The George Foreman Removable Plate Grill (model GRP1060B) is a fantastic basic grill, but if you’re looking for a unit that will do double-duty as a panini maker, seek out another model. At under $30, this is an entry level countertop grill with limited features but it retains the quality of the original Foreman products. The small countertop footprint is easy to store even in the smallest kitchen. It still provides a generous 60-inch grill surface that easily accommodates 4 burgers or two (basic) sandwiches.
The feature that separates this George Foreman grill from previous models is the easy clean up from the removable grill plate. The old models had to cleaned by hand and when foods stuck to the grill ridges, it could be tricky to get them clean because there was no way to soak the plates. That issue is now solved. You can wipe the outside areas clean of grease easily and the pop-off clips allow the grill plates to be soaked or run through the dishwasher effortlessly.
True to other George Foreman Grills, the 4-serving grill has a tough non-stick coating that eliminates the need to use grease, oil or butter to keep foods from sticking. You will want to add butter to the outside of some grilled sandwiches for flavor and browning, but it isn’t necessary. The advanced heating element allows both plates to heat quickly and evenly.
One drawback–and it’s a serious one–is the non-hinged lid. This model (GRP1060B) accommodates about a 1″ thick burger or a standard bread sandwich. This model is not going to satisfy the home cook who wants a panini maker for building gourmet sandwiches using focaccia or baguettes.
- Cooks up to 4 servings at one time
- Cooks most sandwiches and burgers in less than 10 minutes — from plug-in to table
- 2x more durable coating for non-stick on grill plates
- Easy clean dishwasher-safe plates
- compact and easy to store
- Economical — less than $30.00
Fast and Even Heat Distribution
The George Foreman GRP1060B is a single unit, one-temperature grill. It has an onset temperature of 350 degrees and can quickly sear hamburgers or heat grilled sandwiches to get meals on the table quickly. There is a pre-heat light on the lid to alert you that the unit is ready, in the models I tested it was preheated within 5 minutes.
While the temperature is fixed, the 350-degree thermostat is hot enough for most foods to sear quickly and cook through. You’ll have to experiment with the times to cook hamburgers versus shrimp kabobs or sandwiches to the desired level. A good rule of thumb is to check after 3 minutes with grilled cheese or thinner sandwiches and 5 minutes for burgers. Shrimp kabobs only took us less than 2 minutes.
Top and Bottom Grilling
Closing the top lid on foods is a feature in the Foreman line because it grills and sears both sides of the foods at the same time. Unfortunately this modem does not have a flexiable hinged lid and can be cumbersome to down-right impossible for thicker sandwiches and breads. We tried cooking steaks without closing the lid, but it took way too long to cook both sides flipping the steaks. Pressed sandwiches on focaccia bread also didn’t work well because the bottom was cold by the time we flipped the sandwich.
The grill plates are coated with a double-thick, non-stick coating that the company calls George Tough™. The coating is teflon and is cooking safe as long as it remains in tact. The Foreman process of applying double or triple coats of their non-stick surface to the grill plates is by design to provide a stronger bond with less chance of chipping or flaking. The manufacturer provides a 3-year warranty on this grill that also applies to the grill plates provided they are not damaged by utencils or abuse.
Anyone looking to buy a grill must consider the cleaning features. The removable grill plates on this George Foreman model make this a usable product. The top and bottom plates are completely removable and can be washed in warm soapy water OR put directly into the lower rack of the dishwasher. The top and bottom of the unit are hard plastic and easy-to-clean with a damp, soapy cloth. Just wipe off any overages or grease spatters.
Warranty and Service
The George Foreman GRP1060B has a 3-year warranty provided by the manufacturer.
The George Foreman BRP1060B is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon with more than 480 independent customer reviews. Check out the reviews of the George Foreman 4 Serving Removable Plate Grill and see why others bought this grill/griddle.
Amazon Rating: 4.3
Pros & Cons
- Quick and even heating element
- Standard George Foreman design with drip-away sloping design
- Easily removable grill plates
- All grill plates are dishwasher safe, made of durable, non-stick
- Small compact footprint when closed for easy storage
- Inexpensive — less than $30.00
- Manufacturers 3-year warranty
- Single temperature element heats quickly, but makes it somewhat ineffective for thick meats and sandwiches
- Splattering issues when cooking hamburgers, bacon and sausages.
- Non-adjusting lid does not accommodate thicker cuts of meat or thicker breads.
George Foreman 4-Serving Grill Pricing
The GPR1060B is sold at many department stores and generally the price is $29.95 everywhere. Amazon’s free shipping policy tends to make it the leader on final price but both Target and Walmart have this item with free shipping currently as well.
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