George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Grill Review
My Review of the George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Grill
I love the taste of grilled food. The slight char of the meat, the crispness of the veggies, and the hint of smoky flavor all make for one great taste sensation.
I also love to grill. Standing out on the patio on a nice Spring or Summer day with food cooking is how God intended for man to live. Parties are a blast when the grill is going. Burgers, dogs, chicken, or veggies, who couldn’t adore this kind of food?
Two problems with grilling come up for me though. One, grilling in the colder months. If it is Fall or Winter, the idea of grilling outside is far less appealing when the cold wind will be blasting my face. Second, cleanup and maintenance of grills can be a bit of a pain. Propane and charcoal can get expensive, plus grilling grates always seem to hover in a gray area between dirty and sanitary.
This is where electric grills shine. They can cook indoors in the colder months and are easy to clean. They deliver that classic grilling flavor, and can look cool all at the same time. Finding the right electric grill is the challenge though.
The George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill meets all my needs for an electric grill. It is compact, efficient, and affordable. Meats cooked on it end up tasting great, and cleanup is far easier than a charcoal or gas grill. Below I will review my major highlights, along with some faults, of this grill. Believe me though, this grill kicks some major butt.
Cost: Under $70 for this Great Grill
- Scoring a grill for less than $100 is a steal. Quality often comes at the cost of a low price point. Thankfully enough, this George Foreman Grill is built solidly. For those out there new to grilling, definitely consider starting off with an electric grill. The price is right and the technology is simple and easy to work with.
Authentic Grilling Experience: The Whole Package
- Like grill marks on your food? Enjoy a slight smoky flavor to your food? Want that unique texture grilling produces? Electric grills can do all that. Don’t be fooled think gas or charcoal grills are required to get a BBQ flavor. The George Foreman GGR50B Grill will give you great black grill marks on your food, and deliver a wealth of flavor that only a hotplate electric grill can produce.
Efficiency: No Coal or Gas, Just Electricity
- One thing I have always disliked about charcoal grilling is the amount of time it takes for the coals to heat up. With the George Foreman, it heats up in a matter of minutes and is ready to go. Grilling temperature stays consistent, and there is never a problem with uneven cooking due to hotspots.
Grill Year Round: Spring and Summer Outside, Fall and Winter Indoors
- Electric grills rock for one fact alone, they are made to be used year round. Nothing beats grilling on the Fourth of July. Summer grilling is just heaven on Earth. Nonetheless, there are some days in the colder months where I want nothing more than a nice piece of grilled meat. The George Foreman GGR50B can grill indoors like a champ. Day or night, snow or sunshine, this grill can be used year round.
Space Saver: Grill in an Apartment and Small Patio
- Don’t have enough space to dedicate to a massive propane grill? This George Foreman takes up a minimal amount of space. If you need to move this grill, you can easily do this all by yourself without having to be some sort of bodybuilder. As long as you’re near an outlet, you’ll be good to go.
Size Matters: Grill for a Whole Family
- Some may say the 240 square inches of grilling space is too small. If you want to grill for a party of ten people, it certainly is. However, if you are just wanting to cook for a family of four, then it’s no problem. Cook eight burgers at a time, four steaks, plenty of hot dogs for a family gathering, and four chicken breasts. If you have ever used a George Foreman Grill in the past, this grill will feel like a Ritz-Carlton of grills in comparison.
No Hassle Cleanup: One of the Simplest Grills to Clean
- I hate having to clean traditional grills. It just seems so messy and unsanitary at the end of the day. The George Foreman is designed to be a clean grill. The grilling surface is non-stick so as to prevent any of the black gunk from sticking to your grill that we all despise. Along with that, the George Foreman has a built in grease and fat draining system to siphon often that mess. After grilling, pop off that removable grilling plate and through it in the dishwasher.
- Admittedly, electric grills cannot deliver a flavor completely identical to charcoal or propane. The smoky flavor is just not that strong when using an electric grill compared to charcoal grills. If you want to bring out a nice smoky flavor in your food, I would recommend using Smoked Sea Salt. BBQ purists may think this is cheating, but the flavor speaks for itself.
Keep that Drip Pan Clean
- If your grease pan is overloaded, you are going to have a huge mess on your hands. This means that the grease pans needs to be carefully cleaned after each grill session. Nothing could be worse than having fat drippings stain the wood of your outdoor patio or the floor of your indoor kitchen. To make things easier, line your drip pan with aluminum foil each time before grilling.
Sturdiness Issues: Wind and Uneven Floors
- This grill is lightweight compared to traditional grills. If you’re grilling outdoors on a very windy day, you’ll run into problems with the stability of this grill. To fix this, grill indoors or wait for the wind to die down. Also, if your home has uneven floors, you may run into an issue with the grease not properly falling into the drip pan, resulting in a mess. Honestly, I would advise against grilling indoors if you live in an old house with uneven wooden floors.
Tips and Tricks of the George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill
Purchase and Assembly:
- Building this grill should literally take only a few minutes. There is nothing I hate more than a grill that has about 300 separate parts and takes a whole day to build. You have five or six parts that need to be attached. That’s it. No screws, no hammer, and no power tools required.
- Consider buying an extension cord. The cord of this grill is shorter than what I would like. In order to have a decent range, an extension cord will be required.
The Ins and Outs of Grilling:
- Expect your grill to be ready to cook in only a few minutes of startup time. This grill doesn’t have a built in temperature gauge, but the heat settings are dependable enough. To achieve perfect results, I would recommend using a Digital Thermometer to ensure consistent grilling.
- Start on the highest heat setting for just about anything you’re grilling. When your meat is getting near done, lower the heat down a setting or two lower than max, and finish off your grilling. If grilling at lower heat settings, this grill will take too long to cook.
Maintenance and Cleaning:
- To avoid extra cleanup, line your drip pan with aluminum foil each time before grilling. Then you can just remove the foil and throw it away. No scrubbing required.
- Wipe off your grilling plate and grease trap with a paper towel after cleaning. Grease is not fun to clean, but wiping it down with a paper towel right after grilling will make everything simpler in the long run.
- Wash your grilling plate in either the sink or dishwasher, it is up to you. Either way, cleanup of this grill is remarkably easy. In my opinion, you must wash this grill after each time you grill. Otherwise, it will get nasty and will pose a health risk.
Value for the Money:
- The George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill is a great value for anyone looking for an electric grill. Even if you prefer traditional coal and gas grills, this electric grill can make a great addition to your household thanks to its year round cooking abilities. Any grill enthusiast living in an apartment with a small patio would find this grill a lifesaver. With a low price point, cheap electric fuel powering this grill, and quality grilling results, this George Foreman is a prize winning champ in my book. Overall, I give the George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Grill a total of 4.5 stars out of 5.