Grilling Tool: Grill Baskets for Vegetables

When we grill out, we frequently save the grill for the meat and make the other dishes inside. Usually we do this because it spreads out the work -- one cook mans the grill, another tends to the sides.

But if you do want charred, grilled vegetables to go with your steak (or if the vegetables are the main event), you might look into getting a grill basket. See our thoughts, below... We can think of two immediate reasons why this tool is a good idea. One, the grates on some grills are far enough apart that pieces of vegetable too easily fall through and are swallowed up by the flames. Two, flipping individual vegetable bits is tedious and tricky. Grill baskets let you shake and toss over the fire.

There are a lot of versions out there -- open-top baskets, grill woks, even a fish basket serves the same purpose.

The ones above are:
Non-Stick Grill Grid, $12.95 from Crate and Barrel. (left)
Chefmate Nonstick Adjustable Grill Basket, $9.99 from Target.

Anyone have tips for using a grill basket? Do you think they're helpful?

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(Images: Crate and Barrel; Target)

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