As BBQ lovers we are always hoping for the good weather to come so we can cook alfresco – but what if you could BBQ in any weather?
If you aren’t a BBQ purist then think about getting the best electric BBQ (also called raclette or teppanyaki grill!). Weber & Char Broil both make their own high-end electric BBQs so the market for these is growing. For caravaning holidays where you have electric on the pitch these are the perfect caravanning BBQs.
- Small & compact
- Zero charcoal or gas fumes
- Can be used inside if weather turns (as often happens in the UK)
- Often allowed in apartment blocks etc where traditional BBQs are banned
- Safe – no gas leaks or fire risks
- Cooks food more evenly with instant & controllable heat
In short cooking on an electric BBQ means well cooked food, in a fraction of the time and you can even BBQ indoors if needed! We have reviewed the best electric BBQs in detail below, however if you are in a rush you can see the top performers here:
- Quick and easy grilling
- Barbecue wherever you want
- Cooks up to 15 portions of food, suitable for indoor and outdoor use
- Non-stick easy clean removable plates
- Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, ideal for camping, caravanning, garden parties, etc
- Easy to clean, non-stick ridged grill plates
- Make a new kind of cheese dish with our raclette grill. Cook up meats, veggies, seafood, and more with melted cheese – all in one unit!
- Simple and portable social dining that lets everyone pick what they want from the grill and drizzle their cheese on top, or just dip their items in their cheese pan.
- ✅INDOOR SMOKELESS GRILLING & SEARING -- √ This indoor smokeless grill is adopted advanced airflow technology. With state-of-the-art smoke-carrying fans, smoke is significantly reduced without influencing cooking efficiency. √ It grills food with the same taste, flavor and beautiful grill marks comparing to charcoal/gas grills outdoors. √ Enjoy steaks, bacon, shrimps, burgers, fishes, kabobs, sausages, pork chops, chicken and more to perfection All-Year-Round! Effortlessly!
- ✅NON-STICK GRILL PLATE & EXTRA GRIDDLE PLATE -- √ XL Grill/Griddle Plates: cooking area 35CM*20CM (13.75”*8”). √ Each package includes a non-stick grill plate and a non-stick griddle plate. √ Aluminum drip tray collects extra fats, juice easily.
- 【HEALTHIER & LOW-FAT EATING】Do you worry about too many fat you are eating when enjoy the BBQ food?Our table grill can solve it.As the surface is non-stick,the benefit is you can cook with little oil or no oil,and any grease which may come from your food when cooking started will be drained into the drip tray,making eating healthier and cleaning easier.
- 【JOIN IN COOKING TOGETHER】The surface area of our grill measures 90 x 23cm,large enough to cook a meal for a home entertaining and friends gathering,besides, it supplied with 8 free wooden spatulas and 2 egg rings,each person can enjoy a happy cooking experience at dinner time!
- ▶【2 in 1 Barbecue Grill & Hot Pot Design】 The electric grill is matched with shabu-shabu, which allows the innovative combination of barbecue and hot pot. And the hot pot has a partition, you can taste two flavors of hot pot. Our 2 in 1 barbecue hot pot is very suitable for family gatherings and friends gatherings of 2-8 people. You can enjoy the fun of hot pot and barbecue at the same time.
- ▶【Separately Dual Temperature Control】 Hot Pot and BBQ Grill have independent temperature control, independent temperature control in the barbecue area and cooking area, can be switched switched, rational use of resources. High power heat pipe, split design, Fast and more uniform heating, improve burning efficiency, food cooked faster.
- 2 IN 1 – Our Schallen is extremely versatile fitted with both a grill and hot plate griddle.
- EASY TO CLEAN – the non-stick plates make this grilling machine easy to clean, simply clean with one wipe.
- Performance: The pot has two purposes, whether it is a barbecue pot or a hot pot. Strong firepower, less smoke, no stickiness, smooth edges, anti-scaling, independent of temperature control. Adjustable temperature grill, dual control switch, hot pot and grill are controlled separately. Fast heating, high firepower, fast heat conduction and uniform heating. The non-stick coating is easy to clean and can be directly rinsed with a tap (the water at the entrance can be reused when it is dry).
- Ventilation hole design: There is a heat dissipation hole at the bottom of the pot body, which can dissipate heat in time, and can be used safely without burning. The bottom heat dissipation design speeds up the heat dissipation.
- TRU-Infrared Cooking System - cooks food evenly to give up to 50% juicier food.
- Cast Aluminium Lid and Firebox - Distinctive and durable design.
How to pick the Best Electric BBQ
To get the best electric bbq you want to consider a few points when buying so you can narrow down from the huge selection!
When buying an electric grill the features I think you need to consider are:
- Size – how many are you cooking for
- Grates – Look for long lasting
- Electricity Consumption
- Added Extras – Timer, Grill tools, Lid for indirect cooking…
Size of Electric BBQ
One of the biggest benefits of moving to an electric BBQ is the size compared to the Gas BBQ or Charcoal BBQs. These bbq grills are perfect for cooking for a small family or if you live in an appartmnet block where traditional BBQs are banned.
When looking at size to choose the best electric BBQ consider:
- What are you cooking?
- How many people you’re cooking/feeding?
- What storgage or cooking space do you have?
Table top electric bbq grills will cook a single dinner for a couple of family of up to five we have found! (we love raclette dinners in the winter)
The freestanding electric bbq can cook for up to 10 people max
Grilling surfaces range from in size but look its easy to work out bigger the bbq hot plate the more you can cook for!
Grate of Electric BBQ
Buy cheap buy twice has always been my mothers motto! And its the same for buying any type of BBQ or picnic ware. You want the bbq grills to last so look for a solid cast iron grill or a stainless steel one.
The best type of electric bbq grill grates I think are stainless steel ones as they don’t rust or corrode.
Electric consumption of Electric BBQ
The power wattage/rating of an electric bbq directly impacts the temperature range (how high it can go) and the length of time it takes to cook.
If you want to cook quickly (maybe for masses of people in a sitting) look for a high wattage electric BBQ so you have one capable of the higher temperature.
To get the sear marks every bbq expert LOVES you need a grill that can get to over 200 ℃
Added Extras For Electric BBQs
Lets be honest the bext electric bbqs all have those added little extras. For ease of cooking looking for a BBQ Grill that has a timer and Lid so you can contact grill with it (contact grilling speeds up the cook time).
A free cover is always a sweetener when choosing the perfect bbq, alongside free forks or tongs and grill tools.
If you are getting the long teppanyaki style indoor electric BBQs then look for ones that have the covered pan/dish as well.
Review of the 10 Best Electric BBQs
Frequently Asked Questions About Electric BBQs
Most frequent questions and answers
CHow do I clean an Electric BBQ ?
Clean your electric barbecue grill after every use to prevent corrosion or rusting from food fat.
- To clean your electric grill make sure its switched off first
- Let the grill cool totally & remove drip plates etc
- Remove any leftover food with a paper tool (if you use a grill cleaner be careful not to damage grill)
- Make warmer warmer and a little washing up liquid in a bowl
- Pour on the grill and work in with a cloth or small pan scrubber (those green dish scrubbers are awesome and delicate)
- Wipe off filth with paper towels and repeat part 5 until all the grease if off the electric grill
- Clean the drip trays etc and dry and put back with Electric BBQ and pack away.
What is an Electric BBQ Grill ?
Electric BBQs range from those by Weber and Char Broil that look like a gas or charcoal BBQ to the George Foreman style Electric grills and everything in between.
So when shopping for an electric BBQ you can also consider buying:
- A Teppanyaki Grill
- A Raclette
- An Indoor BBQ
Are BBQ electric grills easy to use?
Yes, it’s the ease of these BBQs that is making them more popular (that and their size).
These electric bbqs do all the cooking on an electric hotplate. The benefits of this electric bbq grill are:
- Easy to light (just switch on at the plug)
- Regulated temperature across the whole hotplate – so no burnt or undercooked food
- Safe – no risk of fires, flare ups or gas leaks!
Any adult who can use a regular grill pan or electric oven can use these electric grill BBQs.
Which one is better – Electric Grill BBQ or Gas BBQ Grill
Honestly it’s all down to personal choice on this one (ok and depends amybe on how much storage size you have).
Electric grill BBQs are smaller, compact, safe and often allowed in apartment blocks etc. Easy and fast to heat up & some can be used indoor or outdoor! Also very easy to clean.
Gas BBQs are for outdoor use only, often take up more storage space for for safety reasons aren’t allowed in apartments and communal living areas.
They take longer than an electric BBQ to heat up and can be hard to clean. That said they burn hotter and can give that smokey taste that a hotplate BBQ cant.
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