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How to make your grill non-stick

Posted by  ·  September 3, 2013  ·  Last Updated: May 29, 2016

Do you want to know how to make your grill non-stick? This is a a great tip!  We love a good household tip here at Skip to my Lou.  I mean who doesn’t want to know how to make life easier! Did you know a simple mixture of two ingredients you have right in your pantry will make your shower sparkle? I can also share how to unclog your drain with two ingredients! This tip saved me over $100.  My husband tried everything to unclog our kitchen sink, even a 25 foot snake. He finally gave up and I was able to show him how to unclog a drain naturally! We actually both were shocked at how well it worked.

My cute new nephew-in-law, Tyler, is here to share this amazing tip with us!

How to make your grill non-stick naturally

grilling tip rub onion to make non stick surface

I couldn’t believe this worked! To make your grill non-stick all you need to do is cut an onion in half and rub the cut side on the heated grill grate.

grilling tip
It really works!

grilling tip rub onion on grill

These burgers didn’t stick one bit!

grilling tip non-stick burgers

Now that is an amazing tip!

Grill Recipes

Now that your grill is non-stick it is time to get grilling!

We love to make homemade pizza on the grill.

This balsamic bbq sauce is fabulous! We especially love it on pork steaks! YUM!

It only takes a few ingredients for this Spicy Grilled Chicken. It makes for an easy dinner recipe.


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  1. Ikari
    Friday, April 8th, 2016
    Vegetable oil and a paper towel work just fine too, Linda.
  2. Crystal
    Thursday, April 7th, 2016
    I love the Tip and those burgers look delicious, but WoW Tyler.....probably taste better. Very Cute.
  3. Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
    Wonderful post!! When grilling fish, quite common in our family, Cooks recommends doing the oil wipe a number of times, up to 12, allowing the grill to recover after each wipe. Thanks.
  4. Linda
    Saturday, January 2nd, 2016
    Unfortunately, my friend is allergic to onions, so that wouldn't work for him. Let me know if you find something other than onions that will make the grill non stick. Thanks.
  5. Richard
    Monday, June 29th, 2015
    Preheated grill as instructed. Rubbed cut side of red onion on hot grill over completely, put on chicken. Stuck miserably.
    • Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
      Hi Richard, make sure the chicken is not turned too quickly. Allow it to get a sear/crust before flipping. Hope this helps. We have great luck with the onion!
  6. oscar
    Sunday, June 28th, 2015
    This is an old MExican tip
  7. Mary Dailey
    Saturday, June 27th, 2015
    Sure beats the time I rubbed olive oil on the grill and caught the thing on a full-blazing fire and had to put it out with baking soda. Burned my chicken too! LOL Trying this for sure!
  8. Necta Nelson
    Friday, June 26th, 2015
    thanks definately will try out and share with friends & famiy!
  9. kymi a
    Friday, June 26th, 2015
    I'm going to try this great grilling tip! Thanks for sharing
  10. Nikki F.
    Monday, June 22nd, 2015
    Great tip. My only tip is for the best flavor with chicken is to marinate it in the refrigerator before grilling.
  11. Terry
    Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
    Yes, Tyler is quite cute. If he's available I have a really beautiful niece named Abby. I think they'd make a very cute couple!
    • Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
      Haha Tyler is a cutie but very taken!
  12. Cesar
    Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
    Since I was a little boy, that's how my father taught me to clean the grill. It's so weird/awesome that people are now being aware of this easy way to clean it.
  13. PEGGY
    Sunday, April 26th, 2015
    darling, absulutly marvelous
  14. ali
    Sunday, April 19th, 2015
    Should u use onion everytime u grill? For it to be nonstick?
  15. Deniz
    Friday, April 10th, 2015
    Believe me it works! This method is being used by every Turkish person for a long long time... ;)
  16. Sondra
    Monday, March 2nd, 2015
    Hi! You don't even have to use that much onion for wiping the grill! I've been doing this for years and what I started doing was using the top/bottom part of the onion that you usually cut off and discard. I stick the end onto the grilling fork and rub the grill with that.
  17. Anne
    Sunday, February 15th, 2015
  18. Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
    Great tip! Definitely using it for next grilling season!
  19. Heather
    Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
    I need the burger recipe please!
  20. Marge Brown
    Thursday, October 30th, 2014
    We put a sheet of foil on the cold grates before cooking, heat to 400 and grill is clean when foil is removed...
  21. Ange
    Sunday, June 29th, 2014
    Great tip. Thanks for sharing! Going to try it this weekend.
  22. Joanne Esposito
    Friday, June 27th, 2014
    Thanks for the tip can't wait to try it we'll be camping heaps when the weather warms up
  23. Yoda
    Sunday, June 8th, 2014
    This makes me remember that my dad would always use a cut potato to prepare a cast iron skillet for use. It that case it's the starch. I don't know what element the onion brings 'to the table', unless it's sugar, but it's worth a try.
  24. Joan M
    Sunday, June 8th, 2014
    Your nephew also resembles Michael Buble' a bit. Great tip, by the way.
  25. Virjinia
    Saturday, June 7th, 2014
    Great idea!!! now what's THE RECIPE FO(R THE BURGER!!!??
    Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
    I've always done that. Growing up I saw my dad doing it to clean of the old food but never realized it kept it from sticking. It does not make your grilled food taste like onions. And its better than using a dirty grill brush all the time.
  27. Cindy
    Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
    Makes me think the person stole it from you.
  28. Cindy
    Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
    Yeah, we all saw this tip on Katie a couple of days ago:

  29. Cheryl
    Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
    Thanks for the tip! Your nephew resembles Leonardo DiCaprio!!
  30. Kathy Litten
    Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
    What a cool idea! And what a hot nephew! Lolol! Thanks for the great tip! I love onions and I always have them on hand so this is great for me!
    Thank you for this!
  31. jo
    Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
    ur nephew i law in the 1st pic looks like leanardo dicaprio--- also have a hint...to get the onion smell off ur hands - rub them on stainless steel - sink, takes the smell off very well!
  32. Di
    Monday, June 2nd, 2014
    I put my grills in the oven and clean them once a year as the oven is self cleaning.
  33. brandi
    Thursday, May 29th, 2014
    Nice tip with the onion and what a hottie of a nephew!! That's really why I wanted to comment. ;) He looks Leonardo DiCaprio-ish. :))
  34. beverly Sullivan
    Sunday, May 18th, 2014
    Thanks for sharing such an easy awesome idea. We love the handy little tricks to help make grilling easy for summer. Now more time for sipping a margarita while grilling.

    Bev From Peoria, Illinois
  35. olga solomon
    Saturday, May 17th, 2014
    enoyed the hint lately I have heard a lot of miracles from onions
  36. Jim Douglass
    Saturday, May 17th, 2014
    That is totally awesome! Who cares if it adds onion taste? I love onions!
    • Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
      I really don't think it adds an onion taste.
  37. Jim
    Saturday, May 17th, 2014
    I don't clean the grate after cooking. I allow the juices from whatever I've cooked to protect the grate until the next use. Then I fire up the grill to about 700 degrees F, clean the now burned juices off of the grate, turn the heat down to where I need for the dish I'm cooking then, using tongs, put cooking oil on a paper towel & wipe on the grate. Throw the oiled paper towel away, much cheaper than wasting 1/2 of an onion each time I grill, which in FL is about 4 -5 times a week on average.
  38. Kelley P
    Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
    I understand why oil on the very hot grill makes it non-stick - layers of oil heated to the point of polymerization creates a long lasting non-stick surface. Does the sugar in the onion do the same thing?
  39. Daniel
    Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
    The reason this worked is because the grill was already heated.
    The way to make your grill non stick the whole season is to dip your onion in a fat/oil of your choice (I use bacon grease) and then apply to grill.
    Try not to use a steal brush on your grill and every time you do, reapply the onion oil combo.
  40. Myles
    Saturday, January 25th, 2014
    We traditionally pour a fresh cold beer on the barbie hotplate to clean it.
    Then sliced onions are placed on the hotplate, so I guess we have been doing this for years. Sausages maybe added at this time to add fat to the surface, so when the burgers, steak, fish etc are then cooked easily.
    ɹǝpunuʍop ǝıssnɐ
  41. Jenny
    Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
    Does this hace yo be done racha time The grill is going ti be used?
  42. Mary
    Sunday, September 8th, 2013
    Fantastic idea...will give it a try! Where's the recipe for the burger...looks so gooodddd!!!!!!
  43. Melissa
    Friday, September 6th, 2013
    I'm assuming you have rub an onion on each time you grill?
  44. Nikki
    Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
    I think I would believe anything if your nephew demonstrates it ! What a cutie ! =?
  45. Sharon Johnstone
    Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
    Thankyou for the great tip and Tyler could come visit and cook on our barby one day ;) All yhe way to NZ?? LOL
    Wll definatley be using this tip this summer as we've just began our spring.
  46. Shannon
    Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
    Awesome tip and your nephew Tyler is just adorable! Thanks for sharing both! :)
  47. Suzanne
    Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
    I had no idea. I wonder why it works!
  48. Karen Alldredge
    Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
    I love this idea, all natural and something you easily have on hand!
  49. Laura Reese
    Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
    Awesome Tip! Love it. I am sending a few your way...
  50. Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
    Why I've never heard of such a thing! I can't wait to try it!! Thanks a million.
  51. Tea
    Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
    Did this make the food taste like onion?
    • Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
      Hi Tea, it didn't seem to make the food taste like onion, but the burgers already had onion in them so it was hard to tell.