“ Brand: Revolution / Type: Barbecue Burger Grilling Accessory / Type: Grill „
WHAT IS IT?
A utensil for holding beef burgers or meat on the BBQ. It comprises of two wire racks that are joined together, they open and close to keep your meat trapped between the racks. The handle makes taking the food out of the BBQ easier than when it is lying on the BBQ grill.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Pull the sliding ring down the handle to open up the two racks. Place your meat or burgers inside and close it up again. You can either hold the handle to keep the rack over the BBQ or arrange it so that the rack lies on the BBQ rack.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
It makes cooking my homemade beef burgers a lot easier because they crumble a bit so it was good to be able to turn them without them falling apart. You have to make sure you are cooking even sized pieces of meat or the racks won't close together properly and the thinnest thing might fall out. It's big enough to hold 4 beef burgers but if you eat quarter pounder burgers you will only get two in. I like cooking butterflied chicken breasts using this grill, you can only cook two at a time but they cook quickly and don't break in half when I turn them.
The handle gets very hot and mine has started to melt from when I didn't pull it away from the BBQ heat enough, I think a wooden handle would have been better than the plastic they have used. It's fiddly to wash because meat and fat sticks to the metal, you can wash it in the dishwasher but that didn't remove all of the food so I had to wash it up again and use the dish scrubber on it.
It doesn't feel very strong and if you use very thick pieces of meat it feels like it's going to bend or break.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
My husband is a big BBQ fanatic, we just need a hint of sun and he is firing up the BBQ to cook the dinner on. He was brought up in South Africa where BBQing is commonplace so I guess that this is why.
Last year I bought him some decent BBQing tools, and this Revolution Burger Grill was one of the many items that I bought. He initially thought that he wouldn't use this burger grill, and he thought that it was a bit too gimmicky. How wrong he turned out to be!
This is primarily designed to hold burgers, but you can put anything you like in there that will fit; sausages, chicken breasts etc. The main reason that I bought buy this was to cook burgers though, I make my own burgers for a BBQ and so they are never as 'firm' as pre-bought burgers. No matter how careful he was at turning the burgers inevitably the odd one or two would fall apart, or get a bit mushed up, or stick to the grill, or have bits fall off of it etc. I figured that this would keep all of the burgers in one piece and make it easier to cook and turn them.
I was right it's fantastic, just pop all of the burgers inside the tray, close the other side of the tray, 'the lid' I guess, close the little fastening catch and then it's good to go. Just place the rack on the BBQ and then turn the whole rack when you want to turn the burgers and cook the other side. The burgers stay in one piece and don't stick to the grill, they are always cooked perfectly using this burger grill.
The burger grill has a long soft grip handle, which providing you keep the handle away from the hot coals on the BBQ does stay cool enough to handle and touch. The handle does have a hanging hole for easy storage, we just hang it from the hooks on the side of our BBQ when not in use.
The burger grill is dishwasher safe, I always put ours in the dishwasher after each use, I have to say though that it doesn't always come up perfectly clean, depending on how dirty it was. Sometimes it does need another go around in the dishwasher to come up completely clean.
I would absolutely reccomend this burger grill to anyone, we bought ours from a local garden centre, and I think that it was around £12.00. Ours has had lots of use, well as much use as a British summer will allow!, and it will certainly continue to get lots more use. An absolutely brilliant buy.
When you spend money on a decent BBQ it is worth investing in a decent set of BBQ tools. A good pair of tongs and a burger grill is a necessity. It makes cooking so much easier especially with items such as burgers or sausages as it means you can turn them with ease rather than having to risk them splitting with tongs or dropping them. I find that some grill racks on bbqs are quite thick and thin bits of meat disappear in the coals rather than stay on the bbq. Unfortunately the rescue attempts are usually to no avail and the meat is too ruined. The bbq grill is also really good for kebabs as it keeps the meat altogether, often with kebabs the meat spins round so it is hard to turn them over. It really makes cooking on a bbq much easier and more pleasurable.
==Price and availability==
The BBQ grill costs £10.99 and it is sold online or in garden centres. It can be bought in a set with the fish grill and a set of three bbq tools.
The grill is a crome finished wire rack that encloses around the meat and allows you to cage it in order to make turning the food easier. The grill has a long handle so that it does not get hot and has a handle that is easy to hold and covered in a soft grip plastic. The cage is hinged and fastens up around the meat with a ring fastener at the end. The grill can hold three to four average sized burgers, or you can use it to hold steak or chops.
The grill gets filthy with sausages and burgers and gets covered in grease and fat that dries leaving a nasty dark residue. You can pop the grill in the dishwasher but you will have to scrub most of the debris off first.
It is really easy to cook with this as the speed of flipping this machine rather than each individual burger makes it much easier to control the cooking speed. If you want to remove the burgers, it is easier to pull the grill off rather than each burger so there is less chance of them burning, although I do love a good charcoal burger! The grill is designed so that with the bBQ tongs or fork you can flip the cage open so there is no risk of getting burnt fingers as the cage does get hot.
You can hang your grill up using the handy hole in the handle, but we just keep ours with the BBQ.
This is a good piece of kit for the summer and it really makes things easier. When you have friends round it is hard trying to entertain and cook at the same time. Items such as this really take some of the pressure off cooking.
I enjoy a good BBQ and the minute the sun pops out from behind the clouds I either dust off our large outdoor model or grab a couple of those handy disposable barbecues (I have just reviewed one of the many brands I've tried). This very clever device is such a time saver when it comes to cooking on a large BBQ. We bought this in our local, small, family run DIY store for £8.99. The whole idea behind this gadget is very simple. It consists of two large, sturdy, mesh like grill plates. These two plates are connected to a long handle and have a hinge in the middle meaning the burger grill can open like a large metal mouth and you can rest your uncooked food on to the bottom grate and the close it down locking it shut with a simple to use wire latch.
Then the whole idea is you can now place this down on to the BBQ and let the food begin to cook, then instead of having to individually flip each item of food you just lift the BBQ Burger Grill and flip it over to the other side. The latch does a good job at containing the food within the mesh like grate, but if it is loosely packed with a minuscule portion the latch can be a bit loose and some food may slip out the sides as you try and flip it. I have found that the more food the better when it cones to this cooking tool as it makes the upper and lower try separate and tighten the latch. Even though it is called a burger grill you will not be arrested if you put other food into it. We have used this for all kinds of yummies chicken breasts, sausages, pork chops, stakes, we have even cooked screwed kebabs in it (super lazy of me I know, but why not?)
The handle on this is nice and long so you are not too near the heat of the BBQ when you are flipping the tray. The end of the handle is easy to hold as it is shaped especially for a good secure grip. This is important because depending on the food you fill it with, it can be quite heavy to flip. There is also a handy little hole in the handle for hanging it up once you are finished using it but we use our BBQ so little that this just gets put away with all the skewers, spatulas, smokers and everything else BBQ related until the next sunny day or until the following year if it's the end of summer.
Cleaning this burger grill is easy enough, I just give it a good wash in warm soapy water but it is very important to make sure that it is dried well after washing. The reason for this is my brother bought one the same day as we did and his has rusted up like an old gate. This can be easily avoided by keeping it indoors and as I said making sure that it is dried off properly. I find this needs to be washed before use as well because the one time we didn't do this there was a strange taste off the food, a metallic taste. The materials used don't seem to age well and I stopped using this after that unsettling residue was left on our food. My neighbour was the one who suggested washing it before and after use and said it was nothing to worry about but I still didn't like the idea that the materials could affect the taste of the food cooked within it so that was enough for me.
The idea behind this devise is great and it's super easy to use but I just wish it was less prone to tarnishing and rusting so for that reason I unfortunately can not fully recommend it.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night
~Beef up your summer BBQs~
There is nothing like a warm summers day to make you think about lighting up the BBQ to cook a freshly grilled meal for the family. Sadly the art of BBQing is something that is not practiced to perfection here in the UK, yet with a little thought, the right BBQ tools and some fresh ingredients it is as easy as pie to cook up a tasty summer meal with the minimum of effort. I have a number of so called burger grills that I like to use to expand the variety of food items I am able to cook when BBQing and this Revolution BBQ Burger Grill has been something I have been able to cook with to good effect. When wanting to review this item it wasn't listed here so a product suggestion was made in order to allow me to share my thoughts about it, as even though it may seem a long way away, BBQ season will soon be here and this may be something of interest.
~Join the Revolution!~
The Revolution BBQ Burger Grill is made from silver chrome finished metal that has been formed into a grill structure that has a hinged middle section. The hinged part of the grill allows the two sides of the grill to be opened and closed when required which makes it easy to place the food items you want to cook onto the cooking frame. The handle in the case of this particular grill is rather good as it formed into an ergonomically designed shape that is comfortable to handle when using the grill, making lifting it once filled with food during cooking easier than when using a grill that has a simple metal handle with a thin rubber coating to it.
I prefer the wooden or plastic handles such as the one this grill has, as they really do make handling the grill so much easier to do. The end of the handle on the Revolution grill has a small hole in the end that is there to allow you to hang up the grill after use should you want to, which is in theory a very useful thing to have although I tend to place all my BBQ cooking grills, skewers, tools etc in one cupboard all together so that nothing gets misplaced. As such I have not used the built in hanging hole and cannot vouch for how well it would work although looking at the way the handle etc is attached to the main body of the grill, I see no reason why it would not perform well if used.
The wire grill racks that make up the two sides of the grill are well formed with them having a nice shape that is slightly higher in the middle and dipped at the edges. This makes for less chance of any food slipping out from the outer edges of the grill when it is being used and turned once over the hot BBQ coals, although if you under fill the grill racks no matter how much you try to avoid food slipping out when turning from one cooking side to the other there will be some casualties. The closure that ensures the two parts of the grill are kept securely in place when using the grill is formed from a slim piece of metal wire that has been made into a closed ring that slips across one side of the handle permanently and can be moved back and forth across the other side when wanting to open or close the grill to use it.
~Taking care of the BBQ grill~
This simply made burger grill is made from durable materials that are easy to care for by following a few simple steps that will ensure the grill is kept in good working condition for a number of years. There are certain things that these types of grills don't like, such as being left out in the garden during heavy rain or wet weather after use, as you will find that the metal parts especially around the corners or parts that are welded on to each other can be rather prone to rusting and water damage. I also find that as with any similar BBQ grill that is made from a silver finished metal any cleaning is best done when the grill is still slightly warm after use, as any meat or food residues that have been baked onto the cooking surfaces of the grill are much easier to clean off at this time.
My top tip for using this BBQ burger grill has to be based around the cleaning and maintenance of it as it is very important to ensure that the faces of the grill that come into contact with your food are clean and rust free. If you wash this grill and forget to dry it it will oxidize and rust over time and become dangerous to use, although this can be avoided with a few simple cleaning techniques. I find that once I have washed the grill in warm soapy water it just needs a light rinse in clean water and a light but thorough dry with a clean tea towel. When wanting to use the grill I always make sure to wash it again, dry it and use one side of a freshly cut lemon to run along all parts of the grill that may come into contact with my food.
The reason for using a cut lemon in this way is that not only does it ensure your grill is squeaky clean it actually helps to remove that nasty slightly metallic coating that can build up on these types of BBQ grills. I find if I use one of these grills without having done this there is a strong chance that my nicely cooked BBQ food will end up with a nasty metallic taste to it that is very unappealing. Whenever I prepare this grill in the way described it gives fresh tasting BBQ food with no metallic taste to it so I feel that an extra 30 seconds cleaning and preparation time along with the cost of a cut lemon is more than worth it.
~What can I cook on this?~
As this grill is a nice size with a long handle and a decent height between the grill sides you can cook all kinds of meats and other food items with ease. Things like lamb or pork chops can be placed into the grill as long as they are placed close together with them filling the cooking space and not over hanging the edges once the grill has been closed up. Any form of steak style cut of meat can be cooked using this such as a sirloin, rump or fillet steak and all that is needed is a little seasoning and a light cooking time to produce freshly BBQ steaks. Chicken pieces either with or without bones can be cooked on this grill, although as chicken skin is quite fatty you will need to turn the grill from time to time in order to avoid the meat being set on fire from the dripping fat as it hits the hot BBQ coals. If cooking skinless chicken pieces this won't be a problem and cooking times will be reduced if there are no bones in the meat.
If you don't have a fish or sausage grill and want to cook those types of foods, you can use this grill to do so and the results should be good. With sausages make sure to line them up close to each other as this helps to avoid one slipping out onto the hot coals when turning the grill over to cook the other side. If cooking fish use a light lemon and olive oil brush on mix to reduce the chance of the fish sticking to the grill once cooked although you will need to use only a small amount of oil in the mix as too much oil will cause it to drip onto the coals causing flames that will burn the fish. Other food items such as fresh mushrooms, peppers, and even asparagus brushed with oil, lemon and dusted with sea salt can be cooked with ease on the grill.
If you are cooking burgers and want to toast your burger rolls you can place them on top of the grill whilst finishing off the burgers and the rolls will get a lightly toasted effect. Halloumi cheese can be placed on the grill to cook if wanted and I find the best way to cook it is to open up the cheese were it folds in the centre and place the whole thing onto the grill to brown. This works better than slicing the halloumi into thin slices as these will either fall out when turning the grill or ooze out of the mesh if the halloumi is too fresh, so cooking it all in one is the best option as it can be cut after cooking into bite sized pieces. Pitta bread can also be placed onto this grill and then lightly toasted to give a tasty BBQ effect and you can easily cook 6 pittas breads at a time if you over lap them slightly.
~Price and rating~
As I have had my burger grill in use for a season my feeling is that is should last at least a year or two with the right care and attention and as such I feel it was a good buy when I bought it for £4.99. The best time to buy this type of item is off season when prices dip slightly as you can very often pick up BBQ items for up to half their usual selling price. Having checked prices for this item online recently I can see that these range from £7 to £9.99 which seems a little high although this grill may be sold more cheaply in larger stores rather than buying online. The grill comes with a 1 year guarantee from new, although I cannot say how much that covers now as I no longer have the product label that was on the grill handle and I have had no cause to think about using that. My rating for this grill is based on the successes I have had when using it and as such taking everything into account I want to give it 4 stars.