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? (11)

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

06.07.12

Despina P

I apologize for the repetitive nature of this question, but I've received contradictory information from Weber Customer Service reps that I've spoken to. I have a Spirit 310 (purchased September 2008). I've already been through two sets of grates (porcelain enamel and cast iron porcelain enamel) due to rust. I just bought stainless steel ones and want to make sure I am doing this correctly. Does the following procedure sound correct?

1. Cook food and remove from grill.
2. After removing food, turn all burners to high for 15 minutes then turn off grill WITHOUT brushing off the debris.
3. Next time I go to grill preheat grill for 10 minutes, brush off the debris from the previous meal, oil food not grates, and then repeat step 1.

I should do the above using a stainless shell brush not a brass one? Or is brass also okay?

Thank you! I am hoping that these won't rust nearly as fast as the previous grates. We live in San Francisco and I'm not always good about putting the grill cover on. Does it make that much of a difference even if it isn't raining?

06.07.12

Kevin Kolman

Hi Janehoya:
Please don't apologize, I want what you want, the best possible experience with your Weber grill. First and foremost always make sure you preheat your BBQ grill for 10-15 minutes every time you grill. This will help keep food from sticking to your grates and make cleaning and maintaining them much easier. Also, always oil your food not the grates. This also helps keep food from sticking and helps carmelization (those great grill marks everyone loves)!!

Second, after you get done grilling just turn off your grill and let it cool. We used to recommend doing a burn off after you get done grilling but we have found there is no need to do that. Pre-heating your grill properly will do the exact same thing plus save you some of that gas to use for grilling!! FYI, you should never clean your grates right after you get done grilling this will cause the excess food debris to clog your stainless steel bristle brush.

Third step, you are correct. Preheat the grill untill the grates have white ash on the them, then use a Weber stainless steel grill brush to clean. Before repeating step one make sure you lightly coat your food with oil.

I recommend using a Weber stainless steel bristle brush to clean any type of Weber grill cooking grates. These brushes are soft enough to use on all porcelain surfaces, yet tough enough for cleaning burners.

I always recommend covering your grill no matter where you live. It makes keeping it clean much easier and yes it makes a difference. Hope this all helps. Let me know how things turn out, and as always Happy Grilling!!-Kevin

05.30.12

Joel H

Hi, I live near the beach In Puerto Rico and the weather is known to be very corrosive. Someone recommended that i spray the stainless steel grates with a light coating of cooking oil spray in betwean uses to protect them. Is that ok?

05.30.12

Kevin Kolman

Hi Filemv540:
May I extend a long hello all the way to Puerto Rico. It always amazes me how far the Weber family of grill owners extends throughout the world. To answer your question, I would not recommend coating your stainless steel cooking grates with a light cooking oil spray. Most of this oil will fall down the sides of the grates and the rest will get burned off through the pre-heating process. What I do recommend is oiling your food before grilling which helps keep food from sticking to the grates. Next make sure you clean the grates after you do a pre-heat with a stainless steel brush and you should be just fine. Hope this help, thanks for checking in and always Happy Grilling!! -Kevin

01.25.12

Martha B

Kevin
I would like to knwo how to remove slight scratches on the hood of my Summit 420. My dad (trying to be helpful) made some slight slight circular scratches using a product for stainless steel. I also want to ask you regarding the cleaning of the steel grates. I follow the instructions in raising the temp to burn off any food but can I get the grates back to looking like stainless steel (like when I first bought the grill)? Thank you for any feedback you might be able to offer.

01.25.12

Kevin Kolman

Hi Cookieb: The scratches on the lid may be able to be slightly buffed out using a soft cloth and a stainless steel cleaner/polish. Take special care to clean in the direction of the grain. This may counteract the circular scratches, depending on their severity. The stainless steel grates will change color to a bronze and sometimes purplish blue color from the heat of the grill upon use. This is normal and will not affect grilling. This is a result of the high temperatures of the grill and unfortunately it will not be possible to have the grates return to their brand new and shiny appearance. If you have any additional questions feel free to give us a call at 1-800-446-1071. Happy Grilling!-Kevin