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7 Smart Ways To Use Grill Mats On The Grill

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For the past couple of weeks, any time is hasn’t rained (and sometimes when it has!) my husband and oldest son have been out using our smoker. We’re big fans of grilled and smoked meats around here. In fact, during the summertime we tend to do more dining in our backyard than in our actual dining room! And ever since I discovered grill mats, grilling is easier and more fun than ever before! I’m sure we’ll be setting a new record this summer for grill usage. ;-) Today I’ll be sharing some of my favorite ways to use grill mats on your grill, so you can make this summer your best grilling season yet!

If you are interested in purchasing some grill mats for yourself, you can CLICK HERE to order on Amazon. When I first discovered grills mats several months ago, I liked the idea so much I decided to start selling my own! :-)

7 Ways To Use Grill Mats

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1. Cleaning Shortcut

How many times have you decided not to use your grill or barbecue because you didn’t want to clean it? (I’ve done it, I’ll admit.) The great thing about using grill mats is that you don’t have to worry about scraping the grate clean before using your grill! (A real plus when using a grill at a public park or beach too!)

Just lay your grill mat over the cooking grate, and you’ve instantly got a clean surface to cook on. Then you’re only minutes away from your next grilled masterpiece!

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2. Cooking Small Foods

When you grill on a grill mat, you’re not only cooking on a clean surface, but you’re cooking on a continuous surface, too. A large cooking surface opens up a world of possibilities, making it much easier to cook things like shrimp, fruits, veggies, and more. No more fretting about your smaller foods falling through the grate!

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3. Grilling Pizzas

We don’t have A/C in our house, so when it really heats up in the summer, anything that heats up the house is off limits. The main offender is the stove and oven, which tends to limit my options for making dinner.

But with a couple of grill mats, I can use our grill in the backyard to cook almost anything that I would cook in the oven or on the stove, including homemade pizza! Just roll out the dough, toss it on the grill mat, and cook it on one side until you start to see grill marks. Then flip the dough, add your sauce, cheese, and toppings, and cook until the dough is done and the cheese has melted. A delicious dinner without heating up the house!

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4. Grilled Breakfast

When I think about grilling, I’m usually thinking about dinner. But with a grill mat, you can whip up a deluxe breakfast in your backyard! This is a great way to enjoy the cool morning hours before it gets too hot out.

You can make eggs, bacon, and even pancakes with the help of your grill mat. For eggs and pancakes, make sure to use a non-stick spray or melt some butter over the surface first. The mats are pretty non-stick on their own, but eggs and pancakes need a bit of extra encouragement to keep them from sticking!

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5. Grilled Lunch

There’s no need to stop at breakfast! A grilled lunch can be just as delicious. Two of our lunchtime favorites, grilled cheese sandwiches and quesadillas, are easy to cook up on a grill mat.

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6. Cooking Veggies

No need to skewer your veggies when you’re using a grill mat. You can make great “stir-fried” veggies out on your grill, which taste great with just about any grilled meat. You can also pre-cook veggies to top your homemade pizzas!

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7. Egg In The Basket

It’s a culinary wonder that is known by many names, like “toad in the hole,” “one-eyed jack,” and “egg in the hole.” It’s a fried egg cooked inside a piece of toast, and no matter what you call it, it’s a delicious and fun twist on breakfast!

To make one, start by cutting a circle out of the center of a piece of bread. Butter both sides of the piece of bread, then set it on your grill mat to start cooking. Crack and egg and gently drop it into the center of the bread. Let the egg and bread cook for a minute or two, then gently flip and cook until the egg is done to your liking. Yum!

Looking for MORE ideas? Check out these posts:

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

9 Reasons Why Every Kitchen Should Have Grill Mats

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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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  • What has happened to your grill mats, Jillee? I went to 3 or 4 different posts and all links to the OGT Jillee grill mats at Amazon are broken. I also viewed your online store here on the website before writing this. They seem to be lost and gone forever :(

  • Thanks for posting about grill mats. We use them all the time but I hadn’t thought about doing breakfast on it. I love the idea and am going to give it a try when the weather is warmer in my area. If you enjoy ribs, cook them in the crock pot and finish them on the bbq on the mat. Then you don’t have to chisel off the baked on sauce off of the grill. I also find using a cookie sheet to slide the mat onto after cooking contains any mess and stops food left behind from the cooking process from turning to a burnt mess and makes the mat easier to wash.

  • “Toad in the Hole” is NOT ANYTHING LIKE what you show above, it is actually sausages in Yorkshire Pudding.
    Where did you get that idea from ? :)

  • Hi, how do they call these mats in French ? I would love to buy some, but shipping costs from the US to France are too expensive !! And I don’t know what to look for in French…

    • I googled “grill mats, translated into French,” and the first result was “tapis grillés.” I don’t know how accurate it is, but it’s a point of departure in your search. You could ask some hardware stores if they have them, or a chef for a more accurate name in French.

  • Jill, just became acquainted with your site. Absolutely love it!! First place I head in the morning with my coffee. I have a question, my husband and I are moving into an apt for seniors. It has stainless steel appliance . How do you get the stainless steel surfaces clean and shiny again or is it possible?
    Thank you

    • Hi Heather, is stainless steel what we call “inox” in Europe ? I used to sell microfibre sponges with a few natural products. One of them is what we call : pierre citron, ‘lemon stone’ translated literally.
      But I don’t know what it is in English ! It contains 5-15% soap. Perfumes (Limonene, Geraniol, Citral, Hexyl cinnamal, Linalool).

      • Stainless Steel is te same in English – actually invented in Sheffield England – I do know that it is NOT Inox, but in Germany it is callef “ROSTFREI” stahl (rust free steel)

    • I use Murphy’s oil soap diluted with water in a spray bottle, and a clean rag. If it isn’t as shiny as you would like, spray some wd-40 on a paper towel and polish your appliances. Quick and easy.

    • Try using heavy duty aluminum foil wadded into a ball. I use this to clean my stainless steel pots and pans and have actually tried it on many surfaces with success. Need not use any type of powder or liquid cleanser – just grab a piece of foil, wad it up and clean away.

    • I was under the assumption that the whole idea behind stainless steel appliances was to get away from that “shiny” appearance, and that is why it has a brushed look to it? I do know that you are never, EVER supposed to use anything like a magic eraser, and I would think that the comment that said to use crumpled up aluminum foil (I know she means well!) would be a serious problem and may ruin your finish. My best friend has these appliances and she has always just cleaned them with her Windex and they look beautiful. I don’t think this type of finish is as rough and tough as people think! You might also contact the place you purchased from or an appliance store for really accurate info. Good luck!

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