9 Products That Make Grilling Stress-Free, Mess-Free, and Delicious

Grilling: totally tasty. Also grilling: kinda intimidating. These goods and gadgets let you have your juicy burgers and eat them too.
Published May 18, 2022

Remember the kids’ game The Floor Is Lava? There’s an adult version that kicks off every cookout season—except the floor is the grill and, whoops, we just lost a slider. (RIP, little buddy.) Grilling may be a summer pastime, but it comes with its fair share of anxiety. More specifically, WW members have told us they want to boost their grill skills and confidence. That’s why we’re coming in hot with solutions: new essentials to prep, cook, and serve—mess-free and stress-free—plus Points®-friendly recipe inspo, from traditional meals to out-there fare (fruit! cookies! pizza!). So sharpen your tool kit, fire up your taste buds, and follow the flame. You’ve got this.

First step: Prep

1. WW Year-Round Grilling cookbook, $19.99

Think beyond the bun. The WW Year-Round Grilling cookbook includes 110 recipes for all the regulars (meat, poultry, fish) plus unexpected grillables, like cookies, lasagna, and apple pie. You’ll also get tips and tricks for preparing a grill, picking the right tools, and more. Scan the QR codes to seamlessly track Points® for each recipe!

2. WW Grilling Seasonings, $4.99 each

When your daughter wants salmon, your husband wants steak, and you gotta have your veggies, you need a seasoning that pleases multiple palates. Enter the super-flavorful, ZeroPoint™ WW Sesame Garlic, Maple Glaze, and Balsamic & Roasted Onion Grilling Seasonings. Sesame Garlic lends a nutty, umami punch; Maple Glaze is a spicy and sweet mix of brown sugar and paprika; and Balsamic & Roasted Onion adds a tangy, herbal kick. We love that there’s no wrong way to use them: Sprinkle on top of your dish, or mix with olive oil to create a glaze. Easy!

3. Cuisinart BBQ Defrosting Tray, $27.99

It’s four o’clock and your dinner is chillin’ in the freezer. Relatable? The Cuisinart BBQ Defrosting Tray is a lifesaver for the forgetful or plain old procrastinators. Just place frozen meat, veggies, or whatever on the tray and watch as its thermal conductive material thaws your future dinner in half the time of sitting on your kitchen counter.

4. Cuisinart Marinade and Grilling Basket Set, $39.99

Marinating your meats and veggies is a must, but it needn’t be a mess. With the Cuisinart Marinade and Grilling Basket Set, you can marinate your honey sriracha chicken or lemon-pepper zucchini in the same steel basket that you then transfer directly to the grill. Once on the grill, the perforated bottom of the basket ensures the food will be infused with that smoky-grill goodness, minus any saucy spillage.

Second step: Get the extras

5. Cuisinart Grilling Prep and Serve Trays, $34.99

When it comes to grilling—and not getting seriously ill—we believe in separation of raw and cooked. WW Shop favorite Cuisinart Grilling Prep and Serve Trays include one red tray to prep your raw meat and one black tray to serve your fully cooked meat. So you can marinate your chicken thighs on the red, serve them on the black, and avoid all cross contamination. Plus the trays are made with durable melamine, so they don’t get too hot and can be cleaned right in the dishwasher. Short on storage space? Nest the trays together and slide them in a narrow slot.

6. Wildwood Grilling Cedar Wraps, $11.99

Cedar chips are messy, and planks take up a lot of space on the grates. Instead, infuse your foods using Wildwood Grilling Cedar Wraps. They tidily infuse all kinds of foods with smoky deliciousness: chicken thighs, burgers, salmon, and even vegetables like asparagus, carrots, and peppers. Just roll up the food in a wrap, tie it shut, and place the compact, little package right on the grill. Weather not cooperating? Set them in the oven instead. Campfire memories, activated!

Third step 3: Hit the grill

7. Weber Precision Grill Tongs & Spatula Set, $40.99

Is it just us, or does every home have (beloved) 10-year-old tongs? It pays to upgrade with the Weber Precision Grill Tongs & Spatula Set, designed specifically for repositioning foods effortlessly on the grill. Use the three-sided precision tongs to rotate narrow chicken skewers, or use the sturdy spatula to turn over looser-than-you’d-like salmon patties. Plus the 23-inch length helps you avoid the grill’s heat. Made from dishwasher-safe stainless steel, the tongs and the spatula also have soft-touch handles for those locked into a long night of grilling. There’s zero excuse for having “no space” for this set—the tongs clamp together for easy storage.

8. Escali DH3 Folding Digital Thermometer, $21.99

Chicken’s on the BBQ; you’ve set the table and passed the time with a glass of wine. Skip watching the clock and get the Escali DH3 Folding Digital Thermometer, which measures the internal temperature of your meat to ensure it's fully cooked. Safety feature aside, we love how this digital thermometer lists target cooking temperatures for chicken, turkey, pork, beef, veal, lamb, and precooked ham so you don’t have to Google—or, worse, guess.

9. Cuisinart Sliding Skewers (Set of 4), $14.99

Easy to layer and even easier to eat, kebabs can’t be beat. Elevate your food-on-a-stick game with the stainless steel Cuisinart Sliding Skewers, which work double (prong) duty to keep your kebabs from rolling all around on the grill. Plus each of the four skewers allows for 11 inches of stacked chicken, steak, and veggies—enough to feed the family in one round of grilling. When you’re ready to eat, simply push the built-in sliders down the skewers to get your dinner plated.