George Foreman Grill & Grilling: 18 FAQ’s answered

Last Updated on March 2, 2022

The questions and answers below are related to George Foreman Grills in general and not to any individual grill

Whether you are the proud owner of a George Foreman Grill or you are contemplating buying one, you will no doubt have many questions, such as:

How to clean your grill, What food to cook, How to store it, and many more.

Yes, all removable grill plates including the drip tray can go in the dishwasher. So easy and convenient.

When you’ve finished cooking, unplug the grill. Place a few layers of damp paper towels on the plates and close the lid. Leave for about 15 minutes, then wipe with clean paper towels or a soft brush.

It is highly recommended to clean all plates and any parts of the grill you’ve used to cook food on, after every use.
Warning: Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive pads to clean non-stick plates, as this will scratch the coating and ruin it. 

We use a special nylon brush just for that purpose with a lifetime warranty.
Do not soak your entire grill in a sink full of water. This will most certainly damage the heating elements of your grill.

The George Foreman grill plates are coated with a non-stick surface to prevent food from sticking.   With wear and tear this coating may start to flake, the best and safest way to remedy this is to replace the plates with new ones.

  • Make sure your grill is clean before you use it.
  • The grill must be hot before you add food to it.
  • Brushing the grill grate lightly with cooking oil will help prevent food from sticking,

It is best stored inside however if you must store it outside make sure it’s protected from the elements with a waterproof grill cover or taupe.

Yes, you can use an outdoor extension cord with your grill, make sure the cord has the suffix “W” and has a tag saying:


Check that the extension cord has at least the same electrical rating as the grill. (For example, 1200 watts.)

To help you lift your food from the grill, you will need some basic grilling tools like:

  • A pair of long-handled heat resistant tongs with non-stick silicone tips to lift the meat, 
  • A long-handled spatula for steaks, burgers and fish.
  • A pair of heavy-duty heat-proof

    Never use metal utensils on your non-stick cooking plates as they will scratch the surface and may ruin the plates.
    Use wood, silicone or heat-proof non-stick utensils.

Grilling tools made from silicone, plastic or wood can be placed in the dishwasher or washed with warm soapy water in the sink.

Do this as soon as possible after use or soak them in warm soapy water until you’re ready to wash them this will avoid grease hardening on them making them easier to clean.

Store the tools away in a cupboard or covered with a cloth when not in use to protect them from dust and moisture.

For best results heat your grill for 5 to 6 minutes before cooking your food and choose boneless meats for best results.

Yes, the grill will turn off automatically if it becomes too hot.
This is a safety measure that helps to avoid any mishaps if you leave the grill on accidentally.

Although the grilling plates on the George Foreman Grills are non-stick and easy to clean you may want to protect them even further.
Placing aluminium foil on the grilling plates before you commence cooking is an excellent way to keep your grill clean.

We actually use special grilling mats that are non-stick, reusable and easy to clean in warm soapy water.

Research from PubMed suggests the dangers of cooking food with aluminium foil can result in leaching from the foil and cause contamination when heated to very high temperatures.

You will find further information by clicking the research link below.
                    PUBMED research for aluminium.

The shiny side of aluminium foil reflects heat, so if you place food with the shiny side facing the food the heat is reflected onto the food, but that’s only a theory.

It doesn’t really matter which side you use as the difference is minimal. However, if you’re using the non-stick foil then you should place the food on the coated side (dull side).

You can cook a variety of fish on the George Foreman Grill including cod, salmon, catfish and more, all perfectly easy and tastes beautiful.

We always use a non stick foil but otherwise brush the fish with a high heat oil such as canola oil or rapeseed oil. Then wipe the grill, lay your fish on the plates and grill at very high temperature.

Vegetables are delicious when grilled, simply place them on the preheated grill, cook both sides for approx. 6 minutes each side, or until tender but not soggy.
We found this great recipe for you on how to grill vegetables to perfection. (This is our favorite grilled veggie recipe.) try it.


I hope you found the questions and answers you were looking for and they have helped you solve a problem you may have had concerning George Foreman Grills or grilling. 

If there are any other questions that you feel should be added to this list or you have suggestions on how I can make things better, then do not hesitate to contact us we would love to hear from you and you will be helping others too.