Barbecue season has officially begun! Backyards, patios, and even itty bitty fire escapes are quickly transforming into plein air kitchens, and we couldn’t be more pumped. In fact, May is National Barbecue Month! Who knew? May also happens to be National Salad Month, National Bike Month, and National Photograph Month, so barbecue is definitely in good company. Aren’t random holidays the best?
To ring in one of the first warm weekends of the year, we’re turning our attention to the grill. Here are 20 must-have grilling gadgets for yummy summer suppers. The only question is, who’s gonna be grillmaster this weekend?
1. Kettle Pizza Grill Kit ($150): Already have a classic Weber charcoal grill and a love for brick oven pizza? This pizza kit doesn’t include bricks, but it does turn any 22 1/2 inch charcoal grill into a fully functional pizza oven. Molto delicioso!
2. Stuff-A-Burger Press ($12): Um, what? It’s a gadget that lets you stuff burgers with awesome things like cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, and the like. It might be fun to try sneaking some veggies into the middle of your burger as well.
3. iGrill ($80): The iGrill is a savvy tool and app that keeps your mind at ease while you enjoy your party. Place the thermometer in your food and the base station communicates with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch via Bluetooth to let you know when your food is cooked to the perfect temperature. No more worrying about running back and forth between guests and the grill to make sure your meat isn’t burning.
4. Grab and Grill ($40): The Grab and Grill let’s you do just that, in one easy trip. Instead of making multiple trips to the kitchen for your plate of raw meat, vegetables, clean utensils, and serving ware, the handy dandy compartments keep your food separate and safe.
5. Stainless Steel Hot Dog Roasters ($34): If you’re working with an unruly charcoal grill or campfire, these roasters are just the thing you need. They keep hot dogs in check, and make sure you can roast them on every side.
6. Hamburger Press and Store ($15): Now we’ve seen a lot of hamburger presses, but none as innovative and easy as this one. The press lets you create uniform patties using the measuring marker, and includes separating disks to keep the burgers from smushing together. The vertical container makes for convenient and efficient transportation and storage.
7. Veggie Grill Clips ($15): For the veggie lovers, we’re digging these veggie grill clips. Say goodbye to all that torn aluminum foil!
8. FireSense Notebook Charcoal Grill ($36): Great for the city dweller who has to head to the park or suburbs to grill it up, the notebook grill folds flat to just 1 inch thick and takes a simple two steps to set up.
9. Meatball Basket ($50): Sometimes you just don’t want a whole hamburger. The meatball basket helps you grill up a bite-sized treat, while keeping your balls from slipping through the cracks. Get innovative with the basket and make crab cakes, armadillo eggs, or anything you want to shape into a ball and grill. Love the idea of using this for some grilled up latkes.
11. Flexible Skewers ($10): These extra long skewers fit twice the amount of food as normal skewers. They also bend, which allows you to marinate your kebabs after they’ve been skewered.
12. BBQ Bruce Handrail Grill ($77): Have a tiny balcony, fire escape, or window you call your yard? Then you’ll definitely want to snag this ridiculously handy handrail grill!
13. Grill Wrangler ($38): This tool eliminates the need for multiple BBQ tools by combining them into one gadget. Use it as a spatula, fork, or tongs.
14. Grilling Pizza Stone ($100): Get as close to making an authentic Neapolitan pizza at home without building an expensive pizza oven or taking a trip to Rome. The built in thermometer also helps you monitor cook time. Perhaps we need to set up a duel between this pizza stone and the pizza oven grill kit?
15. S’more Love ($15): Grilling by the pool and jonesing for some s’mores but don’t have a fire? Have no fear, someone’s developed a gadget for that. Similar to the more common burger and fish baskets, this tool was developed specifically with s’mores in mind. This is definitely easier than trying to roast, but not burn, your marshmallows over an open fire.
16. Fyrkat BBQ Cone Charcoal Grill ($260): We love these colorful Fyrkats from Bodum. This conical grill with stainless steel spit is stylish and ideal for roasting veggies, kebabs, or even a cornish game hen.
17. Flameless Grill Smoker ($50): Hammacher Schlemmer often makes far-fetched seemingly oxymoronic dreams come true. Today’s case in point? The flameless grill smoker. Get that smoked taste without the fire…!
18. Grill Popcorn Popper ($36): You can pop popcorn on a stovetop, so why not on a grill? Turn the pot over when you’re done and the lid doubles as a bowl.
19. Cast Iron Waffle Iron ($20): At this point, we’ve officially realized your grill can do anything, even make a waffle. Not the most traditional item for a grill, but Waffleizer will help you think of some recipes.
20. Monogrammed BBQ Branding Iron ($59): Why not put your name on that steak? Not suitable for use around high school or college seniors.
What are your go-to grilling gadgets for barbecue season? Tell us in the comments below.