We tested the George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor BBQ Electric Grill to see if it’s as good as gas or charcoal alternatives

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Using the George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor BBQ Electric Grill

by Arabella Horspool |
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The Great British weather is anything but predictable, so if you're planning on having guests round for a barbecue this summer, we recommend using the George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor BBQ Electric Grill. It offers plenty of flexibility when cooking, as it can be used in the garden and in your home, plus the grill has an adjustable height and can be detached from the base and placed onto a worktop or table.

The George Foreman Indoor Outdoor BBQ Electric Grill is Amazon’s Choice – one of their highly rated, well-priced products that is available to ship immediately - and it's easy to see why.

Pros

  • Fast at pre-heating
  • Adaptable for different cooking situations
  • Large grill pan

Cons

  • Need to be near a plug socket or extension lead to use it
  • Grease can splatter onto the heat control

How we tested the George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor BBQ Electric Grill

Our Commercial Content Writer, Arabella Horspool, used the George Foreman Electric Grill both indoors and outdoors to cook a variety of BBQ foods. She has provided insights on the assembly process, cooking experience and the ease of cleaning afterwards.

Setting-up process

There are several pieces in the box, but assembling the grill was easy and took around 10 minutes (following the illustrative instructions). However, it requires some strength to slot the pieces into place as they must "click" together to ensure they are sturdy and safe to use.

George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor BBQ Electric Grill contents
©Arabella Horspool, Yours.co.uk

Size

The George Foreman Electric Grill manages to be compact yet big enough to make 15 portions of food at once. It's 1500cm² round cooking surface provided me with more than enough space to cook the meat for a BBQ for a family of 4.

Features

I liked that grill can be detached from the base because it offered more flexibility when cooking, and using it meant that I could cook safely out of the way of pets that may be wandering around nearby.

I found the height of the grill (39.2cm) the perfect length to cook at, but was pleased to see that you can adjust this if needed.

Cooking experience

To prepare for cooking, you plug in the grill, turn it on via the heat control and leave it to preheat before you add your food. The light on the dial lets you know when it's finished heating up, and you can quickly check the temperature using the built-in thermometer on the lid.

George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor BBQ Electric Grill temperature settings
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Overall, the cooking experience was very enjoyable. You can heat the foods with the lid on, or take it off to keep an eye on things. The only con as such is that certain foods produce quite a bit of smoke, which is not ideal when using it inside.

Here's a list of the foods I cooked* on the George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill. I paired them with some buns a fresh summer salad recipe. I used the hottest setting (5) and waited for the grill to preheat before adding the food.

*I didn't use any added oils when cooking with the grill.

Burgers

Of course, burgers are a must-have for any BBQ and I used the Iceland Luxury Aberdeen Angus XL Cheeseburgers. These burgers took about 15 minutes to cook through and they were very succulent and didn't shrink at all! As you can see from the photo below, they got some lovely grill marks whilst they were cooking.

Sausages

Up next were the sausages (Cathedral City Our Cheesy Dogs) which were ready in 14 minutes (from defrosted).

Chicken drumsticks

The BBQ chicken drumsticks took the longest to cook (around 25 minutes), but they came out perfect, with crispy skins, juicy meat and grill marks.

Before and after cooking food Cooking on the George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor BBQ Electric Grill.
©Arabella Horspool, Yours.co.uk

Cleaning

The cooking plates are angled to so that the fat can be channelled into a built-in drip tray, which can be detached and wiped down.

As the grill has a non-stick coating, removing all the remaining food debris was relatively straightforward. I left it to cool down, then detached the grill from the base and put it into the sink (with the plug facing outwards so that water wouldn't get into it); I used washing up liquid, hot water, and a soft damp cloth to clean the BBQ and keep everything looking scratch-free.

Storage

Whilst it is compact, I didn't have anywhere to store the George Foreman BBQ Grill in one piece, so I took it apart and put it safely into the shed to keep it out of the elements.

How does the George Foreman BBQ Electric Grill compare to other types of BBQ?

Compared to gas and charcoal alternatives, the George Foreman barbecue is cheaper to run because you don't need to stock up on fuel. Plus, it heats up quickly and you can easily adjust it to a temperature you prefer.

Also, it still produces that same, classic barbeque taste, but doesn't produce as much smoke as its counterparts.

Final verdict

The George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor BBQ Electric Grill is excellent value for money and is more convenient than a gas or charcoal barbecue. It can be used to cook a variety of foods and it doesn't take up much space and can be used both inside and out, giving plenty of flexibility whilst cooking.

Arabella Horspool is a Commercial Content Writer for Yours at Bauer Media. She's a bookworm who is passionate about TV and film. She enjoys cooking, theatre trips and spending time with her many pets.

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