Topic Title: To open or not to open
Created on October 12, 2008 at 10:11 AM

Martin James

A question for all of you with experience:

Most of us want to always "turn" our meat when cooking. But it seems this is not at all necessary with the Holland. And actually, it is counter productive as you loose heat when opening the lid.

So my question is this: Is it possible to cook everything without opening the lid?



When I cook whole chickens, turkeys, etc, I never turn them. Just put them on & take them off when done, usually determined by the internal temp.
On steaks, burgers, chicken pieces & the like, I do turn them once about 1/2 way through the cooking time. This browns & cooks them more evenly in my opinion.
What I don't do is open the lid all the way when turning the food. Just hold it part way open so you don't lose all the heat inside.


A good rule of thumb when cooking on the Holland is, if what you're cooking takes over an hour, don't turn it. Less than an hour like burgers, chops, steaks.......turn it once. You can cook burgers without turning them but they look better and i like to turn them to flop the grease off one side. I'll say one thing for Holland Grill, I've never eaten a bad meal off one.


PS--use tongs to turn burgers, chicken legs, etc. It keeps you from splashing grease over the drip pan.