Who doesn’t love the flavor of grilled foods? Whether you want to grill vegetables, paninis, or steaks, electric grills bring the joy of outdoor grilling into your own kitchen. No need for favorable weather here. Electric grilling isn’t one size fits all, however. There are a variety of grills that suit a variety of needs. You can purchase anything from a simple panini press to an impressive outdoor grill that will rival those bulky propane units.
Prices on electric grills can vary as well. Price is often determined by the unit’s flexibility, technology, and the number of heating functions a grill can perform. However, it’s possible to find an affordable grill that will help you cook like a pro. Below are the top ten electric grills.
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1. George Foreman 4-Serving Removable Plate Grill and Panini Press
This large surface indoor grill is big enough to cook four servings at once. The one-inch adjustable folding hinge provides sufficient space for a variety of meats and vegetables. The sloped grill surface drains up to 42% of the fat away for healthier portions while the new improved non-stick surface reduces the need for oil or butter. Removable plates make this indoor grill easy to clean. This George Foreman grill is a super affordable way to grill indoors.
2. T-fal GC70 OptiGrill
This innovative grill is the first to automatically adjust its grilling cycles to suit the thickness of the food. Preheating and ready lights indicate when the grill is ready to use while audible beeps for rare, medium, and well allow precise temperature cooking. This grill has six pre-programmed settings (burger, poultry, sandwich, sausage, red meat, and fish) and two cooking modes, one for frozen foods and one for manual temperature control. The nonstick removable plates are made of die-cast aluminum and are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
3. All-Clad PG710850 AutoSense Stainless Steel Electric Grill
This high-end indoor electric grill is designed for precision cooking for the discerning chef. Proprietary autosensing technology adapts to the type, thickness, and quantity of ingredients being grilled. Five cooking indicators notify you when meats have reached desired temperature levels. Custom control temperature levels include rare, medium rare, medium, medium well-done and well-done. The grill also includes six pre-program modes, including burger, chicken, sandwich, pork, red meat, and fish. Removable non-stick plates and drip tray are dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.
4. Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler
Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler is one of the most flexible indoor grills on the market, operating as a contact grill, full grill, full griddle and half grill/half griddle, and panini press. The adjustable floating lid allows for a variety of thicknesses while the sturdy panini-style handle stays cool to the touch. Integrated drip tray collects grease that drains away from food for healthy cooking. Temperature controls can be set for griddle or grill functions. The non-stick plates are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. This multi-purpose grill comes with a scraping tool and gourmet recipes to help you get the most out of your 5-in-1 griddle experience.
5. George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill
This remarkable electric grill has 240 square inches of grilling surface, making this the perfect electric grill for tailgating, camping, or even apartments. The large grilling surface accommodates 15 servings at one time. Unlike many outdoor grills, the George Foreman grill has a non-stick surface that makes it durable, easy to clean, and eliminates the need for butter or oil, resulting in healthier meals. The temperature probe has five settings for precise heat control. The removable stand provides height and stability outdoors and a compact profile inside.
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6. Char-Broil 17602047 Infrared Electric Patio Bistro
This high-end electric grill boasts 240 square inches of grilling surface and an eighty square inch warming rack, enough space to cook 8 to 12 hamburgers at once. The innovative TRU-infrared cooking system cooks food evenly and the temperature control knob allows for precision heating. The cooking grates are made of porcelain-coated cast iron, making them are rust-resistant and easy to clean. An extra capacity grease tray is porcelain coated and easily accessible. Rear wheels and folding side trays make the unit easy to move, serving as the perfect outdoor grill.
7. Techwood Electric Raclette Grill
Host your own raclette party with this 8-person electric raclette grill. The 1200W heating element delivers powerful cooking so the cooking surface can heat up quickly and evenly. The non-stick surface allows for healthy grilling and is easy to clean. Cook meat and veggies on the top plate and cheese or sauce in the eight raclette dish holders. Each raclette dish holder has a non-stick coating and heatproof handles. Cooking temperatures range from warm to sear (392 – 536 degrees Fahrenheit). Fire up the grill and call over some friends for a one of a kind party.
8. Weber Q1400 Electric Grill
The Weber Q1400 Electric Grill is a large capacity powerhouse. With a 189 square-inch cooking surface and a 1560-watt electric heating element, this is the urban barbecue must-have. Designed with cast aluminum body and lid, porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates, and glass-reinforced nylon frame this durable grill is built to last. A six-foot grounded cord makes it easy to place this grill where needed. The Weber Q1400 Electric Grill promises authentic grill taste in a compact grill design.
9. Hot Shot Indoor Electric Smokeless Grill
The Charles Oakley’s Hot Shot Grill is designed with dual cooking surfaces: a flat griddle plate and non-stick grill grates. The Hot Shot promises to deliver the authentic char-grilled texture and grill marks of a charcoal grill without the smoke and ashy mess of a traditional grill. The advanced airflow technology and state-of-the-art smoke-capture fan help maintain clean air quality while cooking indoors. The grill is portable and compact, making it easy to take anywhere, and the mess-free drip tray promotes healthy cooking and is easy to clean.
10. Hamilton Beach 25462Z Panini Press Gourmet Sandwich Maker
This simple and inexpensive grill is perfect for making fresh paninis at home. The café-style floating lid presses sandwiches evenly and is able to grill sandwiches of various thicknesses. The lid can be locked in place to warm open-face sandwiches. Power and preheat lights indicate when the grill is on and when it is ready to use. The 10” x 8” cooking surface is large enough to cook two paninis at once, yet upright storage makes it a great space saver.
Grilling is often a healthier food preparation option that also tastes great. With so many options to choose from, it might be hard to narrow it down to just one. Whatever option you select, an electric grill is sure to bring a unique flair to daily cuisine.
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By BCR Staff