Here Are 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Using a Gas Grills
Not preheating the grill.
Just because it’s a gas grill doesn’t mean you can skip the preheating step. It’s tempting to get cooking right away, but even though you just turned on some heat with a flick of a switch, you really need to wait a bit to let that heat transfer to the grates before throwing things down on them. Not only does this result in food with attractive grill marks, but it also helps prevent the food from sticking to the grates.
Follow this tip: Once you’ve turned on your grill, let it preheat with the lid closed for 10 to 15 minutes before starting to cook.
Starting with a dirty grill.
The last thing you probably want to do after a successful night of grilling, on top of the dishes you need to wash, is to clean the grill — but it’s important. Not only does it prevent last night’s blackened chicken bits from adhering to tonight’s hamburgers, but it also prevents your food from sticking to the grates.
Follow this tip: Ideally, try to clean the grill once it’s off and has cooled down a bit but is still warm enough that the leftover food bits haven’t hardened onto the grates. Otherwise, if you grill frequently, the next time you light the grill, clean it once it’s preheated (before you start cooking). Either way simply uses a grill brush to scrape off and remove any stuck-on food.
Not using those dials to control the heat.
Stop cranking up those dials — hotter isn’t always better. If you place your meat or vegetables over the hottest, most direct flames the entire time, they’re going to burn on the outside before fully cooking on the inside. Instead of turning on all the burners to high, create “zones” on your grill by turning the dial on one side to high heat and the other to low heat, so you can sear your food on the hottest side before transferring it to the cooler side to slowly finish cooking.
Follow this tip: Only turn the dial on one burner to high and leave the other either completely off or on very low heat to create two temperature zones for cooking.
Continually lifting the lid while your food cooks.
I know it’s hard not to peek, but if you keep that lid closed, your food will cook faster. Opening and closing the lid multiple times causes the grill to lose its heat, so your food will take longer to cook.
Follow this tip: Of course, you need to check to see how your food is cooking, but try to limit the number of times you open the grill’s lid to check.
Not having enough propane.
The worst thing that can happen when using a gas grill is having the propane run out halfway through cooking the meal. No one really wants to finish cooking those burgers inside on the stove, do they? Keep a watchful eye on your propane gas tank’s gauge throughout the grilling season to see when it’s getting low, and always make sure the valve is tightly closed after you’re finished using the grill for the night to prevent leakage. It’s also not a bad idea to keep an additional full tank on hand as a backup just in case.
Follow this tip: Keep an eye on your propane tank’s gauge so you’re aware when it’s low, always be sure to tightly close the tank’s valve when you’re done the grilling, and keep a full tank on hand as a backup.
Q. What can't you cook on a gas grill?
Lighting your grill with the lid closed may result in a hazardous buildup of gas, resulting in a fireball. When igniting your gas grill, keep the lid open. If the flame goes out, switch off the grill and the gas for at least five minutes before relighting. Owners of charcoal grills, you are not exempt.
Q. What causes gas grills to blow up?
What is the cause of gas grill explosions? The most prevalent causes of gas grill fires and explosions are "venting" and "odor fading," but there are more. As the pressure within the tank rises, a propane tank or canister will vent some gas via a safety valve.
Q. How long should a gas grill be preheated?
Preheat a gas grill to high (at least 500 degrees Fahrenheit) for 10 to 15 minutes.
Q. What happens if you leave the gas grill turned on?
In addition to safety concerns, keeping the tank valve open on an LP (propane) grill may easily result in the grill entering a decreased gas flow condition known as bypass. When in bypass mode, the grill will not achieve its normal cooking temperature range, often reaching no more than 250 to 300F.
Q. Is it better to grill with the lid open or closed?
When the lid is open, you have exact control over the heat striking one surface of your meal; when the lid is closed, the heat still acts on the bottom of the food, but it also takes up heat from the air around it, which might result in mixed outcomes.