It’s grilling time! It is that time of the year again, where everyone is enjoying outdoor activities. Families and friends cook food, eat, laugh, and have fun. When you are grilling, however, you have to make sure none of those tasty morsels fall to the bottom of your grill.
How? With a grill mat!
What else can a grill mat offer you? Well, they prevent direct contact between the food you’re cooking and the flames to avoid overcooking and flare-ups. They also help in retaining the juices of your meat, fish, and veggies.
Let’s have a look at some of the best grill mats on the market in 2020.
The Best Grill Mats Reviewed
You will find plenty of grill mats on the market, which makes it harder to make a fast selection by eliminating the worthless options, which is why I encourage you to check out my suggestions.
This grill mat from Kona features a non-stick surface to make grilling fun and easy. The mat is also much thicker than the conventional models on the market, making it more durable. Due to its user-friendliness, both professional chefs and amateur grillers alike will love to use it.
You can grill the juiciest steaks and smoke the tenderest chicken with this mat. You can also sauté the thinnest sliced vegetables on it with ease. Once your grilling is done, you can clean the mat easily for storage.
The product also comes with a seven-year warranty from its manufacturer. That means you can use your mat for many, many grilling sessions.
Do you want to grill your food to perfection? Copper Chef makes sure you will have a quicker, easier, and stress-free grilling experience with this non-stick grill mat.
The manufacturer employs state-of-the-art technology to ensure even distribution of heat to the mat’s entire surface. Equal heat distribution allows you to achieve a perfectly grilled meal.
With this mat, you can do away with scraping and scouring char on your grill. You can also avoid sticking fish filet and vegetable slices falling through the gaps in the grate. Because it is non-sticky, you can clean it easily for future use.
By using the Copper Chef mat, you can also avoid sauces and marinades dripping in your grill. Because all the ingredients are staying on your food, all the flavor does too!
This set of grill mats from Grillaholics is multipurpose as it can be used for any grill, whether it is gas, electric, or charcoal.
The heavy-duty construction and non-stick surfaces also ensure you can grill delicious and healthy foods quickly and easily with minimal cleanup.
You can even cut the mat easily to fit any size or shape or use it as a baking mat. This grill accessory is safe, too, because it is made of premium high-quality heat-resistant PTFE-Fiberglass coating.
Grillaholics offers a lifetime manufacturer warranty for its product.
Forget about a dirty BBQ grill with this multipurpose mat from Aoocan. After finishing your meal, you can clean the mat easily with water thanks to its non-stick surfaces.
Finally, the manufacturer provides an extended warranty for the mat, which really shows they stand behind their products.
Tips for buying grill mat
You want the best results? Buy the right grill mat by following the below tips.
Size – Check carefully whether the mat isn’t too small relatively to your grill. When it’s too big, it is always possible to manually adjust it with the right tools (in certain cases it might actually be a better solution).
Thickness – The right thickness is important because it impacts the heat transfer. Too thick a mat will have problems transferring the heat evenly. On the other hand, too thin a mat will transfer too much heat and won’t be quite as durable. My observations show that mats with thickness of about 0.25mm are the best choice.
Maximum temperature range – Depending on what food you’re going to cook, pay attention to the temperature range you are going to use the mat in. Most options work in nearly every situation, with the exception being very hot grilling.
Why it’s a good idea to use a grill mat
There are many reasons so I’ll try to list as many of them as possible below.
A mat is very easy and convenient to use, all you have to do is place it in your desired spot and that’s it.
Thanks to the flat surface you don’t have to worry about flare ups plus you gain the ability to cook new things. On top of standard food, you can fry small vegetables or eggs, personally I really recommend to fry fish that way.
A mat’s surface is non-stick and 100% safe for health.
Depending on the mat’s thickness, the heat-up time is pretty short, just like cooling.
A mat is incredibly easy to store (when rolled-up, it doesn’t take much space) and very easy to clean. Just use a sponge with hot water and soap, most of dirt will vanish after just a few swipes of the sponge.
Contrary to a popular belief, food cooked on grill mats retains great flavor (the food will have more juices left around it).
Another huge surprise are decent sear marks on the food’s surface.
They have a pretty large temperature range for safe cooking.
The last advantage is a fairly good price to number of use ratio (depending on the brand).