A George Foreman grill brings the grilled taste of outdoor cooking inside. The nonstick grill is sloped downward, which enables the grease and some of the fat to drain off the meat, which reduces the total fat content of the burger. Another plus is that the George Foreman grill is more convenient and easier to clean than a baking sheet in the oven or a skillet on the top of your stove. Once you have the technique down, you can experiment with different types of burgers to expand your cooking repertoire.
Plug in the George Foreman grill and preheat it to medium high.
Remove the ground beef from the package and place it in a medium-sized bowl. Season the meat with salt, pepper and your choice of dried herbs and spices such as paprika, basil, thyme or rosemary. Add complementary ingredients, such as minced garlic or diced onions, to the ground beef mixture to further enhance the flavor.
Mix the ground beef combination until the seasonings and ingredients are well incorporated. Use a rubber spatula or clean hands to do this.
Separate approximately a 1/4-pound chunk of raw ground beef from the mixture and roll it into a ball. Gently press the ball between your hands to form a flat patty. Repeat with the remaining ground beef mixture.
Place the patties on the preheated George Foreman grill and close the lid. Allow the burgers to grill until they're cooked through. Repeat this process as many times as it takes -- some George Foreman grills can only cook two burgers at a time, while larger versions might be able to cook three or four patties.
Remove the cooked burgers from the grill using a plastic spatula, which won't scratch the surface of the grill.
Transfer the patties to a serving platter and serve them immediately, with your choice of toppings such as low-fat cheese, onion slices, tomatoes, lettuce or avocado.
Things You'll Need
Herbs and spices
Assorted burger toppings
George Foreman grills heat on the top and bottom, which means that you don't need to flip your burgers halfway through the cooking process.
Replace the ground beef with ground turkey or chicken to make burgers. Experiment with seasonings and add-ins to customize your burger-making repertoire.
Always cook your burgers to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, cautions the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is the minimum temperature necessary to destroy bacteria that could make you sick. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your burgers before eating them.