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Our 13 Essential Grilling Tools, Accessories & Serving Platters

Meet the grilling greats.

August 14, 2023
Photo by Mark Weinberg

Summer is all about spending as much time outside as we can. Throughout the season (unless you're one of the lucky people who have warm weather year-round), countless grills are fired up and at-home grill masters dust off their favorite aprons, grill tools, and bags of coals (if they love an old-school, charcoal flame) to serve up their seared favorites.

If you're a big fan of grilled corn, seafood, and barbecues, keep reading for some of our favorite essentials for the grilling season—plus a few recipes to enjoy.

From tools that'll make prep a breeze and cookware for that perfect sear, to shatterproof plates and multi-purpose serving platters, here are 13 of our grilling greats.

For Easy Prep (& Cleaning)

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1. OXO Good Grips Grilling Prep & Carry System, $40

Cut out the typical back-and-forth between the kitchen and grill with this compact prep and carry system. With a cutting board, deep tray, and two trays with lids, you're able to prep your proteins and vegetables in the kitchen, pack everything up nice and tight, and bring it out to your grill with ease.

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2. BBQ Carving Board, $97+

When you're carving freshly grilled meats you want a board that'll collect the juices and oils that naturally pool. This carving board has grooves deep enough to prevent spillage and even has undercut handles for easy carrying. Now you can prep, carve, and serve all on the same board.

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3. OXO Good Grips Nylon Grill Brush, $22

If you've ever cleaned cold grill grates you know it can be a headache. This nylon grill brush makes scrubbing off dried bits of charred food, sauces, and oils a little easier—especially with its built-in metal scraper and cushy, comfortable handle. Alternatively, if you prefer a more direct scrub: These compostable sponge cloths will get into the small crevices that need a little extra attention.

Let the Grilling Begin

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5. Smithey Cast-Iron Traditional Skillet, $170+

This cast-iron skillet is a versatile piece worthy of any cookware collection. It can easily go from your cooktop stove to an electric or gas oven (it's great for the grill, too!) and features an ergonomic handle that makes it comfortable to hold and use as you please.

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6. Smithey Cast-Iron 2-in-1 Flat Top Griddle & Skillet, $250+

If you love to multitask in the kitchen then this two-in-one griddle and skillet is right up your alley. It's available in 10- or 12-inch options and features a naturally nonstick patina. Use the skillet to prep meats, vegetables, or fish and simultaneously grill flatbreads, pancakes, eggs, or even pizza on the griddle.

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7. Staub Enameled Cast-Iron Double-Burner Griddle & Plancha, $400 $200

This double-burner griddle and plancha is perfect for when you're grilling for a group. Whether you're making smash burgers, frying eggs, or watching bacon sizzle, this multi-talented cookware has you covered. Plus, it's on sale for $200 off.

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8. Nonstick Mesh Grill Bags, Set of 4, $35+

No more watching vegetables slip through the grill gates. These nonstick mesh baskets allow you to get some char on your favorite meats, fish, fruits, or vegetables without risking losing them to the coals or flames below. They're dishwasher-safe, feature a snap-button closure, and are easy to flip with a spatula or tongs.

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9. Lamson Premium Walnut Grill Tools, $48+

Speaking of spatulas and tongs, any at-home grill master knows you need a set of tools you can rely on. This set features a riveted steel-and-wood construction that resists heat and corrosion and a long walnut handle to keep you away from the flames. Each piece can be bought individually—choose from a spatula, tongs, fork, or fish spatula—or as a complete three- or four-piece set.

Photo by Ty Mecham

10. Himalayan Salt Plate With Serving Rack, $50

This Himalayan salt plate sits right on the grill to help season while you sear. Bonus: It includes a metal rack for easy counter-to-grill-to-table transport.

Serve Everything In Style

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11. Victoria Rectangular Sizzle Pan & Serving Plate Set, 13.5″, $37

Don't worry about your freshly seared steak or vegetables getting cold with this cast-iron sizzle pan and roasting plate. The heat-retaining cast iron keeps food hot for longer than a standard serving plate and the textured surface maintains seasoning better than smooth pans—that's a win, win, if you ask us.

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12. Vida Athena Melamine Plates, Set of 4, $52+

When you're dining outdoors, melamine is your best friend. These durable, beautiful plates have a heavyweight feel that mimics classic ceramic dishes, without the breakability that comes with them.

Photo by Ty Mecham

13. Avignon Pistache Napkins, Set of 6, $89

Few dishes are messier than wings, ribs, or other barbecue favorites. Keep your hand (and face) clean with these pretty green napkins. They're made from 100 percent cotton, are machine-washable, and feature a light, botanical pattern that sings summer.

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