Updated on Aug 3, 2020. Posted on Jul 31, 2020

    15 Products People Swear By For Cooking Outdoors

    From a pizza oven that makes restaurant-quality pies to an affordable grill that cooks like a million bucks.

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    When it comes to cooking during the summertime, there's nothing better than grilling, smoking, and barbecuing outdoors. Here are some awesome products for anyone who looks cooking al fresco.

    1. A reliable Webber charcoal grill that cooks like a much more expensive grill, but won't cost you a fortune: it holds its temperature, has a large cooking area, cooks food evenly, and is easy to clean.

    Jay via Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this grill! I'd been wanting to buy it for almost a year and am so excited to finally have it. I had my first barbecue outside and the Webber was fantastic. I was able to fit burgers, hot dogs, potatoes, and pineapple on the surface at the same time. There's lots of space to cook various foods at once. I love the easy ash cleanup thanks to the bottom bucket. This product is very sturdy and stable, and I put it together in 10 minutes." —Dani L.

    Get it from Amazon for $165+ (available in three colors)

    2. A deluxe grilling tools set with a protective case containing grill tongs, a cleaning brush, a silicone basting brush, corn holders, skewers, aka just about everything you'll need for barbecuing.

    A set of grilling tools including a basting brush, cleaning brush, and tongs, in a protective case.
    Wayfair / Via wayfair.com

    Promising review: "What I love about the BBQ tool set is the strength of the tools. Everything is stainless steel. The grill brush is strong and the spatula, skewers and BBQ brush all seem like they can stand up to a good few summers of hardcore grilling. Even the tongs, which have been described in some reviews as less than stellar, have thus far seemed to be just fine." —Mark

    Get it from Wayfair for $64.99 (normally $69.99).

    3. A gas-powered pizza oven that reaches over 900 degrees F and cooks pizzas in 60 seconds, producing restaurant-style pies at home (and yes, they really come out that good).

    A pizza cooking inside the Ooni portable outdoor pizza oven.
    Ooni via Instagram / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I was hesitant to buy this because I was afraid of the learning curve, but since I'm at home on lockdown I decided to take the leap. I wish I had bought this product sooner — we love our Ooni. It is so easy to use and makes the best pizza ever!!" —Anne B

    Get it from Ooni for $329.

    4. Or an easy-to-clean ceramic pizza stone to sit right on top of your grill, gets super hot, and helps achieve delightfully crispy pizza crust.

    A pizza cooking on the ceramic pizza stone on a grill.
    Food52 / Via food52.com

    Promising review: "This turned out to be the exact product I needed to make great homemade pizza. The family agrees - the crust is much more authentically crispy now. The stone stays very hot, and one must be careful while moving the pizza from the stone. That being said, it's easy to clean once it cools down. —Angela

    Get it from Food52 for $50+.

    5. A heavy duty, stainless-steel melting dome that not only melts cheese on hamburgers or in quesadillas, but also keeps food moist while cooking.

    A hand holding the melting dome over pieces of chicken.
    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "We recently bought a blackstone flattop griddle and we use it all the time, especially when used in conjunction with this product. If you want to cook perfect, restaurant-quality hamburgers or chicken, this is the secret. The "dome" keeps the heat and moisture, a must have for all backyard chefs." — MikeSmith

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    6. A stainless-steel grilling basket to contain smaller foods like grilled veggies and shrimp, and prevents them from falling through the grates.

    Bacon-wrapped shrimp and more shrimp in the grilling basket.
    Sunshine via Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is the best way to cook fish shrimp on the grill. I have been making aluminum foil pans so my food won't stick to a hot grill, but this product is even better because it creates nice grill marks and good texture. The lockable grill grates lock foods in place and enable easy flipping. It's a good design and easy to use." —Jenny

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    7. A pair of magnetic, adjustable LED lights you can attach to your grill to help you see while you're cooking at night.

    A barbecue with skewers and vegetables cooking, lit up by a pair of magnetic lights at night.
    Ron T. via Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: I love these lights. They cover the grill perfectly and thanks to the magnetic base, I can move them as needed. I also like the storage case that comes with them. The lights are very bright for their size, and they can be adjusted from spot to flood light." —Just another guy

    Get a pair from Amazon for $14.99.

    8. A pair of heat-resistant, nonslip grilling gloves to protect your hands while you cook on a flaming hot barbecue.

    A hand protected by the non-slip, heat-resistant grilling gloves, holding kebab over the barbecue.
    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love these gloves, I’ve never been more confident grilling! I got them for my husband, but ended up using them myself. They are grippy and thick enough that I don’t feel the heat from the BBQ. At the same time, these have great control and are thin enough that I can still bend my fingers and easily pick up food." —A. Trotta

    Get a pair from Amazon for $12.99.

    9. A portable Cuisinart vertical smoker that doesn't take up a ton of space, costs less than comparable products, and slow-cooks anything from turkey to brisket and imparts delicious flavor to your meat.

    California Native via Amazon / Via amazon.com, Mark Adamowicz via Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "So far I've smoked a pork tenderloin, chickens, Cornish game hens, a prime rib, and an 18-pound turkey. I couldn't be happier with the way everything has turned out. This product is incredibly easy to use: you just set the temperature, put the meat inside the smoker, and walk away. It doesn't use an open flame so it's great for apartment balconies where you might not be allowed to grill. Cooking and cleaning are both easy, and I'd recommend this product for beginners and experts alike." —William H.

    Get it from Amazon for $183.99.

    10. A dishwasher-safe burger press for making perfectly shaped patties that cook evenly for your summer cookouts.

    Three perfectly shaped hamburger patties next to the burger press.
    kkjar via Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "This simple press is a great way to make perfect, consistent patties. I use it for beef, chicken, sausage or turkey. Works great and is easy to use and clean. I definitely recommend." — Stanley Gimshewicz

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    11. A trusty ThermoPro digital meat thermometer to ensure anything you're grilling — from thick steaks to chicken breasts — is properly cooked through and safe to enjoy.

    Someone holding the meat thermometer into a piece of chicken to read its temperature.
    happycamper via Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "This product takes the guesswork out of grilling because you know exactly when meat is cooked to perfection. It is especially useful when cooking a large piece of meat that isn't one uniform thickness. The temperature display reveals in seconds which part of the meat cooked through and where it's undercooked. It's such a useful device, and takes all the stress out of grilling meat. I can’t grill without it now." —ChicFlic

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    12. A pre-seasoned Lodge cast-iron skillet that you can place over a grill or a campfire to make anything from fajitas to pizza.

    Chicken and pepper cooking in a cast iron skillet on the grill.
    ESPO via Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "On the stove, in the oven, on the grill, or sitting right down in the coals of a campfire...nothing heats as well and as evenly as cast iron. I got the 12-inch skillet, which is big enough for six quarter-pound burgers, lumberjack-size pancakes, a couple trout or bass, and it's deep enough to bake an upside-down cake for dessert. This skillet is big enough to cook enough for the whole family at once, so there's only one pan to clean up." Jack H

    Get a 12" skillet from Amazon for $35.21 (available in multiple sizes from 3.5"-15").

    13. A set of nonstick, dishwasher safe Grillaholics grill mats – place them directly on top of your grill to ensure food doesn't stick to or fall through the grates.

    Chicken, peppers, and chorizo cooking on top of the non-stick grill mats on the grill.
    NinersLady via Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "We love this product! We started with burgers and soon moved on to grilling veggies, chorizo and pork chops on top of these mats. Nothing sticks or falls through the grill racks, and the meats retain all their juices so the final product is flavorful and cooked through. These were a great investment and I recommend them to everyone!"—NinersLady

    Get a set of two mats from Amazon for $21.95.

    14. A Himalayan salt plank that sits on top of your grill and adds a subtle, delicious flavor to anything from meat to seafood without any added salt.

    Asparagus and tomatoes on the Himalayan salt block on top of a grill.
    Uncommon Goods / Via uncommongoods.com

    Promising review: "The flavor this little plank adds to whatever you're cooking is incredible, and it's so easy to use and clean. It makes food taste 10 times better. I couldn't be happier with my purchase." —Jill

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $30.

    15. A heat-resistant stainless-steel basting brush (plus back-up brush heads!) for applying sauces, glazes, and oils to your meat while grilling.

    A basting brush rubbing a marinade onto a piece of meat.
    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "This brush is easy to use easy, easy to clean, and the extra brush heads are great when you're using different sauces. The handle length is perfect on the barbecue. It's not so long that it's clumsy and cumbersome, but not so short that you burn your hand reaching over the barbecue. The handle also doesn't get very hot to the touch." —DAN

    Get it from Amazon for $11.39.