Best Electric Grill Reviews and Buying Guide 2019

– Best Electric Grill Reviews 2019
While many grill fanatics might argue over charcoal and wood or propane and natural gas, electric grills provide something altogether different. That said, since electric grills work so differently, it can be somewhat complicated to figure what makes a good one. That is why we put together a list of the 5 best electric grill reviews of 2019. We also provide a helpful buyer’s guide and FAQ, so you know what separates an electric grill from the other more common flame grills. We found a George Foreman and Char-Broil to be the best options, but you have to keep reading to find our best value.

– Best Seller
— George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Silver, GGR50B
Depending on your age, you might know George Foreman as the former heavyweight boxing champion of the world. Of course, Foreman eventually retired and sought to make a name for himself in other fields with the development of his iconic George Foreman grill being among the most successful. In fact, George Foreman regained the world boxing heavyweight title at an unprecedented 45 years old and after already retiring once. When asked how he was able to get back into championship form, Foreman touted a new regimen of healthy eating, specifically of lean meat. Hence, the George Foreman cooking empire was born with the introduction of a new design that allowed the champ to regain the title.

Decent Specs
While the George Foreman GGR50B electric grill may not necessarily top our list in all of the most important specs, it definitely offers a solid range that consistently rates near the top. This is especially important for an electric grill where the heat generation can be a bit more difficult to control than with flame grills. This begins with a solid heating element that can use up to 1440W to make sure the food gets nice and hot. It is also worth noting that the GGR50B electric grill uses a direct griddle style of heating element where the cooking grate and the element are the same component. This allows the heat to transfer better to the food without having to worry about wind or air dissipating built-up heat. Beyond the sheer heat, this George Foreman electric grill also comes in second on our list in terms of cooking area with 240 sq in, though it does not have a warming rack.

Okay Design
As one of the earlier models, the GGR50B electric grill is definitely one of the more powerful in the lineup, but it also carries with it some undesired qualities too. That is not to suggest that it is a poor electric grill, especially considering it is a best seller, but there are things other models fixed– even if they are not as powerful. One thing that apparently took a minute to get right is the upright design which allows for both indoor and outdoor grilling. Basically, the George Foreman GGR50B electric grill uses a removable stand which allows for easy transportation indoors or out– or even somewhere else altogether. Unfortunately, you will need to make sure that the grill is positioned on a flat, stable surface as it is known for being top-heavy and tipping over. That said, in keeping with the eponymous founder’s healthy lifestyle, the GGR50B electric grill features a unique design whereby the fat of grilled meats drips away and into a trap. While a lot of grills, regardless of their fuel source will feature a similar function, the George Foreman can eliminate up to 42-percent of the fat from common ground beef.

— Pros
Has a 1440W heating elements
Has a 240 sq in cooking area
Is easy to clean
Has a fat reducing design
Has a non-stick coating
Has a removable stand

— Cons
Is a top-heavy electric grill
Has iffy QC

– Top Pick
— Char-Broil 17602047 Infrared Electric Patio Bistro, 240, Red
Char-Broil is one of the oldest companies on our list with a storied history that stretches back to the end of World War II. Following the post-war economic boom, Char-Broil saw a market for recreational grilling and brought one of the first consumer-grade grills to the market. Since that time, Char-Broil continues to expand its lineup with new designs and constant innovations of technology. In this case, Char-Broil takes some of the traditional electric grill approaches and adds a little bit extra to make it stand out from the competitors. While this is definitely one of the more expensive electric grills that we reviewed, it also offers a more traditional cooking approach. When you combine that with common grill features that are not found on too many other electric grills, choosing it as our top pick is a no-brainer.

Great Specs
To be clear, the use of the word “great” in this context is relative to the general electric grill market, though within that niche the Char-Broil electric grill definitely stands a bit taller than the rest of the competition. For example, this is easily the hottest electric grill on our list with a heating element that uses a massive 1750W of electricity. This is a significant increase in power compared to the next closest competitor and allows the Char-Broil electric grill to cook quicker and apply more advanced cooking techniques than less powerful burner elements. Beyond the blistering heating element, the Patio Bistro electric grill also features a design that retains heat better than most of its competitors as well. To be fair, this is one of the few “convection” electric grills we reviewed, but the use of mild steel still allows for superior heat retention even if you have to open the lid repeatedly. Part of this comes from the fact that the Char-Broil Patio Bistro electric grill employs its patented TRU-Infrared burners which use radiant infrared heat to cook the food.

Great Build
Outside of the heating properties, the Char-Broil electric grill offers a more traditional grilling experience in a couple of other ways too. While not the largest, the Patio Bistro still clocks in at second place on our list with a 240 sq in cooking area. Even better, this is actually the only electric grill that we reviewed which also comes with a warming rack of 80 sq in. Of course, the Char-Broil Patio Bistro electric grill also comes with porcelain-coated cast-iron grates. Not only does this help the Char-Broil grill cook your food more evenly, but it also makes for a relatively easy cleanup. To be honest, the only real downside of the Patio Bistro grill is its relative lack of portability– and even that is only in comparison to the other electric grills reviewed. The Char-Broil Patio Bistro grill is still generally more portable than most comparable flame grills on the market.

— Pros
Hass Tru-InfraRed burners
Has a 240 sq in cooking area
Has an 80 sq in warming rack
Has porcelain-coated cast-iron grates
Has a 1750W heating element
Has more storage space

— Cons
Is a more expensive electric grill
Is a less portable electric grill

– Best Value
— George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Silver, GFO240S
George Foreman Cooking enters our list again, though not for the last time, with a slightly updated version of the best seller electric grill. This model aims to improve on some of the qualities that made the earlier model a bit questionable, though it ends up sacrificing some of the better qualities in order to achieve it. On top of that, this George Foreman electric grill does not solve all of the problems, though it at least mitigates some of the quality control issues the former demonstrated. That said, many of the same things that make the best seller George Foreman are ported directly onto the GFO240S.

Okay Specs
When looking for a budget-friendly option, you should expect it to come with some flaws, but thankfully the George Foreman GFO240S electric grill does not take too steep a step down in this regard. While it is nowhere near the hottest that we reviewed, the GFO240S electric grill still provides a 1200W heating element. And just like the other George Foreman electric grills, the GFO240S also uses the element grate combo to provide direct heat. This means that even though the heating element may not get as hot as some of the other electric grills on our list, it can still cook food well-enough. Granted, there might be some limitations when it comes to cooking frozen meat or certain types of food, but most people will not notice much of a difference from the day to day cooking. On top of the solid heating element, the George Foreman GFO240S electric grill also provides 240 sq in of cooking area, though it too lacks a warming rack.

Great Grates
While some of the older George Foreman electric grills provide good grates, this was one of the areas where the newer model really shined. This is due primarily to the introduction of a ceramic coating which pulls double duty in terms of the benefits provided. The ceramic serves as an excellent non-stick coating making the grate much easier to clean than some of the other options we reviewed. On top of that, the ceramic-coated grates also transfer the direct heat more evenly. Just like its predecessor, this George Foreman electric grill also employs the same great fat reducing design that can eliminate up to 42-percent of fat from common ground beef. One of the more annoying qualities of the George Foreman GFO240S electric grill that remains from the previous model is its top-heavy design. Keep in mind, this only really matters when you use the grill on its removable stand and during windy conditions.

— Pros
Has a 1200W heating element
Has a 240 sq in cooking area
Has ceramic grates
Has a fat reducing design
Has a non-stick coating
Has a removable stand

— Cons
Is a top-heavy electric grill
Not the easiest to clean

– Runner Up
— Weber 55020001 Q 2400 Electric Grill
Weber is another outdoor cooking company that can trace its history back to the early beginnings of the grill market, starting in 1952. However, Weber also has the advantage and prestige of providing the first kettle grill which made it much easier to grill in windy conditions without having to worry about your food being covered in ash. That said, Weber definitely seems to shine a bit brighter when making flame grills as the position of its electric grill can attest. To be fair, this is not a poor electric grill, but it may not provide the same bang for your buck compared to some of the other options we saw.

Great Specs
Out of all the electric grills on our list, the Weber might be one of the best when it comes to cooking for small gatherings. While it does not provide the most total cooking area, it does offer the largest grilling area at 280 sq in. Granted, it accomplishes this without a warming rack, so you do not have the ability to rotate food if they cook unevenly. Still, you can cook more burgers at the same time, and this also provides a decent amount of heat too. In fact, the Q2400 electric grill uses the second-hottest heating element on our list at 1560W which is more than enough for even thick cuts of meat.

Good Build
Outside of the price, which is significantly higher than all of the other electric grills reviewed, the only real downside of the Weber Q2400 electric grill is its weight. To be fair, this does not prevent you from taking the Weber electric grill on the go, but it does mean it might require a bit of strength for a single person to do so. That said, outside of the weight, the Weber definitely offers one of the better builds that we came across. First, this electric grill features infinite control burner valves, so you can make sure to cook your food at precisely the right temperature. On top of that, the aluminum body and lid are further reinforced with heat retainers to help maintain the proper cooking temperature.

— Pros
Has a 1560W element
Has a 280 sq in cooking area
Has cast-iron grates
Has infinite control burner valves
Has a cast aluminum lid and body
Has heat retention liners

— Cons
Is a more expensive electric grill
Is a heavier electric grill

– Also Consider
— George Foreman 4-Serving Removable Plate Grill and Panini Press, Black, GRP1060B
George Foreman makes one final appearance on our list and makes as good of a showing as pretty much all of the other electric grills within the lineup too. To be fair, the main reason that this electric grill is so far down on our list has more to do with versatility than anything else. In terms of quality, the George Foreman GRP1060B electric grill features a great build with the same high quality you expect to find in a George Foreman Cooking product. On top of that, this is also a significantly less expensive electric grill than any other product we came across.

Kitchen Ready
To be clear, the biggest knock on the GRP1060B has to be its small cooking area which advertises the ability to cook 4 servings. That said, the actual cooking area is at least less 144 sq in which ranks almost 100 sq in lower than the next lowest electric grill we reviewed. On top of that, this George Foreman electric grill features a panini press style design which means you cannot cook oddly shaped food. However, this design has the advantage of allowing you to grill in the comfort of your kitchen without having to make room for a larger grill. Beyond the space-saving compact design, the George Foreman GRP1060B electric grill also the most portable option we saw by far.

Easy Peasy
Another great quality of the GRP1060B electric grill is how easy it is to use without the need for much cooking experience. While it does not allow you to change the temperature, it does come with an indicator light to let you know when the grates are ready to cook. Speaking of the grates, the griddle design makes another return but it is even easier to take care of than pretty much any electric grill we encountered. For example, the GRP1060B grill uses the same non-stick coating that more expensive Goerge Foreman grills use. Even though you can pretty much clean up this grill with a wet rag, you can also throw the grates in a dishwasher too. On top of that, the George Foreman GRP1060B grill uses a fat reducing design that eliminates up to 42-percent of fat from common ground beef and features a dripping tray that is easier to clean too.

— Pros
Has a compact profile
Is more portable than most
Is a less expensive electric grill
Is easy to clean
Has a fat reducing design
Has a non-stick coating

— Cons
Has a smaller cooking area
Has a more limited application

– Best Electric Grill Buying Guide 2019
— Heat
As with any type of grill, the total heat generated is one of the most important qualities to consider, but you do not look at electric grills the way you would any other type of grill. The primary for this is the fact that the electric grill is generally one of the few types that do not use some form of combustion to generate their heat. Granted, there are some gas-based grills that use their fuel to generate radiant heat with infrared burners, but the overwhelming majority of non-electric grills will use some sort of flame– whether that translates into direct or convection heat is another matter. In contrast, electric grills use what is called an element to generate their heat and never use an open flame– even convection flame heat. This also translates into a different rating system used to gauge the heat of the element with electric grills generally rated in watts as opposed to BTUs.
The element is essentially a piece of metal through which the grill runs a powerful electric current. The electricity heats up the element which in turn cooks the food, though even here, there are different approaches. One of the original styles of an electric grill follows the same principles as an electric stove burner except that it is usually significantly hotter than an electric stove burner. However, many electric grills eschew that approach in favor of a “griddle” method where the element and the cooking grate are one and the same. The electric burner approach has the advantage of being able to generate a convection-type of environment, similar to an electric oven, assuming the grill is closed. The griddle method, on the other hand, provides a more direct and consistent heat, but it generally does not offer convection benefits.
One thing to keep in mind is that electric grills are often not as good at generating and maintaining consistent heat as flame grills. This principle is fairly easy to understand if you consider how effective an oven is at cooking food when you constantly open the door. Without a flame to rapidly replenish the heat lost from opening an electric grill’s lid, the food can cook unevenly. As such, electric grills have a tendency to take much longer to cook the same food compared to a flame grill, though this does at least provide more room for error in preventing the food from burning. Because of this quality, it is even more important that electric grills retain heat due to engineering and design than even flame grills.

— Cooking Area
While the cooking area of a grill is more or less important depending on the type of grilling you do, this feature often finds itself a bit more limited with electric grills. To wit, a traditional flame grill, regardless of the fuel source, come in a wide range of different sizes that can accommodate a single family, a small gathering, or a large party. Electric grills, however, are rarely large enough to cook for a large party and even struggle to provide enough cooking area to accommodate a small gathering. Granted, this definitely depends on what food you cook and exactly how small of a gathering you want to cater.
That said, electric grills regularly have other limitations in terms of the cooking area compared to flame grills. For one, you will almost never come across an electric grill with numerous cooking stations unless you purchase an incredibly expensive, top of the line model. To be fair, some of the larger electric grills do offer a basic warming rack to allow for food rotation, but things like searing stations, cookware burners, or rotisserie stations are extremely uncommon. That said, the electric grill at least follows suit with the rest of the grilling industry in terms of its rating which is measured in sq in.

— Grates
While the grates are always an important part of any kind of grill when figuring out how well the grill actually cooks the food, it is arguably more important for electric grills. To be fair, this will definitely depend on what type of heating method the electric grill uses, but even convection electric grills still require top-tier grates to get the most out of them. This is, of course, because electric grills are generally not quite as effective at generating consistent cooking heat as flame grills and require a superior grate to account for this potential flaw.
That said, much like most of the primary grill features on this list, the grates of an electric grill can use some unusual aspects compared to flame grills. To be fair, the electric grill market still regularly uses cast-iron for their grates and often coats them in porcelain. This helps ensure that the electric grill cooks the food evenly and allows for significantly quicker and easier cleanup. That is not to say that some electric grills do not use stainless steel, but it seems like electric grill manufacturers are generally aware of the specific needs of this niche market.
However, the grate design often depends on the element design which can lead to some uncommon grill engineering. For instance, electric grills that use the griddle approach actually combine the element and grate into a single component. This has the advantage of a cast-iron grate in terms of evenness, but it does limit some of the convection capabilities. On the other hand, with the griddle grate and element combo, you do not need to use the convection approach quite as often as the grate transfers heat directly.

– FAQ’s
Why Choose an Electric Grill?
Electric grills are kind of like the stepchild of the grilling world in that they function far differently than the rest of their brethren. Aside from the fact that electric grills do not use an open flame to cook the food, they also come in fewer arrangements. For example, you are not likely to find an electric grill that can perform as a smoker, but most other types of grill fuel sources will generally have a smoker component– at least at the high end of the lineup. That said, electric grills do provide some advantages over a flame grill, both in terms of their actual function as well as some of the ancillary considerations.
For instance, electric grills are usually allowed to be and safe to be used in pretty much any environment. Certain locations, especially rented apartments, may place restrictions on the type of grill you can use for insurance reasons. Because they do not have an open flame, electric grills will regularly be allowed in locations that flame grills will not. Also, while the somewhat limited size of most electric grills may limit the size of the group you can cater, they do have the advantage of being more portable than most other types of grill. To be fair, this portability is still limited to an electric outlet or another power source, like a generator. Finally, electric grills are often less expensive than flame grills, and this aspect only grows over time with electricity costing much less than flame grill fuel sources.

Some Technique Considerations?
As mentioned earlier, electric grills are not quite as good at generating or maintaining consistent heat as flame grills. Without the heat generated from continuous combustion, electric grills rely on either the direct transference of heat through a griddle design or must rely on a lesser convection approach. The convection approach suffers far more from this issue than the griddle design, but both require a bit of nuance and alternate cooking techniques when compared to a flame grill.
With the convection electric grills, the most important thing to remember is to keep the grill closed as much as possible. Of course, this can be a bit difficult if you are not an experienced cook who can tell how done their grilling food is based on the smell and sound of it cooking. Some convection electric grills try to account for this with a superior design that traps and retains the radiant heat better than others, but none of them should be used in an open grill method like some flame grills allow. With the griddle electric grill, the issue comes down to knowing how the food will cook inside and out when exposed to direct heat. This may seem straightforward but, like with the convection electric grill, generally requires some legitimate cooking experience to get right.

What to Look for?
As referred prior, heat is definitely one of the most important aspects to consider and should lean heavily to the element. That said, the type of element, whether convection or griddle, will influence this component a bit, but not so much that you would look beyond its watt rating for a good idea of the heat capabilities. It is also worth noting that the type of element, whether convection or griddle, will also provide a decent body in which to trap the heat. Considering how difficult it is for convection elements to generate heat, this is arguably as important as the wattage rating.
Beyond the heat and the electric grills’ ability to transfer it, you also probably want to look for some convenience properties. While this is not always a major factor with other types of grills, electric grills often include a number of these to account for the lesser heat qualities. By far the biggest one to look for is ease of use and cleaning, though the absence of open flames does generally make this a bit easier to provide. That said, you will still want to make sure that the electric grill uses some kind of material or coating which is inherently non-stick. Finally, while the limited size of most electric grills might not allow for large parties, it generally lets you take the grill anywhere that provides electricity. Aside from the fact that electric grills are usually light enough to carry, they also commonly allow for indoor use too.

– Conclusion
In the end, there is more than one way to skin a cat and more than one type of electric grill for different situations. If you want a fat-reducing grill with plenty of power, the George Foreman GGR50B has you covered. Of course, if you need serious heat and extra space, the Char-Broil offers plenty of both. The George Foreman GFO240S brings many of the same great features as the previous model with more reliability. The Weber offers a good mix of heat and cooking area but is also extremely expensive and fairly heavy. Finally, the George Foreman GRP1060B may be somewhat limited but provides a convenient solution for kitchen grilling.

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