Seasoning a Flat Top Grill

What's in This Article?

Seasoning a flat top grill's cooktop is one of the most important steps to ensure a successful cook. The seasoning process makes the cooktop naturally nonstick, improves flavor, and keeps out excess moisture, which can cause rust.


Seasoning Expectations

How Often Do I Need to Season My Flat Top Grill Cooktop?

You'll need to season your grill before using your Traeger Flat Top Grill for the first time. You will also want to re-season it after or before each cook. For ease, we recommend re-seasoning in conjunction with cleaning it after each cook.

How Long Does Seasoning a Cooktop Take?

First-time seasoning, including preheat and cooldown time, will take just over an hour.

Seasoning a Rough Cooktop

The cooktop will arrive with some roughness. Some may be more rough than others, but with proper seasoning, it will smooth out over time. Cooking on it will also help the process.


How to Season a Traeger Flat Top Grill


Make sure that all internal components have been properly installed prior to the seasoning process and that there is no food on the Flat Top Grill during seasoning.

  1. With the main power switch set to OFF (o), plug the power cord into an appropriate grounded electrical outlet.
    Alternatively, you can power the grill using a 9V battery.
  2. Turn the main power switch on the back of the Flat Top Grill to ON (I).
    If plugged in, he power switch will illuminate when turned on.
    If using a 9V battery, the switch will not illuminate.
  3. Preheat the Flat Top Grill on high for 10 minutes.
  4. Once the Flat Top Grill is hot, squeeze about 2-3 tbsp. of the conditioner (shake well before using) or your oil over the cooktop in a zigzag pattern, covering the entire cooktop.
  5. Using tongs clasping a clean towel or paper towel, spread the conditioner evenly over the surface and up the sides. It will immediately begin to smoke. Using a clean side of the towel, wipe off any excess conditioner or oil to create a very thin layer.
  6. Continue heating until the smoking ends—about 10 minutes.
    • If this is your first time seasoning your grill: leave the heat on high and repeat steps 4-6 four times. You will find that the surface will become darker and smoother. This is especially helpful if your cooktop is rougher. 
  7. Allow the grill to cool for at least 30 minutes before cooking or storing.
    Allowing the cooktop to cool for for at least 30 minutes before cooking on it allows the polymerization that is the result of seasoning to set, creating a longer-lasting and more durable non-stick surface.

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