The smell of smoky grilled meat may evoke memories of poolside barbecues and summer gatherings, but the dishes that get created on a grill can be enjoyed all year long. Made for everything from searing steaks to pressing paninis, a grill pan is a useful tool to have in your cookware arsenal.
Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, the typical grill pan has a heavy bottom, a long handle and a ribbed surface. Some models also come with an accompanying ribbed press, which is the tool that creates those distinctive searing marks on your food. In addition to classic foods like burgers and chicken, you can grill veggies and sandwiches on these pans, or use them for sautéing and stir fry.
From cast-iron models to colorful enamel-covered editions, here are some of the best grill pans available on Amazon.
1. Le Creuset Signature Square Skillet Grill
Bring the taste of an outdoor grill to your indoor table with this heavy-duty, dishwasher-safe pan from the experts at Le Creuset. Made of safe, chip-resistant enameled cast iron and available in a variety of colors, the square pan features high ridges to allow any excess fat or grease to drain, and two drip-free spouts from which you can pour it out. The shape and materials ensure that things cook evenly, and the stylish design means you can serve your creations right from the pan.
2. Lodge Cast Iron Square Grill Pan
Whether you need to sear, fry, sauté or stir fry, this cast iron grill pan can take care of that. Coming in at a generous 10.5-inches, the pre-seasoned pan holds heat evenly, making it ideal for slow-cooking, and can also be used on all types of cooking surfaces—from stovetops and grills to campfires. Along with the included silicone handle cover, the helper handle aids with balance as you move from grill to table.
3. Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Grill Pan
From venerable cookware brand Cuisinart comes this 12-inch round grill pan that’s ideal for crafting one-pot recipes. The non-stick interior and cool-grip handle make it easy to sauté veggies and herbs, while the tapered, drip-free rim is helpful when it comes to pouring out excess fat after cooking meats. Unlike many other grill pans, this one comes with a tempered glass cover for when you need to simmer things, too.
4. Rachael Ray Cucina Grill / Griddle Pan
In keeping with Rachel Ray’s no-fuss approach to cooking, this easy-to-use pan meets all your grill—and griddle—needs. The non-stick interior heats quickly and evenly on the stovetop, whether you’re searing a steak or making griddle cakes. The pan can also be safely put in the oven at up to 400 degrees, and has a sturdy handle with a silicone grip that makes it easy to lift and carry. And when you’re done, just throw it in the dishwasher.