To make your indoor or outdoor grilling experience as enjoyable as possible, you should consider some of the modern kitchen appliances widely used for grilling purposes. There are numerous prominent organizations from which people can readily avail of a variety of stylish indoor or outdoor kitchen appliances. Still, before selecting a kitchen appliance, people must ensure that it can produce excellent results when preparing different mouthwatering dishes.
Let’s get to know one of my favorite kitchen appliances, the George Foreman Grill. Everyone knows the George Foreman grill when it comes to electric grills. After using a small one for a year, I upgraded to a larger one, which I have been using for over seven years. Having used one for nearly ten years, I offer my honest impressions in this review.
What is a George Foreman Grill? Why are they so popular?
George Foreman grill paninis are the most popular grills. It’s a portable electric grill that’s great for various purposes. For those who dislike using a stovetop all the time, this fat-burning grilling machine can be a wonderful option.
A George Foreman grill has a clamshell shape that first draws your attention. They feature two grill plates joined by a floating hinge.
Floating hinges connect the two grill plates on these grills. Due to this setup, the grill can cook the food on both sides simultaneously, reducing cooking time.
With the floating hinge, you can easily adjust the space between the grill plates based on the thickness of the food. The grill plates are large enough to accommodate thin slices of bacon and thick steak cuts.
Another distinctive feature of the grill is the downward-slanting angle of the plates. In combination with the nonstick surface, the fat drip away from the meat as it is cooked and into a separate reservoir.
George Foreman Grills are easy to use and easy to clean. In addition to cooking the food evenly and quickly, it makes it healthier.
Best George Foreman Grills
Since George Foreman grills come in so many different models, choosing the right one can be a challenge.
Grills from George Foreman come in four categories: Basic Grills, Advanced Grills, Premium Grills, and Indoor/Outdoor Grills.
To help you find your perfect grill, I put together this buyer’s guide by researching the grills available.
George Foreman 2-Serving Classic Plate Electric Indoor Grill and Panini Press, Black, GRS040B
Space-saving design – the grill can fit in confined spaces, such as on a countertop or in a cabinet, due to its low profile and vertical storage capabilities.
This 2-serving Classic Plate Grill and Panini Press by George Foreman is perfect for grilling steaks, burgers, chicken, veggies, and more.
The grill comprises two metal plates, the bottom one being stationary and the top one removable. The food to be cooked or grilled is placed on the top plate, and heat from an electric coil below it passes through to cook or grill it. Using dual contact heating allows the compact grill to grill food in record time.
It has a fat-removing slope that removes any excess grease from the meat, making it healthier than other ways of cooking. The nonstick coating makes it easier to clean after each use.
What we like:
The price is super affordable
Compact size for easy storage
Cooking time is fast.
A patented slope removes fat from food.
Wrapping cords with cord wrap
What we don’t like:
Removable grill plates are not available.
There is no temperature adjustment available on the basic models, except for the higher-end 5- and 8-serving models.
George Foreman 4-serving removable plate grill and panini press, black, GRP1060B
This George Foreman grill offers 60 square inches of cooking space at an affordable cost and is the right choice for budget-conscious people.
The press makes it possible to heat up food 35% faster so that you can enjoy your meal right away. A four-serving grill is perfect for grilling burgers and chicken for the whole family or grilling vegetables for a smaller gathering. Grills like this are a must-have for couples and small families who want to make delicious meals quickly.
What we like:
Due to its advanced nonstick coating, this Grill is even tougher and more durable than regular nonstick. Clean-up is a breeze, and there is no need for butter or oil.
Compared to the competition, the 4-Serving Grill heats up 35% faster. It is the perfect tool to prepare a quick meal or serve food just before you leave.
You can adjust the angle by about a half-inch with a floating hinge. As a result, you can make thicker sandwiches or have different kinds of meats and vegetables.
Additionally, the grilling plates are removable, making cleaning up incredibly easy. The grilling plates are a mandatory part of any George Foreman.
What we don’t like:
Turning off the Grill requires unplugging it completely. But it lacks an on\off switch. Considering all the benefits, it’s not a terrible downside.
George Foreman GRP4842MB multi plate evolve grill (Ceramic Grilling Plates, and Waffle Plates Included)
There is no better indoor grill than this one if you want to toast your sandwiches and grill your steaks all at once. Thanks to its temperature control system, this device allows you to adjust the cooking temperature according to the food you’re preparing. No matter what your appetite is, the grill can handle it.
Nonstick ceramic covers the grill’s primary grilling plates. Using it as a grill or panini press will not require oil or butter.
The plates on this device are removable and dishwasher safe. Therefore, you simply remove them and put them in the dishwasher after every use. Nonstick coating prevents oils and grease from sticking to the plates, making cleaning a snap.
Now let’s see what else it has to offer.
What we like:
George Foreman’s Evolve Grill has easy-to-use digital controls on the front. The controls make it easy to see the temperature and time when cooking. From 325° to 450°, you can adjust the temperature with this panel.
A 500° searing function allows you to quickly seal any food on the grill using a quick burst of power and sear marks.
The cool-touch edges on both sets of plates make them easy to lift and switch even when heated. Changing between grilling plates does not require waiting for one set to cool.
There is also an additional set of waffle plates that are easy to install.
What we don’t like:
Heat-up time for some of the higher preset temperatures takes about 15 minutes. It is a major disadvantage since it’s longer than many other contact grills.
It would be nice if the nonstick surface was a little better, as food starts to stick after a while.
Electricity powers this grill. Using the power cord is, therefore, a must in this case. However, a short cord restricts your movements in the kitchen.
George Foreman 12-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Rectangular Electric Grill, Red, GFO201R
When it comes to electric grills, one of the biggest complaints is that they are not large enough to cook much food simultaneously. However, this model solves that problem.
The rectangular grill surface has 200 square inches, so you can cook more than 12 servings for large groups, and this is the largest model on our list.
George Foreman grills are technically suitable for outdoor use, but this one has been designed specifically for outdoor use, particularly if you’ve got a patio or balcony.
Since it has an elevated stand, you will be able to gather around it and socialize like you do when cooking on a regular grill. You can use them indoors, but some may find them too large.
Typical of George Foreman grills, this one has a sloped grate, making it easier to drain fat and grease away from the food. For easy cleaning, it has both a drip tray and removable grates. The easy-to-clean design makes sure your food stays delicious, and your grill will last for a long time.
This design differs from usual clamshells with its domed lid.
What we like:
Is worth the money you spend.
Easily removable cooking plates
Suitable for use with or without a stand
An easily adjustable temperature
Spacious cooking surface
The drip tray snaps onto the dishwasher.
What we don’t like:
A dual-purpose plate is not available.
A longer power cord is necessary.
FAQS of George Foreman Grills
Does a George Foreman Grill cook anything?
You were wrong if you thought your George Foreman Grill was just for basic burgers and hot dogs. However, you can create tasty meals using tilapia, filet mignon, sirloin steak, asparagus, and many other meat and vegetables.
Do George Foreman grills smoke?
We have found that it does smoke, but it’s not as objectionable as our old gas BBQ. Despite being on our front porch, the breeze doesn’t seem to have a problem bringing the smell into the house.
What is George Foreman’s patented Fat-Removing Slope?
George Foreman grills have a sloping design rather than a flat design. Due to the material of the grates, all cooking grease can easily flow away from the food, thus removing a majority of the fat. The resulting food is much healthier than that cooked on other types of grills.
What is the adjustable hinge, often seen in small models, for?
Grills with adjustable hinges can be opened up a bit more, allowing them to cook larger pieces of food like steaks or chicken breasts.
Is the George Foreman grill healthy?
Since George Foreman grills don’t cook food with additional fat, they are health-friendly.
Moreover, they can reduce the amount of fat melted while your food is cooking. Fat often sinks back into the meat when cooking in traditional skillets and pans. In contrast, the Foreman grill has a design that allows extra grease and fat to drain into a drip pan. George Foreman grills do not allow open flames or charcoal to harm your food.