Nothing can kill a well-grilled piece of meat than flavors and char marks from patties past. Keep your grill in a state of perfect cleanliness with the Grand Grill Daddy ($60). Using a water reservoir inside the handle and a heated grill surface, it provides a steady stream of steam to loosen baked-on grit, while the stiff, stainless steel bristles scrub your grates clean. Granted, it's a little expensive, but it sure beats the elbow grease-powered alternatives.
It seems like everyone and their brother is cooking salmon on cedar planks these days, so why not try something similar with your burgers? These Red Oak Grilling Planks ($16-$24) come in packs of either four or eight planks, are scrubbable for use up to two times, and impart a savory smokey flavor to your already-scrumptious patties. Just don't get them too hot — word on the street is wooden planks are, you know, rather flammable.
Keep your rares and well dones in check with the Steak Button ($20/4-pack). Made from stainless steel and glass, these handy thermometers offer up an at-a-glance reading of whether the meat is rare, medium, or well done, letting you please even the most finicky of guests without the need to watch your grill like a hawk.
Now you can have all the enjoyment of cooking on a public-style grill with none of the crippling fear of disease with the Park-Style Charcoal Grill ($100). This simple square grill offers a 256 square inch cooking area, steel construction, an adjustable cooking grate, and an included post for extra authenticity.
We've seen grills in many different shapes and sizes, but never one that looked like a giant metal waffle cone. The Bodum Fyrkat Cone Charcoal Grill (€140; roughly $200) is exactly that. Its conical shape allows for a variety of different grilling options, from a round grilling surface, to an oblong surface, to the included, motorized rotating spit. Just don't try to actually grill ice cream on it — that would get really messy, really fast.
Sure, you can buy a grill with a griddle, burner, and other stuff on the side, or you can buy a Stok Quatrro Grill ($350). This unique new design features a grate with two insert areas that let you transition from a standard grate to a griddle, vegetable tray, or pizza stone, keeping your side areas clear for plates, food, and other items. Other features include side shelf towel bars, internal spice racks, stainless steel and porcelain construction, a built-in temperature gauge, and an electric ignition, keeping that Aim n' Flame available for more... important purposes. [Thanks, Joel]
Did your gas grill arrive without the wood chip box you crave? Rectify the situation with the Smoker Box ($40). Made from heavy gauge stainless steel, it can be filled with a wide variety wood chips or herbs that sit in the bottom of the box while your meat sits on top of a perforated tray, ready to soak in the flavor. A must have for summer.
We've loved Fuego's prior grills, but they all had one problem: they were stationary. The Fuego Element Portable Grill ($150) overcomes this limitation by using a totable body that features built-in legs that fold up to become handles, a red travel band to hold everything together when you're on the move, and an adjustable canvas shoulder strap for hands-free lugging. It's got a cast iron grill grate, push button ignition, an 8,000 BTU stainless steel burner, nearly 160 square inches of cooking area, and a dishwasher-safe tray to catch runoff, all inside a museum-quality design.
Spring is nearly here, and with it comes the official start of grilling season. Prepare yourself for backyard battle with the Frontgate Viking Grill ($3,000). This high-end cooking station is made from stainless steel, and features a double-walled hood for heat retention, an open-cart design for easy access to accessories, three 25,000 BTU stainless steel burners spread across 836 square inches of porcelain-coated cooking surface, a push-button ignition, a chrome-plated warming rack, and an integrated thermometer to ensure your food is cooked perfectly.
Sure, he designs motorcycles. But grills? It appears so. The Paul Jr. Designs Coleman RoadTrip Grill ($140) blends all the features of the RoadTrip — like 285 square inches of cooking space, dual 10,000 BTU burners, porcelain-coated cast-iron grates, detachable side tables, and a collapsible design — with design flourishes like custom black paint, chrome accents, knobs, and tool hooks, and diamond plate inserts.
Whether you're lighting up the grill or setting the mood with some scented candles, you can do it with more style than your average Aim n' Flame using the Colibri Stiletto Utility Lighter ($20). Sporting an attractive silver and black metal body, this firemaker also features a child-resistant design, an SST ignition, a built-in cap, and an integrated hook for hanging it somewhere handy. Flame on.
You don't have to be in a western to enjoy the open expanses of the Cowboy Cauldron ($1,300-$3,000). Available in three sizes — from 30 to 41 inches in diameter and weighing anywhere from 75 to a back-breaking 250 lbs. — this durable fire pit/grill comes with a six-foot stand, a suspended firepit basin that spreads heat across a large area, the chains for hanging the basin, and a grill top. It's also designed to be quick and easy to tear down and move, allowing you to take it wherever there's a need for fire, heat, and a lot of grilled meat.