Microwave Grilling Like a Pro: 10 Things You Need to Know About Using a Microwave Grill

Written by Adam Morris
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How to Use a Microwave Grill

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Microwave grills are a fantastic kitchen helper, as they reduce the time taken to prepare meals and reduce the number of dirty dishes. They feature a heating element and a fan to circulate hot air like an oven, allowing you to grill food quickly and evenly. Before using your microwave grill, it's important to be aware of the settings and utensils that can safely be used.

1. What are the settings for using a microwave grill?
2. What utensils can be used with a microwave grill?
3. What should be avoided in the microwave grill?
4. What items are safe to use with a microwave grill?
5. What are some best practices when using a microwave grill?
6. How can you know if something is safe to put in the microwave grill?
7. How do you use the ‘Combination' mode of a microwave grill?
8. How do you find out which setting is Grill only on a microwave grill?
9. What is the difference between the ‘Grill’ and ‘Combination’ mode of a microwave grill?
10. Is it necessary to close the door of a microwave grill when cooking?

Microwave Grill Settings

To use the microwave grill feature, press the 'Grill' button and use the dial to set the grilling time. The timer allows you to add standing time after the grill cycle is complete, which ensures even cooking. Using a combination of the ‘Grill’ and ‘One-Touch Cooking’ modes makes it easier to cook small portions, as the microwave will automatically switch from one mode to the other. Depending on the model of the microwave, some even have a ‘Combination’ mode, which combines microwaving and grilling.

Utensils for a Microwave Grill

It is important to use the correct utensils with a microwave grill. Utensils made of glass, ceramic, porcelain, or specialty heatproof plastics are all safe to use in a microwave. Aluminum foil, wire twist ties, plastic wrap, and anything without a lid should not be placed in the microwave grill, as they can cause sparks, melt, and become distorted if heated.

Testing Safe Utensils

If you're unsure if a utensil or dish is safe to use, place it in with a microwave-safe jug half filled with water and run the microwave on full power for 2-3 minutes; if the dishes are still cool, then they are safe.

Best Practices for Using a Microwave Grill

Best practices for using the microwave grill feature include:

  • Placing a heatproof plate underneath the wire rack to protect the interior surface of the microwave.
  • Not using the ‘Combination’ setting for small portion sizes, as this may result in overcooked food.
  • Avoiding exterior areas such as door panels, ventilation openings etc. when positioning the food near the heating element.
  • Cleaning the interior of the microwave regularly to prevent food debris from burning.

When using the microwave grill, always make sure the food is positioned near the middle of the wire rack and the door is closed to ensure the food cooks evenly. For larger dishes and thicker cuts of meat, cooked on the highest setting, it is recommended to add an extra 30 seconds of cooking time. This will ensure the food is cooked thoroughly and evenly throughout.

By following these guidelines, you'll get the most out of your microwave grill functionality and enjoy perfectly cooked food every time.

Expert Tip

When using the microwave grill, feel free to experiment with different utensils and dishes. Just remember to test them first by running a water test according to the instructions above, and to avoid plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and any other flammable materials.

Take Care with Electronics

When using the microwave grill, take extra caution and avoid getting liquids near the electronics components. Any liquids that come into contact with the internal wiring could cause a short circuit, which can be dangerous and expensive to repair.

Keep an Eye on Your Food

It is important to keep an eye on your food when it is cooking in the microwave grill. Be sure to stop the cooking cycle if it appears as though the food is beginning to burn. Depending on the type of food you are grilling, you may need to turn it over halfway through the cooking time. This ensures the food is cooked evenly, so you don't end up with half-cooked pieces.

Allow Time to Cool Down

When the timer shows that the cooking cycle has ended, leave the food inside the microwave for a few minutes before removing it to let it cool down. This will help it cook more evenly and reduce the chances of burning yourself.

Avoid Using Spray-On Oils

It is best not to use spray-on oils when cooking in the microwave grill as they can emit smoke and leave the interior of the microwave greasy. Instead, use a paper towel to lightly oil the food before placing it in the microwave.

Preheat the Grill

Like in a regular oven, it is important to preheat the microwave grill before cooking. To do this, turn the microwave on for a few seconds and then turn it off before using it to cook. This ensures the heating element is hot enough to start cooking before the food is placed inside.

Check Food Temperatures

The best way to ensure the food has been cooked thoroughly is to use a meat thermometer. This will give you an accurate reading on the food's temperature to ensure it is safe to eat.

Let Steam Out

Once the cooking cycle has ended, allow some of the steam to escape by opening the door slightly, before removing your food. This helps prevent condensation from forming on the cooked food.

Cleaning the Microwave Grill

When cleaning the microwave grill, wait until it has cooled down first and then unplug the appliance. Wipe the interior with a damp cloth or sponge, taking care not to get the interior too wet. To clean the utensils, use a mild dishwashing liquid solution.

Safety Tips

Some other safety tips when using the microwave grill include:

  • Do not use metal containers or utensils inside the microwave, as these can cause sparks.
  • Do not heat up empty dishes - food should always be in them.
  • Do not leave the food unattended for long periods of time.


With a few simple tips and some practice, using a microwave grill can be a quick and easy way to whip up delicious meals. Remember to use the correct utensils and settings, and to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully, and you'll be grilling like a pro in no time!

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