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Even if you have an outdoor grill, you might still want to have a grill pan on hand for when bad weather strikes, or if you just need to fire up a burger or two. A grill pan adds grill marks to any piece of meat, fish or vegetable all while sitting on the top of your burner. It also helps drain excess liquids and fats from your food because the meat sits on top of the ridges.
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Best Overall: Cuisinart CI30-23CR Chef's Classic Enameled Cast Iron
Our overall pick for the best grill pan is made of enameled cast iron which has the heat retention benefits of cast iron, without the need for seasoning or special care. It’s nonreactive and won’t rust, so you can give it a little soak if your marinade burns a little bit, or wash it in the dishwasher if you prefer.
The handle provides a secure grip, even when you’re wearing oven mitts, and it has a hole for hanging on a strong hook. The pan is oven and broiler safe, so you can finish a steak in the oven or use it for a small roast.
The bright red exterior gives your kitchen a pop of color and is easy to keep clean, while the pour spout makes it easy to drain excess fats and liquids which you will need with burgers especially.
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Best Double Burner Reversible: Lodge Reversible Cast Iron Grill/Griddle
This grill pan takes the place of two — or more. One side is a ridged grill pan and the other side is a flat griddle. Use the grill side for steaks, burgers and anytime you want grill marks. The griddle side can be used for pancakes, bacon, grilled cheese sandwiches and heating tortillas. Put it in the oven to use it as a pizza pan for small pizzas, too.
This is a large pan that will fit over two burners, so you’ll have plenty of space for cooking for a crowd, or cook on half of the pan while keeping the other portion less hot for keeping cooked foods warm.
Since this is made from cast iron, it retains heat and cooks evenly. It comes pre-seasoned, so it can be used right away, but the nonstick properties improve with additional seasoning and use.
This can also be used on your grill, for cooking foods that might be small enough to fall through the grates (think veggies). This is not suitable for all glass top stoves, so check the stove’s manual to make sure it’s safe.
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Best Round Nonstick: Calphalon Signature Hard Anodized Nonstick Grill Pan
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.
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Best Deep: Anolon Advanced Hard-Anodized Nonstick Square Grill Pan
Most grill pans have low sides, but this one has high sides that help protect from splattering, whether you’re using this on the stove or in the oven at up to 400 degrees. The high sides also let you use the pan for sauces when grilling is done and makes it even more useful for roasting juicy chicken or roasts.
The nonstick surface is metal utensil safe and offers superior food release and easy cleanup, The handle is designed to be comfortable, with a secure rubberized grip that stays cool during cooking, and it has dual rivets for security. A channel around the outer edges of the pan collects and holds liquids, while the pour spouts on either side of the pan make it easy to drain those excess fats and liquids.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Best Korean Style: TeChef Korean BBQ Non-Stick Grill Pan
This Korean-style grill pan is designed for tabletop cooking, using a portable burner (not included). Made from heavy gauge aluminum with a nonstick surface and a unique swirled channel design, you can use this to make all of your Korean barbecue favorites from thinly sliced beef to hearty pork belly.
The dome-shaped bottom drains fats away from the food and a hole in the pan drains the fat completely, but you’ll need to make sure you’ve got a small cup or bowl ready to catch the drippings.
Because of the hole, this shouldn’t be used on a standard cooktop.
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Best Stainless Steel: OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Pro 11" Square Grill Pan
This unique grill pan has an aluminum core for even heat distribution, with stainless steel encasing the core for durability. Since there’s no coating, this pan can withstand scraping, scratching, burning and scrubbing, and since it’s made from stainless steel it will never rust, so you can soak it before hand washing or toss it in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
The unique rolled edges are designed for drip-free pouring every time, and the contoured handle offers a comfortable grip that stays cool during stovetop cooking. Even better, this pan can be used on any cooktop surface, including induction, and it’s oven safe to 430 degrees, so you can finish your steak or use the pan to roast vegetables or a small roast.
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Best With Press: Calphalon Contemporary Hard-Anodized 13 3/4-inch Panini Pan
While you certainly could use any grill pan to grill a sandwich, this pan makes it much easier, since it includes a press. But it’s not just for sandwiches — that press is just as handy for pressing chicken or other poultry to mimic the “under a brick” cooking method. Of course, you don’t need to use the press for your burgers, steaks and more.
Made from heavy gauge aluminum that heats evenly, the pan has a hard anodized surface for durability and easy cleaning by hand or in the dishwasher. The brushed stainless steel handle will stay cool during stovetop cooking.
There are three layers of nonstick coating for durability and easy food release. The pan is oven safe to 450 degrees, so you can use it for finishing your steaks, or for a small roast.