As the weather warms, folks across the country begin dragging their grills out for the summer. To really get the most out of grill season, there are some smart inventions designed to make your backyard grilled chicken kebabs, I went to my local hardware store and grabbed a bunch of random stuff that would help me satiate my need for something cooked over an open flame.operation run smoother, but you may be wondering how to find the best grilling products with so much to sort through. One of the easiest ways to separate the good from the cheap is cruising Amazon's most popular kitchen and grilling tools. I learned this the hard way when I decided to shop for grill accessories without reading any online reviews. Drunk on a craving for perfectly
Flash-forward to that afternoon: My partner attempted to light our new charcoal grill and burnt off half of his left eyebrow in the process. We'd fallen victim to low-quality barbecue tools and not even our matching his-and-hers "Licensed to Grill" novelty aprons could shield us from buyer's remorse.
While facial hair eventually grows back, the same can't be said about the money spent on subpar products. Whether you're a certified grill master or a timid novice, the lesson here is: Do your research. To make things even easier, we sorted through Amazon's top-rated grilling products made to keep your eyebrows intact, your grill humming and to help you turn out some of the best grilled meats, fish and veggies ever. Check out our picks from Amazon's top-rated grilling products.
It's easy to see why this Weber Grill is a best-seller at Amazon. Customers seem to love it because it's incredibly reliable. It heats quickly and maintains an even temperature, allowing for efficient, flavorful grilling. People also really dig the reversible cooking grates. The thin side of the cooking grate is ideal for delicate food such as fish and shrimp, while the wider side creates perfect sear marks. It also has an "infinity ignition" feature which ensures your grill lights every time on the first try. With some grills costing thousands of dollars, this Weber model has everything you look for in an outdoor cooking experience at a reasonable price. Including handy, space-saving features like a foldable side table and integrated hooks for your grilling tools.
This Weber grill is proof that good things come in small packages. So good we named it the best portable grill of 2020 in a comprehensive test. While you won't be able to grill steaks for a family of six, this propane grill is perfect for apartment and condo dwellers or anyone with limited outdoor space. It has an electric ignition, a grilling surface of 280 square inches and 12,000 BTUs. If that means nothing to you, just know that it's easy to use and cooks your meat evenly, all while fitting perfectly on a tiny condo balcony. The folding work tables are also super handy and great for saving space. Weighing in at 44 pounds, this grill can join you on the road for your next cookout or camping trip. If you'd like to make things official, a portable cart is sold separately.
There's no greater sorrow than reaching for a perfectly grilled steak only to lose your grip and see it fall to an untimely death. If you're hoping to avoid that scenario, these best-selling Dragonn locking kitchen tongs are for you. With over 1,500 five-star customer reviews, this pair of brushed stainless steel tongs have non-slip handles and cushioned thumb rests. The gently raised edges provide the perfect grip to help ensure your food arrives on your plate, not the floor. If you need a complete set of grilling tools, make sure you check out this 16-piece Home-Complete grill tool set which includes all of the essentials in one stylish aluminum case.
We love charcoal but it does often take some time to get going. These highly combustible lighter cubes will get your charcoal burning faster and deliver a more consistent heat, even when things are a little damp.
Cover all of your bases with this three-pack "Butcher Shop" gourmet spice rub set from Chicago-based company Urban Accents. Inspired by the world's capitals of grilling, the collection includes: Chicago Steak & Chop (a blend of sea salt, pepper, garlic and red pepper that's ideal for seasoning beef, pork and portobello mushroom); Kansas City Classic Rub (a sweet and spicy combo made with brown sugar, ancho, chipotle and allspice to add some sweet heat to ribs and pork chops) and Argentina Steak Rub (a unique chimichurri-inspired blend of red pepper, oregano, sea salt and citrus that works with both chicken and steak).
Amazon's best-selling barbecue sauce is also USDA Organic and Whole30-approved. It's paleo-, primal- and keto-friendly. Available in a three pack, the collection includes a sugar free steak sauce, a classic barbecue sauce and a golden barbecue sauce. The two barbecue sauces are free of corn syrup, agave, honey, dates, maple syrup or cane sugar -- making them ideal for anyone who is trying to stay on the low end of the glycemic index without sacrificing flavor.
Hailed as the OG of marinades, this savory blend of crushed black peppercorn, onion and other seasonings does wonders for steaks and pork chops. Recommended for grilling, broiling or even pan frying, this go-to marinade will season and tenderize your meat in minutes. As one reviewer says, "once you try it, you'll never grill a steak without it." Snag a pack of 12 for $26.
Why soak your meat in marinade when you can inject it? Over 1,600 Amazon customers agree that this stainless steel meat injector is the ultimate tool for intensifying the flavor of brisket, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb, goose, duck and anything else you want to throw on the grill. What makes this device so great is that it's ultra-sturdy and comes with three different sizes of needles that are sharp enough to puncture even the toughest and thickest of cuts. The Grill Beast comes with an instructional ebook, a lifetime warranty and a 100% money-back guarantee (just in case you decide injecting meat isn't really your scene).
If you're going to be serving $100 worth of great meat, invest a few bucks to help you determine when it's perfectly done. At under $14 this digital meat thermometer will ensure that your food is cooked at the correct temperature every single time. Not only does this thermometer provide ultra-fast readings within 4 to 6 seconds, but it also has a nice long 3.9-inch probe so you never have to worry about burning your fingers while testing your food.
Let's face it, everything tastes better on a grill -- including your favorite veggies. This best-selling stainless steel grill basket is designed for grilling vegetables and other delicate items like shrimp or diced meat that are prone to slipping through the grate. The holes on this roomy grill pan allow heat and smoke to pass through and cook your food evenly, while the sturdy side-handles make it easy to pull on and off the grill. Use on gas, charcoal, infrared and electric grills. It's also dishwasher-safe, which makes for easy cleanup after your meal is complete.
Grilling in insufficient light can lead to culinary disasters like burnt steak and undercooked chicken breasts that may make your guests wish they'd just hit up Five Guys instead. This pair of barbecue lights attach easily to your grill with a magnetic base. Made of durable aluminum alloy, these adjustable LED lights are designed to withstand extreme heat no matter how close they get to the grill. Try them once and you'll see the light. Literally.
If you've got the grill going you might as well cook as much on it as you can and save yourself some dishes. Use a grill mat for loose vegetables or super flaky fish that often tumble through the grates to a fiery death below. A set of five is just $20.
If your grill didn't come with a secure cover, getting one is the easiest way to extend the lifespan. This 36-inch cover is fully weatherproof and will fit most standard grill sizes.
Anyone who has tried to clean a dirty grill knows that the right brush makes all the difference. This GrillArt brush and scraper is actually three tools in one. There's a woven metal brush, a scraper and a serrated edge that's designed to get into those hard-to-reach areas and remove debris with precision. The sturdy ergonomic handle protects your hands from the hot grill while you scrub away stubborn charred food with ease.
No one enjoys grease splatters. Cook all day and night in style with this professional-grade chef's apron made from heavyweight, breathable cotton. Designed with large front pockets, this stylish yet incredibly functional apron also includes a quick-access cell phone pocket on the chest, which makes checking recipes on the go a breeze. Even if you're a beginner home chef, this apron will have you feeling like a pro.
This story was written by Simone Paget. Originally published last summer. Updated to reflect new information and prices.