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Best Rated Premium Gas Grills

If you’ve got enough scratch to be looking at premium gas grills, then you’re in luck. Why? Because the under $1000 range, down to about $800, is one of the sweet spots for gas grills. You’ll get a lot of features for the price in a solid, long-lasting grill.

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Best Rated Premium Gas Grills

As you’ll see at the bottom of the page, we’re aiming to discuss grills priced between $800 and $1000. Getting the best value grill in that price range is going to narrow things down a bit. Truthfully, the $800-$1000 range is under served. There should be more companies making grills in the range. But as you can see by the list above, it’s pretty limited. So without further adieu, here is our pick…

Best Premium Gas Grill Under $1000 For 2020

Weber Genesis II E-410

The Genesis II E-410 is a great grill. It’s got an excellent balance of solid build, great grilling capability and some nice features that make it an excellent buy for the price. While its retail price might be just a bit over, you’ll be able to find this best rated gas grill for under $1000 in many places.

Why is it so great?

First up, the build:

  • 4 stainless steel burners
  • Porcelain-enameled Flavorizer bars
  • Porcelain enameled cast iron cooking grates
  • 646 sq inches of grilling space
  • 198 sq inch collapsible warming rack.
  • Stainless steel side prep workspaces
  • Easy-to-use Grease Management System

Four burners is nice, giving the grill a bit of space to work with. 646 sq inches isn’t massive, but you’ll notice that in the under $1000 range, it’s on the larger side.

Stainless steel everything is great, but the associated costs with building an all stainless grill will shoot it out of this price range. The Genesis uses a mix of porcelain-enameled cast iron (solid, cost-effective choice) and stainless steel. Kinda the best of both worlds.

One nice thing about the E-410 is it is iGrill 3 ready. Meaning you can buy the $100 dollar plus Bluetooth temperature gauge, put it on your grill and have the data from the temperature probes show up on your phone.

Another thing we like is the open cart design. While it might not look as nice as doors, in theory it’s easier to build, allowing Weber to put the money elsewhere in the grill. Plus, it makes it much easier to get to stuff under the grill.

Keep in mind – at this price range, you’re not getting an entirely stainless steel grill. The frame and lid will have cast aluminum or iron. Weber claims a welded tube frame, as opposed to rivets, which should lend a fair amount of stability over the years.

One thing we like to take a look at: the warranty. Weber warranties the cookbox, lid assembly, burners, ignition system and grease management system for 10 years in regards to no rust-through or burn-through. The Flavorizer bars and grate are for 5 years and everything else for 2.

A note – the grease management system. Props to Weber for trying something even though it looks decidedly lo-tech. Any drippings are guided down into the drip pan at the bottom. Easy to get to, no muss, no fuss.

Right?

Some people have reported wind issues. Unknown if they were grilling in a wind tunnel as the pan is supposed to lock in place fairly well.

The bigger issues – bugs and animals. Perhaps the random dog or cat that really likes the drippings of what you’re cooking. Being open like it is, you’ll need to keep an eye on it.

Barring that one issue, the Weber Genesis II E-410 is a fantastic choice.

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Saber Cast 500

Up next is a non-Weber grill. I mention that because Weber seems to have a lock on so many awesome grills at so many price points.

But there’s competition.

The Saber Cast 500 is a solid grill. The major difference it has with the Genesis II E-410 is the Saber Cast is an infrared grill.

A what?

Yup, this $1000 bad boy is an infrared grill, meaning we don’t fully understand the science behind it. I mean, we would, but here’s the important thing – it cooks awesomely.

Okay, a little science – infrared cooking means the food isn’t being cooked directly over a flame. The burners are each in their own little stainless steel box. They direct their heat at a perforated sheet of stainless steel, which is directly under the grates.

If it sounds like they’re putting an uncessary extra step in the process, you’d be half wrong. There is an extra step, but for infrared cooking, it’s crucial.

But here’s the great thing about infrared cooking: no flareups. Because the food is not directly over a flame there are no flareups. The hot grates allow you to sear a steak and get decent grill marks. Also, because the heat is radiating upwards towards the food, as opposed to hot air and flames in regular grilling, the food will dry out much slower, resulting in juicier steaks, shrimp, hot dogs, chicken, etc.

Is it perfect? No. It’s still a fairly simple grill. And if infrared was such a perfect way of cooking, it would have overtaken the grill market, but it hasn’t. Some people like the old ways.

I’ll put it this way – my next grill, I’m going to take a hard look at an infrared gas grill. If it will produce moister food, with less flareups and make everything easier, I’m all for it.

Oh, and they claim it uses 30% less fuel. Which is kinda sweet.

Here are the specs:

  • 3 burners
  • 24,000 BTUS (but kinda don’t count because it’s infrared)
  • 500 sq inch main grilling area
  • 175 sq inch warming rack
  • 304 stainless steel burners, grates, infrared emitter, lid, doors, shelves
  • Remainder of build is enameled steel and cast aluminum

Only issues that seem to come up are these: If you leave it outside and uncovered rain can roll down the lid and get into the drip pan. Solution: don’t leave your $1000 grill outside and uncovered. Either get a cover for it, bring it inside, or stand over it lovingly with an umbrella. Also, some people have reported trouble with low temperatures. Your mileage, as they say, may vary.

Last point – the warranty. Stainless steel (except grates and burners) are lifetime for structural integrity. Meaning they may look bad, but if they’re not falling apart, then they just look bad. Burners are ten years, grates are five and everything else is two. If it falls under warranty, they’ll replace it, but you’re on the hook for installation. All in all, a decent warranty.

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Weber Genesis II LX E-240

“Hold on,” you might be saying. “That’s a dinky little grill for the price.”

You might be right. Or, like that little kid who knocked me out in high school (Hi, Matt!) the Genesis II LX E-240 just might be punching above its weight.

The obvious question is why does a grill this small cost this much?

The answer is simple: build.

Let’s take a look at some specs.

  • 380 sq inch main grilling area
  • 114 sq inch fold down warming rack
  • 29,000 BTUs
  • 12,000 BTU side burner
  • Side burner has a closeable lid, allowing it to do double duty as a workshelf
  • Fully enclosed cart
  • Porcelain-coated steel cart and hood
  • Stainless steel burners
  • Stainless steel grates
  • Stainless steel Flavorizer bars

That right there at the bottom is the reason for a two-burner grill to come in just under $1000. The Weber Genesis II e-410 is a physically larger grill with 4 burners, but its grates and Flavorizer bars are made out of porcelain coated ceramic. While the Genesis II LX E-240 only has two burners, it has more stainless steel where it counts.

Bonus points for being iGrill3 compatible as well as including a light (although that light is… small).

If you’re looking for a great quality smaller grill constructed with upgraded materials, the LX E-240 is a grill to look at. However, if you simply need a larger grilling area, the other grills here, like the Genesis II E-410, the Saber Cast 500 or the Broil King Regal S490, might be a better match for you. Otherwise, this compact gas grill might be exactly what you’re looking for.

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Broil King Regal S490 Pro

Remember all the stuff we said about balancing features with build quality?

It all gets thrown out the window when it comes to the Broil King Regal S490 Pro

4 burners? Check. Side burner? Yup. Rotisserie included? Bird yes. More stainless steel than you can shake a grill mop at? Yes, yes and yes. Made in the USA? You bet.

  • 500 sq inches main grilling area
  • 195 sq inch warming rack
  • 50,000 BTU main cooking area
  • 10,000 BTU side burner
  • 15,000 BTU rear rotisserie burner
  • Stainless steel cooking grates
  • Stainless steel dual tube burners
  • Stainless steel workshelf, side shelves and enclosed base.
  • Slide-out propane tank tray

Honestly, we don’t know how Broil King does it. They pack more features into a grill in this price range than any other company.

Which makes us pause. If it’s too good to be true… Yeah, we can’t say that’s the case with the Regal S490 Pro, but we’re wary.

The one thing that starts to make us pause is the warranty. The cookbox has a limited lifetime warranty with the burners and rotisserie burner getting a ten year guarantee. The Flav-R-Wave cooking system, grates and other stainless cart components all get 5 years with everything else (including the paint) coming in at 2 years. Honestly, that’s a little slim. And makes us wonder if it was built better, might the warranty also be better?

That’s the main reason we don’t put this grill as our top pick. If Broil King had an amazing reputation of making fantastic grills that last for years and they backed it up with a warranty to rival Weber or Saber Cast, we’d put it in the top spot.

While they’ve got a decent reputation, their warranty doesn’t instill a lot of confidence for the long haul. But, that’s us.

If you really need a rotisserie or the 4 burner size, then have at it. Or, if you’ve got no problem with plunking down another grand for a grill sooner rather than later, then take a shot on the Broil King Regal S490 Pro. Just make sure you know what you’re getting.

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What To Look For In A Premium Gas Grill

The $800 – $1000 range of premium gas grills is, in our opinion, a great price range to be shopping for a grill. While most grills in this range won’t have as many bells and whistles as the higher priced luxury grills, you’ll walk away with a solidly built grill for your hard-earned money.

Does that mean all the grills in this price range are fantastic? Heck no! That’s the purpose for this whole article. We’re pointing out a few of the models we think stand out at this price point.

What should you look for?

Honestly, no frills.

Generally, the fancier the grill gets, the quality of the product will drop comparatively. Meaning you’ll get a fancy grill that likely won’t last that long. Or that will be more expensive than the price range we’re looking at here.

You’re not going to find an all-stainless steel grill that is built well with good quality steel for under $1000 that’s going to last ten years. As much as we’d all like it to happen, it’s just not.

In other words, avoid the built-in things. The refrigerators, the ovens, the islands: avoid those. Rotisseries, maybe. Look for a grill that cooks and cooks well. Yes, there will be stainless steel. But I’d try to stay away from it as much as you can. Why? It costs the manufacturer more. And to come in under a certain price point, they’ll scrimp elsewhere.

Make sure you read the warranty. See what it covers and compare it to other grills you’re looking at buying. Once purchased, make sure you register it. Grills from major manufacturers will streamline the warranty and repair process. Store brands, and some other major brands, too, may not stand behind their products as much. Weber, Broil King and other major brands have reputations to uphold and will stand behind their products as long as they’re taken care of.

The under $1000 gas grill market is a great price range because you are able to find grills with some decent quality features. The top-selling, top-rated brand in this range is the Weber for a good reason – they make a great grill. There are others, of course. We’ve listed some below. But as always, be wary of grills from unknown or less than reliable manufacturers. Check the warranty carefully. And don’t forget to focus on the most important function of all in a grill – how well it cooks.

A few things to note:

  • Price: all of the grills on this page are between 801 and 1000 dollars. These prices are street prices, not recommended retail. They may go up a little or down a little based on promotions, upgrades, etc. If you’re looking for grills under 800, then check out this post. Looking for something a little more, perhaps the 1000-2000 range? We’ve got ya covered.
  • Rating: this is our rating based on our own experiences, experiences reported by users across the internet and a big cup of our own LTB special sauce. We’ve gotta tell ya – that special sauce has a bit of a kick, and has a tendency to give one pretty rotten hangover. The point being? Take our ratings with a grain of salt. Would you buy something based off of a friend’s recommendation, find out it sucks, then blame them for all your woes? Didn’t think so. And we’re friends, right?

If you’re not quite ready to spend a thousand bucks on a shiny new gas grill, here are a few posts you might want to take a look at:

Buying A New Gas Grill? Check Out These Best Rated Gas Grills

Best Rated Gas Grills Under $300

Best Rated Gas Grills Under $500

Best Rated Gas Grills Under $800

Portable Gas Grills – Best Of Both Worlds

Good Luck! Oh, and stop on by again and tell us what you think.

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Why An Electric Grill Is Better Than Gas Or Charcoal (And Why It’s Not)

Believe it or not, electric grills have come a long way in the past five or ten years. If you absolutely cannot use a gas or charcoal grill to satisfy your grilling desires, then a modern electric grill can be expected to do a pretty decent job of grilling up a meal for you and yours.

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Don’t get us wrong – in a head-to-head competition, gas or charcoal grills will win on sheer firepower alone. Not to mention the authentic taste electric grills sometimes lack. But the days of electric grills being unable to cook a decent meal are long gone.

Best Electric Grills for 2020

Pros and Cons of an Electric Grill

While many people are going to focus on the cons of electric grills, we here at LTB believe in giving things a fair shake. We’re going to look at the pros first and finish up with the cons.

Pros:

  • Few restrictions: for many people electric is the only choice. Apartment or condo rules prohibit or restrict what many people can do, leaving an electric grill as the only viable choice. Well, they could always not grill, but come on – that’s not really a choice at all, is it?

Cons:

  • Can be difficult to get enough heat to cook well on: how much heat it generates is going to be a function of design more than anything. Check out the overviews of some of the better electric grills listed above.
  • Heating up can take some time: if you’re used to the near immediacy of gas, this can be frustrating. Not so much if coming from a charcoal background.
  • Cooking times can, well, take some time: Pretty self-explanatory and we don’t want to beat a dead horse, here. Rather we want you to know what you’re getting into.
  • Don’t expect authentic grilled flavor: somewhere between a little and a lot of the flavor of food cooked on gas or charcoal comes from the heat and flame. While some of these little devils pump out an impressive amount of heat, the flame just doesn’t exist… but come on, you knew that already, right?

Let’s Be Realistic

It’s simple – if gas or charcoal grills are out of the question then you’ve gotta go electric. Luckily we live in a day and age where good quality electric grills are plentiful and reasonably priced. So stop hemming and hawing and go out there and find yourself a fine electric grill. Because if you Love That Barbecue, it’s what you’ve gotta do.

If you’re looking for an electric grill for outdoors, you’re in luck. Most of the models made today are designed to be used outdoors.

Best Outdoor Electric Grills for 2020

Weber Q2400

If you’re looking for an electric grill for outdoors, you’re in luck. Most of the electric models made today are designed to be used outdoors.

That doesn’t mean you can use them in a downpour or in soaking wet grass. It does mean, however, that with a long-enough extension cord and some common sense you can grill up a nice meal in places where gas and charcoal grills aren’t allowed.

Think verandas or patios in apartment buildings and condos. Or outside football games or really dry areas in the middle of summer.

So which is our pick for the best outdoor electric grill?

Simple.

The Weber Q2400.

Weber is one of the biggest names in grilling, so when they put together an electric grill, you can bet it’s going to be put together correctly. The Q2400 claims to get up to 600 degrees hot under the hood – more than enough to cook up whatever you want to cook.

Sizewise, it’s not that bad. It’s got double the grilling area of a Smokey Joe and there’s no charcoal ash to clean up. Plus, it’ll fit in the trunk of your car without taking up the whole trunk.

How does it grill? People have reported being able to throw down a number of steaks and other grillables on the porcelain-enameled cast-iron premium grates. The lid is reasonably tall, allowing you to shove something larger than a thick burger or chicken breast under it. Keep in mind it takes about 20 minutes to heat up to cooking temps. And the more you open it, the longer the cooking will take. Searing is going to be a mixed bag – some people have good luck, some people say no go.

Add in the Weber Portable Cart and you’ve got yourself a real decent setup. It’ll raise it up and turn it into an approximation of a full-size grill. There is also a cover available for the whole thing.

If you’re looking for something a little smaller (or cheaper) the Q1400 is basically the same grill, minus about 100 square inches of grilling area and about 50 bucks. Both come with a six foot cord.

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Features:

  • 280 sq. inch grilling area
  • 1560 watt heating element
  • Porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates
  • Cast aluminum body and lid

Pros:

  • Solid grill, solid design, solid company.
  • Possible to sear if you do things right.
  • That domed hood gives you some room to play with.

Cons:

  • Low design requires a cart or table to make cooking comfortable.
  • On the spendy side for an electric grill.

Verdict:
We like the Weber Q2400. Although we don’t need an electric grill, we like it so much we’re considering moving to a condo just so we’ll have to buy it. Okay, maybe not that much, but it’s a seriously awesome grill. If we needed an electric grill, this would be our top choice.

Best Indoor Electric Grill for 2020

Zojirushi EB-CC15 Indoor Electric Grill

No desire, possibility or plans to grill outdoors? Then you’re looking for an indoor electric grill, and we’ve got you covered.

What makes it an indoor grill? Primarily it will be covered heating elements. In order to get things going faster and hotter, many outdoor grills will have exposed heating elements. When cooking, juices of the item being cooked drip onto the elements, burning and smoking as they go.

Not so with the Zojirushi EB-CC15 Indoor Electric Grill.

Its heating elements are entirely protected from the cooking surface. While this may cut down on the ability to sear or really cook items as well as some of the outdoor-only powerhouses, it will also dramatically cut down on the amount of smoke created when cooking.

This grill bills itself as an indoor electric grill and it passes. 12.5 by 9.25 cooking surface isn’t gigantic, but it’s not meant to be. It’s meant to cook well for a few people. Or those eating in shifts.

It’s not porcelain or porcelain-coated, but still comes with a non-stick surface that earns good marks. In fact, the little Zojirushi gets high marks in reviews everywhere I’ve found it for sale.

If you want to grill something indoors and fill the house with wonderful smells (not carbon monoxide) then an indoor grill is your end goal – and the Zojirushi EB-CC15 is our top choice.

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Features:

  • 1300 watt heating element
  • Dishwasher safe drip tray
  • Cool-touch handles and base
  • Non-stick grilling surface
  • Temperature control

Pros:

  • Non-stick surface makes cooking and cleanup a breeze.
  • While it won’t win sear contests, it’ll cook most things just fine.
  • Variable temperature actually works.

Cons:

  • Metal utensils will ruin non-stick coating lickety-split.
  • No lid so no convection cooking.
  • Only three settings: low, medium and high.

Verdict:

All in all, the Zojirushi is our top choice for an indoor electric grill. However, if you’re looking for a grill with a lid to both cook thicker foods convectionally as well as cut down on the mess of grilling with an open-top grill, take a look at the Secura GR-1503XL. It’s got a lid plus a reversible cooking surface, allowing it to go from grill to griddle easily.

Best Outdoor/Indoor Electric Grill

George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Grill

Sometimes you feel like an outdoor cookout. Sometimes you just want to relax inside and enjoy cooking in the peace and quiet of your own home. Is the only option to buy an indoor and an outdoor grill?

Hardly, my hungry friend.

If you’re in the market for an indoor and outdoor electric grill, you’d best take a good hard look at the George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Grill. It’s kinda got all the bases covered.

Tabletop grilling ability? Check. Removable pedestal for outdoor ease? Check. Reasonable price? Check. Thousands of complimentary reviews? Check.

It does it all, right?

Kinda. The biggest drawback is the unit is a little top-heavy when mounted on the pedestal. Just looking at it and you can see that you might want to be a little careful with bumping into it. Other than that, the reports are in line with most electric grills – does a great job if you know the limitations of the unit.

Also, be aware that the pan to collect grease drippings is under the surface of the grill. Meaning that you’ll need to wait until the grill cools to remove and clean the grease tray.

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Features:

  • 1600 watts
  • 240 sq inches cooking surface
  • Removable grill plate
  • Domed lid with adjustable steam vent
  • Adjustable temp control
  • Cool-touch handles

Pros:

  • The domed lid lets air move around a little more.
  • Drip tray keeps things neater and cleaner.
  • Comes with a pedestal to raise it up to a reasonable height for outdoor grilling.

Cons:

  • Top heavy – not for heavy traffic or areas with active young ones or pets.
  • Positioning of drip tray not optimum.
  • Getting char marks is more hit and miss than anything.

Verdict:

The George Foreman GGR50B is an excellent choice if you’re looking to bridge the gap between indoors and outdoors. It’ll do fine on top of a table or a kitchen island inside or on the pedestal outside. Just make sure to use it away from rowdy people (or pets) and you’ll go far.

Best Portable Outdoor Electric Grill for 2020

Cuisinart CEG 980T Outdoor Tabletop Grill

Most electric grills are, by definition, portable. They’re not that big and if you have a long enough extension cord, you can take it anywhere. But a portable electric grill is designed to be packed up and carried, and in the realm of portable electric grills, the Cuisinart Outdoor Electric Grill.

Although we discuss the Tabletop model here, they do offer one with longer legs that will raise up the unit to approximately waist-high. The tradeoff? Bulkier to carry and store.

Whether you choose the Tabletop version or go with the Versistand model, you’ll be getting a good grill that is designed to be transported. Oh, and it can cook a mean steak.

One thing to keep in mind – the Cuisinart is smaller. That’s the tradeoff of a portable outdoor electric grill – it’s not going to feed an army. Smaller groups or shift eating are key here. While they claim 8 burgers or 8 steaks or 6-10 chicken breasts, etc. those aren’t huge burgers. Or steaks. Or breasts. We’re just sayin’ – 145 square inches isn’t going to get you eight big burgers.

Just sayin’.

But also keep in mind – that smaller size makes it more portable. Wanna know how much trunk space a Weber Smokey Joe takes up? More than you can imagine. The Cuisinart Outdoor Electric grill? Far less.

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Features:

  • Briefcase-style carrying handle
  • 1500 watt burner
  • 145 square inch cooking area
  • No assembly required
  • Stainless steel heat reflector built into the lid

Pros:

  • Easy to transport.
  • Can cook up a mean grilled meal.
  • Cons:
  • Quality can be hit or miss.
  • That size – make sure you can live with it or send it back.

Verdict:

If portable is your main concern when buying an electric grill, then the Cuisinart should be near the top of your list. It’s designed to be easily portable. Go with the VersiStand or the Tabletop – it’s essentially the same. One has longer legs, one has tabletop length legs.

If you’re looking for something a little bigger and are willing to sacrifice a little portability, then we recommend the Weber Q2400. It’s not as portable, sure, but that tradeoff gives you more cooking area.

It also gives you a better rated grill.

Best Electric Grill for Camping

Weber Q2400

Going camping but the facility outlaws all open flames? Found out too late to change the reservations? No worries – an electric grill can solve many of your problems.

The best electric grill for your camping situation is going to depend on a variety of factors: storage space in your vehicle, how many people you’re cooking for, the setup at the camping area (table top ability or do you need a stand) and the distance to a plugin.

All those things aside, the LTB top choice for a non-open flame grill for your camping excursion is the Weber Q2400.

Yeah, yeah, we know. We put it in the Best Outdoor Grill spot above. I hear you. But the same outstanding features and capabilities that put it in the top spot for best outdoor electric grill means it’s going to get top marks for a camping unit as well.

The only drawback? Size and, well, size. The size of the Q2400 means it’s going to eat up trunk space. If you’re dead set on having a grill, you might want to do a trial packing run before your trip.

On the flip side is this – while the Weber Q2400 is large for an electric grill, in the overall scheme of things, it’s really not that big of a grill. If you’re cooking for a whole lot of people, you might want to either do a trial cooking run or get two.

Yeah, crazy as it sounds, if you’re camping in a place that forbids open flames, have a lot of people to cook for, and just have to have grilled food, then two of the Weber Q2400 units might be a good plan.

But if you’re doing that, make sure there’s a stable surface to cook them on, preferably waist high. Because while those Weber carts are nice, if you’re doing that much grilling, you’re gonna need more prep space and cooking space.

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Features:

280 sq. inch grilling area
1560 watt heating element
Porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates
Cast aluminum body and lid

Pros:

A solid grill that will outperform most other plug-ins.
The Weber name.
The size and domed hood lets you do more than just hot dogs and hamburgers. Although why would you really want to?

Cons:

Bigger than most other portable electric grills.
If you’re looking for cheap, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

Verdict:

The Weber Q2400 is top choice as both the best outdoor electric grill and the best electric camping grill for a reason. It’s just that good. While it is expensive, you get what you pay for. What you’re paying for is a top-notch grill that will take what you throw at it and spit back awesome food.

Best Electric Grill for Tailgating

Weber Q2400

Tailgating – an American tradition almost as old as football. Okay, not that old, but you get the picture.

When you’re thinking of that picture, you’re likely thinking of three things – good times with friends, alcohol, and grilling. And you’d be right. The smoke rising from grills can smell fantastic outside a stadium.

Unfortunately, like many camping areas, stadiums are increasingly shutting down the old dream of tailgating. Limits on open flames in the parking lots of stadiums are increasingly common.

Sure, it’s safer. But the stadiums would rather have you inside, spending money on concessions instead of grilling up a magnificently tender and juicy burger in their parking lot with your pals.

While an electric grill may not be able to stand toe-to-toe with its charcoal or gas-powered cousins, you can come close. And to come close you’re gonna need power. As much as you can muster in as reasonable a package as you can find.

You know where this is going.

The Weber Q2400 gets our vote as the best electric grill for tailgating.

Of course, if you can use gas, then there are a wide range of portable gas grills that would make great tailgating grills.

But if you’re confined to electric, then you’d best look long and hard at the Weber Q2400. Oh, and just get the cart. You’ll kick yourself the first time you try to use it on an actual tailgate.

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Features:

  • 280 sq. inch grilling area
  • 1560 watt heating element
  • Porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates
  • Cast aluminum body and lid

Pros:

  • It’s a Web—all right, we’ve beat that to death. It’s a damn fine grill.

Cons:

  • Get thee behind me, Satan.

Verdict:

Best Outdoor Electric Grill, Best Electric Grill for Camping AND Best Electric Grill for Tailgating? It’s a three-peat. For a reason.

Best Smokeless Indoor Electric Grill

Philips HD6371/94 Indoor Smokeless Infrared Grill

Smokeless grill? Seriously?

Seriously.

Okay, not that serious, but a smokeless indoor grill is going to be exactly what you want when you’re looking to cook up some fine grilled meat.

Keep in mind, though, smokeless isn’t actually smokeless. More like reduced smoke than anything.

How does it work? Simple – what causes smoke on a grill? Fire.

Second? Moisture, meat and drippings hitting the heat source.

While some grills have exposed heating elements (looking at you, Mr. Q2400), smokeless grills will have heating elements that are protected by the grill surface itself.

As the food cooks, the moisture and drippings it creates are channeled through various means into a drip pan, which is then cleaned up after the meal is finished.

That’s the basics.

Some companies get fancy and try various methods to actually get a smokeless grill.

But truth be told, if you’ve gone to the trouble to get a relatively smokeless grill, you’ve probably already gone far enough. Most smokeless indoor electric grills will satisfy the average consumer.

For example, our best pick for indoor electric grill, the Zojirushi EB-CC15 Indoor Electric Grill does a great job, but like most indoor electric grills, it will produce a little smoke. Not a lot, a little. But it’s a stretch to call it smokeless.

Likewise the equally popular Livart Orange grill is a good choice if you want to do Asian style cooking (Japanese and Korean barbecue come to mind). Although, truth be told, the Zojirushi would work just as fine in this aspect.

But all these choices will smoke a certain amount. If you’re looking for an indoor electric grill that can sear a steak yet produce the absolute minimal amount of smoke, you’re going to need the Philips HD6371/94 Indoor Smokeless Infrared Grill.

It’s unique heating element utilizes infrared technology to heat the grill rack to 446 degrees. The heating elements are out from under the grill and utilizing technology and a fair bit of wizardry (heat reflectors), the heat from the elements is redirected from the sides of the grill to the grill itself.

Underneath is a drip pan that, free from the heat associated with the heating elements, allows the fat and moisture to drip down without sizzling and burning.

Again, nothing is smokeless in the world of the grill. You’re cooking meat and there will be smoke in some form or another. But the Philips Indoor Smokeless Grill is about as close as your going to come unless you’ve got a ventilation unit.

But it comes at a price. It runs 3-6 times the prices of other indoor smokeless electric grills. But keep in mind, those grills are unlikely to sear a steak.

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Features:

  • Non-stick grill rack
  • Easy to disassemble and wash
  • 6 minute pre-heat time
  • Constant heat for perfect browning temperature

Pros:

  • Infrared technology can sear your steak. No metaphor there.
  • Amazingly short pre-heat time.
  • Claims to be 80% less smoke than conventional grilling.

Cons:

  • One speed – full out. No chance of turning things to a more reasonable level.
  • Spendy. Like really spendy.

Verdict:

If you’re looking for a smokeless indoor electric grill and have a bit of coin to spend, the Philips HD6371/94 Indoor Smokeless Infrared grill is the one you should be looking at. Keep in mind that everything is going to smoke a little, plus the infrared cooking technology can take a little getting used to. Other than that, enjoy your grilling, oh indoor wizard.

Best Infrared Electric Grill

Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill

Okay, the fine folks here at LTB are not scientists.

That said, infrared grills are a little unique in the world of grilling.

Essentially, with a regular grill, the hot gas or rising heat from the coals will cook the food on the grill.

However, with infrared cooking, it’s not that easy. What happens is the heat source (usually electric or gas) heats a metal or ceramic plate. The heat from that unit radiates up and cooks the meat.

But don’t think you can just plunk a piece of metal between the flame and the grill and you’re infrared. The science behind it means that not just heat, but heat in the infrared range of the spectrum is involved in the cooking as well.

Again, not scientists here. But with more and more companies coming out with infrared grills, there’s got to be something to it. We’ve tried infrared grills with varying levels of success and are intrigued. Some of our friends swear by infrared cooking.

Thus comes the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill.

At 240 sq inches, it has a little less primary grilling space than the venerable Weber Q 2400. However the Charbroil adds in an 80 sw inch warming rack.

The lid is highly domed, allowing you to possibly stuff something birdish or at least decent sized under it.

If you don’t like or need the stand, Charbroil offers a tabletop version called the Char-Broil TRU Infrared Patio Bistro 180 Electric Grill. There’s another version of the standard Patio Bistro that has dual folding side shelves. And don’t forget the fact that most versions come in up to six different colors. Including a lovely Moss Green.

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Features:

  • 240 sq in primary grilling surface
  • 80 sq in warming rack
  • Infrared heating technology
  • Standing version or tabletop model

Pros:

  • Nice compact grill with a stable base that you don’t have to bend over to cook on.
  • Infrared tech is an interesting way of grilling.
  • Solid construction.
  • Color choices beyond black or red.

Cons:

  • If you hate infrared grilling, keep walking.

Verdict:

If you love infrared cooking or want to give it a shot, the CharBroil TRU infrared Patio Bistro is a good-looking, well-constructed grill that looks at home on most patios. It’s stylish and can cook decent food without the need for gas or open flames. But learning the ropes of cooking with infrared can take a little time and it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

Best Patio Electric Grill

Fire Magic E250s

It’s a fair guess the majority of people looking to buy an electric grill are doing so because of their living situation. Many apartments or condos do not allow open flames or gas grills. But humankind’s love affair with grilled meat cannot be quelled.

Neither can humankind’s need to have nice-looking stuff.

Many of the electric grills leave a little something to be desired in the looks department. I’m not pointing fingers, but why design and sell something that looks like a grill sold back in the seventies? And no, we’re not talking about Webers here.

Luckily for the person who has a higher sense of design and asthetics, the Fire Magic E250s is available and it is one handsome looking stainless steel patio grill.

Now, we’ll get this out of the way up front – it’s not cheap. But Fire Magic makes decent grills, and you wouldn’t want a cheap stainless steel grill anyway. Cheap stainless steel may be stainless steel, but it’s also cheap and unlikely to last very long without a lot of babying.

Not so the Fire Magic E250s. The wide base provides a fair measure of stability, much greater than a number of electric grills on the market today. The pedestal is well-constructed, looks nice and isn’t cheesy.

But all that doesn’t matter if it doesn’t do the deed of grilling. Which the Fire Magic does. How does 725 degrees of firey goodness under the hood sound? Sounds hotter than a…well, make up your own joke here, but it’s hot.

One drawback? Like most electric grills, the Fire Magic E250s has one burner. Meaning turning off part of the grill to get some convection heating going is unlikely to happen. Okay, it’s not going to happen. If you don’t mind grilling everything with direct heat, then you’re golden. Otherwise, you might want to think twice. Especially since this grill isn’t anywhere close to cheap.

And should you ever need, there is a rotisserie attachment available, as well as replacement pedestal and shelves set. Which, while I hope none of my readers will ever need, is nice to know is there.

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Features:

  • 240 sq inch grilling surface
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Up to 725 degrees of hellfire
  • Cast stainless steel burners
  • 16-gauge stainless steel flavor grids

Pros:

  • Stainless steel durability.
  • Hot as Hades under the hood.
  • Will look nice on your upscale condo patio.

Cons:

  • One burner, no chance of convection heating.
  • Thermostat control has reports of being finicky.
  • Pricey.

Verdict:

Expensive grill, but gobs of gorgeous stainless steel so you can leave it outside without stressing too much. Just don’t think stainless steel is magical – it will rust if you neglect it too much.

Our Top Pick

As you can see, there are lots of situations where one can use an electric grill: camping, patio, indoors, general grilling, etc. There’s no one grill that can be perfect for each and every situation one can find themselves needing an electric grill in. That being said, if we had to choose one electric grill to recommend over every other grill, our top pick would be…

The Weber Q2400.

Come on, you had to see that coming.

Coupled with the cart, the Weber makes an excellent all-around grill for the times when you need an electric grill. It isn’t as pretty as the Fire Magic, isn’t as portable as the Cuisinart and it sure ain’t as smokeless as the Philips. But for an electric grill, it’s probably as close to perfect for most situations as you can get. Sure, it’s a little on the spendy side. But here, you really are getting what you are paying for.

PS – Not sold on the idea of an Electric Grill? Got a little more flexibility in your cooking dictates? Still looking for something compact? Check out these posts:

Portable Gas Grills – Best of Both Worlds

Portable Charcoal Grills

You just might find the awesomest grill for what you need.