Sometimes you just can't have a full sized gas or charcoal grill. That's when you have to rely on an outdoor electric grill. Good news everyone! Electric grills have been getting better and better in recent years and while they may not have the flavor of charcoal, they can do a pretty good job grilling a steak. These electric grills are the best on the market and span a price range from around $100USD to over $500USD.
Electric grills in North America are limited by 120 volts. They do not produce the heat or the flavor of charcoal, or even gas. However, more and more people are restricted to an electric grill or nothing. This electric grill from Dimplex is a high end, well designed electric grill that does a great job of grilling, for an electric. Typically selling for around $500USD, this electric grill comes with a computer controlled grilling system that lets you select the food you are cooking and then let the grill tell you when to flip and remove. The problem with the computer is that it has no imagination.
For those people who live in a place where gas or charcoal grill are not allowed there have been few options when it came to grill that would give you an authentic grilling experience. The Outdoor Greatroom Company has managed to produce an electric grill that can successfully sear a steak and grill virtually any food you would want in a small, portable electric grill. This unit has two cooking areas that let you grill or sear in a system that is virtually foolproof. If you have the money and need an electric grill that will give you everything from burgers to vegetables then this is a grill you should be looking at.
When exiled to a place where charcoal and gas are forbidden the griller doesn't have a lot of options other than electricity. The problem is that 120 volts isn't a lot of power to do high temperature grilling. Well, after some considerable development time Weber has managed to produce an electric version of its popular Q line of grills that runs on electricity. Capable of temperatures over 600 degrees F thanks to the efficiency of this design this grill can sear a steak, heat up quickly and recover its heat even faster after you lift the lid. While a small grill, if you are limited to electric grills, buy this one.
Can't have a gas or charcoal grill where you live? This might be the solution for you. The Char-Broil Patio Bistro Electric Grill is one of the largest electric grills on the market. Of course it is still small enough to fit on most balconies but gives you enough space to comfortably cook for four people. The 1,750 watt heating element produces a good amount of heat for the size so you will be able to grill most everything that fits under the lid in this grill. The overall construction of this grill is a little lightweight so this grill will need some care to keep it looking and working well.
The Meco Tabletop grill is available in a number of configurations, including mounted on a full height pedestal and one with a glass window. However they are all built on the same basic design. Built to be as small as you can get with a 200 square inch cooking surface, this is a portable little grill and not too expensive. Like most electric grills however, it has trouble generating the high temperatures you want for grilling.
Built like an outdoor electric grill, this George Foreman can also be used as an indoor grill. This is because of the complete separation of the 1600 Watt heating element and the cooking surface. Like other George Foreman grills, grease is channeled away, this time down the center of the cooking grate to a nonstick grease catcher. Don't be fooled by the hype however, this grill is as lean as any other grill and not nearly as mean as most electric grills. Preheat times are long and the heat output is low. On the other hand, this is one of the least expensive electric outdoor grills you can buy, and it is built like it too.