Savor the Taste of Summer All Year Round With These Compact Countertop and Stovetop Grills

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In case you missed it, July 4th weekend is days away. And just because you don’t have a backyard or outdoor space doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy grilling season to the fullest. Tabletop griddles and stovetop grills allow you to safely cook indoors and dig into seasonal delights like grilled corn, hot dogs, burgers and all the best eats summer has to offer. And by no means are you limited to grill variety. Countertop grills can be gas, electric or charcoal, and most stovetop grills are compatible with all kinds of burners and can be popped into the oven to perfectly finish off that juicy seared meat. Stovetop and countertop grills are also incredibly compact, so once summer wraps, you can easily stash them away without taking up too much space. Or, if you’re like me, keep them handy, so you can enjoy a backyard cookout on your countertop all year round. See some of our favorite indoor grills below.

1. Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Skinny Grill

Yes, the Skinny Grill is gorgeous (look at all those colors!) and it’s also a favorite with Kitchn readers, thanks Le Creuset’s renowned cast-iron construction, which distributes heat evenly and can go from the stovetop to the oven. And with those raised grill ridges, you’ll get a perfect sear on your filet. Plus, the grill is small, so it can easily slide into a shelf for easy storage.  

Buy: Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Skinny Grill, $100 (normally $185)

2. Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill with Air Fryer

The Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill is the Swiss Army Knife of appliances! It can grill, dehydrate, roast, bake and air fry, all while sitting compactly on your countertop. When you grill, its smoke-control system kicks into gear so you won’t smoke out your kitchen while cooking burgers.

Buy: Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill with Air Fryer, $240

3. Staub Pure Grill

With a 10-inch grilling surface, Staub’s Pure Grill is a perfectly sized pan for cooking meals for two. And given that it’s made from Staub’s high-quality cast-iron, you’re guaranteed superior results every single time. Yup, no more well-done chicken on one end of the pan and practically raw chicken on the other. Use it on the stovetop, in the oven or even on an outdoor grill.

Buy: Staub Pure Grill, $100 (normally $229)

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4. Bialetti Copper Titanium Ceramic Nonstick Electric Griddle

All you need is some counter space and an outlet for the Bialetti griddle, and you’ll be able to cook up barbecue favorites like burgers and hot dogs, but also breakfast staples like pancakes, bacon and eggs. Think of it as an extension of your favorite frying pan — but with less mess! FYI: Reviewers rave that it’s incredibly easy to clean!

Buy: Bialetti Copper Titanium Ceramic Nonstick Electric Griddle, $90 

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5. Eva Solo North America Portable Table Grill

It looks like an ice bucket (reviewers say you can even use it as one!), but it’s actually a tabletop grill that sits inside a sleek porcelain bowl. Thanks to the included wooden trivets, Eva Solo North America’s portable grill is safe enough to use on your countertop or dining table, making it perfect for an end-of-meal s’mores surprise or a Korean BBQ fest.

Buy: Eva Solo North America Portable Table Grill, $299

6. PowerXL Smokeless Grill

With a unique cross-hatch grilling surface, the Smokeless Grill offers that char-grilled taste you thought you could only get outdoors. The LED control panel is easy to use and gives you precise control of the temperature (it can reach up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit). The grill boasts “smoke extraction technology,” which promises to keep smoke out of your kitchen — a miracle for those with ultra-sensitive smoke detectors. 

Buy: PowerXL Smokeless Grill, $120

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7. Martha Stewart Collection Enameled Cast Iron Grill Pan

If you love the ease and versatility of cast-iron but balk at the weighty price tag, then check out Martha Stewart’s Grill Pan. It’s got everything you want from an indoor cast-iron grill, including raised ridges for those much-desired grill marks, and high sides to keep grease and marinades from spilling out. It works on the stovetop or in the oven, but take note that hand-washing is recommended.

Buy: Martha Stewart Collection Enameled Cast Iron Grill Pan, $55 (normally $110)

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8. Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler

Thanks to grill plates that switch out and a lid that opens flat like a magazine, you have multiple options when it comes to using this versatile countertop Griddler. Leave it open and grill sausages on one side and veggies on the other, close the grill to sear some pork chops or swap out the plates and press a Cuban sandwich. 

Buy: Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler, $70 (normally $74)

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9. Mon Oncle BBQ V2

This may look like a cool, retro suitcase, but with the snap of a strap, Mon Oncle’s perforated case transforms into a tabletop BBQ. The exterior case keeps the outside cool while allowing the coals inside to stay hot. And while you can use regular charcoal with this grill, Mon Oncle recommends coconut shell ecological charcoal instead. 

Buy: Mon Oncle BBQ V2, $380

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10. CASUSGRILL Instant One Hour Eco Friendly Biodegradable and Disposable Grill 

Perfect for an impromptu BBQ, this disposable grill sets up easily in a few steps, and thanks to the included quick-light charcoal, it doesn’t need lighter fluid to get going. Once it’s lit, the grill offers one hour of cooking before you can toss it. Good news: it’s biodegradable!  

Buy: CASUSGRILL Instant One Hour Eco-Friendly Biodegradable and Disposable Grill, $15

11. Krups Precision Indoor Electric Grill

Grill indoors, and all-year-round, with the compact Krups Indoor Grill. It’s got a user-friendly interface, with push-button controls for the type of food and level of doneness, that’ll have even the most novice griller dishing out some perfectly cooked steak. You can even cook frozen food in the grill, so if you forgot to take the chicken out last night, you’re covered.

Buy: Krups Precision Indoor Electric Grill, $150