Ninja Foodi XL 5-In-1 Indoor Grill and Air Fryer (Review) BG500A

Ninja Foodi XL grill/air fryer (also known as Ninja BG500A) is a 5-in-1 cooking appliance that can grill, air crisp (air fry), roast, bake and dehydrate. Is this a case of ”a jack of all trades, master of none”?

Cooking with Ninja Foodi XL BG500A

It can take a bit of time for Ninja Foodi XL to heat up (still does it resonably quickly) but once it does it cooks fast.

The results are great. Meat is juicy, steaks are grilled to near-perfection, air fryed french fries come out crispy (don’t forget to shake midway cooking) and reheatedfood tastes a lot better than when reheated in microwave (but not quite as good as fresh).

This thing can really do almost everything and do it well. On top of that “Air Crisp’’ feature can really help you eat healthier as you can cook without oil and still achieve tasty results.

Ninja BG500A has a temperature range of 105°F to 500°F offering far wider temperature range than most air fryers or indoor grills which is another plus. It also doesn’t heat up your kitchen as much as a regular oven does and manages to contain smell pretty well too (your whole house won’t smell like fish for example).


Ninja Foodi XL BG500A indoor grill is quite noisy unfortunately. It won’t be problem for everyone but for some consumers this is something that matters and

Size and Weight

Ninja Foodi XL BG500A is massive. It measures 19 inches in length, 18 inches in width and 15 inches in height. It’s certainly not something that you can place on countertop and barely notice – it definitely stands out.

As far as weight goes this indoor grill/air fryer weighs 29.3 pounds.

Clean Up

Clean up is a bit complicated but it’s not too bad. Grill grate, crisper basket and cooking pot are dishwasher safe.


Ninja Foodi XL BG500A is outstanding indoor grill/air fryer particularly since it’s fairly affordable. The main drawbacks of this model are that it’s noisy and a bit difficult to clean however it cooks well and is versatile. Ninja does sell even more advanced versions of this grill but they are also more expensive.

Ninja BG500A Foodi XL 5-In-1 4-Quart Indoor Grill and Air Fryer (Review) Specifications:

  • Voltage: 120V~ 60Hz
  • Power: 1760W
  • Temperature range: 105 to 500
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 19” x 18” x 15” inches
  • Weight: 29.3 lb

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