George Foreman Removable Plate Grill (Review)

George Foreman Grill Review
George Foreman Grill

The George Foreman Grill is a staple in the kitchens of many healthy eaters. You can use it to prepare healthy meals for the week and to make dinner in a snap. But sometimes the grill is hard to use or hard to clean. Recently, I tried the George Foreman Removable Plate Grill to see if the extra features are worth the cost.

Why Buy a Countertop Grill?

Before reviewing the benefits of the removable plate grill, let's review the primary benefits of using a George Foreman Grill.

If you are trying to lose weight or simply trying to maintain a lean body, lean protein makes a big difference. It helps you to build muscle, maintain a healthy metabolism and feel full and satisfied throughout the day.

But sometimes we don’t eat protein because it’s harder to cook. Think about the last time you reached for a snack or a quick meal. Did you grab a starchy packaged food or did you prepare a well-rounded meal with veggies and meat? Packaged food almost always wins out when we’re hungry because it’s easy and it requires minimal preparation.

But a countertop grill makes healthy food easier to cook and the design allows you to cook your food with less fat. The George Foreman grills are some of the most popular countertop grills because they are easy to use, easy to find in most home goods stores (or online) and they are budget-friendly.

GFG Benefits

There are quite a few things that you might enjoy about the George Foreman 5-Serving Removable Plate Grill.

Super easy clean-up. While many consumers love cooking with the original George Foreman Grill, many dread clean up. To clean the cooking surface after a meal, you have to maneuver the grill into the sink while making sure that the cord and heating element stayed out of the water. It can be awkward and messy.

But the George Foreman Removable Plate Grill makes clean up fast and easy. The top and bottom grill plates slide off by releasing a clip on each side of the device. Once the plates are off, you can either immerse them in the sink or put them in the dishwasher. Because the plates are made out of a tough, non-stick material, it's easy to quickly wipe away any mess without using the dishwasher.

Variable temperature. The removable plate grill allows you to control the heat when you're cooking. This is a necessary upgrade to some of the older models. Controlling your cooking temperature is essential. For example, you wouldn’t cook a well-done beef hamburger at the same temperature that you’d cook sliced eggplant. And unless you like a crispy burnt crust on your diet-friendly chicken breast, it’s best to cook your poultry on a lower temp. Cooking heart-healthy tuna? I like mine seared on the outside but rare in the middle. I wouldn’t be able to get that result without temperature control.

In addition to the removable plates and the temperature control, there were a few other upgrades in this model that you might like.

These features are not on all of the older grills and may be worth paying for:

  • Adjustable cooking angle. Tilt the grill to drain fat from food while cooking
  • New pattern on top grill adds texture to grilled food and panini sandwiches
  • Adjustable hinge makes cooking thicker foods easier

George Foreman Grill Comparisons

So was there anything not to like about the George Foreman Removable Plate Grill? To be honest, not really. But there are a few things to keep in mind before you buy this model. The removable grill might not be right for everyone.

  • Grill Size. This George Foreman Grill is a little bit bigger than an old model so you may need to find a new place to store it. All things considered, that’s not a big inconvenience, but it is important to think about because if you live in a small space without a lot of kitchen storage, you may need to consider a smaller model.
    If you have a big family, however, the larger grill is important. According to the packaging materials, this model cooks five servings. In my testing, You can definitely cook up to four chicken breasts with some room to spare for a fifth serving if necessary – and in fact, it might be a good reminder to keep portion sizes reasonable.
  • Cost. The George Foreman Removable Plate Grill retails for less than many comparable grills that you find in specialty culinary stores. The grill is more expensive than many of the smaller models that don't have as many features. But it is also less expensive than many of the larger models. 

Should You Buy a George Foreman Removable Plate Grill?

If you already own a George Foreman Grill and use it regularly, you might want to consider upgrading to the removable grill model. It's possible that you will cook more with this one simply because this one is easier to use and so much easier to clean.

If you are shopping for your first George Foreman Grill, then you may want to only look at the removable grill models with temperature control. You may end up spending a little bit more money to get the upgrades but in the end you’ll use the product more with those features. The George Foreman Removable Plate Grill is a great model at a reasonable price.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.

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