Indoor Grilling

Enjoy grilling all year long with a handy indoor grill. We've provided a few of our favorite recipes…and our top picks for grills!

Prosciutto Provolone Panini Recipe

Prosciutto Provolone Panini Recipe

Grilled Beef Fajitas
Grilling the tortillas in this easy fajita recipe makes them have just the right amount of crunch, and the red pepper and cream cheese really makes them feel special.
—Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen

Prosciutto Provolone Panini
For a quick lunch or supper, try this fancy, "up-town" take on grilled cheese sandwiches. They're fast and easy but sophisticated enough for entertaining. I sometimes replace the fresh sage with 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning for a tasty variation.
—Candy Summerhill, Alexander, Arkansas

Apple Orchard Chicken Salad
My husband and I love salads, and we especially love this one! The apple flavor really compliments the tender chicken and rich cheese. You'll love how quickly this elegant medley comes together!
—Debbie Purdue, Westland, Michigan

Italian Meat Loaf Sandwiches
You'll only need leftover meat loaf and five ingredients to make these yummy sandwiches that are easy to prepare on a griddle. You can even cook the sandwiches in a panini grill or countertop indoor grill.
—Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen

Indoor Grilling Tips

Do you miss firing up the grill in winter? It's never too cold when you have an indoor grill to rely on. In fact, we think this little gadget is so handy, we're sure you'll be using yours even when it's nice outside!

If you don't have an indoor grill, don't worry. We've done some hands-on testing for you and are sharing our results and recommendations.

Tips for cooking with an indoor grill:

  • Always pre-heat the indoor grill according to manufacturer's directions.
  • If your recipe includes fish, lean meats or sugary marinades and cooking spray, spray the grill before pre-heating. Close the lid and pre-heat according to manufacturer's directions.
  • To tell if your salmon is cooked properly, insert a fork at an angle into the thickest portion of the fish. When it is opaque and flakes easily into sections, it is cooked completely.
  • Always use plastic utensils on the nonstick grill surface as metal utensils may damage it.
  • Choose thicker cuts of meat or fish (3/4- to 1-inch). Thinner cuts may dry out quicker and cuts that are less than 1/2-inch thick may not contact the upper grill completely.
  • Boneless cuts of meat or poultry that are uniformly thick help to ensure even browning. Chicken breasts may need to be pounded to an even thickness.

Indoor Grill Reviews

We reviewed several indoor grills and found some we liked—and some we loved! Our top three:

Cuisinart Griddler Junior

1. Cuisinart Griddler Junior

This stellar grill does it all. It has everything we were looking for in an indoor grill. While you pay a little more, it's worth the extra dough. Price: $79.95


  • Easy-to-use temperature knob
  • Easy clean up with removable plates
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Comes with drip cups and scraping tools
  • Hinge release allows even browning on uneven foods

Hamilton Beach Indoor Grill

2. Hamilton Beach Indoor Grill

Sporting a sleek black style and removable grids, this larger-sized grill is easy to use, easy to clean and cooks a lot of food. Overall, a great grill. Price: $64.99


  • Browns food evenly
  • Large cooking area
  • Drip pan is conveniently located and easy to clean
  • Removable, dishwasher-safe grids


  • Can't control temperature. Must rely on timer, "ready" light and grill chart

DeLonghi Indoor Grill and Panini Press

3. DeLonghi Indoor Grill and Panini Press

We really liked the adjustable hinge on this simple-to-use grill and sandwich maker. And the price was nice, too! Price: $59.95


  • Even browning with adjustable hinge top
  • Easy-to-clean drip cup
  • Temperature control is user-friendly
  • "Ready" light indicator
  • Nonstick grill plates are easy to clean