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While it’s been a roller coaster few weeks for weather in Canada, we promise summer is on the way. And with the May long weekend just around the corner, Canadians are finally starting to be able to take advantage of the outdoors — while maintaining proper social distancing, of course. And even though this year won’t include any big backyard parties, that doesn’t mean your long weekend has to feel like every other day at home.
Whether you live in a small city apartment or a house in a rural area, grilling is a seasonal must. If you’re looking for a compact, electric grill, we’ve found a bestseller that rings in at less than $100. Perfect for mixing up your weekend meals, this grill is fuss-free and easy to use whether you’re spending the majority of your days indoors or hosting a backyard BBQ with family members — perfect for the temperamental spring weather.
What is it?
The George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill is a pedestal grill that uses electrical heat to provide you with the hearty BBQ meals you dream of. As all George Foreman products promise, this grill also has your health in mind thanks to a sloping grate base that draws fat away from the food, collecting it in an easy-to-empty tray.
With the ability to be used both indoors and outdoors, this grill has a removable stand meaning it can be easily set up on a countertop if you’re choosing to grill indoors.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $95
How it works
With enough space to grill up to 15 portions of meat, veggies or kebabs, this electric grill means you can ditch the mess of charcoal and propane. If you’re especially health conscious, the fat-removing slope, promises to remove up to 42 per cent of the fat for a healthier take on your BBQ favourites.
The best part? Both the drip tray and removable grill plate are easy to clean in either your dishwasher or by hand.
What people are saying
With more than 3,600 reviews, this grill has a 4.6 star rating on Amazon — and customers love the BBQ for its compact size and fool-proof approach to grilling.
“We set it up on our balcony and it's just like grilling outdoors but with no fire hazards to worry about. The food tastes awesome – we've done veggies, chicken, burgers, you name it! Use a heatproof silicone spatula and tongs to prevent scratches. The large grill comes off easily (just unhook the plug), and is quick to clean with a soft cloth and some water. Then pick up the drip tray and rinse it out too and you're done,” says a reviewer. “It’s so much better than one of those infra-red grills we used to have.”
“I love my new BBQ! It is perfect for my small apartment patio deck. Cooking is fast and the taste is just as good as a propane BBQ! I highly recommend this product,” adds another. “The detachable grill plate and oil pan makes it super easy to clean.”
One downside, as noted by reviews, is that the grill isn’t weather-proof — and grilling outdoors can be difficult due to the required electrical outlets.
“I’d suggest getting a cover to store outdoors as the lid does not prevent water from collecting into the bottom of the base… due to this we’ve used it indoors most of the time so far,” says one customer.
“This grill is great for picnics if you have outdoor outlets available – or you could bring along a generator,” adds another.
Whether you’ve got big grilling plans or are simply looking to switch up your meals, this easy-to-clean grill is fuss-free and offers a healthier take on BBQ classics. Simple to use, fans love that this grill can be used both indoors and outdoors, perfect for apartment-dwellers or families that don’t love the prep and clean-up of charcoal and propane grills.
Shop it below.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $95