How to Cook on a Rusty Grill


Grill grates get rusty, but that doesn't mean it's time to throw the entire grill away and buy a new one. Although there are ways to remove the rust and restore the grill to working order, if you are in a pinch and don't have time to restore the grill to its original condition, you can remove the loose rust and cover the grill to begin grilling those delicious burgers.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire brush
  • Soft cloth
  • Aluminum foil
  • Knife
  • Remove the grill grate from the base of the grill. Remove any loose rust with a wire brush. A few minutes of scrubbing will remove any surface rust and residue.

  • Wipe the grill clean with a soft cloth. Just because you don't have time to restore the grill at the moment, you should still do this.

  • Cover the entire grate with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Crimp the edges to secure it in place.

  • Use a knife to cut slits between the individual wires of the grate. Use your fingers to wrap the foil around each wire. All areas that will come in contact with food should be covered completely.

  • Replace the grate on the grill and light the grill.

  • Place food on the aluminum foil and grill as usual.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not cook food directly on rusted areas.

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