The George Foreman grill wasn’t invented by George Foreman, but by Michael Boehm of Illinois in 1994. However, George Foreman, a former boxing champion, promoted it and it has become extremely popular. It brings the pleasure of cooking on a barbecue outside indoors.
The George Foreman grill is designed like a clam and it has heating plates on both the top and the bottom. Both plates are grooved to reduce contact area and the bottom plate is angled, allowing excess fat to roll down into the drip pan. In 2006, a new version was created which has detachable plates, making it extremely easy to clean. In 2014, another version was created which has interchangeable plates. Not only does it come with grill plates, but there are also waffle plates, a griddle, a muffin pan, and a baking dish.
Because the George Foreman grill has heat on the top and the bottom, you do not have to flip burgers. All you have to do is put down the lid and let them cook. If you want a medium-rare burger, it will only take 2 ½ – 3 minutes, much quicker than if you were cooking on an outside grill or on your stovetop in a skillet. In these cases, you would have to flip the burgers. If you prefer well-done burgers cooked on the George Foreman grill, you can cook them for up to 5 minutes. Any longer and they will become tough.
How to Cook Burgers on a George Foreman Grill
We will now take a look at how to make and cook fresh burgers on a George Foreman grill. First of all, preheat the grill for around 5 minutes or until it reaches it a medium-high heat. While it is preheating, prepare the burgers. Mix your ground beef with salt, pepper, and any herbs and spices you want. If you want them to have a little kick add chili pepper. If you like an Italian feel add basil and oregano and perhaps melt some mozzarella on top. You can also add more flavor by adding minced garlic and diced onions. Once you have mixed the ingredients together, you are ready to make the burgers. Take about a ¼ pound of the mixture and form into a patty. Repeat the process. Then all you have to do is grill them. George Foreman grills come in different sizes and some will only take two burgers, but others can take four burgers. However, because they cook so quickly, there isn’t really a problem with grilling them at different times. Nobody will have to wait long for their burgers, and they can fill up on side dishes while waiting.
There’s nothing stopping you from using other meats in your burgers. If you want less fat, use ground turkey or chicken. If you’re not bothered about the fat count, ground pork and lamb are also good choices. You can even mix the meats up for a completely different flavor.
As we have said, burgers don’t need to be flipped on a George Foreman grill. They are simple to cook and we would recommend this grill for quick and easy burgers.