Indoor Grill for Winter Cooking

Here in Canada, we have a nice long winter. Sometimes it’s too cold and windy to outside to barbecue a steak. And sometimes there is so much snow that it’s hard to find the barbecue. So we use our indoor grill for winter cooking.

It was snowy on Sunday, as you can see in the picture below. The roads were okay, so my husband, Mr. D, went out to get me a coffee at Tim Hortons. Hooray!


Too Snowy to Barbecue

However, at suppertime he wasn’t in the mood for shoveling a path to the barbecue. We had a nice steak in the fridge, waiting to be cooked, so we did the next best thing.

We got out the George Foreman grill, and fired it up. It takes a long time to heat up the outdoor grill in the winter, but the George Foreman grill is ready in just a couple of minutes.


Just Right for Two People

The grill in the pictures is the GR12B model, and available on Amazon. We bought it a few years ago, and this model is still being sold, and getting great feedback. That’s the kind of kitchen appliance that you want to invest in!

The grill is about 14 x 10 x 6 inches. That’s the perfect size for dinner for two people. It holds a medium-sized steak or a couple of burgers, or boneless chicken breast.

In the picture below, you can see it with two regular-sized hamburger buns. They fit nicely, with room to spare.

indoor grill for winter cooking

Reasons to Get an Indoor Grill

As I mentioned, we love our indoor grill for winter cooking. We even use it in the summer, when it’s too hot to go outside! It cooks our dinner, but doesn’t heat up the kitchen.

Besides the weather, there are other excellent reasons to use an indoor grill too.

  • Quick cooking – the heat comes from the top and bottom, so food is cooked quickly
  • Steady heat – food burns on the outdoor grill sometimes, but the steady heat in the indoor grill makes it really hard to burn things!
  • Fat drips off – there are ridges in the grill, and it slopes down slightly, so any fat in the meat runs off, and into the juice catcher that you place below the grill
  • Easy cleanup – the grill is easy to wipe clean after you’re finished cooking. After we take the food out, we put a wet paper towel onto the unplugged grill, and close the lid. After supper, we wipe it clean with a dishcloth.

Indoor Grill Problems

There are a few downsides to using the indoor grill, so be aware of these issues before you buy one

  • No bones – the grill works best with boneless meat. Remove the bone, if possible, to prevent uneven cooking
  • Awkward cleanup – Yes, it’s easy to clean the grill, but it can be a little awkward, especially the first few times.
    • I put the grill on the kitchen counter, with the legs right beside the sink, so the grilling surface is hanging over the sink.
    • Then, with a warm, soapy dishcloth, I wash the bottom plate, and dry it with a paper towel.
    • Next, I turn it upside down, and repeat those steps for the top plate
    • Finally, I use a paper towel to wipe around the rims, and the exterior of the grill

Get an Indoor Grill for Winter Cooking

You can get the George Foreman GR12B indoor grill on Amazon. There are other models too, if you need something bigger, so take a look around, to find one that meets your needs.