Whether you crave a grilled steak or smoked salmon, you may think that you can only make these on an outdoor grill. You don’t need to have a backyard or lug around a heavy grill to enjoy some of your favorite grilled foods.
As long as you have a kitchen counter, you can grill indoors. From a space-saving George Foreman to a Breville grill perfect for sandwiches, see how these indoor grills rate.
Breville’s powerful 1800-watt grill can offer 310 – 450 degrees Fahrenheit for cooking all your favorite breakfast and grill foods. Really, there’s not much this grill can’t handle. You can open it partway for panini mode or all the way for a double-sided grill mode, with 6 different height selections and an adjustable plate tilt so you can make sure grease quickly spills into the drip pan. There also three settings for low heat, sandwich-making, and high heat/searing for general temperature selection. Plus, you don’t really have to know how to clean a grill to maintain this one.
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This T-Fal model is filled with interesting tech, include sensors that can change the grilling cycle based on the thickness of the food, and a number of unique presets like sausage, red meat, fish, and poultry. There’s even a separate mode for thawing out and cooking frozen food. We also like the aluminum plates and the easy-to-remove drip pan position in the front of the grill. However, at around only 93 square inches, it’s a particularly small grill and not well-suited for parties.
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Philip’s elite portable grill is a little expensive, but has one of the best grill designs that we’ve seen. That includes reflectors that concentrate as much heat on the grill surface as possible, keeping the drip pan underneath as cool as possible to reduce smoke and burning oil. However, this grill is also highly specialized: You can’t even change the temperature, as it’s designed to heat up and hold the heat at 446 degrees Fahrenheit (or what Philips calls the ideal temperature to cook meat). Obviously if you don’t intend to grill much red meat, this grill isn’t for you. If you’re all about steak and hamburgers, this may be the easiest grill you’ve ever used.
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Some of you are probably interested in a grill you can use outdoors when appropriate. This GF grill is specifically designed for indoor/outdoor use. Now, it still requires a source of electricity to work, but it comes with a durable cover designed to protect the food (and heat) against the elements. The grill also has a particularly large 240 square inches of grill space, ideal for cooking a lot of food at once (compared to other indoor grills). As you can guess, that makes this grill excellent at tailgate parties, with the added bonus that you can use it at home, too. Extra features include a plug-in temperature control probe and a handy removable stand so you don’t need to find a table every time you use the grill.
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