“ Brand: B&Q / Type: Burger grilling accessory for the barbecue / Type: Grill „
As soon as the warm weather arrives, I look nothing more than a BBQ, the problem is, I am not very good at doing it - when trying to turn the burgers over, the either fall onto the floor or into the base of the BBQ. I friend recommended that I buy a grill basket so when I spotted this in B&Q for around £6, I just had to give it a go.
Using is really simple, open the basket up, place your burgers inside, close the basket and then place on you BBQ. When you need to turn the burgers, rather than having to do individually, you just turn the whole basket - easy! When the food is cooked, open the basket and literally tip the basket up so they are ready to serve (normally this process would take me a good 5 minutes!)
The product is stainless steal and it measures around 52 x 30 cm (including the handle) so you can fit a decent amount of burgers in it, is also means that when I have done cooking, I can just pop this into the dishwasher to clean. The bars on the basket are quite close together, meaning I have also been able to cook sausages, homemade kebabs and mushrooms in it without them falling through the gaps.
There are loads of different versions and available from DIY or hardware stores etc, I brought mine from B&Q and prices tend to vary from between £5 to £10.
Overall, I would recommend this product, it makes cooking on a BBQ easy (even my other half uses it now), I don't end up wasting food and it is reasonably priced. I would give 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
This is one of those BBQ bits and pieces that I bought some while back and has proved to be very useful. Normally when you buy packet burgers from the supermarket, they are nice and flat and fairly firm. So they will sit nicely on a BBQ grill to allow you to cook them. However, I never really found they were that tasty, partially because my wife likes to make her own burgers and they are really scrumptious (and I'm not just saying that because she is sat next to me!!). Her burgers are hand made and a slightly looser pack, and we have found that when we put them on the BBQ grill, there have been times when they get caught in the grill and start to fall apart, making them difficult to turn and cook. Hence, when I saw this B&Q BBQ Burger Grill for £5, I thought that it seemed to be a good idea and would suit our needs.
The basic idea is that this is a sort of grill sandwich, which you open it up, put your food or whatever in, close the grill plates together to sandwich the food between them. You then place the whole lot on the BBQ to allow the food to cook. The idea is that this device makes it easier to hold the food together on the BBQ, and also makes it easier to turn over, because you simply pick the whole grill up and turn it over with the food in it.
The grill itself is made from a chrome plated steel and measures 52 cm long (including the handles) by 30 cm wide and is fairly lightweight at about 1.2lbs in weight. The grills themselves are hinged at one end opposite the handles, and, when closed, the 2 handles come together and are held closed by a locking ring. So once the food is in place, you can lock the handles together and keep turning the grill over to your heart's content without the food falling out. For extra protection, the end of the handle is also rubber coated.
There appear to be different versions of these grills available on the market, but the version I have has the 4 dedicated cooking spaces/indents which are formed when the top and bottom grill are bought together. Of note, other versions just have 2 flat grill plates, but personally, having tried both, I prefer the indented model. The reason for this is that the indentations sort of encapsulate the food. With flat grills, I've often found that some food can be too thick, and hence as you close the grill, the food squeezes between the bars and gets caught. With this indented model, the grills close enough to just encapsulate the food in it's own little grill cell. So you can have varying thicknesses of burgers on the same grill, with each occupying its own little space for cooking.
In use, it is simple to work. Burgers in, close it up and start cooking. Keep turning the whole grill over to ensure even cooking and when done, open it up and remove the burgers. For added variation, and trialling the versatility of this device, I've also managed to do some chicken pieces in this grill, as well as some of the large mushrooms that people seem to enjoy on BBQs. In each case, this device makes the whole grilling process a lot easier, and in some ways a little quicker, because you are turning 4 lots of food over in one go rather than individually. Another good point with the grill is that you can easily fit it in to your dishwasher to give it a good clean, which is something that you often can't do with a complete BBQ grill.
Negative points? The only point I can mention is really to do with the way you BBQ food. For me, you often get a fair bit of moisture/grease in a burger when cooking, and often on an ordinary BBQ grill, I would gently press the burger on to the grill during the cooking to squeeze out this 'unwanted' fluid, leaving me with a better tasting burger that is not dripping. However, when cooking in this B&Q grill, you can't easily get access to the burgers in order to press them, because they are encapsulated in their little grill cells. So whilst on the one hand, the grill makes it easier to cook everything in one go, I often find myself opening the grill back up during the cooking so that I can press some of the fluid etc out of each burger. To me, a minor hindrance, but that's because of the way I cook things.
In summary, for a relatively cheap cost, this is a useful grilling device for the BBQ that can make the whole process somewhat simpler. The issue with gaining access in order to squeeze out the liquids may be an issue for some, but you need to balance that up with the versatility of this device in easily cooking a wide variety of food types in one go, and all at a very cheap price of £5. So overall, I would give this a 5 star recommendation.
Who can't flip burgers on the BBQ without dropping them through the grill bit??
Me, me, me!!!
Well not anymore!
I will be the first to admit that I am useless when it comes to BBQ's and I usually leave it to my hubby (he thinks he some master chef when it comes to BBQ's) but now and then I will have to take some action, say he's gone to the toilet etc.. and it will fall to me to keep an eye on the food cooking, whenever I try to turn a burger over I know, the kids know, it's just not gonna happen! It's going to fall through the little gaps and into the burning coals. That's life!
The year before last we were in B&Q after summer time and these burger grill things were on offer for about 20p each along with other BBQ cooking items.
My hubby grabbed two of each and when we got home he put them in a box in the back room out of the way and ready for the next time we had a BBQ.
So it was easily a good 9 - 10 months that we had a BBQ and when we did he got these things out.
The BBQ burger grill has two halves, which flip over to close and sort of traps the burgers inside, the handle had a plasticky coating so it doesn't get too hot.
You simply place each burger into the burger slot, it holds 4, close it up push the little ring over and place it on the BBQ.
Now you don't have to flip each burger individually as this little burger cage allows the four to be flipped at the same time, this makes BBQing a whole lot easier. The only downfall is that it does only hold four burgers so if there's a lot of people your going to be a while with these!
I found using them easy and although the 'cage' isn't really sturdy I had no problem and didn't loose any burgers! Yayy!
I washed it in the sink with hot soapy water and we used them a lot over the course of the summer, we still have them and will no doubt be using them again.
We had our first BBQ of the year the other day, and although we have a very nice Fire Mountain Pedastal Barbecue, we also invested in a few extra bits to go with it in a trip to B&Q. We got a Burger Grill, a disposable BBQ and a disposable BBQ stand (the latter two to be used together for the vegetarians who were coming!). This review is about the Burger Grill, but I'll review the other two pieces of equipment shortly too.
Our main reason for buying a burger grill is that last year when we were cooking with the barbecue, we found that it was fine if we were just cooking for us, or us and a couple of friends, but if you're trying to do food for a larger number of people, having everything laid straight on the grill tray of the barbecue can be a bit of a pain in the bum. With this item or in fact two of these because we bought a couple, we can now make life much easier for ourselves with the cooking process.
So, how does it work... Baiscally what this is, is a metal grid that you place the food (burgers kebabs etc.) on, with another grid that comes down over the top forming a sort of sandwich. Once the food is placed between these, you can move a whole bunch of burgers around together easily. It has a handle so you can still move it when hot, and it's dead simple to use.
The way we did it the other day, was to prepare the food in the kitchen, place it on these, and then carry them out to the barbecue this way. I was using them for burgers the first time round, and then later for pork steaks (washing them in between of course). With the burgers these are absolutely perfect. All the burgers are the same size and thickness, so they sit nicely side by side, and when you place the top part down over them and slide the little clip down the handle to hold the two parts together, they stay put very well even when flipped over. With the pork steaks I did have to move them around a little to make sure that the one slightly skinny one was in the middle because otherwise it wanted to slip out the side when the grid was turned over. To be fair this wasn't too much of a problem, but it does make you aware you have to be careful with your placing and I wouldn't want to put pork chops (bone in) on there as I think they might not stay in place as well on turning. However, I see no reason why steaks, fish or other soft items wouldn't work just as well and plan on trying these later in the season (when the rain stops again!).
In terms of making the barbecue run more smoothly it certainly worked. Being able to prepare a selection of burgers or other meat in the kitchen and bring them out en masse like that ready to just fire straight onto the barbecue saved time and meant more people were eating at the same time. It was also easier to turn the burgers this way as they didn't want to fall apart or anything because you weren't having to grip them when part cooked. We did learn that you do need to watch the handle on this a bit though as being just metal it does get a little warm, and I think if I buy any more of these in the future I may opt for ones with a wooden handle if I can.
Cleaning this is fairly simple as it's stainless steel, and although it does add to the amount you've got to wash up, it's no worse than cleaning any grill tray or griddle really so not a problem. For just under a fiver each I'm pretty pleased with this purchase and I see them getting a lot of use when we barbecue. I'm not sure if this is the normal price for these however as when I bought them, I was told they were 'old stock' so it's possible that the 'new stock' will be a slightly different design or price or something. - maybe they'll have added the wooden handle grips that they could do with!
~A handy BBQ Burger grill!~
I have a number of different types of these super little metal burger grills from various suppliers which are all based on a simple set of metal grids which have a small and slim metal handle attachment to them which in some cases have a further wood or plastic handle/ grip fitment to them. The one I bought from B&Q has been in use for 2 summers now and as long as it is cleaned after use and dried off well I see know reason why it won't continue to give a few more years loyal service even with regular use.
These simple hand held BBQ grills are a very useful addition to your BBQ equipment as they can be used in a number of ways to cook a variety of food items to perfection once you get the hang of using them. The grill that I purchased from B&Q was an end of summer sale item at the time and so I was lucky enough to be able to purchase it for half its usual selling price and whilst that did mean it sat relatively unused for some time, it was there when I wanted to begin BBQing once the weather turned.
By buying such items when the BBQ season has come to an end you really can make some excellent savings on many BBQ related items so I do tend to keep an eye out for good reductions when I can. I would even say that stocking up on some charcoal when it is reduced (as long as you have the storage space) means that should there be a slightly warmer day even when out of BBQ season you can if wanted light up your grill, bung on the chiminea or patio heater to keep you warm and toasty and enjoy an out of season BBQ treat.
~Ease of use~
The idea of having a few of these types of burger grills is that you can use them to place near enough any BBQ-able food item that you may want to cook, into the frame and be able to place it across your red hot coals to cook or brown it as needed. The style of these grills makes them easy to use although you do need to judge the amount of food items that you place into them carefully, as too much can mean the grill top won't close down as it should and too little means some or all of your BBQ food may slip out onto the charcoal when you turn the grill over to the other side.
All that you need to do in order to prepare your burger grill for use is to wash it with a light mix of washing up liquid and water, followed by a clean water rinse. Once I have done that I always cut a fresh lemon in half and run the cut side over the freshly rinsed metal grill face on both cooking sides as this makes a nice fresh and hygienic surface to place your food onto and stops any metallic taste being passed onto the food. I also clean any BBQ skewers in the same way as they can also end up passing on a metallic taste to your food if you forget to dry them off as soon as they have been washed and cleaned after use.
Once the grill is ready to use I like to place it onto a wooden chopping board then place the items that I want cooked onto one of the inner sides of the grill, carefully placing everything in so that it will remain in place once the top side of the grill has been closed down. To secure one side of the grill to the other to make a nice firm and reliable seal that will ensure your food items stay where you want them to be, all that is needed is a quick slipping over of the slim metal closure piece that comes set onto the arm of the grill.
Once the grill is safely closed down any herbs, spices, salt and pepper etc can be sprinkled on as needed. If cooking anything that may require a light olive oil and lemon dressing brushed on top such as when cooking fish like tuna or salmon steaks I find it best to apply the oil and lemon mix before the fish is placed onto the grill as too much oil can result in drops falling onto your hot BBQ coals, which will make flames that can contribute towards a burnt effect that is not what you are aiming for when using one of these grills.
When your food is cooked through and its time to take it out of the burger grill I find that using a clean fork to gently loosen any bits of meat or fish that have become stuck to the grill before opening it out will give the best results. By doing this on one side then turning the grill over to do the same on the other you will ensure that any cooked food comes away from the burger grill in one piece rather than in many pieces.
~What types of foods can I use this with?~
Since I bought this item I have used my BBQ grill with all manner of food items and found it can work very well once you get used to using it. I have used the grill with fish including salmon and tuna steaks as mentioned earlier as well as with whole trout, red mullet and sea bream and in all cases as long as I follow a simple routine of preparing the grill and using a lemon and olive brushing mix, followed by a light season everything has come out as it should with no problems at all.
I have found that steaks come out well when cooked very lightly to give them a nice lightly BBQd taste with attractive grill marks to the meat and there is no need to leave them until they are over done, as you can cook your steaks to perfection with one of these as long as you pay attention to the cooking times. Other meats such as lamb chops, or pork chops or even cheap cuts like belly pork (which can be marinated in a home made BBQ sauce using honey, ketchup, soy sauce , worcestershire sauce and a light sprinkle of paprika) can be placed into the grill and cooked with ease.
For anyone who likes large fresh picked mushrooms straight from the grill the this BBQ grill can be used to cook them with ease, as all they need it a light clean and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. I have found that when cooking mushrooms in this it is best to choose some that are a similar medium size, other wise they can fall out when the grill is turned over. I would also recommend that they should be as tightly packed onto the grill as they can be, so that they they stay where you want them and don't end up in the charcoal. when the grill is turned over. Other food items that can be cooked using this are asparagus marinated in an oil, lemon, salt and pepper mix and then lined up like soldiers next to each other so that they don't fall out. Any type of peppers no matter what colour can be grilled using this although you do need to slice them in half as they won't fit in when whole.
For anyone who loves greek style BBQs you really cannot do a BBQ without some wonderful salty tasting freshly grilled halloumi cheese and the best way that I have found to be able to use this grill to cook it is to open the halloumi along the middle section, where it is always folded across then place the entire thing onto the middle of the grill and close it down safely. This will stop any of the halloumi from falling out of the grill when it is turned over and works far better than slicing it prior to cooking. Once it is cooked you can easily cut the grilled halloumi into pieces as wanted with a sharp knife.
Finally any BBQ wouldn't be complete without some freshly heated pitta bread which is perfect for using to make a kebab with salad and meat from the BBQ. You can simply place between 4 to 6 pitta breads onto the grill then close the top down and secure it tightly then place the whole thing over the coals and let it cook on one side for a short while before turning it over once the pitta bread is lightly browned. You can of course use this grill to cook burgers and sausages on this grill if wanted and it should perform well enough. Although as I don't tend to cook those kinds of foods when BBQing I cannot say for certain how well this will work with those items.
~Price and rating~
I have found that this little burger grill has worked well when in use and it is easy to clean as long as you do so before any residue from the BBQ has hardened off if left in place for too long after cooking. The spacing of the grill sections on this item are well placed and allow a good variety of food items to be used and the closure piece that came attached fits down well enough to make a secure fastening when needed. The handle of this burger grill is not as good as some other grills I have had in use, so this is a light minus point. I prefer those which have wooden or plastic handles as they offer better grip once the metal parts of the grill have become hot when placed over the coals. Over all I feel that for a price of around £3.99 to £4.99 these types of grills are a good buy and as such my rating for this one is 4 stars.