Cuisinart CEG-980 Outdoor Electric Grill with VersaStand


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Cuisinart’s Outdoor Electric Grill with VersaStand integrated adjustable telescoping base provides authentic grilling performance and flavor. Its small format fits easily on balconies and small patios – great for places that propane or charcoal grills aren’t allowed. And although the grill is compact, its ample cooking grate is large enough to cook most family meals – 8 steaks, 8 hamburgers, 6 – 10 chicken breasts, or over 4 lbs. of fish! The grill heats up very quickly, and reaches temperatures high enough to sear a steak to perfection. The novel VersaStand telescoping base quickly transforms the grill from storage to tabletop to floor standing use, allowing the chef to enjoy grilling at a comfortable height. The stand is integrated into the grill for added convenience – making easy to store when finished. The grill plugs into a standard household electrical receptacle, and is UL approved for outdoor use. Innovative culinary tools are the Cuisinart signature. The prestigious Cuisinart brand is not limited to their famous food processors – plugged or unplugged, nobody covers the modern chef like Cuisinart. Cuisinart is a full-service culinary resource with a wide array of products, preferred by chefs and favored by consumers. And now you can take the world famous Cuisinart brand to your patio, lawn, tailgate, or campsite with their comprehensive line of Cuisinart outdoor grilling products available now on Amazon.

Most people love the flavor of grilled food, but not everyone has the space for a large gas grill or the time to grill with charcoal. Enter the CEG-980 electric grill, a handy, attractive alternative to traditional grilling. Equipped with a telescoping VersaStand, the CEG-980 combines the simplicity of an indoor appliance with the delicious cooking performance of an outdoor grill, making it ideal for people who love cooking outdoors but don’t want to deal with the hassle of propane or charcoal.

Burgers on the grill
The electric grill offers a 145-square-inch grilling surface.. (View larger).
Patio grilling
The VersaStand holds the grill at a comfortable grilling height. (View larger).
Sturdy foldout legs
The VersaStand collapses beneath the grill for easy storage. (View larger).

The Advantage of Electric Grilling

Traditional gas and charcoal grills offer a wide variety of styles and designs–from large multi-burner gas grills with built-in islands to barrel-like charcoal grills–but sometimes prove to be too large, too intimidating, or too inconvenient for would-be outdoor chefs. While gas grills are certainly handy, some people find it discomforting and dangerous to cook with propane. Charcoal grills, while perhaps less intimidating, take considerable time to light and prepare, and can be messy to clean up afterward. Plus, some apartments and condos ban the use of propane or charcoal altogether.

Electric grills minimize all of the above concerns, with instant-on controls, easy-to-clean designs, and no smelly gas or messy charcoal to get in the way of your cooking.

Familiar, Easy-to-Use Controls

The grilling process begins with the easiest fuel source you can find–a simple cord and outlet–along with a removable electric probe with a control knob that functions just like the knobs on most kitchen stoves. To get started, just plug the probe into the front of the grill and turn the knob to “Max.” Within five minutes, the heating element will be glowing a toasty red and the grill will be ready for cooking. When you’re finished grilling, the knob turns off just as easily. And cleanup couldn’t be easier, as the porcelain-enameled grill grate cleans with a standard grill brush or removes for washing in an indoor or outdoor sink.

Powerful Grilling Performance

The Cuisinart electric grill cooks up juicy steaks, burgers, and fish just like a gas grill thanks to the powerful 1,500-watt, 5,120 BTU burner, which spreads heat quickly and evenly through the 145-square-inch grill grate. The compact design produces a greater watt-to-square-inch ratio, leading to higher temperatures on the grate and better, more uniform cooking for your food. In addition, the grill includes a stainless-steel heat reflector in the lid. This extra layer not only acts as an insulator for trapping heat inside the grill, but actually reflects rising heat inside the grill back onto the top surfaces of your food, reducing cooking times and saving electricity. All of this translates into searing hot temperatures and prefect grill lines on everything you cook.

Despite the compact size, the grilling surface is large enough to grill eight burgers, eight stakes, six to 10 chicken breasts, or up to 4 pounds of fish.

Quick, Efficient Setup

The electric grill not only shines when it’s loaded with food, but also when you’re on the move, as the grill is a breeze to transport, set up, and store. The grill includes the thoughtfully designed VersaStand, an easy-to-use, easy-to-set-up grill stand that keeps the grill at a comfortable cooking height. The VersaStand sets up and packs away in seconds, giving you more time to enjoy the event and less time worrying about the hassles of putting your barbecue together. In fact, the grill and stand are so convenient to transport, carry, and set up, you won’t think twice about tossing it in the trunk of your car.

The VersaStand comes integrated into the base of the grill, with a set of telescoping poles that smoothly collapse for easy storage. When you’re ready to grill, simply push the button on each VersaStand leg to release the telescoping legs, and then lift up the grill box. Once the two legs drop into position, you’ll have a sturdy grill that stands at an ideal grilling height. No more breaking your back bending over a grill that sits mere inches off the ground. And when you’re finished grilling, the stand collapses as easily as it sets up, making it easy to pack up your stuff. The grill also includes a secure front lid lock, which keeps the lid safely closed when you’re on the move, and a pronounced carrying handle that lets you tote the 17-pound grill just like a briefcase.

  • Portable electric grill with 145-square-inch grilling area and telescoping stand
  • Cooks 8 burgers, 8 steaks, 6 to 10 chicken breasts, or 4 pounds of fish at once
  • Powerful 1,500-watt, 5,120 BTU burner and porcelain-enameled grill grate
  • Plugs into standard electric outlet; stand sets up and packs away in seconds
  • Pronounced briefcase-style carrying handle; weighs 17 pounds
  • 145 square inches grilling surface
  • 1500 watts, 120v / 60hz
  • Convenient telescoping base for easy storage and comfortable grilling height

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