Summer is coming to an end, which means it may soon be time for you to put up your grill for the winter. Just because the season is over doesn’t mean you have to give up on your favorite grilled foods. All you have to do is find a way to grill inside the house. The list below shows some in-home alternatives to outdoor grills that won’t burn down your walls when you use them.
The easiest way to get the effect of an outdoor grill inside is to buy an appliance that’s designed to be an in-home grill. The George Foreman grills are the most well-known models on the market, but they are far from the only options you have to choose from. A countertop grill will have the same basic effect as an outdoor grill, and it will even put grill marks on your meat or vegetables. The only thing you’ll be missing is that smoky flavor you can’t get without wood chips or charcoal to cook over. For now, it’ll be a sufficient substitute. You’ll just have to add extra spices to make up for the smoke you’re missing out on.
A griddle won’t provide you with the sexy grill marks you may expect on your food, but it will still cook your meat and vegetables well. A lot of people prefer griddles over pans on the stove because they offer a flat surface to work on. You could make everything from pancakes to hot ham and cheese sandwiches on a griddle, and you won’t have to do much to clean the top when you’re done. Just note that you won’t be able to cook more than a couple things on there at once.
Some toaster ovens have a setting that will let you “grill” food inside of them. Of course, all you’re really doing is baking directly on the rack, which you could do in a traditional oven. Nevertheless, you could hit a button to change the way the appliance heats up inside. If you are just trying to work with bread, you could throw it in a toaster. You just can’t do that with meat or vegetables.
Note that if you cook meat directly on your oven rack, the fat that drips from it may cause problems with your heating coils. It may be best to put the meat on a pan of some sort that you drain off every once and a while.
You can buy grills that look like charcoal grills but actually run on electricity. These are just overgrown countertop grills, but they give you a chance to cook more food at once. You can use these inside and outside as long as you have a power source. If you live in an area that rarely warms up enough to grill outside, this may be the best option for you.