How to clean a teflon foreman grill

Updated February 21, 2017

You can safely clean a Teflon Foreman Grill in just a few minutes. The George Foreman Grill is an electrically heated indoor cooking device with two opposing grill plates. The grooved plates of the Foreman Grill have a non-stick coating of the plastic polymer Teflon to make it easier to remove the cooked foods. The Foreman grill quickly cooks a variety foods without causing them to stick, as long as the Teflon surface remains clean.

Scrape the grooves of the Teflon-coated surface with the plastic Foreman Grill scraper while they are still hot. Push all the loose debris into the drip tray below the grill. The scraper comes with the Foreman Grill and has indentations to perfectly fit over the grooves on the grill plates.

Place three layers of wet paper towels on the surface of the hotplates and close the grill. Unplug the Teflon Foreman Grill and allow it to cool for an hour. Lift open the cooled grill, discard the paper towels and slide out the plastic handles at the sides of each Teflon grill plate to release them.

Lower both grill plates into a large tub or sink. Add hot water until both Teflon-coated plates are submerged. Pour in 2 or 3 tbsp of liquid dish soap and splash in some more hot water to create suds.

Dip a nonabrasive sponge into the soapy water and wring out most of the excess moisture. Wipe down all the surfaces of the Foreman Grill with the slightly moist sponge. Hand-wash the drip tray or put it into the dishwasher for a wash cycle.

Drain the sink or tub after three hours or more. Scrub the Teflon surfaces with a nylon bristle brush to remove all the loosened food material. Dry the Foreman Gill and grill plates completely before snapping them back on and using the grill again.


Heat the Foreman Grill for at least five minutes before putting food on to further reduce sticking.


Teflon surfaces can be damaged in the harsh environment of the dishwasher. Soak and hand-wash every time to make the grill plates last.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic grill scraper
  • Paper towels
  • Large tub or sink
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Nonabrasive sponge
  • Nylon bristle brush
  • Kitchen towel
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