George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Grill: Do I Really Need This?
Oct 9, 2003
Review by hwz1
Rated a Very Helpful Review
As fall is quickly giving way to winter the end of the grilling season will be upon us, right? Right? Maybe. I have always followed my father's way of grilling and that means year round. So it is a little cold outside- are you not standing beside a fire? Hence, my wondering why in the world we put the George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor grill on our registery.
Recommend this product?
What is the George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill? Well, it is essentially a grill that works inside or outside and runs on electricity. More or less, it is an extension of the oh so popular grills that Foreman has been marketing for a few years.
It works like this: Place it where you want to use it (Near an electrical outlet, of course) and plug it in. Allow the grill about 10 minutes to heat up and then place whatever you want to grill on the surface. You can then cook at high or moderate temperatures and even keep the food warm with a low setting. Pretty simple.
The grill contains the same non-stick surface as all the other Foreman grills and drains in a similar fashion; a slight slope that drains into a grease basin that you can then dump. The grill can be set on top of a table or on a stand that will make it look surprisingly like a normal grill.
So, why am I not a fan of this grill? First of all, unless you live in the colder regions of the country, you do not need this. Cook outside! You will beside a fire that will keep you plenty warm. Trust me on this one.
Secondly, the food does not taste like grilled food should and does. Do not get me wrong, the food is decent enough, but does not have the charcoal or flame taste that a typical grill provides. Thirdly, if you are grilling inside you almost need to lay a blanket down around the cooking area and cover the walls. Yes, the this grill will produce a great amount of splatter. Finally, I am not sure it is the safest thing around. The grill is very top heavy (A large dome helps it to cook evenly.) and probably is not the best idea near kids or in high traffic areas.
On the plus side, the grill is easy to clean up (But a normal grill requires virtually zero cleaning.) and set up. Cleaning involves a quick scrape of the surface and a dump of the grease container. Very simple and trouble free. In order to set the grill up, you simply need to determine where you want to grill and be sure you are near an outlet. Additionally, moving the grill around is simple, but do watch for the top heavy lid.
I am not a fan of the George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill. I am a strong believer that you can grill outside virtually year round in 80% of the country and the end product tastes better from an outdoor grill. Would I purchase this grill if I lived in Alaska? Maybe. To me, the negatives far outweigh the positives with this grill and this is just an extension of the Foreman line that should have run out of small "improvements" a year or two ago.
If you are considering purchasing this grill, I would suggest trying to grill outside on a cold night and see if you mind it. Many people just forget about grilling once the weather turns cold and there really is no reason to do so.
Amount Paid (US$): 110.00
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