For cooks, it's a personal choice
When deciding whether to choose a charcoal, gas, or electric grill for meal preparation, it often comes down to personal preference. Though many prefer the rustic taste of charcoal, electric grills may surprise you. Outdoor and indoor varieties provide good alternatives for fast, clean cooking of steak, chicken, hot dogs, and vegetables.
Charcoal grills take a little more effort than outdoor electric or gas models. The charcoal must be turned into hot coals before food can be placed on the rack. Starter fluid needs to be burned off completely to keep fumes from going into the food. Coals have to stay hot long enough to cook the food to the desired degree.
Charcoal and gas both produce more smoke than an electric grill, which raises environmental concerns. These require common sense and care while using them. All instructions and cautions included in user's manuals should be closely followed.
Electric grills are safer to use
Gas and charcoal designs have some inherent dangers - for example, possible explosion of the propane tank and floating hot embers. Electric grills operate safely and efficiently. An indoor, outdoor, or tabletop electric grill can be used anywhere there is electricity.
Unlike gas or charcoal, electric uses heating elements to cook meat, poultry, and vegetables. Food is placed on a grate located just above the electric heating elements. An easy-to-clean drip pan collects any juices produced while cooking.
Most indoor options are much smaller than gas or charcoal, making them ideal for kitchen use. They can be placed on top of the stove, on a counter, or on a table. George Foreman designs are ideal for apartment dwellers who aren't permitted to have gas or charcoal units.
Larger sizes can prepare meals for large families or many guests, just like their gas or charcoal counterparts. Outdoor electric grills can easily be stored during winter months, while outdoor gas and charcoal need to be covered or placed in a shed.