Have a George Foreman grill? Steak is easy once you learn the proper way to cook with an electric indoor grill. You don't have to worry about grilling in the rain or in frigid temps, and you can still get the flavor you love.
What's a George Foreman Grill?
According to the National Museum of American History, the George Foreman Lean Mean Fat-Reducing machine was first introduced in 1994. What makes this indoor grill different from others available on the market is the 10-degree slope. This allows fat to drain away from the food during cooking. Foreman did not invent the grill, but was sought out as a spokesperson for the product by inventor Michael Boehm.
Charred meat, according to the National Cancer Institute, has components that cause changes in the DNA that may increase the risk of cancer. If you're worried about what those grill marks have been doing to your overall health, indoor grills provide healthy grilling alternatives.
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George Foreman Grill Steak
If you're ready to try your George Foreman grill, steak is a great place to start. Though it may be intimidating to use an electric grill if you're used to using a charcoal or gas grill, you can still get the same great-tasting meal, it's just done a bit differently.
When making George Foreman grill steak, you want to cook the meat high and fast. Season or marinate according to your tastes. When you're ready to cook, preheat the grill for at least five minutes with the lid closed, on the high setting if you have it.
Thin steaks, those less than 1 1/2 inches thick, can be done in as little as two to three minutes for medium-rare, though you should plan on cooking for four to seven minutes for medium-rare and six to nine minutes for medium. If you want cross grill marks, turn steaks one-quarter turn during grilling.
The Department of Health and Human Services says steak should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit and allowed to rest for three minutes for safety.
According to the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, indoor grills like the George Foreman cook at high temperatures. You should not use any metal accessories as they can damage the grills non-stick surface. the drip trays that come with the grill are designed to catch excess fat, melted butter, sauces and marinades as they drift away from the foods. Keep a close eye on the tray to ensure it doesn't overflow.
George Foreman Grill Recipes
Once you've finished your George Foreman grill steak, you may be looking for side dishes to go along with it, or other recipes you can make on your indoor grill. Why not try a LIVESTRONG.com recipe for Grilled Shrimp Kabab for a surf-and-turf or Grilled Veggie Quinoa Salad?
If you're a fan of the smoky flavor you get with an outdoor grill, add liquid smoke to your meat during cooking. According to the American Meat Science Association, using liquid smoke dates back to the 19th century. You can buy it in many grocery stores in a variety of flavors such as pecan, hickory, apple and Mesquite. The product is made from real smoke, and works well for a number of George Foreman grill recipes.
The good news is, you can take any grilled recipes you find and convert them to George Foreman grill recipes. Follow the instructions that came with your grill for guidelines on temperatures and times.
- National Museum of American History: "George Foreman Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine"
- National Cancer Institute: "Chemicals in Meat Cooked at High Temperatures and Cancer Risk"
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: "Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures Charts"
- Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired: "George Foreman Grill - Indoor Grilling Recipes and Tips Exclusively for the Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Machine"
- American Meat Science Association: "Liquid Smoke"