A good grill spatula is integral to your grilling, as it’s an extension of you arm and your cooking technique. A spatula that will easily handle fish, meat, poultry, and even pizza does not have to be expensive, but you have to know what features to look for.
1. A Long Handle and a Long Blade
You can’t use a traditional kitchen spatula for a grilling utensil, because both the handle and the blade are too short. A long handle keeps your hands from getting burned. A long blade expands your turning capability for larger foods.
2. A Thin Blade
Most BBQ spatulas are designed for eyewash, not utility. A hearty, thick squarish blade may look good, but it’s exactly the opposite of what works on a grill. A thin blade allows you to gently slide your spatula between the grill plate and the food to ensure it’s not sticking. A thin blade is less likely to tear flakey meats like fish. It has a little flex to it, allowing you to work your spatula with the precision of a surgeon.
Some reviewers have complained that this spatula is too flexible. I disagree for two reasons. One, you can’t have it both ways. Either you use a thicker blade and lose the capability to deftly work your spatula between the grill and the food, or you limit your weight capability slightly with a flexible blade. If the blade flexes too much for your liking, then it’s probably a good time to switch to tongs, like these. You don’t need anything fancy–these tongs are what I’ve used for years.
3. A Wood Handle
A wood handle not only looks and feels good; it insulates the grill heat from your hands. A plastic handle will get hot and may eventually melt, and a stainless steel handle may conduct heat. Wood is the best material.
I’ve found a terrific grill spatula that 1) meets all the above criteria, and 2) costs around $12. I seriously love this utensil, and strongly recommend you pick one up now. The quality is good, and the price is unbelievably low for the product. You get a full 21″ long, commercial grade, stainless steel thin blade spatula with a riveted wood handle for around $12.
My only negative is there’s no hanging hook in the handle, but grill spatulas engineered for speed rarely have them . I simply drilled a small hole in the handle, and tied a loop with a leather shoelace I picked up from a fabric store for $.39.