Product Type: B&Q Foreman Grill
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B&Q BBQ Burger Grill
Member Name: Randal
B&Q BBQ Burger Grill
Advantages: Simple to use and versatile.
Disadvantages: Gaining access during cooking may be an issue.
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.
Summary: For only £5, this is a useful addition to your BBQing arsenal.
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