Skip the hassle of classic summertime barbecues and opt for the cleanliness and reliability of these outdoor electric grills. Perfect for apartment balconies or areas that prohibit an open flame, these electrically-powered grills avoid messy charcoal bricks and lighter fluid with a contemporary infrared heating system. From lightweight table-top designs to portable models that you can take on your next camping trip, our select styles of electric grills and pellet smokers at Overstock.com are available in a range of shapes and sizes to deliver the quality of a traditional BBQ grill while meeting the needs of your space.
Electric Grill FAQ
How Do Electric Grills Work?
Electric grills do away with charcoal, propane, wood chips and messy lighter fluid and allow you to do your outdoor cooking on your patio or camping in the great outdoors (if you're bringing a generator) while leaving room in your trunk for all of your other necessities. So how does an electric grill work? Unlike a gas grill that needs a bulky propane tank or a charcoal grill that you fill with briquettes, this grilling method uses an alloy of nickel and chromium called nichrome. When a current of electricity is passed through it, the nichrome gets hot and glows so you can cook your food.
With portable electric grills, you also just plug it in, flip a switch, and it will heat up to the right BBQ cooking temperature within five minutes. These portable grills usually have various temperature settings on them so you can choose the heat level based on what food you are cooking. They also have non-stick surfaces so clean up is quick and easy and a drip trays catch any grease or juices that may accumulate.
Why Should You Choose an Electric Grill?
Electric grills have many advantages over their charcoal grill and gas grill counterparts. First of all, they are easier to cook with. You plug it in and let it heat up. Secondly, there is no costly upkeep. You don't need to continually run to the store to buy charcoal, find expensive wood pellets or fill a heavy propane gas tank. Next, clean up is easy. There are no messy ashes to dispose of after your BBQ. Finally, you can make anywhere your cooking area. From your patio to your balcony, you can take the party anywhere and have an outdoor kitchen.
Electric grills also come in a variety of sizes. Maybe you just want to cook a steak for two or you are planning an outdoor dinner for ten, these great appliances have small to large heating elements and burners to meet your needs. Why cook indoors when you can create your own outdoor kitchen?
One of the leaders in the charcoal grill market is Char-Broil and they are also bringing their innovation and expertise to electric bbq grills. Their TRU-Infrared technology heats up to perfection without the charcoal flare-ups and hot and cold spots associated with traditional grilling. You can heat their grill to 550 degrees and they have a porcelain finish on their grilling rack to get the sear you want without the difficult scrubbing later. They also provide a warming rack and if you want a smokier flavor, toss some wood chips or pellets directly on the grilling grate.
Cuisinart is another brand that chefs and home cooks know and trust and they have some pretty awesome electric grills available. Their Versa-stand model has telescoping legs so you can customize the height and fold it up for easy storage. The stainless steel finish looks clean and modern and the 145 sq inch grilling surface can accommodate most family meals.
If you're looking for unique design and style, have we got a couple of fun grill choices for you. The Costway Electric BBQ Grill has a rotatable condiment tray built in so you can baste your chicken or slather your burger with ketchup and mustard as soon as they come off the electric BBQ.
The MasterBuilt Veranda Grill is just as much a piece of art as it is an outdoor electric grill. It comes in cherry red and royal blue and will bring style and function to your patio. Overstock.com offers these brands and more to cater to your outdoor grilling needs. We offer a variety of sizes, colors and prices so you can find the perfect outdoor grill that you're looking for.
Tips for Using Your Electric Grill
Like most barbecue grills, an electric grill takes time to heat up. Plug it in and turn it on while you're doing the cooking prep.
2. Create Flavor
If you want the smokey flavor found in charcoal and gas grills, soak wood chips for about 30 minutes prior to use and wrap them in thick aluminum foil. Poke holes in the foil so the smoke can escape to give that wood-fire grill flavor to your cooking.
3. Clean up
Wash and dry your cooking grid and drip pan after every use to keep it looking great and your food from tasting burnt from past barbecues.