Grill mats enable safe preparation of a wide variety of dishes and also save tedious scrubbing work. They are suitable for experienced barbecue masters as well as barbecue novices and become an essential barbecue companion due to their durability. Reusable barbecue mats also save costs and contribute to sustainable consumption. They are available in various thicknesses, heat resistances and formats - no barbecue goes empty-handed! With our big barbecue mat test 2021 we show you how to distinguish between different types of barbecue mats. You will also find out how versatile fibreglass grill mats, Teflon grill mats, copper grill mats and silicone grill mats can be. The advantages and disadvantages we have listed should make your purchase decision easier.
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- 2 The most important facts
- 3 Grill mat: Our Picks
- 4 Buying and evaluation criteria for barbecue mats
- 5 Decision: What types of barbecue mats are there and which is the right one for me?
- 6 Guide: Frequently asked questions about barbecue mats answered in detail
- 6.1 Who is a barbecue mat suitable for?
- 6.2 How much does a grill mat cost?
- 6.3 What alternatives are there to barbecue mats?
- 6.4 Are barbecue mats harmful to health?
- 6.5 Is a grill mat suitable for an induction cooker or a ceramic hob?
- 6.6 How often can a grill mat be used?
- 6.7 How do I clean a barbecue mat?
- 6.8 What dishes can I prepare with a grill mat?
The most important facts
- Barbecue mats allow you to prepare a wide variety of barbecue dishes and baked goods in a tasteful way. Carcinogenic substances that otherwise get into the food through grilling don't stand a chance.
- There are grill mats made of glass fibre, Teflon, copper and silicone. We recommend an anti-stick mat with a Teflon coating for particularly easy handling.
- Grill mats save tedious cleaning of the grill as well as costs and additional environmental pollution.
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Buying and evaluation criteria for barbecue mats
The following shows you which factors you should take into account when deciding between the large selection of barbecue mats available. The criteria that you can use to compare the barbecue mats with each other include:
In the following paragraphs, we will explain in detail what these characteristics mean.
Barbecue type / model
Whether gas grill, electric grill, charcoal grill, lotus grill or fibreglass grill - many grill mats are suitable for all grill types, even for the oven! You have to be particularly careful with charcoal grills, as there are only a few compatible mats for this type of grill. The information enclosed with the mat is important, because in addition to these universal mats, there are also mats that are only suitable for a specific type of grill. There are also mats that are not intended for the oven at all. Another thing to look out for is the grill model. It is very practical if the supplier of the grill also offers matching grill mats. Nevertheless, there is a large selection of barbecue mat suppliers who have adapted their products to universally popular barbecues, such as those of the Weber brand.
When choosing a barbecue mat, particular attention should be paid to the material. There are particularly heat-resistant materials such as Teflon or glass fibre. Teflon barbecue mats are therefore among the most popular variants in everyday use. The use of copper has the additional advantage of higher heat conductivity. Silicone grill mats are less recommended for use in the grill, as they begin to melt at 250 degrees Celsius and release toxic gases. However, they are perfectly adequate for the oven. Harmful materials can be avoided by buying a mat certified by Stiftung Warentest, Ökotest or FDA.
Only buy grill mats made of certified materials. High-quality mats are also available at low prices!
The size of a barbecue mat should be perfectly adapted to the barbecue grill. If the mat is too small, the entire grilling surface cannot be used. Of course, this differs depending on the grill model. Popular sizes for grill mats are 50x40 cm and 40x33 cm. A practical feature of many grill mats, for example Teflon grill mats, is that they can be cut to size and thus individually adapted to the grill. A grill mat can be cut to size with simple household scissors.
When buying a barbecue mat, you should always pay attention to its fire resistance and heat resistance. Depending on the temperatures your barbecue can reach, you may need a different mat. The reason why many mats are not suitable for charcoal grills is because of the high temperature that charcoal can reach. At temperatures above 1000 degrees Celsius, a grill mat begins to melt.
Due to the risk of melting, silicone mats are not recommended, as they can start to melt at 250 degrees Celsius. This is not only harmful to the barbecue and the food, but also to your health. Materials such as silicone or certain non-stick mats emit toxic fumes at too high temperatures.
Reusable grill mats are really easy to clean. That's why you save a lot of effort and time by buying a barbecue mat. Disposable barbecue mats can be disposed of in the normal waste. This makes them more harmful to the environment and more expensive in the long run. It is important to clean the mat thoroughly after each use. To do this, you can first wipe off the remaining grease with a paper towel. You can then place the mat comfortably in the dishwasher or clean it by hand with a little washing-up liquid and a sponge.
A barbecue mat is much quicker and easier to clean than a whole barbecue.
Decision: What types of barbecue mats are there and which is the right one for me?
If you want to buy a barbecue mat, there are basically four types of products you can choose from.
|Fibreglass barbecue mat||Fibreglass barbecue mats are particularly heat-resistant and are suitable for every type of barbecue. They can withstand temperatures of up to 300 degrees Celsius. They are usually coated and are therefore very easy to clean.|
|Teflon grill mat||Teflon grill mats are suitable for grilling temperatures up to 230 degrees Celsius. They are always anti-stick coated and easy to clean.|
|Copper grill mat||Copper grill mats are particularly heat-conductive, which shortens the grilling time. They have their temperature limit at 250 degrees Celsius.|
|Silicone grill mat||Silicone grill mats are easily adaptable to any grill fields. They have a heat resistance of up to 260 degrees Celsius. There is minimal risk of them melting and emitting toxins.|
In the following four sections you can learn more about the individual types of grill mats.
Guide: Frequently asked questions about barbecue mats answered in detail
Who is a barbecue mat suitable for?
It is ideal for baking/frying meat, fish, vegetables and even pizza and biscuits. Fat is not lost and even the typical grill stripes are guaranteed.
In addition, the barbecue mat is more environmentally friendly and cost-effective in the long run due to its reusability. Anyone who likes to eat but is less keen on scrubbing the grill or oven will enjoy a grill mat. It is very easy to clean.
How much does a grill mat cost?
|Small brands/no-name||Between 10 and 20 euros|
|Weber brand barbecue mats||Between 20 and 30 euros|
Usually barbecue mats at these prices come in sets of 3 to 4 mats.
What alternatives are there to barbecue mats?
|Grill tray||There are grill trays made of Teflon and aluminium. In principle, they work in the same way as a grill mat, but they are not durable. This makes them more expensive in the long run and worse for the environment than grill mats.|
|Aluminium foil||Aluminium is a one-time use alternative. It is therefore not sustainable. When preparing particularly sour or salty food, aluminium can dissolve and get into the food.|
|Baking paper||Baking paper is not reusable and thus not sustainable. However, it is inexpensive and versatile. It can only be used in the oven.|
Alternatives to the barbecue mat are quick but not sustainable and long-lasting solutions.
Are barbecue mats harmful to health?
- Dripping marinade/ burning oil: Harmful hydrocarbons that rise in the form of smoke and coat the grilled food can be avoided.
- Burnt barbecue food: Burnt barbecue food contains amines, which have a carcinogenic effect. A grill mat can prevent burning and thus amine formation.
Is a grill mat suitable for an induction cooker or a ceramic hob?
How often can a grill mat be used?
How do I clean a barbecue mat?
What dishes can I prepare with a grill mat?
- Grilled cheese
In addition, there are also grill mats that are suitable for the oven. This means that even pizza, biscuits and other baked goods can be prepared.
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