How To Make Your Oven Into A Turbo Broiler

You can use your oven like a turbo broiler.

If you grew up using a turbo broiler to cook a whole chicken, you know how fast and easy it is to use. The turbo broiler was once the “oven” of the home cook. This home appliance is an old school appliance, but it’s just as effective and useful to home cooks then as it is now.  

Did you have one and miss the way it “broiled” a whole chicken in less than an hour? If you do, you are not alone. Many home cooks miss having a turbo broiler at home but have graduated to either the air fryer or an oven. 

This oven has settings that you can use to roast a chicken rotisserie style or an air fryer with the fan setting on.
This oven has an oven fan function that you can turn on and off.
Photo by Roselle Miranda

If you miss having the speed and convenience of a turbo broiler, we know how you can use your oven as if it were a turbo broiler. The change from an oven to an appliance that is like a turbo broiler is easy and simple. Most modern ovens have both of these settings, and both can be turned on and off. These settings are:

  • • top heat
  • • oven fan

The main heating element of the turbo broiler is on the heavy lid. The lid also houses the fan. It’s these two functions that can help your oven mimic the turbo broiler.     

If you have these two settings on your oven, you can turn your oven into a turbo broiler. Here’s how to do it: 

  1. 1. Turn the oven on and set it to the desired temperature. 
  2. 2. Turn the bottom heat “Off” and the top heat “On”. 
  3. 3. Turn “On” the oven fan. 
  4. 4. Place your oven rack as close as possible to the top heating element with just enough room for your baking pan or dish to fit. 
  5. 5. Place your food in the oven and turbo broil in the time indicated in the recipe, adjusting the broiling time as needed.    

Are you still thinking about what to cook in your oven that you used to cook in your turbo broiler? If you are, try these tips and recipes that can bring back the nostalgia of those dishes back in your kitchen.  



Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

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