Best Electric Grill Reviews 2016-2017 – Come summer and we all love to have our friends over for a niche barbecue in our backyard. But as so many families including me are planning or have chosen to live in an apartment rather than a house, having a barbecue in your backyard is now a distant memory.
The good news is that with amazing technology for an outdoor electric-grill, you can make an excellent barbecue in your balcony.
We have selected the best 5 outdoor electric grills and have tested them. We tried various methods like we grilled whole red peppers , corn on the cob, veggie kebabs , red onion and yellow squash. We also grilled 1/4-lb. hamburger patties which were about 80 percent lean and also chicken breasts which were boneless.
We have kept it simple so that we don’t affect the taste much and understand how which one is the best. For that purpose we have only used salt, extra-virgin olive oil and pepper as seasonings
Now to check the results
Best Electric Grill Reviews 2016
Best Electric Grill Reviews 1 – Weber Q 140 Electric Grill
Weber’s Q 140 has a very elegant porcelain-enameled cooking grate made of cast iron. It has a pretty good 189 square inches of the grill surface in a footprint which is 27 x 20-1/2–inch.
The best thing of this electric grill is that you just have to remove it, plug it in and start it and its on. You can just pre-heating the Weber Q 140 to the setting that is the highest for 20 minutes.
Then when we checked the grill thermometer was charred and has a temperature of much more than 600 F. This is pretty awesome and gave us confidence that this is a really good electric grill.
The Veggies: We added all the vegetables and checked it. We kept rotating it every 5 minutes so that a quarter is exposed to the grill. After 20 minutes all the vegetables has a very good look and had good fragrance. Since corn takes a little while more to get grilled, we kept it on for about 5 minutes more. The corn was perfectly done and the red pepper too was done well with its skin peeling off easily showcasing a nice, well grilled internal flesh. The kababs were slightly charred but they were firm and had their flavor.
The Meats: We allowed the grill to heat some more for a while and then put the two hamburger patties on the grill. After 5 minutes, we flipped them over and then cooked the other side for 5 more minutes. The patties came out medium to medium well done. It gave a really good grill flavor.
Since chicken needs much less heat than beef, we brought the temperature down from high to medium and then we put them on the grill. After 15 miutes we flipped the chicken breast and kept it for another 15 minutes. The problem with grilling chicken though was thats ince it wasn’t even, the thin parts came our dry and the thick parts were juicier though overall it has a rubbery feel.
Overall: Weber is a brand known for its grills and this one to lived up to its name. It is the hottest of our review and even at a temperature of 140 degrees it still had deep grill lines in the food. Another advantage of this grill is that since it has aluminum heat-retention liners you can get the grill hot faster and also it is easier to clean. Since it is for the balcony it comes in a model which is a table top but you can also opt for a rolling cart model which will help you get the grill to a higher level. Check latest price on Amazon
Best Electric Grill Reviews 2 – Char-Broil Patio Bistro TRU-Infrared Electric Grill
The electric grill is available in electric and propane models and is a much better version of its earlier Caddie model. This combines cooking with infrared Technology and also old conventional based traditional grilling. This can be assembled with just a screwdriver and a wrench. It has a very nice round design and it gives you over 240 inches of cooking surface and if you have an elevated rack that you have an additional 80 inches of cooking surface. You can go well over 600 degrees with this grill once you free heated at its highest settings for over 20 minutes.
The Veggies: As with the earlier grill that we reviewed, this grill too is pretty good. We tried the Red Pepper and the veg kebabs, we left the corn on for a little bit longer to make sure that it was grilled well. The kebabs had good flavour and had oven roasted quality. The Red Pepper skin peeled away very easily. The corn on the cob was done well the Classic grilled flavor which usually comes wasn’t there due to which we were a bit disappointed.
Meats: For the meat we cooked both the beef and chicken on a medium High flame. Since it had a larger grilling area we could grill both the hamburgers and the chicken breast together. We grilled the burger for 10 minutes in total and got 2 medium well done burger patties. They were well very juicy however they didn’t have the grilling flavour which usually comes from a grill. After 15 minutes we turned the chicken over however there were chunks of chicken stuck to the cooking grate. 10 minutes later we removed the chicken from the grill and started eating. We saw that the chicken was incredibly juicy tender and had a lot of flavor
Overall: The Char-Broil Patio Bistro is very easy to use right from its assembly, to its cooking to the control to the wide grill. We tested its TRU-Infrared which worked very well. It gave the meat a good, juicy, grill-oven-roasted quality which was not there in the other grills that we tried. The only negative that we observed was that it is hard to clean this grill as the trangular structure of it makes it difficult to reach the ends and clean it properly. Check latest price on Amazon
Best Electric Grill Reviews 3- Cuisinart CEG-980 VersaStand Outdoor Electric Grill
The Cuisinart CEG-980 is one of the best eletric grills. It has a very professional look with its stainless steel case. And after you unfoled the legs that come below the grill, you see that it rises to a good grilling height. It has a 145 square inch grilling surface and you can start using it once you heat it to its maximum for 20 minutes.
The Veggies: The slight problem that this grill has is that since it is compact, the distance between the lid and the grill is just 3 incles so it is difficult to insert the vegetables into it.
You will need to use the smallest corn and cut the vegetables to cook it like we did. After 20 minutes the veggies got cooked but it lacked flavour and the petter was more soggy than firm.
The Meats: This grill was much better with meat as compared to veggies. The size was not an issue in this case and we could add both the hanburger patties and a chicken breast. The meat cooked quickly and after 10 minutes the chicken breast was fully cooked and the patties were mediym well done. There wasn’t the normal dark grill lines on the meat but the meat was very juicy.
Overall: It is a good grill if you will be grilling infrequently and space is an issue. The main problem with this grill is its narrow lid due to which the size and the variety of the food you would like to cook will be affected. Check latest price on Amazon
Best Electric Grill Reviews 4 – Kalorik GRB 32231 S Barbecue Grill With Radio and I-Pod Connection
The last electric grill in our range is the Kalorik GRB 32231 S. It is a contact grill and is safe for you to use outside the house and within the house. It has a stand which has an in built 10 watt speaker, an mp3 jack and an AM/FM radio player. This can set the mood of the picnic or the barbecue. Its preheat time is slower than the other smokers that we reviewed but after it was preheated for 20 minutes it was as fine as the rest.
The Veggies: Since we tried this one immediately after the above grill, the comparison with the grill to lid clearance was obvious. It has an 8.5 inch clearance which made it very easy to add the veggoes. We took off the peppers after 20 minutes and the kebab and the corn after 30 minutes. They all had the nice blackened char marks and it was firm and flavourful from the inside.
The Meats: We tried both the chicken and the patties for 10 minues and has 2 medium well grilled paties with a crisp crust and a juicy inside. We had to keep the chicken back for 10 more minutes. The breast had a well done look and a nice juicy inside.
Overall: I found the idea of entertainment in a grill unique and funny but other than that, it is an excellent grill. It may be one of the best contact grills which is easy to clean and easy to assemble. It is more suited for meat than veggies but it does both. Check latest price on Amazon
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