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In the summer, we love to barbecue but there are some days when our plan to grill is thwarted by endless afternoon thunderstorms that bring a deluge of rain. Sometimes we’ll shuffle around our meal plan to grill the next day but other times we’ll take out our grill plan or put meat under the broiler instead but it’s never quite the same without the grill marks and easy clean up that come with cooking on the barbecue. For years I’ve heard about George Foreman Grills. Enthusiasts raved about how easy they were to use and the health benefits of cooking on one and while I love to cook, I never owned one until recently. Suddenly my summer thunderstorm induced grill problems are no more!
About the George Foreman 15 Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill
The George Foreman 15 Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill ($99) provides the ultimate in flexibility when outdoor grill plans start to go awry as afternoon thunderstorms appear on the horizon.
The 17″ diameter provides 240 square inches of cooking space on an easy-clean George Tough™ Nonstick Coating. Having such a large grill space means this Foreman grill isn’t small but it also means that I can still cook a variety of meats for our dinner and for some leftovers the next day just like we do when we barbecue.
Even though the grill comes with a cookbook for suggested recipes, we went with our tried and true recipe for burgers as our inaugural George Foreman Grill experience.
Just as when we grill, I started my burgers out on the highest heat to sear them on both sides. As they cook on the barbecue, they’re moved to spots where the heat is lower. With the Foreman Grill, I just had to turn down the heat to finish them and I found that the burgers cooked in about the same amount of time as they do on our charcoal grill.
While I buy the leanest beef I can find, there’s always fat. Usually the fat drips down into the outdoor grill, making the possibility of a grease fire always adding to the adventure of making a meal. Since the grill is electric, I didn’t have to worry about flare ups that are due to flames when cooking with charcoal or propane!
The sloped surface of the Foreman ensures that excess fat drains away from the meat. This helps up to 42% of fat can drip away from 1/4 of ground chuck as it cooks for healthier meals. No one loves cleaning up grease and thankfully all drips left behind fall into a removable dishwasher safe reservoir. I simply poured the grease into our trash, put the reservoir in the dishwasher.
The surface of the grill was also easy to clean. A wipe down with some paper towels followed by a soapy sponge took away any leftover grease between the grill’s ridges. The cleanup is more substantial than barbecuing on a charcoal or gas grill where you can just close the lid and walk away but having an option to grill inside on days where the weather isn’t cooperative is nice.
The George Foreman 15 Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill is a large grill that’s good for families who want to be able to enjoy the health benefits of grilling when cooking indoors or out and are ok with giving up the smoky flavor that traditional charcoal or wood grills offer.
The George Foreman 15 Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill retails for $99.
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