There's nothing like the smell of sizzling meats and fresh veggies on the grill. For the perfect grilling results, every grill master needs the right tools. We carry a wide selection of grill pans, grill racks, grill toppers and more to take your grilling skills to a new level. Learn how you can instantly boost your culinary experiences with new grill pans and toppers from Ace Hardware.
How to Choose the Best Grill Toppers and Pans
Many grill BBQ pans and grill topper pans can be used both indoors and outdoors, allowing you to grill up your favorite foods with greater convenience. Although there are many styles, sizes and materials to choose from, finding the perfect grill topper pan doesn't have to be complicated. Consider the following features when purchasing a new grill pan.
The Length of the Handle
While a longer handle may add extra weight to the grill pan, the longer the handle, the easier it will be to manage the food you're preparing without burning your hands. Alternatively, a grill topper pan with a "helper handle" that has a tab or loop positioned opposite of the long handle can assist in lifting and transporting the pan.
The Material of the Grill Pan
Stainless-steel and aluminum construction make for lighter grill trays and grill BBQ pans. These materials heat quickly but may not retain hotter temperatures as well as other materials. For that reason, many grillers prefer the heat-retaining performance of cast iron grill pans. Although cast iron is heavier, cast iron grill pans can sustain higher temperatures without causing food to stick.
Cast iron griddle pans and grill pans are often either pre-seasoned or enamel-coated to ensure long-lasting performance. Seasoned cast iron grill pans and toppers are usually more durable, but enamel-coated pans typically offer better release, making them easier to clean.
If you decide to go with a stainless-steel or aluminum grill topper, choose between uncoated or nonstick cooking surfaces. Nonstick grill pans offer easier cleaning, but uncoated grill pans tend to deliver the pronounced, caramelized grill marks you expect when grilling.
Additional Grill Toppers to Consider
While having the right grill pan is a must-have, every pitmaster understands the value of expanding their grilling capabilities even further. From wood-fired pizzas to mouth-watering meats, heat up your grilling experience with these versatile grill toppers:
- Grill racks: Keeps food elevated for more even cooking and offers the ability to smoke meats low-and-slow without the risk of burning or overcooking.
- Grill stones: Allows you to cook delicious pizzas on your grill by absorbing excess moisture and ensuring even heat distribution for crispy, flavorful crusts.
- Grill trays: Great for cooking peppers, onions and other veggies and can be used for delicate meats that might be prone to falling apart.
- BBQ baskets: Lets you enjoy easy grilling of various foods like vegetables, fruits, kabobs, seafood and meats while preventing foods from falling through the grates.
To become a grilling pro, the right grill pans and toppers are essential. Shop the quality collection of grill trays, racks, baskets and more at Ace Hardware now, then explore other grilling must-haves like grill tools and grill attachments.