From young to old, many people enjoy apartment living. At the same time, many people want the experience of being able to create they own grilled dishes without having to give up what precious space they have.
The great thing about grilling is that you don’t have to have a large pit grill to produce tasty dishes that will wow your friends and family. From electric grills to gas and charcoal grills, many small grills designed for apartments produce the same, high quality results as the larger grills found in backyards across the country. So, if you enjoy grilled food, there is no reason for your to miss out just because you live in an apartment.
The Three Keys To Great Grilling
When it comes to grilling and getting a good grill, there are three important key aspects to consider. These are heat distribution, heat retention, and heat production. Some grills will do one or two really well while lacking the third and this can lead to problems with your grilling success. These three have to be in balance for your grilling to rise to perfection and this applies regardless of the grill size. When considering getting a new grill, the first thing to consider is the heat production. While all grills will produce heat, when it comes to any fuel source the design can affect how well the heat is produced. The same applied to retention and distribution as well.
For example, a bowl design tends to focus heat more than a barrel design that has a wider base. For heat distribution, this falls into the grate types as porcelain coated cast iron offer the best distribution with cast iron running a close second. Finally, for retention, this is the thickness and type of metal the grill is constructed from. Those living in apartments should look for a grill that offers the best of all three aspects in a small enough form factor to fit their situation.
Five Great Grills For Apartments
Top Patio Charcoal Grill
This grill – Char-Griller Model #1515 Patio Grill uses a barrel design that mimics that of larger grills. The advantage of this design is the wider cooking surface compared to charcoal depth offering plenty of heat production and distribution.
It has a side shelf and a stay cool handle that allows for easy opening of the lid and there are side vents for better regulation of the air flow. This grill has over 240 square inches of cooking space while also remaining compact enough for most apartments. People who have purchased and use this grill love how well it performs and how easy it is to maintain.
Best Portable Grill for the Price
This Weber Model #10020 Portable Grill is a compact version of the very popular kettle grill and it offers similar performance just on a smaller scale. The kettle design allows for a top and bottom air flow for better managing the heat production and the porcelain coated sides not only allow for better heat retention that also allows the heat to be discharged back into the main chamber thus facilitating the heat production.
This grill has plenty of cooking space for more than one person and it is backed by a ten year warranty. Small and compact, it is perfect for apartments and those who have this grill remark about how well it works for them.
Top Indoor/Outdoor Grill
A very popular grill that uses electricity instead of charcoal or gas, this grill – George Foreman Model #GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Grill is perfect for apartment living and it is easy to clean and use. The grill uses an adjustable range of electricity to produce a generous amount of heat that can grill almost anything to perfection. The grilling surface is angled to reduce the fat content and allows for easy catching for disposal.
In addition, this grill has a removable surface that can be cleaned quickly and returned so you can grill multiple types of food. Used on a table top or with a stand, this grill is well liked by many with many remarking about how great it works and how compact it is.
Best Electric Grill under $150
This grill – Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Series Grill is specifically designed for apartments and bistro living and it uses Infrared cooking to grill. Infrared grilling eliminates any hot and cold spots in the food and it leaves the meat juicier that grilling with a dry heat. This grill is compact but still has over 310 square inches of cooking space and it is easy to set up and use.
It has a porcelain coated cooking great for near perfect heat distribution and the grill is stylish as well. People who have purchased this grill rave about how well it works, as well as the tasty results.
Best Balcony Grill for Apartments
This table top grill – Cuisinart Model #CGG-200 Grill uses propane as a fuel source making it cleaner and easier to use than charcoal. It has a generous cooking surface and the main burner produces up to 12,000 BTU of heat, more than many gas burners on stoves. This gives this model an excellent heat production and the tapered lid offers plenty of heat retention to make most foods easily grilled.
It has a twist on the ignition so there is not a problem starting the grill and clean up is a snap. People who have this model love how well it works and they enjoy the convenience of using gas.
Remember, all grills will remain hot for some time after use. Never place them close to flammable materials.