Product Type: B&Q Foreman Grill
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B&Q BBQ Burger Grill
Member Name: Vialdana
B&Q BBQ Burger Grill
Advantages: allows you to keep several burgers together for moving and turning,
Disadvantages: handle can get a bit warm when its been on the barbecue for a while.
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!
Summary: A useful addition to our barbecue equipment.
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