All electric grills live by one major limitation; high heat requires a lot of electricity. To produce grilling temperatures with a heating element, most electric grills pull wattage at the limits of your circuit breakers. Recent improvements in design have, however, created electric grills that can do a pretty good job. There are even full-sized electric grills on the market today This is very fortunate since more and more people are living in places that don’t allow charcoal or gas grills. The best outdoor electric grills on this list range in price from just over $100USD to more than $1000. Look through the full list and find the one that is right for you.
The Weber Q series was originally designed to be a portable gas grill. The aluminum body, however, turned out to hold in heat very well. Weber added a metal deflector and a heating element and built one of the best outdoor electric grills on the market. This unit gets close to authentic grilling in ways most comparable products simply can’t.
The Char-Broil Edge is an industry first. While small, this is a full-sized grill. It has 330 square inches of cooking area and a single temperature control. It promises a lot. A maximum cooking temperature of 700°F and a self-clean function. For the apartment or condo dweller, this is as close as you are going to get in a full-sized outdoor grill that doesn’t have an open flame.
Coyote produces a complete line of outdoor cooking equipment including this little electric grill. It is the same size and power as the Kenyon above but engineered to be even more like a traditional gas grill. It even has a ceramic briquette barrier to produce smoke from the drippings.
Kenyon makes a number of small appliances, particularly for the kitchens in boats. Their grills, while more expensive, are incredibly well built. Using the highest grade materials and with years of experience, this unit is truly fantastic.
Fire Magic E250t
Known for its superior engineering and quality products, this is one of the most expensive electric grills on the market. It is also one of the best. This little grill produces very high temperatures and if electric is all you can have, then this is the grill to own. From the styling to the cooking, there isn’t a part of this grill that hasn’t been designed to perfection.
Cuisinart Outdoor with VersaStand
Cuisinart is famous for its indoor appliances and cooking equipment. Several years ago they went all in on outdoor cooking. This little grill, on a collapsible stand, is small, lightweight, and both very portable and able to stand up to full height. It isn’t great, but it is very good.
Another of the cart-mounted portable electric grills, this one from Stok has a collapsible cart design on wheels. This is important for this grill since it weighs in at around 57 pounds. This is one of the largest electric grills on the market, which means that it doesn’t get as hot as the others on this list. For tailgating (with access to electricity of course), this is a good choice.
George Foreman 15+ Domed
There can’t be a list of electric grills without a George Foreman. True that these are not the best products, but this model is portable, can be mounted on a stand, has a good deal of space, and actually performs pretty well. It is certainly worth considering; especially since it is widely distributed and comes at a reasonable price.
This little electric grill is primitive and now being sold under a couple of different names (like Easy Street). It is a good grill and does a pretty good job, but as you can tell by its placement on the list, there has been a lot of innovation lately and there are many better units.