Over the past 25 years or so the indoor grill industry took off thanks to the engaging smile of a once formidable knockout artist named George Foreman. Since then everyone has gotten into the act and there are now dozens of indoor grills vying for the attention of hungry consumers everywhere. Being hungry consumers ourselves we felt obligated to test as many of them as possible and the list below represents what we feel to be the 10 best.
The Best Indoor Grill
The Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 4-qt. Air Fryer is undoubtedly your one-stop for some highly favorable food. There’s no doubt that this multifunctional device is the answer to some trying culinary questions. How do you grill during winter or how you can make do when you don’t have an outdoor area are just a few of them. Even better is the fact that the Ninja foodi grill does not just grill. It’s an air fryer that also sears, sizzles and air fry crisps. For the most part of it, you can expect some incredibly delicious food that does not come in the form of a ticking time bomb. So how exactly are these tasty wonders cooked up? With the use of 500F air circulates around food the Surround Searing feature kicks in. At the same time, there is 500F high-density grill grate which produces visually pleasant char-grilled marks.
You best believe that the food that comes out is just as tasty as it is aesthetically pleasing. It’ll come out well cooked on the outside and char-grilled on the outside. The latter can be credited to the Cyclonic Grilling Technology which is part and parcel of the whole package. Some people are wary of air frying because in some cases it is a far cry from the real deal. In this case, there are no worries on that front, this grill offers authentic flavors, tastes, and textures that will have you coming back for more. There’s really no downside to this indoor grill, it has the BTU cooking power of an outdoor grill and equally brings the flavor. It also has a defrost feature that will definitely come in handy on more than one occasion.
This grill sears, sizzles, and air fry crisps
Makes use of Surround Searing and Cyclonic Grilling Technology
Comes with a defrost feature
75% less fat than deep-frying
- Weight14.5 pounds
If you’re looking for outdoor quality and flavor with indoor convenience you can’t go wrong with this Hamilton Beach grill.
This Hamilton Beach grill is the kind of appliance that makes us question how we got along without it. The look is sleek and tight, the controls are simple and logical, there’s plenty of room for our favorite dishes, they come out tasting incredible and everything cleans up in a few minutes. Our handy guide to the best BBQs features more great products like this.
Fitted with an adjustable temperature dial
Equipped with a 6 with 118 square-inch grilling surface
Comes with a window fixture on the hood
Fitted with a large drip tray
- BrandHamilton Beach
- Weight8.14 pounds
Easy cleanup with removable drip tray and nonstick plate.
Fully adjustable temperature controls for precise cooking.
Dome lid is perfect for locking in the flavor of your favorite meats and other dishes.
Nonstick plate might actually stick a little bit.
The Cuisinart GR-4N is a pocket dynamo that can operate as a full grill, half grill, full griddle, half griddle, contact grill or panini press.
This is perhaps the best looking indoor grill on the market and it works as good as it looks. The fact that the cooking surface isn’t inclined is a bit of an annoyance but nothing so great that we wouldn’t recommend this. Because it does an excellent job with whatever you decide to put into it. Be sure to also check out our list of the best camping grills for more great items like this.
Works as a 5-in-1 countertop unit
Has a brushed stainless-steel exterior
Fitted with nonstick cooking plates
Comes with adjustable temperature controls
- Weight14.9 pounds
Cuisinart’s removable and reversible cooking plates make for easy cleaning.
Dual temperature controls allow for greater input on your part in the cooking process.
High build quality and clean, brushed stainless steel housing.
We’d like to see a tilted cooking surface for easier cleanup.
With the George Foreman 4-Serving Removable Plate Grill, there are so many options practically on the table. In this day and age where family-style dinners are slowly being replaced by microwave dinners, this device is a breath of fresh air. Just as it is indicated in the name, a total of 4 servings can be cooked on this grilling device. Even better is the fact that these are dinner-sized portions, so the whole family can enjoy a nice hearty meal. Just because it is hearty does not mean it has to be unhealthy, this indoor grill offers up an exclusive fat removing design. Thanks to the fact that it has a sloped grilling surface, it has the ability to drain up to 42% of the fat. Based on that alone, this is an extremely healthy way to get some delicious food.
You should not have to sacrifice the well-being of your heart to get a hearty meal out of it. Another great addition is the advanced non-stick coating present inside the grill. It happens to have double the coating that previous models were equipped with. This makes it a lot easier for the excess oil and butter to be removed during the grilling process. So, it has been established that the grilling process is stellar, but what happens after all. Well, thanks to the fact that it has removable plates cleanup is as easy as ever. Even better is the fact that these plates happen to be dishwasher safe. Thanks to this feature and more, indoor grilling has never been easier.
Serves four hearty portions
It has a sloped grilling surface
Fitted with dishwasher-safe removable plates
Has a 1-inch adjustable floating hinge
- BrandGeorge Foreman
- Weight6.45 pounds
Cuisinart hits a hamburger homer with the GR-300WS Elite Grill that will send your guests into a culinary frenzy.
The Cuisinart GR300WS offers 6 cooking options: panini press, full griddle, half griddle, full grill, half grill and top melt. We love the dual zone temperature control as a time-saving convenience and the unit really does clean up in two shakes of a lamb’s tail. This also makes a great food gift for those in your circle who love to eat.
- Weight16.84 pounds
Non-stick griddle plates are reversible and removable for maximum convenience.
Set the temp on each side independently with the dual zone control.
6 cooking options on tap.
One of the most expensive on our list.
Set this grill up indoors or outdoors and enjoy the same incredible flavor with the same time-saving clean up.
A typically easy to use GF product that also produces typically delicious dishes whether you grill chicken, shrimp or sirloin. The sloped cooking surface pulls greasy residue away from your culinary creations sothe final product is both delectable and heart healthy.
- BrandGeorge Foreman
- Weight21 pounds
Cooking surface slopes forward to drain grease away from the food.
Waist high for maximum convenience. No stooping or stretching.
Domed hood helps create convection currents that aid in cooking.
Takes a while to cook a thick piece of meat.
The T-Fal GC702 has its own 6 settings from which to choose: burger, sandwich, red meat, sausage, poultry and fish.
The T-Fal GC702 does a great job on thicker cuts of meat that other indoor grills have a hard time with. Beyond that it drains away fat while you cook, informs you when a cut of meat should be rare, medium or well done and has a manual mode for when you want to roast vegetables. If you buy this grill, make sure you have good meat cleavers handy cause you’ll be grilling the meat all the time.
- Weight11.6 pounds
Adapts to the thickness of the meat to ensure proper cooking.
Audible beeps let you know your meat is done.
Indicator light tells you when the grill is properly pre-heated.
The display can be a little confusing.
If you like to keep an eye on your chops while they’re grilling to perfection you’ll love the Delonghi BG24 Perfecto.
The Delonghi Perfecto is a simple design with simple functions that does one simple thing very well: it produces delicious grilled meats and other dishes. It has what we’d like to see in more indoor grills; a tempered glass lid so we can keep an eye on things without having to open the grill constantly. This is a perfect gift for men who love to BBQ.
- Weight10.8 pounds
Nice even distribution of heat for a nice evenly cooked piece of meat.
Non-stick grill plate and drip tray are removable for easy cleaning.
Detachable thermostat allows you to keep a close eye on the state of your dish.
Non-stick cooking surface is not as durable as it could be.
It’s a grill. It’s a griddle. It’s both! The Hamilton Beach Grill/Griddle combo saves you time while opening up culinary options you don’t have with other grills.
While it’s true the individual cooking surfaces are not huge they’re big enough to cook a variety of different dishes including steaks, chops, omelets, pancakes and a whole lot more. The ability to independently control the heat on the different sides is also a plus, as is the slightly tilted surface. This is also a great Christmas gift for your loved ones.
- BrandHamilton Beach
- Weight9.3 pounds
Griddle, grill or griddle/grill combo. It’s up to you.
Great for family breakfasts or when you’re cooking for different people with different tastes.
2 heat zones with independent temperature controls.
The individual cooking surfaces are not all that big.
Presto is a good name for this tabletop electric grill because it heats up in a hurry.
We like the wide cooking surface. It saves time by allowing you to cook more chops, chicken wings or whatever else you’ve got lined up. We like the cool touch base. We like how quickly the unit heats up and we really like the price. Oh yeah, and we like the free spatula too.
- Weight5 pounds
When you’re finished just wipe the grill down a bit and pop it in the dishwasher.
The base around the grill surface takes advantage of Presto’s “cool touch” technology.
Cooking surface is a generous 16 inches across to accommodate more food for more people.
A lid for the grill would be nice.
Big George makes another appearance on our list here with this dishwasher safe fully warranted grill.
An excellent tool for cooking simple meat and fish dishes. The GRP1060B now heats up significantly faster than earlier George Foreman grills and has a larger surface area for cooking as well. It’s tilted forward to remove fats and aid in cleanup and that cleanup can be done in the dishwasher. If you are looking for a useful housewarming gift for your loved ones, this might be a good idea.
- BrandGeorge Foreman
- Weight4.2 pounds
Temperature indicator light lets you know when the grill is ready to go.
New and improved non-stick coating makes cleanup easier than ever before.
Larger cooking surface has space to cook 4 servings of your favorite dish at the same time.
Temperature indicator light but precious little temperature control.
Whether you’re having the boss over for dinner or you just want to make a burger, the Excelvan Barbecue Grill is the grill for the job.
All in all this last entry in our top 10 grill list is a great value that presents plenty of cooking surface. It heats up faster than some other units and the fats are effectively drained away before they can become one with your meal. Great for chicken, pork, steaks, burgers and a host of other dishes. For more great options check out our guide to the best pellet grills.
- Weight7.4 pounds
Fats drip through to the collection plate rather than being absorbed by your burger.
Temperature control is pretty good for an indoor electric grill.
Cooking area is a full 10” x 15” for holidays and special occasions.
Coating on the drip plate is not as robust as we would like it to be.
Indoor Grill FAQs
Before you spend your hard earned money on a new indoor grill look for the following things:
Temperature Indicator – You need to know when the grill has reached cooking temperature and the best way to do that is with a temperature indicator: either a light or a beep.
Sufficient Power – Each time you check on your food you let some heat escape. Electric grills can be slow to recover that heat if they’re underpowered.
Inclined Surface and Drip Pan – You want the fat that leaches from your food to drain away. So make sure your grill has an inclined cooking surface and a pan to catch the dripping fat.
Removable Cooking Surface and Drip Pan – It’s also important that these elements are removable. If they’re not cleanup is going to be a hassle.
Max Temperature of 600 Degrees – No you don’t technically need 600 degrees to cook meat but the higher your max settings the more useful your in between settings will be.