Smokeless grills that don’t require backyards

Made for interior use, you can forget about sun visors or umbrellas (but keep the apron).

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Grill in all seasons.Brad Stallcup via Unsplash

Just because you can’t go outside doesn’t mean grilling season has to be over. A good smokeless grill ensures that the weather or your living space doesn't get a say in your grillmaster efforts. From versatile, multi-use devices to single-minded hardcore grillers, there are interior use grills available for all needs. All you have to do is supply are the meats, veggies, and “World’s Greatest Chef” apron.

Here are some smokeless grills designed to make the term “backyard grilling” seem so woefully limiting and out of touch.

George Foreman Grill & Broil 7-in-1

George Foreman Grill and Broil 7-in-1
That’s Mr. Foreman, to you, son.Amazon

The first name in small, portable grills, George Foreman kicks things off with a device that is so much more than a smokeless grill. It’s the Swiss Army Knife of appliances, able to shift between grill, broiler, griddle, baker, waffle maker, and Panini press. If it made coffee, it would be the only thing you’d ever need in your kitchen (it does not). The ceramic grill plates give you 75 square inches of cooking space (that, yes, do make grill marks), and the cooker has full temperature control (with precision settings up to 450 degrees). Versatile, easy to clean, and simple to operate, it will be a serious dinnertime game-changer.

Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Electric Grill

Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Electric Grill
It uses controlled grilling grates and a splatter shield to create less smoke.Amazon

If it's too cold to cook outside or you forgot to defrost some meat for dinner, Ninja’s Food indoor grill is a lifesaver. On top of letting you grill indoors, the 5-in-1 appliance also lets you air fry—4-quart capacity—roast, bake, and dehydrate food. The grill uses it’s 10 x 10-inch ceramic-coated grill grate that reaches up to 500-degrees to char-grill your food. It also uses 500-degree-Fahrenheit air circulation to air fry and sear food, helping brown your ingredients without burning them. The 17 x 14 x 11-inch appliances comes with a recipe booklet with 20 ideas. Many of the parts are dishwasher-safe.

Simple Living Advanced Indoor Grill

Simple Living Advanced Indoor Grill
A smokeless grill that doesn’t disrupt your décor.Amazon

A slim design (but one that still manages to provide 14 x 8 inches of grilling space) and a sleek profile are the hallmarks of the Simple Living grill. It also heats very quickly—up to 446 degrees—and the nonstick cooking surface collects and drains excess grease. It does all of this while also producing no visible vapors or filling your cooking space with overpowering odors. It may turn you off from traditional grills forever.

Techwood Smokeless Grill

Techwood Smokeless Grill
Simple and to the point (the point being deliciousness).Amazon

Boasting digital temperature control, the Techwood grill delivers precise cooking temps from 220 to 450 degrees and maintains those levels consistently. Designed with advanced airflow technology and a hidden fan, it removes virtually all hot smoke. The best part is that the grill plate and drip trays are both machine-washable, and it has built-in overheat protection that automatically cuts the power if the temperature starts to run too high (a literal lifesaver, especially for apartment dwellers). It's a solid and effective option.