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Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill
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- Removable, dishwasher safe plates with Element IQ
- Opens flat to 'BBQ Mode'
- Voltage- 110-120Volts,1800 watt embedded heating design. 310- 450F variable temperature control with Low, Panini, and Sear Modes
- 6 adjustable height settings
- Integrated, removable drip tray. Removable, dishwasher-safe plates.
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The Breville Smart Grill's Element IQ technology bridges the gap between indoor and outdoor at an unrivaled new level. Heat sensors embedded in the grill plates compensate for the temperature drop when cold food is placed onto the pre-heated surface. The sensors then detect this heat drop and compensate by injecting heat for rapid recover back to the desired cooking temperatures. The 1800-watt embedded heating design ensures maximum heat into the plates for faster cooking and reduced pre-heating time. This creates a BBQ-quality sear and sizzle. The flat bottom plate is suitable for eggs and pancakes while the top plate is ribbed to sear meats. Plate positions are interchangeable and can be extended into an opened, flat 'BBQ Mode.'
Why the Breville Smart Grill?
Every Breville product begins with a simple moment of brilliance. The Breville Smart Grill began with the simple fact that searing meat requires continuous high heat. What kind of machine cooks as well as a barbecue, but cleans fast like a frypan? The answer is the Breville Smart Grill, which allows you to sear meat indoors at a high consistent temperature without making a mess. It uses Element IQ technology and an 1800W heating system to electronically detect heat loss and provide rapid heat recovery.
Maintaining High Heat for Better Cooking
Countertop grills experience a drop in temperature when the cold meat or ingredients are introduced to the pre-heated surface. Even if they start off at the right temperature, most countertop grills can’t recover from this heat loss, heating up again slowly. This means less efficient cooking and tougher meat. The BGR820XL uses a smart technology called Element IQ to detect the drop in temperature and inject more heat for a rapid recovery back to the desired cooking temperatures.
Also, embedded elements in its grill plates help the grill maintain intense heat and recover from heat loss. The elements are cast into the plates themselves, which means that most of the heat generated by the elements is transferred to the plates instead of being lost (see below). That means less time to pre-heat and also rapid temperature recovery.
Other Features: Easy cleaning and Versatility
In addition to Element IQ and embedded plates, the Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill has numerous features: the top plate has six different adjustable heights that can be used for large sandwiches, small sliders, open-faced melts, or anything inbetween; the plates are removable for easier cleaning and can be interchanged depending on your needs (so the ribbed plate is either on the bottom or the top). The plates are nonstick plates made from cast aluminum coated with titanium infused Quantanium, for oil-free cooking and easy clean up. The housing is stainless steel, with die-cast arms.
The base can be tilted at an angle to drain, or lay perfectly flat for eggs, pancakes, and paninis. You can use it closed and use it to grill like a Panini press, or open it 180 degrees into barbecue mode, in which fat is drained from both plates into the drip tray. There are three different temperature settings (low, Panini, and sear, ranging from 320F to 450F), temperature and time control dials, and a countdown timer and sound alert.
Exposed Heating Elements vs. the BGR820XL's Embedded Heating Elements
Exposed Heating Elements: Heat loss
Many plates have exposed heating elements, where the grill plate sits directly on top of the heating element. Exposed elements lose much of the heat that they generate, instead of transferring the heat to the plate. This means the grill requires more time to heat up and more time to recover from heat loss, which extends cooking time and yields tougher meats.
Embedded Heating Elements: Heat transfer
The BGR820XL has grill plates with integrated heating elements, where the elements are embedded in the plates themselves. Rather than losing much of the heat that they generate, the heat is transferred directly to the plate. This means the grill requires less time to heat up and less time to recover from heat loss, which decreases cooking time, increases searing temperatures, and yields tenderer meats.
Two modes for two different cooking styles
In Panini mode, use the top and bottom plates to press Paninis or grill ingredients on two sides at once. The height of the top plate from the bottom is adjustable, allowing you to press both large sandwiches and small sliders. There is a ribbed plate and a flat plate, and both plates are removable and interchangeable so you can choose the plate that suits your cooking style and clean the plates more easily.
In barbecue mode, open the grill plates 180 degrees so the Smart Grill lies flat, and use it to grill and sear meats and vegetables. This doubles your cooking area, and also presents the option of grilling on both the flat plate and the ribbed plate. Additional ribbed plates and flat plates are available for purchase on Amazon if you'd prefer to have a uniform cooking surface in barbecue mode.
Temperature Control and Timing
Timer Control Dial
(Located on the left side of the Smart Grill front) You can set the timer for your preferred cooking time, and the Smart Grill will alert you when time is up.
Temperature Control Dial
(Located on the right side of the Smart Grill front) You can set the Breville Smart Grill in three different temperature settings: low, Panini, and sear, which range from temperatures of 320F to 450F. If you'd prefer to view the temperature in Celsius, flip the temperature conversion button.
Element IQ auto-adjustment
Element IQ detects the drop in temperature when you introduce cold ingredients to the pre-heated surface and automatically injects more heat to bring the Smart Grill back up to temperature and compensate for heat-loss.
Top Customer Reviews
(1) Many cooking sites and independent reviewers complain that these type of grills are often too small and too underpowered to really cook food effectively. That is where the Breville is superb, at 1800 watts, and isn't that what a grill is for -- fast, hot, and effective cooking? But high and even heat is an integral part of the Breville design. The biggest difference between the Breville Smart Grill and the Cuisinart Griddler is that the heating elements in the Breville are embedded *inside* the Breville plate itself. The underside of the Breville plates shows the embedded element, and the electrical connection is on the underside, that plugs into the Breville itself. This means the Breville plates heat directly; heat faster; heat more uniformly; and include their smart technology to detect cold meat and immediately turn up the heat. With the Griddler, the heating element is exposed and open and is not part of the plate, and lacks any of this technology. The Breville definitely heats up faster and I measured more consistent heating across the plates as compared with the Griddler. I believe that the Foreman works the same way as the Griddler with regards to those Foreman grills with removable plates, but I can't definitely verify that. Why would anyone buy those models of Foreman with plates that can't be removed for cleaning?Read more ›
Clean up is super easy. The grill has a knob that lets you tilt it a little to catch runoff of juices or grease. The plates' non-stick surface works great. I've burned a little food on them several times while learning to cook and it is no problem to get the mess off. After many uses, our grill still looks almost new. It is such a sturdy, classy looking appliance that we have given it permanent counter space.Read more ›
I just put this in the trash today after over a year of deciding if I wanted to spend even more money to get it fixed. It wasn't worth fixing for such a short-term warranty (on someone else's repaired machine). It pained me. It worked very well until it didn't, and it was so expensive to buy with the addition of two more plates, this is really something I was sad to see go, but I'm literally amazed at how well two inexpensive square Lodge grill pans make up for it -- and without heating/electronics issues in the future and warping plates. Had I known how this was going to be, I would not have bought this item, even though when it performed it performed beautifully, and then one day it didn't, and it just wasn't worth fixing.
This grill works very well and is easy to clean.
Perhaps a year into the three or so years I've owned it one of the plates slightly warped so it won't snap in and stay in. No problem. I just use that plate on the bottom and the other one on the top.
Last night while heating it up to start cooking it flashed an error code for the first time and then when I unplugged and re-plugged it never did reach it's temperature and beep.
I continued to use it and noticed my chicken breasts were only caramelizing on the bottom (meaning the top plate isn't heating fully anymore).
I washed the plates this morning, and tried again. It never did beep to signal it was ready for cooking and the plates never fully heated.
The reason I'm writing this is I want people to know that this lasted between 2-3 years of very occasional use (perhaps twice a month).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome grill! It is very easy to clean and cooks evenly. Many features and worth every penny.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Recently our outdoor propane grill just fell apart inside from rust. I hate spending hundreds of dollars just to get a couple of years out of any product. Read morePublished 9 days ago by TravelGuy
Its nice, but we noticed there is a cold spot in the same location on our plates so it made for uneven cooking of our pancakes. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jennifer
We love our Breville coffeemaker and toaster oven so much, that we took the plunge and bought this. It is a great improvement over our previous griddle/grill, which had a top... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Carol Beebe
While this product works as intended, I've had two in less than a year both of which stopped working due to a defective switch. In reality the thing just isn't made well.Published 27 days ago by N. Pope
This grill is GREAT! It is definitely worth the premium price. We have been using it for some months now. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Second one...loved the first the decision to replace with the same was an easy one.Published 1 month ago by Carla & Tariq Hassan
This grill is awesome. It makes amazing Panini sandwiches, It does an excellent job grilling all kinds of meats and vegetables. Super easy to clean. Very well built. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rino