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Review: George Foreman Still Makes the Best Electric Grill

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Description: When you live in New York, your options for grilling in apartment buildings are limited: you can use a communal rooftop grill (if it’s available and probably not cleaned properly by the previous user) or use an electric grill if you have outdoor space and access to a nearby outlet. Charcoal and natural gas grills have limits, the latter even requiring approval from the Fire Department and the Buildings Department, and propane is pretty much a no-no. Basically, if you want to start cooking outdoors without the hassle and bureaucracy (or worry about the building burning down), electric is the way to go.

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George Foreman’s option features 240 square inches of circular grilling surface (which is nonstick), a removable indoor/outdoor rack, a five-heat-setting adjustable temperature control plug, and a domed grill lid. A grill cover, which you should definitely get, costs about an extra $20 and allows you to keep the grill outside during inclement weather.

Dome lid is a bit large, but overall the George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill is lightweight and compact
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How I use it: When our apartment started to get too hot this summer to comfortably use the stove, we tried to reserve our apartment building’s grill. When that grossed us out (see above), we bought this grill because of its low price and strong reviews. We considered Weber, given the brand’s reputation, but we didn’t feel like spending $300-$400, and a friend of ours had noticed that Weber grills took a while to heat up (plus, the Foreman grill was about a third of the weight besides being a third of the price).

In the month we got the George Foreman Grill, we cooked several lunches and dinners and used it when hosting a party, where we comfortably cooked a pack of sausages, some vegetables, and several steaks at the same time.

Setup is simple: hold your grill up to a plug, then insert the plug/temperature probe into the side of the unit. Turn the heat dial to one of five settings and wait, honestly, just a few minutes. Place the food: We often separate the different items by side (there is a gently sloping crack in the middle of the plate grill that drains the fat into a triangular grease trap hidden under the grill surface), place the lid , open the lid vent if necessary, then check every few minutes to see where it is. We usually flip the meat once and everything is usually ready to eat in 15-20 minutes.

Why I swear: The worst part of grilling is usually the cleanup. Here, it’s minimal: most of the fat and oils have already drained off, and the top of the grill cools off pretty quickly. One hour after grilling and turning unit off, simply unplug, take grill plate to sink and rinse/clean like any other pan. It’s heavy and you’ll want to keep the plug side away from the water, but overall it’s an incredibly simple cleaning regiment.

So grilling is quick, “healthy,” and cleaning up is a no-brainer… all of which mean nothing if the food isn’t good. Good news: every meat or vegetable we’ve put on the grill has tasted superior and juicier than when cooked in the oven or on top of it. The grill has also been more even: we still have to cook or burn anything. And during our only party, we received our first compliment on the grill (“Wait… you actually did a good job with this”). Passive aggressive, but we’ll take it.

The only complaint we have is that the grill dome is a bit bulky, and while it can rest on the side of the grill, it’s difficult if you’re working in a tight space (like our small apartment deck). Some other electric grills feature smaller lids or domes that are attached on a hinge.

The lack of wheels isn’t an issue here… if anything, it does reduce the space the base takes up, which will be great when we use the grill indoors in the winter and probably place it on our counter. And we won’t worry about the smoke – our indoor smoke alarms seem ready to scream a warning if we cook any kind of meat and/or dare to use oil – but so far we’ve noticed a negligible amount of smoke using our George Foreman Grill. outdoor. Sure, no nosy neighbors will ask what’s cooking, they probably won’t notice, and they certainly won’t smell anything or see smoke, but we’ll take it as a positive.

Other options: Just because we now use the George Foreman grill for half our meals doesn’t mean there aren’t other electric options available that offer advantages. At the very least, there’s a similar Foreman grill that’s rectangular in shape if it works better for your space, and it’s a bit more colorful.

CUSIMAX makes an electric grill that’s not just made for indoors, but promises a smoke-free experience. The countertop model also features an LED readout and more precise temperature control.

And Homewell offers a model very similar to the Foreman grill, but also includes a 14.5″ cooking grate with top rack for warming/simmering.