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10 Creative Uses For Grill Mats That Will Make Your Life Easier

Creative Uses For Grill/Oven Mats

My very first product – One Good Thing Grill & Oven Mats – has been out on the market for a couple of weeks now, and I couldn’t be more proud and excited. (In fact, I’ve probably been a bit overexcited, judging by the amount of grill mats currently in my possession at home.) I’ve been eagerly brainstorming all sorts of interesting ways to use my numerous grill mats around the house, and I’ve made some pretty great discoveries so far!

Today I wanted to share some of the more creative uses for grill mats that I’ve come up with so far, just to show you how versatile and useful these things can actually be. So let’s get started! :-)

10 Creative Uses For Grill Mats

Creative Uses For Grill/Oven Mats

Cooking Surface

If you have a glass stovetop, you can place a grill mat directly on a burner and use it as a cooking surface. (Make sure to use the lowest heat setting.) We tested this idea out by making pancakes on it, and it worked surprisingly well for making pancakes!

Creative Uses For Grill/Oven Mats

Crafting Mat for Adhesives

When you’re working with adhesives, sticky crafts, or hot glue, reach for your grill mat! The mat will protect your work surface from sticky spills. And as an added bonus, any glue that gets on the mat should peel right off when it dries.

Creative Uses For Grill/Oven Mats

Crafting Mat for Paints

Craft paints and glitter are notorious mess-makers. Put down a grill mat next time you’re using either! The mat will catch any spills or drips and keep them off your tabletop.

Creative Uses For Grill/Oven Mats

Burner Liner

If you have a gas or electric stove, you can use grill mats to make your stove much easier to clean. Just cut a grill mat down to size, and slip the mat piece underneath your burners. (If you have a gas stove, you’ll also need to cut a hole in the center to accommodate the flame from each burner.)

Creative Uses For Grill/Oven Mats

Pan Liner

Cut a grill mat down to size to line casserole dishes and brownie pans. You’ll be able to lift brownies right out of the pan! You’ll also eliminate those stubborn crusty messes that tend to form in baking pans from cheesy casseroles. No overnight soaking required!

Creative Uses For Grill/Oven Mats


When you take a pot off the stove or a ban out of the oven, place it on top of a grill mat. The mat will absorb the heat and protect your countertops from scorch marks or discoloration.

Creative Uses For Grill/Oven Mats

Microwave Liner

Why is it that when something boils over in the microwave, it always creates a mess that takes forever to clean? I don’t have an answer for that, but I do have a way to avoid the cleanup altogether – use a grill mat! Cut a grill mat to fit the size of the tray in your microwave, and you’ll find it much easier to clean the next time you have a boil-over situation!

Creative Uses For Grill/Oven Mats

Panini Press/Grill Liner

Tabletop panini presses and grills can be very convenient, but they can also be a pain to clean. But if you use a grill mat on your panini press, you won’t have to clean it at all! The mess will stay on the mat, and you can toss the mat in the top rack of your dishwasher when you’re done. So easy! And you can still get those great grill marks, too.

Creative Uses For Grill/Oven Mats

Stovetop Liner

If you have a glass stovetop, you can use a grill mat as a barrier between your cooking vessel and the surface of the stove. (Again, making sure to use the lowest heat setting.)  The mat will catch any spills and splatters, making your post-dinner cleanup a breeze.

Creative Uses For Grill/Oven Mats

Parchment Paper Substitute

People generally use parchment paper when they’re working with chocolate and caramel, because it’s relatively non-stick and peels away nicely from sticky candies. A grill mat works just as well for this purpose, and it’s reusable! Just give it a quick wash and you can use it again and again.

Perfect for any grill, oven or stove!

Ready to add grill mats to your kitchen?
One Good Thing Grill & Oven Mats are now available on Amazon. Just click this handy button to see the item page!

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • I have been looking at grill mats for awhile, since my husband is averse to using a less than pristinely cleaned grate. The question that’s been keeping me from purchase is that they look like a solid surface, meaning that any oil/grease coming out of meats would accumulate rather than drip off. Is this the case or are they more permeable than they look?

    • In answer to your question they are absolutely not permeable but once you use them you will love them nd use them for many things. No need to buy baking paper so they are great for the environment and your budget. They can be ordered online for just a couple bucks (ebay).they are addicting, before you know it you’ll have 10 or 12 in your kitchen. I used them for baking as well as for freezing stuff on cookie sheets such as gratedcheese, beans, chopped onions.

  • I am new to a glass top stove. But I love using my cast iron pan. I was thinking on using this mat as a barrier to protect my stove. Yes? No? Why can I only use it on lowest setting?

  • I have looked at these in general for awhile now. I love the idea but am concerned as to any chemicals that may be used in making them.

    Do know any information, about what is used in yours. I guess its just the idea of grilling on them that scares me.


    • They are made from 100% PFOA-Free materials and premium PTFE-Fiberglass coating. They are certified as safe by the FDA, and have been designed to withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees! :-)

  • Wonderful ideas. However, I always heard that the mats should not be cut be cause they contain a fiberglass weave. Maybe they have changed since then??? I would encourage everyone to do their own research before cutting their mats. It could be dangerous. Jillee, perhaps you can debunk that notion for us and let us know if it’s safe or not.

  • The link did not take me to an amazon page showing the item. I believe I found it by searching for “one good thing grill. Amazon gave me a list of options and I clicked on it. Is it a 4 pack of 13″ by 15”?

  • Such great ideas and one I’d have never thought of! I’m going to have to order some, not only for my hubby’s birthday grill, but for so many of the things you’ve listed here that will make clean up so much easier!!

  • For all those wanting to know what the mats are made of–I copied this from the website link above:
    “FDA-APPROVED – Made from 100% PFOA-Free materials and premium PTFE-Fiberglass coating. Certified as safe by the FDA.”

    • From a comment above: For all those wanting to know what the mats are made of–I copied this from the website link above:
      “FDA-APPROVED – Made from 100% PFOA-Free materials and premium PTFE-Fiberglass coating. Certified as safe by the FDA.”

  • First off…long time follower (since 2010 or 2011??), first time poster….

    QUESTION…I viewed the link to Amazon, but I could not find what the composition or exact material the mat is made out of. I’m a nailie, and have been looking for a cost effective alternative to the silicone similar to one linked below. Since this is 4 mats for about $22, and if the mats are used for consumable foods I’m sure they would be safe to transfer stamping art on your nails this would be a perfect alternative.

    I’m curious how these mats stand up to nail polish and the removal of nail polish via polish remover; both acetone and non-acetone; does nail polish peel off as the adhesives would? I’M VERY CURIOUS!!


    Thanks Jillian! I LOVE your blog!!

    • I just did a quick experiment for you, and I had great results! The nail polish peels off the mat if it’s thick, and thinner parts can be removed with nail polish remover (which is just fine on the mat)! :-)

  • Sib, I don’t understand why you think you can’t use these grill mats on your gas grill?? I bought mine last summer and really liked not having to clean the grill after using them–no problems! Cleaning the grill was the biggest downer to even cooking on the grill until I purchased these linersl
    Another labor-saving use would be to line the bottom of your oven with them.

  • I just ordered your Grill Mats and can’t wait to use them. You are the most awesome person! You never cease to amaze me with your great ideas. Thank you Jillee!

  • Please tell us how to disable autoplay. I want to watch your videos, but I want to choose when! Automatic start is REALLY annoying because sometimes I open the site while housemates are sleeping.

  • First of all love your site… Was excited to purchase the grill mats, should have known couldn’t use on gas grill ( main reason for purchase). About your post to cook directly on glass top stove, lowest heat on my stove is just warm, don’t think could brown a pancake. Please just how high can direct heat be? Thanks

  • WOW ! OMG ! You have never steered me wrong so I know these will be no exception ! On my way to order–for me and fam. I cannot wait to use them in my kitchen and craft room. I love anything that makes cleaning up my messy creativity easier .LOL Thanks and Bless you Jiliee !!

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