Name: Weber Style Porcelain-Enameled Cast Iron Plancha
Price: $89.99, available on Amazon
It looks like: A shiny, heavy dustpan—except without the handle.
What we were looking for: Popular in Spanish cooking, a plancha is a flat griddle that fits on top of gas or charcoal grill grates. Its surface puts a good sear on meat, chicken, or fish and also prevents smaller foods from falling through the grates. We wanted enough cooking space for four steaks with room to sauté thinly sliced onions and peppers without their spilling over the edge.
How we tested it: To see if the pan delivered what we wanted, we cooked steaks, scallops, and vegetables on it. We also challenged the plancha’s ability to prevent grease-ignited flames by cooking a pound of bacon at once.
How it actually works: Its 13¾ by 13¾-inch cooking surface gave us plenty of room. The Weber Plancha also minimized flare-ups—it uses a slightly sloped surface to direct the fat away from the food, out through a small hole in its lower side, bypassing the coals or heating element.
Good to know: The raised sides kept onions and peppers from spilling out.
My favorite part: Its square, roomy cast-iron surface gets good and hot. Plus it’s enameled, which kept food from sticking and made cleanup a breeze.
Overall: This plancha belongs in every griller’s arsenal. (See more of the Test Kitchen’s favorite grilling gadgets.)