Let’s face it, your dad does NOT need another tie or coffee mug. If you really do have the World’s Best Dad, get him something that will keep him happy and productive. There’s only one problem: good Father’s Day gifts are sometimes a pain to find.
I’ve got you covered if you’re in the market for presents that will please a grill enthusiast dad. Here is my comprehensive list of the best Father’s Day gifts, with a BBQ grill twist, so you don’t have to settle for giving dad a goofy Kiss the Cook apron.
I’ll talk you through a wide variety of possible grilling gifts—from luxury items like gas grills to budget-friendly but absolutely essential outdoor cooking accessories. If your dad likes the live-fire cooking life, he’ll be pretty pleased with these.
And if my daughter happens to be reading this blog (because I sent it to her): Scroll down to the grilling ingredients section, honey!
This is the cooker, in the center of my outdoor kitchen counter, that changed the game for me and is definitely the ultimate grilling gift. I’ve spent a year using the Lynx Napoli Oven to do just about anything in any weather. I’ve made pizza in the snow, cooked up killer mac ‘n’ cheese in the rain, and prepared lamb so good I didn’t have any leftovers for my sliders.
The secret here is the Lynx’s ability to achieve and maintain high-heat. Unlike wood burning ovens that offer similar cook experiences, the Lynx heats up hot (700°F-plus degrees) in less than half the time. No need to babysit wood or wait an hour—just turn the knob and you’re almost ready to start cooking with this gas grill. This cooker is the dream machine of many grill enthusiasts.
At its price point, this is probably the most high-end Father’s Day gift on the list, but the Lynx is an investment piece that dad will cherish forever. He may even pass it on to you one day—you can’t say that about a gourmet gift basket!!
If your dad is looking for a way to bring his grilling indoors, don’t let him drag the Weber to the garage. Instead, get him one of the best electric grills I’ve ever tested, the Tenergy Redigrill. Easy to set up, dishwasher safe, and able to grill up some of the best burgers I’ve ever tasted, the Tenergy Redigrill is an excellent smokeless grill that should be on every kitchen counter.
Powered by two infrared bulbs, this grill achieves and maintains high-heat with ease. We put this grill through its paces and found that it’s an incredible value for your household. On the days when outdoor cooking just isn’t in the cards (I’ve been told a few times that some people don’t like to grill in the rain—go figure), dad can pull out the Tenergy Redigrill and bring the thrill of the cookout to the kitchen counter.
Best Grilling Accessories
Now, I know what you’re thinking: Gosh Matt, the author of that book looks so handsome and familiar… But even though that author is devastatingly handsome, let’s focus on the content of the book and why it’s essential for every home cook.
When I wrote Grill Seeker: Basic Training for Everyday Grilling, I wanted to bring grill enthusiasts together. Everyone knows (or thinks they know) how to fire up burgers and hot dogs for a cookout, but there’s so much more to grilling than those basic dishes. In this book, I’ve carefully broken down creative and delicious recipes that will help you get grilling every night of the week. I’ve got ideas for full meals—from appetizers to desserts—budget friendly cooking tips, and useful advice to make sure whatever dad cooks ends up looking just like the picture on the page. It really is an excellent addition to any grill tool set. Give this to dad and watch him fire up the grill every day.
A reliable thermometer is a griller’s best friend. An instant read thermometer is a grilling gift that will help dad check the temperature of his food and ensure you won’t be eating the dreaded hockey puck burger that haunts so many cookouts.
I’ve long been a fan of Thermoworks products, they’re reliable, fast, and come in 10 snazzy colors so you can coordinate it with a grilling gift basket, if you choose. The Mk4 will give an accurate reading in less than three seconds and is my personal go-to for all cooking temp checks.
Don’t make your dad flip steaks by hand. An excellent set of tongs and a sturdy spatula are essential tools for any griller. Often overlooked, a good grill tool set will help your dad get the cook he wants without burning himself or spearing his proteins with a salad fork and flipping them (I’ve seen some things you wouldn’t believe at community picnics). This present has the added bonus of making mom happy, because a grill tool set means dad will stop stealing her spatula from the kitchen.
Best Grilling Tools
Cast iron skillets are an essential kitchen tool, but many people don’t know just how useful they are for outdoor grills. I use them to make my Cheddar and Jalapeño Cornbread, my Frachos, and whenever I want to reverse sear a steak. A high-quality cast iron skillet is one of those Father’s Day gifts that will last a lifetime.
When you’re working with meats, it’s essential to have a reliable, sharp knife. Dull knives lead to accidental cuts. So, if you’re considering putting together a grilling gift basket for Father’s Day, make sure you include a quality, sharp knife. This is a great cooking gift for chefs of all levels.
Best Grilling Ingredients
I usually like to make my own sauces and rubs–that way you can customize them as you like–but occasionally, I come across a blend of cooking spices that can’t be surpassed. Grab some Grunt Rub from Code 3 Spices to slip into your grilling gifts and watch how it transforms your dad’s cooking. Grunt Rub’s flavorful garlic blend will bring out deep notes in your chicken, pork, or beef–it’s even great shaken over some popcorn.
The bonus with patronizing Code 3 Spices is that every bottle you buy earns a donation to a military charity.
If you’ve visited the site before, you probably know I’m a bit of a salmon snob, so it won’t surprise you to know I’m picky about where I get my fish. If you’re looking for unique Father’s Day gifts, an order from Salmon & Sable, a fisherman-direct business, fits the bill.
Run by Traveler Terpening, Salmon & Sable guarantees fresh-from-the-water taste with every order. The fish comes with recipe ideas (there are also some great recipes for salmon in my book) so every home cook can get started the moment the box arrives. Get your dad a share of Traveler’s catch and you’ll have him grilling up delicious, healthy food all year.
Omaha Steaks is the biggest name in home-meat delivery for a reason. With amazing products, ranging from red meat to poultry to ready-made meals to dog treats, there’s something for everyone at Omaha Steaks. If your dad loves a good char broil, pick a wide selection of proteins and compile an amazing Father’s Day gift basket. Whether you’re cooking it on a smokeless grill, a gas grill, or a pellet grill, Omaha Steaks will make a great meal.
If you’re interested making sure dad gets to experience some of the best proteins on the planet, consider splurging and ordering from the Private Reserve, where you’ll find wagyu beef. This is truly a Father’s Day gift idea that will please the whole family.
Now that you’ve got some ideas, it’s time to get shopping! Remember that the best Father’s Day gifts are ones from the heart, so this year buy a few grilling tools and ingredients, then spend the day with dad and the grill. If you and dad end up grilling together, be sure to tag me on Instagram and I’ll add you to the United By Flame community!