Stovetop Grill Pans

The right pan is all you need to get that great grilled flavor -- without ever stepping outside.
stove top grill pans

1) Le Creuset Double-Burner Reversible Cast Iron Grill/Griddle
$130, williams-sonoma.com
UPSIDE Large surface area; deep ridges; lifetime warranty.
DOWNSIDE Heavy; expensive.

2) Anolon Advanced 12-inch Shallow Round Grill Pan
$30, bedbathandbeyond.com
UPSIDE Easy to clean; ergonomic, heat-resistant handle; lifetime warranty.
DOWNSIDE Shallow ridges; can't be placed under a broiler.

3) Lodge Logic 10 1/2-inch Cast-Iron Square Grill Pan
$25, amazon.com
UPSIDE High sides that prevent splatters; deep ridges; lifetime warranty.
DOWNSIDE Small surface area; heavy

4) Chef's Design Reversible Hard-Coat Anodized Double Burner Rangetop Grill/Griddle
$41, amazon.com
UPSIDE Large surface area; deep ridges.
DOWNSIDE Difficult to clean.

5) Simply Calphalon Nonstick 13-inch Round Grill Pan
$40, bedbathandbeyond.com
UPSIDE Large surface area for a single burner; easy to clean.
DOWNSIDE Shallow ridges; can't be placed under a broiler.

6) Mario Batali Chianti Panini Grill and Press
$90, amazon.com
The cast-iron pan can tackle grilling pressed sandwiches and thick cuts of meat.

7) Rachael Ray Blue Double Burner Griddle and Grill
$110, cooking.com
Use the ridged side to make perfect char marks, or flip it to the smooth side to cook eggs or pancakes.

8) Le Creuset Caribbean Blue Square Grill Pan
$125, surlatable.com
The deep, ribbed base sears food evenly and also separates it from fat for healthy cooking.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A STOVETOP GRILL PAN
1) Deep, wide ridges mean more caramelization and easier cleanup.
2) Sure, a pan with a large surface area takes up more room, but most people underestimate how much space they need when grilling.
3) High sides help prevent your stovetop from being splattered with grease.

USE YOUR STOVETOP GRILL PAN TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

 

*Prices and other details were accurate when we published these articles in December 2006 (#1-5) and June/July 2010 (#6-8).

 

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