Cutting Time with Contact Grilling

Contact Grilling Tips and Tricks Blog

One of the great things about your George Foreman grill is that it cuts cooking time drastically by cooking food from both sides. Traditionally, grilling is a longer cooking process because it involves flipping food halfway through your cooking time to evenly mark and cook the food correctly. However, indoor contact grills (starting with the original Champ™ grill that launched the technology as a whole) cook from both sides at once with a top and bottom grill plate press system.

The heavy weight when you lift the cover of your grill is there for a reason to press food correctly.

Have you ever wondered why the top cover of your George Foreman grill is a little heavy? This is actually a technical part of the design that contributes to making it cook well. The cover and top plate are designed to a specific weight in order to ensure the grill presses food correctly, so the cooking will be even from top to bottom. A lighter cover might not press as well, leading to inconsistent results.

When cooking on your contact grill, you want to make sure to account for the cut in cooking time so you don’t overcook or burn your food. As a general rule of thumb, anything besides poultry will cook in less than ten minutes. If you have your Use & Care manual, always check it first to see if the cooking chart lists the cook time for that particular food or cut. If it’s not included or you’ve lost your Use & Care manual, you can use the following ranges to serve as a reference:

  • Burgers (including Turkey Burgers): 4 – 6 minutes, depending on the thickness (add 1 – 2 minutes for frozen)
  • Hot Dogs: 4 – 5 minutes
  • Steak: 4 – 8 minutes, depending on the thickness of the cut
  • Pork: 4 – 6 minutes, depending on the cut
  • Sausage: 4 – 6 minutes, depending on thickness of link or patty
  • Bacon: 6 – 8 minutes
  • Chicken: 10 – 13 minutes, depending on thickness and parts being cooked
  • Turkey: 9 – 11 minutes, depending on thickness and parts being cooked
  • Fish: 4 – 7 minutes, except for Salmon Steaks (cook 7 – 9)
  • Shrimp: 3 – 4 minutes
  • Sandwiches & Wraps: 3 – 4 minutes