I spent a month looking for this grill. Finally bumped into it during the closing down of Best Buy. I paid £52.00 for it from £64.00. I love it!
I bought a baby Foreman grill while at uni and was using it ever since 2002. Then this year I got bored of making only one bacon sandwich at a time when I moved in with my girlfriend. This new grill lets me comfortably cook 4 thick slices of bacon on one side while warming up 4 slices of bread on the grill on a lower heat setting. (I should also point out that when her mother came to stay I was able to use the baby Foreman grill as well, as it never ever ever let me down and still works today.) I'm not sure where they got those tiny bacon and sausages from that they show on the box! Realistically 4 bacons will get on the grill (from cold), and 4 slices of bread on the griddle.
I then started to expand my cooking on this new grill, from asparagus, fish, a full English; bacon, tomatos, mushrooms. My new favourite is a bacon and egg muffin. Thanks to the griddle its so easy to shape eggs so that they fit perfectly into a muffin. Even better than McD's!
This grill cooks food nicely and lets fat drip nicely, though it doesnt really fall onto the tray, it stays within the elevated grill bits. Its still a long way healthier than cooking in a pan in oil, really lets you taste the food instead of the oil/excess water. It also doesn't quite have the same weight and solid feel of the old baby Foreman, (the name smudged whilst cleaning it). It has been used frequently for the last 3 months and I am happy with it.
I've had this George Foreman griddle & grill for about a year, and go through phases of using it daily and then not bothering for a while. I think it depends whether you like fast food which just goes straight into the microwave or oven, or if you prefer to cook from scratch. This device makes it very easy to cook properly, which is good if you're trying to be healthy or lose weight. In this respect, you'll find you're frying a lot less food, and you can see the fat being drained into the little drainer pot they give you, which makes you feel better about what you're eating.
The grill is split into two sections, each having its own temperature control between 1 and 3. They both have red lights to indicate when they are on, which is useful because sometimes I've turned the wrong side on by mistake, or I've forgotten to turn a side off and the light has reminded me. I tend to cook most things on the number 2 setting, as it's midway so ensures the food is cooked without burning the outside.
The left hand side is the griddle which cooks meat, fish and sausages, and you can see the fat draining off the food. The other side is flat, and is for 'frying' vegetables, eggs and so on, but without having to use oil. We do our fried eggs this way as it's much healthier, although you do find if you don't use oil, it does make it harder to clean as it can stick to the surface.
The Foreman cooks a wide range of foods, and it comes with a leaflet which gives rough cooking times for different types of meat and vegetables. You will find you'll use this grill more often than most of your other kitchen 'gadgets' and it will reduce your oven use as it's so versatile. When my partner and I first moved into our house we didn't have a cooker for about 3 weeks (long story!) and we found we got by with the Foreman grill (and many takeaways of course!). We've cooked chicken, salmon, vegetables, eggs, sausages and bacon on this grill amongst other things, and it does reduce your cooking time a fair bit.
The only thing that puts me off using the Foreman sometimes is the cleaning aspect. It's not really difficult to clean, as long as you don't leave it too long so the food sticks on. I tend to just boil the kettle and pour it over the grill into the sink, then I gently use a scourer to get rid of any stubborn bits. There is a special scourer you can get which is supposed to be gentle on the surface, but I've not had a problem with scratching just using the normal scourers. I guess it's just a case of cleaning it each time whereas with the oven it only gets done once in a blue moon!
This device will be a welcome addition to your kitchen, and makes cooking from scratch easier, quicker and healthier. As long as you're willing to keep on top of cleaning it each time you use it, you shouldn't encounter any problems.
These were on offer at Tescos a few month ago, they were going for £50 the problem is that I had only gone in for some milk.
A few of my friends have the smaller George that just grills and it does a superb job in grilling chicken by retaining most of the flavour as opposed to doing it on a frying pan. This is supposed to be healthier for you too which is a great advantage. I bought this one because it also has a griddle, i can have meat going on the grill whilst cooking eggs and vegetables on the griddle.
The box had a picture of George Foreman on it which is enough to frighten anyone on the other hand the instructions were quite good and did contain quite a few suggested recipes. Style wise is looks OK, it may have been better if they used stainless steel for the body but then the price would have been higher. The grill/griddle use a non stick type coating which is supposed to make it easier to clean, but you have to really get in there and the cooking surfaces do not come apart so cleaning has to be done on the appliance itself.
Whats great is that you get temperature controls on both the griddle and the grill, these go from one to three, with three being the hottest. So you can be browning onions on the griddle slightly whilst having the grill on full whack for the meat. You do have to get used to cooking everything at an angle instead of flat, which takes a while to get used to but that is only because the oil needs to drain into the drip tray and this was probably the only way to do it. The advantage of the grill is that because it closes in on the meat, it cooks both sides evenly and any fat/oil will dribble out into the drip tray.
Overall, if they would spend more money on giving out better utensils with this grill or save money by not giving away that cheap plastic crap, i would have given it 5 stars. The grill / griddle itself cannot be faulted though. Once you've used one of these you don't know what you'd do without one. Every home should have one of these along with an oven. Yuo'd probably use the oven less overall.
This is the AMAZING! George Foreman Grill and Griddle! First of all, its big so you can cook lots of food! I thinks its '10 portions'. This is amazing if you like Full English Breakfasts like me. I absolutely love my food. This makes it all so easy and I can cook everything in one go. Also which makes this really appealing to me is that its heathly. Because it drains out all the fat... well maybe not all. It comes with a drip tray to catch that horrible fat and a spatula to help clean it out. This is a great addition to the kitchen.
Whats good about this grill and griddle is that makes cooking easier and a lot quicker. Also its healthier as Ive already explained. This is a great item because aswel as the grill, you can cook things on the griddle such as eggs and vegetables. I love everything about this item, its extremely helpful. Its not very heavy so you can store it away when your not using it and move it out about and stuff. The quality of the food that comes out is really tasty. It cooks really well.
Its a bit annoying to clean but I use the spatula to scrape off the fat, because you leave it to cool down before you clean it. I just use a cloth aswel to clean it as you cant exactly put it in the sink. There is a light on it that comes on when its ready to have food put on it. Ive not had it too long so the non stick is still good.
The price of this is also good, you can get this for around £50 which is well worth it.
I've been nearly buying a George Foreman for ages and originally wanted the smaller one but finally ended up winning this one on eBay and I haven't looked back since. The main cooking part of the grill is good size and is easily big enough for a family of 4 to cook a meal on and I often do a grill up on a Sunday which keeps the wife happy as she can see the amount of fat that's coming off everything dripping into the drip tray. The hot plate at the side is handy for cooking eggs tomatoes mushrooms etc on and also toasts the bread buns if you're doing burgers. We've even started to do pannies in the grill part and find that it works quite well and you don't end up with the burnt edges like on a standard oven grill. Both the hot plate and the grill have 3 heat settings so it's easy to control the temperate and cooks evenly, there is a light that indicates when its reach the desired level which then goes out although it doesn't give a temperature reading as such. A few moans that I would have about the product is the amount of space it takes up on the work top & we've found if we store it away in a cupboard we forget about it like with most kitchen gadgets but that could just be us. Its easy enough to clean and I haven't quite decided if it's best to clean it while it's still hot of leave to cool down. I have found that on ours some of the grease seems to run down one of the support legs which is slightly annoying as it misses the drip tray and goes on the work top which is extra cleaning but this could just be on our one. On a whole if you thinking of getting a George Foreman I'd recommend getting a big one like this if you have the room to keep it out on the work top all year round.
I've owned this grill now for 7 years. I originally purchased it from Makro for £30 although I have regularly seen this priced around £50. If you can get one for close to £30 then I highly recomend you do. I have used this extensively over the years and its very quick and easy.
I not sure why I enjoy cooking with it so much, I guess its like 'MAN COOKING' like a BAR B Q indoors!
Basically there are two parts to this machine there is the grill part where you cook your meat and the hot plate where you can do eegs, mushrooms, hashbrowns, peppers, chillis anything you can think of. Both the grill and the hot plat have independent heat settings so you can have the grill on high setting 3 doing your steaks and the hotplate with your onions ticking over on a low heat (setting 1).
This is actaully a very easy way to cook and cooking times are greatly reduced. Unlike a normal gril this cooks the meat on both sides at the same time which not only reduces the cooking time, but also cooks it evenly.
The machine comes with plastic utensils for manovering and flipping your food and also a drip try. Which brings me onto the next big benefit of cooking using a George Foreman Grill, the grill part is angled so the fat from the meat runs away and caught in the drip try meaning that your food is healthier as its not covered in grease oil and fat.
The machine is quite builking and does take up quite a bit of work top space. There are smaller versions available without the hot plate, but to me this is one of the best bits and I'm happy to sacrific a bit of space for such flexible cooking.
As with any products of this type they are a bit of a pain to clean, I recomend doing this whlie it is luke warm and girve it a wipe. The girll and the hot plate are both none stick so this does make things a little easier.
In our house this machine gets the most use on a sunday morning for doing a fry up. so retire your frying pan and use the lean mean grill instead, tastes great and better for you too!
Thank your for reading my review.......happy grilling
I purchased the George Foreman 11761 Grill & Griddle about three months ago. I'd diligently saved up my Dooyoo points and ordered this item via Amazon. I was really looking forward to receiving it because I'd heard great things about the lean, mean grilling machine...
I'd decided to buy a grill and griddle combo mainly so that I could cook a full a fry up on the machine. At the time I paid £65.00 - which I thought was pretty reasonable, but this is currently on offer on Amazon for £50.94 - so you can pick it up for even cheaper.
When the George Forman arrived I was amazed by its size - it's massive. I know that a lot of people buy George Foremans to take camping, but in my option this particular model is far heavy and bulky for that. It is almost the same width as my kitchen worktop!
The grill and griddle also came with an instruction booklet and we received a selection of speciality cooking utensils to use with the grill. The instructions are fairly simple because the Foreman is very easy to use.
You can cook quite a lot of meat on the grill and the griddle because of it's size. You do need to watch your food though, because if you overcook your meat then I find that it becomes very tough and dry.
You'll find that a lot of fat drips off your food- it also makes me feel ill when I think about it because in other circumstances that fat would probably end up in my body (yuck).
Although I like the way it cooks, the main thing that lets this product down is that it's a pain in the bum to clean. The grill plates don't come off the Foreman, the product is really bulky and because I can't detach anything I find it hard to get the utensil thoroughly clean. I can't put it in the washing up bowel - I just have to scrub everything separately. Also, removing the congealed fat from the drip tray is a really grim job...
Overall I'd say that I'm quite disappointed with the George Foreman grill and griddle... I thought it would be a quick and easy way to cook healthy food, but instead I've found that it consumes a lot of time, and nine times out of ten it's easier to use the conventional grill on the cooker.
I do like the George Foreman concept, but personally I think this particular model is too big, it's too bulky and it's too difficult to clean. I can only award it a disappointing two stars.
For those who are looking for an extremely quick and healthy way of cooking a variety of items I would recommend the Grill and Griddle in a heartbeat:
The double grill allows for the meat to be cooked from both sides at once cutting cooking times by almost half whilst the griddle allows for vegetables/eggs and other "frying" items to be cooked at the same time. The drip tray allows for excess fats/oils to be drained allowing for a healthier meal time.
The George Foreman is easy and quick to start up, needing only to be plugged in and switched on it is ready for use in a matter of minutes. Once you are finished it is also very simple to put away, needing only to be wiped down with warm water and stored away.
For myself it has offered a great alternative to messing around with ovens/griddle pans and saucepans and has made meal times much quicker and enjoyable especially when you are in a hurry.
Great for cooking a wide variety of foods I would recommend this to be a kitchen staple.
Go out and buy it. fantastic product. I leave it out on the kitchen worktop and use it everyday - great for frying eggs on, cooking bacon,sausages, nice and easy. Only pain is cleaning it all as plates are not removeable. Recommend this product 100%
Beats messing about with a gas or charcoal bbq when camping, providing theres electric hook up of course. Heats up really quick
I have cooked breakfast on it, saves grill saucepan, and frying pan.
I`ve done chicken, steak, mushrooms onion.
I found if you clean it with a kitchen towel straight away cleanings easier and i always use one cal, after i used this once i went back and bought another two for family and friends.
it was that big we could fit enough on at once for a family of four bbq. Also like the fact its like a hot plate keeping things warm while other things cook.
It has two different temperature knobs one for the covered side and one for the hot plate.
Its so versitile and lovely to cook breakfast outside with the family in the summer save sweltering in your motorhome/caravan.
Pity it hasnt got a carrier bag
George Foreman's going to mess you up....Grill & Griddle Style! / Short name: George Foreman 11761