Spring is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to start dusting off the grill for the start of grilling season. If you have a home griller in your life and want to show them some love and appreciation, we’re here to help you find the perfect gift. From high-quality grilling tools to delicious marinades, there are so many options to choose from. It can be hard to narrow down just what a novice or expert griller could use this season, so we have broken it down for you. Here are some essentials and gift ideas for the griller in your life this spring.
#1: Grill (Of Course)
It’s time to give that old grill a good look. If it’s been tucked away for the last few months, pull it out and make sure it’s working correctly. If not, it may be time to upgrade.
When it comes to grilling, there are a variety of options to choose from. Electric, charcoal, propane, or a smoker – the choice may seem daunting. But fear not – it’s simpler than you think. The key is to consider what you want to cook and how you prefer to cook it.
If you’re looking for quick and easy grilling, an electric or propane grill may be right up your alley. But if you’re a true grill master and want that smoky flavor, a charcoal or smoker grill might be the way to go. And, let’s be honest, owning more than one type of grill gives you even more versatility in the kitchen (or backyard). So whether it’s for yourself or as a gift, there’s no denying that having the right grill(s) is essential for any grill lover.
Here’s our full grill guide here: How to Choose the Right Grill
#2: Leather Apron
If you consider yourself a grill master or have one in the family, then you know how messy and dirty things can get while you’re at it. From grease splatters to marinade stains, your clothes can really take a beating.
That’s where a leather apron comes in clutch. Not only does it protect your clothes while grilling, but it also looks pretty professional & levels up the whole experience.
Why leather, you ask? Well, unlike cotton or polyester, leather is naturally resistant to flames and heat, giving you an extra layer of protection. Plus, leather ages like a fine wine and only gets better with time and use. So not only will you look like a boss while grilling, but you’ll have a durable and reliable apron that will last you for years to come.
Check out our aprons: Leather Aprons for the Grillmaster in Your Life
#3: Grilling Tools: Tongs, Utensils, Etc.
If you’re looking to buy something for a newbie griller, good grilling utensils are a great place to start. You can’t just walk into the kitchen and start tossing burgers and sausages without the proper weapons at your disposal (well technically you can, but it’s less fun).
Here are some essential grilling utensils that every beginner should have:
- A sturdy spatula to flip those juicy patties
- A set of tongs to move the meat around the grill
- A good quality brush to baste marinades and sauces
- And last but not least, a grilling fork to assist in flipping larger cuts of meat like whole chickens or briskets.
With these grilling tools by your side, you’ll be grilling like a pro in no time.
#4: Fire Extinguisher
Whether you’re a pro griller or just getting started, we believe safety should always be the first priority. Accidents can happen when you’re working with fire. Grilling is no exception.
Grease fires, in particular, can quickly get out of control.
That’s why it’s crucial to have a fire extinguisher within arm’s reach at all times while out by the grill. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and having a fire extinguisher handy can help you put out the flames before they get out of hand.
#5: Burger Press
Smash burgers are all the rage right now, and it’s not hard to see why. You’ll get a crispy exterior and juicy center – it is a deliciously wonderful combo. To get that consistent size and cook, you’ll need to try the smash method. It’s truly a quick and easy way to whip up a batch of mouth-watering burgers for a crowd.
If you know someone who’s into grilling, a burger press is the perfect gift. This will help them take their smash burger game to the next level. Not only does it make the process even easier, but it also ensures that each patty is perfectly uniform. Making it easy to ensure that every bite is just as delicious as the last.
#6: Grilling Sheets
A reusable grilling sheet is exactly what it sounds like – a sheet for your grill that you can use over and over again. Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it also makes cooking easy.
You can use it to cook just about anything: veggies, fish, or even pizza. Plus, it keeps all the small bits of food, like shrimp or asparagus, from falling through the grill grates. This is a simple but useful gift the grill master in your life will love.
#7: Meat Thermometer
If you’re a grilling enthusiast, there’s one tool that you need to have in your arsenal if you don’t already – a meat thermometer. Not only can this little gadget help ensure that your meat is cooked to perfection, but it can also help you prevent food-borne illness by cooking everything perfectly.
A meat thermometer works by measuring the internal temperature of your meat, giving you insight to see exactly when it has reached the perfect level of doneness. No more guessing whether your chicken is cooked through, or wondering whether your steak is actually medium rare. A meat thermometer takes the guesswork out of grilling and helps you cook with confidence. Trust us, once you start using a meat thermometer, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without one.
#8: Vegetable Basket
Grilling is all about getting that delicate smoky flavor into your food, and there’s no reason to leave vegetables out. A vegetable basket is a simple but handy tool that will prevent your veggies from falling through the grates, while still allowing them to cook through and get a delicious char.
The beauty of the vegetable basket is that it’s designed to accommodate a wide variety of veggies. There’s really no limit to what you can make.
You can toss in some bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, and onions for a savory side dish. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even try grilling some fruits like pineapple or peaches for a sweet and smoky twist.
#9: Pizza Stone
There’s something about grilling a pizza that just takes the flavor to the next level. And using a pizza steel or stone will help you achieve that perfectly crispy crust.
Give it time to heat up before placing the pizza on top so it can get that perfect golden brown. And when it comes to toppings, the options are endless. From classic margherita, to loaded with veggies and meats, a grilled pizza is always a crowd pleaser.
#10: Bottle Opener
Unless the grill master in your life prefers their Coors Light in a can, a bottle opener is a great tool for all who love to grill. As you know, you are not truly doing it right if you don’t have an ice cold beer with you when grilling.