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Indoor Grills Buying Guide

When the weather doesn't cooperate or you live in a climate with cold-weather months, an indoor grill keeps summer recipes alive. Grilling meat or vegetables can be an easy, year-round routine on the smaller surface of an indoor grill. Just be sure your kitchen has the proper ventilation.

Types of Indoor Grills

Types of Indoor Grills

If you're ready for some sizzlin' steaks, chops, or burgers, there's no need to check the weather for optimal grilling temperatures. With an indoor grill, you can have your favorite outdoor meals and more. Plus, you'll have the added benefit of doing some healthful, low-fat cooking. Many electric indoor grill models are designed to drain away the meat fat into a drip tray. With adjustable thermostats, changeable and dishwasher-safe plates, and features such as the ability to sear then grill with a built-in broiler, an indoor grill is a great appliance for a delicious grill experience.

Contact Grill

A contact grill, similar to a panini maker, has a lid that closes over the meat to conduct heat above and below. Because the food cooks from both sides, this type of grill eliminates the need to turn the food and cuts the cooking time in half.

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Continental Electric
$19.99
at Amazon

This Continental Electric white Contact Grill uses 750-Watts of power and has a cooking surface that can support up to 2 burgers a...t the same time. The cooking surface is non-stick and comes with a grease catching drip tray. All removable parts are dishwasher safe. read more

Proctor Silex
$18.17 $25.23
at Wayfair

This low maintenance grill will fill all of your grilling needs without taking up too much space. Its nonstick surface makes clean...ing a snap and healthy low fat meals can be ready in only 10 minutes! This grill also includes a dishwasher safe drip tray. Features: Low-fat grilling Easy clean nonstick surface 10-minute meals Compact size fits anywhere Dishwasher-safe drip tray Color: Black Show Additional Info read more

CHEFMAN

The Chefman compact contact grill, in white, is compact in size but big on performance. Turn your freshly prepared ingredients int...o scrumptious evenly cooked meals in minutes?grill steaks, burgers, chicken and vegetables. With its dual cooking plates every dish will be cooked evenly to perfection. The Chefman compact contact grill is the perfect indoor grill for small kitchens plus it stores conveniently upright when not in use. Features: Color: White Cool-touch handles Power and ready indicator lights Compact, upright storage when not in use Dual grill plates for quick-and-even top-to-bottom cooking Non-stick cooking surface for easy food removal and clean-up Contact grill perfect for indoor grilling of steaks, burgers, chicken and vegetables Manual included Manufacturer provides 3 years limited warranty Dimensions: Cooking surface dimensions: 7.5" W x 7.5" D Overall dimensions: 3.5" H x 7.5" W x 7.5" D , 2 lbs read more

Breville
$399.99
at Amazon

The Breville Smart Grill's Element IQ technology bridges the gap between indoor and outdoor at an unrivaled new level. Heat sen...sors embedded in the grill plates compensate for the temperature drop when cold food is placed onto the pre-heated surface. The sensors then detect this heat drop and compensate by injecting heat for rapid recover back to the desired cooking temperatures. The 1800-watt embedded heating design ensures maximum heat into the plates for faster cooking and reduced pre-heating time. This creates a BBQ-quality sear and sizzle. The flat bottom plate is suitable for eggs and pancakes while the top plate is ribbed to sear meats. Plate positions are interchangeable and can be extended into an opened, flat 'BBQ Mode.'

Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill sears meat, keeping it tender and juicy
The Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill uses Element IQ technology and an embedded element heating system to sear meat on your countertop that tastes just as good as meat seared on the barbecue (closeup on right).

Why the Breville Smart Grill?

Every Breville product begins with a simple moment of brilliance. The Breville Smart Grill began with the simple fact that searing meat requires continuous high heat. What kind of machine cooks as well as a barbecue, but cleans fast like a frypan? The answer is the Breville Smart Grill, which allows you to sear meat indoors at a high consistent temperature without making a mess. It uses Element IQ technology and an 1800W heating system to electronically detect heat loss and provide rapid heat recovery.

Maintaining High Heat for Better Cooking

Countertop grills experience a drop in temperature when the cold meat or ingredients are introduced to the pre-heated surface. Even if they start off at the right temperature, most countertop grills can?t recover from this heat loss, heating up again slowly. This means less efficient cooking and tougher meat. The BGR820XL uses a smart technology called Element IQ to detect the drop in temperature and inject more heat for a rapid recovery back to the desired cooking temperatures.

Also, embedded elements in its grill plates help the grill maintain intense heat and recover from heat loss. The elements are cast into the plates themselves, which means that most of the heat generated by the elements is transferred to the plates instead of being lost (see below). That means less time to pre-heat and also rapid temperature recovery.

Other Features: Easy cleaning and Versatility

In addition to Element IQ and embedded plates, the Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill has numerous features: the top plate has six different adjustable heights that can be used for large sandwiches, small sliders, open-faced melts, or anything inbetween; the plates are removable for easier cleaning and can be interchanged depending on your needs (so the ribbed plate is either on the bottom or the top). The plates are nonstick plates made from cast aluminum coated with titanium infused Quantanium, for oil-free cooking and easy clean up. The housing is stainless steel, with die-cast arms.

The base can be tilted at an angle to drain, or lay perfectly flat for eggs, pancakes, and paninis. You can use it closed and use it to grill like a Panini press, or open it 180 degrees into barbecue mode, in which fat is drained from both plates into the drip tray. There are three different temperature settings (low, Panini, and sear, ranging from 320F to 450F), temperature and time control dials, and a countdown timer and sound alert.

Exposed Heating Elements vs. the BGR820XL's Embedded Heating Elements

Exposed Elements lose much of the heat that they generate
Exposed Heating Elements, typical of many grills
Embedded Elements transfer the heat that they generate to the grill plate
Embedded Heating Elements, like on the BGR820XL Smart Grill
Exposed Heating Elements: Heat loss

Many plates have exposed heating elements, where the grill plate sits directly on top of the heating element. Exposed elements lose much of the heat that they generate, instead of transferring the heat to the plate. This means the grill requires more time to heat up and more time to recover from heat loss, which extends cooking time and yields tougher meats.

Embedded Heating Elements: Heat transfer

The BGR820XL has grill plates with integrated heating elements, where the elements are embedded in the plates themselves. Rather than losing much of the heat that they generate, the heat is transferred directly to the plate. This means the grill requires less time to heat up and less time to recover from heat loss, which decreases cooking time, increases searing temperatures, and yields tenderer meats.

Two modes for two different cooking styles

Use the top and bottom plate to grill Paninis and sandwiches
Panini Mode
Open the grill plates 180 degrees to grill meats
Barbecue Mode
Panini Mode

In Panini mode, use the top and bottom plates to press Paninis or grill ingredients on two sides at once. The height of the top plate from the bottom is adjustable, allowing you to press both large sandwiches and small sliders. There is a ribbed plate and a flat plate, and both plates are removable and interchangeable so you can choose the plate that suits your cooking style and clean the plates more easily.

Barbecue Mode

In barbecue mode, open the grill plates 180 degrees so the Smart Grill lies flat, and use it to grill and sear meats and vegetables. This doubles your cooking area, and also presents the option of grilling on both the flat plate and the ribbed plate. Additional ribbed plates and flat plates are available for purchase on Amazon if you'd prefer to have a uniform cooking surface in barbecue mode.

Temperature Control and Timing

The backlit LCD screen lights up with a blue background when the grill is not hot
The backlit LCD screen is blue when the grill is not hot
The backlit LCD screen lights up with an orange background when the grill is pre-heating or cooking
The backlit LCD screen is orange when the grill is pre-heating or cooking
Timer Control Dial

(Located on the left side of the Smart Grill front) You can set the timer for your preferred cooking time, and the Smart Grill will alert you when time is up.

Temperature Control Dial

(Located on the right side of the Smart Grill front) You can set the Breville Smart Grill in three different temperature settings: low, Panini, and sear, which range from temperatures of 320F to 450F. If you'd prefer to view the temperature in Celsius, flip the temperature conversion button.

Element IQ auto-adjustment

Element IQ detects the drop in temperature when you introduce cold ingredients to the pre-heated surface and automatically injects more heat to bring the Smart Grill back up to temperature and compensate for heat-loss.

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Open Grill

This type of grill features a single cooking surface that sits above a drip pan. This style of cooking is most similar to outdoor grilling—because the grill cooks from the bottom, foods must be flipped to cook the other side.

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Circulon
$31.99
at Target

Enjoy grilling results any time and in any season with the Circulon Acclaim Hard-Anodized Nonstick 11-1/4-Inch Deep Round Grill Pa...n. With a round shape that fits easily on the stovetop, this special pan features ridges that create beautiful grill marks on chicken breasts, shrimp kebabs and more. These ridges also allow extra fats to drip away from foods like buffalo burgers and tri-tip steaks as they cook, and the grill pan?s deep sides help keep splatter to a minimum. Heavy-duty hard-anodized construction promotes even heat distribution for reliable, top-quality grilling results. And the PFOA-free round grill pan boasts the unique TOTAL® Food Release System combined with durable, metal utensil safe DuPont? Autograph? nonstick with raised circles to reduce surface abrasion. This superior nonstick technology resists scratching, staining and chipping, and provides extraordinary food release without the need for added oils - an easy way to keep meals lighter and leaner. Its stainless steel handle incorporates a convenient hanging ring that is dual riveted for added strength and rubberized for comfort, and the grill pan is suitable for all cooktops, including induction. Oven safe to 400°F, this deep round grill pan is a great complement to many other pieces in the Circulon collection. No matter the season, grill healthy and succulent foods in the comfort of the kitchen with the Circulon Acclaim Hard-Anodized Nonstick 11-1/4-Inch Deep Round Grill Pan. Pan-Pot Material: Hard Anodized AluminumHandle Material: Silicone-Coated, Stainless SteelBaking cooking surface: NonstickCare and Cleaning: Hand-wash Only, Do Not Place in DishwasherDimensions: 11.25 " W x 19.0 " D x 3.25 " H Weight: 2.3 Lb.Cooktop Compatibility: Smooth surface non induction read more

All-Clad
$169.95 $220.00
at Williams-Sonoma

Ideal for everything from cooking breakfast meats to grilling steaks and burgers, this square pan features a ridged surface that s...ears foods with attractive grill marks while allowing fat to drain away. Patented d5 bonding technology guarantees unsurpassed performance. Square design adds 25% more surface area than a traditional round grill pan. Each of the five bonded layers serves a specific purpose, creating a noticeable difference in cooking performance. 18/10 stainless-steel interior for foolproof browning and easy cleanup. Two aluminum layers, one to conduct and one to sustain heat. Patented stainless-steel core diffuses heat for consistent results. Magnetic stainless-steel exterior for durability. Improved stay-cool stick handle with finger guard for balance and control. Rims are shaped to allow for dripless pouring. Pan size etched on base for quick identification. Ideal for use on any cooktop, including induction. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

All-Clad
$149.95 $190.00
at Williams-Sonoma

Ideally suited for cooks of all skill levels, All-Clad?s original three-layer bonded stainless-steel cookware line pairs classic s...tyle with modern practicality. Great for quick meals, this efficient pan makes stovetop grilling a breeze. Use it to grill everything from sizzling burgers, steaks and chops to tender, juicy chicken, seafood and fresh veggies. The high, ridged surface sears in attractive grill marks?and elevates foods above their fatty drippings. Tri-ply construction sandwiches a heat-responsive aluminum core between a stainless-steel interior and exterior. Bonded-metal construction ensures fast, even heating. Stainless-steel cooking surface sears and caramelizes foods beautifully. Ergonomic, riveted stainless-steel handle stays cool on the cooktop. Pan size etched on base for quick identification. Ideal for use on any type of cooktop, including induction. read more

Scanpan
$139.95 $202.00
at Williams-Sonoma

Scanpan is a pioneer in the production of eco-friendly cookware. Made in Denmark of recycled aluminum, Scanpan Professional cookwa...re features a 100% PFOA free nonstick cooking surface. Designed to fit over a single burner, this grill is ideal for searing and browning burgers, steaks, chops and more. 100% recycled aluminum construction. Extra-thick base is pressure forged, which ensures even heat distribution and eliminates hot spots. The perfectly flat base is guaranteed never to warp. Patented ceramic-titanium coating allows for the use of metal utensils. Green Tek nonstick technology is 100% PFOA-free and provides flawless release and fast cleanup. Cast stainless-steel handles stay cool longer and are secured with heavy-duty rivets. Stainless-steel lids. Comes with handle mitts. Dishwasher safe. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Before purchasing an electric indoor grill, think about how you will use it. If you plan to cook meats as well as breakfasts, sandwiches, and more, a contact grill is the best option. However, if you are going to stick to cooking traditional-style grilled foods such as steaks, pork chops, and fish steaks, an open grill is a good choice. In addition to the key elements of size and space, think about how quickly you want your meat to cook, whether the grill will produce smoke and splatter, and how many pieces of the grill are dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.

Size

If you have a small kitchen, consider your kitchen's countertop space when selecting an indoor grill. A small grill cooks two servings, while the largest grill accommodates cooking for up to four people. You can double the cooking space by choosing a grill that can open flat.

Surface

Look for features like a grilling surface with reversible sides so you can go from a flat surface (great for pancakes and eggs) to a grill pattern for sear marks on steaks, chops, and hamburgers.

Adjustable Thermostat

Adjustable heat temperatures are important to control cooking for various cuts of meat, chicken, or fish, or for simply making a grilled cheese sandwich. Some open grills have two separately controlled heat zones, offering the ability for simultaneous cooking at different heat levels.

Cleanability

Nonstick plates make cleanup easy. Read the use and care manual to find out if the plates and drip pans are dishwasher-safe.

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Hamilton Beach
$59.85 $86.26
at Walmart

Enjoy delicious grilled food throughout the year with the Hamilton Beach Steak Lovers 100 Sq. Inch Grill. It features 100 square i...nches of cooking area to help you grill up to four burgers or vegetables. To accommodate larger sandwiches and steaks, you can use the floating hinge. The indoor searing grill quickly heats up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and it produces sumptuous, professional-looking grill marks. Unlike conventional outdoor grills, this Hamilton Beach searing grill cooks meat in less than ten minutes for quick results. Also, the grill seals in the moisture and locks the flavor thoroughly during cooking. The grill is easy to clean and maintain thanks to the easy-clean nonstick surface. read more

Hamilton Beach Steak Lovers 100 Sq. Inch Grill
Hamilton Beach
$39.99 $63.32
at Walmart

Cook your favorite foods for dinner or a backyard picnic when you use the Hamilton Beach Indoor/Outdoor Grill. It has an illuminat...ed variable heat dial that controls cooking temperature. You can give your favorite meats and vegetables enough heat to sear and lock in flavor, or you can lessen the heat in case your food just needs a quick warmup. The 125" cooking grill and base are dishwasher-safe, and that helps make your clean-up job a breeze. The grill features a family-size non-stick cooking area that helps you prepare healthy meals for your loved ones, and it also prevents the food from sticking to the grill. The Hamilton Beach grill is designed with a sloped surface to extract fat and grease from food, leaving you with healthy nutrients locked in. Cool-touch handles ensure safety while you enjoy cooking low-fat, delicious food indoors or outdoors. read more

Hamilton Beach 125" Indoor/Outdoor Grill
Cuisinart
$144.95 $199.99
at Buydig

Cuisinart's Outdoor Electric Grill with VersaStand integrated adjustable telescoping base provides authentic grilling performance ...and flavor. It's small format fits easily on balconies and small patios - great for places that propane or charcoal grills aren't allowed. And although the grill is compact, its ample cooking grate is large enough to cook most family meals - 8 steaks, 8 hamburgers, 6 - 10 chicken breasts, or over 4 lbs. of fish! The grill heats up very quickly, and reaches temperatures high enough to sear a steak to perfection. Storage is quick and easy as well with the novel telescoping base that quickly transforms from storage to tabletop to floor standing use. It folds up in seconds, and is integrated into the grill for added convenience. The grill plugs into a standard household electrical receptacle, and is UL approved for outdoor use. Product Specifications: 1500 watts, 120V / 60Hz 145 sq. in. grilling surface 3 position telescoping base Porcelain enamel coated grill grate Lid latch and spill resistant drip tray read more

Cuisinart Outdoor Electric Grill with Adjustable VersaStand
Cuisinart
$124.95 $179.99
at Buydig

The Outdoor Electric Tabletop Grill provides authentic grilling performance and flavor. Its small format fits easily on balconies ...and small patios - great for places that propane or charcoal grills aren't allowed. And although the grill is compact, its ample cooking grate is large enough to cook most family meals - 8 steaks, 8 hamburgers, 6 - 10 chicken breasts, or over 4 lbs. of fish! The grill heats up very quickly, and reaches temperatures high enough to sear a steak to perfection. Storage is a snap - with its folding legs it stows almost anywhere. The grill plugs into a standard household electrical receptacle, and is UL approved for outdoor use. Features: 1500 watts, 120V / 60Hz 145 sq. in. grilling surface Folding table base Porcelain enamel coated grill grate Lid latch and spill resistant drip tray read more

Cuisinart Portable Electric Grill - CEG-980T
George Foreman
$31.99 $39.99
at Target

4 Serving, Removable Plate Grill Advanced GeorgeTough? Bronze Coating - 2X more durable Exclusive Fat-Removing Design Dishwasher S...afe Removable Plates Metallic-Coated Housing w/ Stainless Steel Accents Appliance Capabilities: GrillFeatures: Indicator Lights, Removable Plates, Nonstick Coating, Removable Drip TrayIncludes: Instruction Manual, Drip TrayMaterial: Plastic, MetalBaking Cooking Surface: NonstickCare and Cleaning: Wipe Clean, Hand Wash, Dishwasher Safe PartsAssembly Details: no assembly required read more

George Foreman 4-Serving Removable Plate Grill
Proctor Silex
$18.17 $25.23
at Wayfair

This low maintenance grill will fill all of your grilling needs without taking up too much space. Its nonstick surface makes clean...ing a snap and healthy low fat meals can be ready in only 10 minutes! This grill also includes a dishwasher safe drip tray. Features: Low-fat grilling Easy clean nonstick surface 10-minute meals Compact size fits anywhere Dishwasher-safe drip tray Color: Black Show Additional Info read more

Contact Grill
Miele
$1,499.00 $1,998.67
at Goedeker's

Standard FeaturesWidth: 15" (38cm).Two heating elements, front and rear heat zones.Hinged element for easy cleaning.Stainless stee...l control knobs.Solid stainless steel frame on all four sides.Cooking zone and On/Off indicators.Cast iron grates.Drain valve underneath.Lava rock container.Can be filled with water for grilling and easier cleaning.Splash guard / protection plates.Complementary Combisets and Accessories Not IncludedMiele Ceramic and Stainless Steel Cleaner.Replacement Lava Rocks for Electric Barbecues.Specifications:Category: CooktopsWeight: 38 lbs.Height: 6.75"Width: 14.94"Depth: 20.5"Shipping Time: 2 - 3 Weeks read more

Miele CS1322BGSS240 CombiSet 15" Stainless Steel Electric Grill Cooktop
Black and Decker
$65.49 $87.00
at Wayfair

More than just a waffle maker, this Black and Decker G48TD Waffle Maker also grills sandwiches, hamburgers and much more. The inte...rchangeable plates on the Black and Decker 3-in-1 waffle maker make it easy to switch from breakfast to dinner in seconds. Ready light lets you know when it's the right temperature for use. Removable plates also mean this Black and Decker Waffle Maker and Indoor Grill/Griddle is built for easy clean-up. This nonstick 3-in-1 waffle maker by Black and Decker makes nine square traditional waffles in four sections. The Black and Decker G48TD Waffle Maker also makes the perfect gift for any occasion. Features: Nonstick Makes 9 square traditional waffles in 4 sections Grills sandwiches Ready light alerts you when correct temperature's been reached Cool touch handles Variable temperature Black and Decker Indoor Grill folds open flat for easy access to food on the grill Removable plates Show Additional Info Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 6.38 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 13.63 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 13 Inches Overall Product Weight: 9 Pounds read more

Grill and Waffle Maker
Nordic Ware
$20.99 $28.00
at Casa

Nordic Ware 365 Indoor/Outdoor Grill-Steam-Bake Multi Cooker Introducing 365 indoor/outdoor products designed to inspire culinary ...creativity indoors and out, 365 days a year. Discover the versatility in our line that brings outdoor flavors to indoor cooking, and indoor convenience to outdoor grilling. Crafted with the all-american chef in mind, 365 is the only full line of indoor/outdoor grill cookware. This 3-in-1 cooker satisfies the demands of modern foodies. Grill, steam or bake your menu du jour: it keeps food moist and prevents delicate fare from sticking to grill grates. Nonstick coated for quick release and easy cleanup. Proudly made in the u.s.a. Weight: 2.49lb read more

Nordic Ware 365 Indoor/Outdoor Grill-Steam-Bake Multi Cooker
Brookstone
$53.99 $99.99
at Casa

Grillex US-10 Indoor Brazilian Portable Barbecue Grill, 18 IN Portable barbecue grill sits over gas-stove burner or portable campi...ng stove Serves up to 8 people; cooks almost 4-1/2 pounds of meat in less than 20 minutes Heat diffuser; catch basin for drippings; stay-cool handles; dishwasher-safe Includes 1 pair of double skewers, 5 standard skewers, and a chrome-plated grill basket Measures approximately 14 by 18 by 16 inches Need more information on this product? Click here to ask. read more

Grillex US-10 Indoor Brazilian Portable Barbecue Grill, 18 IN
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