Materials for BBQ Grill Grates
- Steel or Stainless Steal
- Cast Iron
- Porcelain Enameled (Steel or Cast Iron)
Steel or Stainless Steel BBQ Grill Grates
Cast Iron Grill Grates
Which is better stainless steel or cast iron grill grates?
Stainless steel grill grates are easier to clean and maintain than cast iron grill grates, although cast iron grill grates hold the grill’s temperature better.
Stainless steel is easier to clean and maintain than cast iron
Cast iron holds its temperature better than stainless steel
Cast iron is heavier than stainless steel
Porcelain Grill Grates
Which is better porcelain or cast iron grill grates?
Porcelain grill grates are lower maintenance than cast iron grill grates, and have the same benefits of maintaining temperature well to put the perfect grill lines on your food. The only downside is that porcelain grill grates have a delicate coating, and care must be used when cleaning them.
Determining the Best Grill Grates Material
Type of grill and heat being used
Cleaning and maintaining your grill grates
Weight of your grill grates
Grilling Temperature for Grill Grates
- If you are grilling at high temperatures (600 degrees F+) stainless steel will sear meat and make grill lines just fine.
- If you are grilling at lower temperatures, cast iron or porcelain grill grates will give better grill lines.
Care and Maintenance of Grill Grate Types
- If you want the lowest maintenance grill grate that can take the most abuse, stainless steel is the best choice.
- Next is porcelain, but you still need to be careful when cleaning it.
- Cast iron grill grates take the most effort to maintain, just like a cast iron pan.
I have had cast iron grill grates on my Weber Genesis for the last two years. Guess what? I did not maintain them, and it is time to buy some new grill grates!
Grill Grate Weight
- Stainless steel is the lightest grill grate, followed by porcelain enameled stainless steel.
- Cast iron is significantly heavier, and porcelain enabled cast iron is the heaviest due to the coating.