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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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Brentwood
$59.99 $65.00
at Hayneedle

About Brentwood Appliances, Inc. With a product line spanning from coffee makers and can openers to Dutch ovens, sauce pans, and m...ore, Brentwood Appliances, Inc. proudly offers an excellent selection of small appliances and cookware. Committed to keeping customers satisfied, Brentwood Appliances focuses on providing best-quality, best-priced products and top-notch customer service. read more

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 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

Circulon

From grilled salmon fillets to hearty steaks, this pan has all grilled dishes covered. The pan fits easily on the stovetop and the... hard-anodized construction provides even heat for wonderful cooking results every time. Contemporary style, a unique round shape, and 3-layer nonstick inside and out make this Circulon® Contempo deep round grill pan a great choice for healthy cooking and easy cleanup. Heavy gauge, hard-anodized aluminum offers fast, steady heat and it?s metal utensil safe. The TOTAL® Food Release System of circles reduces surface abrasion and is coupled with DuPont?s Autograph® 3-layer nonstick to deliver extraordinary food release and exceptional dependability. The stainless steel handle is dual riveted for extra strength, padded for comfort and oven safe to 400°F. Plus, a hanging ring allows for convenient storage. Circulon Contempo is built to last a lifetime ? guaranteed. Features: This deep grill pan is oven safe to 400 degrees Fahrenheit The stainless steel handle is dual riveted for strength and wrapped in silicone for comfort The TOTAL Food Release System of circles with DuPont Autograph 3-layer nonstick is metal utensil safe and long lasting Nonstick helps keep meals lower in fat because there is no need to grease the pan before cooking Autograph is a registered trademark of DuPont, used under license read more

Calphalon
$99.95 $200.00
at Williams-Sonoma

Enjoy the convenience of a dishwasher-safe nonstick grill pan while sacrificing nothing in culinary performance. With its rectangu...lar shape, Sear nonstick surface and included grill press, this pan makes crispy stovetop panini and browns meat and poultry evenly for authentic grill flavor and juicy results. Heavy-gauge hard-anodized aluminum with three interlocking nonstick layers provides excellent heat conduction and uniform cooking; exterior won?t chip, peel, stain or scratch. Durable nonstick Sear surface for flawless release and convenient cleanup. Deep ridges provide attractive grill marks on meats, vegetables and sandwiches while allowing unwanted fat and grease to drain away. Cast-iron press with black matte finish can be preheated to weigh down food on pan for even cooking on both sides. Triple-riveted ergonomic handle stays cool on the cooktop. Dishwasher safe. Grill pan: 18 1/5" x 13" 2 lb. 3 oz. Press: 11" x 7 1/2" x 2" high; 3 lb. 3 oz. Made in USA. read more

Calphalon
$99.99 $129.95
at Williams-Sonoma

Grill panini to crispy, golden brown perfection on both sides with this special set exclusive to Williams-Sonoma. Designed to fit ...over a single burner, the two interlocking stovetop grill pans clamp together for easy flipping and even cooking. The pans? nonstick Sear surfaces optimize browning while raised ridges add appealing grill marks. The two pans can also be used on their own to grill other foods. Heavy-gauge hard-anodized aluminum with three interlocking nonstick layers provides excellent heat conduction and uniform cooking; exterior won?t chip, peel, stain or scratch. Durable nonstick Sear surface provides flawless release and convenient cleanup. Pans can also be used separately to grill chops, steaks, fish and vegetables. Triple-riveted ergonomic handle stays cool on the cooktop. 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
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: 37.79 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
Miele
$1,299.00 $1,732.00
at Goedeker's

Standard FeaturesWidth: 12" (28cm).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: 29.39 lbs.Height: 6.75"Width: 11.38"Depth: 20.5"Shipping Time: 2 - 3 Weeks read more

Miele CS1312BGSS208 CombiSet 12" Stainless Steel Electric Grill Cooktop
Brookstone
$53.49 $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
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 read more

Contact Grill
George Foreman
$15.99 $19.99
at Target

2 Serving, Classic Plate Grill Advanced GeorgeTough? Bronze Coating - 2X more durable Exclusive Fat-Removing Design Updated Design... w/ New Color Accents 3-Year Limited Warranty Appliance Capabilities: GrillFeatures: Drip Tray, Nonstick CoatingIncludes: Drip Tray, Instruction ManualMaterial: Plastic, MetalBaking Cooking Surface: NonstickCare and Cleaning: Wipe Clean, Hand WashAssembly Details: no assembly required read more

George Foreman 2-Serving Classic Grill
Hamilton Beach
$59.85 $79.99
at Sears

High Temperature Searing Indoor Grill ? Sears in flavor, grills to perfection ? Sears meat for moist, tender results ? Grills meal...s in under 10 minutes ? Fat drains into removable drip tray ? 100 square inch nonstick surface ? Illuminated sear button ? Dishwasher safe drip tray read more

Hamilton Beach Steak Lovers - TM Indoor Grill
Koolatron
$79.00 $112.99
at Wayfair

Cook fun and easy meals with the Total Chef Raclette Party Grill. This versatile grill is a great way to make delicious meals, fon...dues, smores and much more. The Raclette Grill comes with everything you need to make fun and fast meals for your friends and family. Features:Non-stick, easy to clean design Adjustable temperature control Easy to make, fun to cook meals Use with fondue pot or marble slab Cool touch thermo-insulated handle pans Serves 8 persons with 8 small pans and spatulas Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 4.9 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 13.4 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 18.7 Inches Overall Product Weight: 11 Pounds read more

Total Chef Raclette Party Grill
George Foreman
$29.98 $39.99
at Sears

George Foreman Grill Makes Meals Sizzle George Foreman 60" Super Champ Grill brings the perfect grilled food to the table no matte...r what the weather is like outside. Healthy cooking is easy to do and tastes great when prepared on this indoor... Verified PurchaseSUPER GRILL Love this little grill perfect for two people and it cooks perfect I would recommend this product to a friend. by mrlanierStatesboro, GA | Tue, May 27, 2014 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag Great Product Nice for Couple of Snadwiches I would recommend this product to a friend. The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product. by HelloKittyInfantFremont, CA | Wed, May 14, 2014 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag 1 visitors found this helpfulVerified PurchaseHappy Camper I LOVE my George Foreman grill. It is quick and cleanup is easily done. by Tipper-RooScarborough, ME | Fri, Sep 6, 2013 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag Verified PurchaseGrilling Time Great for grilling inside I would recommend this product to a friend. by Krissp11San Pedro, CA | Tue, Aug 27, 2013 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag Verified PurchaseGreat Product I would recommend this product to a friend. by lucyladybugQuakertown, PA | Wed, Aug 14, 2013 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag 2 visitors found this helpfulVerified Purchase Use it almost every day. Highly recommend this grill. I would recommend this product to a friend. by Don.Kidd23Asheville, NC | Sat, Mar 16, 2013 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag 3 visitors found this helpfulGeorge Foreman grills are awesome! in our house this is our main grill. we have an outdoor grill but think this is so much easier and healthier than charcoal or gas grills. we love to cook chicken and shirmp on ours. my husband also makes ham and cheese melts on them, kinda of like a panini. there are really good. it also makes cooking feel heathier since all of the grease and fat runs into the tray. i would probably buy one of the newer models if i had to do it again. ours doesn't have removable plates so it's hard when it comes to clean up. also, you have to place the grease catch in just the right spot or it will drain onto the counter. overall, i would recommend the george foreman grill to anyone who wants to eat healthy but without the outside mess. I would recommend this product to a friend. by nellie25Latonia, KY | Thu, Sep 29, 2011 via kmart.com Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag read more

George Foreman 60" Super Champ Grill
Kenyon
$843.79 $1,125.00
at Casa

Kenyon B70085 Rio All Seasons Built-In Electric Grill The Rio by Kenyon offers a visually appealing oval flange for the built-in g...rill. The rounded edges and oval shaped lid make it a very attractive grill to mount in any outdoor or indoor kitchen. With a 155 square inch cooking surface, you have plenty of room to prepare meals for you and your family. Just the same as every other Kenyon grill, clean up is a breeze. Simply slide a pin on the hinge of the lid to remove and place in the dishwasher with the grate as well. Dimensions: 23in length x 15.63in width x 9in heightWeight: 28lb read more

Kenyon B70085 Rio All Seasons Built-In Electric Grill
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