Tabletop Grill

The tabletop grill is ideal for those who want something smaller and cheaper than a full size grill, or who want to take a grill away on camping trips. It is also known as a portable or freestanding grill, and is compact and lightweight enough to be used almost anywhere. There is also a Japanese model used for teppanyaki cooking, called a hibachi. There are many different styles of tabletop grill but the three main types are gas, charcoal and electric.

Before buying a tabletop grill, consider if it will be appropriate for the amount of cooking to be done. The average size of the hotplate is between one and two hundred square inches, enough for about five hamburgers or ten hotdogs at one time. It can also be used for cooking other foods in small quantities, such as steaks, fish, chicken, kebabs and vegetables.

The first decision to make when choosing a grill is whether to get one powered by propane gas, charcoal briquettes, or electricity. A gas grill is the fastest to get started because the charcoal and electric grills both take considerable time to reach their cooking temperature. The visible flame of a gas grill makes it easier to judge the temperature of the hotplate too. Small, disposable canisters of propane are available which weight much less than the large cylinders normally used with gas grills.

The charcoal tabletop grill take the longest time to get started because the briquettes need to be heated to a high temperature before they start burning. The temperature is set by adjustable vents that control how much air reaches the coals, and this makes it harder to control than the other grills. It is also harder to judge the temperature of the grill from just the glowing coals. It is still very popular despite its problems because many people prefer the taste of food cooked on a charcoal grill.

The electric tabletop grill has a large heating element in its base, similar to that used in an electric oven, and this makes it especially easy to use. However, it is not a good choice for taking away on trips because of its high power usage. It will quickly drain a car battery, and solar panels cannot provide the power required. Electric grills are more suited to use at home but they cannot reach the high temperatures of gas and charcoal grills.

When buying a tabletop grill, it pays to check which accessories are included with it. Some grills have metal side plates that fold out on either side of the hotplate to keep the cooked food warm. Stands with wheels allow a grill to be moved around more easily, and they also remove the need to have the grill sitting on the table. A flavor plate sits near the wire rack and provide space for cooking foods and liquids that add extra flavor, such as red wine.

A griddle is another popular accessory for the tabletop grill. It is a large and smooth metal plate with handles that is placed on top of the wire rack. A griddle is used to cook eggs, pancakes, bacon, French toast, sausages, and anything else that is not suitable for cooking on a wire rack. The best griddles have large groves along the edges to collect the excess fat and grease, stopping it from spilling over into grill and causing a flare up.

Cleaning a grill can take a lot of time and effort, so anything that helps keep it clean is a major benefit. Rounded corners help prevent the buildup of grease in spots which are difficult to clean. A vinyl cover helps protect a grill from the rain and also keeps dust and debris out of it. A filtered regulator on a gas grill prevents contamination of the cylinder valve. Finally, a removable ash tray makes cleaning a charcoal grill much easier.

This Tabletop Grill Review is Written/Updated on Mar 13th, 2009 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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