Yes, the Cuisinart® 5-in-1 Griddler™ can be used to cook steak or hamburger one of two ways. Please see detailed information from the owner's manual below. Please note that the entire manual can be downloaded from the cuisinart.ca website. Just search for Model # CGR-4C.
Contact Grill: Use the Griddler™ as a Contact Grill to cook burgers, boneless pieces of meat and thin cuts of meat and vegetables. The Contact Grill function works best when you want to cook something in a short amount of time or when you are looking for a healthy method of grilling. When cooked on the Contact Grill, food will cook quickly because you are grilling both sides of the food item at the same time. The ribs on the grill plates combined with the grease spout at the corner of the plate allow the grease to drip from the meat and drain off the plates. When the Griddler™ is used as a Contact Grill the grill plates are recommended. Rest the cover evenly on top of the food until it has reached the desired cooked temperature. The Griddler™ was designed with a unique handle and hinge that allows the cover to adjust to the thickness of the food. You can easily grill nything from a thinly-sliced potato to a thick sirloin steak with even results.
Open Grill: Use the Griddler™ as an Open Grill to cook burgers, steak, poultry (we do not recommend cooking bone-in chicken, since it does not cook evenly on an open grill), fish and vegetables. Cooking on the Open Grill is the most versatile method of using the Griddler™. In the open position, you have double the surface area (200 sq. inches) for grilling. You have the option of cooking different types of foods on separate plates without combining their flavours, or cooking large amounts of the same type of food. The open position also accommodates different cuts of meat with varying thicknesses, allowing you to cook each piece to your liking. “Open Grill” refers to using the Griddler™ with the cover laying flat, creating a double, flat cooking surface. In this position, the foods you are grilling will have to be turned over for cooking. When the Griddler™ is used as an Open Grill, the grill plates should be used.
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