Get ready for grilling season with a hardy cast iron pan.
Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.
cast iron skillet on the grill
Credit: John D. Ivanko / Alamy Stock Photo

Cast-iron skillets are great for all-year-long cooking on the stovetop, but their ability to take serious heat means they're also great on a grill. If you're trying to keep your vegetables from slipping through the cracks, or contain a rustic galette, cornbread, or cobbler, a cast iron pan is a smart way to get the flavors you love without losing anything to the coals or flames.

We have a few favorites when it comes to choosing a cast iron, but the tried-and-true option is always Lodge's pre-seasoned 12-inch skillet. It's great for every style of cooktop, oven, grill, and even a campfire. The tool only improves with continued seasoning and regular use, as long as you dry it promptly after washing either with a dash of soap or none at all. (Check out more of our tips for caring for your cast iron).

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, 12-inch
shop it

If you're looking for recipes to use the cast iron tools you already own, just about any grilled option should work from classic steaks to fruits and vegetables. We rounded up some excellent options below for cooking on cast iron outside. From smoky grilled beans to sweet graham cracker-studded cake, here are five reasons a cast-iron skillet will be your go-to for summer grilling.

Easy Grilled Paella. Photo © Anson Smart
Credit: Anson Smart

2. Easy Grilled Paella

Get the recipe

To cook this seafood-and-chorizo paella, chef Pete Evans uses his grill as both a stovetop and an oven, simultaneously using direct and indirect heat.

Day 14: Grilled Philly Cheesesteaks
Credit: Marcus Nilsson

3. Grilled Philly Cheesesteaks

Get the recipe

Use a cast-iron skillet on the grill to make butcher Tom Mylan's incredible steak, onion, pepper, and cheese hoagies.

Skillet Graham Cake with Peaches and Blueberries
Credit: John Kernick

5. Skillet Graham Cake with Peaches and Blueberries

Get the recipe

Star chef Stephanie Izard's cake, which bakes on the grill, gets amazing flavor from graham crackers mixed into the batter.