Grilling juicy steaks, burgers, or vegetables doesn’t have to be outdoors. With an electric grill, you can cook delicious meals right at home every day. And we will talk about how to choose an electric grill, what functions the device has and how to approach its purchase.
An electric grill is a relatively small kitchen appliance that cooks food not on an open fire, but using infrared heat. It works due to tubular electric heaters or quartz lamps, which can be located both from below and on the sides. Depending on the specification of the device, the electric grill may include the functions of heating food, frying, baking and stewing. In principle and functionality, it resembles a microwave oven with some differences.
What are electric grills?
Electric grills are divided into several types, the main parameter is contact and non-contact. Non-contact grills have a closed design. Often they are also called skewers. We are considering contact electric grills, the design of which provides for contact with food during the cooking process. Such grills can be open (that is, one-sided), closed (like waffle irons or sandwich makers) and combined. The latter provide for the presence of removable structural elements and panels.
It should be noted that electric grills can be portable and stationary. Stationary devices are much larger and designed for large volumes of cooking. Most often they are used in catering. A portable grill is ideal for cooking at home or in the country, for a small number of people.
Technical characteristics of the electric grill
When choosing a model of electric grill for the home, be sure to take into account the functionality of the device and its specifics. First of all, it is necessary to note the power of the device: the higher the power, the faster the food will be cooked. The greater the load on the network. The average power of an electric grill varies from 0.7 kW to 2.2 kW.
The size of the device is also important, especially its working surface. In this case, you need to at least roughly represent the volumes you are counting on. Also, consider the height of the worktop if the grill is of a grate design. If you are planning on cooking large cuts of meat or roasting whole vegetables, you will most likely need enough space. Therefore, before choosing a grill, it is recommended to make a list of dishes that you want to cook most often. This will help not only not to make a mistake, but also to choose a device that will really be useful to you.
Electric grills are made from different materials and even the working surface of different models may differ. It is best to choose a non-stick coating, since the fat from the meat from it will be much easier to remove than from any other. In addition, on such a surface, you can fry foods without using oil.
There are grills with enamel coating, it is not as durable as metal.
As for the body material, it can be either metal or plastic. Of course, the metal case in everyday life is much more convenient, although it makes the design of the device heavier. The plastic case of the device is less resistant to breakage, but such an electric grill costs less. If you choose a plastic case, pay attention to its heat resistance to avoid melting.
Electric grill functionality
Depending on the model, the electric grill may have additional useful features that greatly simplify the cooking process. Among these functions, readiness indicators can be distinguished, as a rule, special light bulbs that will indicate the degree of roasting of meat.
A feature that many people find indispensable is the temperature controller. It can set the temperature either separately for different surfaces or together. In some models, the regulator is limited to three modes, in others it sets exactly the temperature value.
A number of models of electric grills are equipped with a timer and an automatic shutdown function. This is perfect if you don’t have time to constantly keep an eye on the foods you cook.
The keep warm function is very useful if you are cooking for a large group, and the delayed start allows you to load food in advance and start cooking at the right time.
Budget and extras
Of course, the more features a device has, the higher its price. On average, an electric grill can cost from 1,500 to 50,000 rubles, depending on the size and characteristics. The brand of the manufacturer also plays a role. So, among the manufacturers, well-known brands can be distinguished: Tefal, BBK, Delonghi, Gastrorag, Redmond and many others.
In order to determine the price, look first of all at the durability of materials, the metal case and non-stick coating will allow the device to last longer, such electric grills can cost from 3,000–5,000 rubles. For the rest, rely on the ratio of characteristics that interest you.
Models of electric grills
Tefal Optigrill GC702D34 is an electric grill for the home that features a Teflon non-stick coating that is easy to clean. The collapsible design allows you to remove the device panels and the tray in order to wash them in the dishwasher. Tefal Optigrill is suitable for cooking steaks, vegetables, fish, etc.
The power of the electric grill is 2000 W, and the control is completely electronic. In total, the design includes 2 removable panels. Adjusting the degree of heating allows you to select the appropriate degree of frying of dishes. The control panel itself includes several cooking modes, depending on what exactly you plan to cook. The controls are intuitive, so you’ll quickly get the hang of it and in less than a month you’ll forget how difficult it was to cook meat before the Tefal Optigrill. The device is equipped with a special patented sensor that allows you to determine the thickness of the steak, the number of pieces of meat, and, depending on the data obtained, determine the frying time so that you always get exactly the dish you want. Tefal Optigrill fits easily in the kitchen, you can take it with you to the country house and cook easily and simply.
An electric grill that combines an affordable price and wide functionality is Sinbo SSM 2529. This device model is equipped with rubberized legs that prevent slipping on the table during cooking, and a special handle that allows you not to get burned, regardless of the degree of heating of the electric grill. The power of Sinbo SSM 2529 is 2000W, so you can cook anything in it, from hot sandwiches to steaks and meatballs. At the same time, the electric grill does not accumulate fat, it immediately flows into a special tray, without having time to soak into the food. Two heating elements evenly distribute heat, frying food and ensuring the required degree of readiness in a short time. Removable elements are made of aluminum and have a special non-stick coating that facilitates the cleaning process. Management is carried out using a simple and understandable electronic panel, and light indicators will inform you about the readiness of food. The Sinbo SSM 2529 electric grill is ideal for the home.
Electric grill from Delonghi CGH912 is a versatile device for the home, designed to provide an easy and convenient process for preparing various dishes. With its compact size, it fits comfortably in the kitchen and allows you to cook quickly and in large quantities. Delonghi heats up quickly and fries even thick pieces of meat. The power of the device is 1500W. The design of the device is collapsible, and the kit includes two sets of removable plates with non-stick coating. The device is suitable for cooking various products: meat, fish, vegetables and even scrambled eggs. You can cook both on a closed grill, and by unfolding the device and getting two accessible surfaces for frying. The package also includes a container for collecting fat, which allows you to get healthy food. Control is carried out using three convenient regulators: on, temperature and timer. Indicator lights let you know when the food is hot and done, and the convenient handle stays cool while cooking, making it easy to open the grill and pick up your food.
BBK BEG2001 is a simple and clear grill with a clean design. Thanks to its design, you can quickly prepare dishes from vegetables, fish or meat. With its affordable price, BBK BEG2001 has a wide range of functionality. At the same time, control is limited to one Russified regulator. The lid can be opened and rotated through 180° for a large work surface. The design of the electric grill is collapsible and allows you to remove non-stick surfaces, which simplifies the process of washing them. The device provides temperature control, in addition, there is a function of heating food and protection against overheating of the device.
A special handle allows you not to touch the heated elements, providing protection from burns and injuries. The kit also includes a container for draining fat, so that your products will not accumulate it and you can prepare healthy and wholesome meals for the whole family. The BBK BEG2001 is easy to clean and store, and the price beats many more expensive models of electric grills. This model is an excellent choice for home and for giving, you can take it with you on trips and easily prepare a delicious and hearty lunch.
An electric grill can help you transition to a healthier and tastier diet, as well as provide you with the ability to cook steaks or burgers any time of the year without leaving your home and waiting for good weather. By choosing the electric grill model that is right for you, you can simplify the cooking process and never worry about the long and tedious process of cooking meat, vegetable and fish dishes. If necessary, you can easily replace most of the accessories and removable parts, thereby extending the life of the device and without giving up the usual tasty and healthy dishes.