University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County

Helping you prepare healthy foods in a hurry

Alice Henneman, MS, Registered Dietitian and Extension Educator
University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County

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The Thrill of the (Double-sided) Grill!

double-sided grillResearch by Washington State University found the best method of safely grilling meats is using a double-sided (clam-shell) type grill that cooks both sides of the meat at once. These grills also are one of the fastest and easiest means of grilling meat.

An added benefit of a clamshell grill is the ease of taking the temperature of thin cuts of meat from the side. According to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture study, 1 out of every 4 hamburgers turns brown in the middle before it reaches a safe internal temperature. Using a food thermometer is the only way to assure a safe temperature.

Using a thermometer also assures the best flavor by helping you avoid overcooked foods. For more information on recommended cooking temperatures, see "Pass the Taste Test: Use a Thermometer" at

Try grilling sandwiches on a double-sided grill, too! Here's a recipe to get you started.

(Made on a double-sided electric grill)

  1. Start heating grill.

  2. Spread the outside of two pieces of bread with butter, margarine or olive oil.

  3. Place sliced or grated cheese between the bread with the buttered sides of the bread toward the outside.

  4. Grill on preheated grill until the outside of the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted. Time will vary, depending on the -- it may take 2 or more minutes. Start checking early the first time you make these.


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Alice C. Henneman, MS, RD
Extension Educator
University of Nebraska
Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County

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