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How to Use a George Foreman Grill: Dos and Don'ts

Kathryn studies and writes about health, nutrition, and food safety.

Discover some tips and tricks for using your George Foreman grill.

Discover some tips and tricks for using your George Foreman grill.

The George Foreman Grill has been a terrific addition to many kitchens. It is an electric grill that lets you quickly grill food indoors.

It has a cooking method that is designed to reduce the amount of fat in the meats that you cook. This makes it a terrific utensil for the at-home chef who wants to eat healthy foods but doesn't have a lot of time for cooking.

The following guidelines will make using your grill a lot more efficient (and tasty!).

The Dos

1. Do Spray It With a Light Olive Oil

Though it is a non-stick grill, it works even better if you use oil to further reduce the stickiness. Olive oil also adds to the taste of your foods, especially if you use a flavored kind.

You want to use a healthy oil and not butter or a fattening oil. After all, this grill is reducing the fat in your meats, so it doesn't make sense to add more fat back in. Olive oil fat is healthy fat.

2. Do Use It to Grill Fruits and Veggies

Many people think of this grill as just something for fish and meats. However, you can make light, healthy recipes by grilling vegetables and fruit on this kitchen utensil as well.

3. Do Put Bread in It

You can make terrific grilled sandwiches on the George Foreman. You can also simply warm up your bread before eating it.

4. Do Grill Frozen Meats on It

Make sure that you grill frozen meats for longer than if they were thawed, and always check visibly to see that they are cooked all the way through before eating. This is a great way to make a quick meal when you weren't prepared to cook.

If you have a few hours to spare, put your frozen meat on the grill and close the lid, but don't turn the grill on. In 1 to 2 hours, the meat should be completely thawed and the drain pan underneath just needs to be dumped out. You're ready to cook.

5. Do Clean It After Using It

This is a non-stick grill, so it is simple to clean. Cleaning it right after using it is best because it is hot and will clean easily. Simply wipe down with water.

One option for even easier cleaning is to put a layer or two of wet paper towels into the grill while it's still hot. Turn it off, unplug it, and let it cool. Remove the paper towels when the grill is cool and wipe down one more time.

Remove any detachable plates that your grill has and wash them by hand.

The Do Nots

1. Do Not Choose Bone-in Meat

It is best to use meat that has been sliced so that it is even in width all the way around. Bone-in meat tends to be uneven and doesn't cook evenly on the grill. Choose boneless cuts instead.

2. Do Not Flip Your Food

One of the best things about this grill is that it grills from the top and the bottom simultaneously. This eliminates the need to flip your food. Doing so merely increases cooking time and may even decrease the taste value of your food.

3. Do Not Feel Obligated to Cook Side Dishes Separately

You can add fruits and vegetables to your grill while your meat is cooking. It's the same as if you were adding them on a regular outdoor grill. They need less time to cook, so add them about halfway through the meat cooking time. The whole meal will be ready at once.

4. Do Not Choose the Fattiest Meats for This Grill

Some people believe that the fact that the grill reduces the fat in their meats gives them free reign to select the worst meats for their health. It's always best to choose lean meats if you are seeking a healthy diet, even when cooking those meats on a George Foreman.

Comments

Cathy Stefanowski on July 18, 2016:

Why is my George Foreman not working?

Bob on May 06, 2016:

@Sue. I'm sure if you used it near an open window, it would be fine. Just try not to burn anything.

Sue on January 04, 2016:

I live in a small apartment with sensitive smoke detectors (removing the smoke detector batteries is not possible). Will the GF grill set off my smoke detectors?

Cj on December 16, 2015:

They make spray bottles to put oil in- you just fill with your favorite type. Since it's not aerosol it would not have the chemicals just the plain oil.

matilda on September 13, 2011:

I just went to my grilling directions book, and it does say aerosol cooking spray should not be used on nonstick surface. Chemicals that allow spray to come out of can build up on surface of grill plates and reduce there efficiency. I have a foreman grill model GRPP, with removeable plates.I hope this is helpful to you.

matilda on September 13, 2011:

don't the directions tell you not to use spray oil on your grill