Electric grills that bring the barbecue inside

Small but powerful countertop grills.

Like tank tops and regrettable footwear, grilling just seems to happen the instant warm weather appears. But for those who either don’t have to space for an outdoor grill, there are electric options that keep the (figurative) coals burning all year long.

From large family BBQ stations to compact, apartment-friendly mini-grills, there is an electric option that works for you.

Can’t help but draw attention to itself. Amazon


Capable of grilling four decent-sized steaks on its 10×10 inch ceramic grill plate—which is a selling point on its own—the Foodi can also bake, roast, air crisp, and dehydrate. It’s a multi-function kitchen beast, and will change the way you prepare foods in general, well beyond just grilling. It has easy-to-clean, dishwasher-safe components, and even comes with a recipe book. A champ.

Don’t call it a panini press. Amazon


It may look like just a panini grill, but this Cuisinart offering can do a lot more than just that. With adjustable temperatures up to 450 degrees, the GR-5BP1 can function as a full grill, griddle, and contact grill in addition to a panini press. The plates are removable and dishwasher safe, and the clear LCD display is extremely user-friendly. Just don’t use metal utensils like spatulas, as the plates are prone to scratching.

Bringing some cred to indoor grilling. Amazon


Giving the lie to the notion that indoor grills just don’t match up to their large, hulking outdoor counterparts, the DeLonghi Livenza All Day Combination Contact Grill is a powerhouse with a 14.5 x 9-inch cooking area. It features an adjustable hinge so you can change the height and five heating modes including full grill, half grill, and a Panini mode. All the plates are removable and dishwasher-friendly. It’s all wrapped up on a sleek and impressive package.