Most summer parties are centered around the grill. Chilling outside with your best friends, drinking cold beverages in the hot sun, and charring some burgers on the grill are some of my favorite summer memories. But what happens if your cookout gets rained-out? Clouds and rain come crashing in, and all your guests are sent running inside. It would be nice to continue the party indoors by owning an indoor-outdoor grill, which is something everyone should have in their homes.
An indoor-outdoor grill is a mobile cooking device that can be used either outside on the patio, or inside on the kitchen counter. Anywhere there is a power outlet, you can use this type of grill. These grills are electric so they are easy to use, move, and store. Heat is created by a flow of currents through a coil, which then can heat up to a maximum of 600°F. I am going to show you how to choose the best indoor-outdoor grill for you. Here are some of my favorites for the best indoor-outdoor grill for your home or yard. Also, let our buying guide assist you in picking the perfect grill for your needs.
If grilling on the patio is your thing, and having lot of space for it is not, the Weber Q 2400 is perfect for you. This is my top pick for indoor-outdoor grills, perfect for the small deck or apartment patio, and for those who enjoy big grill flavors.
Weber grills maintain a great reputation as being a top contender on the grill market. The Q 2400 is an electric grill with an aluminum body and lid, great for keeping heat inside. The grates are made of cast iron, which is porcelain enameled, and are made to last a long time. The power cord is 6 feet long, so you can safely plug in anywhere. The heating element gets up to 1560 watts and can sear steaks, chicken, vegetables, fish, or anything else you add to your outdoor grill. All parts come apart after use so the user can clean effectively and then store for future use.
Although this grill is fairly expensive, Weber is a trusted name in this market. The Q 2400 has high-heat abilities and resembles a full-capability grill more so than other options. The sleek, modern design is stunning and cool-touch handles allow maximum mobility.
- Great design
- High heat
- Easy clean-up
- Long power cord
- Cool-touch handles
Look no further for the perfect apartment grill. The company guarantees that this George Foreman 15-Serving Grill is apartment proof and your landlord will love it. Just be sure to keep your 15-person BBQ parties fairly quiet if you have close neighbors, or invite them over to join you!
George Foreman has been the face of healthy grilling since the 90s, and he is not slowing down on formulating grills just yet. The 15-Serving Electric Grill has a fat-removing slope, much like the rest of the companies’ grills, which can remove up to 42% of fat from your dish. The fat-collecting tray then is removeable for easy clean up. Simply pour out the fat and hand wash before reassembling for storage.
One feature I really dig is that the grill is large enough to serve 15 people! This grill can go with you to tailgates, picnics, and indoor-outdoor parties. The 240 square-inch grill is coated with a tough anti-stick coating, removing the need for excess oils and fats. A simple dial controls the temperature with total ease. The George Foreman also comes with a removeable stand, so you can take this grill indoor to outdoor. The company also offers a 3-year limited warranty with purchase.
This affordable indoor-outdoor grill gives such an amazing bang for your buck. Low-fat dishes are not on everyone’s wish list, but who doesn’t want to be healthier? Also be mindful that the lid is not attached to the grill body when transporting. Feed your friends and family all at the same time, inside or out, with this George Foreman 15-Serving Electric Grill.
- Large size
- Fat removal tray
- Detached Lid
Everyone wants a super affordable grill that heats up to high temperatures. A drip tray for discarding fat and having no smoke during the cooking process is ideal as well. That is what you get with the Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill!
This 118 sqaure-inch Hamilton Beach Searing Grill heats up to 450°F, locking in juices and creating beautiful grill marks. A closeable lid is attached and is see-through, perfect for keeping an eye on your grilled goods. The company reports that you can serve up to 6 people comfortably with this model. The 1200-watt grill comes with an extra-large drip tray that is easily removable for clean-up.
That means less fat in your cooking, much like the previous model. All parts detach so you can clean thoroughly before storing. Something I really like about this grill is there are two “on” lights, one for preheating and one for power. If the lights are illuminated, you know the grill is on and to handle it carefully. Hamilton Beach offers a 1-year limited warranty with the purchase of this grill.
Although this grill takes up to 10 minutes to preheat, once it does, it is ready to go. This model is affordable and can be used anywhere with a power socket. Just be sure to clean immediately after use.
- High heat
- Easy to clean
- Fat-draining tray
- Long preheat time
If you are a fan of Korean BBQ and want that same experience at home, you have come to the right place. Freshly grilled, spiced meats made right in front of you is a unique experience all its own.
The Zojirushi Electric Grill brings the BBQ right to your home, picnic, patio, or tailgate. This product has variable heat control with cool-touch handles and body. The Zojirishi heats up to 410°F, great for searing meats with grill marks or making homemade Bulgogi. This model has a safety feature where the grill will only heat if the parts have been installed correctly. That means less accidents with set-up.
I like that this model emits less smoke than other indoor-outdoor grills. This 1300-watt grill also has a fat-draining design; simply drain and clean the drip chamber when finished using. The removable drip pan is even dishwasher safe!
While this grill does a great job searing, it is the lowest temperature grill that we have reviewed. The Zojirushi will sear beautifully despite the maximum grilling temperature, prompting you to entertain with it often.
- Grill marks
- Cool-touch handles and body
- Safety features galore
- Low Max Heat
If you want a grill that brings the party, this grill will certainly bring the party to you. And it will have enough room to grill lots of tasty food to feed everyone.
Our last pick is the Techwood Raclette Electric Party Grill. This model has a reversable grill plate; one ridged grill side and one smooth griddle side. Underneath houses 8 raclette dishes, awesome for cooking side dishes at the same time as the main course.
You can also use it to keep food warm while other dishes cook. Friends will want to gather around this grill with their cold beverages to get the party started. Visible indicator lights and an adjustable thermostat make this grill safe and simple to use. Techwood offers a 30-day hassle-free return policy in addition to an 18-month warranty.
There are a lot of features to this grill, meaning there are more components to potentially break down. Each feature is well-made however, so that should not be an issue. Having a ton of features is a good thing when your cooking multiple dishes at once. This truly is the perfect party indoor-outdoor grill.
- Large Cooking Area
- Good Warranty
- Good return policy
- Stylish Centre Piece
- Excellent versatility
- Many Components
Buying Guide – How to Choose the Best Indoor-Outdoor Grill for You
Just like traditional grills, there are a ton of features to be aware of when picking your perfect indoor-outdoor grill. Factor in exactly how you plan on using your new grill, and that will help you choose the features you need. Even if you have a state-of-the-art outdoor grill that you use frequently, having a portable electric grill will allow you to take your grilling on-the-go. Here are all of the different factors to look for when assessing the indoor-outdoor grill for you.
Easy to Start/Assemble
Does your new grill come with any assembly, or is it ready-to-use straight from the box? If you are a handy person who does not mind assembling parts, perhaps a more complicated model would be for you. Some people want to receive their grill, open the box, and use it. Under the product description on the manufacturer’s website, there should be information on the set-up process for each grill.
Cooking Surface Area
The amount of space that is available for cooking will be one of the most important aspects of your indoor-outdoor grill. If planning on using your new grill for tailgating or parties, a larger surface cooking area is for you. If you are single and want to grill your dinner inside, you may not need as much room. Some indoor-outdoor grills are especially made for large groups and parties, do be sure to read through the product description thoroughly.
Nonstick Grilling Surface
The grill surface will need a type of nonstick coating to ensure your food does not stick. Nonstick-coated cast-iron is a very popular material used to manufacture the grill’s cooking surface. Be sure to read through the materials list and make sure you are happy with what each grill is constructed out of. Be sure that the grill surface is made of cast iron, whether or not it is coated in a nonstick. Cast iron has the ability to last a long time and contribute lots of great flavor. It also can hold heat very well.
High cooking power allows food to sear evenly and effortlessly. Cooking power for these grills is normally measured in watts. Wattage will range anywhere from 1200-1600 watts for a good-quality indoor-outdoor grill. Maximum temperatures on a good quality grill will go up to 600°F, which is the perfect temperature for searing meat. Mid-range grills will go up to 400°F, still hot enough for searing meat. Grills with temperatures less than 400°F maximum will likely not be high enough to grill properly. When searing, turn your grill up to its highest temperature to preheat before searing your meat. This will get you the best-looking grill marks.
Most will agree that design is important when choosing any new appliance. A sleek, contemporary design looks great on the countertop and will impress your friends. You will want the design to be easy to use and understand, to deter any accidents. Comfortability of use and simplicity in design will be the most beneficial design features. Also be sure your grill has removable parts, is easy to clean, and has a fat-catching tray to reduce smoke and grease while grilling.
Your indoor-outdoor grill will likely come with three main parts; the bottom chamber that houses the heat coil, a catching tray, and a nonstick grill top. Each piece should come apart when not in use. Some models will have additional features such as a lid, attachable feet, or a fabric grill cover. All additional features are optional and not necessary for regular use.
Easy to Clean
Once the removable parts are apart, the indoor-outdoor grill should be easy to clean. Some grill tops will be dishwasher safe, aiding you in the clean-up process. Wash each component safely and well before reassembling and storing. This will help your grill last for as long as possible.
On indoor-outdoor grills, most will have a fat catcher underneath the grill top. The catcher acts as a barrier between the food drippings and the heat coil. The fat catcher needs to be thoroughly cleaned after each use. Some models will have a slanted grill top, allowing fat to drip off rather than fall through the grates. This feature makes for a healthier final dish on the grill.
The fat catcher is also essential in preventing billows of smoke from escaping into your home when using indoors. Smoke is created when high heat comes into contact with fat and moisture, but allowing that fat to drip away will lessen the amount of smoke emitted from the grill.
Yes, these grills are electric, so plugging them in is essential. Some cords can be up to 6-feet long. The longer the cord, the better the convenience. Most plugs will be three-pronged, so be sure that your outlets are compatible. If your indoor-outdoor grill has a short cord, you may need an additional extension cord to use your grill comfortably.
Most grills, indoor or not, should have a temperature indicator somewhere on the outside of the grill. It should be built-in for easy control and reading. The gage will tell you the exact temperature of the grill, making it easy for you to maintain your perfect level of doneness.
Knobs for controlling grill temperature are what allow us to properly cook at the correct heat level. On the thermostat, there are usually settings ranging from 1-5, 1 being the lowest heat setting. Settings can also be classified as Low, Medium, High. If searing on your indoor-outdoor grill, be sure to turn your grill to the hottest setting it has. The knob feature allows for easily adjustable temperatures when grilling. If your food is cooking too quickly, simply turn the knob to a lower setting.
Should I buy a charcoal smoker or an electric smoker?
A charcoal smoker and an electric smoker have advantages to both. A charcoal model does not require an outlet, so you can smoke meats anywhere on your property. A charcoal smoker will also give the most natural smoke flavor to your food since it is the original method of smoking. This method, however, is influenced by the weather outside. If it is a particularly windy day, your charcoal can be affected.
An electric smoker has the ability to save time because it can smoke meats in a fraction of the time that a charcoal smoker can. Electric models come in analog or digital, depending on personal preference. The heat source comes from heating rods, leaving you with less time watching over your smoked meats.
You can set your time and temperature on an electric smoker, and then walk away. When ready, your meats will be perfectly smoked without the need of a food babysitter. There are no flammable items that can catch fire during the smoking process.
Electric smokers do, however, require a power cord. There are no power outlets found in the woods or in remote locations, so electric smoking locations are limited.
Although it takes more time and energy, I still prefer the taste of a traditional charcoal smoker. The flavor of charcoal is unlike anything else. While electric smokers do a great job, my smoker is a charcoal smoker.
How is smoke removed from an indoor electric grill?
Smoke is removed from an indoor electric grill by way of the fat catching tray, located underneath the food and grill top. Smoke occurs when fat, heat, and moisture all come into contact with one another. By allowing the fat to drain away from the meat, less smoke is created when grilling. Cleaning the fat catching tray after each use will also limit the amount of smoke, so please be diligent in cleaning all aspects of the indoor grill after each use.
How to choose the best and right indoor grill?
Each purchase will be based on your own individual preference. Intended usage will matter; do you plan on using this grill for parties and party food? You may want a bigger model with more features to feed all your guests.
If this grill for your apartment, who does not allow grills? A smaller, cast-iron option would be best because it will store easily and lend the best flavor to your grilled food. There are tons of uses for an indoor grill, so evaluate exactly what you are using your grill for, and then buy a model with specifications based on that evaluation.
Picking the Best Indoor-Outdoor Grill; How to Make the Right Decision
We have showed you how to choose the best and right indoor-outdoor grill for you. Indoor-Outdoor grills are extremely beneficial to have in your collection of cooking appliances. They are mobile, so you can bring them anywhere that offers a power outlet. You can use an indoor-outdoor grill in any weather or time of year. If you are craving grilled food in the dead of winter, this type of grill has your back. If your BBQ party gets rained out, just bring your grill inside and continue the party.
Indoor-outdoor grills are great to have solely or in addition to your regular outdoor grill. There are tons of features to look for when buying this type of grill, and our buying guide shows you exactly what you will need in a great indoor-outdoor grill model. Your friends and family will love your grill parties, whether they are inside or outside, because you will have a grill that can cook in both circumstances. Time to throw a BBQ party!
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