Sometimes you just want a grill without the hassle or starting the fire or being under the harsh weather. Use a smokeless indoor electric grill for your next dinner party. Entertain your guests without worrying about keeping the fire going, staying out in the sun or smoke going everywhere. These table top BBQ grills offer round the table fun for everyone.
Top 8 Best Smokeless Indoor Electric BBQ Grills
If you love entertaining, here is a must-have gadget for your kitchen and dining table, the smokeless indoor electric BBQ grill. It is flexible in that you can entertain indoors no matter the weather.
1. Ninja FG551 Foodi Smart XL 6-in-1 Indoor Grill 1760W – Best All Rounder
A lot more than just a grill, the Ninja FG551 is like a space age cooker. The Ninja Foodi Smart XL Grill with smart cook system comes with 6 different functions; grill, air fry, roast, bake, dehydrate and broil. It comes with a 4-quart capacity for big cuts of meat (up to 6 steaks) and large portion of food (up to 24 hot dogs, mains and sides).
For grilling, it uses cyclonic grilling technology to achieve 500F combining circulating hot air and grill grate. The system also uses a Foodi Smart Thermometer so you can pick one of 9 different doneness levels and four smart protein settings.
- Power: 1760 Watt Ninja Foodi Smart XL Grill
- 9″ x 12″ High Density Grill Grate
- 4 Quart Crisper Basket
- 6 Quart Cooking Pot
- Foodi Smart Thermometer
- Cleaning Brush
- Chef Created 15 Recipe Book
2. George Foreman Indoor Outdoor Electric Grill – Best for Apartments
Used with (above) or without the stand (below), the George Foreman electric grill works just as well indoor as it does outdoor. For our purpose, we focus on indoor grilling. The round grilling surface is non-stick and performs just as well as a fired BBQ with the dome like cover lid with its own heat insulated handle. That cooking grate is big enough for 15 servings or 240 square inches. Quickly adjust the temperature setting choosing between 1 to 5 or off to cook your food.
Typical of George Foreman grills, the grate comes with fat-removing slope, removable drip tray and the entire grill plate is removable for ease of cleaning. We recommend using a meat thermometer when cooking large cuts of meat to get yourself acquainted with the right temperature settings to use when using this for the first time. While it does not spell it out for you, customers agree that it produces virtually no smoke. Apart from the model with black domed cover shown here, there is also one with a silver cover. If you must know, the lid hooks on the grill side ways too, just like the conventional BBQ.
3. Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill with Viewing Window 1200W – Best for Big Searing Surface
There are actually two versions to this searing grill from Hamilton Beach, one with a window to keep an eye on your food while it is cooking and another without. The electric grill is designed to look like a gas grill with its front facing temperature dial and hood with a giant handle.
The cooking grate is big enough to cook siz portions of food. It comes with an extra large drip tray that catches the grease and juices. However, the biggest advantage has to be that the cooking grate, hood and drip tray are all removable and dishwasher safe removing the hassle of washing up by hand after your entertaining.
- Power: 1200 Watt
- 6 portions, 118 square inch grilling surface
- window on lid (hood), large drip tray
- lid, cooking grate, drip tray removable and dishwasher safe
- preheat and cooking indicator
4. Techwood Smokeless Grill 1500W
One of the more affordable smokeless indoor grill, this Techwood unit is also available from CUSIMAX and Power XL with slight differences in the control panel and cooking grate options. See both CUSIMAX and Power XL equivalents below. Both options below may cost a bit more but they do come with a griddle plate that you can swap out with the grill plate.
As all three options are essentially based on the same 1500W heating elements and design, on the basis of cost, we would go with the Techwood. Otherwise, choose either the PowerXL or CUSIMAX (also featured below) for the extra griddle plate. Back to Techwood, the grill comes with digital LED temperature control for settings from 220° F to 450° F. A see through glass lid lets you check on the food while keeping splatters out.
A big removable drip tray for excess grease takes care of the mess. But apart from the main heating elements, the smokeless grill uses a hidden fan to push hot air round the food for faster cooking. It is good to know that when you are done, both grill plate and drip tray are removable and dishwasher proof.
- Power: 1500W
- 6 preset temperatures from 250°F to 450°F
- cooking surface 13.75” x 8”
- non-stick ceramic grill removable (others come with cooking griddle for a total of 2 swappable heating plates.
- removable heat reflector and drip tray
- tempered glass lid
5. Philips Kitchen Appliances HD6371/94 Smoke-less Indoor BBQ Grill 1660W – Best for Innovation
From the Avance Collection comes the Philips HD6371/94, the first open grill on our list. The unit uses infrared technology and special reflectors to guide heat to the cooking grid for an even grill. At the bottom is a removable drip tray for excess grease and liquid.
There is no temperature setting, just turn on the grill and as soon as it heats a consistent 446°F optimal temperature you can start cooking. It uses a patented smokeless technology for cooking indoor. When finished, simply wipe the removable non-stick grilling grid clean or place it in the dishwasher. The removable drip tray is also dishwasher safe for quick cleaning.
- Power: 1660 Watt
- On/off switch, one consistent temperature 446°F
- Removable drip tray and cooking grid, both dishwasher safe
6. Elite Gourmet Maxi-Matic EGL-3450 Indoor Electric BBQ Grill 1400W – Best Budget Entry
Our next entry is yet another open grill but this time from Elite Gourmet. The Maxi-Matic EGL-3450 is a basic indoor electric BBQ grill with a cooking surface of 12-inch x 10-inch. A bigger model with a cooking surface of 16-inch x 12-inch is also available. The smaller of the two is the most affordable compared to other entries on our list.
The setup is rather basic, with a heating element sandwiched between the non-stick cooking grate and the drip tray, all of which are removable. At one end of the heating element is an adjustable thermostat dial to set cooking temperature from 195°F to 445°F with indicator light. Both the drip pan and grill are dishwasher safe.
- Power: 1400 Watt
- Cooking surface: 12″ x 10″
Next on our list is yet another open electric grill. The Gotham Steel Smokeless Indoor Grill has a cooking surface of 12-inch x 10-inch with an overall dimension of 16.2-inch x 14-inch. While it is more expensive than the entry from Elite Gourmet above, it is still an inexpensive electric grill in our list with the same simplistic design.
There is the ceramic coated cooking grill in copper finish with electric heating elements underneath, a ceramic coated drip pan to catch grease and a burn proof base. Plug the thermostat with 4 heat settings dial (warm, low, medium and high) into the heating element, set your heating level and off you go. All parts except the electrical temperature dial are dishwasher safe.
Finally, we have another open smokeless indoor electric grill, this time from Tenergy. The smart looking grill has two heat settings, a non-stick cooking grill rack and a cooling tray to catch grease and fats. The grill uses infrared heat to cook the food on the grill.
The simple two-piece setup means you can setup and take apart the grill easily and quickly. Performance wise, the grill will hit cooking temperature of 446°F within 6 minutes and with overheat protection, it offers peace of mind with automatic shutdown when the heat gets too high.
- Power: 1660W
- Grilling Grate Material: Aluminium with non-stick coating
A name that is synonymous with electric grills, George Foreman is not one to be left behind. Their answer is the George Foreman Open Grate Smokeless Grill. Available in two sizes, family size and party size, the open grate grill produces up to 80% less smoke. Like other open grate grill, it comes with a non-stick cooking surface and drip tray, both of which are removable and dishwasher safe. The variable temperature control dial lets you set the cooking temperature from low to medium to high.
- Cooking surface: family size 92 square inch, party size 172 square inch.
- Temperature setting: high, medium and low
With its built-in cross flow fan that reduces smoke by 95%, this indoor smokeless electric grill from CUSIMAX is just what one needs to grill safely indoor. It even comes with a see through glass lid to keep food warm and stop splatter. Simply feel the drip tray with water, place the cooking grate on top, attach the power cable, turn on the power and fan, set your desired cooking temperature and start cooking. The nonstick cooking grate is removable and is dishwasher proof.
- Power: 1500 Watt
- Cooking temperature: 200 – 450℉
You have seen the 6-in-1 on the top of our list above, now the Ninja Foodi AG301 Indoor Grill with Air Fryer. The 5 in 5-in-1 is the the grill, air fryer, roast, bake and dehydrator. The cooking surface is 10″ x 10″ and it comes with a big 4 quartz capacity. The star of the show is the cyclonic grilling technology, a combination of 500F heated air circulating in the cooking chamber allowing the food to cook inside and char-grilled on all sides. The non-stick ceramic coated grill grate, splatter shield, 6-Quart cooking pot and 4-Quart crisper basket are all removable. To master the multi-cooker, use the friendly digital control panel to select the cooking function, adjust time and temperature.
The PowerXL Smokeless Grill with tempered glass lid and Turbo Speed Smoke Extractor Technology looks familiar. That is because it is also marketed as CUSIMAX and Techwood above. The important thing is it makes tender char-grilled meals. The smokeless grill comes with removable grill and griddle plates, so you can swap between them.
With Interchangeable Plates and Removable Drip Pan + 20 Recipes (Black).
With Advanced Smoke Extraction – Adjustable Temperature Control – Non-Stick Removable Ceramic Surface & Oil Drip Tray – 1500W
Techwood Raclette Grill Raclette (also available from CUSIMAX)
Now, if you want to go crazy, try the Techwood Raclette Grill is not exactly smokeless but definitely a party piece with eight Cheese Raclette, 8 paddles and reversible non-stick cooking plate, grill on one side and griddle on another side. The power heating tube generates 1500W of heat. The adjustable temperature control and indicator light lets you decide how you wish to cook. The removable non-stick coated cooking surface is 19-inch x 9-inch big. The only problem is there is no way to drain the grease and fat. Remember, no removable drip tray or smokeless feature to speak of but is great for a party of 8 no less.