Cleaning Gas Grill Burners

In the springtime, most people get their barbecue grills ready for a summertime full of use by cleaning off the grates.

Why Clean Your Grill's Burner?

Many people, however, neglect to clean the burner in their grill, which is where the flame comes out. Checking the burner annually to see whether dirt and debris have blocked some of the holes is a good idea because buildup in the burner can lead to slow cooking times as well as be dangerous.

In the springtime, most people get their barbecue grills ready for a summertime full of use by cleaning off the grates. Many people, however, neglect to clean the burner in their grill, which is where the flame comes out. Checking the burner annually to see whether dirt and debris have blocked some of the holes is a good idea because buildup in the burner can lead to slow cooking times as well as be dangerous.

Grill Disassembly

Begin by disassembling your grill. Make sure the gas is turned off and has been purged from the lines before beginning this process. Remove the grates and lava rocks from your grill, which will reveal the metal burner beneath. You can clean the grates and lava rocks at the same time as you clean the burner, using the same methods as outlined below. Finally, remove the cover to the burner.

Cleaning Your Grill's Burner

To clean your burner, create a solution of approximately one cup white distilled vinegar per gallon of hot water and a teaspoon of dish detergent (one that cuts through grease works best). Spray this on the burner cover. If it is very dirty, let it soak in a bucket of the vinegar solution. Using a scrub brush, scrub the built-up grease and debris from the burner, making sure all the holes in the burner are free from grime. Repeat this as often as necessary to get it clean.

Grill Reassembly

Reassemble the burner and turn on the grill to see whether it is working properly. The flame should appear blue rather than yellow. If it is yellow, recheck the burner (after it has cooled) to assure it is clean enough.