Price (RRP): $469.99
The Ninja Foodi Grill is a multi-cooker that uses cyclonic grill technology (fan-forced heat) that can do almost everything an oven, grill, and BBQ can. But it takes a little mastering.
The new Ninja Foodie Grill AG301 should not be confused with the Ninja OP300 Foodi that is more a pressure cooker, air fryer and slow cooker. I suspect this new iteration has a broader use in the kitchen.
When you use a Ninja Foodi Grill, you need to rethink about how you cook.
While it is intuitive and easy to use, you must view it as a ‘serial’ cooker that can do many things – one or few at a time.
First, you need to think and plan for it to do the heavy lifting, e.g. grill or roast meat and veggies (we will come to capacity later) while you use other appliances like the microwave for peas and the stovetop to boil potatoes for mash, etc.
Second, you need to rethink cooking times. Where you might roast a boneless lamb leg in a Weber for two hours and put the veggies in halfway through, the Ninja Foodi Grill is very fast. It is only through a little experimentation that you will find the right times.
For example, we tried char grilling a bunch of Asparagus (recommended MAX setting for 5-7 minutes), but that is too long for our liking. Attempt two saw that cut to 3 minutes! Similarly, for fresh corn-on-the-cob, it recommends MAX, 12 minutes, but it came out a little too char-grilled. Our second attempt at 8-minutes was perfect. As you use it, write down the times so you can adjust them next time if needed.
Third, persevere and don’t be afraid. I remember the same timing issues with my first microwave, adjusting grilling times with a Breville Double Grill (that cooks both sides at once) and the Weber was a real experiment that I never really mastered. It will all become muscle memory.
Ninja Foodi Grill AG301
Price: $469.99 with free Australia Post delivery for online orders
Warranty: 1 year
What is in the box? (Sizes are approximate)
- Ninja Foodi Grill AG301 45 (D) x 30 (W) x 30 (H) cm x 7.5kg (without inserts)
- Clip-in splatter/smoke shield (always in use)
- 5.6L ceramic coated Cooking pot (always in use) 28 (square) x 10 (D) cm
- 3.7L ceramic coated air fryer/crisper insert 25 x 21 x 7cm (note this is not a deep fryer for use with oil)
- Grill insert 25cm square
- Nylon cleaning brush for grill
- Instructions and cookbook
The top door/lid swings upwards to 45cm (fits well under most 600mm overhead cupboards) and the minimum bench depth is 60cm.
While it gets up to 260° inside, the outside has cool touch lifting handles. Hot air comes out of a grill at the top back of the lid. I doubt that the air stream would damage a splashback, but you need to avoid placing it near a painted wall or under benches etc.
Power use: It is rated 1760W, confirmed by our EmberIQ metre. That means for every hour of cooking it will cost about 80 cents at peak rates (50c per kWh).
I am going to skip to maintenance before we look at food because some appliances are truly awful to clean after use – this is not.
You always use the splatter shield and cookpot (to catch oil and food drips).