Best Indoor Grills for Delicious Homemade Food in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 27, 2018
Nothing compares to charcoal grilling, but indoor grills have already come close enough. They can grill steaks to perfection just in a matter of minutes. Anytime! And no matter what it's like outside. So, if you want to enjoy grilled food all year long, keep on reading our comparison chart and take your pick. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
Type
Grilling Surface
Power
Control
Extras
Warranty
 
PROS

6 pre-set cooking programmes along with manual temperature control and automatic sensor cooking option will let you consistently achieve ideal cooking results. 

CONS

Rather long pre-heating time.

OUR VERDICT

Powerful and packed to the rafters with functions, the T-Fal Optigrill is a well-deserved leader among indoor grills. Cook grilled delicacies just the way you like it and they will come out delicious even if you have little or no cooking experience. 

detailed parameters
Type

Closed

Grilling Surface

Non-stick die-cast aluminium plates

600 sq cm


Power

2000 watts 

Control

Manual control, 6 Automatic settings (burger, poultry, bacon, sausage, red meat and fish), Automatically adapt the temperature, Cooking level indicator; Automatic sensor cooking; LED-indicator light; Beep system

Extras

Large 7 degrees drip tray; Thermo-resistant handles; Dishwasher safe plates

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Reversible cooking plates coming in the set will let you not only grill succulent burgers but also cook pancakes oil-free. Besides, the plates are dishwasher safe for no-hassle cleaning.

CONS

The hinges might get flimsy over the time.

OUR VERDICT

This tabletop appliance from Cuisinart can function as a contact grill for seared meats, a Panini press for nutritious sandwiches, and as a griddle to fry eggs, pancakes, and flapjacks. It can be fully opened when you need a larger cooking surface. 

detailed parameters
Type

Closed/Open

Grilling Surface

Die-cast metal plates

~500/1000 sq cm

Power

1600 watts 

Control

Manual control, 3 settings (griddle, selector, grill-panini), Variable temperature from 95°C to 230°C

Extras

Integrated fat collection tray, Ribbed grill and Flat griddle plates (dishwasher safe), Commercial grade stainless steel housing, Floating hinge, Can be fully opened

Warranty

5 years 

PROS

Independent tests have shown this model can remove up to 42% of fat from the grilled foods, thanks to brand-specific angled grill design. 

CONS

Somewhat small cooking surface.

OUR VERDICT

A compact 2-portion electric grill from George Foreman will be highly appreciated by all healthy lifestylers and those who try to reduce fats in their diets. Offered at the price of a grill pan, the unit is much more versatile than a mere pan. 

detailed parameters
Type

Closed

Grilling Surface

Non-stick grill plates

2 portions

Power

760 watts 

Control

Power on and Ready indicator lights

Extras

Patented angled grill, Floating hinge, Fat reduction, Vertical storage, Temperature ready indicator light

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Marble -coated non-stick cooking plates are resistant to abrasives allowing you to quickly and easily remove even scorched foods. 

CONS

A bit low power. 

OUR VERDICT

Want to have a chance to pamper yourself and your family members with delicious grill treats from time to time without investing too much in sophisticated electric grills? If so, this simple, functional, and affordable model from Salter is down your alley. 

detailed parameters
Type

Closed/Open

Grilling Surface

Marble-coated non-stick plates

~600/1200 sq cm

Power

750 watts 

Control

Automatic temperature control, Power on and Ready indicator lights

Extras

180° tabletop mode or a panini press option, Floating hinge, Integrated drip tray, Oil channel, Cool-touch handle, Abrasion resistant

Warranty

1 year

PROS

An adjustable rear foot allows for dual cooking positions. You can use the slope to grill meat and fish and take the excess fat away or set it flat to make grilled sandwiches and prevent filling from spilling out.

CONS

The unit body is prone to fingerprints. 

OUR VERDICT

Would love to eat grilled sandwiches for breakfast and juicy steaks for dinner all year long? If so, this reasonably priced and generously sized indoor grill from Geroge Foreman is for you. Featuring simple mechanical controls, it is easy to operate and can cook 7 portions at a time, which makes it a great choice for a family or/and big fans of grilled food.

detailed parameters
Type

Closed

Grilling Surface

Non-stick grill plates

7 portions

Power

1630 watts

Control

Manual temperature control, Power on and Ready indicator lights

Extras

Improved longer lasting grill plates, Adjustable rear foot for angled or flat cooking, Drip tray, Vertical storage, Cord storage

Warranty

1 year

Tefal GC713D40

Steak Lovers Best Friend

You are an avid steak lover, yet, not that good at grilling steaks? If you worry about ruining meat on the grill and your steaks usually get overcooked or undercooked, the T-Fal OptiGrill is a way out.

Thanks to Precision Grilling technology, it does all of the thinking for you. It has a unique thickness sensor and can adapt the grilling cycle to the thickness of the food you're putting in it. The sensor detects how thick the meat is and estimates the amount of time needed for cooking it. And even if you load frozen meat, the OptiGrill knows that and starts a defrost timer based on the meat's thickness. The sensor and timer are very precise and they can get you very close to where you want your cooked meat to be. After you turn on the unit, the flashing light in its handle glows purple and slowly turns blue. And once the grill reaches the needed temperature, a little beeper alerts you that you can start cooking. As your steak browns, the light first turns yellow and beeps, which means "rare" degree of roasting. If you continue the cooking cycle, the light turns orange and audible signal informs you about "medium". And the orange light is followed by red light and beeping sound, meaning your meat is already "well-done". We would like to emphasize that you can lift the lid anytime without upsetting the sensor.

With a smart electric grill from T-fal, you can roast perfectly browned steaks just the way you like and at the comfort of your own kitchen without the need to step outside.

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The Cream of the Crop

In addition to technologies and the above-mentioned smart functions, the Optigrill comes fitted with 6 automatic cooking programs that have already sold many customers. You can select between Burger, Poultry, Sandwich, Sausage, Red Meat and Fish programs according to what you're putting inside the grill. The item will automatically adapt the cooking process to the loaded food and cook it to perfection. Along with 6 pre-set cooking cycles, the grill offers two additional cooking options - a "Frozen" mode for defrosting and a "Manual mode" for experiments with various recipes. Moreover, this model is also available in XXL design that has as many as 9 pre-set programs and can cook up to 8 servings, enough for a small BBQ party, family dinner, or a weekend friendly get-together. Just place the meat on the grill, close the lid, and relax. The unit will take care of the rest.

The T-fal Optigrill is one of the most technological indoor grills out there and a bunch of functions and programs it’s packed with make it really the cream of the crop in its class. Even if your cooking skills leave much to be desired, this clever appliance will let you achieve nearly professional cooking results without much effort.

Tefal GC713D40 Optigrill+ Grill Griddler in the use

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Cuisinart Griddle and Grill

Super Versatile Cooker

Take full advantage of the opportunity to make your hot-off-the-press recipes with the Cuisinart indoor grill. There are grill and griddle removable reversible plates available. Thus, you can make a variety of delectable panini recipes and grill steaks on the grooved grill side or cook pancakes, eggs and other food for sandwiches on the flat griddle surface. Basically, you can place a flat griddle surface on one side and a grooved grill surface on the other, opening press to 180° into a griddle position for grilling meat and frying eggs all at once.

Each side of the plates is recommended for preparing different food items. The griddle has a smooth flat surface, making it ideal for your breakfast menu. You can prepare eggs, sausages, bacon, pancakes and everything you used to cook in your frying pan. That said, a grill has a ribbed surface, which is perfect for preparing not only breakfast but also lunch and dinner. And you will get beautiful golden-brown grill marks on your steaks, meat, fish, panini or burgers.

Without any doubt, this handy mini grill will earn its rightful place on your kitchen counter. You can use either a grill or griddle temperature selector to your cooking needs. When using it as a contact grill for cooking roasted meat or panini, you can adjust the heat level to create a crispy crust or grill marks with different smoking intensity.

Put it simply, nothing is impossible with the Cuisinart Grill and Griddle. You can try a great variety of recipes, preparing breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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A Well-thought Design

Distinguished by an impressive functional versatility, the Cuisinart is very easy to use. It offers a straightforward design without any abundant details. Yet, despite its no-frills construction, it provides every convenience you expect from this type of kitchen appliance. Thus, an all-metal housing made of commercial-grade stainless steel is highly durable and resistant to damages and wear. Besides, the steel body is very easy to clean as well as detachable non-stick cooking plates. The plates not only prevent sticking and scorching while grilling but are also dishwasher safe making cleanup a real snap. No need to scrub off stuck foods, just let the unit cool, remove the plates, and put them into a dishwasher or simply wash in the sink.

Another feature any user will like is pretty simple intuitive controls. Three dial knobs on the front panel will help select the cooking mode and adjust cooking parameters to the dish at hand. Meanwhile, a wide ergonomic cool-touch handle is there for safe and burn-free operation, a floating hinge allows accommodating foods of different thickness, and an integrated drip tray will collect fat and other spills.

Durable, easy-to-use, and easy-to-clean, the Cuisinart electric grill will become one of your favourite kitchen appliances for many years to come.

Cuisinart Griddle and Grill in the use

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George Foreman GE-23400

Compact Cooker for Fast Results

This wonderful little grill from George Foreman offers numerous health benefits. And the main advantage is that it preserves extra vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in grilled food. It's a great option for those who need a compact and affordable appliance for occasional use. A perfectly-sized grill is capable of making a tasty dinner for one or two people. Being square in shape, it doesn't occupy too much space on a countertop and can easily slide into a cabinet if needed.

The George Foreman 23400 machine has been upgraded a little, and now it heats up 35% faster than the previous model. This way, you can go from switching on the unit to enjoying a delicious meal in about 10 minutes. There're large red and green buttons on the top of the lid, which indicate when the grill plates are hot enough to brown your food. However, it's worth mentioning that the grill has no "on/off" switch and you need to unplug/plug in the power cord to turn the unit off/on. And in case you forget to unplug it after cooking, there's no automatic shutoff switch to prevent a fire. So, you should be very careful when using it.

This mini grill comes equipped with a removable dishwasher-safe drip tray that catches grease and exuded juices to prevent mess and dirt on the countertop. Though its cooking plates are not detachable, they are a breeze to clean. Thanks to a quality non-stick surface, you can simply wipe them clean with a sponge or cloth.

Compact, simple, and easy-to-maintain, this small indoor grill is a real find for singles and couples who want to cook faster and in a healthier way.

Review of George Foreman GE-23400 Compact 2-Portion Grill

Enjoy Healthy Grilling

A distinguishing feature of this model that makes it a great choice for healthy lifestylers is a fat reduction option. The unit features a patented sloped grilling surface that channels exuded fat away from foods into the drip tray. In addition, grilling plates gently press on the food from both sides to further encourage excess fat removal. This simple yet apparently efficient system allows draining up to 42% of fat from food, cutting down calories in your meals without compromising their taste.

For those who are into grilling yet strive to keep their healthy eating habits, there are several more tips on how to grill scrumptious yet healthy foods:

  • Substitute red meat for poultry or fish. Grilled turkey, chicken, salmon, trout, or herring taste delicious and contain much less fat than pork or lamb. Yet, if you still want to pamper yourself with dark meats, try to choose leaner cuts.
  • Use alcohol marinades and herb rubs and grill meats at lower temperatures to reduce the formation of carcinogenic heterocyclic amines (HCAs).
  • If you are a burger fan, flip burgers every 30 seconds. Not only will it help you achieve mouth-watering golden crust but also it will reduce E coli and HCAs more effectively.
George Foreman GE-23400 Compact 2-Portion Grill in the use

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Salter EK2384

Get the Benefit of Affordable Functionality

If you are reluctant to invest in a premium class indoor grill with sophisticated controls and a number of perks adding not only value but also cost, yet, still want a function-packed appliance, we strongly recommend turning your eyes to the Salter grill. It will surprise you with the versatility and functionality of top-rated electric grills and a budget-friendly price tag. See for yourself.

Just like more expensive models, the Salter comes encased in a steel housing. Resistant to scratches and damages, it is durable and contributes to the unit’s longer service life. There is an integrated drip easily sliding out for spills discard and convenient cleanup. Meanwhile, a large cool-touche handle will safely keep your hands away from hot cooking plates when closing and opening the lid.

Yet, what really puts the Salter electric grill in a row with high-class models is a fold-out design. It means you can use it in 2 cooking positions. When folded, the appliance will function as a contact grill and sandwich roaster with a cooking surface of 600 sq cm to make 2 hot sandwiches or flavour stuffed Paninis for breakfast, 2 succulent steaks for a dinner with your loved one or a quick grilled meal for a single person. And you can cook all of this in about 15 minutes. In case you need to make a number of burgers, kebabs, steaks, or grill sausages for a get-together with friends or a small family party, you can open the appliance flat to double the cooking surface and use it as an open grill.

Though the unit features no variable controls, it will signal you with a green light when the grill plates are perfectly heated to start cooking. And the red light will keep you alert that the unit is plugged so that you won’t forget to disconnect it when cooking is over. On the negative side, the Salter grill is somewhat low in power. With a 750-watt heating element, it will take more time to preheat the cooking plates up to an optimal temperature. However, once heated, the unit consistently maintains temperature during the cooking process.

The Salter fold-out grill will let you enrich your daily menu with tasty grilled treats without the need to break the bank.

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More Taste With Less Fat

It’s not a secret that grilled foods are not only incredibly delicious but also much healthier and less calorie-packed than roasted and fried dishes. Thus, grilled delicacies make a great alternative for all fans of fatty roasts who try to convert themselves to a healthier diet. The Salter grill doesn’t trail behind in this sense as well. Special oil channels will drain away the fat and grease exuded while grilling. More than that, the unit features marble-coated non-stick plates that will let you cook with little or no oil. Evenly heated grilling plates will evenly cook foods leaving appetizing grill stripes on both sides and delivering cooking results similar to those achieved in restaurants and grill bars. Besides, the ceramic coating is also distinguished by the ease of cleanup and long service life due to its abrasion resistance.

Salter EK2384 Marble Collection 2 in 1 Fold-Out Health Grill and Panini Maker in the use

 

George Foreman 23431

Family Choice

Unlike open and lid-covered grills, contacts grills are versatile. They function not only as grills but also as sandwich toasters, which makes them extremely helpful for families with kids and teenagers who adore warm toasty snacks. Meanwhile, adults can pamper themselves with succulent steaks, spicy burgers, kebabs, and more. If a functional sandwich maker and a high-performance grill cleverly combined in a single unit is what you need, the George Foreman 23431 is for you.

The 23431 contact grill is a basic model designed with family needs in mind, offering all the conveniences of indoor grilling. While many other contact grills (including even premium models stuffed with bells and whistles) normally accommodate up to 5 portions, this unit can cook as many as 7 portions at a time. Hence, cooking a dinner for a family of grilled food fans in less than 15 minutes is not a problem. Sounds unrealistic? Nothing is possible with a 1600-watt heating element that will heat both grilling plates up to a searing temperature almost instantly. Besides, an adjustable rear foot allows for dual cooking positions. You can use the slope to grill meat and fish and take the excess fat away or set it flat to make grilled sandwiches and prevent filling from spilling out.

The improvement you will like about the George Foreman 23431 as compared to other grills in this range is an adjustable temperature control option. Depending on the kind, texture, and the cut size of foods you are going to grill, you can select minimum, middle, or maximum heat and even adjust it during the cooking process by simply moving the switch on the top panel. Some customers claimed that in older models hinges moved not high enough to to make filling packed Paninis. In this model, the manufacturer has solved this issue and you can stuff your pitas and Paninis with anything your heart desires.

This simple yet functional and generously sized electric grill from George Foreman will let you treat all your family members with grilled delicacies all year long, cooked to perfection just the way they like it.

Review of George Foreman 23431 4-Portion Family Health Grill

Space-saving Solution

Fitted with pretty large cooking plates (about 37x35 cm), the George Foreman 23431 is a space-saving solution. Here is why. Most indoor grills are designed to permanently stand on the countertop. They feature non-folding feet keeping the unit above the tabletop to prevent surface overheat and often come equipped with non-removable handles extruding in front of the unit. All of this makes appliances somewhat bulky and not much suitable to be stowed away. Yet, it’s not the case with the George Foreman 23431. The appliance is encased in a sleek and slim body, features a collapsible foot, has no handle that sticks out (a plastic lid doesn’t get hot), and is complete with a cord storage to compactly wrap the power cord. Hence, when the cooker is not in use, you can easily store it in a vertical position somewhere in a kitchen cabinet. And there is no need to allocate a place on the countertop.

George Foreman 23431 4-Portion Family Health Grill in the use

 

What Is an Indoor Grill?

There're many benefits to using an electric grill but the main one is that it allows you to treat yourself and your close people to grilled steaks and veggies all year long. It works in a bit different way compared to that of a charcoal grill, yet it delivers almost the same restaurant-quality meats. Anytime! Once you turn a unit on, it quickly preheats the grilling plates to the required level and in just a matter of 10-15 minutes, you can get a juicy grilled burger or a perfectly-cooked steak. The plates heat up to a high searing temperature to give fish or meat crisp crusty finish. And all of this is done without a need to build a large charcoal fire and without flare-ups. So, an electric grill is a great option for grilling right in your kitchen or out on a small patio. There're two main types of indoor grills - open grill and contact grill. But, of course, neither of them is able to impart a charcoal flavour to your food and for big gatherings, neither may be the best solution. Therefore, if you need a grill for outdoor BBQ parties, we recommend you to purchase an outdoor charcoal grill or a charcoal smoker.

What Features to Compare

Type

Indoor grills are highly versatile. You can choose between electric units, stovetop models, or grill pans for grilling in the oven. Electric appliances are normally more sophisticated and offer more precision while cooking. Non-electric models rather resemble cookware and are pretty simple. By cooking style, electric grills in their turn are divided into open and contact units. On the open grill, the food is cooked in a way similar to that applied in outdoor grills. Ingredients are grilled from the bottom and you will have to flip them to get them evenly cooked from both sides. Contact grills have two cooking plates folding together. The foods are placed in between the plates and cooked from the top and from the bottom simultaneously. This cooking style allows grilling faster and more evenly. Besides, today there is a great number of combination models with grilling plates opening to 180 degrees. Hence, the appliance can be used either as a contact grill or sandwich press or as an open grill with a larger cooking surface.

Power

Power is an essential characteristic of an electric grill since it determines the appliance cooking performance. The more powerful a heating element is the quicker grilling plates will be preheated and the faster your meals will be cooked. The power range of electric grills varies from 750 to 2000 watts depending on the model type and unit size.

Controls

Most indoor grills offer a temperature control options. More sophisticated premium models provide manual temperature control along with a number of automatic settings for different types of foods and dishes. Some top-of-the-line units can even automatically adjust the cooking temperature depending on the food texture and thickness. All models, including simple no-frills ones, have light indicators signalling that the appliance is powered and when the cooking plates are heated up to an optimal or selected cooking temperature.

Grilling Surface

When it comes to grilling surface, opt for models with non-stick cooking plates that prevent scorching and greatly facilitate cleaning. In terms of the surface area, indoor grills vary from pretty large models that can accommodate up to 8-10 portions at a time to smaller 2-portion units. In the end, everything will depend on what you are mostly going to use your indoor grill for. Larger units are great for families and will come in handy for different sorts of gatherings and events while small grills best suit for singles, couples, and occasional use.

Extras

Some extra features you can find in indoor grills that add usability and convenience include a drip tray to collect the excess fat and juices running out while grilling, detachable dishwasher-safe cooking plates for the ease of cleaning, a floating hinge to accommodate foods of different thickness, an open-flat combination design for a variety of cooking options, and cool-touch handles for safe use.

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Indoor Grilling Benefits

No doubt, grilled foods are delicious which makes them extremely popular among all types of eaters. Whether you are a meat eater and steak lover, a pescatarian, or even a vegan, there are hundreds or grill recipes for all tastes and diets. Besides, with an abundance of indoor grilling solutions, today, grilling is not a purely outdoor activity for a warm season anymore and we can enjoy our favourite barbecued meals all year long. However, while some grilling enthusiasts are in love with indoor grills and even prefer them to fire pits and charcoal grills, other are pretty sceptical and don’t regard indoor grills as a decent alternative to traditional outdoor options. For the sake of fairness, let’s look into some other benefits indoor grills offer apart from being able to barbecue foods right in the kitchen.

  1. Indoor grilling is definitely faster and easier. Electric grills heat up very quickly and will cook your meals in mere minutes. With a charcoal grill, you will have first to burn charcoal or wood to embers before placing foods over it, that will normally take some time.

  2. With indoor grills, you’ll avoid the mess and tiresome cleanups. Whether you use an electric grill or a stovetop one, all you have to do after cooking is to clean the grill plates and wash the drip tray if any. And since most models come with a non-stick coating, cleaning is really a piece of cake. No ashes to shovel and no greasy grills to scrub. Messy preps and cleanups are the major reasons why outdoor grills are mostly used on some special occasions, festive events, or weekends while indoor grills can be freely used for regular cooking on a daily basis.

  3. Indoor grills are evidently a better option for beginner cooks. They allow for easier and more precise heat control. You can simply adjust the burner or an electric knob. Some more sophisticated electric models even come with pre-set grilling programmes taking away the need to fine tune the heat at all and doing all the job for you.

  4. Last but not least, indoor grills are more versatile. They will let you cook almost anything you basically cook on an outdoor grill and much more. Not only will you be able to make palatable grilled sandwiches but also have an opportunity to grill some smaller pieces of food that would through the grates of a charcoal grill as well as fry eggs and even make pancakes.

Indoor Grilling Tips

To help you get the most out of your electric or stovetop grill and achieve delicious grilling results time and again, below, we’ve summed up some tricks and tips on indoor grilling:

  1. First and foremost, always give preference to indoor models with non-stick cooking plates. It will both make cleanup a breeze and will help you avoid scorching. Hence, your foods will look appetizing and taste perfect.

  2. Take care of some accessory tools. Though you can use an ordinary fork and spoon, having a set of several simple and affordable utensils wouldn’t hurt if you want to grill like a pro. Grilling must-haves include tongs to flip your steaks, veggies, fish, and poultry, a spatula to flip burgers and fillets, and a brush for spreading oil, baste or glaze.

  3. When it comes to cooking, the results 50% depend on proper preparation. Two basic keys to success are the right cut size and foods seasoning. Whether you are going to grill meat, fish, poultry, or veggies, try to make thinner pieces. They will be cooked more quickly and evenly. Go for uniform pieces and avoid cooking chunks of different thickness at the same time to avoid over- and undercooking. Seasoning meats and veggies with salt and pepper are not enough. Make a kind of spice scrub or marinade using flavorful herbs mixed into canola or olive oil, water or vinegar. The best spices for the grill are rosemary, thyme, oregano, coriander, garlic powder, and paprika that will give your dishes that specific smoky grill flavour. When grilling meat, scrub it with spices or soak it in a marinade for at least 20 minutes before cooking while the veggies should be seasoned right before you put them onto a cooking plate.

  4. To achieve and appetizing crust and get your foods cooked to perfection, it’s essential to preheat grill plates up to the maximum and choose the right cooking time. Grilling times for meats vary from 12 to 17 minutes for steaks, hamburgers, and chicken breasts to 5-7 minutes for hot dogs, fish fillets, and shrimps. While veggies are normally cooked from 3 to 8 minutes, depending on the texture. In case you use a closed grill, simply cut the cooking times in halves.

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Publish Date: 2018-09-27 10:31:38