If you’re lucky enough to have your own outdoor space, you already know thick-cut steaks and fresh veggies level up when they’re made on a grill. But if you’re stuck making food inside, fear not: There’s a simple way for you, too, to make all the delicious food you can typically find at a cookout. Enter: the magic that is a Grill Pan. The cookware is designed to give those sexy grill marks to meat and veggies and lock in lots of incredible flavors.
From the heavy-duty cast iron to the thin and easily storable, these 7 grill pans are our favorites. Now pass the burgers!
1. Lodge LPGI3 Pro-Grid Griddle Grill Pan
This large Grill & Griddle can fit over your two stovetop slots. Cast iron allows excellent heat retention and conduction.
Two easy-grip handles enable you to move the pan easily. When not in use, you can hang the pan conveniently to store it.
From chicken, steak to eggs, pancakes, the pan can handle them all.
There is no coating for the cooking area, so season the pan and apply oil to your food before cooking for the best results. The corrosive chemicals in the coating can no longer bother you.
2. OXO Good Grips 11-inch Square Grill Pan
The hard-anodized aluminum body of the pan is scratch-resistant, and it also ensures great heat conduction. You can now grill evenly with ease.
The cooking area features a Germany 3-layer non-stick coating that is PFOA-free. No more worries about detrimental chemicals spoiling your food. Moreover, removing food from the pan and clean up is simple and quick in the years to come.
You can conveniently use the nonslip stainless steel handle coated with heat-resistant silicone for better control over the pan.
Except for the induction cooktop, this grill pan is compatible with all the other stovetops. It is oven safe up to 390 degrees F. Feel free to use the pan in the oven.
3. Le Creuset Cast Iron Signature Square Grill Pan
This grill pan measures 10.25 inches square. Enameled cast iron allows your food to heat evenly with minimum hot spots.
The pan has a cast iron handle and an opposite grip handle, which enables you to lift and move the pan effortlessly. Be aware that the handles can get hot. Make sure you don’t touch it with barehand.
There are many exterior finishing colors to choose from. Choose your favorite one and start using this grill pan in the comfort of your kitchen.
This Le Creuset Square Grill is dishwasher safe. Easy cleaning warranted.
4. Calphalon Signature Hard Anodized Nonstick
This round pan will fit your burners, while the nonstick surface makes cooking and cleanup much easier. Made of hard-anodized aluminum, this pan is much lighter than a similar cast iron pan, so it’s easier to handle. The nonstick interior is metal utensil-safe, so you don’t need to worry about using a metal spatula to retrieve your burger. This model is also oven safe up to 500 degrees so you can finish off steaks in the oven after searing.
The brushed stainless steel handle stays cool during stovetop cooking, and for easy cleaning, the pan is dishwasher safe.
5. ProCook Cast Iron Griddle
Another great budget buy, this one is small but so perfectly formed. The square-shaped pan has softly rounded corners and a bright graduated red enameled outer coating. Inside, the pan ridges run diagonal (unlike many pans) and look as good on the stove as it does on the table.
It’s heavy though, making the two handles useful, while the enamel coating on the cooking surface also means no seasoning is required.
Heating was rapid and reached into all four corners, and food cooked quickly and evenly. Washing up was delightful, as, once cold, everything slipped off the enamel surface – a quick-dry and it looked as good as new.
For the smaller household or for serving a side dish (grilled vegetables look amazing in this pan) direct to the table, this is your pan. With care, it could be a life-long friend.
6. Gotham Steel Aluminum Non-Stick Grill Pan
This pan is covered with a ceramic coating so there’s no need to add oil or butter—just put your food on and go. The product description claims it’s “like cooking on air.” Best of all, it promises to heat evenly and cook food fast thanks to an aluminum base, and it’s safe to use on grills or your stovetop. Consider it your do-it-all pan.
7. ProCook Granite Non-stick Griddle Pan
Here we have another cast aluminum griddle pan. This one from Procook though has a triple layer non-stick Granite coating to ensure that your meat, fish, or veg never sticks. This 28cm pan offers all of the space you’ll need to cook for up to three people. Plus, thanks to the robust build, the heat will be retained nicely even with three chicken breasts, for example, searing away.
This ProCook griddle pan has a heat-resistant handle, but you can still use this pan in the oven up to 180 degrees. Also, this pan has a piece of stainless steel bonded to the bottom of the pan. This provides even more heat distribution and makes this pan proper for all hob types, including ordination.
Overall, this ProCook non-stick griddle pan works incredibly, it does lack the classic styling but brings so much to your kitchen.
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