One of the most used appliances in my kitchen is my George Foreman Grill. The angled grill channels fat and grease away from the food and unlike a conventional grill the plates apply gentle pressure to squeeze out a little extra fat making it the healthier option. As you are cooking from both sides the cooking process is also considerably quicker and cleaning takes just a few minutes. They can also be used as a panini press or sandwich toaster and are easy to store so are great machines even for a smaller kitchen.
There are now a number of manufacturers out there and although the basic idea is still the same the health grills are now programmable, have adjustable temperature control, additional plates and some even have and attached griddles. With so many options available it can be difficult a choice so we have done the research for you.
Firstly the original health grill. Launched in 1996 the George Foreman Grill has gone on to sell a 100 million grills worldwide. The grill is offered in various sizes for cooking individual or multiple servings and now has added features such as removable plates and various control interfaces.
The George Foreman Grills start a 2 portion grill but this is tiny so unless you really are struggling with space I wouldn’t go below the 4 person. This family grill is a much better size at 24 x 29.5 x 14.8 cm and at fromis within anyone’s budget.
Although this is the basic model and not a lot different to the early models it is still one of the best selling. It has the feature you need with the tilted non-stick bottom plate and floating hinge top plate to accommodate different types of foods regardless of thickness. The pressure of the 2 plates gently squeezes the fat out of the food and channels it away from the food into a separate removable drip tray.
This is a flexible multi-function grill that can cook meat, fish and vegetables in half the time of a conventional grill due to grilling from both the bottom and top simultaneously. Don’t forget it is also a quick and easy way to cook at panini or grilled sandwich.
If you are looking for a something with more than the basic features the is a good option. Also cooks up to four portions with a 432 cm2 grilling surface but has the added feature of elevated grilling with an articulated hinge, for cheese on toast, garlic bread, tuna melts etc. It has a brushed stainless steel top cover with metal handle and digital timer.
There is no need to add oil to the George Foreman grill the plates are non-stick, allowing for the reduction of additional oil or fat. The grill plates on this George Foreman are easy to wipe clean but are designed to be removable so can be cleaned in the dishwasher or the sink. The adjustable rear foot folds flat for compact vertical storage. This can be a space saving feature for those unable to keep it out on the work tops.
To sum up the can cook a variety of food such as red and white meat, fish, vegetables, all from fresh or frozen. You can create many delicious recipes from burgers and sausages to kebabs and toasted sandwiches and it is very quick and easy to clean.
Next on our list is the . Tefal is one of the world leaders in non-stick cookware and small electrical appliances and although higher in price than the George Foreman grills they do come with a number of great features. The model we are looking at is the OptiGrill Plus there are larger sizes if needed.
This Tefal health grill takes all the guesswork out of grilling. You can follow the cooking process without opening the grill thanks to the Unique LED Cooking Level Indicator. Preparing meat just the way you like it is easy: rare, medium, or well-done. The has 6 cooking programmes: Burger, Chicken, Bacon, Sausage, Red Meat and Fish, plus a frozen food mode and manual mode with four temperature settings giving you complete control to grill vegetables, sandwiches, paninis etc.
Once you have selected your programme the patented Sensor on immediately detects the number of items on the surface of the grill and reads their thickness in order to adjust the temperature and cooking time automatically. The cooking level indicator light and beep system enables direct monitoring of the food for perfect grilling results from rare to well done, beeping at each stage of the cooking process so you get your meat just the way you like it.
The has die cast aluminum plates with a 7 degree angle ensuring cooking juices easily run into the large drip tray. The PTFE non-stick coating makes for easy cleaning and both the removable plates and the drip try are dishwasher safe.
Finally we wanted to talk about the Sage by Heston Blumenthal range. The full range consists of 16 appliances. We have looked at a number of them in previous articles as all have high spec features, stylish design and superior quality, but they are not cheap and the Smart Grill Pro is no exception at from
The Smart Grill Pro has many of the same features as the other grills on the market but as we have come to expect it has a few added extras.
Unlike the other Health Grills the has one flat and one ribbed plate and heating elements that embedded in the plates, not underneath them. It has five meat settings that have programmed temperatures from rare to well done and an integrated probe that senses the precise temperature of your meat and indicates when it is time to take off to rest. During the rest phase, residual heat continues to cook the meat for 3 to 5 minutes which is why the rest stage is important if you don’t want over cooked meat.
The side of the grill has a sliding mechanism that allows the top plate to be set to several different height settings. This will keep delicate foods from being squashed. The angle of the base is adjustable to drain fats or can be used to make perfectly flat eggs, pancakes and toasted sandwiches. An extra benefit is that it can also be folded out flat to an open BBQ which doubles the cooking surface, great when you are entertaining. As with the Tefal Grill the plates are removable and dishwasher safe so cleaning up is simple.
Despite the price tag this is a quality product and always has fantastic customer reviews. If you are able to spend that extra cash I’m sure it will be worth it.