Electric Grills

Summer is here once again! You’ve already begun planning for the big neighborhood 4th of July celebration. You’ve sent out invitations, ensured that everyone knows what to bring, but you’ve forgotten one thing: you promised to grill burgers, hot dogs, and other summer favorites for the whole neighborhood, and you don’t even own a grill! You’ll need to find a powerful yet cost effective grill quick. Charcoal grills are too messy to handle, and gas grills are simply too expensive. So that settles it – it’s time for you to buy an electric grill. But which grill should you buy?

Of course, you need to choose the best electric grill for you. No two electric grills are precisely alike, though. Some tabletop electric grills are ideal for apartment-sized spaces, while outside electric grills will be able to provide enough power and presence to match a charcoal or gas grill. No matter what model you choose, it is essential to find the electric grill that’s right for your needs, your space, and your budget.

Rising competitions between major brands like George Foreman, Weber, and Char-Broil have set the electric grill market on fire, allowing for some of the best, feature-packed models to sell for a fraction of their original price. But traveling store to store while comparing every last feature and price tag can be time consuming and confusing. You need a better method for learning about which home electric grill is right for you.

To meet this need, I’ve reviewed 10 of the best-selling electric grills available today, including the George Foreman GGR50B indoor outdoor electric grill and Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro portable electric grill. Any of these electric grills would make a worthwhile addition to your cooking arsenal, so take some time to read about what allows them to serve up your summertime favorites in just minutes.

In this review, I’ve compared and contrasted many of the key specification that you should consider when purchasing an electric grill, including size, form factor, electric output, portability, cooking space, and construction materials. In addition, each review includes an easy-to-interpret pros and cons list, allowing you to make an informed choice at a glance.

  • Cooking Surface Area – 240 sq. inches;

  • Cooking Surface Material – “George Tough” non-stick cast iron;

  • Exterior Construction Material – Steel;

  • Electric Power (in watts) – 1,600;

  • Extra Features – Removable grill plate, fat-removing sloped surface, removable grill stand.

With the George Foreman GGR50B, you won’t be begging for more cooking space. With 240 sq. inches of cast iron cooking surface, you’ll have room to cook burgers, chicken, and hot dogs for a party of up to 15 guests and family members. With the easy-to-adjust temperature control knob, you’ll quickly learn that the secret ingredient to juicy meat and vegetables on the grill is precision heat. The “George Tough” non-stick coating is also exceptional, allowing foods to cook to perfection without adhering to the cooking surface.

The George Foreman GGR50B also provides a unique feature on its cooking surface that no other electric grill can offer. Built with healthy eating in mind, this model’s slightly sloped surface allows for fat cooked out of meats to gently drain off the surface. From there, you can easily dispose of the cooled grease before going to enjoy your burger or roast with 42% less fat overall.

Unlike most other electric grills which are either tabletop or patio-style, the George Foreman GGR50B can be both. Thanks to its removable grill stand, this model allows you to get the most out of your electric grilling experience – whether indoors or outdoors. Clean up with the George Foreman GGR50B takes just a few minutes. Once the cooking surface has cooled down, you can easily remove it and clean it with a quick wipe down.

Owners of the George Foreman GGR50B are in full agreement that this model is a cut above the rest. Many applaud its A+ grilling standard, while still remain convenient enough to find a home on the patio or in an apartment. Once you purchase a George Foreman GGR50B, you’ll see why their “lean, mean, fat-grilling machines” are still industry leaders and fan favorites in electric grilling.

  • Patented non-stick surface
  • Inclined surface that helps efficiently burn of 42% more fat
  • Removable grill stand
  • May overheat if overused
  • Cooking Surface Area – 280 sq. inches;

  • Cooking Surface Material – Porcelain-enameled cast iron;

  • Exterior Construction Material – Cast aluminum;

  • Electric Power (in watts) – 1,560;

  • Extra Features – removable grease catch pan, “infinite control” burner valve, side handles, 6-foot power cord.

Taking a few cues from other types of grills, the Weber 55020001 Q 2400 Electric Grill is actually a step above both gas and charcoal grills thanks to its consistent heating pattern and reliable heating output. A premium pick for those the best outdoor electric grilling experience, this model is built to last and provide an above-average level of performance.

Like many other Weber grills, the Weber 55020001 Q 2400 provides ample space for cooking on an exceptionally durable cooking surface. Clocking in at 280 sq. inches of cooking space, you’ll have room for everything from steaks and chicken to corn and pineapple. No matter what you cook, you can be sure that this model’s porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking surface will warm it to perfection and then release it at your whim.

Many electric grills feature standard quality or otherwise low budget construction. Weber decided to preserve its durable construction model previously implemented into its charcoal and gas grill lines. As such, the Weber 55020001 Q 2400 features a cast aluminum body that can both trap heat effectively and stand up to wear over time. Few (if any) other smokeless electric grills can offer that level of durability, so you should take this as a sign of this model’s premium quality.

Weber 55020001 Q 2400 owners agree that this electric grill is a joy to use. Several veteran grillers even note that the “infinite control” burner valve helped them to achieve a level of precision heating that was previously unreachable of finicky charcoal and gas grills. You’re certain to find the Weber 55020001 Q 2400 to your liking as well, so be sure to put it high on your electric grill wish list.

  • Porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking surface
  • Premium cast aluminum body and lid
  • Side handles for portability
  • May be slow to heat up
  • Cooking Surface Area – 12”x 6” sq. inches;

  • Cooking Surface Material – Die-cast Aluminum;

  • Exterior Construction Material – Steel (with tempered glass lid);

  • Electric Power (in watts) – 1,500;

  • Extra Features – removable non-stick drip pan, M-shaped grill pattern, compact form factor.

If your landlord says “no” to gas or charcoal grills in your apartment or condo, then there is a value-conscious electric grill model you can turn to in order to provide safe performance. The Delonghi BG24 Perfecto Indoor Grill won’t even take up an unnecessary amount of space, making it among the best indoor electric grills.

In the comfort of your own kitchen, you’ll be able to cook in the Delonghi BG24 Perfecto’s 12”x 6” cooking space. This cooking surface is made up of die-cast aluminum, making it lightweight but still exceptionally able to provide even heat to all foods. Die-cast aluminum cooking surfaces are generally rare in electric grills these days, so this model’s unique cooking surface would make a worthwhile kitchen addition.

With charcoal grills, you constantly need to place the lid back on the body in order to trap in an excessive of achirid smoke. Not so with the Delonghi BG24 Perfecto, which features a tempered glass lid designed to trap in moisture throughout the cooking process. In fact, you won’t even need to worry about coughing while you use this model. This smokeless indoor electric grill will keep the air in your home free of extra contaminants.

Owners of this grill agree that the “Perfecto” title is apt, considering its spot-on performance. One common refrain is its ease of use and storage in urban apartments. With this electric grill, a blizzard’s worth of snow won’t stop you from cooking up a deliciously grilled delight. For this reason and many others, the Delonghi BG24 Perfecto comes highly recommended.

  • Countertop form factor
  • Tempered glass lid
  • Die-cast aluminum cooking surface
  • Grill surface may degrade after extended use
  • Cooking Surface Area – 240 sq. inches (with 80 sq. inch warming rack);

  • Cooking Surface Material – Porcelain-coated steel;

  • Exterior Construction Material – Steel;

  • Electric Power (in watts) – 1,750;

  • Extra Features –TRU-Infrared cooking system, built-in temperature gauge, storage grate, wood chip functionality.

Apartment patios and balconies are not well-known for their exceptionally spacey accommodations. Often, space is at a premium, making the addition of a cooking implement potentially dicey. Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill won’t make you second guess your choice to purchase an electric grill, though. With its unique infrared cooking system, you’ll be fully satisfied with every meal you cook out on the patio.

Once you warm up this electric BBQ grill, you’ll have 240 sq. inches of cooking surface upon which you can grill everyone’s favorite meats and vegetables. With an extra 80 sq. inches of cooking space on the internal warming rack, you’ll additionally be able to toast buns or simmer rare burgers to juicy perfection.

Speaking of cooking, the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared’s unique cooking system is not to be missed.

The built-in TRU-Infrared cooking system has become renown in other Char-Broil models and now brings its ability to tackle cold spots to your home electric grill. Rather then relying on hot air, as gas and charcoal grills do, the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared uses radiant heat to trap in moisture for the perfect steak or chicken.

Many Char-Broil TRU-Infrared owners have found this electric grill model to be the exact grill they were looking for. As expected, the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared’s unique cooking system has found a way to satisfy even the pickiest eaters who insist that electric grilling is inferior to gas and charcoal. In total, the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared is among the best outdoor electric grills available. Purchasing one and placing it on your balcony will be space (and money) well used.

  • 80 sq. inch warming rack
  • TRU-Infrared cooking system
  • Built-in temperature gauge
  • May require extra brushing and cleaning
  • Cooking Surface Area – 145 sq. inches;

  • Cooking Surface Material – Porcelain-enameled steel;

  • Exterior Construction Material – Stainless-steel;

  • Electric Power (in watts) – 1,500;

  • Extra Features – Optional stand, 5,120 BTU burner.

Though not the most powerful or spacy electric grill, the Cuisinart CEG-980T Outdoor Electric Tabletop Grill’s portability makes it an asset to those grilling on the go. At the same time, this flameless grill is also ideal for those cooking where leases and local regulations prohibit live flames.

The Cuisinart CEG-980T is able to heat up to cooking temperature in 10 minutes or less, allowing you to quickly pop your desired foods on the heat. For that matter, eight hamburgers or up to four pounds of fish in the 145 sq. inch cooking space. The pre-installed stainless-steel heat shield will also trap heat, ensuring optimal electricity use throughout.

The Cuisinart CEG-980T is light on extra features, all things said. However, the optional stand makes this model much more useful when cooking at a table or countertop.

Reviews for the Cuisinart CEG-980T have been more mixed when compared to other electric grills. Those that enjoy this model find its unique briefcase-style form factor to be a considerable asset when transporting it. If your grilling needs take you were fire is prohibited, be sure to pack along the Cuisinart CEG-980T. Your hungry guests will thank you.

  • Briefcase-style form factor
  • 5,120 BTU burner
  • Easy-to-operate controls
  • Lower-then-average amount of cooking space
  • Cooking Surface Area – 12.5”x 9.25” sq. inches;

  • Cooking Surface Material – Non-stick cast iron;

  • Exterior Construction Material – Steel;

  • Electric Power (in watts) – 1,300;

  • Extra Features – Countertop form factor, detachable cooking surface.

If you’re in the market for a countertop electric grill that performs like a full-sized competitor, look no further than the Zojirushi EB-CC15 Indoor Electric Grill. This small electric grill still packs the capacity to grill up your favorite meats and vegetables to flavorful perfection without taking up too much valuable cabinet space.

Because of its flat form factor, this model is excellent for cooking kabobs and other skewered dishes to crisp perfection. Not to mention, the Zojirushi EB-CC15 can cook a mean barbeque indoors– perhaps even during the cold winter months. Either way, you’ll have plenty of room to cook on this non-stick cast iron cooking surface, which usually cleans off with a quick wipe down.

If you need more than a quick clean to shine up this cooking surface, worry not. The Zojirushi EB-CC15’s cooking surface is detachable and dishwasher safe, allowing you to spend more time eating and less time worrying about clean up. As an added bonus, this electric grill is likely available at a large chain store new you, such as Lowes or Walmart. You won’t have to wait long to get your hands on this model.

Overall, owners of the Zojirushi EB-CC15 like this indoor electric grill and so will you. So, make plans to add it to your kitchen soon.

  • Non-stick cast iron cooking surface
  • Flat form factor for easy storage
  • Detachable, dishwasher safe cooking surface
  • Few added features
  • Cooking Surface Area – 260 sq. inches;

  • Cooking Surface Material – PFOA-free non-stick cast iron;

  • Exterior Construction Material – Stainless-steel;

  • Electric Power (in watts) – 1,800;

  • Extra Features – Element IQ technology, 180-degree hinge, internal heat sensors, easy-to-read digital screen.

Experienced chefs often ask their cooking implements to go above and beyond. If you’re looking to get more out of your electric grill, you should seriously consider the Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill. This electric grill can more than just heat meat and vegetables. Using this model’s unique construction and built-in features, this electric grill is capable of churning out sandwiches and more.

In its basic form, the Breville BGR820XL works like a standard panini maker. When you’re ready to go beyond simple pressure-cooked sandwiches, you can also pop the 180-degree hinge open to lay the entire device flat. With two separate cooking squares available, you’ll have 260 sq. inches of cooking space upon which you can grill to your heart’s content.

The Breville BGR820XL also features Element IQ technology, a proprietary heat monitoring system that gives you as much control over your cooking process as possible. Using built in sensors, the Element IQ system provides simple read outs onto the digital screen which you can then use to pinpoint the precise temperature for cooking perfection.

Overall, you’ll find that the Breville BGR820XL can do what many other electric grills cannot. You’ll quickly learn that this difference is well worth your investment.

  • PFOA-free non-stick cast iron cooking surface
  • 180-degree hinge open for added versatility
  • Able to cook paninis as well as grill
  • Not primarily a barbeque electric grill
  • Cooking Surface Area – 9 3/4” x 11 5/8” sq. inches;

  • Cooking Surface Material – Cast iron;

  • Exterior Construction Material – Stainless-steel;

  • Electric Power (in watts) – 1,300;

  • Extra Features – Side handles, touch controls.

What’s a day out of fishing without a delicious fish fry as the sun sets? With the Kenyon B70082 Floridian All Seasons Portable Stainless-Steel Electric Grill, you’ll be able to make that dream a reality each and every fishing trip.

Starting up this model is literally at the tip of your finger, as the Kenyon B70082 Floridian provides touch-operated controls for both ignition and temperature adjustment. The Kenyon B70082 Floridian can grill beside the best in the market, providing a great grilling experience without any of the smoke and ash.

The Kenyon B70082 Floridian can go from cold to 600 degrees in just ten minutes, allowing you to get fish frying sooner. This model is also safe to set on any surface, as its stainless-steel exterior traps heat and prevents unintended melting of plastic in the proximity of the grill.

Reviewers note that this model’s sleek appearance and convenient portability were major buying points for them. The Kenyon B70082 Floridian definitely provides both, while still maintaining a level of performance that will quickly satisfy who ever joins you out on the boat.

  • Touch-controlled ignition and temperature adjustment
  • Stainless-steel frame
  • Fairly portable
  • Unusual form factor
  • Cooking Surface Area – 176 sq. inches;

  • Cooking Surface Material – Steel;

  • Exterior Construction Material – High temperature powder painted steel;

  • Electric Power (in watts) – 1,500;

  • Extra Features – Pedestal base.

Perhaps one of the smallest electric grills on the market today, the Easy Street Lock ‘N Go Electric Grill still manages to provide just enough performance and portability to be a worthwhile purchase. This models small form factor also makes it ideal for tight spaces with little storage.

While the Easy Street Lock ‘N Go provides a modest amount of cooking space, its most unique feature is likely its pedestal base. Few other small electric grills feature this type of base, which itself adds enhanced stability to the appliance overall.

The 1,500-watt power source applies ample warm air to your desired meat or vegetables, turning them it scrumptious meals in just a few minutes. While you work at or transport the Easy Street Lock ‘N Go, you won’t have to worry about the lid falling off thanks its unique interlocking hood and body.

In all, this affordably priced model provides enough performance and portability for the infrequent electric griller. To this extent, the Easy Street Lock ‘N Go performs well.

  • Interlocking hood and body
  • 1,500-watt power source
  • Affordably priced
  • Lower-than-average sized cooking surface
  • Cooking Surface Area – 240 sq. inches;

  • Cooking Surface Material – Cast iron;

  • Exterior Construction Material – Stainless-steel;

  • Electric Power (in watts) – 1,800;

  • Extra Features – Six different grill orientations, DuoControl heating, floating lid, 180-degree hinge.

Another standout electric grill for its sheer versatility, the Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler Deluxe provides you a great deal of options that go beyond electric grilling standards. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be made with ease using this home electric grill.

The Cuisinart GR-150 can be set up to work with a whole bevy of easy-to-insert cooking plates including griddle, panini, flat, and waffle. These plates are exceptionally easy to clean as they can be simply popped in the dishwasher after the main meal is served.

The Cuisinart GR-150 DuoControl heating allows both plates to heat independently of one another. This comes in handy when you open the 180-degree hinge and grill using both plates at once. If you’re planning on serving fajitas, you can even use one plate to heat tortillas while the chicken grills.

Overall, the Cuisinart GR-150 is a multi-purpose electric grill that will find all kinds of new uses as it becomes a regular mealtime fixture. Steak, paninis, fajitas, eggs, bacon and more await you when you add the Cuisinart GR-150 to your kitchen.

  • Six different grill orientations
  • DuoControl heating
  • 180-degree hinge
  • Extra cooking plates sold separately
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