On the Pros and Cons of Grill Pans
Are you looking to cook delicious and well-cooked meat with stylish grill marks found on most restaurant-prepared ones? Do you enjoy eating baked vegetables and are looking to prepare your own in the comfort of your home?
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- Internet’s Best Stainless Steel Grill Wok | Grill Basket Skillet Smoker Cookware | Diced Meat, Vegetables, Barbeque Fish Pan
- Calphalon 1948254 Signature Hard Anodized Nonstick Grill Pan, 12″, Black
- Lodge P12SGR3 Pro-Logic Cast Iron Square Grill Pan, Pre-Seasoned, 12-inch
- Cuisinart 630-30 Chef’s Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Round Grill Pan
- Elite Gourmet EMG-980B Maxi-Matic 14-Inch Electric Indoor Grill, Black
- Lodge ECSGP43 Enameled Cast Iron Square Grill Pan, 10-inch, Island Spice Red
- Weber 6415 Small 7-1/2-Inch-by-5-inch Aluminum Drip Pans, Set of 10
- WaxonWare 11 Inch Non Stick Deep Square Grill Pan & Griddle With Marbellous (A 100% PFOA Free Coating Made In Germany)- For Steak, BBQ, Chicken, Fish, & Meat
- Vremi Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Square Grill Pan – 11 inch Nonstick Stove Top Grilling Pan for Oven and Vegetables – Silicone Handle Cover – Heavy Duty Cast Iron Grill Pans for Electric or Gas Stove Tops
- All-Clad E7954064 HA1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free Square Grill Cookware, 11″, Black
- Happycall Nonstick Double Pan, Omelette Pan, Flip Pan, Square, Dishwasher Safe, PFOA-free, Red (Jumbo Grill, 3″H)
- Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 10-1/4-Inch Square Skillet Grill, Cerise (Cherry Red)
- Weber Style 6435 Professional-Grade Grill Pan
- Anolon Advanced Bronze Hard Anodized Nonstick 11-Inch Deep Square Grill Pan with Pour Spouts
- TeChef – Stovetop Korean BBQ Non-Stick Grill Pan with Teflon Select Non-Stick Coating (PFOA Free) / DuPont Print Designs Technology
- Lodge L8GP3 Cast Iron Grill Pan, 10.25-inch
- Lodge LPGI3 Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle, 20-inch x 10.44-inch, Black
- Microhearth Grill Pan for Microwave Cooking, Red
- Tiger Corporation CPK-D13U W Electric Grill Pan with 2-Way Style Pans
- Pizza Grill Pan w Removable Handle- Non-Stick Grilling Pan with Holes and Extra High Walls – Use for Vegetables, Seafood, Shish Kebab
- GOTHAM STEEL 10.5-inch Non-Stick Grill Pan with Ti-Cerama Surface, Copper
- Nordic Ware Toaster Oven 2-Piece Broiler Set
- Staub American Square Grill, Black Matte, 10 – Black Matte
- Zelancio Cookware Enameled Cast Iron Grill Pan – Square 10 Inch Pan is Perfect for Steak, Grilled Cheese, Panini’s and more (Teal)
- IMUSA USA GAU-80102 Large Electric Panini Press 1400-Watts, Silver
- Circulon Contempo Hard Anodized Nonstick 11-1/4-Inch Deep Round Grill Pan
- Zelancio Cookware Enameled Cast Iron Grill Pan – Square 10 Inch Pan is Perfect for Steak, Grilled Cheese, Panini’s and more (Cayenne Red)
- EurKitchen Pre-Seasoned Two-Sided Cast Iron Pizza, Griddle and Grill Pan w/ Reinforced Handles – 13.5-inch – Perfect for Use on an Electric, Gas or Induction Stovetop, BBQ, or Oven
- GreenPan Padova 11″ Ceramic Non-Stick Round Grill Pan with 2 Side Handles, Light Blue
- OXO Good Grips Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Pro 11″ Square Grillpan
- Staub Pure Grill, Graphite Grey, 10 – Graphite Grey
- Rachael Ray Cucina Hard-Anodized Nonstick 11-Inch Deep Square Grill Pan, Gray with Cranberry Red Handle
- Utopia Kitchen Reversible Cast Iron Grill Griddle, 17 x 10 inch
- Lodge L8SGP3 Cast Iron Square Grill Pan, Pre-Seasoned, 10.5-inch
- T-fal A85713 Specialty Nonstick Grilled Cheese Griddle Cookware, 10.25-Inch, Black
We credit Rachael Ray and other TV cooking hosts for the popularity of the stovetop grill pan. They can “grill” food on camera without having to move the entire production crew outside. Brilliant.
But we’re apartment dwellers with no outdoor space, as we know many of you are, and let’s be honest. A pan with raised ridges does not a grill make. We’re going to give you our own thoughts on the grill pan, below…
We talk a lot about these popular pans (read about them here or here). But essentially what you are getting is a heavy, cast-iron sauté pan that makes lines on your food. You just can’t get the same smoky flavor or fire-charred bits that you get on an outdoor grill.
So, here are our pros and cons.
- The grill marks are nice. Food does look grilled, and the little black dents are satisfyingly crusty.
- If you have the model that fits over two burners (which we do), you get a lot of surface area. You can cook many chicken breasts, kabobs, or vegetables in one go.
- If your pan is a reversible one that flips over to be a griddle, you can make pancakes. Or a lot of bacon.
- The ridges allow fat to flow off the meat, just like it would drip between the grates of a grill, so a burger doesn’t sit and boil in its own juices.
- Most grill pans are heavy and heat evenly — just like a reliable cast-iron pan.
- No charcoal, no wood chips, no outdoorsy flavor.
- Often, we find the double burner style pan fits awkwardly over our gas stove grates and the middle can become a cool(er) zone.
- If you are going to cook a lot of meat over pretty high heat, there’s likely going to be a lot of smoke in a small kitchen.
- Just like in a regular sauté pan, it’s hard to cook some meats thoroughly before the outside is dry or burned. Transferring to the oven is an option if your grill pan is small enough, but you can’t put a top on like you can close the cover of a grill.
- Our biggest complaint: We find they are a pain to clean and cumbersome to store.
OK, those are our thoughts. We know we’re missing some points, so let us know what you think. And don’t forget: If you have questions about grilling, send them to us!