The Best Grilling Gifts in 2022

Here's what to get the grill master in your life

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What do you get for the grill master who has everything? Well, it turns out there are still plenty of great gifts for grillers, whether it's a set of shiny new tools, a cookbook on smoking meat, or a DIY barbecue sauce kit. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for an experienced barbecue boss or a fun gift for Dad, we've got you covered.

Here are the best grilling gifts.

Best Meat Thermometer: Meater Plus With Bluetooth Repeater

MEATER Plus Wireless Smart Thermometer

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Dual temperature sensors (internal and external)

  • Intuitive app

  • Long range

  • Wireless

What We Don't Like
  • Not waterproof

A meat thermometer is a necessary tool for any griller or smoker, and this small but mighty wireless version will please both tech nerds and minimalists. A small stainless steel probe syncs with Meater’s free app to alert the user when the ideal temperature is reached, but it also estimates cook time, tracks the ambient temperature of the grill or smoker, and keeps a detailed log of every cook. A small wooden case works as the charger as well as a Bluetooth signal repeater to help extend the wireless range.

Our tester said the app was very easy to use and loved that it tracked the cook and that the results could be saved for future use. Better yet, our reviewer found it to be accurate in all of her temperature tests and said because it makes grilling "nearly foolproof," the price tag is totally justified.

Batteries: 1 AAA (included) | Range: 165 feet | Dimensions: 1.46 x 1.1 x 6.18 inches

meater plus thermometer

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What Our Testers Say

"A truly wireless thermometer, the Meater Plus smart wireless meat thermometer makes cooking nearly foolproof, and it’s easy to use, too." — Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best Tools: Cuisinart Deluxe Silver Grill Set (20-Piece)

What We Like
  • Sturdy stainless steel

  • Carrying case

  • Long handles

What We Don't Like
  • Tongs are a bit too flexible

Grilling utensils get a lot of wear and tear. So whether you're shopping for someone who just got their first grill or an experienced grill master who could use an upgrade, this 20-piece grilling tool set from Cuisinart is a solid bet. Everything—including corn holders, a grill brush, and a digital temperature fork—is packaged in an aluminum carrying case for easy gifting.

Includes: Chef’s spatula, grill tongs, digital temperature fork, silicone basting brush, four pairs of corn holders, five skewers, cleaning brush with extra brush head, aluminum carrying case

Best Gloves: Mark & Graham Leather and Suede BBQ Gloves

Leather and Suede BBQ Gloves

Courtesy of Mark & Graham

What We Like
  • Available in black or brown

  • Monogram option

  • Designed to keep hands cool

What We Don't Like
  • Monogrammed items not eligible for returns

There's no better way to protect your hands while grilling than with these beautiful gloves. They're crafted from leather and suede, delivering unbeatable pliability, and they're lined with a cotton blend that will keep your hands from getting too sweaty. The best part? You can have the leather laser engraved with your recipient's initial for an extra-special touch.

Materials: Leather, suede, cotton, poly fleece blend | Dimensions: 13.75 x 6.5 inches

Best Rubs: Kansas City BBQ Dry Rub Variety Pack

Kansas City BBQ Dry Rub Variety Pack


The secret isn't always in the sauce; sometimes it's in the rub—especially if you're cooking on the grill. This sampler pack features four amazing rubs from four distinctly different but equally amazing Kansas City barbecue joints (Joe’s, Arthur Bryant’s, Gates, and Jack Stack) any griller will appreciate. Sweet, spicy, and somewhere in between, this collection will spice up a variety of grilled meat and veggies.

Includes: Arthur Bryant's Meat & Rib Rub, Kansas City's Cowtown Sweet Spot BBQ Rub, Jack Stack Barbecue KC Steak Rub, Gates Original Classic Rub

Best Electric Grill: George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill

George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill


What We Like
  • Easy-to-clean nonstick grill plate

  • Big enough to feed a crowd

  • Easy assembly

What We Don't Like
  • Optional stand is a little unstable

Not all grills use charcoal or gas. This versatile grill from George Foreman uses electricity to cook its food. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor cooking, the grill comes with a plug-in temperature probe, which allows the user precise control over the heat. The durable, nonstick grilling plate measures 240 square inches, which is plenty of room to cook for every guest at the party. The sloped surface of the grill plate allows grease and fat to slide off the food and into a convenient drip tray for disposal. It also comes with an easy-to-assemble stand that’s ideal for outdoor cooking (just be sure it’s set up on a flat surface). 

Our product testers loved the consistency of the grill’s performance, as well as the defined grill marks, uniformed heating, and the lack of smoke. 

Material: Stainless steel | Power: 1,440 watts | Dimensions: 11 x 21 x 20.5 inches

George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill

The Spruce Eats / Donna Currie

What Our Testers Say

"This grill does a fine job with basics like burgers and sausages, producing nice grill marks. It also did a surprisingly good job cooking a frozen pizza." - Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best Sliders: Snake River Farms USDA Prime Sliders, 4 Pack

Snake River Farms USDA Prime sliders

Snake River Farms

Sliders are popular for barbecues because they’re smaller in size and a crowd-pleasing favorite. Snake River Farms has a four-pack of 2-ounce sliders made from a custom blend of USDA Prime cuts. The tasty blend is 60 percent chuck, 20 percent brisket, and 20 percent ribeye. The patties may be on the small side, but they’re certainly mighty in flavor. With your favorite condiments, a side of chips, some cold drinks, and good company, you’ll have the makings of a classic American meal. 

Includes: (4) 2-ounce beef sliders

Best Cookbook: Project Smoke

Project Smoke

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • 100 recipes

  • Step-by-step guides

  • Easy-to-read layout

What We Don't Like
  • Sometimes light on details

Smoking isn't just a fun weekend activity—it's a way of life. If you're shopping for someone who's recently gotten into smoking meat, "Project Smoke" is sure to be a welcome gift. This cookbook by Steven Raichlen provides a step-by-step guide to becoming a smoke master—it covers everything from choosing the right smoker and selecting smoking woods to essential techniques like hot-smoking, cold-smoking, rotisserie-smoking and more. Plus, there are 100 delicious recipes that your recipient can dive into... and hopefully share with you.

Pages: 336 | Published: 2016 | Formats: Paperback, hard cover, spiral-bound

Best Can Insulator: Yeti Rambler 12-Ounce Colster Can Insulator

YETI Rambler 12-Ounce Colster Can Insulator

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Dishwasher safe

  • Variety of colors

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy

Sure, grillers can stand the heat—but their beers can’t. This super-durable stainless steel drink insulator from Yeti is made to hold a 12-ounce can of beer (or soda) and will keep a cold one frosty, even right next to the grill. It comes in a variety of colors and (even though it’s double-walled), it’s dishwasher safe.

Material: Stainless steel | Holding Capacity: 12-ounce cans | Insulation: Double-wall vacuum insulation

Best Sauce Kit: Grow and Make Make-Your-Own BBQ Sauce Kit

 Grow and Make Make-Your-Own BBQ Sauce Kit

Courtesy of The Grommet

What We Like
  • Includes ingredients and tools

  • Produces three 5-ounce bottles

  • Six month refrigerated shelf-life (once made)

What We Don't Like
  • Plastic gloves can make hands sweaty

Culinary adventurers will have a blast mixing up their very own BBQ sauces with this kit from Grow and Make. It contains everything needed to create unique homemade sauces, including several types of vinegar, brown sugar, liquid smoke, lots of seasonings, and more. The kit comes with three 5-ounce bottles, as well as an instruction booklet with recipes to follow, but half the fun is experimenting to make one-of-a-kind creations to use while grilling.

Includes: (3) 5-ounce glass bottles, plastic gloves, distilled white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, yellow mustard powder, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, soy sauce, sea salt, black pepper, onion powder, chili powder, red pepper flakes, paprika, garlic powder, turmeric, cayenne

Best Gift Basket: Stonewall Kitchen Grilling Favorites Gift Crate

Grilling Favorites Gift Crate

Courtesy of Stonewall Kitchen

It's hard to go wrong with Stonewall Kitchen's gourmet spices and sauces, and this gift box combines the best of both for grilling, along with a butcher-themed tea towel and a wood-handled silicone basting brush. Even without the accessories, this set is fit for grillers of all levels with its variety of fabulous flavors: Maple Chipotle Grille Sauce, Roasted Apple Grille Sauce, Bourbon Molasses BBQ Sauce, Maine Seafood Rub, Texas Rub, and Carolina's Rub.

Includes: Maple chipotle sauce, roasted apple sauce, bourbon molasses BBQ sauce, Maine seafood rub, Texas rub, Carolina's rub, tea towel, silicone basting brush

Best Apron: Hedley & Bennett

Hedley & Bennett

Hedley & Bennett

What We Like
  • Waxed canvas

  • Leather straps

  • Deep pockets

What We Don't Like
  • Not washable

Every griller needs a sturdy apron to wear while they're tending the food, and this one from Hedley & Bennett is both stylish and highly functional. It's made from heavy-duty cotton canvas with a waterproof wax coating, and durable leather straps keep in in place around the neck. Plus, the design is backed by the brand's lifetime guarantee, which covers failure or damage of the apron.

Material: Cotton, soy-wax coating, leather | Weight: 12.5 ounces 

Best Meat: Omaha Steaks Grand Grilling Assortment

Omaha Steaks grand grilling assortment

Omaha Steaks

When it comes to grilling, the main event is the meat itself. If you want to impress the griller in your life, Omaha Steaks has a fantastic gift bundle of high-quality meats. The Grand Grilling Assortment includes filet mignons, sirloins, beef sirloin tips, brisket burgers, jumbo franks, and even steak seasoning. Omaha Steaks has a number of other bundles, as well, including the Stock Up Assortment (which features pork chops, bacon, chicken breasts, meatballs, and more) and the Protein Packed Assortment (which includes bacon-wrapped filets and steak burgers).

Includes: 4 butcher's cut filet mignons (5 ounces each), 4 butcher’s cut top sirloins (6 ounces each), 2 packages of beef sirloin tips (1 pound each), 4 PureGround brisket burgers (6 ounces each), 4 gourmet jumbo franks (3 ounces each), 1 jar of Omaha Steaks seasoning

Best Grill Light: Kosin Grill Light

KOSIN Grill Light

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Flexible neck

  • Magnetic base

  • Portable

What We Don't Like
  • Neck is a little short

Grill masters need some kind of light to work their culinary magic in the dark—and the flame from the coals doesn’t cut it. These handy LED lights can be mounted on any surface that can hold a magnet, and the flexible gooseneck means they’ll work with just about any style of grill. The super-bright LED bulbs are powered by AAA batteries, and their uses extend beyond the grill.

Includes: 2 LED grill lights, 6 AAA batteries, basting brush

Best Smoking Pouch: The Smokist Stainless Steel Smoking Pouch

The Smokist stainless steel smoking pouch

Ace Hardware

What We Like
  • Adds smoky flavor to foods

  • Made of non-rusting stainless steel

  • Easy to use

What We Don't Like
  • Bag gets hot (use caution while handling)

One of the best things about grilling is the scent of smoke, especially if it’s flavored woodsmoke meant to enhance food. The Smokist created a stainless steel smoking pouch to easily add smoky flavor to any enclosed grill. Fill the stainless steel pouch with wood chips and let it smoke for 15 to 30 minutes. It can hold about a cup and a half of chips, such as hickory, applewood, cherry, or mesquite. 

Material: Stainless steel | Capacity: 1.5 cups of wood chips | Dimensions: 6.5 x 11.5 inches

Best for Kabobs: Uncommon Goods Kabob Grilling Baskets

Uncommon Goods Kabob Grilling Baskets

Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

What We Like
  • Cooks evenly without a skewer

  • Long wooden handle keeps hands far from heat

  • Easy to use and flip

What We Don't Like
  • Hand wash only (no metallic scrubbers)

As delicious as kebobs are, they can be a hassle to make. Wooden skewers aren’t fireproof, after all, and it’s easy for ingredients to fall off. Luckily there are special grilling baskets designed just for kebob cooking. Uncommon Goods has a set of four steel wire baskets affixed with long wooden handles. No need for flimsy wooden skewers. And with the individual baskets, the griller can personalize the kebobs to the taste of their guests. 

Material: Steel, hardwood | Set: 4 kebob baskets | Dimensions: 19 x 1.75 x 1.5

Best Grill Basket: Weber Deluxe Stainless Steel Grill Basket

Weber 6434 Deluxe Ss Vegetable Basket


What We Like
  • Keeps food from falling through grates

  • Large and small sizes available

  • Durable stainless steel

What We Don't Like
  • Smaller surface area due to sloped sides

Most grills have gaps between the bars, allowing flame and heat to rise and cook the food. However, that makes it tricky to grill smaller items, like green beans, shrimp, or fingerling potatoes. Weber has the solution in their deluxe grilling basket, which can hold smaller items secure while cooking them evenly. There are two different sized models—one large, one smaller. Each is made of stainless steel, has handles for easy transport, and works with gas or charcoal grills. 

Material: Stainless steel | Dimensions: Large 13.8 x 11.8 x 2.5 inches, small 9.4 x 7.5 x 2.5 inches

Best Flipper: Jaccard Pigtail Food Flipper

Jaccard Pig Tail food flipper

Knife Country USA

What We Like
  • Securely holds food with hook

  • Ergonomic hardwood handle with leather loop

  • Doesn't tear meat

What We Don't Like
  • Designed for right-handed people

Why fumble between tongs and a spatula to turn your food when you can use one tool? Jaccard’s pigtail food flipper has a stainless steel curlicue hook that pierces food to secure a solid grip. Unlike tongs, it won’t tear the meat, and unlike spatulas, the hook gives the griller more control. A leather loop is attached to the end of the hardwood handle for easy hanging storage. This particular combo set comes with two differently sized flippers, one 12 inches long and the other at 19 inches. Want to bring the gift to the next level? Jaccard also has a beautiful wooden storage box set available. 

Material: Stainless steel, hardwood, leather | Dishwasher Safe: No

What Our Editors Say

“My family has been using a set of Jaccard’s pigtail flippers for over 20 years of backyard grilling. It’s great for flipping heavy meats, delicate veggies, and even picking up hot grill pan lids. Thanks to the long handle, your hands stay away from the intense heat, too.”Allison Wignall, Staff Writer

Best Brat and Sausage Pack: Schaller & Weber Summer Grill Pack for 6

Schaller and Weber summer grill pack for 6

Schaller & Weber

Brats and sausages are quintessential summertime grilling foods. If someone in your life loves a good hot dog, this grill pack from Schaller & Weber is sure to make them happy. It includes cheddar brats, smoked sausages, bier brats, and some Aussie-style snags (slang for sausage). In addition to the dogs, Schaller & Weber includes German-style sauerkraut, two beer koozies, and a keychain bottle opener. Grab some buns and enjoy. 

Includes: 4 Aussie-style snags, 4 smoked sausages, 4 bier brats, 4 cheddar brats, 16-ounce jar of sauerkraut, 2 branded beer koozies, branded bottle opener keychain

Best Dry Rubs: Thoughtfully Barbecue Rubs To Go: Grill Edition Gift Set

Thoughtfully Barbecue Rubs to Go

Rubs can add extra flavor to whatever you sprinkle them on whether that’s meat or veggies. This beautifully packaged gift set from Thoughtfully has five bold flavors inspired by various cultures in Southern cuisine, from Memphis all the way down to the Caribbean. Season as much or as little as you want to enhance the taste of your next grilled meal. 

Includes: 5 barbecue rubs, 1 to 1.3 ounces (flavors include Cajun, Caribbean, Mexican, Southwest, and Memphis BBQ)

Best Griddle: Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler

Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler, Silver, Black Dials
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What We Like
  • Removable dishwasher safe cooking plates

  • Works as a grill, griddle, or panini press

  • Includes drip tray

What We Don't Like
  • A little small

  • Bottom plate heats more than top plate

Compact, multifunctional grills are great gifts for people who love to cook at tailgates, camp, or parties. Not only does this model from Cuisinart serve as a grill, griddle, and panini press, (and waffle maker if you want to splurge on some extra cooking plates), but it is also completely smokeless. The plates are all nonstick, so much so that our tester said burned cheese slid right off. Each grill style has a temperature control knob for precise heating. A hidden drip tray hides the liquid runoff out of sight, keeping things nice and neat. 

Material: Brushed stainless steel | Power: 110 volts | Dimensions: 13.5 x 11.5 x 7.12 inches

Cuisinart Griddler

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What Our Testers Say

"It performed well on all the tasks I threw at it, and I particularly enjoyed using it for sandwiches. The griddle option makes it so much more versatile, so it can be used as an extra space for cooking when your stove is too full for another pan." — Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best Sauce Set: Stonewall Kitchen 4-Piece Classic Grille Sauce Collection

Stonewall Kitchen classic grille sauces

Stonewall Kitchen

The right sauce can make a good meal great. It can add interesting flavors to anything from burgers to pork chops to grilled vegetables and more. Stonewall Kitchen is well known for jams, syrups, dressings, and, of course, sauces. Combining interesting yet complimentary flavors, this pack of four includes maple chipotle, roasted garlic peanut, onion fig, and sesame ginger teriyaki. Each bottle holds 11 ounces. 

Includes: Maple chipotle grille sauce, roasted garlic peanut sauce, Vidalia onion and fig sauce, sesame ginger teriyaki sauce

Best Grill Brush: Kona 360° Clean Grill Brush

Kona 360° Clean Grill Brush


What We Like
  • Triple brushes

  • Ergonomic no-slip handle

  • Hanging loop

What We Don't Like
  • Tricky to clean

  • Bristles can bend

Once the grilling is done, the cleaning begins. To scrub away any char or burned bits, you’ll need a good, sturdy grill brush. This wire-bristle brush from Kona makes the task go much faster with its triple-head feature. Not only does it scrub the surface clean, the 360 brushes even clean between and underneath the grill slats. Dip it in water and use the power of steam for an extra-deep clean. The brush has a comfy handle that’s long enough to keep your hands away from the heat of the grill. It works on most grill types, including porcelain, ceramic, infrared, char broil, and more. Our tester liked that you can use the brush sideways, as well.

Brush Material: Stainless steel | Weight: 12 ounces | Dimensions: 18 x 4 x 10 inches

The Kona 360 Grill Brush

The Spruce Eats / Donna Currie

What Our Testers Say

"The handle, made from hard plastic, was long enough to keep my hands away from the heat of the grill, and it felt comfortably squishy thanks to its hollow form." — Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best for Seafood Lovers: Wildwood Grilling Grill Planks Sampler Pack

Wildwood Grilling Grill Planks Sampler Pack

Courtesy of Bed Bath and Beyond

What We Like
  • Each plank has grilling instructions on it

  • Variety of wood types and flavors

  • Comes in multiple sizes

What We Don't Like
  • Each plank is single-use only

Wooden grill planks prevent fish from drying out, keep the skin from sticking to grill grates, and add a subtle smokiness to the finished dish. And because they can't be reused forever, they’re the perfect present for seafood-loving grillers. This sample pack from Wildwood Grilling includes five different kinds of wood (Western red cedar, alder, maple, cherry, and hickory), and the planks are available in three sizes (8, 11, and 15 inches).

Includes: 5 planks (western red cedar, alder, maple, cherry, hickory)

Best Oil Sprayer: EVO 18-Ounce Reusable Oil Sprayer


Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Evenly sprays cooking oil

  • Large capacity (18 ounces)

  • Includes refill funnel

What We Don't Like
  • Trigger can get greasy over time

Cooking oil is a versatile ingredient in the kitchen, however, it can be easy to spill or use too much. This reusable oil sprayer from Evo makes it easy to coat cooking pans or food with even spritzes of oil. It lets you control the amount used while keeping things nice and neat. This particular Evo sprayer holds 18 ounces of cooking oil and sprays it in a fine fan-like mist--either vertically or horizontally, whichever you prefer. Simply twist the nozzle to lock it in place and avoid accidentally spraying. When it runs low, add more of your favorite oil with the included funnel. 

Material: Plastic | Capacity: 18 ounces | Dimensions: 5.75 x 2.5 x 9 inches

What Our Editors Say

“The Evo oil sprayer may just be my favorite cooking utensil ever. Before, I’d always accidentally pour way too much olive oil in my frying pan or drown chicken in it. Now, with just a few squeezes, I’ve got an even and controlled spread. The neck and trigger can get a little greasy over time, but it’s easy enough to clean.”Allison Wignall, Staff Writer

Best Meat Shredder: Bear Paws The Original Bear Paws Shredder Claws

The Original Bear Paws Shredder Claws


What We Like
  • Dishwasher safe

  • Easy to use

  • Heat-resistant up to 475 degrees Fahrenheit

What We Don't Like
  • A little large and unwieldy

Shredded chicken tacos and pulled pork sandwiches are delicious, but the act of shredding the meat can be time consuming and frustrating, especially when it comes to larger cuts. Instead of using the double fork method, these shredder claws make short work of any meat they go up against. It also works great for holding other foods in place while carving, as well, like a turkey or watermelon. Made of sturdy nylon, the claws are heat-resistant; they’re perfect for shredding food right after it comes off the grill. 

Material: Nylon | Weight: 4.4 ounces | Dimensions: 12 x 6 x 1 inches

Best Cutting Board: John Boos Chop-N-Slice Maple Wood Reversible Cutting Board

John Boos Chop-N-Slice Maple Wood Reversible Cutting Board, 20" x 15"x 1.25 Inch
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What We Like
  • Solid maple wood

  • Sustainably sourced

  • Reversible

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy (10 pounds)

  • Hand wash only

Food prep is as important as the grilling itself. To chop vegetables, fruits, meats, and herbs, a sturdy and dependable cutting board is needed. This maple wood cutting board from John Boos is reversible, solid, and has a big surface area to work on. One advantage to wooden cutting boards over plastic is that wood is easier on knife blades. Thanks to its weight, it won’t move around too much. 

Our testers loved how sturdy the cutting board was, as well as the balance between function and fashion. Another testing highlight was the durability thanks to the thickness of the board.

Material: Maple wood | Weight: 10 pounds | Dimensions: 20 x 15 x 1.25 inches

John Boos Cutting Board

The Spruce Eats / Donna Currie

What Our Testers Say

"At first, we worried this board might be too large for home use, but we quickly came to appreciate that we weren’t dropping food off the edge of the board and onto the counter." - Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best Lighter: RONXS Lighter

RONXS Lighter

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • 360 degree flexible neck

  • Wind- and splash-proof

  • 600 uses on a full charge

What We Don't Like
  • Requires regular cleaning

Though matches and butane lighters are traditional for starting a gas or charcoal grill, the flames can get snuffed out by the wind before ever really igniting. Electric lighters are growing in popularity thanks to their efficient lighting and rechargeability. Ronxs has an electric lighter with a flexible neck that allows the user to light grills or candles, even at odd angles. Featuring a battery power level indicator, the lighter has up to 600 uses on a full charge. Ronxs also put seven layers of safety redundancies in the tool for peace of mind. 

Power Source: Lithium ion battery, USB charger | Weight: 1.92 ounces | Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches

Best Basting Brush: Le Creuset Silicone Craft Series Basting Brush

Le Creuset Silicone Craft Series Basting Brush

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Heat-resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Dishwasher safe

  • Multiple colors available

What We Don't Like
  • Wooden handle can grow rough after several washes

A basting brush helps evenly coat meat with sauces. It’s a helpful tool, but some brushes are more helpful than others. Traditional brushes use boar bristles, but they can soak up the sauce and discolor over time. Silicone brushes are more modern, resistant to heat, wash easily, and can last a long time. Le Creuset’s silicone basting brush comes with a long handle that flares a bit at the end to prevent slipping. It comes in 10 colors to match the décor of any kitchen or the preference of any griller. 

Material: Wood, silicone | Weight: 2.46 ounces | Dimensions: 2.2 x 2.2 x 10.5 inches

Best Sign: GoodVibesMetal Personalized BBQ Grill Sign

Grill Sign

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What We Like
  • Custom colors and phrases

  • Multiple sizes available

  • Resistant to rust

What We Don't Like
  • Mounting screws cost extra

For the person who's always tending the grill at summer gatherings, you can't go wrong with this personalized grill sign. Each one is handmade from powder-coated steel, and the design features a crossed spatula and meat fork. The sign can be personalized with your recipient's name and a phrase of your choice, and you can even choose from more than a dozen fun colors. With this sign on the wall, everyone will know who rules the grill!

Material: 14-gauge American steel and powder coat | Size: Varies (14 to 42 inches)

Best Towels: DoTakeItPersonally Funny Grill Towels

DoTakeItPersonally funny grill towels


What We Like
  • Cute and humorous designs

  • Made of microfiber

  • Machine washable (and dryable)

What We Don't Like
  • Sets can get pricey

Everyone feels more like a chef with a kitchen towel thrown over their shoulder. More than just a fashion statement, reliable kitchen towels are great for cleaning up spills, drying hands, and keeping your cooking space clean. These microfiber towels include grill-themed puns, including “All up in my grill,” “Sun’s out, buns out,” “Grill sergeant,” and more. Orders are highly customizable, allowing you to pick your favorites and even personalize some.

Material: Woven polyester, polyamide blend microfiber | Dimensions: 16 x 24 inches

Best Serving Tray: Taylor Signs Personalized Grilling Tray

Taylor Signs personalized grilling tray

Taylor Signs

What We Like
  • Beautiful pine wood

  • Waterproof

  • Sturdy metal handles

What We Don't Like
  • Only the name is customizable

Not only is a serving tray good for, well, serving, but it can double as a tray to hold ingredients or tools while cooking. If you know a grill master in need of a gift, this tray could fit the bill. It’s made of solid pine wood, has metal handles for easy transport, and is even waterproof. The design features the recipient’s name in bold lettering, followed by “Chillin’ and Grillin'’” and “Legendary Grill Master.” 

Material: Pine wood, metal | Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 1.25 inches

Best Branding Iron: OnlyGiftsDotCom Custom 2–3 Letter Branding Iron

OnlyGiftsDotCom Custom 2–3 Letter Branding Iron

Courtesy of Etsy

What We Like
  • 2- or 3-letter brand

  • Additional gift accessories available

  • Works on wood, meat, and leather

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

This customizable branding iron is a must-have for any griller who has (almost) everything—or one who just enjoys a bit of novelty. Made of durable, rust-resistant stainless steel with a 15-inch handle, this fun tool can be personalized with letters, numbers, and a handful of symbols and used on meat, buns, and more.

Material: Stainless steel, wood | Dimensions: 15 x 1 x 2.75

Best Salt Plank: Uncommon Goods Himalayan Salt BBQ Plank

Uncommon Goods salt bbq plank

Uncommon Goods

What We Like
  • Imbues food with salt flavor

  • Aesthetically pleasing

  • Long lasting

What We Don't Like
  • No handles

  • Requires 24-hour cooldown period between uses

Himalayan salt is well known for its pink hue and striking appearance. Salt is an incredibly versatile mineral. In fact, you can even grill on big blocks of salt to infuse flavor into foods. Carved by hand, this one is as much of an accent piece as it is a cooking tool. You can even use it as a serving platter. Able to withstand and retain heat well, it can sit right on top of the grill—just be sure to heat it slowly to avoid cracks. To clean, simply wipe it with a slightly damp cloth. Be sure to keep it nice and dry, away from any water, so it doesn’t dissolve. 

Material: Himalayan salt | Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 1.5 inches

Best Outdoor Speaker: Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II


What We Like
  • Multiple colors available

  • Water-resistant

  • Built-in microphone for calls

What We Don't Like
  • Batteries may require resets

This waterproof Bluetooth speaker is a great gift for anyone who likes to spend time around the grill. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to eight hours of use, and it charges on an included micro USB cord. Like other Bose devices, this connects to the brand's app, and it can even be used for hands-free calling—especially handy when you're cooking with fire! In addition to both black and white options, it's available in Aquatic Blue and Yellow Citrus.

Connectivity: Bluetooth, micro-B USB | Battery Life: 8 hours | Dimensions: 2.19 x 5 x 5.16 inches

What to Look for in a Grilling Gift


As with any gift, you’ll want to make sure it’s a high enough quality that it won’t easily break, rust, chip, tear, or wear down. Quality can also mean it includes elements that go above and beyond, like rubber no-slip grips on handles or magnetic attachments.


You’ll want to find a gift that stands the test of time and use. Something that splits apart after just a few grilling sessions won’t make for a great present. Look for items that are scratch resistant, dishwasher safe, or weatherproof. 

Heat Resistance

If your gift is going to be on or near the grill, look for something that has heat resistance so it doesn’t melt or warp. If it’s a grilling tool, does it have a heat-resistant grip? Will it keep hands safe and cool? Summer grilling involves a lot of heat, so it’s important to find ways to beat it. 


What makes for a good grilling gift?

There are many gifts any griller would be happy to receive. Tools like grill brushes, spatulas, tongs, thermometers, or gloves are always helpful. Aprons or brands can be customized if you want a personal touch, and seasonings, sauces, and meats are a surefire way to make a grill master happy. 

Can I personalize a grilling gift? 

Many kinds of gifts can be personalized with a phrase, name, or initials. Some tools are engraved or wood-burned, leather can be pressed, and metal can have laser etchings. Check to see if a vendor offers personalization to add a little bonus to your gift.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Emily Farris is a food and lifestyle writer as well as a recipe developer, who has written about grilling for Bon Appetit. She obsesses over kitchen design and is married to a four-seasons griller. She’s also embarrassingly good at buying expensive things online and can see straight through a fake review.

This article was updated by Camryn Rabideau, a freelance writer and product tester who specializes in all things grills. She included several of her favorite grilling items on the list, as well as several items she'd be happy to unwrap during the holidays.

Allison Wignall, who also updated this article, is a writer who focuses on food and travel. She’s a self-professed carnivore who loves grilling filets and pork chops every summer. Her work has been featured in publications, such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.

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Allison Wignall
Allison Wignall The Spruce Eats

Allison Wignall is a staff writer for The Spruce Eats who focuses on product reviews. She has also contributed to publications such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.

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