Things you WANT to know about Sunbeam’s GC7850B Sandwich Press & Contact Grill

July 31st, 2015

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The Product

There are tons of different contact grills available on the market at the moment, and we absolutely love it!

But to give you the most accurate and honest feedback, I will be focusing on the Sunbeam GC7850B sandwich press & contact grill today, as I personally have one in my kitchen at home, which I use day in and day out.

GC7850B_primary_1The Hard Facts

Let’s have a chat about the amazing features and functions the GC7850B has to offer, and you’ll soon see why I absolutely love my sandwich press and contact grill:

Two-sided grilling & compact design

There is a device, which locks the plates firmly together for compact storage. This feature is also handy for fast 2 sided grilling, making it the perfect cooking appliance for toasted sammies! Because who doesn’t like a good toasted sandwich?


Easy operation

To change between the sandwich press and contact grill, all you need to do is twist the RotoDial™, which is extremely simple.

Just like a mini portable BBQ

The top plate is ribbed to achieve grill marks and perfectly sear meats, while the flat bottom plate is perfect for sandwiches, various skewered food, and vegetables. Anything you cook on a BBQ, you can cook on the GC7850B!

Healthier cooking and grilling

The slopped design ensure fats and other oils run down the hot plate whilst cooking. And to make clean-up easy, all that fatty grossness drips straight down into a removable drip tray. Genius!


Teflon® Platinum Premium™

The non-stick surface of both plates means you can grill and cook without the having to worry about food sticking to the surfaces. This feature is particularly handy when cleaning up.

If the awesome features above don’t get you excited, then maybe the fact you can cook virtually anything on it will! From salmon steaks to scrambled eggs, yes, even scrambled eggs*, the Sunbeam GC7850B sandwich press & contact grill can grill it all.

*You may need to do a bit of tweaking due to sloped plates, but I can tell you, it’s definitely possible!

The Verdict

I love, love, LOVE my Sunbeam contact grill!

And no, I was no sponsored by them to say that, or even sponsored by them to talk about it.  This is just the honest truth on how I feel about them.

It heats up rather quickly, is super simple to operate (Just plug it in, and use the RotoDial™ to change to the preferred settings, and then start cooking) is small enough to use in even in the smallest of kitchens, yet big enough to grill and cook large meals, and the best part, you can grill virtually anything on it! Seriously, what is there not to love about it?


I could rave about the GC7850B all day, but I’ll spare you the long read. But before I go, I’ll leave you with a few hand picked, mouth-watering recipes that will sure to get you excited.

Contact Grill Recipes (From the Sunbeam manual)

(Turn temperature control to Contact Grill Setting)

Greek Lamb Souvlaki (Serves 6)

  • 700g trim lamb, diced
  • 10 kebab skewers, soaked in water


  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1-teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1-teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons crushed garlic


Preheat Contact Grill for 3-5 minutes.

Combine all ingredients of marinade together.

Spray grill plates with cooking spray. Thread diced lamb onto 10 kebab skewers. Place skewers in a deep dish and pour marinade over skewers.

Cook skewers for 10 minutes or until cooked.

Serve with Greek salad and hot crusty bread.

Thai Style Chicken (Serves 4)

  • 4 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 cm piece ginger, peeled
  • 2 large fresh green chillies
  • ¼ cup pure honey
  • Juice of a lemon
  • 4 x 150-200g chicken thigh fillets, fat removed, flatten to one thickness and score.


Combine garlic, ginger, chillies, honey, and lemon in a food processor until processed. Spread this over the chicken. Marinate for 30 minutes or overnight.

Preheat grill for 3-5 minutes. Spray liberally with cooking spray. Cook fillets for 6-10 minutes or until cooked. Turn chicken after 3 minutes to make a cross grill-mark pattern.

Serve with steamed rice noodles topped with fresh herbs.

Salmon and Potato Cakes (Serves 4)

  • 1 x 210g can pink or red salmon drained and flaked
  • 2 cups mashed potato, (not too wet)
  • 1 green shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (optional)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs for coating


In a large bowl combine the salmon, potato, shallot, parsley, egg, salt and pepper. Divide 8 equal portions of mixture and form 8 balls. Roll in breadcrumbs. Place patties on a plate, cover in plastic wrap, refrigerate overnight or for a few hours.

Preheat grill for 3-5 minutes. Spray grill plates with cooking spray. Cook patties 4 at a time for 5-7 minutes, until crispy and golden and hot in the centre. Use a heatproof spatula to remove the patties. Half way through cooking you may want to respray the top grill plate to prevent patties from sticking.

Serve salmon and potato patties with a green salad, lemon and mayonnaise.

Sandwich Press Recipes (From the Sunbeam manual)

(Turn temperature control to Sandwich Press Setting)

Feta and Spanish Focaccia

  • ½ cup fetta cheese, crumbled
  • ½ cup tasty cheese, grated
  • ½ cup cooked spinach, (packed spinach is fine)
  • 2 large pieces focaccia bread, halved


Preheat your Sandwich Press.

Assemble ingredients onto bread and place in Sandwich Press.

Cook for approximately 4 minutes, or until golden brown.

Bagels with Smoked Salmon

  • ¼ cup cream cheese
  • 4 slices smoked salmon
  • 1-tablespoon capers
  • 2 bagels halved


Preheat your Sandwich Press.

Assemble ingredients onto bread and place in Sandwich Press.

Cook for approximately 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown.

Chicken and Walnut Sandwiches

  • 1 cup cooked chicken, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 1-tablespoon sultanas
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4 slices bread, buttered


Preheat your Sandwich Press.

Combine chicken, walnuts, celery, sultanas and mayonnaise. Divide mixture and assemble sandwiches.

Cook for approximately 3 minutes or until golden brown.

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