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? (14)

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

08.25.12

Media M

Hi. We just bought a Weber S-620 LP. First question is about keeping the stainless steel grates clean. Can you clarify the difference between stainless steel and brass brushes? Your video refers to stainless steel brushes, but we've read so many references that consistently recommend brass bristles instead because they say stainless steel bristles would be too harsh and scratch. Therefore, we are confused!

08.25.12

Kevin Kolman

Hi MediaMan,

Congratulations on the new Summit S-620. I recommend using a stainless steel bristle brush on all types of Weber cooking grates. I do not recommend using brass on our grates. A brass brush is not harsh enough and will not stand up to your stainless grates. For the best results, use a Weber stainless brush and your grates will stay clean. Also, make sure to preheat your grill and only clean the grates when they are hot to avoid clogging up your grill brush. Hope this helps to clarify and Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

08.17.12

Darby M

Hi Kevin,
I am shopping for a new Genesis grill. My present grill has porcelain grates which I have had a hard time cleaning over the years. Is there any disadvantage to stainless steel grates?

06.22.12

Franco C

Hi Kevin, no matter how much I clean my grates are getting buildup from BBQ sauces, etc, that your wire brush just can't clean well. Any suggested products or procedures to loosen this up?

06.22.12

Kevin Kolman

Hi Coladipietro:
Great question. If you are noticing excess build up you must preheat your grill for 10-15 minutes every time you grill. This should burn off most of the residue left on your grates. If your are noticing build up after the preheat try doing this step for and extra 5-10 minutes (15-20 minutes total). A good indicator that your grates are ready to be brushed is the sauce and debris has turned to white ash. Always brush your grates after the preheat and never after grilling. Brushing after grilling will cause the brush to clog. If you want a deeper clean you can always use warm soapy water and a sponge. Just make sure you rinse the grates clean and dry. Check out my spring cleaning blog and watch how this is done. Hope this helps and always Happy Grilling! -Kevin

06.14.12

Carol N

Hi Kevin, we just used our Genesis S-330 for the first time. The stainless steel grates are now discolored where the food was. Is there any way to get the grates shiny again, or is discoloration normal? And just to be sure, is it safe to use a stainless steel brush on the stainless steel grates? Thank you.

06.14.12

Kevin Kolman

Hi Laurvan:
Wow, congrats on the new Genesis S-330! It is an awesome grill. Hope you enjoy the sear station on that grill, it is one of my favorite features on a Weber gas grill!
There is a way to get the grates shinny again. Please check out my blog video on cleaning a gas grill. It goes step by step on how to do this. http://www.weber.com/blog/single/spring-grill-cleaning.
It is safe to use a Weber stainless steel brush on your grates. I recommend it for two reasons. One we have tested them and know it will clean your grates properly and two, it will not damage the surface of your grates. Enjoy your new Genesis S-330. Keep me posted on your grilling adventures and always Happy Grilling!-Kevin