Features & Use
GrillGrates sear and sizzle foods better than traditional grills, which have more open exposure to direct flame and juices which fuel flareups. GrillGrates virtually eliminate charring but accentuate searing. This “sizzle effect” is a major difference when comparing GrillGrates to conventional grills. In open fire grilling much of the dripped fatty juice becomes fuel that is carbonized onto the outer layer of the food aided and compounded by flaming and flareups. With GrillGrates, juices steam and boil. This aromatic sizzling delivers a huge pop of flavour instead of charred taste. Over time, fatty juices drain out through the fat draining holes in the valleys.
Although GrillGrates work well on top of existing grill surfaces, a lot of people are going the replacement route specifically on gas grills. Having some space in the back of the grill or on the sides is okay since GrillGrates trap heat and run hotter. If you want to remove your old grates because they are rusted or unusable, be careful covering more grill surface without leaving space for heat to escape. Your gas grill will run hotter, which is a good thing. The other good news is that your grill will be more efficient. Just watch your temps.
No. They act as a flame shield to disperse heat laterally and to avoid hot spots. They also protect your burner tubes from accumulating debris.
Hard anodized aluminum is perfectly safe to cook on. While "leaching" can occur when cooking highly basic (like baking soda) or highly acidic (like tomato sauce, lemon juice, oranges, or vinegar) on aluminum, it does not occur with aluminum that is anodized, or electro-chemically processed to seal the aluminum.
Wait to place GrillGrates after the coals are burned down, ready to grill, and preheat for 10-15 minutes. Otherwise you will burn off all of your seasoning. NOTE: Aluminum melts at 1125°F. Most grills top out at 700-800°F. Most charcoal purists are Weber or Green Egg aficionados who understand heat control well. GrillGrates functionality is the same for charcoal grills. Food is protected from charring flare-ups and good juices sizzle just below the food for noticeably juicer more tender meats – particularly chicken and pork. If you are a high-heat charcoal griller you will love the way GrillGrates sear a steak while protecting it from drying out and charring. NOTE: You will be able to do more direct (rather than indirect) grilling with GrillGrates on charcoal grills.
Yes. Most grills typically run 100-150°F hotter at the cooking surface than the air inside the hood. GrillGrates will be hotter still. Kamado grills run 200-300°F hotter at the surface, gas grills 100-200°F hotter and pellet grills you can expect to see about 100°F hotter. Aluminum is a superb conductor of heat smoothing out hot spots and cold spots and focusing the heat of the grill to the raised rails. Adjust grill temps downward and use less fuel.
No. We do not recommend putting anything on your GrillGrates other than food or our GrateGriddle. Heat can potentially become trapped and damage the GrillGrates.
There are a few things that could have gone wrong. The number one reason food will stick to any grilling surface is that the grill was not hot enough to begin with. Other times your seasoning or rub can be the culprit if it contains a high concentration of sugar.
Browse our categories to see if your grill has a specific set of GrillGrates available. We have GrillGrate sets to fit many brands and models of grills. But, if you can't find yours, follow the guide below. Or, better yet, give us a call at 1‑866‑415‑8159 or contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.
Rectangular Gas Grill Owners: First, determine if you can replace the grates on your existing gas grill or use GrillGrates on top of your existing surface. Grillgrates come in a variety of lengths which will, in part, determine if you are able to directly swap out your existing grates for GrillGrates. Next, decide if you want to cover your entire grill surface or only part. Measure the width and length of your current grill area. By combining standard and gap panels (which all interlock with each other) you can customize the size you need.
Round Charcoal Grill Owners: GrillGrates sit on top of existing grates of round charcoal grills. Measure the diameter of your grill’s existing grate and contact us.
Pellet Grill Owners: GrillGrates sit on top of existing pellet grill grates, which introduces high heat direct grilling. We recommend positioning GrillGrates over the fire pot with most pellet grills.
We have several lengths of standard GrillGrates: 12”, 13.75”, 15”, 16.25”, 17.375”, 18.5”, 18.8”, 19.25”, 20”, and 24”. Each standard GrillGrate is 5.25” wide. The space between each raised rail is 7/8”. The height is 13/16”.
Gap panels feature two raised rails and are 2.33” wide. These interlock with and just like standard GrillGrate panels. Use these to make up the difference when standard panels alone don't cover enough of the grill surface.
Mitre-cut and radius-cut panels are also available to cover round grills.
Care & Cleaning
GrillGrates are made of strong hard-anodized aluminum which provides years of grate grilling. With moderate care and proper use, GrillGrates should outlast the life of your grill. Keeping your GrillGrates clean will optimize their performance over time.
Clean your GrillGrates before each grilling session using a traditional wire brush or our GrateBrush. Keeping the rails clean will deliver the best searing and nonstick results. Periodic cleaning in a sink or bucket is helpful after a heavy marinade that coats the GrillGrates. Visit our Care & Cleaning page for more details.
No. Do not put GrillGrates in the dishwasher. Their harsh detergents are caustic and can pit the hard-anodized surface. Additionally, do no use caustic dishwashing detergent or oven cleaners on GrillGrates.
Cook some food with a high-fat content like chicken thighs or burgers the first few times you grill. Let your GrillGrates season like a cast-iron skillet. Seasoning with an onion is also a great technique. Click here to learn more.
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