My Favorite Kitchen Gadget: The George Foreman Grill

I can say without hesitation that the George Foreman Grill is the most valuable kitchen gadget to ever exist. It’s my favorite and most used kitchen tool, and I’m currently working on my second grill. I love it. In fact, I can't live without it.

Officially called the George Foreman Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine, this baby does it all, and it does it fast. The longest cooking time is no more than 10 minutes if you like your meat well done. The super fast cooking time is because the grill has two grilling plates that cook both sides at once. When grilling meat, it immediately sears and locks in all the juices resulting in some of the most delectable, juicy meat ever. T-bones, NY Strip, and flank steak can all be grilled in 4 to 10 minutes depending on how rare you like your meat. You can grill salmon, tuna, fish fillets, and shrimp in minutes. Other meats that do well on the Foreman Grill include hamburgers, hot dogs, smoked sausage, boneless chicken and pork. It also makes a mean grilled cheese sandwich that takes only a minute or two with no flipping.

As with every product, there are always pros and cons, and I will outline them for you according to my personal experience of using the grill for at least six years.


  • It cooks food much faster than other traditional cooking methods. Cooking chicken on an outdoor grill would take a minimum of 30 minutes to an hour. You can grill boneless chicken breasts in 9 minutes on the Foreman Grill. Hamburgers can be cooked to perfection in 10 minutes or less.
  • It allows you to grill indoors and results in meat that is much juicier than traditionally grilled meat. I've found that steak, salmon, and chicken cooked on the Foreman Grill are by far more tasty and juicy than when they are prepared by any other method.
  • The grill is easy to use, easy to clean and easy to store.
  • Fat runs off of the meat as it cooks and is collected in a drip tray. This is why they also market it as a "fat reducing" grill.
  • Onions and other vegetables can be grilled in minutes, and you don't have to stand there stirring and flipping.
  • Making grilled sandwiches is easy and fast.
  • It’s very affordable. The smallest grill runs about $19.95, and the next size up, which is the one I’m currently using and find to be very satisfactory, is $29.99.

George Foreman retired heavyweight boxing champion
George Foreman retired heavyweight boxing champion


  • The only boned meat recommended to cook on the grill are T-Bone steaks. You can't cook any type of chicken with bones, like legs, thighs, and breasts. You pretty much have to stick to boneless meat.
  • The only problem I’ve had is that the non-stick surface of the grill loses its integrity over a period of time. I used my first grill nearly every day, and, after about 4 years, food started sticking to the grill plates and they became more difficult to clean. That’s not bad considering I was using the poor thing nearly every day to grill sandwiches for lunch and meat for dinner. The little grill never quit working, but after 4 years I ended up buying another one that was a little larger.
  • Depending on what size grill you choose, some people may feel limited by the amount of food you can cook at once. However, I don’t find this to be a drawback at all considering how fast the grill cooks. For example, my first grill was the smallest, cheapest Foreman Grill you can buy, and it only had enough space to grill one sandwich at a time; however, because of the fast cooking time, I could still grill 4 sandwiches in less than 10 minutes and 4 boneless chicken breasts in less than 20 minutes.

I would be lost without my George Foreman Grill, and I think it's a very handy addition to any kitchen. It's compact, affordable, durable, cooks meat to perfection with no effort, and it saves time in the kitchen.

Hulk Hogan retired wrestling champion
Hulk Hogan retired wrestling champion

Grill Controversy Tidbit

There is an interesting tidbit circulating in the news about who was supposed to be the official spokesperson for this grill. Hulk Hogan has stated on his reality TV show and in interviews on the Tonight Show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien that he was called to endorse the grill first, but he failed to respond in time, so George Foreman was chosen instead. There’s some controversy over whether Hogan missed the call or if he actually turned down the project, but either way it’s interesting to consider how close this magnificent kitchen gadget came to being called the “Hulk Hogan Grill.”

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countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

Pam- Is this grill useful for vegetarians too. Btw I wasn't aware of this hulk hogan controversy. I guess if they want to settle their differences then it would be quite an entertainment package in the TV like the one in Rocky III movie (my brother is a big fan of Rocky)..hehe

newsworthy 8 years ago

I agree that this is a valuable gadget. When you see the grease rolling off meats, you know you made a good choice. Makes me hungry. :)

C. C. Riter 8 years ago

Didn't know that about Hulk Hogan either Pam. If true the Hulk lost out on some dough. Good hub Pam, I still like my Weber.

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Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines


I've always been the charcoal-and-fan kind of grilling machine - i'm old fashioned that way. But my sister has this George Foreman, though I have never actually seen it at work. At least now I have an idea why it is so popular.

Btw, beautiful writing on this one, almost like a poem :D

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Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia Author

Hi CW, I'm not sure if I would buy this just to use for vegetables, but if you make veggie burgers and things like that, then it would be very good. You raise an interesting thought! The controversy could be settled easy by getting both men in the ring! LOL! I love the Rocky movies and I really liked the one that Hulk Hogan was in. :D Thanks CW!

Thanks for dropping in Newsworthy, it's always nice to meet another foreman grill fan. ;) I agree, it's so worth it to not have meat cooking in all that fat.

CC Riter, thank you. :) I think Hulk Hogan has now come out with his own grill. I guess he got tired of crying over what he missed out on. ;) What's a weber?

Hi Cris! :D Yes, charcoal and even smoking with hickory is always great. But not all of us live in a climate that permits that year round. ;) I prefer the outdoor grill when the weather is right and we have the time to indulge. Other times, saving time is very nice, especially if you're a hubber. :D Thanks for dropping in.

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Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia Author

ROFL Cris! I saw your last line just as I was clicking the 'post' button! LOL! :P ;)

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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

This is funny, 'cause I just gave mine away because it was such a pain to clean. I bought it at a garage sale for $5 because a cook I was working with said the same thing: Her favorite thing in the kitchen. What I quickly realized is that what I needed was the upgraded version - with removable grills.

Next time.

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Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia Author

Hi Constant, that is funny! I think the removable grills would be the best choice. For some reason these grills will eventually loose that non-stick finish, and they are a huge pain to clean at that point. That's why I got another one. I'm assuming heavy usage causes it, and I feel pretty good about mine lasting for 4 years. Improper cleaning would cause it too. Thanks for dropping in. :)

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goldentoad 8 years ago from Free and running....

The grill is great, but it just sits in the kitchen, lonely, with no one to play with it. I tend to use the grill outside, drink a beer in peace, turn on the stereo, and bullshit with my neighbors. My wife used a metal spatula on the foreman grill and its semi-ruined, so now when we use it, there's big chunks of meat sticking to where she scraped off the finish. I should just quit being a cheap bastard and get a new one.

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Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia Author

I hear you goldentoad. It is fun to grill outside in warm weather. Yikes over the metal spatula, that's death for sure to a foreman grill. Heck, you can't use anything remotely abrasive on them. Once the finish is compromised, there's no sense in even trying to use it. :( Sorry yours bit the dust. Thanks for dropping in for a read. :)

C. C. Riter 8 years ago

Pam a Weber is like the best affordable charcoal grill. It's a kettle grill. Of course I also have my smoker, but tha's different. And when I grill, I can time things by how quickly it takes to drink a beer or two or three.

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Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia Author

C.C., thanks for telling me what a Weber is. :) Smokers are great especially for lazy days when you have all afternoon to do it. I'll have to try your unique method of timing things! LOL! :D

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Marlene F. 8 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

Your right!! I love my George Foreman! It's healthier and easier than using a gas or charcoal grill, and you can even use it in the winter!!! Great article.

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Peggy W 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

I've never had one but would consider getting one now. Thanks!

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Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia Author

Thanks Marlene! It's great to know you're a Foreman Grill fan too! :) I'm as dependant on my grill as I am on my stove or oven.

Hi Peggy, I think you'll be very pleased with it if you do get one. Just make sure to clean it according to the directions and don't use any harsh abrasives because it will ruin the non-stick finish. ;)

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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia

Hi Che Che, Its not only my favorite its the only one my wife will let me use! LOL

Every Sunday night Ham cheese an tomato sandwiches. Grilled to perfection in my GFG. Garnished with fresh Parsley. Not to bad!

Its about 6 years old and just starting to show signs of wear. Cost nearly A$70.

You have given me some good ideas to try other things!

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Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia Author

Hi agvulpes! Thanks for coming in to read. :) YUM to your sandwich! I must be doing something wrong for mine to not last 6 years. Don't know about the second one I'm working on now. Maybe it will last as long as yours. I need to let your wife know a secret that I learned too's always wise to allow your husband access to all kitchen appliances and gadgets so that he will use them more and you will use them less. ;) :D

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tourmaline2777 8 years ago from Chicago

I know lots of people who have this and they all love it. We got one as a gift a while ago and never used it. I guess it is time to take it out of the box. Lol!

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Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia Author

Hi tourmaline! :) Yes, unbox that thing pronto! I think you'll be very happy with it. Thanks for dropping in. :)

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jenf66 8 years ago from NH

Pam, I have two Foreman Grills. My smaller one (the one with the bun warmer) I have had for seven years. The finish has worn off, but it is still very usable with cooking spray. I got a second, larger one as my family got bigger. I use them both often and when I can justify getting a new one I am going to get one of the ones with the removable grill plates.

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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia

Pam, jenf66 just prompted my memory that might help the longevity. After I clean it ( do not use a scourer) spray and wipe over the cooking surface with olive oil and just leave a thin smear on the coating surface.. It helps with the cleaning as well as preparing for next use.(I use a paper towel) ;-[)

C. C. Riter 8 years ago

Good point agvulpes. I also use paper towels and always plastic spatula and I also put the grill in my dishwasher when needed. Oh, yeah, I have one. Great for sandwiches like grilled cheese and such.

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Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia Author

Hi Jen, thank you for sharing! So how do you like the one with the bun warmer? For some reason my mother wasn't terribly crazy over the bun warmer, but i can't remember why. Yes, the ones with the removable plates do seem like a very nice option. Now you have me thinking about having multiple grills! :)

agvulpes, that is a great tip! I hadn't thought about smearing a little oil on the grill plates after cleaning them, but that is a fantastic idea. And you jarred my memory about how this is a common thing to do with a cast iron skillet. I always keep them oiled. Duh me! Thanks! :)

CC, so it's okay to put the grill plates in the dishwasher? It doesn't ruin the finish? If I get one of those with removable plates, that will be a handy tip to remember. Yes, it is so awesome for grilled cheese! Thanks for coming in and also for sharing. :)

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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

This is another Pammy Whammy hub.  I've always wanted one.  Problem is, I don't have any more room for appliances on my counter tops, and if I have to put it away after each use, it wont get used.

I've always liked George Forman too, so I'm glad he got the gig.  Foreman is funny.  Hogan is not.  Anyone who would name all of their 8 kids George is OK in my book.  I read a few years ago that Foreman, who had been given shares in the company when this thing started, sold them back to the company for like 8 million dollars, while staying on as spokesman.  Not a bad gig at all.

Still, I'd like to try one.  Maybe I'll just come over and try yours!  Or I could send Pepe.

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Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia Author

Christoph, you always make me smile. :D

I sure do understand exactly what you're saying about counter space and gadgets that get lost and forgotten in cabinets. If you ever get an opportunity to taste meat cooked on one of these grills, you would make room for it. Honest. It's the juiciest stuff in the world. :)

Hey! Yea, you come on over and try mine and bring Pepe with you. :D

LOL, it is so funny about George Foreman naming all his kids George! I like the guy too, he seems like genuine good folk to me, and I'm glad things turned out the way they did for him. His reality show didn't go so well, but he tried. And you're right, Hogan doesn't have much of a funny bone. Maybe he lost it with the 8 million he could have had. ;)

Thanks for dropping in Christoph! :)

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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia

Hi Guys I haven't seen the grill with the removable plates in Australia as yet, but it sure sounds like a great idea.

I know what Chris means we have a Silver Bullet ? stuck in the cupboard somewhere. Too much trouble to get out and put away!. I think if I had to get the GFG out everytime I would use the gas stove griller?

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Eric Graudins 8 years ago from Australia

I agree that the George Foreman grill is fantastic. We've had one for years, and its the perfect thing to cook a steak, or fish, or chicken quickly indoors.

However, there are 2 other gadgets that rank equally.

Firstly, our big Sunbeam Electric Wok. This sucker is awesome for cooking up a stir fry, chicken dishes, etc. Absolutely great. the non stick coating is still working well after several years.

Secondly, my our newly arrived Weber BabyQ. As an Aussie, I've been using all sorts of barbecues for years. But this little Weber contraption is THE BEST that I've ever used, and the meat, fish, chicken, pork that it cooks tastes better than any other barbecue. And it's so easy to use too.

So: That's my holy trinity of cooking: Weber BabyQ, Electric Wok, and "George".

Cheers, Eric G.

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Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia Author

Hi Eric, thanks for coming in to read and share. I'm making note of the BabyQ and Electric Wok! C.C. Riter also mentioned that he likes his Weber a great deal. I'm going to have to put those on my list of gadgets to buy. Although I have to admit that I don't do much in a wok except for a shrimp linguine dish, but there's always time to expand on wok cooking. :) Thanks again Eric.

SarahPalin 8 years ago

I have many favorite gadgets I use in the kitchen. Tood and I love to experiment with many different objects. That's all I'm gonna say on that. ;)

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Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia Author

ROFL! That's awfully good to know Sarah! :D Sounds like there's a good bit of cooking going on up there in Alaska. No wonder you're still cranking out babies. :D Hey, maybe you should endorse some of your favorite gadgets. ;)

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LisaStar 7 years ago from New England

Ok Pam, I gotta admit. I read this forum the other day and now I want one!! So I came back for another read to try and talk myself out of it.

Nope. Gotta have it now. :P Hey if Sarah Palin uses it, can't go wrong right? Wonder what other "objects" she and Todd play with.. hmmm.


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia Author

LOL Lisa! Now that's a might good endorsement right there! :D Thanks for coming in to have another read. Did you talk yourself out of it? LOL!

I'm heating mine up right now. Yes I am! Gonna grill some burgers, then I'll be back to absorb the hubtivity. ;) :D

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MellasViews 7 years ago from Earth

Hogan is apparently still upset about it, because I recalled him mentioning being peeved at someone over the grill... he was on Hogan Knows Best season 1, I think when he mentioned it.

Have you seen Hogans new girlfriend though? Its really off topic I know, lol.... but his girlfriend looks just like his teenage daughter. So much so that the paparazzi have taken photos of his girlfriend before thinking it was his daughter!!! Gross!!!!!!!!!!!

Anways, back on topic... lol... (I know Im all over the place)....

I had a Foreman Grill for awhile, and enjoyed it while it lasted.

-the dog got the chord... and the rest is history. : (

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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia Author

Hey Mellas! :)

Yes, I saw that episode of Hogan Knows Best and was shocked to hear what he had to say about it. No doubt he's upset. When doing some research on that to make sure I had my facts straight (before writing this), I came across some information stating Hogan has his own grill now that he's supposed to promote. I can't wait to see the recipe book for that one..."Figure 4 Burgers," "Head Lock Steak," "Pile Driver Smoked Sausages." LOL! ;)

No I haven't seen his girlfriend, but i did see his wife's boyfriend. Eeeew. I guess that makes her a milf, but gee whiz, a guy that young? I heard he's as young as Brooke.

I hear you about dogs and cords. :( I've lost many things that way too. Good to see you!

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MellasViews 7 years ago from Earth

Yeap... I saw the wifes boyfriend, reminded me of Hulk when he was much much younger in a way... weird how they both traded off for newer models of one another. lol.

I am in LOVE with the Pile Driver Sausages. lol. You should copyright it before he steals it. lol.

Janetta 7 years ago

I love my GF grill! I use it all the time. Mine has stuff sticking though too and can be a b**** to clean! I want the one with the removable plates, and I have heard that about Hulk Hogan, I think I heard it from him, so consider the source, right? lol

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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia Author! Although that sticking problem can be a real issue after a period of time. I recently discovered a secret...if you take a paper towel and moisten it with oil, then rub over the grilling plates when you're done grilling and when the plates are still very warm, then most of the gunk will slide off pretty easily. Marinaded meat leaves way too much sticky goop behind, so I stay away from that now too.

I hope we both get one with removable plates soon! :D Thanks for ocming in!

Kitchen Pans 7 years ago

I always liked George. And the fact that each of his kid's names are George too. Is that true? Or am I passing along a rumor?

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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia Author

Hi Kitchen Pans, I like George too, and I do believe you are correct in that he named all of his kids George. lol! I watched an episode or two of his reality show, and it certainly appears that at least all of his male children are named George. :) Thanks for coming in.

boppster 7 years ago

The finish has worn off my grill and everything sticks to the plates now.

My solution is to line the bottom and top with aluminum foil brushed with olive oil. It prevents sticking and there is no cleanup at all.

Don't throw away your old grills.

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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia Author

boppster, that's a great tip! Thanks for sharing and I'll try that the next time I use mine. Unfortunately, I've already thrown away my older grill, and I've been spraying the one I have now with cooking spray after I clean it. That seems to help as well.

Thanks again!

Mark 7 years ago

I discovered (quite by accident by reading The Lone Wolf's blog at that the grill is also great for re-heating leftovers. It's not quite as fast as nuking them, but it heats meats more evenly and keeps the flavor better. Hope this helps.

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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia Author

Thanks Mark! Very nice tip for leftover meat. I'll try it. I'll bet it would also be good for reheating leftover sandwiches too (like cheese steak subs and so on). They're never good nuked. ;) Thanks again for the tip!

kitchen pans cookware 7 years ago

I also found that re-heating via a fry pan with some green beans or potatoes, and put on rice breathes a little flavor into a boring baggie of left-overs too.

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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia Author

That's a great suggestion. Thanks for sharing such a yummy tip. :)

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trimar7 6 years ago from New York

I too love my GF. The food tastes great, the calories are less and the clean up is quick. What more could a girl ask for except to go out to eat :)

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Pam Roberson 6 years ago from Virginia Author

trimar, agreed! The only thing better is going out. :) Thanks for commenting. ;)

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oscillationatend 6 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

Great product review! We have one but ants have gotten into it, so it doesn't work as well as it should..haha, we don't use it anymore.

I've a pic you might like for this Hub, I'll send it to you via FB. =)

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Pam Roberson 6 years ago from Virginia Author

Thanks oscillationatend! I'm still working mine hard, but that's mostly because I don't know how to operate a real grill. ;)

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sanfayedr 6 years ago from Wherever I am at the time.

Hi, I agree wholeheartdly with you about the pros and cons!

I am just curious why you would call it a 'gadget' rather than an appliance?

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Pam Roberson 6 years ago from Virginia Author

Hi sanfayedr! That's a great question, and I suppose you're right, this should be regarded as an appliance. I guess I've never regarded it as an appliance because it doesn't seem like one to me. It's silly really, but I think this is because I don't leave it out on my counter with the other small appliances. It always gets tucked away in a drawer. lol! ;)

So you have me thinking...of all the houses I've ever visited, did I ever walk in the kitchen and see a Foreman Grill sitting on the counter as you would expect to see most small appliances? No. Why is that? Is it because they're small enough to be stored out of site? Is it because they don't get used frequently enough to be out on the counter? Certainly space is an issue for lots of people, but still!

Thanks for coming in to read. :)

nawal 4 years ago

i have a george foreman too n been using ot for so long but now i cant find one that's that hot no way .. the ones with removable plates r the worse so im stuck with my old one even if the finish is gone and some food sticks to it big time but i love the way it cooks and i cant find the same in the market ! :(

aj 4 years ago

I own a GF indoor/outdoor electric BBQ grill. I've had great success cooking frozen pizzas in it by placing a pizza stone on the grill and putting the frozen pizza on that. Has anyone used this grill as an oven in warmer weather?

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