I'll admit it, I'm a small appliance freak. I'll buy just about any new and novel device. Having said that, I purchased a George Foreman grill.
Recommend this product?
I have an excellent B/D toaster oven, one of the Dining In range, and I went back to broiling hamburger patties. Oh, this little grill does an okay job of cooking hamburger patties, and certainly it is probably healthier than frying them on a stove. If one can call cooking any hamburger healthy! One simply inserts the raw patty, mashes down so that it gets contact, and waits for the indicator light to say it is done. That is the extent of its capability.
Then comes the fun part. All those little crevices on the machine need to be cleaned. There is even a little plastic piece to help, but of course don't use it warm or hot. Even then, bits of meat and grease remain to be scrubbed out with a brush. Only one hamburger patty will generate enough grease that the little collection tray that one sets in front will require emptying--and it's hot grease. If one doesn't make very thin hamburgers, one has to press down on the lid-and it's hot so use an oven mitt-to express all the grease out.
I went back to using a traditional hamburger press and I can make 6 patties at a whack on the broiler in my toaster oven. The patties made are every bit as grease-free, as they are on a wire rack and grease drips into the collection pan. I can throw the wire rack and the pan into my dishwasher--the George Foreman isn't immersible and certainly not dishwasher-save. The inside of the George Foreman is coated with Teflon or some other nonstick finish. The jury is still out on the safety of nonstick coatings.
I bet I've owned a half-dozen waffle irons over the past 25 years, and I've tossed all of them; I just make pancakes if the mood hits me. Why? They are all batter-trappers and I find them more trouble than they're worth. Go in any Waffle House and take a look at their irons and you won't order waffles! I see others are very enthusiastic about their Foreman grills, so the reader may disagree. Oh, BTW, if you like to mix your hamburger with onions, the Lipton soup mix made as seasoning, etc., your Foreman grill won't like that either. I gave mine away to a friend, who has since donated it to Goodwill.
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Amount Paid (US$): 25.00