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
  • Choosing 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.

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What are your thoughts? (24)


Alan A

Your comments on cleaning the grill on the surface seem fine, however, I would like to point out that individuals have experienced major health concerns over the fact that tiny metal shards from the cleaning brush may in fact break off and become lodged into the next piece of grilled meat. We have moved beyond the metal brush cleaning situation to one using a piece of wood in the shape of a small flat edged paddle. This wooden paddle will over time develops groves from the heated grate and will do a fine safe job in cleaning. All this at no metal shard risk.
Thanks for the opportunity to comment. Weber has the absolute best line of grills, period. My Genesis 1000 is more that 20 years old and still is working fine. Your customer service people are also the best in helping with great information.


Kathryn H

Is there any way to find out if stainless steel grates will be manufactured for the Spirit E-210? I just bought this model based on erroneous information I was given by the sales person (he told me that the grates were available and sold me the wrong size grates). I just called your customer support line and verified that stainless steel grates are currently not available for this model, but she didn't know if they would be available in the future.

Thank you!


Kevin Kolman

I am sorry to hear that you were misinformed by the sales associate. Unfortunately they are not available today. Please check back periodically throughout the year to see if we will be making them. We do listen to consumers and your feedback and this does help us make new products and accessories. Enjoy your E-210, welcome to the Weber family and Happy Grilling!


Darrell J

I read Martin L's post from 5.14.14 and I've put oil in the marinade instead of on the grill grates. The chicken still sticks every single time. What other options exist? What's the downside to using a spray like "PAM for grilling"?


Kevin Kolman

The best way to grill that chicken is to make sure you use a light coating of olive oil and keep the grill temperature of the grill to 425-450 degrees. The grill sounds like it is too hot and that is causing the problem. I have cooked chicken without olive and have kept it from sticking by making sure the temperature of the grill is at 425-450. Please try that and keep me posted. If you need anything else you can find me here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin Kolman’s Backyard and always Happy Grilling!!


Janet O

I have a Weber Genesis grill and I have been trying for over a week to get my stainless steel grates cleaned. First I soaked them in soapy water for a few days and used a scrub brush to loosen any grill build-up, but then it did not work. Today I used Easy Off for BBQ grills, but it did not work. I contacted Weber Customer Support, and someone there recommenced Noloxin 7, but I have not been able to find it yet. After using the Easy Off I used a superfine piece of steel wool to remove the debris, but it is not coming clean. Can you recommend anything.


John Burns

Hi Janet,
I’m sorry to hear that you’re having issues with food sticking to your grates. Typically, when food or debris is stuck to the cooking grates, the easiest thing to do is to just make sure you’re preheating your grill to about 500 to 550F, with the lid down. After bringing the grill up to temperature, use a stainless steel wire brush to clean off any debris. The heat should turn the debris into carbon or ash, and should flake off with the use of the brush. If that doesn’t seem to work you could try our Weber Grate Cleaner. Check out this link to learn more about the product. If you’re still having trouble, you may want to try soaking the grates in some warm water with a soap with a degreasing agent, then scrub or brush them off. Try to avoid soaps with citrus added. Make sure you completely hand dry the grates to avoid promoting any premature corrosion or oxidation. Another important thing to note is that while it is possible to get your grates free of debris clinging to them they’ll never look “brand new” again and some discoloration is inevitable. Because of the high heat the stainless steel is exposed to when on the grill, it’s not uncommon for the grates to take on a “tarnished” appearance, and it will not affect negatively its functionality. Another tip to help food from clinging to the grates is apply a light coating of cooking oil to the surface of the food you are going to cook. This will help the food from sticking. I hope these tips help and let us know if you have any other questions! Thanks, John Burns


Glenn W

How to clean stainless cookware from Weber or prevent sticking and discoloration


John Burns

Hi Glenn,

Thank you for your question! To prevent your food from sticking to our line of stainless steel cookware, lightly oil your food before putting it into the pan/basket. Some discoloration is inevitable, but you can use a soap with a mild degreaser to wash the cookware to clean off any debris stuck to it after it’s been used. Because of the high heat the stainless steel is exposed to when on the grill, it’s not uncommon for the cookware to take on a “tarnished” appearance, and it will not affect negatively its functionality. Let us know if you have any other questions! Thanks, John Burns


Adam L


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?



Kevin Kolman

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!!


Karen K

Showing how to clean "clean" stainless and grates is not helpful. I would like to see a demonstration of how to clean a dirty grill and grates. You know, maybe the demonstrator gets his manicured hands dirty... Now that would show it can be done. So far, most stainless cleaners don't get a stainless grill exterior close to looking nice. I wish I had my old black grill back; a lot less trouble and most of the time it is under the cover and unseen.


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.



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!!


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


Kevin Kolman

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!!


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.



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!


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