A lot of products we test on "Does It Work?" make use of the microwave oven. It's like the makers of these "as seen on TV" products haven't moved past their 1975 fascination with the microwave. And again this week, we have another product that tries to find another use for the microwave. This time we're turning it into a grill with the Micro Grill. Question is: "Does It Work?"
It's right there on the box. The Micro Grill "transforms your microwave into a turbo-charged grilling machine." "Complete meals in under 7 minutes," it says. And it "works in any microwave." We opened the box and found an instruction book filled with Micro Grill recipes. We got the Micro Grill itself and two plastic things called baker spacers. They're supposed to allow you to make pastries in this thing.
Before you can start using the Micro Grill, you have to preheat it for a few minutes in the microwave. When you pull it out will be hot, so be careful. This is a good time to note, there are no cords or dials to worry about. It's also a good time to note only one steak of any size will fit on here at a time. We seasoned a fresh, non-frozen steak on both sides and put it in the Micro Grill and into the microwave for 5 minutes as instructed.
We had high hopes. The box claims you don't get that rubbery texture you might expect from a microwave cooked steak, because the "Micro Grill blocks the microwaves from directly penetrating your food." When the steak comes out, we notice it's dark brown around the edges and it's missing those pretty grill lines shown on the box. Well, taste would be the true test. And it did not pass.
The steak was rubbery and bland. The closer we ate out toward the edges, the worse it got. We tried a frozen hamburger and the results were worse. We couldn't eat it. The taste and texture was awful, even though the instructions claim the Micro Grill can cook a perfect hamburger in 3 minutes with no thawing.
"Does It Work?" We give the Micro Grill a "no".
The Micro Grill sells for about $35 and is available online.