15 grilling tools with a cult following—and why they’re worth it
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Barbecue season means family, friends, and, of course, lots of good food. But even if you have one of the best grills on the market, there are still a few grilling accessories you should invest in to make the most of your outdoor cooking.
If you want to level up your grilling game but aren't sure where to start, it's helpful to know what everyone else is buying. But don't worry, we did the hard part for you and found the 15 most popular grilling accessories that will make your next cookout absolutely fire.
1. The grill accessories set to handle any menu
Grilling is only as easy as the tools you're using, right? This set from OXO sets you up for success with the essential tools for flipping, turning, and basting anything you throw on the grill.
It includes our favorite grill thongs and spatula, and also comes with an easy-to-clean silicone mat so you can put down your dirty tools without getting barbecue sauce on the your work surface. With a 4.8-star average rating from more than 1,600 reviews, you know this tool set has a solid following.
$70 at Amazon
2. A charcoal grill starter that's better than lighter fluid
Honestly, if you're still starting a charcoal grill with lighter fluid instead of one of these things, you really need to stop what you're doing, get this chimney starter, and never look back.
A grill starter like this lights charcoal quickly and evenly, and doesn't mess with the taste of your food like lighter fluid can. More than 32,000 customers give this item an average 4.8-star rating, so get on board with one of the best grill accessories out there.
$19 at Amazon
3. The best meat thermometer for fool-proof results
There’s nothing worse than cutting into an undercooked or overcooked piece of meat. A digital meat thermometer can save you the pain and embarrassment of serving less than perfect food, and this one from Thermoworks is the best meat thermometer we’ve tested. Plus, it has earned an average of 4.8 stars from more than 2,200 customer reviews.
$35 at ThermoWorks
4. A tough grill brush to keep things clean
Let’s be honest, grills get gross, especially if you’re not diligent about cleaning them after each use. People love this grill brush because it doesn’t have any sharp bristles, which means you won't end up with stray bits of metal in your food. With a solid 4-star rating from over 10,000 reviews, that's a lot of happy grillers.
5. A hamburger press for perfect patties
You could get your hands messy shaping burgers that may or may not cook evenly—or you could have a press do it for you. People love this press from Weston for its adjustable weight.
No matter how hungry your guests are, this press will help you make patties that cook evenly to perfection. A 4.4-star average from over 13,000 customers means you can't go wrong with this press for your next cookout.
$15 at Amazon
6. A basket for easily grilling veggies
Cookouts shouldn't just be about the meat. Reviewers love this grill basket because it heats up evenly and cooks a big batch of veggies all at once. You can also flip it over to grill fish or pizza, giving you new ways to enjoy a backyard cookout. More than 1,500 reviewers give this a 4.7-star average rating.
$20 at Amazon
7. A non-stick grill mat for more versatility
This grill mat from Kona is one of the best on the market, and one of the most popular grilling accessories on Amazon (more than 19,000 reviews with a 4.4-star average). It can handle temperatures up to 600°F, is one of the thickest on the market, and is super easy to clean. Plus, it's handy when you're cooking food that might slip through the grates of the grill.
8. Cubes to help ignite the flame
Honestly, it can be difficult to get the coals lit on your charcoal grill, especially if it’s raining or windy. If you don't have a chimney starter, lighter cubes are another great option to make things a little easier. Other grill lovers (and 18,000+ Amazon reviewers) adore these because they're odorless, non-toxic, and will light even when wet.
$5.50 at Amazon
9. An immersion circulator for meat perfection
Pro tip: sous vide your meat to the perfect temperature before throwing it on the grill for a quick sear and a perfect char. You won’t have to worry about undercooked meat, and it’s way quicker and easier when you’re serving a large group of people.
If that sounds good to you, you’ll want to invest in an immersion circulator—the ChefSteps Joule is our favorite, and more than 3,000 Amazon buyers agree (giving it a 4.7 average star rating).
10. Claws to shred meat in minutes
Shredding meat can be really tedious, especially if you're still just using a couple of forks to get the job done. These meat shredding claws are super popular among Amazon shoppers (with more than 23,000 positive reviews) because they make quick work of whatever meat you need shredded, and they won't slip while you tear your food up.
11. A cast iron skillet to cook more food outside
Cast iron skillets are amazing because they can go from the stovetop directly into the oven. Which means, yes, they can also be used on the grill (or over an open flame to upgrade ). This is great for cooking side dishes and smaller foods without risking them slipping through the grates and into the coals.
12. Gloves that keep your hands safe in the heat
This pair of heat-resistant gloves has undoubtedly saved countless grillers from burned fingers and dropped plates of food (more than 8,000 Amazon reviewers give it a 4.7-star average). They are heat resistant up to 932°F, and some reviewers have even used them to grab burning logs in their fire pits.
13. A roasting rack for beer can chicken
Chicken on the grill is always delicious, but if you want it to be as moist as possible, you need to try beer can chicken. This entails propping the chicken up and slipping an open and half-empty beer can (or any liquid) inside to help hold it upright. To ensure it doesn't fall over mid-grill, you'll want to invest in the most popular grill-safe roasting rack.
It's garnered over 2,000 reviews with a 4.6-star average. Lots of reviewers love how deep the tray is, saying it gives them enough room to grill their veggies at the same time as the chicken.
14. A light for late-night grilling
If you've ever tried to grill at night with a poor patio light, it's time to upgrade to a grill light. This set is bright enough to illuminate your entire work surface, but the thing people love most is that it easily magnetizes to the lid letting you grill hands-free.
$13 at Amazon
15. Long-lasting skewers for kebabs
These stainless steel skewers are a sustainable upgrade from those disposable wooden ones many of us tend to rely on, so we weren't surprised to see them among the most popular grilling accessories. Not only are they great for kebabs and veggie skewers, but some reviewers have found they're really handy when it comes to flipping food on the grill.
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