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Finding the right grill is just the first step to the ultimate grilling experience. Once you’ve got the foundation, it’s time to build the rest of your experience—with a great collection of grill accessories. When it comes to grilling tools, there are the essentials and then there are the extras.
You'll definitely need a sturdy spatula or pair of tongs, whether you’re flipping salmon or lamb, as well as a grilling basket or grilling tray for the more delicate items. A meat thermometer is also an important tool to ensure your meat is cooked through, as is a grill scraper to keep your grill clean and shining after any barbecue.
Extra accessories are meant to enhance the grilling process by either making the process easier or taking your food to the next level (the very best do both). Consider a burger press for perfect patties, a marinade injector for flavorful meats, or a flavored grilling stone for some elevated seasoning. Whether you're registering for new products to try out or are a seasoned griller looking to upgrade, we've researched some of the best options out there.
Read on for the best grill accessories.
Best Budget: Just Grillin’ Steel Round Nonstick 12-Inch Grill Skillet
Skillets aren’t just for ovens—and for an amazing budget price, this one can’t be beaten. At 12-inches in diameter, with a non-stick surface and foldable handle for easy storage, this skillet is meant to cook the little things that would otherwise slip through the grates of the grill. Toss in some green peppers or shrimp and get to cooking!
Best Splurge: Meater Plus Meat Thermometer
This isn’t just any old meat thermometer. The Meater Plus syncs with your phone’s Bluetooth to provide detailed insights on cooking your meat to perfection. It has two sensors that monitor your meat’s internal and external temperature, plus it provides an estimation on just how long it will take to cook, making timing the rest of your meal that much easier.
Best Set: Cuisinart Deluxe Stainless Steel Grill Tool Set
All your grilling tool essentials are included in this 20-piece stainless steel set, complete with a spatula, tongs, basting brush, corn holders, skewers, cleaning brush, and more. There’s also a digital fork with an LED light that acts as a thermometer, displaying actual and desired temperatures, and an alarm to signal when food is ready.
Best Grill Basket: Cuisinart BBQ Basket
Grilling baskets are a must for cooking smaller food that would slip through the grates. Get yourself one with a handle for some extra-easy turning. The handle on the Cuisinart BBQ Basket is adjustable depending on how thick your food is, and extra-long and heat resistant for a safe cooking process. The basket itself is non-stick for much simpler cooking and clean-up.
Best for Burgers: Gefu Burger Press
Burger making gets simplified with the Gefu Burger Press. Instead of trying to mold a burger in your hands, place the meat into this stainless steel container. Press down, and you’ll find yourself with a six-inch patty that will cook into a five-inch one. The press also creates ridges that will help speed up cooking time.
Best for Ribs: Weber 6605 Original Rib Rack
Cook more ribs at once on your grill with this plated steel rib rack. With slots spaced one inch apart, it holds up to five racks of ribs waiting to be cooked to tender perfection. It fits on large gas grills and charcoal grills at least 18.5 inches wide and is dishwasher safe.
Best for Fish and Veggies: Cuisinart Grill Topper
Need to grill flaky fish, tomatoes, stalks of asparagus, or green beans? Cook delicate fish and veggies on a grill topper to prevent them from falling into the grilling abyss. Measuring 12-by-16 inches, the Cuisinart Grill Topper features perforated squares that allow flavors from the grill’s open flame to seep through.
Best Apron: Waterproof Canvas Garden Apron
This apron was designed for gardening, which means it withstands the best of nature and works just as perfectly for some outdoor grilling. An olive waterproof canvas will keep you dry from splashes, while brown faux suede pockets provide the perfect storage for your tongs, turners, and meat thermometer.
Best for Charcoal Grills: Charcoal Electric Lighter & Firestarter
Charcoal grills require some patience in heating up, but this firestarter will make the process a whole lot easier. The plug-in wand will light it up within 60 seconds and allows you to forgo lighter fluid, which can sometimes leave unpleasant lingering flavors.
Best for Marinades: Outset Meat Marinade Injector Set
Take your filets or chicken breasts to the next level with this six-piece stainless steel marinade injector set. Instead of soaking your meat in a marinade overnight, inject the flavor right in. Choose from three different injection needles, depending on how thick your marinade is, for penetration. The set also comes with two cleaning brushes.
Best for Cleanup: Barbecue Cleaning Brush
Cleaning up after a delicious barbecue is no fun, but you have to keep your grill in tip-top shape to extend its life and deliver best results. This grill scraper is three brushes in one, with stainless steel brushes that promise to softly rid your grill of food, grease, and other food debris without damaging the grill itself.
What to look for in grilling accessories
If there’s one accessory you should have for your grill, it’s a sturdy turner or pair of tongs. Next, make sure you have a roomy grill basket for veggies and other loose items. And take your grilling up a notch by using juice injectors, marinades and other flavor enhancers.
Which grill accessories are important?
That might depend on your grilling needs, but there are a few staples you’ll want to have in your arsenal: a stainless steel turner for flipping big fish, a sturdy pair of tongs for flipping a rib-eye, a grilling basket for smaller side items like vegetables, and a protective pair of potholders or grilling gloves to handle it all.
What's the best grill tool storage?
If your grill has storage cabinets underneath or side hooks, you’re in luck. If not, you have a few creative options: put grilling tools in an empty toolbox to fashion a grill tool caddy, place them in a mounted wire basket, or a metal bucket. No matter where you keep your grilling tools, you should keep them all in one place for ease, near the grill for accessibility, and in an enclosed space to avoid inclement weather (if you do hang them on your grill cart, make sure to wipe them clean before use).
Why Trust Brides?
Brides contributor Hillary Hoffower has over six years of experience writing for the wedding industry, covering everything from bridal fashion trends to wedding decor. She’s always looking for the best way to add some flavor to her meat. If there’s one grilling tool that’s a must for her, it’s a marinade injector.