While not as popular as gas and charcoal grills, electric grills have made huge strides over the last few years, making them a viable choice for your next BBQ.
Modern electric grills rival the gas grill in terms of speed and precision. Electric grills have one of the fastest heat up times, making them ideal for weeknight cooking. Most grills heat up within 7-8 minutes and a quality grill can reach up to 600° F. Electric grills also reduce the hassle of providing external fuel, since all you need is an electrical outlet.
Another big advantage to electric grills is that they give an even heat across the entire cooking surface. This consistency erases the worry of having the food develop hot or cold spots. Electrical grills are also easy to clean.
Electric grills come in a variety of sizes. Some are small enough to keep inside your kitchen, while others are perfect for your balcony or backyard. Electric grills are often the top choice for apartment dwellers, for those who do not have a backyard conducive to a more traditional BBQ, or for those who want to grill a hamburger when it’s chilly outside. Because they do not have an open flame, electric grills are a great option for indoor grilling or for use in apartment balconies and other places that do not allow open flames.
The biggest disadvantage to an electric grill is that it can lack the “pure” BBQ flavor that is associated with a charcoal grill. While an electric grill can cook high quality food, its does not provide the same smoky flavor that many BBQ lovers crave. However, this can be counterbalanced with the right selection of marinades or seasonings to create a delicious feast.