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While Instant Pots and air fryers tend to take center stage when talking about innovative kitchen appliances, there’s another that stands out among the rest: the Ninja Foodi Grill.
The Ninja Foodi Grill is special in that it has five different cooking functions. First, it’s an indoor grill, which you probably could have guessed from the name. Secondly, and maybe most excitingly, it’s also an air fryer. And if that’s not enough, it can also bake, roast and dehydrate food.
Let’s say you want a burger and french fries for dinner — this machine has you covered. And if you forgot to defrost said burger, it’s no big deal, because it will transform your frozen patty into a perfectly char-grilled one in about 25 minutes.
Shop: Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Grill, $229.99
The Ninja Foodi Grill is an Amazon best seller and retails for $229.99. While the price tag is a bit steep, it’s not bad considering what it would cost to purchase an indoor grill, air fryer and food dehydrator separately. Also, for an extra $40, you can get the grill with a smart probe, which allows you to cook food based on its internal temperature rather than a set time.
Nonetheless, out of 2,300 Amazon reviews, 85 percent of shoppers gave it a 5-star rating. It also currently ranks No. 3 on Amazon’s list of best-selling contact grills. The George Foreman 2-Plate Electric Indoor Grill ranks second, while the Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 Indoor Grill and Electric Griddle Combo takes first place. However, both of these are mostly just grills, and they don’t air fry or have any other cooking capabilities.
“This counter top grill is wonderful! We’ve grilled steaks, chicken, hamburgers, sausage. Tried the air fry function with frozen fries and they came out just like restaurant fries! It is so easy, both to do and clean up afterwards,” wrote one Amazon reviewer about the Ninja Foodi Grill.
Another shopper wrote, “The Ninja air fryer was my favorite, but this is incredibly much better. Not as good as a charcoal grill or smoker, but this is better than a gas grill.”
Less enthusiastic reviewers of the appliance called out that it’s quite large in size (17″ L x 14″ W x 11″ H), and while they liked most of the machine’s functions, the grill is not always totally smokeless, particularly when cooking meat.
You can shop the Ninja Foodi Grill above (which also comes with a recipe book and cleaning brush) and learn more about its five incredible functions below.
Don’t discredit the Ninja Foodi Grill’s grilling capabilities just because it’s meant for cooking indoors. The grill has what the brand calls “Cyclonic Grilling Technology,” which basically means that it heats up to 500° F and as food cooks, air circulates around it for the perfect sear. The 10-inch by 10-inch nonstick grill grates fits four 8-ounce burgers or four 7-ounce chicken breasts. And according to the product description, it also has smoke control technology for limiting the amount of smoke it produces.
2. Air fry
The Ninja Foodi has a 4-quart ceramic coated crisper basket for air frying your food. Compared to deep frying, this process uses 75 percent less oil, so not only is it healthier, but there’s less mess and you don’t need to worry about where to dispose your cooking oil.
The grill has a “bake” button and comes with a 6-quart nonstick, ceramic-coated cooking pot which can be used to bake desserts, veggies, meats and more.
Using the “roast” button and 6-quart cooking pot, you can also roast your food. The pot is big enough to fit a three-pound chicken.
The “dehydrate” button is probably not the Ninja Foodi Grill’s most popular feature, but you can use it to create crisp apple or kale chips and more.
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