The 5 Best Grill Pans
One alternative (or supplement) to having a great indoor grill is a good grill pan. There are a lot of great options available on the market today for grill pans including heavy cast iron options and even ceramic grill pans. In this post, we’re going to show you what our experts found to be the best grill pans on the market today with a short review under each of our picks.
So let’s get started with our list of the best grill pans below:
If you’re looking for a solid grilling pan with the potential to last a lifetime, and want to add a little old-fashioned to your cooking without going outside, cast iron is the way to go. And by far the largest manufacturer of cast iron today is Lodge.
This is a 10 and a half inch offering that has all the wonderful qualities of any cast iron grill, including raised ribs to keep the fat off your food. The handle and pan are cast from the same mold, so there is no worry about oven transfers, just make sure you have a towel or mitt to grab the handle with. As with any cast iron utensil, maintaining a proper seasoning is important. It will get better with every use, and will last a lifetime if you take care of it.
For this kind of price, you may have just found the best grill pan on this list.
If you want a griddle, but don’t want to spend the extra time ensuring that the seasoning is well maintained, then this pan from Zelancio is right up your alley. The core is made from cast iron, but all the surfaces are coated. The exterior is enameled, and the cooking surface itself is coated with ceramic to give you a non-stick pan that should last quite a while. It has the weight of cast iron, without as much worry about the surface. Of course, while ceramic coatings are durable, they won’t last forever. But for a griddle that won’t be abused, it’s a solid pan, that with some care, could last a very long time, and it will stay looking great.
This is a very beautiful and well-reviewed grill pan that would make a great gift or a great grill pan for your home.
The first thing you might notice with this pan is the price, but for a flip pan of this quality, it really isn’t that bad, and it’s dishwasher safe. The coating is an eco-friendly ceramic material that allows you to cook with less oil. The seal is a silicone gasket that is FDA approved, and the material reduces smell smoke, and splatter. It also holds in all of that wonderful steam that comes from cooking dishes with vegetables, to keep your meal juicy. There’s even a tray on the back to capture excess moisture and grease, so that it doesn’t run all over your counter. It can drip grease when you open it while cooking, so be aware of that.
The concept of this pan is very cool and it really does a great job of searing in the delightful juices of whatever you’re cooking – from steaks, burgers, fish or chicken. The price is nice and reviewers on Amazon tend to agree with us that this is a great grill pan for the money.
Coating the aluminum core is a hard anodized surface that is durable and will heat your food quickly due to the low heat-up and cooling down time. The pan is dishwasher safe, a feature that you don’t see on cast iron skillets, and the non-stick surface works great. It is best to consider using wood or rubberized utensils so that you don’t damage the finish, and if you are going to try an oven transfer, be aware that the soft handle is only rated to 350 degrees. Since ovens aren’t perfect at regulating temperature, you might want to only put it in oven settings of 325 or lower. Overall a good pan, if it’s properly cared for.
Surprisingly, Rachael Ray’s signature grill pan won’t cost you an arm and a let either. This quality is tough to beat for the price.
A coated aluminum pan, built thick and heavy to ensure even heating. The coating is hard-anodized for a durable non-stick surface, and the pan itself is dishwasher safe. It fits the profile of an oven-usable pan, with all metal parts, but the handle is designed to stay cool on the stove top. The cooking surface is coated in three nonstick PFOA-free layers. So you will have a slippery non-stick surface perfect for grilling your favorite foods indoors. The bottom isn’t perfectly smooth, so if you have a glass range, then there is a potential for problems.
However, for the money, this Calphalon grill pan really exceeded our expectations for searing. It puts a nice sear on everything we threw at it and the bottom line is that it’s a great value right now.