If someone claims George Foreman method cuts the fat from meat, it is totally wrong.
No significant difference in fat amounts. Most of the drippings are simply meat juice and water as in any grilling method.
While the fat and food juices drop over the heat source, the George Foreman Grill (it is not a Grill) retains them and that’s why people think the equipment cuts more fat from the food.
Even using some Marketing tricks as explaining that the fat will go to a recipient (on any of the grill systems the fat also drop from the food) it still burns on the surface of the equipment. If the fat stay in touch with the food it will be just a different way of frying.
On the Salton Company George Foreman marketing campaigns they say explore the fat reducing idea in a way to sell. These contact grills have the words “lean, mean fat reducing” printed right on the top of them. The disclaimer from Salton says that the grill reduces fat 4 percent more than pan frying. Say we pan fried a hamburger patty that was 20 percent fat. If pan frying reduced the fat by 50 percent then the Foreman Grill would reduce the fat by 52 percent or 4 percent more. Not a big change. When Consumer Reports looked into the situation they found “no significant” difference between pan frying and the Foreman Grill. If you think about the fact that pan frying is one of the least healthy ways to cook, they you really need to take these claims for what they are, a great way to become one of the biggest selling appliances in the last ten years.
On the original equipment, the food is cooked directly on a heavy cast-iron pan or ridged griddle pan. The cooking surface should be lightly seasoned to avoid sticking. besides the un-healthy cooking way with the use of fat, another great disadvantage of it is that the food will be seared on their own juices/fat and the production of heterocyclic amines is not avoided.
During the Good Housekeeping Institute research they saw that when done, the Foreman hamburgers did look appealing, but did they taste better than the others? Three Natick firemen served as taste experts. One thought they tasted the same, and the other two preferred the regular gas-grilled burgers.
Though George Foreman sells his grill as a healthy alternative, in all researches they couldn’t find any real evidence of that.
If you want to know more about the healthiest grill method, please check the Healthy Grill Method / System blog post.