15 Father’s Day grilling gifts for dads who grill
And for the perfect outdoor cook.
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If you have a Dad who loves to grill, finding a good gift might seem easy at first—but as each year passes, you’ll realize the ol’ oven mitt won’t do the trick anymore. For Father’s Day 2022 (coming up on Sunday, June 19), buy your pop a present that’ll really surprise him and show him you’ve been paying attention to the details, like whether or not he’s ever enjoyed seasonings besides the traditional Memphis rub, or if he’s ever tried Thai-style charcoal with his faithful grill.
We’ve compiled a list of gifts that show you care about his grill as much as he does. Here’s a list of the best Father’s Day gifts to get for a Dad who loves to grill.
1. For the perfect temperature: Thermoworks Probe Thermometer
The Thermoworks Probe Thermometer made the top spot on our list of probe thermometers. We didn’t even have any cons! It is extraordinarily accurate, easy to read with a tilting screen and can be used as a timer in addition to a thermometer. You can also calibrate the thermometer for ensured accuracy. In addition to using it for BBQ and grilling, it can be used for any stove-top or oven cooking and baking.
Probe Thermometer at Thermoworks for $65
2. For gilling champions: A Kamado Grill
The Big Green Egg is the ultimate dad gift. Although it is on the expensive side, it’ll be a gift that lasts a lifetime, and you’ll get a surplus of incredible grilled food. The Big Green Egg is arguably the most popular kamado-style grill. A kamado-style grill is an oval-shaped grill with a heavy ceramic lid. Regular grills—like charcoal and gas—only heat from the bottom, but the Big Green Egg is capable of baking a pizza since the heat radiates from all sides. The Big Green Egg can be used for smoking, grilling and even baking.
3. For any occasion: The perfect cast-iron skillet
The LODGE MFG cast-iron skillet is an ideal gift for dads who grill. The 12-inch cast-iron pan is the perfect size that would work on any occasion—whether it be the grill or stove-top on Saturday morning. The pan comes pre-seasoned, so it’s ready to use out of the box. It’s made in the U.S. and by a family-owned business that has been making cast-iron pans since 1896. It’s perfect for using inside and outside, and on the grill, Dad can put it right on the grates and cook up a fantastic meal.
4. For a precise grip: OXO tongs
We named these OXO Good Grip Tongs our number one choice when we reviewed a list of grill tongs. These tongs are great for precision flipping and have comfortable, grippable handles. The pincers are scalloped which is ideal for grabbing heavy items like chicken breast or smaller vegetables. You can’t go wrong with these tongs as a Father’s Day gift.
5. For grabbing hot stuff: Heat-resistant gloves
If your Dad is always grilling, he’ll be grabbing trays of hot food and cast-iron accessories. The RAPICCA Grill Oven Gloves have a double layer of kevlar that can withstand up to a scorching 932 degrees of heat. Since the gloves are coated with waterproof neoprene, they are grease resistant and easy to clean with soap and water—just hang them up to dry afterward. They’re also great for handling hot boiling water and steam.
6. To protect from stains: An amazing apron
You might think finding a good apron isn’t difficult, but with so many on the market, it can be a heck of a time picking the best one for a gift. When we reviewed nine popular aprons, the Hedley & Bennett Crossback made our number one spot. The apron is adjustable, lightweight and 100% cotton. The cotton material makes this apron breathable, and yet the apron’s design covers all areas that will be exposed to grease and splashes. With two deep pockets, Dad can throw in the tongs or gloves that he’ll need to use alongside the grill.
7. For the new grill master: A grilling accessories kit
While some might argue all you need for a grill is a really good grill, what makes grilling fun are the accessories. The Taimasi 34-piece set is great for someone who is just starting to get into grilling—or who is getting a new grill for Father’s Day. The highly rated set has everything someone would need on and off the grill: stainless steel tongs, salt and pepper shakers, a food injector, basic thermometer probe and more. All items are packed into a carrying case for easy cleanup.
8. For grilling small food: A grill basket
The worst-case scenario is having the perfect display of food on the grill and having it fall through the grates. This set comes with a grill basket, heat resistant glove, basting brush and a water/oil resistant carrying bag for the basket. The basket is ideal for small items like fish and small potatoes or green beans. The grill basket is made of stainless steel and can withstand high grilling temperatures and even be used for frying.
9. For spicing it up: A grilling spice set
This set has 20 spice rubs for all kinds of meats and vegetables on the grill. Lime chipotle, memphis, italian, Jamaican and chili onion are just a few in this set with each categorized as “adventure,” “classic,” “travel” and staple spices. This gives Dad a chance to experiment with whatever he’s cooking Saturday night on the grill and to try new things with what he has at home.
10. For smoking: A Grill Smoker Gift Set
If Dad loves to give meats, veggies and cheeses that smoky flavor, this Grill Smoker Gift Set from Uncommon Goods comes with three kinds of wood chips to use on the grill. Hickory, cherry and apple wood chips will give whatever he’s grilling a unique, smoky flavor. The kit also comes with hickory-smoked sea salt, a grilling thermometer and grill scraper to include the basics that any griller needs.
11. For a unique BBQ experience: Thai-style charcoal
Maybe Dad has been using the basic kind of charcoal that he sees at the local hardware store. Thaan charcoal is a long-lasting, natural and clean charcoal that comes in long bricks. These bricks claim to give high, even heat for several hours and can be used for either indoor or outdoor grilling.
12. To get the fire started: A grill fan
This little fan can attach to the grill when he’s starting up the grill, fire or smoker. It is a battery-powered fan that has adjustable speeds between low and high. You can use this fan for your Big Green Egg or getting a little help starting the campfire. This is especially handy for charcoal grillers.
13. For melting: A melting dome
At the Fourth of July cookout, you always have people tapping their feet to get those cheeseburgers. The Cuisinart melting dome is perfect for getting a little steam on the burgers and melting the cheese ASAP. It’ll also work wonders for veggies and keeps them crisp and fresh while retaining their juices. If your Dad is looking for a better way to make breakfast, the dome makes wonderful omelets.
14. For grilling anywhere: A portable Yakitori grill
With a Yakitori grill, Dad can grill anywhere! This little grill by Fire Sense uses the same charcoal as any other grill. The difference is in the ceramic: the sanatorium grill has Japanese grill construction with ceramic and clay, ensuring even heat and juicy meat. It can also be a great date-night idea for Dad and his date, since it serves as an interactive way to cook dinner alongside a glass of wine. Bring it to the park or just have the grill on the back porch.
15. For sandwiches and more: A cast-iron grill press
A cast-iron grill press is the thing every dad who grills doesn’t know they always wanted. This 2.8 pounds of iron works well for pressing burger meat or making paninis on the grill. Not only does it press out excess fat and oil from food, it also adds grill marks to any kind of meat to make meat look just as delicious as it tastes. Grilled cheese is quick and easy when you use this press, and you can find many more inventive ways to use it. There are various weights and shapes, so you can pick the best kind of press that’s ideal for what Dad cooks the most.
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