6 Cooking Essentials You Need to Bring the Barbecue Indoors—All Under $45

A fresh cheeseburger on a white plate

Temperatures may be dropping and the days of warm, outdoor barbecues may be coming to an end, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying a juicy steak or burger whenever you'd like. With our list of indoor grilling essentials you'll be able to make all of your summer favorites any time of year. The best part? Adding these items to your kitchen arsenal won't break the bank.

George Foreman electric indoor grill from Amazon photo

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Electric Indoor Grill

With more than 3,000 positive reviews on Amazon, it's no surprise that the Geroge Foreman electric indoor grill is at the top of our barbecue wish list. This little machine will make a big impact this winter when you're craving a cheeseburger but it's too cold to venture outside and grill. Plus, the two nonstick, dishwasher-safe removable plates provide enough space to cook up to four servings of food. Not only is this indoor grill great for grilling steaks, burgers, and veggies, but it can also be used as a panini press for a quick lunchtime solution.

To buy: $25 (was $30); amazon.com

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Instant marinator from Sur La Table photo

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Instant Marinator

Instead of waiting hours for your meat to season, opt for this instant marinator that flavors your food in 20 minutes or less. The lid attaches to a small vacuum that helps open up the pores of your food so your marinade soaks in quicker and deeper, while also making the meat more tender.

To buy: $40; surlatable.com

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A set of two grill prep trays from Williams Sonoma photo

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Grill Prep Trays

To help avoid cross contamination, pick up this set of grill prep trays. Available in a large or extra-large size, this duo comes with two melamine trays that are color coded in red and black so you can differentiate which is safe for raw or cooked food. Once the marination process is complete, use the red plate as a preparation station and then once everything is cooked, use the black plate as a serving tray. Both trays are dishwasher-safe, shatter-resistant, and won't absorb flavors or odors.

To buy: From $30; williams-sonoma.com

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Eight-piece silicone cooking utensil set from The Home Depot photo

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Cooking Utensil Set

If you have an indoor grill with a nonstick coating like the George Foreman featured above, then you'll want to stay away from using metal cooking utensils to ensure you're not damaging your grill. Instead, we suggest adding this eight-piece silicone utensil set to your kitchen. It includes everything you'll need to cook practically any dish, including a whisk, tongs, spatula, solid spoon, slotted turner, slotted spoon, pasta fork, and a brush. Each piece features a heat-resistant, soft-grip handle and is made with dishwasher-safe, nonstick material for easy cleanup.

To buy: $30; homedepot.com

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White speckled serving trays in two sizes from Food52 photo

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Speckled Serving Trays

Save your fine china for special occasions like Thanksgiving and Easter, and use these durable, but equally sophisticated, melamine serving trays for weeknight dinners. The small and large tray duo are available in three versatile speckled designs (black, white, and blue) so you can choose which complements your current kitchen aesthetic best. Use the larger model to serve your main meat dish and the smaller tray for your side grilled vegetables.

To buy: $35; food52.com

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Salt 15-piece knife set from Bed Bath and Beyond photo

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15-Piece Knife Set

A complete knife set that costs less than $45 is almost unheard of, but Bed Bath and Beyond has you covered with this budget-friendly 15-piece set. It comes with everything you'll need to prepare food for grilling and beyond, including a paring, chef, and slicer knife, along with two santoku knives, a tomato and bagel knife, sharpening steel, shears, and six steak knives—truly a barbecue essential! Plus, you won't have to worry about finding a safe place to store them in your drawers because they're readily housed inside a sleek black knife block. Tip: To keep the knives in pristine condition, they should be hand-washed only.

To buy: $40; bedbathandbeyond.com

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