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The George Foreman Grill is an excellent way to cook food in a healthy way. It’s easy to clean. It comes in a variety of sizes and uses. The George Foreman 5-Serving Removable Plate Grill and Panini Press is our current grill and the one I will be reviewing today!
Our family has recently switched to this George Foreman Grill after about 10 years with our previous George Foreman Grill. The non-stick coating was coming off and after 10 years, we felt it had served us very well.
Highlights of This Grill/Panini Press
- 5.5 x 16.5 x 11″ in size-8.5 pounds
- comes with 2 removable plates
- plates are ceramic non-stick coated
- the plates are more durable, stain and fade resistant and are lightweight
- plates provide even cooking and nice grill marks on food
- easily remove plates for easy cleaning and dishwasher safe
- the grill is sloped to promote fat run-off from food
- comes with a plastic drip tray for run-off
- the plastic drip tray is dishwasher safe as well
- cooks faster-cooks on both sides simultaneously-no need to flip food
- convenient “temperature ready” light to know when grill is ready to use
- 72 square inches of grilling space
- suggested cooking times come with directions
- no need for non-stick sprays, oils or butter-healthier cooking
- Warranty-3 yr limited warranty
The George Foreman Grill was developed to promote healthier cooking. The slope feature on the grill works very well for fat to run-off and catches conveniently in the drip tray. I also like the non-stick feature of the plate as you don’t need to add fats or oils or sprays-all of which add up to more calories. It is not recommended to use non-stick sprays to cook. This will decrease the efficiency over time of the non-stick coating on the ceramic grill plates.
The cooking times listed in the instruction book worked well. Our food was cooked to our specifications following the directions. The grill provides nice grill marks and leaves the meat juicy on the inside. I have not had as much success with veggies as I found them to be rather dry when finished cooking. I cannot comment on the panini press as I have never made any sandwiches on it.
Ease of Use
This grill is very easy to use. We store it under a counter. it is lightweight and very easy to set up. You simply plug it in and when the green light comes on, the grill plate is ready for use. No temperature gauges to worry about. The food cooks on both sides simultaneously making cook time faster and no need to flip the food over. When the food is finished cooking, simply unplug the grill. Do not use any metal utensils on the grill to prevent scratches.
The George Foreman is easy to clean. Once the grill plates are cool, they are easily removed by pressing in the side metal clips and it will pop off. A noticeable change from our previous grill is that the grill plates are much lighter and easier to attach to the base. You can easily clean the grill plates in the sink using a soft sponge and warm soapy water. Do not use steel wool or anything abrasive on the grill to prevent scratches. You won’t need to anyway with the non-stick coating. Both the plates and the drip tray are dishwasher safe as well. What’s not to love!
Some Closing Thoughts
I have used George Foreman grills for over 10 years, and am sold on them. When we “retired” our last George Foreman Grill it had lasted about 10 years and food was beginning to stick to it. It was more difficult to clean. We are satisfied with the longevity of the grill.
We went for about 2 months without one and what a difference with cooking meats in a fry pan. “Swimming” in grease and splashing all over the stove when cooking. We didn’t feel we were eating as healthy as we had been when we were using the George Foreman. It made more of a mess with the frying pans too with the grease splashing about instead of collecting in a drip tray. We really like that the grill plates on the George Foreman weigh less and are easier to attach to this new grill. This grill does not come with a timer though which would have been a nice feature.
Overall, we are very happy with the performance of this grill and most of our meats are cooked with it. The health component, ease of use and cleanup, make the George Foreman a product that will be a used repetitively and with confidence in our kitchen.