Cuisinart CEG-980T Outdoor Electric Tabletop Grill
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These Are the Best Electric Outdoor Grills for All Your Summer Grilling

Electric grills are better for the environment than charcoal and gas grills, they heat up quickly, and you can grill pretty much whatever you want on them.
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Whether you're having a cookout with neighborhood friends, quick burgers on a busy weeknight, or even grilling egg sandwiches for breakfast, there's just something about using a grill that makes the food and the vibe better. But what if that grill wasn't charcoal or gas but an electric outdoor grill instead?

They are becoming increasingly popular as concerns about the environment heat up. Not only do electric grills turn on quickly, but they also emit less smoke, are often more cost-effective and, depending on the grill, can be used outdoors and indoors. Another big reason to consider an outdoor electric grill? "Electric grills offer an easy way to cook without the mess, smell, and hassle of charcoal grilling," says chef Daniel Craig, founder of kitchen product reviews and recommendations site Kitchen Deets. There is, however, a caveat. "You can't capture the same authentic grilling tastes from an electric grill as from other options," says Craig.

If you're considering purchasing an electric outdoor grill for the first time or upgrading your current one, you need to think about the size of the electric grill says Craig, as well as the space you have for grilling. You should also consider how accessible the power source is in the space you plan on using your grill in, as well as the overall durability of the grill. Here are five we recommend.

Weber Q 2400 Electric Grill
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Best Overall: Weber Q 2400 Electric Grill

$349, amazon.com

It should come as no surprise that Weber, long known for its grills and grill accessories, has what we consider the best electric outdoor grill on the market. The Weber Q2400 Electric Grill is pricey at more than $300, and it will take about 20 minutes to heat up. Yet this durable grill (it's made of cast iron) comes with a five-year warranty and has more than enough space to cook for a group. It will fit up to 12 burgers.

Hamilton Beach Healthsmart Indoor/Outdoor Grill
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Best Budget: Hamilton Beach Healthsmart Indoor/Outdoor Grill

$54.99, bedbathandbeyond.com

If you're on the fence about an electric grill, this indoor/outdoor grill from Hamilton Beach will let you dip into electrifying everything without a significant cash commitment. Simple to use and efficient, it won't cook up as much food at once as some of the others like the Weber or George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor grill, but for an individual or small family, it'll work nicely. Plus, it's easy to clean (you can detach the cord and place almost all the components in the dishwasher), and it comes with a one-year warranty.

Cuisinart CEG-980T Outdoor Electric Tabletop Grill
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Best Portable: Cuisinart CEG-980T Outdoor Electric Tabletop Grill

$150.59, amazon.com

While this grill from Cuisinart is on the smaller side, you'll still be able to cook a meal for at least four people at once, and thanks to its small size, you can easily pack it up and take it with you to your summer AirBnB. It has five adjustable heat settings and quickly gets nice and hot. Bonus: There's no assembly necessary.

Cuisinart Electric Vertical Food Smoker
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Best Smoker: Cuisinart Electric Vertical Food Smoker

$219.98, walmart.com

Who says you need charcoal to get that smoky flavor? Cuisinart's Electric Vertical Food Smoker heats up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and will let you smoke meats, fish, and even cheese. It is a bit of a pain to put together, and it's heavy, so you won't be able to move it easily, but the vertical layout means you'll be able to cook larger cuts of meats than many other electric outdoor grills.

George Foreman, Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill
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Best Indoor/Outdoor: George Foreman, Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill

$151.06, homedepot.com

With five different temperature settings, this indoor/outdoor grill from George Foreman will be able to cook a variety of foods for several people. It'll serve up to 15, and you can place it on a tabletop or use a stand, making it, in terms of size and use, one of the most versatile electric grills on the market.