Six of the Best Skillet Grills

Six of the Best Skillet Grills

For much of the United States, winter is a time for comfort foods like pasta, root veggies, soups and stews. But, sometimes you want a juicy grilled burger (mushroom, eggplant, meat or otherwise – we don’t judge), but you don’t want to shovel off the drag out the grill. That’s where skillet grills come in. They give you the beautiful grill marks and that delicious crisp edges without the extra fat of frying. And after you’re finished, they’re easier to clean – some are even dishwasher safe?! – than a traditional grill as well.

Without further ado – check out the top 6 skillet grills:

Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 10-1/4-Inch Square Skillet Grill, Cerise

Le Creuset’s square skillet grill is perfect for everything from ribs to grilled eggplant to burgers. It has a ribbed surface with high treads to allow for fat drainage and even heat distribution. Their black enamel finish needs no seasoning like its traditional cast iron counterparts. And the exterior’s enamel resists chipping and cracking. We will note this one is a bit more expensive than the others on the list – especially the updated version of the skillet pan.

All-Clad 3011 Hard Anodized Aluminum Scratch Resistant Nonstick Anti-Warp Base Dishwasher Safe Square Grill Pan

All-Clad is known for its high-quality, contemporary cookware and this grill pan is no different. It’s made out of hard-anodized aluminum with a nonstick interior. Its flat exterior bottom allows for it to be used on any stove surface. Amazon reviewers have lauded its heat-safe handle and easy clean up (Just run it through the dishwasher!) The raised grill ribs aren’t as high as some of the others on this list, so don’t expect the most amazing grill marks.

Calphalon Unison Nonstick 12-Inch Round Grill Pan

This grill pan from Calphalon sheds the square grill design for a more traditional circular pan. It is built with two different non stick surfaces. The Slide pans allow you to cook without fear of your scrambled eggs charring to the bottom, while the Sear pans do exactly how they’re named: they sear meat and vegetables, bringing your beef bourguignon up a notch. It’s easy to clean (dishwasher safe) and is protected by Calphalon’s lifetime warranty.

Lodge L8SGP3 Cast Iron Square Grill Pan, Pre-Seasoned, 10.5-inch

Similar to their other cast iron skillets, Lodge’s grill pan comes pre-seasoned. The pan’s dramatic grill ridges sear and grill foods with ease and are perfect for nearly every cooking environment (oven, grill, campfire, cook stove, etc.) – just don’t microwave! Like all cast iron products, it’s easy to clean, naturally nonstick and requires a bit of seasoning after uses to ensure it endures many meals for years to come.

Cuisinart CI30-23BG Chef's Classic Enameled Cast Iron 9-1/4-Inch Square Grill Pan

Cuisinart’s porcelain-coated cast iron has become a staple in kitchens everywhere. Similar to the others on this list, you can use it on the stove, in the oven or under the broiler. Its non-stick interior makes cleanup a breeze and its built-in side pour spout makes draining grease off a snap. Available in Provencal Blue or Cardinal Red, this pan looks great on the stove and the table.

OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Dishwasher safe 11" Square Grill Pan

A customer favorite, this grill pan from OXO has it all. Its hard-ionized scratch-resistant aluminum supports even cooking across the entire pan, while its handles stay cool for a burn-free grip. You can use it on every stovetop (except induction) and in the oven (up to 430 degrees Fahrenheit). Similar to the others on the list, it’s dishwasher safe and features a 3-layer nonstick coating for making everything from omelets to hamburgers and everything in-between.  And, the pan is PFOA-free, making it safe for your family and the environment. It also features a rolled edge, to ensure drip-free pouring… no more messes!

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Austin Langlois is a communications professional by day and a freelance writer by night. Originally from the snowy state of Michigan, he escaped to Miami for the sunshine and Cuban sandwiches. He’s an aspiring home chef – you can usually find him perusing the farmer's market or rolling out new pie creations.

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