9 Of The Best Stainless Steel Grills for every budget

A stainless steel grill has an impressive gleam to it that makes a statement about its quality. Stainless steel grill grates add to this visual appeal, while also offering superior resistance to rusting and corrosion.

Gas grills have become incredibly popular thanks to their convenient starting, heat control and minimal clean up time compared to charcoal. Over the years, manufacturers have flooded the market with a lot of stainless steel gas grills in hopes of winning your hard-earned dollars.

This makes finding the best stainless gas steel gas grill for you a little tricky. With such a dense field of options, you might even feel spoiled for choice. Yet there are a few pretenders out there that may not have the long-term value, underlying quality, or foibles in the engineering to see a healthy return on your investment.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at gas grill with stainless steel grates, and what separates a quality gas grill from the competition. This includes taking a closer look at how the functional features of various stainless steel gas grill are suited to specific roles.

Products

Image

Price

Weber 44010001 Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Liquid Propane Grill

Weber’s GS4 Grilling System helps the Spirit II E-210 soar over the competition.

Char-Broil 463377319 Performance 4-Burner Gas Grill
 

A large gas grill with a side burner to let you cook at the grill without having to run back and forth to the kitchen.

Cuisinart CGG-306 Chef's Style Stainless Tabletop Grill

A compact stainless steel tabletop grill from a manufacturer who knows how to make a quality cooking appliance.

Cell
Cell

Char-Broil 463370719 Performance 3-Burner Gas Grill

An innovative infrared grill emitter installed into a large gas grill with minimal flareups.

Cuisinart CGG-180TS Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Stainless Steel Gas Grill

A compact, lightweight grill that you can take just about anywhere.

 Lion Premium Grills 90823 40" Built-in Natural Gas Grill

A large drop-in natural gas grill with all the bells and whistles as well as a package of “Gourmet” accessories.

Cell
Cell

Cuisinart CGG-200 All Foods Tabletop Stainless Steel Gas Grill

Small in stature, but big on performance.

Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 TRU-Infrared Liquid Propane Gas Grill

Durable design married with innovative infrared make give this grill the ability to handles years in the great outdoors.

Cuisinart CGG-240 All Foods Roll-Away Stainless Steel Gas Grill

A collapsible cart with wheels for transporting this well-designed stainless steel gas grill.

Cell
Cell

9 Best Gas Grills With Stainless Steel Grates in 2020

  • 1: Overall Best Stainless Steel Gas Grill: Weber 44010001 Spirit II E-210 2-Burner 
  • 2: Best 4 Burner: Char-Broil 463377319 Performance Stainless Steel 4-Burner Gas Grill
  • 3: Best Stainless Steel Tabletop: Cuisinart CGG-306 Chef's Style Stainless Grill
  • 4: Best 3 Burner : Char-Broil 463370719 Performance TRU-Infrared Cart Style Gas Grill
  • 5: Best Portable: Cuisinart CGG-180TS Petit Gourmet Tabletop Stainless Steel Gas Grill
  • 6: Best Built-in: Lion Premium Grills 90823 40" Natural Gas Grill 
  • 7: Best Small: Cuisinart CGG-200 All Foods Tabletop Stainless Steel Gas Grill
  • 8: Best For Camping: Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 TRU-Infrared Liquid Propane Gas Grill 
  • 9: Best Folding: Cuisinart CGG-240 All Foods Roll-Away Stainless Steel Gas Grill

1: Best Overall Stainless Steel Gas Grill: Weber 44010001 Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Liquid Propane Grill

The Weber Spirit II E-210 was engineered with Weber’s innovative GS4 Grilling System.

This gives it state-of-the-art features like an internal grease management system that diverts all the drippings to an easy-to-remove tray.

It also has Weber’s infinity ignition system which fires up the dual 13,000 BTU burner elements.

Special “Flavorizer Bars” act as heat tents that vaporize drippings to produce superior aroma and flavor.

The primary grill grate that measures in at a robust 380 square inches. It also has a special nonstick porcelain coating to help prevent food from sticking. It also makes the grates very easy to scrape down after you are done grilling.

The porcelain will also protect the metal from corroding, should you need to soak them in water to release something like a little caramelized marinade. It also has a 114 square inch tuck-away warming rack. 

With it’s GS4 grilling system the Weber Spirit has all the right engineering and materials to be the best overall stainless steel gas grill for the money.

What We Liked

  • The GS4 Grilling System – The features here are truly top of the line for what could be considered a small stainless steel gas grill. 
  • The Size Of The Grill Grates – The 380 square inch primary grill grate and 114 square inch warming rack are large enough to cook for a family of four. 
  • The Warranty Coverage – This grill is backed by an impressive 10-year warranty that the competitors don’t offer.

What We Don’t Like

  • Not Compatible With A Rotisserie – This is one of the few grills in Weber’s line that isn’t engineered to work with an accessory rotisserie. 
  • Small Casters – The front locking casters on this stainless steel gas grill are small and might make this grill hard to move over deck boards and a rough surface patio.

2: Best 4 Burner: Char-Broil 463377319 Performance Stainless Steel Cart Style Gas Grill

A 4-burner stainless steel gas grill is a thing of beauty that gives you the ability to grill for a lot of people.

It also has the kind of gleam to be a real conversation starter for times when those same people gather around the grill to see what you’re cooking.

The Char-Broil Performance Stainless Steel 4-Burner gas grill is set up to burn propane. It has a cart base that helps disguise an average-size liquid propane tank.

Each of the four-burner elements is rated to produce up to 9,000 BTUs of heat per hour for a total of 36,000. That heat is then distributed evenly across the 424 square inch porcelain-coated grill grates by a series of baffles or heat tents.

It also means this stainless steel gas grill has the ability to create multiple heat zones. Any food that gets done cooking early, can be placed on the 150 square inch warming rack.

I really like the 10,000 BTU side burner built into one of the stainless steel side tables. It’s flush-mounted under a lid, which disguises it when you aren’t using it, but flips open easily to let you prepare side dishes.

The large rear-mounted grease pan has a porcelain coating. I like how this helps with corrosion prevention and clean up but it also means you can’t really place this grill near a railing, cement counter or patio retaining wall.

A side burner attached to a large gas grill makes the Char-Broil Performance one of the best gas grills on the market.

What We Liked

  • Side Burner – The 10,000 BTU side burner really is handy for warming simple side dishes without having to run back and forth to the kitchen.
  • The Cabinet Base – There’s a lot of storage space inside and it gives you somewhere to store the tank without having to lug around an unsightly liquid propane tank. 
  • The Porcelain Coated Grill Grates – Not only are they relatively nonstick, but they also protect the grates from corrosion issues and damage. If they do get a little gunky, you can always remove them for a nice long soak in warm water. 

What We Don’t Like

  • No Tool Hooks – There are spots for you to install your own hooks, but there aren’t any installed. 
  • The Rear-Mounted Grease Pan – It’s large and has a porcelain coating, but it can only be accessed from the back, which might complicate where you can place this stainless steel gas grill. 
  • No Shelf In The Cart – The lack of a door is acceptable for tying everything together in a stable way. The lack of a shelf means you have to lug your propane tank with you separately, every time you want to move the grill. 

3: Best Tabletop: Cuisinart CGG-306 Chef's Style Stainless Tabletop Grill 

A stainless steel tabletop grill like the Cuisinart CGG-306 appeals to people who have a small deck, or who also want to be able to take their everyday grill with them for trips to the beach and tailgate parties.

At only 22 pounds it’s designed to be portable. Yet it’s also sturdy and can connect to a full-size liquid propane tank instead of a 1-pound gas cylinder.

The stainless steel lid of this tabletop gas grill has an accurate thermometer built into it. Underneath you’ll find a comfortably large 276.75 square inch stainless steel grill grate. This is more than enough room to say grill up four hamburger patties at one time.

The Cuisinart CGG-306 has two independently controlled stainless steel burner elements connected to a twist-start ignition system. Each is rated to produce up to 10,000 BTUs for a total of 20,000 which is pretty hot for a portable tabletop grill. Though I don’t think there is enough overall space to produce two distinct heat zones.

With its compact design and two independently controlled propane burners the Cuisinart CGG-306 is one of the best stainless steel tabletop grills.

What We Liked

  • The Gas Connection – A lot of tabletop grills are set up to connect to a simple 1-pound gas cylinder. Which is fine for a trip to the beach. Though it’s inconvenient for a grill that will live on your patio. Being able to connect to a 25-pound liquid propane tank lets you keep cooking for many hours at a stretch.

What We Don’t Like

  • Sticky Grill Grates – Stainless steel grill grates on their own tend to be a little sticky. Especially when grilling lean meats. I’d recommend lightly greasing them with an oily paper towel right before putting down things like chicken or pork tenderloin.

4: Best 3 Burner: Char-Broil 463370719 Performance TRU-Infrared Cart Style Gas Grill, Stainless Steel

A 3-burner stainless steel gas grill that produces infrared heat offers superior heat distribution as well as searing temperatures that many other gas grills can’t produce.

You see a lot of this in the Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared 3-Burner Stainless Steel Gas Grill, which makes it a great option for people who love to make steaks, chops, and kabobs.

The push-button electronic ignition system fires up the three independently controlled propane burners. They in-turn heat up the special emitter plate which produces infrared energy.

Not only does it make this stainless steel gas grill capable of higher searing temperatures it also helps to spread the heat out evenly across the 450 square inch porcelain-coated grill grates. Infrared heat also has a reputation for locking in more of meat’s natural juices.

This particular iteration of the Char-Broil Performance is built into a stainless steel cart base, which gives it superior stability. It also has two large wheels that let you move it around easily. The face of the cart also helps to hide your liquid propane tank. 

Being large enough to cook for the family and has a side burner to let you keep warming side dishes makes the Char-Broil Performance one of the best stainless steel gas grills available.
What We Liked
  • The TRU Infrared Emitter – Infrared is becoming increasingly popular with stainless steel gas grills like this. It helps distribute the heat to the point where not even the corners are cold, while also letting you sear. 
  • The Size Of The Grill Grates – At 450-square inches, the grates are larger than a lot of other stainless steel infrared grills, which usually only feature some type of searing zone. With this Char-Broil Performance, you really can sear a staggering load of steaks or chops. 
What We Don’t Like
  • Inability To Create Dual Heat Zones – The way the emitter heats up, you can’t really use this grill for hybrid grilling. It almost distributes the heat too evenly across the grill grates.
  • The Preheating Time – While this stainless steel gas grill can get really hot, I found it takes a little longer than some of the competitors to get up to truly high searing temperatures.

5: Best Portable: Cuisinart CGG-180TS Petit Gourmet Stainless Steel Gas Grill

Portable stainless steel gas grills like the Cuisinart CGG-180TS Petit Gourmet are very popular with people who like to cookout at the beach, go camping or host tailgate parties in stadium parking lots.

The best portable gas grills have features like lightweight engineering without skimping on material quality.

This portable gas grill has 145 square inches of grilling space across the porcelain coated grill grates. Not only does this give you enough room to grill for up to four people at one time, but the non-stick properties of the porcelain also make for easy cleanup. The convenient drip tray lets you clean up, pack up, and move on in very little time.

The stainless steel body of this gas grill also has folding legs and a latching lid with a thermometer. This makes for easy transport and even allows you to store loose items inside. All told the Cuisinart CGG-180TS Petit Gourmet only tips the scales at 17 total pounds.

There is a single burner that’s rated to produce up to 5,500 BTUs per hour. It’s started by a simple twist-start igniter. The Cuisinart CGG-180TS Petit Gourmet comes with a 42-inch propane hose that’s designed to connect to a DOT 39 1-pound gas cylinder. It lets you keep the gas away from the burner element, which is a nice touch. If you want to connect it to a larger liquid propane tank, you’ll need to buy an adaptor with a built-in regulator.

It’s compact size and lightweight make the Cuisinart Petite Gourmet one of the best stainless steel portable gas grills.

What We Liked

  • Lightweight Construction – Cuisinart did a good job of engineering the Petite Gourmet to only weigh 17-pounds, without skimping on material quality. For example, they could have gone with stainless steel grill grates instead of cast iron with a porcelain coating to save a few pounds, but they would have lost the nonstick qualities.
  • Easy Cleanup – The drippings cup, and porcelain-coated grill grates make clean up fast and easy. Which is handy when you need to grill on the move. 

What We Don’t Like

  • The 5,500 BTUs – This is on the low end of the spectrum and would be insufficient if it wasn’t for the cast iron grill grates. So, make sure to let the Petite Gourmet preheat for a solid 10 minutes before placing the meat.

6: Best Built-in: Lion Premium Grills 90823 40" Natural Gas Grill 

Built-in natural gas grills like the Lion Premium 40-inch stainless steel gas grill take advantage of natural gases clean-burning and energy-efficient nature.

Of course, a built-in or drop-in grill like the Lion Premium Grills 90823 40" Natural Gas Grill is designed to be the beating heart of an attractive outdoor kitchen.

As such it comes with the added extras and accessories you want to make this stainless steel built-in grill a great value. This includes Lion Premium Grills “Gourmet Package” with a rotisserie, durable grill cover, smoker box, griddle with a griddle remover, and a bottle opener. The cutout dimensions for installing it measure in at a width of 38.5-inches, a depth of 21.5-inches and a height of 9.625-inches

The lid of This grill is made from double-walled insulated stainless steel which maximizes heat retention for times when you want to improvise this grill as a smoker, or simply want to grill at slow and low temperatures. There’s a very accurate thermometer built-in, to help you monitor the internal temperature without having to open up the primary grilling chamber.

Inside there is a total of 1030 square inches divided between the primary grill grates and the spacious warming rack. The grates are made from thick gauge stainless steel for superior heat retention as well as an attractive gleam. There are also two lights mounted in the back which help you see what you’re making when you’re grilling after sundown.

In the firebox, there are four independently controlled stainless steel burner elements, as well as a rear-mounted infrared burner. This gives the Lion Premium Drop-in Grill a staging 90,000 BTUs of heat. The rotisserie is also robust and is rated to handle up to 40-pounds of meat on the spit jack. Just make sure to remove the warming rack before installing the rotisserie. 

With it’s gourmet package and sound engineering principles this Lion Grills natural gas grill is one of the best stainless steel drop-in gas grills on the market.

What We Liked

  • The Gourmet Package – The accessories that come with this stainless steel drop-in gas grill maximizes the value and lets you use it as intended without having to spend money on a cover, rotisserie, and griddle.
  • The Lid – With its double insulated layers and seamless, polished welds maximize thermal efficiency.
  • The Natural Gas Burners – This hydrocarbon gas burns much more cleanly and efficiently than propane. It lets you dial down the heat for slow-and-low grilling or improvising it as a smoker without the chemical “Butane Flavor” that sometimes occurs with propane. 
  • The Warranty – Lion Premium Grills has so much confidence in this stainless steel drop-in grill head with a limited lifetime burner warranty.

What We Don’t Like

  • The Griddle – Don’t get me wrong, the fact that there is a griddle is nice. Still, this one is a little flimsy and sticks more than you want it to. There’s also no form of grease management, so rendered fat can drip off onto the burner elements.
  • The Interior Lights – They are pointed more toward you the operator than they are the grill grates. 
  • Lid Weight – The grill’s lid is large and a little on the heavy side. There’s no sort of assist or soft moving hinge like you see with some of the competitors. So, you have to be careful opening and closing the lid to avoid a major slam. 

7: Best Small: Cuisinart CGG-200 All Foods Tabletop Stainless Steel Gas Grill

Small stainless steel gas grills like the Cuisinart CGG-200 are very popular with homeowners who have limited space on their deck or patio.

Of course, Cuisinart realizes that versatility adds value, so they made sure this grill could live on an accessory cart-stand or detach to be used as a portable tabletop grill. 

The dual side tables even fold in for convenient transportation and storage.

It’s designed to attach to a convenient 1-pound propane gas cylinder. The single burner has a twist-start igniter which fires up the single 12,000 BTU burner element. This is surprisingly hot for a relatively small stainless steel gas grill.

The 240 square inch grill grates are made from heavy-duty cast iron and they are enrobed by a thick layer of nonstick porcelain. The cast iron does a great job of absorbing heat energy from the 12,000 BTU burner element. This makes it a great option for searing off steaks and chops. Yet you can still dial this grill down for low-temperature applications.

With a large grill grate packed into a tight frame the Cuisinart CGG-200 is one of the best small stainless steel gas grills for the money.

What We Liked

  • The Burner Element – At 12,000 BTUs this stainless steel gas grill is very hot for the size. 
  • The Grill Grates – 240 square inches of cast iron with a protective nonstick coating of porcelain is robust for what is a small gas grill. It also helps the meat to release easily as well as making for easier cleanup.
  • Portability and Compatibility – The side tables fold in, and the lid closes tightly for easy portability. Yet Cuisinart also offers an accessory stand for this grill. This means you can take it with you when you want a truly portable grill or give it a permanent home on your deck. The bottom also doesn’t get too hot, which means you can use it as a tabletop grill on the patio as well.

What We Don’t Like

  • Shallow Lid – Like a lot of small stainless steel gas grills, the Cuisinart CGG-200 doesn’t have a lot of vertical space under the lid. If you wanted to grill a whole chicken, you’d have to cut it into quarters to grill it flat. 
  • 1-Pound Gas Cylinders – The Cuisinart CGG-200 is only set up to run on a 1-pound gas cylinder. This means at 12,000 BTUs per hour, this grill could burn through a single cylinder in around an hour and a half. If you want to run it off a larger liquid propane tank.

8: Best Stainless For Camping: Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 TRU-Infrared Liquid Propane Gas Grill 

A camping gas grill needs to be able to handle some serious rough and tumble conditions, and you see this in spades with everything about the Char-Broil Grill2Go X200.

It was engineered to fit into a heavy-duty roadworthy travel case with a high impact frame and sturdy feet. 

The lid is also heavy-duty and latches securely for easy transportation and storage.

It’s designed to run off a convenient 1-pound gas cylinder, but if you prefer it can be easily converted over to run off a larger propane tank. It has a single 9,500 BTU propane burner that is started by a reliable push-button electric ignition system.

While this might look like a basic camping grill at first glance, a closer inspection of the firebox shows Char-Broil’s innovative TRU Infrared technology. This is a special emitter plate that helps to redistribute the heat evenly across the cooking grid, without the hot and cold spots that are so common in small gas grills. 

With it’s sturdy frame and infrared efficiency the Char-Broil Grill2GoX200 is one of the best stainless steel gas grills for camping.

What We Liked

  • TRU Infrared Emitter – This is very rare in small camping and portable grills. The even temperature distribution lets you cook everyone’s food at the same time.
  • The Heavy Duty Construction – This grill was made to handle the beating that often occurs when you’re transporting and using your camping gear. The sturdy high-impact frame, latching lid and strong legs help it hold up much better than a lot of the competitors.

What We Don’t Like

  • The Small Grill Grate – There isn’t a lot of cooking real estate with this grill. You would be hard-pressed to grill four hamburger patties at the same time. 
  • The Aesthetics – I get that Char-Broil designed the Grill2Go X200 to be super durable, but it feels like they made no effort to make it reflect its overall functionality.

9: Best Folding : Cuisinart CGG-240 All Foods Roll-Away Stainless Steel Gas Grill  

A rollaway portable grill like the Cuisinart CGG-240 needs to be designed for convenience and easy mobility. With a lot of small portable stainless steel gas grills, you simply have to lug it along with you.

It can be a real pain if you have a lot of things that you need to take with you tailgating or on a trip to the beach.

The Cuisinart CGG-240 weighs in at a hefty 42-pounds. So, to make it more mobile they attached it to a roll-away cart with a pair of heavy-duty wheels. When you want to take it on the go, it collapses down quickly and rolls easily.

Then it stands back up again in a matter of seconds when you’re ready to start cooking. The cart base itself feels firm, which is rarely the case with the competitors, that often feel like they’ll fall over with the flip of a single burger patty.

The grill itself has a 15,000 BTU “Loop” burner that produces up to 15,000 BTUs per hour of consistent heat. The flame is directed up at a 240 square inch cast iron grill grate that is coated with special nonstick porcelain material. This grill is designed to run off a 1-pound propane cylinder but it can be adapted to run off a larger liquid propane tank. You’ll just need to purchase an accessory adaptor and hose. 

With it’s collapsible stand and quality materials the Cuisinart CGG-240 is one of the best folding stainless steel gas grills you can buy.

What We Liked

  • The Collapsible Stand – It’s very sturdy when set up, yet collapses down quickly and the side shelves fold in for easy portability. 
  • The Grill Grates – Made from heat-absorbing cast iron, they can impart a great sear. The nonstick porcelain coating also makes for easier cleanup, which is very important when you’re grilling on the go.

What We Don’t Like

  • The Burner Shape – Even though it produces up to 15,000 BTUs per hour, the loop-shaped burner tends to create a lot of hot and cold spots across the 240 square inch grill grate.
  • No Adjustable Feet – When you are grilling on the go at the beach or out camping you rarely have level ground available. The feet of the Cuisinart CGG-240 have no way to compensate for soft or uneven ground. So, you might need to bring aboard with or something else to help you keep the entire apparatus level. 

Buyers Guide

There are some key material and engineering characteristics that factor into the overall quality of a stainless steel gas grill. Understanding some of these principles will go a long way toward helping you find the best stainless steel gas grill to meet your needs.

The Benefits Of Stainless Steel In Grills

Most grills live a hard life outdoors on a deck or patio. If they are lucky their owner will cover them, tuck them under an alcove, or store them away in the garage. Though this is often a luxury, and most grills are simply asked to live 12 months a year exposed to rain, wind, sun, and snow.

Even a basic steel grill with a black protective powder-coat will eventually show signs of rust and corrosion. Most often starting at the seams and spreading from there to cause early death. With a stainless steel grill, the superior corrosion resistance of the other alloy metals gives is far superior resistance to rusting and corrosion.

Aesthetics can also be a factor here, as stainless steel looks sleek. It has a gleam to it that can be a conversation starter in-and-of-itself. It can also impact the overall price.

Are Stainless Steel Grill Grates Better?

Right off the bat, it’s important to note that just because grill grates are shiny metal doesn’t mean that they are truly stainless steel. In fact, there are some manufacturers who cut corners and simply used chrome-plated steel, which has a lot more microscopic surface texture.

Pros And Cons Of Stainless Steel Grill Grates

Pros

Surface Texture – True stainless steel has a smooth surface which reduces the chances of meat sticking to it. Especially lean cuts of meat which can adhere to other surfaces to the point where tender cuts of meat might tear when you try to flip them. 

For stainless steel grates to maintain their relatively nonstick properties, you need to maintain the surface of the stainless steel. Primarily when it comes to scraping them down after a grilling session. If you scrape hard on them with a steel wire grill brush, it might scuff the surface creating textures that cause the meat to stick to them. 

Fast Heating – Since they tend to be made of relatively thin metal, stainless steel grill grates heat up and cool down quickly. 

Cons

Warping With Time – Stainless steel grates that are made from thin metal can start to bow and warm over time. This can turn their once attractive surface ugly and could cause the failure of one or more rungs. 


Stickiness – If they aren’t properly maintained or scraped down too aggressively, the changes in surface texture can make them increasingly sticky.

FAQ

Is Type 304 or 430 Stainless Steel Better for a Gas Grill?

It’s important to note that there are different types of stainless steel which can vary depending on the other trace metals that are included in the alloy. This effectively changes its inherent properties. In the case of gas grills, you most often see type 304 and 430.

304 stainless steel is formulated with 18-percent chromium and 8-percent nickel. Sometimes referred to as “Commercial Grade” stainless steel, it has superior durability and corrosion resistance. It also handles heat better. The tradeoff comes in the form of a higher price point. Still, this is a case of “You get what you pay for.” These days a lot of stainless steel grill manufacturers are trending toward 304 over 430.

430 stainless steel is less expensive in the price per unit. It has 17 percent chromium and 0.12 percent carbon, which still gives it good corrosion resistance. Still, a 304 stainless steel grill component is more likely to last longer and hold up to the heat better than the same exact component made from 430.

Do Stainless Steel Grill Grates Rust?

Technically, stainless steel doesn’t rust with traditional iron oxide. However, if they are scraped down aggressively with steel wool or a steel wire grill brush, particles of iron from the brush itself can become embedded in the microscopic textures on the grid surface. They can then rust easily, essentially coating your grates in a rust layer that can be difficult to remove.

How Do You Keep Stainless Steel Grill Grates From Rusting?

The first step in preventing surface rust from developing on your grill grates is to treat them gently. This starts with lightly greasing the grates with an oil-soaked paper towel before placing the meat. It’s especially helpful for cleaning flipping and releasing lean cuts like skinless chicken and pork. This will inevitably leave less food debris on the grate rods, which will reduce how much scraping they need to do.

When you do need to scrape, it’s better to use a grill brush with stiff nylon bristles as opposed to a steel wire brush or steel wool. Not only is nylon less likely to cause surface scrapes, but it also doesn’t leave traces of iron in the microscopic surface of the grids. Which will help prevent rusting.

Do Stainless Steel Grill Grates Need To Be Seasoned?

When it comes to metals the term “Seasoned” has very little to do with flavor. It actually refers to a protective layer of hydrocarbons that impregnate the surface textures of the steel. This imparts semi-nonstick properties. In a griddle top, it can gradually start to improve the flavor of meats cooked on it, but with thin grill grates, a seasoning layer has little to do with actual flavor.

Seasoning is more common in exposed cast iron grill grates to help protect them from rusting and corrosion. Most people don’t take the time to season stainless steel, all you really need to do is make sure that it is properly maintained. 

How Can I Prevent Changes In The Exterior Of My Stainless Steel Grill?

A stainless steel grill that’s left out in the elements can gradually start to develop an orange or reddish patina. At the same time, things like acid rain, the presence of saltwater spray in the air and minor surface scuffs that lead to corrosion problems.

Preventing this starts with keeping your stainless steel grill covered when not in use. Occasionally wiping down the exterior with a soft rag and warm soapy water can also be very helpful. There are also specially formulated stainless steel polishing cleaners that are designed to help maintain the gleam, as well as reduce the risk of exterior corrosion. 

Conclusion

There are a lot of options to consider in the stainless steel gas grill niche. With a key eye toward material selection and preference toward convenient engineering principles, you can quickly narrow down your list.

Make sure to take the time to think about how you will most often use the grill. If you need something portable, then lightweight construction and portable features like a latching lid or an easy-to-roll cart might be a key feature to prioritize. If you want something a little more robust for a permanent life on your deck or patio, then you will likely lead toward a cart or cabinet base.

Hopefully, this article has helped weed out the field for you. Chances are good that your new stainless steel gas grill is somewhere on this list.

Contents show
>