Cleaning Your Stainless Steel Grates

A key part of grill maintenance is properly cleaning and maintaining your stainless steel cooking grates. Make sure you understand:

  • The importance of preheating your grill
  • Using the correct grill brush for cleaning your stainless steel cooking grates
  • Oiling your food, not your grates

This short video will hit on the important tips you need to know so that each meal you grill is fantastic.

What are your thoughts? (18)

06.05.15

Adam L

Hello,

Your video does not address any of the huge differences between grill grate styles.

In the video, you're standing in front of a gas grill with wide, flat grates that are flush with the lip of the grill, so it's very easy to clean the entire thing.

The Weber kettles, however, are tricky because they have wire grates that are set down into the kettle base (i.e. they are not flush with the lip of the grate, like the gas grill example is) so it is difficult to clean them all the way out to the edges (if it's hot). Also, the Performer Deluxe has that funny hinged grate, and I'd think those hinges would be super difficult to clean properly.

I'd like to hear some more specific details about the Weber recommended way to clean the kettle grates.

Also, does Weber have a product that would raise the grate up so that it is flush with the lip of the kettle?

Thanks

06.05.15

Kevin Kolman

Adam,
There is not much of a difference in cleaning the grates. A stainless steel brush should be able to take excess debris off the grates. A couple of things I do periodically is I take the grates out and use a mild soap and water along with a mild scouring pad. For the most part, heat from the grill and a stainless steel brush will be your best friends. If you want to keep the grates cleaner, try using olive oil on the food before you grill. This helps prevent the food sticking and also makes cleaning easier. Keep me posted if you need further assistance here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin’s Backyard and always Happy Grilling!!

05.03.15

Paul W

Hi Kevin,
I just bought a Weber SpiritGBS Grill and it has avast iron griddle with it. Do I need to season it and after using it how do I clean it? Thanks.

Paul

05.03.15

Kevin Kolman

Paul, no reason to season it. It is porcelain-enameled cast-iron which does not need curing. Best way to clean it is with a stainless steel brush along with soap and water for those trouble areas. Hope this helps, keep us posted on what you are grilling and if you need last minute instruction you can find us here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin’s Backyard. Always, Happy Grilling!!

12.30.14

Luke C

Hi Kevin,

I was cleaning my Webber Family Q for the first time, and I used a metal scraper to remove the gunk in the cooking box. I know realise this was a mistake. Are there any problems this may cause in the future i.e. rusting from the exposed metal scratches

12.30.14

Kevin Kolman

Luke
I think if you really gauged the surface this could in the future lead to rusting but I think you should be ok. The materials of the cooking box are durable. Periodically inspect the bowl just to be sure. Hope this helps and if you have any future questions please let us know and always Happy Grilling!!

09.26.14

Kim K

I just bought stainless steel grates for my Genesis grill. I was told I need to season them like a cast iron frying pan. Do I need to season them before first use? Do I need to season them after each use?
Some grill sites say every use.

Thanks
Kim

09.26.14

Kevin Kolman

Hi Kim,

You do not need to season your grates. The grates come ready to be grilled on right out of the box. Also, there is no reason to season them after each use. The best thing to do is always make sure you preheat the grill for 10-15 minutes before each use. This will help you achieve the beautiful grill marks while also burning off the excess debris that may be left on the grill from prior cooking. One other tip that might help you would be to brush your food with a little olive oil before grilling it. This will prevent your food from sticking to the grates. Finally, always use a Weber stainless steel grill brush to clean your grates and you will be all set.

Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

07.14.14

Jenny M

We purchased a Genesis E-330 after having our Genesis 5000 for 20 years! On our first startup of the grill the flavorizer bars turned purple with spots on them? Is that normal?

07.14.14

Kevin Kolman

Hi Jenny,

Congratulations on your new Weber Genesis E-330. It is an amazing grill. It’s normal to have the Flavorizer bars turn orange or purple due to the heat or any excess residue left on them upon start up. If you have any other questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact Weber Customer Service at 1-800-446-1071.

Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

06.22.14

Karim K

Kevin,

When i am doing a major monthly cleaning of my Weber 670 what is the best way of getting black soot and grease that has hardened off my flavourizing bars, grills and burner tubes?

06.22.14

Kevin Kolman

Hi Karim,

The best way to eliminate the black soot and grease is to make sure you preheat your grill each and every time you use it. Also, you can use the Weber Grate Grill Cleaner as needed. I would take the bars out of the grill, spray them down, and let them stand for 5-10 minutes. After that, wipe them clean. If you have some problem areas, you can use a mild scouring pad for those. As far as the burner tubes, I would use a Weber stainless steel brush. I hope this helps.

Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

05.14.14

Martin L

Kevin, I have stainless steel grates and your advice here was helpful, but I have two questions. 1) with new grates I've seen lots of advice on 'seasoning' the grates by heating and oiling them a few times before use. Is this something you'd recommend and can you describe the best approach? 2) regarding oiling the food in stead of the grates, I am wondering what you recommend for meats that are marinated or have a dry rub, since adding a coat of oil to those isn't possible. In that case would you oil the grates to reduce sticking, or do something else? Thanks - Martin in NYC.

05.14.14

Kevin Kolman

Martin,
The best practice for new stainless steel grates is to preheat them for 10–15 minutes on the grill and being grilling. I always recommend a light coating of olive oil to your food before putting it on the grill. This helps with caramelization and also prevents food sticking to your grates. No need to season the grates at all. In regards to your second question, I would recommend putting a little oil into the marinade which does help when placing the food on the grate. I have found when grilling with both a marinade or a dry rub keeping the heat around 450-500 does help prevent your food from sticking. I never recommend oiling the grates because the majority will fall down the sides and into your catch pan. Keeping the heat lower and also using a little oil in the a marinade does make the biggest difference.

Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

07.04.13

Christopher K

Kevin,

I purchased a new EP-330 in Copper two days ago. The side tables are stainless steel, but how come they scratch so easily? Even placing a spoon on the side table marks and scratches the surface. Is mine defective? How does one get the scratches out?

Chris

11.07.12

jean y

When did the first stainless double hood genesis grills come out? Thanks.

11.07.12

Kevin Kolman

Hi Chiliguy,


We have had many different designs over the years. I would say about 10 years, but it is model and year specific. Hope this helps and happy grilling!


-Kevin

08.26.12

Edward S

We just bought a Genesis S- 310 stainless steel grill. Can I wash the stainless steel grates in our automatic dishwasher?

08.26.12

Kevin Kolman

Hi Kebslaga,

Congratulations on the new Genesis 310. Could you put your grates in the dishwasher? Yes, but would I recommend it? No. The best way to clean your grates is to preheat the grill for 10-15 minutes, then use a stainless steel bristle grill brush to clean off debris from your previous cooking. For a deeper clean, try using warm soapy water and a scouring pad. Just be sure you rinse them thoroughly. Congratulations again and Happy Grilling!!

-Kevin