The 10 Best Tabletop Electric Grills
This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in March of 2018. If you love the taste of barbecued foods but hate the inconvenience of dealing with charcoal or propane canisters, try one of these tabletop electric grills, which are much easier to clean and safer to use than open-flame models. We've included both indoor and outdoor choices, ranging from simple and minimalist to more high-tech options with a variety of innovative features. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
April 19, 2020:
For this update, we removed the Easy Street Utility due to several complaints of quality control issues. We also removed the Char-Broil Patio Bistro because of availability concerns.
To replace these products, we brought in the MegaChef Dual Surface, a surprisingly affordable unit that is large enough to handle a relatively large amount of food. It's also versatile enough to use for both breakfast griddling and dinner grilling. I also found the locking mechanism on its lid to be an interesting feature, and imagine that it could come in handy for deterring any curious children in the kitchen.
We also added a third Hamilton Beach product, the Hamilton Beach Searing Grill. Just like others of the same brand, this grill is made of high-quality components and should last longer than most. It features a nice big temperature adjustment knob, and an indicator light to alert you when it has reached searing temperature.
Even though electric grills are more convenient - and somewhat safer - than charcoal or propane models, they can still be very dangerous. Always make sure to turn the control knob or switch to the "off" position before unplugging your electric grill. Failure to do so can result in the appliance heating up on its own after plugging it in, unbeknownst to you.
Like any electrical appliance, always inspect the cord and power plug for any kind of damage before plugging it in. This is especially important with electric grills, since their high temperatures make it easy for cords to become accidentally melted during use. In the event of cord damage, discontinue its use and request a replacement from the manufacturer.
If you're not committed to an electric model, consider a propane or charcoal tabletop grill. These portable options are much easier to bring to tailgates and beach parties, though they do require the purchase of a separate fuel source.