooker settings; just turn the temperature knob to 200°F for LO, and 250°F for HI.

Most electric roaster ovens are versatile. This one is no different; you can roast, cook, bake, and also serve in it.

Hamilton Beach 28 lb 22-Quart Roaster Oven with Self-Basting...

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  • 5 x 10.5 x 24 inches
  • Weighs 5.6 pounds
  • 22 Quart capacity that can hold turkeys up to 28 pounds
  • Removable pan; enamel coating
  • Includes lift-out-rack to remove the food from oven after its cooked

How to Use an Electric Roaster?

You can use your roaster oven just like the regular convection one. An electric roaster is a practical solution for those who have limited space in the kitchen. It is your second oven that clears up more space for the stovetop and big oven to cook additional meals and side dishes.

It is convenient because of the small space inside, and the steam circulating feature that makes turkey and other meats juicier and tender.

Notes on using the electric roaster efficiently:

  • Never add water in the roaster pan when cooking turkey unless you are using a pan liner.
  • Always use the rack when roasting and put the meat on it. This will keep the meat away from its fat drippings.
  • Use a pan liner for easy cleaning; you just take out the liner once you are done cooking and wipe with a clean damp cloth (after the roaster oven cools down).
  • Do not open the lid while the meat is cooking as steam and aroma will escape. Monitor the status with a wireless meat thermometer.
  • Before cooking the turkey, brush olive oil or melted butter all over the bird.
  • For additional browning add 2 tablespoons of honey or browning sauce to the melted butter before rubbing.
  • You can use wine or beer in addition to the water in the pan while roasting beef briskets. Doing so will enhance flavors immensely.

What Temperature Should I Cook the Turkey in an Electric Roaster?

The best method and temperature for cooking turkey fast and well is to roast it at 450°F for half an hour, which is the highest setting on the electric roaster oven, and then continue to cook at 325°F until the meat thermometer reads 165°F on the breast, and 175°F around the thighs. Make sure the food thermometer is not touching the bones. Drop 20°F from the above temperatures if you are using a pan liner, since the water under the liner will increase the heat with extra steam.

Can I Put Turkey In A Bag In My Roaster?

If you put the turkey in a bag in an electric roaster, then the browning of the turkey will be improved, and the meat will have a better color overall. We use bags in regular ovens in order to create a smaller environment with steam. This helps to cook the meat faster. An electric roaster already gives you these features without the need for a bag. You can still use a cooking bag in the roaster oven, but you have to be careful, and make sure that it is not touching the sides, or the lid.

Does an Electric Roaster Cook Faster Than an Oven?

Electric roaster uses less energy and cooks in less time. Approximately, it is about %30 faster than the regular convection oven due to its size. It has been reported that an electric roaster oven can save about %36 energy when compared to regular big convection ovens. The smaller size of the electric roaster also allows to circulate the aroma and steam inside.

In Conclusion

I have to admit that I have a passion for Thanksgiving Day. It just brings good old memories from the past. Especially the ones that involve the long Black Friday lines in front of stores. Nothing beats a great dinner with family and friends and having a few laughs, but shopping is fun too! That’s how we live in modern times; a few good moments with your loved ones and lots of other stuff. So, make sure you spread some love over the holidays season; cook the most tender and moist turkey and enjoy with your guests. Hamilton Beach 22 Qt is a talented electric roaster oven and can cook turkeys up to 28 pounds. Like to smoke your turkey instead? Then check out Oster Smoker Roaster Oven for the perfect outdoor roasting.

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