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Elite Gourmet 12" Electric Indoor Review

This compact, electric grill features an easy to clean non-stick cooking area and has enough power to sear red meat while remaining highly portable and wind resistant
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Elite Gourmet 12" Electric Indoor Review (As an affordable, table-top electric grill, there is no better option than the Elite Gourmet 12".)
As an affordable, table-top electric grill, there is no better option than the Elite Gourmet 12".
Credit: Trish Matheny
Price:  $50 List
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Manufacturer:   Elite Gourmet
By Trish Matheny ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 19, 2023
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RANKED
#8 of 18
  • Output Power - 25% 5.0
  • Control - 25% 6.0
  • Portability - 20% 7.0
  • Cooking Area - 20% 4.0
  • Wind Resistance - 10% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Elite Gourmet 12 is a lightweight, compact electric grill that offers excellent non-stick performance at an affordable price. This versatile option is perfect for those who are after an easy cleanup. The grilling plate is removable and dishwasher safe, and features a catchment pan for unwanted grease. Though the cooking area is limited to only 144 square inches, this grill is the perfect size to grill a meal for two. The lightweight construction enhances portability, though this electric grill lacks the output power and temperature control of its propane gas and charcoal counterparts. Although it is primarily designed to be an indoor option, this grill is versatile enough to hit the road as long as there's a power outlet or generator nearby. Check out our review of the best portable grills to see how it fairs against the competition.
REASONS TO BUY
Lightweight and compact
Consistent non-stick surface
Easy to clean
Affordable
REASONS TO AVOID
Limited grilling area for a group
Tied to an electrical outlet
Editor's Note: We added the Elite Gourmet 12" grill to our lineup on December 17, 2023.

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Bottom Line Though limited in terms of overall output power and temperature control, this lightweight, electric option offers non-stick performance and exceptional portabilityAlmost too powerful for its size, this hearty grill specializes in searing steaksSometimes, you get what you pay for; unfortunately, this affordable grill leaves limited options for temperature control while grillingA cheap, portable, miniature version of their classic charcoal grillAn ancient version of a portable grill that falls way behind in innovation and technology
Rating Categories Elite Gourmet 12" E... Cuisinart Grillster Char-Broil Portable... Cuisinart Portable... Weber Smokey Joe 14
Output Power (25%)
5.0
7.0
4.0
3.0
3.0
Control (25%)
6.0
5.0
2.0
5.0
5.0
Portability (20%)
7.0
8.0
5.0
4.0
3.0
Cooking Area (20%)
4.0
4.0
7.0
4.0
4.0
Wind Resistance (10%)
9.0
8.0
6.0
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Specs Elite Gourmet 12" E... Cuisinart Grillster Char-Broil Portable... Cuisinart Portable... Weber Smokey Joe 14
Total BTU 1,200 8,000 1,000 N/A N/A
Weight 5 lbs 13 lbs 3 lbs 4 lbs 9 lbs
Cooking Surface Area 144 sq in 148 sq in 216 sq in 143 sq in 147 sq in
Number of Burners N/A 1 1 N/A N/A
Grill material Stainless steel Enameled steel ‎Powder-coated alloy steel Chrome-plated metal Porcelain-enameled aluminum
Packed Size 17" x 17" x 4" / 0.7 cu ft 20.5" x 12" x 10.2" / 1.5 cu ft 24" x 12" x 15" / 2.5 cu ft 14.5" x 14.5" x 15" / 1.8 cu ft 17" x 14.2" x 14.5"/ 2 cu ft
Piezo Ignitor No Yes No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Elite Gourmet 12 is perfect if you are looking for an affordable, compact grill that is versatile enough to offer solid grilling performance on the road and from the comfort of your own home. The grill requires little assembly, and the non-stick grilling surface is easy to use, dishwasher safe, and very easy to clean, thanks to a catchment pan for that messy leftover grease. This compact grill is limited in terms of overall output power and runs a little hotter than advertised on the user-friendly temperature dial. But at only five pounds, it is very portable and well-suited for a countertop at home or inside the drawer of your camper. As long as there's a generator or electrical outlet nearby, the Elite Gourmet won't disappoint.

Performance Comparison


Solid cooking performance is just one positive attribute of this lightweight, compact electric grill.
Credit: Trish Matheny

Output Power


The Elite Gourmet is not the grill for folks prioritizing output power. This niche grill is a lightweight, compact, portable option with just enough power to sear meats. The 1200-watt power is on the low end when considering other propane gas and charcoal options. It is also tricky because it will require a generator or otherwise electrified campsite if you want to bring it on the road.


After cranking the temperature dial to the highest heat, it took about 10 minutes to reach the maximum temperature, which we measured as 550 °F instead of the advertised 450 °F listed on the temperature dial. This reading was taken after removing the tempered glass lid sitting over the grilling surface. After carefully monitoring the temperatures in 20-minute increments, we noted that we could achieve the best results – more consistent with the advertised temperatures – without using the lid. While the circular integrated heating element of the Elite Gourmet is designed to optimize heating, we ultimately found this grill to run hotter than advertised. However, we appreciated the cool touch exterior knob that allowed us to constantly monitor temperatures without burning our fingers. This compact grill really packs a punch for its design.

elite gourmet 12" electric indoor - though the maximum temperature is advertised as 450f, our infrared...
Though the maximum temperature is advertised as 450F, our infrared thermometer verified a much higher surface temperature, especially if we used the tempered glass lid.
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Control


The Elite Gourmet 12 features a user-friendly temperature control dial with five adjustable settings ranging from 200 °F to 450 °F. During our testing period, we carefully monitored the grill's temperature with an infrared thermometer and compared the reading to the temperature listed on the dial.


While the Elite Gourmet remained fairly consistent uncovered, the actual temperature reading was significantly hotter if we placed the tempered glass lid over top. Even if it cooks hotter than expected, our patented “toast test” – which helps create a heat map of the cooking surface – revealed steady temperatures across the grill plate. Overall, we appreciated this little grill's ability to crank for recipes that called for seared meats while still maintaining enough of a temperature range to grill veggies and burgers more gently.

elite gourmet 12" electric indoor - the user-friendly temperature dial ranges from 200f to 450f...
The user-friendly temperature dial ranges from 200F to 450F, offering consistent temperatures across the entire grill plate.
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Portability


Measuring only 17" x 17" x 4", or 0.7 cubic feet, the Elite Gourmet 12" can easily be stored on your countertop at home or secured in one of the drawers inside your camper. It also only weighs five pounds, making it one of the lightest grills we've tested.


After lugging around other grill options with awkward stands, heavy weights, and greasy bases, the clean, lightweight, and super compact design of the Elite Gourmet appealed to our test team. If you're looking for a super easy-to-use, easy-to-clean, and very portable grilling option, this might be the right choice for you.

elite gourmet 12" electric indoor - the elite gourmet only weighs five pounds and measures 17 inches at...
The Elite Gourmet only weighs five pounds and measures 17 inches at its widest point, making it super easy to load into the pickup in between the crashpad and the cooler.
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Cooking Area


The compact size of the Elite Gourmet 12, unfortunately, and perhaps obviously, compromises its cooking area. Measuring only 12 inches by 12 inches, or 144 square inches, the size can be limiting if you're preparing an entire meal for a group all at once. However, our team easily prepared large meals for two people during our testing period.


The non-stick grilling surface features a drip pan to catch all the unwanted excess grease and oils from our favorite cuts of meat. The large, tempered lid also prevented any grease from splattering, a nice feature for those looking to use this grill indoors. The non-stick surface is super easy to clean up, especially with the option to remove the grill from its base to wash in the sink or dishwasher at home, or the water spigot in the campground. Even though the cooking area is one of the smaller surfaces we tested, we considered the trade-off for its portable design entirely worth it.

elite gourmet 12" electric indoor - there aren't many other options that offer such an easy clean-up;...
There aren't many other options that offer such an easy clean-up; the grill plate can be removed from the base and can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher.
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Wind Resistance


The Elite Gourmet 12 features an electric non-stick grilling surface that is entirely protected by a tempered glass lid, effectively shielding the surface from any high winds.


Considering that this grill is designed for indoor use – without any propane burners or coal – our testing team is confident that this grill won't miss a beat while grilling, even if the forecast calls for high winds.

elite gourmet 12" electric indoor - this fully enclosed electric grill is a superior option to a propane...
This fully enclosed electric grill is a superior option to a propane flame when high winds are in the forecast.
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Should You Buy the Elite Gourmet 12"?


We were highly impressed with the overall cooking performance, portability, and wind resistance offered by the Elite Gourmet 12. This grill offers enough output power to sear meats and enough temperature control to grill soft-skin veggies to perfection. The non-stick grilling surface measured consistent temperatures across its modest 144 square inches. The combination of the non-stick surface, removable grill plate, grease catchment pan, and tempered glass lid makes this grill a great choice to avoid a messy cleanup. While the grilling surface is limited when cooking for a group, and the overall wattage is minimal when compared to the output power of other propane gas and charcoal options, the ease of use and cleanup and excellent portability make this one of the best, affordable, electric options we have tested to date.

elite gourmet 12" electric indoor - this affordable electric grill is perfect for those who want to...
This affordable electric grill is perfect for those who want to grill indoors or while staying in an electric-powered campsite on the road. It's easy to clean and offers enough power to effectively sear meat.
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What Other Portable Grills Should You Consider?


If you like the idea of a highly portable, easy-to-clean, electric grill but prefer a stand-up option with a larger cooking area, check out the George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor 12+. This grill offers a similar non-stick surface but is more suited for grilling for small groups, both indoors and outdoors. It can even convert to an over-sized grill top for the table by removing the plastic stand. If you want to try something new, the Solaire Everywhere is our favorite infrared grill. Although it takes a bit of a learning curve to perfect your technique, this specialized grill sears red meats like no other. And speaking of perfection, the Weber Traveler is about as good as it gets – if you're willing to invest in a top-of-the-line portable grill.

elite gourmet 12" electric indoor - though this grill makes it tricky to prepare an entire meal for a...
Though this grill makes it tricky to prepare an entire meal for a group, it's non-stick performance is super easy to clean.
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