7  Best Indoor Grills for Delicious Cooking

7 Best Indoor Grills for Delicious Cooking

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After 17 hours of research evaluating 85 products, we picked T-fal OptiGrill Stainless Steel Indoor Electric Grill in Silver as our top choice.

It's difficult to imagine life without BBQ. Even if you're not a serious meat lover, you have to appreciate the way a grill cooks those vegetables, right?

Clearly, most Americans love their food grilled. According to Mintel’s Grilling and Barbecuing Report, 80 percent of American households own at least one grill. More recently, the concept of an indoor grill has become popularized. 

Here's why:

The point of a grill is the incredible meat it makes. The trouble is, though, that some apartment buildings and condos simply don't allow for gas or charcoal grills. And those long, winter months make it almost impossible to enjoy grilled foods.

But how do you know you are buying the best indoor grill available?

We researched the best indoor grills market, from the humble stove top grill to appliances that doubled up as panini presses (and, we promise that we looked at every Foreman grill out there as well). We’re absolutely serious about our top fave – and found plenty of others to fall in love with as well.

Now, isn't it time you imagined a winter with grilled meats?

Why trust us: Faveable has spent thousands of hours researching, interviewing experts, and testing products to come up with carefully selected lists trusted by millions of consumers since 2013.

Best Indoor Grills

  • 7. Stove Top Smokeless Grill Indoor BBQ
  • 6. George Foreman 4-Serving Removable Plate Grill in Black
  • 5. Delonghi Perfecto Indoor Grill
  • 4. Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill
  • 3. Hamilton Beach Indoor Flavor-Searing Grill
  • 2. George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill in Black
  • 1. T-fal OptiGrill Stainless Steel Indoor Electric Grill in Silver

Best Stovetop Grill

#7

Stove Top Smokeless Grill Indoor BBQ

Best Stovetop Grill: Stove Top Smokeless Grill Indoor BBQ
Ease of use
9.0
Cooking features
9.0
Temperature control
8.5
Cleaning
8.0
Value
9.5
Overall
88%
88 % Editor Score
80 % User Score
3,556 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Super easy clean up
  • Delicious-flavored meat on any electric or gas stove
  • Great for grilling in apartments and small homes

This little product can be easily pulled out of the cupboard for a taste of grilled foods, regardless of the season. It fits easily onto stovetops to seal in the flavor while losing the fat. (And, look at the price!)

Unlike the electric indoor grills, this won’t leave those lovely grill marks. And, it’s not exactly smokeless, though it produces very little smoke.

Expert Ratings

Ease of use

9.0 / 10

This grill top sits on top of your stove and features a full drip pan that can actually be used for steaming foods if you need a change of pace.

Cooking features

9.0 / 10

It doesn’t do bad with meats, and you’ll certainly get the hang of the smaller surface of this non-stick coated grill, but we actually think it does a better job with veggies. You be the judge!

Temperature control

8.5 / 10

You’re at the mercy of your stove on this one. If you have an old model that barely heats on one burner, that’s what you’re going to get.

Cleaning

8.0 / 10

You can put this in the dishwasher, but you will get a lot more use out of it if you hand wash it after cooking. Hint: soaking this baby for a bit will make that even easier.

Value

9.5 / 10

This is our top pick for budget indoor grills because you’ll get it for less than $20. There are zero bells and whistles, but it’s cheap enough to be disposable. How can you not love that?

Overall Editor Score

8.8 / 10

Best Indoor Grill for Steaks

#6

George Foreman 4-Serving Removable Plate Grill in Black

Best Indoor Grill for Steaks: George Foreman 4-Serving Removable Plate Grill in Black
Ease of use
9.0
Cooking features
9.5
Temperature control
8.0
Cleaning
8.5
Value
9.5
Overall
89%
89 % Editor Score
85 % User Score
2,700 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Easy to clean drip tray and grill
  • Great product and price
  • Convenient; cooks four steaks at once

This awesome Foreman grill has a hinge that allows the top of the grill to adjust around the thickness of your food. You could have steak meals for four in just ten minutes. Plus, if you want to give that meat the perfect sear, this is the grill that gets the job done right!

There’s no on/off switch; when you plug it in, it’s on. And, some users find this is really only big enough for two people, though that’s likely to depend on the portion sizes in your household.

Expert Ratings

Ease of use

9.0 / 10

Yep, this is an electric grill, and you’ll need to be a little careful as the power cord is the only means of turning the electrical current on and off.

Cooking features

9.5 / 10

You can use this for everything from burgers to chicken, but we think it’s particularly useful for steaks. It’s the Foreman, fat-removing system though, so although it works on most foods, those with a little fat tend to do better. The fact that you can adjust the grill height makes it easy to adapt it to the thickness of your steaks. It's the perfect grill for those who want a killer steak every time!

 

Temperature control

8.0 / 10

This is where this particular George Foreman grill falls a little flat. All you can do is plug it in; there are no temperature controls. You’ll need to keep an eye on your food yourself. (But before you move along, just take a look at the price.)

 

Cleaning

8.5 / 10

It’s a little surprising given the price of this appliance, but the plates and drip tray are removable and dishwasher safe. We would advise you to keep the machine closed while it cools so that food doesn’t dry onto the plates.

Value

9.5 / 10

Less than $30? We’ve just thrown a little party. This is an awesome indoor grill for beginnings, anyone on a budget, and for people who are just looking for the perfectly cooked steak.

 

Overall Editor Score

8.9 / 10

Best Indoor Grill for Feeding a Crowd

#5

Delonghi Perfecto Indoor Grill

Best Indoor Grill for Feeding a Crowd: Delonghi Perfecto Indoor Grill
Ease of use
9.0
Cooking features
9.0
Temperature control
8.5
Cleaning
8.0
Value
9.0
Overall
87%
87 % Editor Score
85 % User Score
3,544 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Large cooking surface to feed the whole family
  • Great for apartment and condo living
  • Cooks foods quickly and evenly

This is one of the biggest indoor grills that you can find; if you have a larger family (or can’t get enough of freezer cooking) – this is the one for you. And, that lid keeps food juicy even after cooking.

The non-stick coating on this indoor electric grill does wear down after time. That means this baby has a limited lifespan, but at least you’re not paying through your teeth for it.

Expert Ratings

Ease of use

9.0 / 10

As you would expect, this is one of those indoor electric grills that sits on a countertop fairly close to an outlet. Keep in mind this is one of the larger countertop grills, so make sure you have the room to accomodate it.

 

Cooking features

9.0 / 10

You get a drip tray with this appliance, so you know it’s good for meats. But, it doesn’t do a bad job with veggies either. The embedded heating element means the grill distributes heat evenly. That’s great if you’re cooking the same foods across this grill. The lack of hotter and colder sides, however, means you’ll need to pay attention if you’re cooking veggies as well as thick steaks.

 

Temperature control

8.5 / 10

You get an adjustable (and removable) thermostat along with a dial of heat settings (from one to five). It’s not the most advanced temp control system, but you do get that evenly cooked food.

 

Cleaning

8.0 / 10

Nope. It’s got a non-stick coating. You’ll need to wipe the drip tray and the grill plates clean. Same goes for the body of the appliance. At that point, you may as well hand wash the glass lid too. Sorry.

 

Value

9.0 / 10

For less than $55, you can have an indoor electric grill that feeds a crowd of people. Now, the grill plate is non-stick coated, so you will need to work a little harder to protect your investment, but what appliance lasts forever (especially at this price point)?

 

Overall Editor Score

8.7 / 10

Best for Precise Temperature Grilling

#4

Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill

Best for Precise Temperature Grilling: Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill
Ease of use
9.5
Cooking features
9.0
Temperature control
9.5
Cleaning
9.5
Value
8.5
Overall
92%
92 % Editor Score
88 % User Score
4,105 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Most precise temperature controls on the market
  • Totally worth the premium price
  • Heats evenly and quickly (and makes great sandwiches and steaks)

This is a talented little machine that allows you to do everything, from grilling burgers to making amazing sandwiches. The heating system is rather advanced for indoor electric grills and the digital display makes it easy to know what’s going on inside.

The machine itself isn’t cheap, and you’ll probably want to buy some extra plates in order to maximize use of this machine. It’s not really for hobbyists, but for those who know EXACTLY how to cook the perfect steak every time.

Expert Ratings

Ease of use

9.5 / 10

This awesome appliance is an electric grill, griddle, and press in one. And it does each one of those things really, really well.

 

Cooking features

9.0 / 10

Meats are a solid option, as you would expect from any indoor grill of this caliber. But, c’mon, this baby has a dedicated panini setting and we’re still dancing around the room about that.

 

Temperature control

9.5 / 10

Yes, yes, yes. You can adjust the temperature between 310 and 450ºF. The digital readout shows you when the temperature is in the right place and if it dips at any point. There’s also a searing option. And, then there’s that dance-worthy panini setting that you and everyone you know will rave about. Add to that the six adjustable height settings and you’ve got yourself a machine to love.

 

Cleaning

9.5 / 10

Oh yes. It’s just what you would expect for the price, isn’t it? Dishwasher-safe plates and a removable drip tray.

 

Value

8.5 / 10

Yes. We wish it wasn’t so expensive - $270 is a lot to pay for an indoor grill. Then again, if you use it all the time, you won’t mind the splurge.

Overall Editor Score

9.2 / 10

Best Indoor Grill on a Budget

#3

Hamilton Beach Indoor Flavor-Searing Grill

Best Indoor Grill on a Budget: Hamilton Beach Indoor Flavor-Searing Grill
Ease of use
9.0
Cooking features
9.0
Temperature control
9.0
Cleaning
9.0
Value
9.5
Overall
91%
91 % Editor Score
92 % User Score
6,841 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Inexpensive, yet beautifully reliable
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Great for indoors

The searing function on this indoor electric grill will make your food taste like it’s been cooked on your outdoor grill. You can perfectly sear the flavors on the inside before reducing the heat. At the low price tag, this is a grill that just can't be beat!

You will need to be careful using this grill in small spaces; it does tend to smoke a lot. Also you need to make sure this appliance is pre-heated properly before using. 

Expert Ratings

Ease of use

9.0 / 10

You can use this electric appliance as both a grill and a press. And, it does both remarkably well.

 

Cooking features

9.0 / 10

Think meats and sandwiches when looking at this particular model. We think it does the meats much better, but the sandwich function makes this a viable machine year-round.

 

Temperature control

9.0 / 10

You will have some control over the temperature, but it all comes from a single dial that allows for settings between 200 and 400 (plus seer). There is an indicator light and that’s rather useful since it is important to heat this machine before adding your foods to it.

 

Cleaning

9.0 / 10

The removable hood, grill plate, and drip tray are dishwasher-safe. And that’s a real bonus, but you may need to wangle to get the hood in. After all, you can fit up to eight servings on the nearly 120 inches of non-stick grilling space.

 

Value

9.5 / 10

Considering what this indoor electric grill does and how well it does it, you should expect it to cost more. We would have gotten it wrong on The Price Is Right, overshooting by a good $20. You’ll probably pay less than $55 depending on the time of year you buy.

 

Overall Editor Score

9.1 / 10

Best Indoor & Outdoor Grill

#2

George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill in Black

Best Indoor & Outdoor Grill: George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill in Black
Ease of use
9.5
Cooking Features
9.5
Temperature control
9.0
Cleaning
9.5
Value
9.5
Overall
94%
94 % Editor Score
95 % User Score
3,319 Bought

Why People Love it

  • Fantastically easy to clean
  • Convenient size for storing and using
  • Perfect for apartment and condo balconies

This grill works wonders when you’re short on space; it can be used on a tabletop or with the pedestal it comes with. In addition to the mini outdoor grill you expect, this one also has a (Foreman – style) sloping grate base to draw the fat away from your food. It's excellent for using indoors and outdoors thanks to its low smoke output!

While many think running this on electricity makes it as easy as 1-2-3, there are those that feel it’s a big hassle. And yes, you need to be very careful if you’re running an extension cord.

Expert Ratings

Ease of use

9.5 / 10

No need to keep gas canisters or charcoal on hand for this grill; this George Forman grill works anywhere you have an electrical plug point. That’s right; this baby is electric even though it functions mostly the same as an outdoor grill. The grill plate does, however, have a fat collection tray. Which is just what you would expect from Foreman, even if it were not the sort of thing you would find on most outdoor grills.

 

Cooking Features

9.5 / 10

If you aren’t aware of the way a Foreman grill works, we urge you to consider watching this classic infomercial from 1996. Yes, the ol’ boxer has been changing people’s eating habits for that long. In any case, this indoor grill is best for cooking meats because it removes all the extra fat, leaving your meats healthy and lean.

Temperature control

9.0 / 10

There’s a single control dial that allows you to make adjustments from low to high. You may need to fiddle with it a bit, but it doesn’t take long to get it right.

Cleaning

9.5 / 10

The grill plate is wonderfully dishwasher-safe, as is the removable drip tray. Both of those will make your life easier, though we urge you to get those pieces washed as soon as they are cool enough. The body of this unit is an electrical appliance, though, so that’s a wipe-with-damp-cloth sort of thing.

 

Value

9.5 / 10

The price on this puppy is less than $80, which isn’t bad for the product you get. In fact, we’d say it’s a steal for anyone that loves to grill but is relegated to working on a balcony (or hiding in the kitchen). You can also get a two-year or three-year protection plan to safeguard your investment. We kind of love that.

 

Overall Editor Score

9.4 / 10

Best Overall Indoor Grill

#1

T-fal OptiGrill Stainless Steel Indoor Electric Grill in Silver

Best Overall Indoor Grill: T-fal OptiGrill Stainless Steel Indoor Electric Grill in Silver
Ease of use
9.0
Cooking features
9.5
Temperature Control
9.5
Cleaning
9.0
Value
9.5
Overall
93%
93 % Editor Score
97 % User Score
14,532 Bought

Why People Love it

  • This press is easier to clean than you’d expect from an appliance
  • Designed for easy use (even with all those programs)
  • Consistent cooking and easy grilling

Don’t confuse this indoor grill with your average food press; its cooking cycles adapt to the thickness of foods on it. And, there are six different cooking programs so you can always get it right without having to lift a finger to fiddle with temperature controls!

This isn’t the largest grill; the four-serving size really cooks for about two people (unless you really pack it tight). More importantly, it's not great with uneven cuts of meat. 

Expert Ratings

Ease of use

9.0 / 10

This electric press leaves those lovely griddle marks on your food. That makes it easy to wow guests (and your family). And, it’s a convenient size to place on the counter near a plug point. You may have a little more trouble finding the space for the eight-serving grill, but it’s not that bad.

 

Cooking features

9.5 / 10

This indoor electric grill has a drip tray for catching fats, which makes it perfect for grilling meats. It seems to nail chicken every time.

 

Temperature Control

9.5 / 10

Hold the phone, you get a whole lot of options here. There are six automatic cooking programs (burger, fish, poultry, red meat, sandwich, and sausage). That’s usually enough to make a home cook excited, but it gets better still. There’s a cooking level indicator accompanied by audible beeps that alert you to the current stage of your meat – rare, medium and well-done. Interestingly, there’s also a manual setting and the ability to cook meats from frozen. (Did you just fall off your chair; we did when we found out for the first time.)

 

Cleaning

9.0 / 10

Yep, the drip-tray and the removable plates are dishwasher-safe. But, we urge you to read the manual regarding the removal and positioning of those plates; it's not always as easy as you would think. And, you really don’t want to apply too much force.

 

Value

9.5 / 10

You’ll pay about $150 for this indoor electric grill, but you’ll get plenty of features for that price. Almost as many as (and sometimes more than) indoor grills in the highest price bracket. Add in the 1-year limited warranty and you know you've got an incredible little indoor grill.

 

Overall Editor Score

9.3 / 10

Faveable Ratings: 7 Best Indoor Grills for Delicious Cooking

7 Best Indoor Grills for Delicious Cooking Ease of useCooking FeaturesTemperature controlCleaningValueOverall
T-fal OptiGrill Stainless Steel Indoor Electric Grill in Silver Thumbnail
Best Overall Indoor Grill
#1T-fal OptiGrill Stainless Steel Indoor Electric Grill in Silver
9.0
9.5
9.5
9.0
9.5
93
George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill in Black Thumbnail
Best Indoor & Outdoor Grill
#2George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill in Black
9.5
9.5
9.0
9.5
9.5
94
Hamilton Beach Indoor Flavor-Searing Grill Thumbnail
Best Indoor Grill on a Budget
#3Hamilton Beach Indoor Flavor-Searing Grill
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.5
91
Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill Thumbnail
Best for Precise Temperature Grilling
#4Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill
9.5
9.0
9.5
9.5
8.5
92
Delonghi Perfecto Indoor Grill Thumbnail
Best Indoor Grill for Feeding a Crowd
#5Delonghi Perfecto Indoor Grill
9.0
9.0
8.5
8.0
9.0
87
George Foreman 4-Serving Removable Plate Grill in Black Thumbnail
Best Indoor Grill for Steaks
#6George Foreman 4-Serving Removable Plate Grill in Black
9.0
9.5
8.0
8.5
9.5
89
Stove Top Smokeless Grill Indoor BBQ Thumbnail
Best Stovetop Grill
#7Stove Top Smokeless Grill Indoor BBQ
9.0
9.0
8.5
8.0
9.5
88

Faveable Expert Tips

Types of Indoor Grills

Just like outdoor grills, indoor grills come in many different shapes, sizes, and types. Indoor grills can be broken down into three main categories:

Stovetop Grill – This is essentially a grill setup that you place atop your kitchen stove. It uses the gas or electric power of your stove to generate heat, but it is shaped in the griddle/grill design of a standard outdoor grill.

The beauty of a stovetop grill is that it gives you total control over the cooking temperatures using your stove's knobs/controls. The rack is placed atop the heat source (your stove), and you place your food to cook on the rack. Simple and easy!

On the downside, there is no way to prevent the liquid (grease, drippings, water, sauces, etc.) from dripping onto your stove.

Open Countertop Grill – An open countertop grill is an electric indoor grill designed to sit on your countertop, generating its own power to heat up the grill (rather than using the stove). Think of these open grills as a hot plate (compact electrical burner) with a grill/griddle integrated into the design.

The beauty of these open countertop grills is that they usually offer more cooking surface than closed countertop grills. The knobs or buttons give you total control over the heat generated, so you can grill your food with as low/high heat as you want.

However, the lack of lid means the grease, liquids, and oils from your food are prone to splash and spray around the kitchen. They're definitely messier than closed countertop grills. Plus, you only cook your food one side at a time, so cook time is longer.

Closed Countertop Grill – A closed countertop grill is an electric indoor grill that sits on your countertop, generating its own power to heat up the grill. However, instead of an open design, these grills come with a lid that closes on your food. This helps to speed up cook time, as the grill can cook the food both sides at the same time. In addition to cooking meat, you can grill veggies, paninis, sandwiches, and even fruits.

On the downside, closed countertop grills are less versatile than open grills, as you have to cook foods that are thin enough that the grill can still close properly. You also get less surface space with a closed grill.

Indoor Grill Buying Guide

When shopping for an indoor grill, chances are you're going to opt for either an open or closed countertop grill rather than a stovetop. The electric-powered grills produce less smoke than stovetop grills, and they provide a much more even heating surface for efficient cooking.

Here is what you need to evaluate when shopping for an indoor grill:

Surface Capacity – You need to think about the size of your family when evaluating the surface capacity of an indoor grill.

  • Open countertop grills usually have a surface capacity of 100 to 140 square inches, which can fit enough food for 2-4 people at a time.
  • Closed countertop grills usually have a surface capacity of 72 to 200 square inches, which can fit enough food for 2-6 people at a time.

The reason closed countertop grills have a higher surface capacity is due to their dual surfaces (grill and lid). These dual surfaces can cook both top and bottom of your food at the same time, meaning a shorter cook time.

Size – Once again, choose a grill size according to the number of people you'll be cooking for. Open grills tend to be larger, as the single surface must be wider and longer in order to offer more surface capacity. Closed grills can be smaller and more compact, as the lid and grill give you more surface capacity to cook with.

However, open grills can handle more food at a time, though you can only cook one side. On the other hand, closed grills can fit less food on the grill at once, but both sides are cooked at once.

If you have plenty of kitchen space to work with, open grills are a good option to consider. For those with smaller kitchens, closed grills take up less counter space while still giving you plenty of surface capacity.

Materials – The best indoor grills are made with metal exteriors, though some are a combination of hard silicone or plastic with metal elements.

Metal is the best material for grills, as it can handle high heat without damage. However, plastic and silicone are often used as a protective surface to prevent you from burning yourself if you accidentally touch the exterior of the grill.

The downside of plastic and silicone is that they tend to have durability problems, such as cracks in the framework or the legs/handles breaking off. Silicone is definitely the more durable of the two materials, and they're easier to clean than both plastic and metal.

For the grill itself, you want either cast iron or a non-stick surface. Cast iron has the most efficient heat transference, making it the best surface for cooking with. However, a non-stick surface is easy to clean and tends to be more versatile than cast iron grills.

Note: Many stovetop grills are made using a porcelain-coated aluminum grate, which can tolerate high heat without burning your food.

Heating Element – The term "heating element" refers to the part of the appliance that heats up. Located beneath the grill, it's usually electric-powered and can reach temperatures as high as 450 F. Higher cooking temperatures are good for grilling thick steaks (getting that sear on the surface is a must), but it's not a must-have feature.

The most important thing is even heating over the surface of the grill. The appliance should heat the entire grill up evenly so all the food on the grill cooks at the same speed. 

Indoor Grill Features to Consider

Looking for the right grill to use in your home? Think about these handy features:

  • Indicator Light – This feature is usually integrated into the grill. The light turns on to alert you when the grill has reached your desired temperature or is ready for cooking. It's a must-have for those who require specific cooking heat for their food.
  • Lid – Closed grills come with a cover, but some open grills also include a lid (without a cooking surface). A lid is handy for trapping the heat and smoke close to the grill's surface, locking the moisture into the meat while preventing the cooking food from smelling up your home. Metal lids are better at trapping heat, but glass lids allow you to monitor the food as it cooks.
  • Grease Tray/Drip Pan – All meat produces grease and juices. For a closed grill, a grease tray provides a place for those liquids to be stored safely. Without a grease tray, there's a very real risk that the grease/juices will catch fire—a safety hazard, to say the least. A grease tray also makes cleaning the grill much easier. Open grills have drip pans, which serve the same function as a grease tray. Adding a bit of water into the drip pan will prevent the grease from catching fire.
  • Temperature Controls – All indoor and electric grills come with temperature controls, but some offer more versatility and control than others. For casual grillers, it may not be imperative to have total control over the heat. However, for grillmasters, you want temperature controls that offer you the ability to adjust the settings to your precise preferences.
  • Power Switch – A grill that turns on when plugged in and off when unplugged can be unsafe, as there's a chance you'll forget to unplug it when you're done. A power switch allows you to turn off the grill while it's still plugged in.
  • Non-Skid Feet – This is another must-have for your indoor grill. The last thing you want is for your grill to slip or slide around on your countertop while it's hot. Non-skid feet will keep it firmly in place.
  • Contact Plates – This is the grilling surface itself. Some indoor grills come with just a flat griddle surface, while others have a grill. Some come with both griddle and grill built into the same surface, or multiple plates you can switch according to what you're going to cook.
  • Removable Parts – If you can't remove the grease tray/drip pan and plates from the electrical components of the grill, you won't be able to clean it properly. 
  • Aroma Scenter – An aroma scenter is a drawer or compartment in the grill where you can insert wood chips, herbs, or spices that will be infused into the food. This is a nifty added feature, but not a must-have.

These features will contribute to your indoor grilling experience, both the actual cooking process and the inevitable clean-up!

Do Smokeless Indoor Grills Exist?

The concept of "smokeless indoor grills" is close to impossible to make a reality. After all, cooking meats and veggies lets off a certain amount of heat, vapor, and smoke. It's not realistic to expect a 100% smokeless indoor grill.

However, there is a new type of grill that could reduce smoke output to nearly zero. Instead of using the standard electric heating coils, this type of grill uses Indirect Infrared Light to provide the heat. The indirect heat cooks the meat, but the juices and drippings don't sizzle and smoke when they drip into the grease tray.

The Philips Smoke-less Indoor Grill HD6371/94 is the first of its kind, and there are a lot of pros to using this smokeless grill:

  • Less smoke, obviously. The indirect infrared light produces 5 to 10% of the smoke produced by other indoor grills.
  • Fast heating and a high maximum heat. This makes cooking quick and easy.
  • Easy cleaning. Because the drippings and juices don't burn, they're much easier to clean off the grill and grease tray.
  • Dishwasher safe. Everything but the heating element can be put in the dishwasher.

On the downside, it's bulkier than your average indoor grill, so it may not be convenient for indoor grilling in an apartment or small kitchen. It's also VERY hot, and it produces such high heat that it can damage cabinets and wallpaper. It's also much pricier than your average grill—up to $300, compared to the $20 to $50 you'll pay for other indoor grills.

The Secret to Smoky Flavors When Grilling Indoors

The main downside to using indoor grills (and all electric grills) is that you miss out on the rich, smoky flavor that comes from wood and charcoal fires. However, there's a simple solution: liquid smoke.

Simply put, liquid smoke is smoke that has been captured in steam and turned to a liquid that can be added into your food. Wikipedia explains the complex process, but it's enough to know that it's FDA-approved and considered a "natural" food additive.

To use liquid smoke to make your indoor-grilled food absolutely delicious, all you have to do is brush a little bit of the liquid onto the meat while cooking. (Emphasis on "little"—the liquid smoke is VERY strong!) Brushing it onto the meat in the final minutes of grilling will give it that smoky flavor even if you're cooking on an electric griddle.

Be warned: some grillmasters consider this "cheating". After all, a purist will insist, you only get that rich flavor from charcoal and wood.

If you're not a purist but love delicious foods, go ahead and use liquid smoke to give your indoor-grilled proteins and veggies that rich, smokey flavor that makes grilled food such a delight.

Make sure you checkout our articles on BBQ Grilling Essentials, Best Cast Iron Skillets, and Best Cooking Gadgets.

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Katie’s Cleveland proud; but she’s also lived in Australia, Switzerland and now stays in South Africa. That’s a roundabout way of saying she can’t sit still; she’s always moving, always busy.

She has a BA in International Relations from Kent State University and work towards a Masters in Human Rights. She speaks French, is learning German and used to dream in Spanish. For years, Katie worked as a producer on fashion and advertising shoots before she realized her passion was the written word.

Katie’s far more interested in guy’s gear than women’s, except she has a wardrobe brimming with little black dresses. She drinks her beer out of the bottle and is raising her two boys to be better men.

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