Ladies and gentlemen, start your grills — because grilling season is officially upon us! Nothing is better on a sunny afternoon or a smokey summer night than a burger (or literally anything, meat or otherwise) straight off the grill. We can’t put our finger on exactly makes grilled foods so incredible, but we know that if grill night were every night, we’d be happy.

But no matter how amazing you are at grilling — you might be a grill master, we believe you — there are always ways to take your grill game to the next level. These six tips are clever, simple ways to take your grilled goodies from great to gourmet.

Here are a few of our absolutely favorite tips.

1. Better (and Safer) Grill Cleaning


If you haven’t heard about the dangers of grill brushes, listen up. You know those metal bristle brushes that you typically use to clean off your grill? Those bristles can sometimes fall off the brush, stay on your grill, and get lodged into your food.

Ingesting one is extremely painful and can have devasting consequences, so experts advise coming up with another way of cleaning your grill. Well, here it is: aluminum foil.

Crumple up a piece of aluminum foil, pick it up in between tongs, and scrub down the still-hot grill with the foil. This works just as well to get the crud off, but there’s no risk of those metal bristles.

For really tough grill grates, watch the video below to get a brilliant DIY idea.

2. Perfect Kebabs

Alabama styled chicken kebabs.Food52 via inpatskitchen

We love the versatility and the fun of kebabs. But what we hate is how those wooden skewers tend to get burned or even light on fire when they’re cooking on the grill. To avoid this, you only need this simple trick.

Soak the skewers in a bowl of water for 15-20 minutes before cooking to avoid any dangerous flames. Oh, and when you do your actually skewering, use two skewers per kebab to make sure they don’t slip through the grates.

3. Iced Burgers

Ice cube on burger patty.Howdini

Putting ice cubes on your burgers? Really? Sounds kind of disgusting and unnecessary, right? Well, we promise it’s not.

Burgers on the grill are amazing, we’ve already covered that, but JUICY burgers on the grill are what you really want. Achieving that perfect burger is hard, but it just got a little easier with this brilliant trick.

When your raw patties are cooking on the grill, put a pad of butter on top of them. If you want a healthier option, put an ice cube on the patty instead. Either one will melt into the burger as it cooks, making it your juiciest ever. Boom.


For the rest of these grilling hacks, make sure to watch the Howdini video below.

Will you try these grilling tips this season? Do you have any amazing tips you want to share with the grilling community? Share your thoughts and hacks in the comments section below.