The company that makes George Foreman Grills sent me a new grill recently to check out and instructed me to use it to create and write about some healthy meals for the summer season. If there’s one thing I’m terrible at though it’s making healthy food, so instead I decided to test out just how many uses the grill really has.
I mean, we all know that George Foreman Grills are great for burgers and chicken, but what about things like chocolate chip cookies, bacon and grilled cheese sandwiches? Well, thanks to the few hours I spent experimenting with mine you now have some answers!
The first thing I cooked with my new grill once it was out of the box and all nice and warm was some bacon. Think about it for a second, what’s the worst part about cooking bacon? The grease and having to flip it over half way through the process. With the George Foreman Grill’s drip tray and the fact that the top and bottom of the grill heat up you don’t really need to worry about either of those things, which is great.
It was also much faster than cooking bacon in a pan or in the oven. It only took me about eight minutes to cook some nice thick cut bacon, and I like my bacon fairly crispy The only real bummer is that it’s only able to cook four slices of bacon at a time and seeing as how I usually eat far more than that at once it’s not quite ideal for me. For the average bacon loving individual though I’m guessing it would be just fine.
Next I decided to try making a grilled cheese sandwich on it. I had pretty high hopes for my sandwich and expected the grill to act as sort of a panini press, but unfortunately the grills top lid was a little too heavy and just sort of flattened it, which caused tons of cheese to spill out the sides.
On the plus side, even though it looked like a total mess when I opened the lid after two minutes none of the cheese actually stuck to the grill plates, which was nice. And, on top of that, once I used a knife to cut off all of the cheese that escaped the sandwich it actually didn’t turn out all that bad. I’m guessing that if I had used a harder cheese or some thicker bread I would have had a much better experience.
After that I decided to fry a couple eggs on the grill. I’m not sure why I thought this would be a good idea, but I really wanted something to go with my bacon I had just made. I mean, it’s pretty obvious that if you crack an egg onto something that’s built on a slant like this grill is they’re just going to slide off, but I thought that maybe, just maybe if the grill was got enough though that they wouldn’t. Amazingly enough one of the eggs actually stayed on the grill and managed to cook pretty evenly. The other? Straight into the drip tray….
The burnt egg on the grill plate was also no where near as easy to clean as the cheese from the grilled cheese sandwich was, but overall the cleanup was still a lot easier than I expected.
For my final test I decided to try making some chocolate chip cookies on the grill. Now, there’s nothing wrong with making cookies in the oven, but I figured that since the George Foreman Grill heats on the top and bottom that maybe they would cook even faster. Well, I think it cooked them too fast….
My cookies ended up suffering the same fate as my grilled cheese sandwich in that the grill just completely flattened them. I cooked them for four and a half minutes, which night have been a little much because they ended up a bit overdone, but once I slid them off the grill and let them cool they actually didn’t taste too bad at all.
Since they were so flat though there was really no softness at all to them, so I missed out on the best part of making my own cookies. It’s like they went from freshly baked to tasting like they were about five days old in a matter of minutes. Looks wise they weren’t super appealing either. As far as cookies go, I’ll probably stick to using the oven from now on.
So what did I learn from all of this? Using the George Foreman Grill to make bacon is great, and it could probably substitute for a panini press as well depending on the type of sandwich you were making. When it comes to cookies and eggs though, you’ll probably want to shy away from it.
I also haven’t used a George Foreman grill since college so I was sort of psyched to see that they come with removable plates now, because the thing I always hated about mine back then was cleaning it. It’s way easier to just pop the plates out and run them under some water in your sink. For all I know though this might not even be a new feature but hey, it’s new to me!
If I was still in college I’m sure I’d be using this new grill a ton, but now that I have a house I’m more of a hang out in my back yard and drink beers while grilling kind of guy, so I don’t really anticipate my George Foreman Grill getting a ton of use, Who knows though, if we keep having 45 degree days where it’s drizzling outside even though we’re already three weeks into May I just might end up using it more than I expect!