If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere with year-round weather, all year is BBQ season. For those of us up in the wintery North, we only get to grill out in the summertime. Fortunately for us, grill makers have taken all the features of the best small gas grills and brought them indoors. These grills are perfect for winter homegates when you want to make your famous grilled rib tips but don’t want to stand outside in the snow. These indoor grills are also ideal for apartment dwellers who don’t have a large enough patio to have a BBQ setup. Here are our recommendations for the best 12 indoor grills.
We have to pay homage to the originator of the indoor grill, George Foreman. The George Foreman grill has come a long way since its as-seen-on-tv days. It now has smokeless grilling on a non-stick dishwasher-friendly grill plate. Compact enough to store and heavy enough to make paninis, the George Foreman grill is a perfect option for indoor grilling.
If you’re in an apartment or even just have a small kitchen, space matters. The Ninja Foodi Smart is an indoor grill that is also an air fryer. It doesn’t stop there, it also roasts, bakes, broils, and dehydrates, offering the function of six small kitchen appliances in one. There are a lot of tasty tailgating foods you can whip on this indoor grill for your guests.
A gorgeous sear is just one of the benefits of the Oster Diamond Force’s grill plate. Made with their patented Diamond Force non-stick technology, this indoor grill provides superior food release. The grill design also traps the smoke infusing the flavor into the food and heats food evenly up to 460°F. It rivals the best small gas grills for flavor and even cooking.
Another multifunctional indoor grill option is this 3-in-1 grill from Hamilton Beach. It is a grill, griddle, and grill/griddle, perfect for whipping up breakfast. This grill is ideal for whipping up some burgers or steaks. You can also make awesome tacos and quesadillas with the griddle. It’s a great option for any smaller kitchen.
Koreans have mastered the art of cooking over an open flame. They make some of the best indoor grills in the world. The TONZE electric portable indoor grill is smokeless and easy to clean. It’s great for both indoor and outdoor uses and is very stylish in two different colors. It’s ideal for steaks, kabobs, and galbi.
Technology has also come a long way since the first indoor grill. The Breville Smart Grill and Griddle uses a Smart Element IQ™ technology that offers precise temperature control for even cooking. The temperature of the easy-to-clean titanium-infused non-stick plates ranges from 320°F to 450°F for a variety of foods. Grilling a steak to perfection was never easier.
Another high-end indoor grill option is from Cuisinart. The large grilling surface offers a searing function at 500°F for up to two minutes at a time for the perfect char lines. The indoor grill has six different cooking options and dual cooking surfaces. The dual-zone temperature control lets you cook two dishes at once with ease.
This is the perfect option for people who want an indoor grill that is easy to clean. As both a grill and a griddle, the smokeless GoWISE indoor grill has detachable plates. These plates are non-stick, easy to remove, and dishwasher safe, making for very easy cleanup. With a 21.5” x 14” plate, it has a large grilling surface, but it also has a low 5” profile for easy storage.
The PowerXL Grill is one of the most effective smoke-free grill options on the market. Using turbo-speed smoke extraction technology, this grill keeps the smoke in your food but out of the air. The grill also has detachable plates for easy cleanup. You can also get a model with a lid for easy temperature control cooking. The PowerXL grill also has a diecast grate that leaves a fancy diamond pattern on your foods.
Another lidded grill option is the Carl Schmidt Sohn indoor smokeless grill. With two side-by-side plates that can be used as a grill or a griddle, you can make all of your favorite dishes on this grill. The grill also features six different types of temperature control, so you will grill up the perfect steaks every time. The detachable plates and lid are also dishwasher safe.
For a stylish option, we love the GREECHO indoor smokeless grill. Available in a beautiful dark blue, it has all the advanced features you need but in a style, you’ll love. This smokeless grill has precision temperature control to make any of your favorite dishes. The non-stick plates and drip pan provide effortless cleanup and can be placed in the dishwasher. It’s a beautiful choice for your homegate.
Another great option from Korea is this electric grill with a hot pot. We love hot pots. They’re perfect for making savory dips and saucy sides. This hot pot grill has a much larger capacity than our other options. So you will need to make sure that you have enough space for storage. However, you can easily grill up your whole homegate meal on it.
These indoor grills rival some of the best small gas grills for their flavor. They are perfect for homegate hosts and apartment dwellers.
For ideas on what to put on your new indoor grill check out the Food section of Inside Tailgating magazine. We have tons of amazing recipes for grilled dishes that are perfect for your new indoor grill.