Grilling Shopping Guide: Tools and Accessories

We put together some of our favorite items for your backyard cookout and summer get-togethers.

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Organic Basil Garden Jar, $20

Enhance your favorite summer salads and pasta dishes with some fresh torn basil leaves from your own Mason jar garden. This self-watering herb kit is particularly handy for those without access to an outdoor gardening space.

Avocado Cutting Board, $35

This eye-catching cutting board by artist Elisabeth Fredriksson is a must-have for the "avo" addicts out there. Use it for prepping all of your favorites: guacamole, avocado toast and more.

Ice Pop Molds, $40

Enjoy refreshing homemade pops on a whim all summer long with the help of these stainless steel molds fitted with reusable bamboo sticks.

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Filtron Cold Brewer, $50

This coffee gadget is easy to use, consistent and makes a big batch of cold brew concentrate — which is ideal when caffeinating a crowd at barbecues and summer brunch parties. Be sure to plan ahead though: The initial brew takes 12 to 24 hours, but you’ll be energetically thanking yourself for it later.

PitMaster Grill Tool, $30

This versatile grilling companion combines three helpful features into a single utensil: a flipper hook for turning food on the grill, an 8-inch chef's knife for slicing, and even a bottle opener (though we don't suggest using all three at once!).

Chef'n Ice Cream Sandwich Maker, $20

Are you as nostalgic for this ice cream truck classic as we are? Now you can make them at home using your favorite ice cream flavors and cookie or brownie batter. This stackable mold from Williams-Sonoma makes it easy: First, bake the cookies in the silicone molds, then fill with ice cream and freeze.

Tovolo Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker, $15

Streamline your bar cart for another season of outdoor entertaining with this multipurpose cocktail strainer. The easy-to-remove silicone top is designed to handle reaming, juicing, measuring and straining.

Melon Slicer, $6

We all love a slice of cold watermelon on a hot summer day, but no one wants the responsibility of cutting through the rind with a large and unwieldy knife. This handy device allows you to dish out perfect melon slices safely with some simple sleight of hand.

All-Clad 5-Piece Barbecue Set, $120

The barbecue aficionado in your life will get many hours of enjoyment — and great grilled meals — out of this durable stainless steel tool set.

Clamp LED Grill Light, $25

Keep the party going past sundown with this handy grill light that clamps onto your outdoor grill handle.

Guac-Lock, $20

When it comes to food letdowns, is there a bigger disappointment than browned guacamole? Not that we can name. Thankfully, the good folks at Casabella have solved this one for us: This handy device locks in freshness to prevent browning and even doubles as a serving dish!

8-Person Classic Raclette Party Grill, $115

Think of the raclette as summer's take on the fondue pot: Guests can gather 'round and prepare their own food by adding vegetables, chicken, brats and more to the hot grates. This way, the host isn't stuck dutifully monitoring the grill while everyone else mingles.

Pineapple Ice Cube Tray, $6

Garnish your favorite summer cocktails with festive pineapple-shaped ice cubes straight from this handy silicone tray.

Pre-Soaked Cedar Planks, $5

If you enjoy the flavor of cedar-grilled meat, seafood and vegetables, chances are you could do without waiting for the planks to soak. These cedar planks are presoaked and ready for grilling, so there’s no need to commandeer the kitchen sink.

Kitchen Conversion Cutting Board, $30

Your cobbler recipe measures ingredients in metric, but you're only familiar with U.S. customary. There's no need to throw in the towel; this durable wooden cutting board does the conversions for you.