Hamilton Beach 25300 Meal Maker Express Indoor Extra Large Contact Grill
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- 16 by 9-1/2 by 6 inches; stores upright
- Grills closes for quick, two-sided cooking or opens to double grill space
- Heavy, nonstick top and bottom grills
- Healthful cooking method, as fat drips into removable tray
- Timer automatically shuts off grill after cooking
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Note that unlike some other grills, the wedges form a flat "surface"---only the grooves are slanted. That means if you put a hotdog on the grill, it won't start rolling. (Now try that with the slanted ones... and don't think you can fix this problem by putting the hotdog in the "vertical" orientation, 'cos the grooves are vertical too and you want to put the hotdog perpendicular to the grooves in order for the fat to be drained efficiently.)
So that's what I expect from a good grill. What I didn't expect is: this grill can also toast home-made bread very well. I happen to have a bread maker and for a long time I don't like the result of my toaster because, as you know, home-made bread are hard to slice thin and so each slice is thicker. Out of curiosity I tried to "grill" a slice of bread with my new grill and what I got is surprisingly good toast. Now I am using this grill as a toaster in the morning. And did I mention you can use this to make grill cheese sandwich in five minutes too? :P
We are very happy with it. The pluses are that it cooks great with it's top and bottom cooking, gives you a timer to limit how long you cook so you don't overcook, is very easy to clean up, and has a slanted surface to drain off the fat into a small removeable fat holder. It folds up and stores on it's side -- very nice!
The only less-positive comment is that the grill area does not come out, which would make cleaning the outside edges a bit easier (I'm sloppy at times so at rare times, the sauce goes outside the main grill area). Also, you can not adjust the temperature. (Not that I would know what to adjust it to.)
However both of these points are common to most of the other grills and they are minor.
All in all, I'm extremely happy with the grill! And the food it cooks taste great! I''d by it again if I needed to.
Now, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to use this grill in a small room (ie. dorm) unless you don't mind your place smelling like a busy kitchen for a few hours. Also, this appliance is not the easiest thing to clean.
Also, the Extra Large Contact Grill is only large compared to the smaller foreman grills. It really will only hold about two steaks, 3 burgers (2 if they're big), 3 chicken breasts, and about 2 lrg pork chops. If you have a big family, I suggest you go up one model to the even bigger grill.
In conclusion: Great grill for smaller families. Awesome grill for college folks in an apt/house. Not so good for dormatories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought one of these several years ago and use it for burgers, chicken, hot dogs, etc. It is easy to clean because the grills just snap out and I put into the dishwasher or clean... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lizzie Mae
have used the George Foreman Grill, then bought this one - love it! The only downside is that it doesn't close all the way when grilling thick steak or chicken, but it still works... Read morePublished on August 23, 2003
I got this from a friend, and let me tell you, it is a great item! It is easy to use (but kind of hard to clean, especially with greasy foods). Read morePublished on March 14, 2003 by Amazon Customer
If you only need to use this ... for a year or less, buy it. I bought mine last May and it recently stopped heating altogether. Read morePublished on March 24, 2002
I was in the market for an indoor grill so I decided to get this one cuz I got it for a very good deal. Read morePublished on January 15, 2002 by M.Y.
This grill performs much better than expected. Burgers, chicken and fish are great. Clean up is relatively easy. A super way to put have a meal on the table in no time at all. Read morePublished on December 9, 2001
This grill rules. Clean up is a pain when making something messy, but overall this makes great food and its very easy. Buy this, you can beat the price!Published on October 29, 2001 by David Ward
The easiest way to clean the grill is to have a washrag
or kitchen towel specifically for the job. Read more
I love this grill so much that I bought 2 more, we use is at
least 4 times a week. Everything I cook has come out perfect. Read more