The Best Indoor Electric Grill in 2020

Right now it’s blazing hot in the Mid-West, but it won’t be long until it gets rainier and colder, so I thought I would try and answer a common question for people who need or want to stay indoors: what is a good indoor electric grill?

First, here’s the list:

  1. The Best All-Round Choice: Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Grill
  2. 👛 The Budget Choice: George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor Grill
  3. The Even Cheaper Pick: Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill
  4. The Hibachi: Techwood Raclette Grill

Two Problems of Indoor Grills

Whatever your reasoning for choosing an indoor grill (shout out to folks living in apartments!), choosing one is a challenge — for two reasons.

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First: smoke. Obviously, you can’t use propare or charcoal as fuel indoor, but there are great electric grills like the Weber Q1400 that are not suited for indoor use because of how much smoke they produce. You’ll be amazed at how fast they will smoke up your home and set off fire alarms in the whole building. So, a good indoor grill needs to have a way to remove or contain smoke.

Second is, well, taste. Electric heating is very different from gas or coal and produces very different results with different kinds of meat. There is usually browning and almost no caramelization, and you won’t get that “smokey” flavor and smell without using liquid smoke (which is no bueno). But if you’re shooting for that grilling experience or throwing a burger party, you will get the craved grill marks, and overall the taste and experience are miles better than using a toaster oven or wall oven.

My Recommendation

There is little choice on the indoor grill market if you’re looking for quality, so I’ve singled out four very different kinds of grills. Based on your preferences, I recommend either:

The Best All-Round Choice: Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Grill

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Ninja Foodi AG301 5-in-1 Indoor Electric Countertop 4-Quart Air Fryer, Roast, Bake, Dehydrate, and Cyclonic Grilling Technology, 10" x 10", Black/Silver
  • The Ninja Foodi Grill. The grill that sears, sizzles, and air fry crisps. Indoor grill and air fryer
  • 500F air circulates around food for amazing Surround Searing while the 500F high-density grill grate creates char-grilled marks and flavors, for food that's perfectly cooked on the inside and char-grilled on every side with Cyclonic Grilling Technology
  • With the BTU cooking power of an outdoor grill, it brings outdoor grill flavors conveniently to your countertop any day of the year
  • Forgot to defrost dinner? Transform foods from frozen to perfectly char-grilled in 25 minutes
  • Air fry crisp with up to 75% less fat than deep frying (tested against hand-cut, deep-fried French fries), using the included 4-qt crisper basket

Yes, this is basically a slow cooker, but whereas a slow cooker is mediocre at everything and good at nothing in particular, the Ninja Foodi suprisingly is a very capable grill. It produces very little smoke, is also easy to clean: the cooking pot is non-stick and easy to clean, and all the accessories are dishwasher safe. Its biggest drawback is in the design department: it’s bulky and not pretty. If you can live with that, you are getting the best you can get in terms of indoor grilling. It’s also a very capable air fryer.

Pros

  • Fast (steak is done in 15 minutes)
  • Excellent at grilling
  • Versatile (can also air fry, bake and dehydrate)

Cons

  • Large (at 17 in x 14 in x 11 in)
  • Suprisingly small interior for and appliance of such size
  • Ugly (sorry)

The Budget Pick: George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor Grill

George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Silver, GGR50B
  • 15+ Servings - It’s tailgate time! The 240 square inches of circular grilling surface lets you make over 15 servings for large groups of people
  • George Tough Nonstick Coating - There’s a lot to love about this nonstick coating; it’s durable, easy to clean, and removes the need for butter and oil
  • Indoor/Outdoor Removable Stand - Don’t let the weather keep you from the glory of grilling; the easy-to-remove stand takes you from patio to countertop in no time
  • Adjustable Temperature Control - The temperature probe lets you choose from five heat settings to get the best results on any kind of food
  • Apartment-Approved - Your landlord will love this grill just as much as you do because the fully electric system gives you high-quality grilling with no charcoal, no propane, and no flare-ups

Compared to other grills, a George Foreman is very hot and fast. It’s great for chicken breasts and other kinds of white meat, but it can easily dry out a good steak. Keeping that in mind, this grill does its job very well, and looks like a proper grill. You can remove the stand or keep it when grilling on the balcony.

Pros

  • Very fast (steak needs 12 minutes)
  • Great value at modest price point
  • Sleek design, nicely sized

Cons

  • Again, it’s fast (be careful not to dry out your meat)
  • Harder to clean
  • Cord is suprisingly short (just use an extension cord)

The Even Cheaper Pick: Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill

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Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill Removable Easy-To-Clean Nonstick Plate, 6-Serving, Extra-Large Drip Tray, Stainless Steel (25360)
  • Locks in juices and flavors: Sear at 450 degrees or use adjustable temperature dial to grill at lower heat for optimal grilling results
  • Enjoy grilling all year long: This indoor grill with hood has a high searing heat that locks in juices and flavors, and lid closes to give you signature grill marks; Serves up to 6 with 118 square inch grilling surface
  • Easy to clean: Indoor grill hood, plate, and extra-large drip tray are all removable and dishwasher safe
  • Less mess: Extra-large drip tray catches juices so they don't spill on your counter and it's dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
  • Power and preheat lights: Eliminate guesswork while using your electric grill

Do not be fooled: while it may look like a glorified panini press, this actually a pretty solid grill. It can cook very well and it really sears the meat. It’s less powerful than the others here but it’s very capable and doesn’t take much counter space. You can also use it in an RV. This one produces more smoke than others though.

Pros

  • Accurate temperature control with dial
  • Pretty good results
  • Small

Cons

  • Less powerful than other grills
  • Small (yes, it works both ways)
  • Smoky

The Hibachi: Techwood Raclette Grill

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Techwood Raclette Table Grill, Electric Indoor Grill Korean BBQ Grill, Removable 2-in-1 Non-Stick Grill Plate, 1500W Fast Heating with 8 Cheese Melt Pans, Ideal for Parties and Family Fun
  • [2-IN-1 REMOVABLE GRILL PLATE] - Techwood raclette grill provide high searing heat, with a wavy grooved plate and 2 crepe holes for versatile cooking options. The surface with wavy grooves is suitable for grilling, can lock the gravy and give you signature grill marks. The other surface with 2 crepe pan holes is very suitable for making breakfast pies, crepes, pancakes and eggs. An energetic day starts with the exquisite breakfast.
  • [LARGE COOKING SURFACE] - The ideal table grill comes with a large Non-Stick grilling plate 19 x 9 inch, which is very suitable for making delicious food for parties and family fun. And 1500 watts power electric grill effortlessly melts cheese, cook up meats , veggies and seafood just in minutes. Advance heating will enable you to get better barbecue results.
  • [NON-STICK & EASY TO CLEAN] - 2-IN-1 grill plate and 8 mini cheese pan can be removed, and the food slips off the non-stick surface, so you can clean it in the dishwasher or even wash it by hands in a short time! That’s another application for removable grill plates, cleaning a grill has never been easier.
  • [SHARING THE JOY OF COOKING] - The indoor grill has 8 individual grill pans, which can simultaneously serve 8 people raclette cheese, cooking side dishes and seasonings. It is also suitable for keeping food warm. Non-stick coating of the top plate and mini pans without butter or oil makes cooking healthier, and this non-stick feature makes food removal and cleaning easier!
  • [GET YOURS NOW, RISK-FREE]-Techwood offer a outstanding 30-day hassle-free return policy & 18-month promise. All of Techwood’s BBQ grills have relevant Product Safety Certifications of United States. For more details, please refer to the instruction manual. If you have any problems, please feel free to contact us.

This one is a little quirky: have you ever thought of hosting a Korean BBQ party at your house? I haven’t, but you can do that with this grill. I don’t usually recommend off-brand appliances but I felt this one deserves a mention because of the idea. It’s a capable and easy to clean grill, as well. And it sounds fun.

Pros

  • Fits a lot of stuff at the same time
  • Easy to clean
  • Grills nicely

Cons

  • Generic brand. Warranty is probably out of question
  • Limited use case

This is it. Like always, I hope I was helpful today, if not — let me know via email or on social media.

Thanks for reading folks!

Love,

G.

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