Last updated: August 11, 2021

Welcome to our big barbecue basket test 2021. Here we present all the barbecue baskets that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web. With this, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the perfect grill basket for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a barbecue basket.




Summary

  • Grill baskets enable the gentle preparation of vegetables, meat and fish so that nutrients and vitamins are not burnt.
  • Basically, a distinction is made between grill baskets in various sizes and designs, and rotating spit baskets. Rotary spit baskets enable even grilling by means of an automatic rotary movement.
  • Grill baskets are particularly suitable for barbecue fans who do not want to use disposable aluminium trays or aluminium foil for barbecuing. Buying a barbecue basket can prevent a lot of waste.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a grill basket

What is a grill basket suitable for?

A grill basket can be used for the gentle preparation of vegetables, fish and meat. It is suitable for a coal and gas grill, as well as for the oven. It is particularly useful for preparing small cuts, which otherwise often end up in the flames or burn. In addition, the gentle preparation of food in a grill basket means that valuable nutrients and vitamins are not burnt off.

Who is a grill basket suitable for?

In principle, a grill basket is suitable for everyone. Its many advantages make the barbecue basket an increasingly popular barbecue must-have. Since the grill basket can be used for a wide variety of cooking methods, it offers the user a multitude of possibilities for cooking. A grill basket can be used indoors for frying, or outdoors for grilling on the fire. Not to be neglected is the sustainability aspect of a grill basket. The grill basket can completely replace the still popular disposable aluminium grill trays and is therefore responsible for less waste production. In addition, the use of aluminium foil can also be reduced because, for example, you can place your vegetables directly in the grill basket on the grill grate.

For the sustainable barbecue chef who wants to do without disposable barbecue trays and aluminium foil, the barbecue basket is the optimal solution!

In addition to sustainable barbecue fans, the barbecue basket also appeals to people who like to barbecue healthily. Because with the grill basket, it is possible to grill vegetables, fish, meat or desserts gently, so that they never come into direct contact with the flames. This ensures that the food is cooked gently at low temperatures and that the amount of vitamins is not reduced during grilling. In addition, herbs and spices retain their fine flavour and are not burnt.

Which grill basket is ideal for me?

The ideal grill basket is made of one piece of high-quality stainless steel and is therefore extremely resistant. Highest temperatures cannot harm a high-quality grill basket of this type. Whether for the charcoal grill, gas grill, electric grill or the oven, a high-quality grill basket is suitable for all the above-mentioned types of preparation. In addition, high-quality stainless steel grill baskets are also dishwasher-safe and therefore easy to clean. This completely eliminates the need for tedious cleaning by hand. Invest in a slightly more expensive product so that high-quality stainless steel is used in one piece. This ensures that the grill basket can be used for several years and you will never have to resort to an aluminium grill tray or aluminium foil again.

In addition, the dimensions of a barbecue basket should be checked before buying, as pictures on the web can often be deceptive in terms of size.

What does a barbecue basket cost?

Generally, a barbecue basket costs between 10 - 50 euros. Ordering on the web is cheaper than buying in a specialised shop. The prices of barbecue baskets vary quite a lot. Rotary spit baskets in particular are somewhat more expensive to buy than normal barbecue baskets. In addition, you often have to buy an extra motor to be able to use the full functionality of a rotating spit basket.
Type price range
Grill basket approx. 10 - 50
Rotary spit basket without motor approx. 50 - 100
Rotary spit basket with motor approx. 100 - 200

Various criteria that are reflected in the price are:

  • Size
  • Material (stainless steel or non-stick)
  • Removable handle
  • Motor

What is the advantage of the grill basket compared to other cooking methods?

The grill basket makes it possible that nutrients and vitamins are not burnt during grilling. The grill basket makes it possible to grill vegetables, meat or fish gently so that all nutrients are optimally retained in the food. Especially in vegetables, the grill basket prevents valuable vitamins from being burnt. In addition, herbs and spices retain their fine taste and are not burnt.

Fish tastes even better in the grill basket than in aluminium foil, and is also more sustainable. (Image source: unsplash.com / Herm)

Furthermore, the sustainability aspect of a grill basket should not be neglected. With the barbecue basket, you can forget about disposable aluminium barbecue trays and also do without aluminium foil completely.

What are the advantages of a grill basket with a removable handle?

With a removable handle, the grill basket can not only be stored in a space-saving way, but can also be moved easily after a long heating time. The problem of a heated handle on which you can burn your fingers is elegantly solved.

What alternatives are there to a grill basket?

The grill basket is the alternative! Of course, you can also use the conventional versions of the aluminium foil or aluminium grill tray.
Type Description
Grill basket Sustainably reusable for gentle grilling of vegetables, meat, fish and small cuts in general. Protects the grilled food from excessive heat.
Aluminium foil Only single use, therefore not sustainable. Protects vegetables, meat and fish from excessive heat
Disposable aluminium grill tray Only easy to use, therefore not sustainable. Protects vegetables, meat and fish from excessive heat

Until now, aluminium barbecue trays have been highly prized, so every barbecue experience has also involved a lot of waste. The grill basket covers all the functional possibilities of an aluminium grill tray and also offers even more options without producing waste. Thanks to the grill basket, aluminium foil can also be dispensed with completely. The vegetables, fish or potatoes are protected by the grill basket in the place of the aluminium foil, so that the nutrients and vitamins remain contained.

Why does the grill basket lead to a considerable reduction in waste?

The grill basket replaces the well-known aluminium grill trays and aluminium foil. Never again produce unnecessary waste thanks to your new barbecue basket, which, with the right care, will be in use for a very long time. Disposable aluminium barbecue trays are widespread and can often be found used on the ground. They usually can't even be put away because they are still too hot when the barbecue is over. Aluminium foil is a popular means of protecting vegetables, fish or potatoes from excessive heat exposure. Thanks to the barbecue basket, you can now do without aluminium foil completely! A grill basket provides optimal protection from burning and preserves the nutrients and vitamins in the food through gentle grilling.

Decision: What types of barbecue baskets are there and which is the right one for you?

If you want to buy a barbecue basket, there are two alternatives to choose from:

  • Grill basket
  • Rotating spit basket

The rotating spit basket is also a type of grill basket, but with the additional function of using a motor to automatically rotate the grain over the heat.

What distinguishes a grill basket and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A grill basket brings more possibilities to the grill. Place the grill basket on the grill grate and you're ready to go.

Advantages
  • Gentle grilling so that no nutrients or vitamins are lost
  • No burning possible
  • Small cuts remain in the basket and do not fall off the grate
  • Less waste (no need for aluminium grill tray and aluminium foil)
  • Robust, temperature-resistant and durable
Disadvantages
  • Transport of the grill basket
  • Small surface area
  • Care of the grill basket (but often dishwasher-safe)

The grill basket keeps small cuts and vegetables from falling through into the flames. It also protects the food from burning in case of stick flames.

What are the features of a rotisserie basket and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The big plus of a rotisserie basket is its rotating function. Prepare everything for your relaxed barbecue evening and let the rotisserie basket do the rest. Put fish, chicken thighs, meatloaf, potatoes or various chopped vegetables in the rotisserie basket and let it do its rounds. You also have time for a little chat with the neighbour while the motor turns the basket evenly over the heat.

Advantages
  • Even, automatic grilling thanks to the rotating function
  • gentle grilling so that no nutrients or vitamins are lost
  • no burning possible
  • small cuts remain in the basket and do not fall off the grate
  • less waste (no need for aluminium grill tray and aluminium foil)
  • robust, temperature-resistant and durable
Disadvantages
  • Transport
  • more expensive than a normal grill basket
  • care of the grill basket (but often dishwasher-safe)

The disadvantage of this type of grill basket, however, is that it is somewhat more expensive due to the additional equipment.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and test a barbecue basket

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible barbecue baskets. The criteria you can use to compare the different barbecue baskets include:

  • Material
  • Preparation possibilities
  • Easy to clean/dishwasher safe
  • Removable handle

In the following paragraphs, we will explain what is important in the individual criteria.

Material

There are only two types of material:

  • Solid stainless steel
  • Non-stick coating

A grill basket made of solid stainless steel is durable and easy to clean. Stainless steel is dishwasher-safe and ensures a good barbecue taste. A non-stick coated grill basket is the cheaper option, which is usually less durable than the stainless steel basket. In addition, the barbecue flavour is said to not come out as well in a non-stick basket. Non-stick grill baskets are also dishwasher safe and therefore easy to maintain.

Preparation possibilities

A stainless steel barbecue basket can be used for any type of barbecue:

  • Charcoal grill
  • Gas grill
  • Oven

You can place the grill basket directly on the grate for charcoal and gas grills. The rotating spit basket offers further possibilities for use thanks to its rotating function. The even rotation over the heat is automatically driven by a motor. The result is that you don't have to keep a constant eye on your grilled food. A chat with the neighbour while grilling is perfectly possible until the food is finished.

Easy to clean/dishwasher safe

Stainless steel grill baskets, as well as non-stick grill baskets, are only exceptionally not dishwasher-safe. Normally, cleaning is very easy, and often even better, if you soak the grill basket in water first.

Barbecue baskets do not require any further care apart from regular cleaning after use. (Picture source: 123rf.com / 101897443)

Removable handle

A removable handle can make grilling with a barbecue basket much easier. Often a handle gets heated up by grilling, so you have to use oven gloves to avoid burning your fingers. A removable handle can be stored after placing it on the grill, so you don't have to take oven gloves with you to the next barbecue. In addition, a removable handle makes a barbecue basket more space-saving in storage.

Trivia: Interesting facts about barbecue baskets

How do I use my grill basket properly?

You can place your grill basket directly on the grate of your charcoal or gas grill. The grill basket protects the food from excessive heat and flames.

You can also place your grill basket in the oven without any problems.

How do I clean my grill basket?

Grill baskets are often dishwasher-safe. Ideally, the grill basket should be soaked in soapy water after use so that it is even easier to clean in the dishwasher. Exceptionally, there are also grill baskets for which the manufacturer advises against washing in the dishwasher. These grill baskets are found in the lowest price ranges.

What useful accessories are there for my barbecue basket?

A grill basket can do very well without any large accessories. Usually, only a spatula or barbecue tongs are needed to serve the food from the barbecue baskets at the end. With a rotisserie basket, the motor often has to be purchased separately. Otherwise, there are no particularly useful accessories to be listed here.

Image source: 123rf.com / 41699431

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