Lodge 10.5-Inch Square Cast Iron Grill Pan

Last updated date: October 23, 2019

DWYM Score
9.1

Lodge 10.5-Inch Square Cast Iron Grill Pan

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 72 expert reviews, the Lodge Lodge 10.5-Inch Square Cast Iron Grill Pan placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note November 26, 2019:
Checkout The Best Grill Pan for a detailed review of all the top grill pans.

Expert Summarized Score
9.4
13 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.5
4,516 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
An industry veteran, the company has been making cookware since 1896—they certainly know what they’re doing.
- Biohackers Lab
Ready to use, the pan is pre-seasoned and offers optimum heat retention as well as even distribution of heat for the perfect cook.
- Noble Rate
If you like ribs, then you will no doubt want this grill pan for yourself. No synthetic coatings or chemicals have been used in the creation of this pan!
- Best of Machinery
October 1, 2019 | Full review
It’s ideal for low-fat cooking thanks to its ribbed bottom. This pan offers excellent heat retention an even cooking, ensuring desirable results each time.
- Heavy
December 31, 2018 | Full review
This is a 10.5 inch pan, which gives you enough space to grill your large piece of chicken or a steak. The grill pan also has a space for hanging your grill pan.
- Food Shark Marfa
It can be used on all cooking surfaces including oven.
- Cooking Pots 'n' Pans
January 19, 2017 | Full review
What I love about this grill pan is that it can be used on any heat source (except microwave): in the oven, on the stove, on a grill, over the campfire...you name it! That's why cast iron is the master of versatility.
- Kitchen Byte
This one of a kind girdle is affordable and ships backed by a limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.
- Buy The Best 10
The coating and enamel of this product are terrific.
- Village Bakery
August 2, 2019 | Full review
The sleek black color and heavy duty, solid feel will quickly make this one of your favorite pans to cook with. You can even use metal utensils on the surface if you choose.
- Thoroughly Reviewed
Plus it works on all cooking surfaces including grill, oven, and campfire. Works great for steak and burgers.
- Ah Joo
This awesome pan measures 10.5 inches in diameter. This is enough space to meet your cooking needs.
- Top Best Spec
The pre-seasoned surface is nonsticky thus making it super easy to clean after use.
- Globo Grills
March 7, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The ribbed bottom seems like it may make it difficult to heat food evenly. Only one size available.
- Biohackers Lab
Proper cleaning and maintenance is required for cast iron. The pan is relatively heavier than other pans. It is not 100% non-stick.
- Cooking Pots 'n' Pans
January 19, 2017 | Full review
The size of the Lodge grill pan is what I found problematic, at least for my needs. It "only" 10.5 inches, which is more than enough for one or two people, but for a family, I find it insufficient.
- Kitchen Byte
If you are a new user, then it is highly suggested not to allow the pan to stay wet for a long time.
- Village Bakery
August 2, 2019 | Full review
The pan is a little difficult to clean.
- Ah Joo
Little difficult to clean
- Globo Grills
March 7, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Lodge Cast Iron 10.25-inch square Grill Pan puts restaurant stripes on your grilled favorites like a pro. Helps with low fat cooking as the ribbed bottom pan lets you keep foods from simmering in fatty drippings. Cast-iron is a multi-functional cookware that works wonders with slow-cooking recipes and all your favorite foods. Cast iron loves a campfire, a stovetop, or an oven, and can slow-cook foods without scorching. It retains heat well so you can sear meat at higher temperatures and will keep your delicious meals warm for a long time. Whether used in a kitchen or camp, theses virtually indestructible cookware should last for generations. Made of cast iron, this cookware evenly distributes heat from the bottom through the sidewalls. Sporting a stylish black color, the cast iron grill pan looks good in most kitchens and it doubles up as an excellent source of nutritional iron. Cast Iron, like your grandmother used, still ranks as one of the best cooking utensils ever made. It gives you a nearly non-stick surface, without the possible harmful fumes generated by preheating chemically treated nonstick cookware. The American-based company, Lodge, has been fine-tuning its construction of rugged, cast-iron cookware for more than a century.

Overall Product Rankings

Lodge Pro-Grid Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle
1. Lodge Pro-Grid Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 11
Weber Small Aluminum Drip Pans
2. Weber Small Aluminum Drip Pans
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 0
Calphalon Aluminum Nonstick Square Grill Pan
3. Calphalon Aluminum Nonstick Square Grill Pan
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 10
Cuisinart Chef’s Classic 12-Inch Round Grill Pan
4. Cuisinart Chef’s Classic 12-Inch Round Grill Pan
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 6
Weber Deluxe Grilling Basket
5. Weber Deluxe Grilling Basket
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 2
Lodge 10.5-Inch Square Cast Iron Grill Pan
6. Lodge 10.5-Inch Square Cast Iron Grill Pan
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 13
Cuisinart Cast Iron Grill Pan
7. Cuisinart Cast Iron Grill Pan
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 3
Lodge 12-Inch Square Cast Iron Grill Pan
8. Lodge 12-Inch Square Cast Iron Grill Pan
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 4
Lodge Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle
9. Lodge Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
Gotham Steel Grill Pan
10. Gotham Steel Grill Pan
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Grill Pans

Grill pans are an excellent cooking tool that will help you get the sear you’re looking for, even if you need to prepare a meal indoors. In fact, our resident culinary expert and the co-chair of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Julie Chernoff says: “Grill pans are just the thing when it’s too cold or rainy to head out to your outdoor grill, or if you just have a small amount to grill.”

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Did you know that one of the first known meals cooked barbecue-style was mammoth ribs? It’s true! Archaeologists actually uncovered an old cooking pit back in 2009. While it’s safe to say you won’t be grilling mammoth for your family, you’ll most likely be preparing some kind of meat as the main course for your meal.

When you begin your search for the best grill pan, take a look at the materials used for construction.

“I prefer cast iron grill pans, as they retain heat better than stainless steel, and although heavier than stainless, are far better at mimicking the classic grill grates in terms of grill marks on your meats and veggies,” says Chernoff.

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The Lodge Pro-Grid Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle is an excellent choice, as it features a grill on one side and a griddle on the other. It’s also pre-seasoned and able to distribute heat evenly across the pan.

Another option is a grill pan made using a heavy gauge aluminum, like the Calphalon Aluminum Nonstick Square Grill Pan. When you go this route, you’ll need to make sure the pan has a nonstick coating. The Calphalon has not one, but three layers of nonstick coating. You won’t have any trouble with food sticking to the pan with this model.

Next, you’ll want to consider the pan’s shape.

“As far as shape, I recommend the square or rectangular grill pan, as they have more surface area than a round or oval pan,” says Chernoff.

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She goes on to point out that “the larger rectangular pans will cover two burners.” That makes them an excellent choice when cooking for a big family.

According to Chernoff, “the smaller, one-burner grill pans will have a handle, and the longer, the better. Those pans get hot and stay hot! This will, of course, make the pan heavier, so you will need a helper handle on the opposite side of the pan from the long handle, to make it easier to maneuver.” In addition to a long handle, Chernoff recommends choosing a pan with “nice deep ridges that will keep your food out of the grease that drips off during cooking.” The Cuisinart Chef’s Classic 12-Inch Round Grill Pan has a tapered drip-free rim that makes it a cinch to collect and pour out drippings.

Of course, there are also grill pans out there that are meant to be used just once. The disposable Weber Small Aluminum Drip Pans, for example, can be used with select grills to catch drippings, or used to prepare veggies or casseroles for a family picnic.

DWYM Fun Fact

Even though the Fourth of July is the most popular day of the year for grilling delicious foods, May is actually the official National Barbecue Month. Perhaps that is because May is when temperatures start to become more conducive to a host of outdoor activities, including dining out in the fresh air.

If you appreciate the art of grilling, you may enjoy learning a few interesting facts about this popular method of cooking.

  • 75% of the adults in America own either a grill or a smoker.
  • Of the individuals who own a grill, 63% of them actually use their grills monthly.
  • While the majority of adults list hamburgers and steaks as their favorite grilled food, the majority of children voiced their preference for hot dogs.
  • The top three reasons people barbecue are for the improved flavor, personal enjoyment and entertainment of friends and family.
  • A man named Johnny Fugitt actually ate at 365 barbecue joints over the course of a year just to determine which ones had the best grilled food.
  • The most commonly purchased grill tool is a set of tongs. The least commonly purchased grill tool is a rib rack.
  • There are actually two cities that claim to be the barbecue capital of America. They are Memphis and Kansas City. It’s actually Oklahoma that has the most barbecue restaurants though, with Georgia following close behind.

The Grill Pan Buying Guide

  • Review any guarantees or warranties offered by the company. You may be pleasantly surprised to discover that some models actually come with a lifetime warranty.
  • Make sure the grill pan you’re interested in fits your needs. Can it be used indoors on an oven, a grill or a stove? Can it be used outdoors on a grill or over a campfire?
  • Check to see if the grill pan is dishwasher safe. Some models are and some aren’t. Those that must be washed by hand are easier to clean if they have been given time to soak in a dishpan of hot soapy water. Should you have any tough stuck-on foods to contend with, use baking soda and a non-abrasive sponge to remove them.
  • Look to see whether your grill pan can be used with an induction cooktop. Some models aren’t compatible with induction cooking.
  • Certain grill pans are not safe for use with metal utensils, as they may pull up the nonstick surface or causes scratches. It’s best to stick with wooden or plastic utensils.
  • Check to make sure the product is PFOE free. You don’t want to chance harmful chemicals leaking into your grilled meals and veggies.
  • Always review the maximum temperature the pan can be exposed to, as higher heats may cause the grill pans to crack. Many will list that they are oven safe up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit on their product packaging.
  • Consider grill pans that come with a weighted press. This will allow you to cook bacon evenly or make a delicious panini sandwich.
  • When it comes to price, you must take into consideration the material used to construct the pan, as well as the pan’s size. The Lodge Pro-Grid Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle is priced higher than the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic 12-Inch Round Grill Pan and the Calphalon Aluminum Nonstick Square Grill Pan, as they are made out of aluminum and it is made out of a more durable cast iron. The Lodge grill pan also spans the length of two burners. On the lower end of the price range, you have the Weber Small Aluminum Drip Pans, which are made for one-time use only.