Put the Spotlight on Your Grill with a Headlamp

Headlamps provide bright light exactly where you need it, leaving your hands free to flip burgers and hold trays.

Published June 10, 2022.

Now that the weather is warmer, I do a lot of my cooking outside. Last year I purchased our winning gas grill, the Weber Spirit II E-310 Gas Grill, for my wife as an anniversary gift (hey, she thought it was romantic!). It has become our go-to for everything from simple, flavorful grilled zucchini to charred steak and chicken kebabs

As you can imagine, I own a lot of the tools we recommend for grilling—among them a sturdy grill spatula; long, comfortable grill tongs; and thin, stainless steel skewers.

But there’s one piece of grilling gear I think every grill owner should have. A headlamp.

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Many of you might be thinking, a headlamp? Really? Aren’t those just for camping? Or, I don’t know, spelunking? But hear me out.

A lot of grilling takes place at night, and you need to be able to clearly see the food you’re cooking. You don’t want to be fumbling with your phone’s flashlight to see whether your chicken is ready or not.

Grill lights are fine, but a headlamp is better. It provides powerful light exactly where you need it, and the light moves with you. It leaves your hands free for flipping burgers, moving planks of salmon, or carrying a tray back and forth to the house. Plus, they’re just fun!

My wife using our trusty headlamp.

No matter how well I plan, it seems like the sun is always setting at the most inconvenient moment. But now, I don’t have to feel like grilling is a race against the clock. I just pop on my headlamp (we keep it by the door at all times) and head outside to put the spotlight on some skewers.

Take that, Mother Nature.

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