How to Grill the Best Meal When You Need to Get Out of the Kitchen

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If you're craving a culinary change, there's one simple solution: fire up the grill and start cooking outside. We admit that the thought of grilling vegetables, meats, and even dessert, thrills us. (Have you tried grilled peaches or watermelon yet?) So, no matter the size of your space, be it a backyard, patio, or balcony, these items will elevate your grilling game to a whole new level.

The Grill

There's a specific style that just right for you. Consider one of these ...

Cuisinart 3-in-1 Stainless Five-Burner Gas Grill With Side Burner, $347

For ease of use, a gas grill is always a perfect choice. What we love about this particular design is that you have the option of grilling, smoking, or griddling your food. Yes, there is a cast iron griddle you can store on the side of the grill, and a smoke tube that infuses flavor with wood chips or pellets. Really, this covers every type of cooking, depending on your mood.

Cuisinart Outdoor Electric Tabletop Grill, $167.50

Never again say you don't have enough space to grill outside — this tabletop version can be used on balconies and other small spaces. Also, it's electric, which means that it heats up quickly and is totally easy to use. (No propane or charcoal needed.) Plus, the cooking grate has plenty of space to cook enough food for a family, so don't let its small stature fool you.

Blackstone 4-Burner 36" Griddle Cooking Station with Side Shelves, $274

Do you consider yourself more comfortable when cooking on a griddle? This one's for you, plus it's ideal for larger families. This design uses propane, offers four burners so you can cook a variety of items at different temperatures at the same time, and has two side surfaces plus a bottom shelf for food prep.

Cuisinart Vertical 18" Charcoal Smoker, $159.99

There are many people who swear by smoking as their outdoor cooking method of choice, and we say, if you haven't tried it yet, you're in for a real treat. With two steel cooking grates, you can accommodate a variety of foods. Keep in mind that you'll need to light up the charcoal separately and fill up the water bowl —but don't let that deter you. We've tried it and it's worth the extra steps.

Pit Boss K22 22" Ceramic Kamado Black Grill, $749

Have you heard of a Kamado grill? People go crazy over this style of design because of how evenly it emits heat (meaning, juicy and flavorful meats and veggies). While the price tag might be a bit heftier than others, it's worth it for the true grilling aficionado. With its heavy ceramic body and bamboo side shelves, isn't it just a beauty? To cook, you'll need to use lump charcoal.

The Accessories

Arm yourself with the right accessories, and you'll be setting yourself up for success.

Cuisinart Dual-Probe Digital Wireless Thermometer, $87.20

You're spending the time outside by your grill, so don't leave anything up to chance. A meat thermometer is a must. With this design, you can monitor your grill and meat temperature from up to 300 feet away with two temperature probes. There's even a backlight for nighttime grilling. This allows you to track and set cooking times, and monitor temperatures even as you step away from the grill. So, go on, have a cocktail and relax. You'll be alerted when your meal is ready.

Cuisinart 3-Piece Stainless Steel Barbecue Tool Set, $19.97

You really just need a basic tool set: tongs, a spatula, and a basting brush. This set will be your trusty sidekick. Fun fact: the spatula even includes a bottle opener. Need we say more?

Pit Boss Three Magnetic Tool Hooks, $14.97

If you're wondering where to put those tools when you're in the middle of cooking, these hooks will hook you up. These strong magnetic hangers (made of rosewood) attach anywhere on your grill, making sure you are prepared and organized. They're compatible with charcoal, propane, gas, electric, or pellet cooking.

Cuisinart CCB-W2 Wood Grill Brush, $12.99

You need to have a good cleaning brush and scraper, no matter what. It's what will keep your grills in tip-top shape. This design has a long wooden handle (classic look!), which makes it easy to reach, scrape, and clean. We recommend that you use it after every time you cook.

Blackstone 8-Piece Griddle Cleaning Kit, $19.97

If you're using a griddle as opposed to a grill, you'll need something different for your cleaning needs. This kit caters to your specific needs, with cleaning bricks, scouring pads, and a scraper.

Now, aren't you feeling "fired up" to take it outside this summer? Happy grilling!


Laurie Gunning Grossman, Hunker’s editorial director, caught the California boho minimalist bug. So, she bought a cream-colored couch. And she also lives with two kids and two dogs, so we’ll see how that decision pans out.

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