How to Keep the Grilling Mean and the Body Lean

By: Harry Bernard

How Grilling CAN be Healthy

Grilling is one of the most popular preparation methods in the country. The concept that grilling is unhealthy can be argued either way. Indoor grilling has become more popular as a result of this preconceived notion. Former boxing heavyweight champion George Foreman in 1994 became a spokesman for an indoor grill.

This grill would later revolutionize the kitchen as we know it. The George Foreman grill is one of the most popular products in America today. Since 1994 they have sold over an astonishing one hundred million units. George Foreman has made well over one hundred million dollars becoming the spokesman for this product.

How Foreman got involved into the business was interesting. “Soon after George Foreman's comeback in 1994, at the age of 45 when he regained the heavyweight world championship. He was well known for eating two burgers before every match, which made him a good candidate for spokesperson for the fat-reducing grill.”1

Fun Fact: George Foreman was the oldest heavyweight champion in boxing history when on November 5, 1994 he beat Michael Moorer to win the belt at age 45. Once he found out what the grill actually did he was on board. The Foreman brings a unique opportunity of making great tasting grilled meats without the guiltiness of ingesting the fat on the meat itself. The Foreman grill has become such a great success that it has caused other companies to try to invent comparable products. Countless companies have tried and failed.

The one company that has given Foreman a run for his money is Cuisinart. Cuisinart units also give the consumer a great grilled product without the fat. Before one determines which indoor grill is ideal for them they must explore the similarities and differences between the products.


Round 1

The George Foreman Grill is still the most popular indoor grill on the market today. Distributors such as Elite Restaurant Equipment offer a variety of different models. Before you choose the appropriate model it is important to know the features and dimensions of the units themselves. George Foreman grills come with a variety of convenient features. The features available on these grills include lock down lid positions plates to evenly grill both sides of the meat, raised ridges in cooking plates to seal edges of breads or omelet, all non-sticking baking plates which wipe clean in seconds, dual temperature control, and a cleaning scraping tool.

All of these components of the grill are all dishwasher safe and be cleaned easily. The science of the units themselves is simple. The curved design of the inside helps the fat drip off into a dishwasher safe bowl thus making the meat leaner while keeping the flavor of it as well as the authentic grilled taste. One thing a consumer should be aware of before purchasing a Foreman grill is the desired amount of cooking space. Foreman grills are available in 36'', 72'', 133'', and 240'' cooking spaces.

Depending on the amount of people you may want to feed with this grill at once is something you should consider before purchasing one. The heights of these units can vary anywhere between 9''- 22.2''. The widths can differ also between 5.1''-20.5''. The depths of the foreman grills also can differ between 6''-15.1''.In addition to a wide selection of indoor grills, Foreman even makes a model that can be used in both outdoor and indoor grill. This model has an impressive 240 square inch cooking area. The dimensions of this unit are height 22.2'', 20.5'' in width, and 13'' in depth. 


Some Competition for Round 2

Cuisinart is one of the most respectable brand names in the household kitchen business. Cuisinart was founded in 1971 and quickly has become one of the most popular brands in the country today. Cuisinart has come out with a unique inside grill combo device which they called the Griddler. Before one purchases a Griddler it is important to know the differences between the various models. Cuisinart offers seven different types of indoor grills as well as an outdoor or indoor grill. One of these models contains both a grill and a Panini press. Another model contains both a grill and a griddle. Another Cuisinart features a three in one model including a grill, Panini press, and griddle.

They also offer a compact grill. Cuisinart also offers a four in one unit. This unique unit includes a grill, Panini press, griddle, and a half griddle half grill. This feature allows the consumer to use a grill and a griddle at the same time thus maximizing productivity, time, and space. Cuisinart also offers a two tier grill. This grill for added convenience has more surface area than its counterparts by having an additional tier of space that can be utilized to grill. Another amazing model that Cuisinart offers is a deluxe model. This deluxe model contains six cooking options in one. Contact grill, Panini press, full griddle, full grill, half grill, half griddle, and top melt. The deluxe model includes dual zone temperature controls, integrated drip tray, and red and green led indicators.

Finally just like the George Foreman grill Cuisinart has also offered a both outdoor and indoor grill. This grill can be used outdoors where charcoal or propane is not permitted. This grill has a cooking area of 180 square inches. The dimensions of this unit are height 13.9'', width 22.3'', and depth 23.5''. Cuisinart units can come in a variety of sizes. The heights of these units range between 9''-14.61''. The widths of these units can vary as well. Cuisinart units can range between 8.7''-22.3''. The depths of these units also vary between 3.75''-12.6''. All Cuisinart grills are dishwasher safe, have adjustable temperature controls, and are all certified BPA free. “BPA stands for bisphenol A.

BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.”2


Let's go to the Judge's Scorecard

The judges have gone to the scorecard to determine which indoor grill is the better option for your home. Either way the biggest winner in this fight is you the customer. These indoor grills are a great way to keep yourself lean and fit.

Tip: Grilled vegetables can be a great tasting and great for you snack. Take some fresh vegetables and put on some garlic, pepper, salt, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Place them on the grill wait a few minutes and enjoy!

The judges have decided that it is an absolute draw. They recommend that the consumer purchases both units and decides which one they like better based on three different criteria. These criteria include taste of the meat, features of the unit, and how easily the grills can be cleaned. So we are leaving it up to you the people who will you crown the champion of the indoor grills?