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Let’s face it: Everyone loves grilling season. No matter your dietary restrictions or cuisine preferences, there’s one thing that’s certain — almost any food can be grilled.
Those of us who don’t have the luxury of owning an outdoor grill or simply can’t afford one of those luxe options from brands like LeCreuset, shouldn’t have to miss out on the fun. With this in mind, the folks at Lekue have created a compact non-stick grill that’s made to prepare grilled meals fast and easy in the microwave, and shoppers say it’s the best item they’ve “ever purchased.”
Shop: Lukue Microwave Grill, Sandwich Maker and Panini Press, $40.94
According to its product description, this unique microwave grill triples as a sandwich maker and panini press. The gadget is said to thoroughly grill the likes of meats, fish, sandwiches, quesadillas, vegetables and more “in a few minutes,” and it’s all done in the microwave.
The product is made of microwave-approved material that “transforms microwave energy into heat,” allowing for foods to be fully cooked while in the countertop appliance.
Here’s how it works: Preheat the grill in the microwave for three minutes, then place your food of choice on top of the base grill. Once everything’s nested in, secure the top plate with the included silicone bands and get to grilling in your microwave.
For those preparing meats, fish and veggies, a cooking time guide is included with the purchase to ensure that they are cooked through to your liking.
Also, unlike standard grills that may require heavy maintenance and cleaning, the Lekue microwave grill features a non-stick cooking surface that makes clean-up a breeze. Also this coating “decreases the need for oil or butter” and, for added convenience, the product is completely dishwasher safe.
So, what are shoppers saying about this 4.4-star rated product? One shopper dubbed the gadget his “best purchase ever,” before specifying that he uses it to toast sandwiches that are “not gummy” and to heat pizza and wings.
Continuing along with the general consensus that this is an all-star product, another five-star reviewer called this microwave grill the “best item I have ever purchased.”
“We all use it daily,” she wrote. “My 11-year-old son makes a quesadilla or sandwich every morning before school for his lunch with this grill … It is the quickest and easiest way to make a hot meal.”
The only minor adjustment one shopper pointed out is that he had to coat the outside the grill with olive oil to achieve a crispy sandwich outer. This was clearly not a setback, as he added that “it works! And well!“
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