Barbecuing and grilling food isn’t just for camping these days. The flavours produced on a grill are unmatched by anything cooked in an oven or on a cooker. If you are tired of sticking to your daily routine of cooking in the kitchen, cooking with a grill can give you a well-deserved break. Grilling is also an excellent way to add flavour and texture to otherwise ordinary foods. However, grilling has its own requirements in order to be a success. Hence, it is absolutely essential to plan properly so that you can whip up your best dish with ease!

Factors to consider with grill cooking

The single most important factor that you will have to consider when cooking on a grill, is deciding the kind of grill that you will be using: a grill press, a flat griddle style, an electric barbecue or a grill pan. Once you decide the mode of cooking, then all other things can easily be planned based upon this factor.

The next factor is deciding the amount you want to spend on a grill. You can spend hundreds on a high end, restaurant quality grill that has a larger grilling surface to take on multiple steaks, pork chops and fish. For around £40, you can get a decent electric that can serve one or two people well, and it won’t take up much counter space.

Comparing grills

George Foreman grill
When it comes to easy cooking and eating, grills are almost indispensable. There are many types of grills in the market these days, and here are a few suggestions on how to compare and pick the best one for your purpose.

Get a grill only after deciding the cooking area you need. For example, if you are planning to grill hamburgers or hot dogs only for three, a smaller George Foreman grill would be sufficient. Hence the number of people you are planning to cook for and the kind of food that you will be cooking when outdoors does play a significant role in choosing the right grill.

If you’re short on space, you can always get yourself a grilling pan that is suitable for use with a cooker. Unfortunately, you won’t get double the cooking power with a grill press, but you will save money as they don’t cost very much, can be thrown in the dishwasher and can be stored almost anywhere.

Grills may not give you the authentic smoky flavor that a traditional charcoal barbecue can, but if you prefer the convenience of easy clean up and no prep to heat up, a grill will definitely suit. In addition to being more convenient, grills are also relatively easy to clean up, you can use them indoors and they don’t produce smoke.

After taking the above factors into consideration, if your decision is to buy a grill, then look for these key features - timers, grated plates, grease catchers, and grills with a porcelain-enamel finish. If your choice is a gas grill, go for one with 100 BTUs (British thermal unit).

What can you do with a grill?

You can do much more than just prepping meats and seafood. You can toast breads or hamburger buns, grill Panini sandwiches, make vegetable kebabs, pita pockets, you can even wilt down vegetables replacing your wok for a quick salad accompaniment.

The bottom line is that you’re only limited by your imagination. Using a grill can add textures and flavours that you just can’t get from pan frying, a microwave or oven.

Since most grills are so compact and portable, you can have one wherever you have an electrical outlet handy. They’re popular options for student housing, caravans, studio flats with a very small amount of kitchen space, at work or in your second home away from home.