Choosing an indoor grill comes with its perks as well as cons. For example, you cannot get the same smoke-enhanced flavor that you would normally get on an outdoor grill. Charcoal and other fuel-based grills are larger and easily cook 6-8 servings at a time. Of course there are some small outdoor grills too, but most are medium-large in size. But that’s where all the actual advantages of outdoor grills come to an end.
Beyond flavor and capacity, there is not much to an outdoor grill that would advocate its use over a good indoor electric grill. And the flavor you get on modern indoor grills can be pretty good in a unique way. So, if you’re ready to select the best indoor grill for vegetables, take a look at the following 4 models. They are great for grilling meats as well as vegetables, and come with adjustable temperature and timer settings as well as easy to clean inner plates and trays. Choose the one that fits your budget and needs.
Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler
With a highly efficient clamshell design, and removable dishwasher-safe grill plates, the Cusinart GR-4NR Griddler features a bunch of cooking modes, adjustable temperatures for each grill mode, and a sturdy Panini style handle. The hinged floating top cover can adjust depending on the size and thickness of the food that you are grilling, and you have the choice of choosing between the grill and griddle operating modes with a simple turn of a knob.
The different modes of operation also include – grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, as well as half grill/griddle. All of these require different heat settings, and you can switch between the different presets with the 2 easy to access knobs on the front panel. The set of reversible grill plates are removable, and are coated with non-stick layer for easy cleaning. They are also dishwasher safe, so you can pop them out and put them in the dishwasher after you’re done grilling your favorite veggies, sausages, burgers, or Panini sandwiches.
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George Foreman 4 Serving Removable Plate Grill
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Even though it is small and inexpensive, the George Foreman GRP1060B clamshell style plate grill can easily grill meals in under 10 minutes, thanks to its powerful heating element that allows the grill plates to heat up nearly 35% faster than older models. The floating hinge allows the grill cover to adjust to the thickness of food, and its 60” square cooking surface can comfortably accommodate up to 4 servings or more, depending on what you are cooking.
The grill itself weighs only 2 pounds, and measures a mere 12.28” x 6.5” x 13.27”, which means that it is highly portable. Due to the advanced non-stick coating on the grill plates, you can clean them easily after grilling, and you don’t need to use much butter and oil to cook your burgers, or steaks. The grill plates are removable and dishwasher safe to facilitate convenient cleaning. There is a temperature indicator light on the top, along with a drip tray underneath the grill plates to collect oil and fat.
Hamilton Beach Easy-Clean Indoor Grill
Yet another clamshell style indoor grill, only this time it looks more elegant than the competition. With the brushed stainless steel accents, the Hamilton Beach 25332 looks like a work of art, its interiors are just as good as the exteriors, with dual removable grill plates that are arranged in a clamshell configuration. Each plate is coated with a non-stick layer, and is removable to allow for convenient cleaning.
Yes, they are also dishwasher safe, and a drip tray is included underneath the bottom tray to collect all the dripping fat, butter, and oil from your steaks. There is a conveniently placed timer on the front, and you can set it to automatically turn off the grill after your dish is done. Since it cooks so fast (most meals are done under 10 minutes), you might want to keep an eye on the grill for the first few days, until you become accustomed to its super-fast grill times.
George Foreman Next Grilleration Electric Nonstick Grill
This electric countertop grill is the solution to all your indoor grilling needs, and it comes with plenty of accessories to support just about every possible grilled food item that you would want to make on it. There are 5 removable grill plates provided alongside the unit, and these include a waffle plate, a panini plate, a grill plate, a baking plate, and a griddle cooking plate.
The tough triple coated scratch resistant non-stick coating will not wear off any time soon, and it allows you to use less oil and butter for lubricating your baking tray or grill plate. Cleaning is much easier, thanks to removable plates that are also dishwasher safe. The cooking surface is 72” x 72”, and the large foam-padded handle allows you to easily lift up the top cover without burning your hand. The glossy red top cover has a stylish black timer dial built into it.
Choosing the Best Indoor Grill for Vegetables
The biggest advantage that indoor grills have over their larger outdoor counterparts is the fact that you can often cook much faster on them. In fact, if you have never used an indoor grill before, and this is your first time buying one, we suggest that you cut your cooking time by nearly 40%. Many indoor grills come with 1 kW heat ratings, some even go beyond that. The general theory is that, the larger the kW rating, the hotter a grill can get, and your food cooks faster. Of course you don’t want to undercook or burn your food, which is why most good indoor grills will have dials and LCD displays to control the temperature and set timers.
You can get these same features in some top-end outdoor grills, but they are much easier to implement in electric models, since temperature control is much more transparent and precise on electric compared to charcoal or gasoline based methods. Another huge advantage that indoor grills have is the fact that they are weather and climate-proof. Meaning that, you don’t have to abandon the party if it is raining, snowing, or windy outside. Just sit back on your couch, watch some TV, and have a chat with friends as those burgers and Panini’s get ready in the grill. There are many different types of indoor grills out there.
Depending on the kind of vegetables that you plan on grilling, you might want to look into the capacity of the grill. Some are capable of cooking 4 servings at a time, while the others are restricted to two at a time. Some grills use transparent plastic lids that make it easier to monitor your food. Some grills are designed equipped with a dual-cooking surface, or a “clamshell design”. Basically, it means that there are two metal trays with ribbed surfaces that close against each other. This means that you don’t need to flip your patty or vegetables, and they will get grilled more uniformly on both sides. Also, clamshell designs grill much faster.