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Grill pans. Do you like them?

Hey guys,
I have a Le Creuset square grill pan that I never use. It was a gift and I haven't used it once in like 3+ years. I was thinking of selling it (seems I could get 70-80 bucks for it easy) and saving the money or spending it on something that I want more.

Do you guys have/use grill pans? I feel like a bad person getting rid of such a nice item but the truth is I never use it. If I'm cooking fish I'm using my non stick. If I'm cooking steak I'm generally searing it in my regular cast iron and if I'm cooking chicken it's usually braised or roasted. I love grilling but prefer to do it when I have access to a real grill.

What do you think?

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  1. I have a ten-inch de Buyer Mineral grill pan. It's the only pan I use to cook a hamburger, and also use it for other meats. Even if I sear meat in a cast iron pan, I will put it in the oven in the grill pan to finish it.

    1. Have a blue enamel Le Creuset grill pan that I found at a THRIFT STORE for $5 a few years ago. Enamel exterior was in PERFECT condition... not a single crack/chip. Interior non-enamel cast iron... do they even MAKE enamel interiors on grill pans? Had the smallest amount of unknown schmutz in the crevices that scrubbed off easily. I really don't use it very often, but KNEW it was a steal, so went for it.

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      1. re: kseiverd

        Look at your pan again -- the interior *is* enameled, just not in a smooth finish. Le Creuset grill pans do not have bare cast iron.

      2. Of no use to me. I either use a cast iron pan or grill outside. Of course it is in the mid seventies today.

        1. We don't grill, so take it from what it's worth: I recently bought a Lodge cast iron grill pan and adore it. Hamburgers, steaks, lamb chops, all under the broiler.

          1. I have a Lodge and I only use it for panini with my press. I tried "grilling" in it and frankly I find it a waste of good meat for that.