The Grill with Lots of Features!
The George Foreman Evolve Grill has some new features like searing, digital control panel, searing option, ceramic plates, adjustable angle, and floating hinge. Plus, you get with the purchase 2 waffle plates to bake waffles on a Forman Grill. The grill removes up to 42% of the fat from cooking meats. Enjoy eating meat without the extra grease.
The plates are removable so they can be cleaned in the dishwasher which makes cleanup a lot easier verses the older grill models that didn’t have removable plates.
The grill is in the premium category of George Foreman Grills. It is more expensive than the basic grills. But, with the added new features it will make the cost less profound because you can do so much more than grilling meat and fish.
Another feature of this grill is that the plates are PTFE-free and PFOA-free and they are coated with multilayered ceramic coating that is more durable than prior models and can reach the highest temperature of other indoor grills.
This model grill was introduced in 2014 and came with a baking grill, flat griddle and muffin pan. Some of these additional accessories for this grill are difficult to find in stores.
The Evolve Grill Features
Below we will describe all of the new features that this grill has. This will allow you to compare this model with other indoor contact grill brands.
Removable Ceramic Plates
This model comes with improved grill plates that is covered with a multi-layered nonstick ceramic coating that is more durable than prior models and they are removable. It allows the grill to reach temperatures up to 500 degrees F.
The ceramic coating simplifies cleanup and reduces the need for excess oil and butter which is good for your health.
Having removable plates makes for easy cleanup after using the grill. They can be washed in the sink or in the dishwasher. This is a vast improvement over the grills that do not have this feature.
In the past, you had to wait for the grill to cool off to clean it using paper towels and a special pad and spatula to remove the grime off the grill plates.
Since, this model comes with waffle plates, you can easily attach them using the cool-touch release feature at the top and bottom of the grill. It makes interchanging the waffle and the grill plates easy and without any hassle.
The plates are PTFE and PFOA free. This means that the plates were manufactured without any PFOA and PTFE in the manufacturing process.
As a reminder, never use metal utensils on the grill plates as they can damage the non-stick coating.
Digital Control Panel
The digital control panel clearly displays the cooking time and the grilling temperature during the cooking process. The temperatures range from 300-450 degrees, plus the 500 degree searing burst. The temperatures can be adjusted in 25 degree increments.
The buttons are level with the exterior, making the surface easy to clean. The timer can be adjusted in 1 minute increments. The time can be set for minimum of 1 minute and a maximum of 20 minutes.
Seeing the time and temperature of the food being grilled is important. So, when the timer reaches zero, the food will be done according to your liking. Also, a beeping sound will be heard.
This is a vast improvement over the earlier George Foreman Grills that did not have this feature. You had to watch the time manually and check to determine if the food is done by lifting the lid each time.
500 Degree Searing Burst
This is a new feature that allows the heat of the grill to burst up to 500 degrees for 90 seconds by the press of a button. This feature is invoked when you set the temperature to 350 degrees and then press SEAR. A red LED will illuminate and the display will flash 500 degrees F while preheating. This could take between 8 to 10 minutes.
When the searing temperature is reched you place the food on the grill and the timer will begin the 90 second countdown at the searing temperature. When the searing is done, the unit will go back to the default preset temperature of 350 degrees.
Now, you have the option to sear various types of meat just like the quality restaurants do. Once the searing function is over the unit automatically returns to the preset temperature after 90 seconds.
Some meats do require you to sear them first before cooking which helps lock in their juices. This makes for a moist and juicy result when removed from the grill. Prior to this feature, you had to sear the meat in a pan on the stove than transfer it to the grill.
The old Foreman Grill models had only one temperature setting.
In the owner’s manual there is a section describing the searing function and how long to cook the meat after the searing time is done.
You will like this feature and will be using it a lot.
The adjustable angle feature allows you to adjust the angle of the grill to be flat or angle tilt for grilling various types of foods. Some foods will use the angle tilt so that the fat can drip off during cooking into the drip tray. While other foods, require the grill to be flat so that the food will not slip off the bottom gill plate.
With this feature, you can cook eggs, sandwiches, and other types of fruits, vegetables and paninis that require a flat surface for grilling.
Another nice feature of this grill is the floating hinge. The floating hinge allows for the space between the grill plates to adjust to the thickness of the food being put on the grill.
This feature will accommodate the thin slices of bacon and thick cuts of steak as they will fit between the grill plates. It will help the food to maintain ideal thickness and juiciness when coming off the grill.
The model GRP4842P comes with 2 waffle plates for the top and bottom. They do not have the ceramic coating as the grill plates have. They do have the George Tough coating which is 3 times stronger than earlier models.
What is nice here is you can now cook waffles using the George Foreman Grill. This could not be done with earlier grill models. This is all accomplished just by removing the grill plates and attaching the waffle plates.
Who Is Behind The Grill?
The face of this product is George Foreman. You will see his name on any grill that is manufactured today. He sponsored this product (basic grills) in 1994, with the first grill being the “Mean Grilling Fat Reducing Machine” commercials. At the time it was bold in its claim of removing the fat from grilled meat. However, the facts were true.
Because of the design of a 15 degree tilt to the grill, as the foods were being cooked the grease rolled off and down into the drip tray in front of the grill.
I remember when I got my first George Foreman Grill it was amazing as I saw how much fat rolled off the meat during the grilling process.
You may still see George Foreman commercials on some of his latest model grills especially on the Home Shopping Network.
Video: Evolve Grill System Review
An excellent video showing the features of the Evolve Grill.
How Does The Evolve Grill Work?
Whichever model George Foreman Grill, including the Evolve Grill, you buy they all work the same. The grill is tilted 15 degrees so the grease will roll off while the foods are being cooked. With the newest models, you can control the temperature and the time the foods can cook. When the foods are done, some models will beep to let you know the food is done.
- The Evolve Grill has a adjustable angle feature to allow you to make the grill flat for grilling certain foods that require a flat surface.
- Basically, you just plug it in, set the time and temperature for the type of food being grilled and wait until the grill is preheated. This usually takes between 5 to 7 minutes.
- On the older models, the green light would aluminate to alert you that the grill is ready.
- Once ready, place the food to be cooked on the grill and close the lid.
- On the newer models, a preset timer would be set and a countdown LED light would be displayed on the panel. On older grill models, you have to monitor the time yourself.
The models vary by the amount of food they can cook at one setting anywhere from 2 servings up to 15.
The George Foreman Grills come in four categories: Basic, Advanced, Premium, and Indoor/Outdoor.
As you move up in a category, you can expect to pay a higher price, larger grilling space, and features are available than the prior category models.
What Do You Get?
With the Evolve Grill model GRP4842P you get the following:
- Evolve Grill
- 2 Ceramic Grill Coated Plates
- 2 Waffle Plates (George Tough Coating)
- Drip Tray
- User’s Manual
- 3-Year Warranty
Evolve Grill Specifications
- Brand: George Foreman Evolve Grill
- Manufacture: Spectrum Brands
- Model #: GRP4842P
- Weight:5 lbs.
- Cord Length: 22 Inches
- Dimensions: 14”D x 14”W x 13.5”H
- Grilling Surface: 84 Sq. Inches
- Voltage: 110 Volts
- Color: Platinum
- Finish Type: Oil
- Material: Plastic
- Servings: 5
- Digital Control Panel: Yes
- Drip Tray: Yes
- Searing Option: Yes
- Non-Stick Surface: Yes
- Plates & Drip Tray Dishwasher Safe: Yes
- Adjustable Angle: Yes
- Floating Hinge: Yes
- Removable Plates: Yes
- Variable Temperature Control: Yes
- Grill Plates & Waffle Plates Included: Yes
- Warranty: 3-Years
- Made: In China & Indonesia
- In The Box: Evolve Grill, 2 Grill Plates, 2 Waffle Plates, Drip Tray, Spatula, and Owner’s Manual
- Digital Control Panel
- Removable Plates
- Variable Temperature Control
- Adjustable Angle
- Comes with 2 Non-Stick Waffle Plates
- Floating Hinge
- Searing Feature
- 3-Year Warranty
- Made in In China & Indonesia
- Hard to find bake pan and muffin pan accessories
The George Foreman Evolve Grill has a lot going for it because of the features. It has features that the earlier models did not have. It puts you in control of the cooking time and temperature for grilling foods the way you like.
The adjustable hinge is helpful for grilling thick or thin foods with ease. As well as the adjustable angle for tilting the grill for removing fat, or lying flat for foods that require the grill to be level with the counter top so they don’t fall off the grill.
With so many nice new features, you will be using this grill for lots of delicious meals whether steak, pork, lamb, or fish.
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