In our GrillGrate Review, I’ll give you the Pros and Cons of using this grill grate enhancer. We will discover if they are the best way to sear your meat.
I’ve been testing out my new GrillGrates for 2 months now and I have to say, I am very impressed. These revolutionary grate panels that sit atop your existing grates showed their worth right away.
Would you like to wow your family and friends at your next cookout?
Is your food’s presentation is as important to you as the flavor?
Are your grill marks are lacking that textbook crosshatch look? GrillGrates might be your answer.
Stainless steel and cast iron grates have been around forever and both can get the job done. So why use GrillGrates and are they a better option than these two mainstays?
By the end of this review, I’ll have answered these questions and more to help in your decision-making.
Spoiler Alert: GrillGrates are the key to fixing uneven heat on your gas grill.
Read on to learn how I make the perfect grill marks every time using GrillGrates.
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What Are GrillGrates?
Grillgrates are a pretty awesome invention. They’re made from hard anodized raised aluminum and come with interlocking panels. They are available in various lengths to fit just about any grill. They help to amplify heat much better than steel or cast iron while distributing it evenly across the cooking surface.
Each panel is a flat plate with five raised rails for the food to sit on. They can go directly on top of your current grill’s grates or they can replace them entirely.
Every panel has oval shaped holes in the valleys that sit between the rails. This allows hot air, smoke, and combustion vapors to rise through them and into your food. This causes the surface to get very hot across the entire surface.
They distribute the heat evenly so you aren’t left with the traditional grate hot or cold spots. No more worrying about one side cooking faster than the other.
Another cool feature is GrillGrates can also be turned upside down. You can put your meat on the flat metal griddle-like surface that allows heat and smoke through. I know several friends that will only sear their meat this way as it gives a nice char across the entire surface.
They designed Grillgrates to block flare-ups and prevent burning. This produces awesome grill marks, and produces even heat while cooking.
They are perfect for grilling smaller foods. They prevent them from slipping through the grates and being lost forever. Could this really mark the end of my asparagus and squashes falling to a fiery death?
The included stainless steel GrateTool is a custom spatula that has “fingers”. It slides between the rails to pick up even the most delicate pieces of fish and foods with ease. No need to scrape under food with the GrateTool. They also carry custom stainless steel tongs with “fingers” as an additional option.
What the Manufacturer Claims
Th GrillGrate manufacture claim is that their grates produce juicier and more tender food. They also say that they deliver restaurant-quality sear marks with ease.
They claim that the grooves between the rails collect juices and drippings. They then sizzle and vaporize into flavor and retained moisture that absorbs back into the meat. “The valleys of GrillGrates are a flavor enhancing system.”
The GrateTool is supposed to make flipping food easier and cleaning much easier.
And according to the manufacturer, GrillGrates amplify the temp of gas grills by as much as 200°F. Pellet grills by as much as 150°F.
Check out these videos showing the process in action.
My Personal Experience Using Grillgrates
To make this review as thorough as possible I tested Grillgrates on my Gas Grill, my Pellet Grill and on my Charcoal Grill. In the past couple months, I have tried out GrillGrates on a variety of foods as well.
I was extremely excited to try these grate enhancers out as I have heard a lot of great things. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with Grillgrates, especially when using them on my gas and pellet grills. They can easily turn a lower end grill into a higher end powerhouse in minutes and save you money for good measure.
Not only did they reduce my grills preheating time by around 25%, they amplified the heat of my Gas grill on average by 203° F. My Pellet grill by 153° F . My Charcoal grill benefited by 100° F. They used up less fuel as they retained even heat longer.
My meat and vegetables all came evenly cooked. The sear marks were beautiful without leaving any overly charred spots. They blocked all flare-ups even when grilling fattier meats and burgers. Best of all, not one asparagus committed suicide by falling through the grates.
I even flipped the GrillGrates over and tested the flat surface as a griddle. I made bacon right beside burgers and they both came out excellent. Fire seared bacon burgers cooked griddle style without a messy kitchen to clean.
The easy to connect interlocking plates made it easy to transfer from grill to grill. The GrillTool made food handling, flipping and clean up a breeze. I personally found cleaning these grates to be simple and quick. Just run a wire brush over the rails while they are still hot and scrape the GrillTool through the valleys and you’re done.
What Others Are Saying About GrillGrates
Grillgrates Currently Average A 4.6-Star Rating Out Of 5 On Amazon Depending On What Size You Buy.
I have read many Grillgrate reviews and see a lot of positive comments on Grillgrates like:
- Great product and service!
- No more flaming chicken!
- Great sear marks!
- Truly Excellent Product!
- Skeptical at first, but these things are amazing!
- What I will tell you is how nicely things cook on the grill when using the GrillGrates. Included with the 100% perfect sear marks, everything cooks wonderfully and faster. Yes, things cook faster!
Some of the complaints I have read are:
- Sometimes they can get too hot and burn my food but that’s probably user error.
- Great product but I hate cleaning it.
Deep cleaning requires some soaking in hot, soapy water and scrubbing with a brush from time to time. This takes some effort yet; they are easier to deep clean than the standard grill grates!
GrillGrates PROs & CONs
Despite the few negative reviews I was able to find, the positive comments far outweighed them. People seem to love their GrillGrates and I agree with them.
Final Thoughts on Our GrillGrates Review
Grillgrates are an excellent upgrade to your original grilling grates. They are a must have to really take searing to the next level. Although they did a great job on my Charcoal grill, where they really shined is on Gas and Pellet grills. While both Gas and Pellet grills often struggle to reach proper searing heat, Grillgrates helped to solve that problem.
In my humble opinion, Grillgrates can help make your next cookout a winner. An easy investment decision and one you won’t regret.
I will end with this quote that starts my mouth watering just from reading it.
“The real secret to the unique flavor of grilled food is not the fuel, but the drippings. As these complex chemical solutions combust, they coat the food with a panoply of aromatic and delicious compounds.” The Art and Science of Cooking, by Modernist Cuisine.
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I’ve always tried to get the proper grill marks when I do steaks but I’ve never been successful. They either don’t come out at all or the way they look is usually not very presentable. Sometimes they look completely burnt. But I guess people also eat with their eyes, so presentation is equally important in serving a meal. For me taste is far more important. My only concern with the GrillGrates is the material being used. I’ve read somewhere that cooking in or on aluminum is not so good for your health. But I guess we don’t use our grills everyday. So once in a while wont be too harmful. But it’s worth checking out.
Thanks for sharing
With Grillgrates, making the perfect grill marks is made easy. They also help cook your food evenly and help keep the food juicy. As far as your concern with cooking with aluminum, here is a great reference for you to look at that helps dispel the myth about the dangers of aluminum. http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_myths_about_alzheimers.asp I hope this helps ease your concerns. Happy Grilling.
Grillgrate looks very useful for increasing the heat very quickly and the food which you cook looks very delicious. And after workout I always need to eat quickly for replenishing my protein stores. I never think of grilling before because it took so much time but now I think about it and I seriously love eating grilled chicken.
Grilled chicken comes out great using Grillgrates. The perfect sear and wonderfully juicy. I highly recommend it.
Hi Patrick, I always wondered how these grill marks were made, now I know! These Grillgrates look the business! Once again, kudos for writing a very comprehensive review. You mentioned that these get very hot. Your heat resistant gloves that you reviewed would come in handy (no pun intended) for this problem. It’s interesting that the manufacturer claims they produce more tender and juicier cooks. In your experience did you notice a big difference?
I always wear my Inferno Heat Resistant gloves when grilling with grill grates. Even I haven’t been brave enough to attempt to pick on up and move it while they are still hot. So far, I have to agree with the manufacturer, the grill marks are great and the food is evenly cooked to perfection. And yes, they are plenty juicy.
You are absolutely right about food being a lot about presentation! I love making sure the courgettes and the whole I make on the grill get the perfect look. Some people think I’m crazy, but being an artist, I can’t help myself! The idea about retaining the juices makes sense too. It looks like a perfect way of making some grilled goodies with cheese. It grilling the food faster is also a big plus when you got a hungry family waiting.
You’re not being crazy. There is a reason for the saying, “the first thing we eat with is our eyes.” It is true, presentation goes a long way. Add in the bonus all the other bonuses of using Grillgrates and it’s a no-brainer for me.
This looks like a sure winner to me Patrick. I like how it sort of blocks the heat of the coals and makes it so the meat doesn’t catch fire.
I have a question though does this grill grate wear out over a couple seasons or will it last for a decade or more? I like the idea but I don’t want to have to buy one every year or two.
I’m sure if you leave them out for long periods of time and don’t take care of them they will rust but I was more or less talking about the standard usage. How long is the average life of this product if taken care of correctly is how i should ask the question i guess.
Thanks for the review Patrick!
They really do a great job of preventing flare-ups and burning the food. Because they are made from hard anodized aluminum, the should be rust resistant and last for some time.
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Hi Fred and thank you for the kind words and I appreciate you stopping by. I have to admit that hatchets and axes are not my specialties so there is no way I could give you advice and feel good about myself afterward. My rule of thumb is always to do your research so you know as much about a product as possible before making a purchase. Read as many actual owner reviews as possible so you see what real users think about the product and their experiences. The good thing about purchasing from Amazon is that they have a great return policy in most cases if you are unhappy with what you have bought. Sorry, I can not be more of a help, but I wish you luck with your purchase. If you have any questions regarding grilling, BBQ, and outdoor cooking then I am more than happy to help.