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How to Use a Grill Basket

Whether you are grilling delicate fish fillets, a ton of vegetables, or a batch of burgers, a grill basket makes cooking your favorite backyard treat a cinch.

Not only does a grill basket’s wireframe prevent your meat from sticking to the hot grill, but it’s tight grip also makes flipping a foolproof feat.

A grill basket ensures every ingredient gets that wistful campfire tang by taming the flame, letting in that smoky flavor and making it easy to flip the food for even cooking.

Learning how to use this cookware is easy. That said, you will need to learn a few tricks to ensure your food cooks evenly without drying out.

How to use a grill basket

What you’ll need:

  • Cooking oil
  • Paper towels
  • Grilling basket

Prepare the food

Start by cutting your beef, fish, or veggies into thin slices. Set the food out on the counter for about 15 minutes. This will allow it to come to room temperature, which helps it cook evenly, inside and out.


Prepare the grill basket for grilling

If your grill basket does not have a non-stick coating, grease it up by dipping the paper towel in some cooking oil. Spread it all over the inner part of the basket. Repeat this at least three times.

This will prevent your food from sticking to the grates of the grills. If you don’t grease it thoroughly, it can stick, defeating the purpose of this cookware.


Set up the grill

Depending on what you are cooking you will need to use either direct or indirect heat

Direct heat is recommended for foods like fish, thin steaks, or asparagus. These types of food cook quickly: hence you need to roast them on high heat to get a nice char on the outside without overcooking the interior.

Indirect heat is best left for thicker foods that need to be brought up to temperature slowly. Set up the grill at least 30 minutes before you start cooking.


Put the food into the grill basket

Pat down the food using a paper towel before placing it inside the grill basket. This prevents your food from getting tough and mushy while it cooks.

If the food is not marinated, season with salt and pepper. After that, lay your food inside the grill basket. Make sure to leave space between the items so the heat can circulate and cook everything evenly.

Close the lid and ensure the latch is secured.


Start grilling

Lay the grill basket on the direct heat. The contents of your grill basket will slowly start to roast.

If you are cooking marinated meat or something that is saucy, place a drip tray underneath the basket. This will help keep the grill clean. 

Do not flip the basket until the food on the bottom looks slightly charred. Once ready, turn the grill basket to sear all sides.

A grill basket contains small holes that ensure even the flakiest fish gets a delicious smoky zest without crumbling mid-flip. Also, veggies like asparagus and diced bell peppers get that beautiful char without falling into the coals.

Grill your fish or veggies until evenly cooked, tender, and browned.

grilling with basket

Ready to serve

Once cooked through, remove the food from the grill basket and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy your perfect summer meal!

When used well, a grill basket can help you barbecue foods like a pro that might otherwise be ruined on the grill. This item gives your grill the versatility of an oven, broadening the possibilities beyond the traditional hot dogs and burgers that are associated with outdoor cooking.

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