A good friend recently gave me this grill, and I am pretty much in love. It’s not the first George Foreman that I’ve owned or even the first that I’ve reviewed. But it’s the one I like the best by far.
For starters, the GRP99 is much larger. It’s about twice as large as my original. One site says it “serves” six but you’re easily going to get four burgers on this, thanks to the 100-square-inch cooking surface. It’s 17″ by 7″ so it takes up quite a bit of cover space, and it won’t fit in many cabinets. I keep mine on top of the fridge when not in use.
Secondly, the grill plates are removable, and you can stick them into the dishwasher. I don’t do this, but it makes it much easier to wash by hand, too. There’s clips you pull to the side to remove them, but they’re a little loose when you’re putting it back on, so you’ve got to make sure that the plates are actually locked into place before locking them together.
Secondly, the grill has a digital temperature system, so you can set a specific temperature, and the grill will preheat just like your oven. The booklet it comes with has recommended settings for most of the foods you’ll eat, which is handy. I’ve only made burgers since I’ve gotten this, but you can cook your food exactly as you like it.
Another new option is the timer, which you can set and forget about until it goes off. I love this because I hate standing over my food while I cook it. There’s LED screens to let you know the remaining time and temperature. There’s also a power button, which the previous grills didn’t have. They just turned on when you plugged them in, and while this isn’t a necessary addition, it’s nice.
Of course, I love the covered grill because you can cook both sides of your food simultaneously. Some other reviewers have mentioned that the plates don’t get hot enough to sear food, which might not matter depending upon what you’re grilling. There’s some things that are better on the real grill, but this one’s great if you don’t have the space or time to maintain a gas grill.
Like other George Foreman grills, this one slightly declines into a washable drip tray. This GRP99 came with two and two plastic spatulas for flipping food and cleaning off any large particles from your grill plates. The tilted design means that grease moves away from your food, instead of your food cooking directly in it. The closed design also eliminates grease splatters.
I’ve used this about once per week since I got the grill, and I can see myself continuing to use it for brats, hot dogs, vegetables and other food. You could also use it for seafood, but I’m not a big fan. I’ll probably also try various grilled cheese sandwiches in the future, too!