“ Brand: George Foreman / Type: Sandwich Maker / Variable Heat: Without Variable Heat „
The George Foreman grills were launched in 1996, by George Foreman a former heavyweight boxer, it was marketed as a healthier and quicker way to cook.
A George Foreman was on my wish list for a long time but I didn't want to own yet another kitchen gadget that wouldn't be used, I have a cupboard full of gadgets that hardly see the light of the day. I brought this one when I saw it on offer at a price I couldn't refuse. It is now an older version but this model can still be found on ebay and amazon for around £30.
It is described as a 3 Portion compact grill, I agree it is compact it fits nicely on my kitchen worktop, the dimensions are approx 33cm x 24cm. However I certainly would not want to cook for 3 people using it, I would say it is the right size for 2 people with average size appetites, it you have someone in your household that likes large portions I would recommend purchasing a larger grill.
I needn't have worried about this not being used and staying in the cupboard, it is never put away and gets used daily. I wish I had purchased one earlier and if it broke tomorrow it would get replaced. I use it most days for toasted sandwiches, I don't own a toasted sandwich maker as I am not over keen on the way they make the edges of the bread hard, the george foreman does not do this, you get a perfect sandwich every time. I also put all meat in it that I would have previously cooked under the grill, pork chops, sausages, burgers etc. I have cooked steak on it and it turns out well. It has a hinged lid so can easily cope with food that is up to about 1" thick. The cooking time is a lot quicker than using the grill and if you are like me and have a gas cooker, a lot safer as well, my gas grill has caught fire before with spitting fat from sausages.
It takes a few tries to get used to the way it works as it cooks from top and bottom you need to keep checking the food to see if it is done but you soon get a feel for the time needed, its does cook a lot quicker than using the grill. I would recommend purchasing some silicone tongs to use with the grill as you do not want to be using metal utensils as they will damage the plates.
The cooking plates are grooved, very handy to stop sausages from rolling off. This also gives a nice finish to the food, toasted sandwiches come out with brown lines along them like you would get in a restaurant. The only downside to the grooves is I have not attempted to cook fish fingers or nuggets in it as they would probably break up with the weight of the top plate pressing on them, this is not a problem as I just put them under the normal grill as no risk of fire cooking them. I have tried cooking vegetables on it but personally I don't like them done with the George. Maybe because they are too healthy, I prefer mine roasted in the oven with oil.
The fat from the food is collected in a little tray that sits under the grill. I like the fact that you can see the fat drain out as you know it is not going into your body, but it does not look pleasant and I can image not everyone would want to see this. The grill does have a light on the top that goes out once it is at temperature, I normally just ignore this and put the food straight in, the exception being when I do a steak as that needs to be cooked quickly.
Cleaning of the grill is very easy, it does come with a cleaning utensil that will get into all the groves but I have never found the need to use this. I just wipe it with a damp piece of kitchen paper whilst it is hot, if I forget I just switch it on again to warm it up a bit before cleaning. I believe you can now get versions that come with a removable plate for cleaning, I don't have any personal experience of these but know they are more expensive and I would certainly not pay extra for that as I find it so easy to clean.
A great grill in a compact size that looks good enough to sit on the kitchen worktop permanently.
I have given this 4 stars, it would have got 5 for performance but I have dropped a star as it is marketed for 3 people and personally I don't think it is large enough to cook for 3.
I decided to get this grill because I had £30 credit on a catalogue account that was close to expiring. This meant that I had to pay very little in cash and got a useful kitchen appliance. I'd been thinking about buying a George Foreman grill for some time as the fat drain-away option appealed to me as a healthier cooking option.
What It Does
This grill is designed to cook meat fish and vegetables quickly and evenly including thicker items such as steak and sausages thanks to the floating hinges. Whilst predominantly a grill it can also be used as a Panini press and sandwich maker.
The sloping grill plates allow any excess fat to run-off into the separate drip tray meaning food is healthier and non-greasy.
Cleaning is easy as the included spatula can be used to scrape away any cooked-on food without damaging the non-stick plates. Some kitchen towel dampened in soapy water takes care of the rest and the drip tray can be hand washed or placed in the dishwasher.
Construction Material: Metal
Hinges: Floating for larger items
Plates: 1 top, 1 bottom, non-removable
Grilling Surface: Medium, large enough for 2 large chicken breasts or 3 medium.
Fat Drainage: Yes, sloping plates
Drip Tray: Yes, separate
Indicator Light: Yes
Manual: Yes, with included recipes
Height - 12.7 cm
Width - 31.7 cm
Depth - 24.5 cm
Weight - 1.5 Kg boxed
Price varies from store to store. I've seen it available online and instore for between £32 - £50.
I frequently use this grill for cooking bacon as both my Boyfriend and I love it but I'm wary of how fatty it can be. The results are great and it's cooked very quickly and very crisp and we feel less guilty eating it! Sausages, steaks, fish and vegetables also cook very well and it can be quite shocking to see how much fat these products have in them. Then again it's a relief to know you won't be consuming it!
It took me a few uses to get used to the cooking times as it's a lot faster than conventional methods. Sausages that take 25 minutes in the oven only take about 8 in this grill! If cooking a really nice steak I would recommend you do a test slice first to get it just right.
It's not the larger sized family/entertaining version but it's just right for me. It only takes up a small section of worktop and easily accommodates enough for two people, more if what you are grilling is only part of a dish. It also looks rather nice in black and silver which as good quality as the machine actually is. It is a bit weighty at just over a kilogram but then all counter top grills weigh at least this much.
The only problem I've had regarding cooking is with home made burgers. They are less 'stuck together' than store bought ones by nature as I don't add binders other than a little whisked egg and flour. This means that when the grill is closed the weight of the top plate squashes them out and causes them to break apart. In fact, the recipes included at the back of the manual for burgers don't include any form of binder at all so they completely come apart.
I've had a little more success with store bought burgers but I'm not keen on the additives they contain.
Cleaning is pretty quick and easy so long as you drain the drip tray quickly after using. If not, the fat can solidify and it's not the most pleasant of jobs to clean it out. Cleaning the grill itself is simple enough, the included spatula has grooves in it and is made from flexible plastic so you can scrape it down the grill plate without scratching the non-stick surface. Any left-over residue can be cleaned up with a damp cloth.
~~~ A Few Cleaning Tips ~~~
Drain the drip tray immediately after cooking to avoid solidified fat. If this happens add a drop of washing-up liquid and fill (carefully) with very hot water. Leave for a few minutes and it should come away.
Fold two sheets of kitchen towel together and dip in hot, soapy water. Place this between the grill plates and close then just leave for a few minutes and wipe clean. This makes it so much easier!
Lastly don't forget to clean under the front lip of the lower grill. I didn't do this the first time and discovered a greasy residue upon second use.
Yes, I would recommend this grill to anyone wanting to enjoy meals without the extra fat. The system works well and it cuts cooking time significantly.
Some of the greatest inventions are the simplest. The knife is simply sharp and pointy. That is the beauty of it. The dining fork has simply three prongs - not four, which would be unwieldy; not two, or all your peas would fall through the gap. And the greatest of all inventions - the wheel - is simply a round thing.
So it was that the George Foreman Grill became one of the most wonderful innovations of the late twentieth century. When someone asks, "What's so great about it?" and you answer, "It isn't flat," it might seem a fairly tame reason. In fact, it sounds like a defect. But like the roundness of the wheel, the George Foreman's sloping hotplates are what make all the difference: the fat runs away from grilling meat and collects in a drip tray. Genius! Not only are you being healthier, but you can see just how healthy you are being. You can pick up the drip tray and feel the weight of all that fat that you haven't put into your body. The sense of virtuousness is almost as tasty as the food you have cooked.
The other day I was amazed and delighted to see that one of the smallest of the Foreman range, the 13586, is still on the market. It must be about ten years since I bought mine and I have found it terrifically useful. The fact that it is still going strong is a testament to its sound manufacture.
FEATURES OF THE 13586
When I saw this on Amazon recently, I was surprised to see it described as a sandwich maker. It's true that it can perform that function well, and it's good to boast that you've been four rounds with George Foreman (two on the bottom and two on the top as long as it's a small loaf), but first and foremost it is a compact healthy grilling machine.
At height 12.7 CM , width 31.7 CM and depth 24.5 CM it won't cook the family meal in one go, but you can cook a couple of burgers, several rashers of bacon, a couple of portions of chicken or a decent steak. You can also cook fish and vegetables.
Another cunning design feature of the 13586 is the floating hinges, which mean that the lid adjusts itself to the thickness of the food you are cooking, whether some thin rashers of streaky bacon, or a chunky rump steak.
There is a pre-heating light which goes out when the grill is ready and the warm-up time is short. The fact that you are grilling your food on both sides at the same time also means that cooking time is shorter. The food comes out less fatty, evenly cooked and tasty. Two drip trays and a plastic spatula are provided.
If you don't want, don't need, or cannot accommodate yet another large appliance in your kitchen, this compact little fellow could be just the job.
WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE?
Well to be honest, although I am a huge fan of this piece of equipment, my enthusiasm does need to be qualified. It is a very good buy if the price is right and you never want to cook lots at the same time, but some people might feel that it has drawbacks.
So, first of all, it is small. Like I say, it will take two chicken breasts or two burgers or the equivalent. That's fine, if that's all you'll want at one go.
There's no temperature control, so this isn't something for fine adjustments. I found that fairly quickly I was able to judge how long each type of food needed - and anyway, I only had to lift the lid to look at it. However, this might be a downside for some people. A really good piece of steak, for instance, needs to be cooked quickly, while something tougher might need longer on a lower setting.
Unlike other Foreman grills, the 13586 doesn't have removable hotplates, which makes cleaning them trickier. Obviously you cannot immerse the whole unit, so you have to stand it near to the sink, while wiping it down with a damp/wet cloth. It's fiddly, but manageable and I don't find that it puts me off using it. Placing a wet cloth, or kitchen towel between the plates (once they've cooled a little) is one approach to soaking that you might use which can help prevent stuff becoming hardened on. To be honest I usually forget to do that - I'm too busy scoffing.
It comes down to value. There's no doubt that this is a very useful and effective machine that really does help you to cook leaner meat quickly and tastily. At £15 ten years ago, I think it was a bargain. Price Lover, online, is offering it currently for £24.98. I'd say that was still a bargain. Amazon's £38.99 is getting a little steep, while Tesco's £47.99 is too much
I'm giving it four stars, because at the right price this is a great aid to someone on their own or to a couple, perhaps. It's sturdy, well-made and looks good. Even if it doesn't knock you out, I think it's a winner on points.
If this one ever fails me, I'm up for a re-match!
This kitchen appliance packs everything you want from a George Foreman into a compact grill which is perfectly sized for anything from panini's to chicken breasts.
Like it's larger cousins, this grill is designed to cook food in a healthy, fat free way whilst still holding all the flavour and tastiness inside. It cooks food evenly and heats up relatively quickly, although don't expect it to be hot straight away as it takes a little time for the grill to warm up. When the lid is closed on the food, the food isn't squashed down like in many other grills as the lid is light and simply rests on top, resulting in a far better product and allowing for thicker items to be cooked in the same way- so it doesn't matter how full your toastie is, it will fit snuggly in this grill. Another bonus is the compact size of the grill, allowing it to be easily moved around or stowed away in the corner of the kitchen without taking up valuable counter space.
The only real disadvantage is that the power lead is short and therefore the grill has to be placed near a power socket, but this is a minor annoyance.
Overall this is a great gadget to have in the kitchen, especially suited to people looking for a healthier cooking alternative.
I bought this little grill for my dads birthday a few months back as the sandwich toaster had recently broken and thought this would work as both a sandwich maker and a grill, which it does quite well.
The grill is much smaller than some of the others on produced by George Foreman but has been fine for me as i only really cook for myself. The grill can easily fit 2 average sized sandwiches or a fair few strips of bacon meaning you can generally fit enough for an entire meal in one sitting. Their is a few annoying things about the grill though, the first is the amount of time it takes to heat up, although still only a few minutes i did expect faster from a fairly new technology however you can put it in prematurely and it just starts the cooking a bit faster and takes a little longer to heat up. Also the power cord is very short meaning it is often difficult finding a spot to locate it as it has to be very close to the socket, due to the difficult to access spots in our kitchen i find this very irritating. Another thing is the lid doesn't seem to crush the contents very well which would be preferred for things such as sandwiches meaning you have to push it down a bit to get a better effect. The final problem i have found with this grill is the heat distribution, within about 30 seconds of turning it on you can see the condensation droplets on the back and to even touch it for a few moments you are going to fry your fingers, obviously it's not too bad but it still hurts a lot, especially if you're not anticipating it. Back to the actual performance though, the grill is pretty fast at cooking and you can cook things in only a few minutes making it great for quick meals if you're in a rush. It also comes with a drip tray to prevent things like cheeses, fat, grease, butter from running out when it melts while you're cooking
In conclusion this is a great choice of product, although it does have it's fair few annoyances i wouldn't want to go back to not having one, it really is something i use almost everyday and would certainly miss if it wasn't their. I think everyone should have at least some form of quick grill like this.
Short name: George Foreman 13586