To make meal-time easy, the best indoor grills can make a huge difference. They are convenient to use, can help make grilling healthier and sometimes come with some great extras. Grilling has become such a popular war of preparing food that it’s practically a way of life now. I know that we love to cook up a lot of meals this way.
For me, they even make vegetables taste better which is why I have created a list of the best indoor grills to give every household the same option of using them. There are different types of indoor grills so you might find yourself cooking paninis on there too. Whatever you are looking for, I’ve covered a wide range below, so here is my top ten.
My Picks for The 10 Best Indoor Grills
#10 Hamilton Beach 31612-MX Raclette Indoor Grill, 200 Square Inch Nonstick, Black
An indoor grill with a bit of a difference, Hamilton Beach has included raclette function that allows you to cook different meals at the same time thanks to the lower section that comes with 8 raclette trays (with spatulas included) to cook veg or whatever you like whilst the meat is on the go above. The grilling surface is 200 square inches and has a non-stick coating. It is a fun way of preparing meals and gives you lots of options. With temperature control and dishwasher safe surfaces, this is going to be a life-saver for anyone cooking in a hurry or for entertaining.
#9 BELLA (14750) 12 x 16 Inch Indoor Grill
This looks a little different because of the stylish Copper Titanium Coated surface that is heated by a 1500 element. The tray underneath collects all the fat for smoke-free grilling and is removable so it is easy to wash. What I like about it is the fact that you can use it for a number of cooking techniques. Of course, you can grill but it also sautés, fries, steams and more. It makes cooking a convenient task and you can even make special meals like paellas and risotto.
Easy to clean
#8 Presto 09020 Cool Touch Electric Indoor Grill
For the best value, this is a reliable indoor grill that won’t break the bank. The grease runs off this grill with ease and it can be cleaned easily. It features a cool-touch base that allows you to touch around the grill and has heat control to allow an even distribution of heat, perfect for making sure your meats are cooked all the way through no matter where you put them. You can fit it into most dishwashers and it stores away easily in-between uses. You can also control the temperature which is something you don’t always expect for something so cheap.
#7 George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill
This is arguably the best indoor grill for larger groups, making a massive 15 portions at one time. The 240 sq inches of grilling surface offers you a way of cooking to perfection and with no flare-ups, it is great for apartments and any home. The can asset the temperature with 5 different settings and as you would expect from a George Foreman, it has a non-stick coating that is easy to clean. With a fat removing slope and collecting tray it has all the hallmarks of his other products and as always, he’s so proud o it, he put his name on it.
Adjustable heat settings
#6 T-fal GC70 OptiGrill – Indoor Grill
This is an intuitive indoor grill that is more customisable than most. It cooks to the thickness of the food and has 6 in-built cooking programs that are tailored towards certain types of meats including beef, fish, sausage and more. There is a pre-heating light that makes it easy to know when to start and a beep for rare, medium or well done when cooking steaks. It may have a lot of programs but is incredibly easy to use and when you master it, mealtimes will be simple. The removable plates are non-stick but can be washed in the dishwasher making clean-up easy.
Lots of pre-set programs
#5 Hamilton Beach Steak Lover’s Indoor Searing Grill
For a reliable grill that is good value then look no further, Hamilton Beach has mastered it. Non-stick and easy to wipe clean it sears meat evenly for tender results. You can get up to 500F out of this dual side grill, just pull the convenient handle and cook both sides for an even heat distribution. It grills meats in ten minutes and under and collects fat in a dripping tray that is removable for easy cleaning. The digital display makes it easy to change the temperature and has a floating hinge to adjust to the height of the food.
Very good price
Removable dripping tray
#4 Maxi-Matic EMG-980B Large Indoor Electric Round Nonstick Grilling Surface
This indoor grill is great for making everything on one hot plate, just chuck on your protein and vegetables and get grilling. This means you can use the 14″ surface to save time on making multiple foods at different times. It comes with a lid that allows you to lock in the heat and slow grill with 5 adjustable temperatures. The non-stick surface makes cleaning simple and it even comes with a 1-year warranty. You can also make use of the 1400W thermostat but if this just gets in the way then don’t worry, it’s removable!
Easy to clean
#3 Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler Deluxe, Brushed Stainless
A credible name in the world of indoor grills, this model pulls out all the stops to give you lots of options for grilling including panini press, contact grill, top melt and beyond. The griddle plates are removable so can be tailored to whatever meal you are cooking and it features temperature control and when open, you have a 240 square inch grilling surface to enjoy. It comes with a scraping tool for the stubborn parts and a lot of the accessories are dishwasher safe which makes cleaning easy.
Large 24 sq inch grilling surface
#2 George Foreman 4-Portion Family Health Grill 18471 – Black
No list would be complete without a George Foreman or two, for some people, this is the original indoor grill and the only. This one comes in a big family-sized 4-portion grill and is angled to let the fat drip into the tray so it doesn’t stay on your food. There is a floating hinge which helps the door to close even with different types of food to make sure it cooks all the way through. The light will come on when it is ready to cook and is versatile enough to cook just about anything including paninis. It’s compact and ready to make your family mealtime easier.
Closes over food to cook both sides
#1 Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler, GR-4N, Silver/Black Dials
For this price, it is hard to find anything that can rival the performance of the Cuisinart 5-in-1 indoor grill. The brushed stainless steel outer is easy to clean and looks good on your kitchen top. The panini-style handle makes it easier to check what’s going on underneath and gives it a BBQ-style feel. You can control the temperature and it even has indicator lights. You should find this to be one of the best indoor grills for cleaning because it comes with a handy scraping tool to get rid of some of the stubborn leftovers and comes with different griddles that can be used for frying or grilling. It’s an all-round excellent grill at a fraction of the price of some of the others.
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Indoor Grill Guide
The convenience of an indoor grill is great, but the taste is even better. Still, some products are just better at giving you that pressed, chargrilled meat that makes you want to use it every day. Because some products are better than others, it is important to know what to look for.
When searching for your indoor grill, there are a few things to consider so make sure you read the following guide before rushing into a purchase. You can save time later when you’re firing up the indoor grill again, making irresistible meals.
What To Look For In An Indoor Grill
Because you don’t want to be sat waiting for your meat to grill to the desired level for ages, the indoor grill you choose needs to be backed by sufficient power. Most brands will likely brag about how good theirs is in this area but make sure it has enough behind it to heat through the meat after you’ve opened the grill to check on the progress.
When grilling indoors, one of the main benefits is that the fat drips away on an inclined grill. The better brands will have a wide tray that catches all the fat but make sure it is easy to dispose of and clean.
Most indoor grills will come with a variety of settings and easy temperature control. This is great for when you need to know when the grill has reached the desired temperature so you know when to add the meat. It might be a light indicator or a beep that tells you it is time to get grilling.
Finding an indoor grill with a maximum temperature of around 600 degrees will be more than enough for most needs.
This will be influenced by your needs as someone who lives alone won’t need a family-sized outdoor grill. The convenience of a George Foreman might suffice for a lot of people. Families will want a larger surface and you can find some brands that give you more room to play with.
Easy To Clean
If the outdoor grill isn’t easy to clean, you’re less likely to use it and it will end up at the back of the cupboard next to that blender your mother-in-law bought you last Christmas. The majority of outdoor grills will have a non-stick surface that is easy to clean and some will even have detachable parts that are dishwasher friendly.
Always check with your specific brand and product before you wash it to avoid causing unnecessary damage.
Because an indoor grill is designed to be portable and part of the convenience is being able to free up space on your kitchen surface, you need it to be light enough that moving it isn’t a chore. Most products will be fine in this area but just check the grill isn’t too bulky to make moving it a pain.
Outdoor Grill Cooking Options
Some people can make do with a regular outdoor grill that just cooks the damn meat whilst others prefer a bit more in the way of cooking options. Some of the high-end outdoor grills will have pre-set options that make cooking different types of food simple. Some will have a setting for full grill, panini press, half griddle, top melt, or a roast vegetable setting.
Some brands even tell you when your meat is rare, medium-rare, medium, or well done.
Types of Indoor Grills
Whilst there aren’t loads of different types of indoor grills to choose from, the main two offer their own benefits.
For a lot of people, these are the best indoor grills because they come into contact with both sides of the food. Using a grill above and one to rest on, they will often be made smaller so they can fit into apartments and save space. They trap heat and help to cook through the meat although you have to lift the lid to see what’s going on underneath.
Open Top Grill
The other common type of indoor grill allows you to monitor the progress of the cooking but it does mean you have to flip the food over to cook it through. Some lids might cover the food to seal in the heat and flavor although they do not contact the food to cook it.
A lot of the time, they will be bigger and can even come in separated cooking sections.
There are some great products on the market and each of them will give you the convenience of well-cooked food on an easy to clean surface. Brand reputation alone isn’t enough to base a decision on. I always recommend that people find an indoor grill that gives them the cooking area to match their needs, and the power to make sure you aren’t watching the clock.