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Whether you’re flipping burgers on your patio or grilling chicken on your kitchen pan, a quality meat spatula is your helpful sidekick to ensure expertly prepared foods. Meat spatulas are typically wider than the standard kitchen spatulas for easier flipping. They’re also often made from stainless steel and other hardy materials that ensure they can withstand hot stovetops and grills.
Keep in mind that when preparing meat, you should always refrigerate or freeze raw meat immediately after purchase and defrost any frozen meats before cooking. Always thoroughly wash your hands and all utensils before and after handling raw meat, too.
Whether you’re looking for a stainless steel spatula for easy flipping or a quality turner for your charcoal grill, we rounded up top options.
Here are the best meat spatulas of 2021
- Best stainless steel meat spatula: Anmarko Stainless Steel Meat Spatula
- Best meat spatula set: To Encounter Silicone & Stainless Steel Spatula Set
- Best fish spatula: YK GDYorkKitchen Stainless Steel Slotted Turner (Set of 2)
- Best meat spatula for barbecuing: Jokari Pro Grade 6-in-1 Lighted Grill Tool
- Best silicone meat spatula: di Oro Chef Series Standard Spatula
- Best handheld meat chopper: Zulay Kitchen Premium Heat-Resistant Meat Chopper
The best stainless steel meat spatula
For a classic, stainless-steel turner, the Anmarko Stainless Steel Meat Spatula is your best bet.
Why we love it: Long shovel-like design, heavy-duty construction, easy grip
If you want to be a line cook-level flipping pro next time you’re grilling up burgers, the Anmarko Stainless Steel Meat Spatula is a professional and dynamic option. It’s similar to the tools used by hibachi chefs and can even double as a pancake flipper, too.
The stainless steel spatula is made from non-reactive and hygienic materials, so it’s safe to use when cooking raw meat. Though it’s not dishwasher safe, it’s easy to clean with dish soap and warm water. And, the sleek wooden handle is comfortable to hold when grilling or pressing.
The best meat spatula set
For days when you’re grilling up burgers, hot dogs, and kebabs all at once, the To Encounter Silicone & Stainless Steel Spatula Set will come in handy.
Why we love it: Mixture of silicone and stainless steel tools, rust-resistant, easy to clean
If you frequently grill steaks, sausage links, and patties, you know that meat doesn’t fall into the one-size-fits-all category. For a six-piece set that’s functional for all different types of meat, To Encounter’s Silicone & Stainless Steel Spatula Set is versatile and heat- and rust-resistant.
The set includes a fish spatula, a slotted turner, an eight-inch icing spatula, silicone large and slotted turners, and a silicone spoon spatula. It can withstand up to 580-degree heat, so it’s safe to use even on high-powered grills. What’s more, all of the tools are manufactured with a second coat of polish, so they’re all dishwasher safe.
The best fish spatula
The YK GDYorkKitchen two-piece slotted spatula set is just right for flipping fish fillets and easily draining oil.
Why we love it: Easy to clean, BPA-free, nonslip handle
The YK GDYorkKitchen Stainless Steel Slotted Turner two-piece set is great for turning, flipping, frying, and grilling alike. The slotted design allows grease to drain while its second coat of polishing makes them effortless to clean. The angled turner coupled with the high-range stainless steel material makes it especially perfect for frying and flipping fish. Made from BPA-free stainless steel, these spatulas are durable enough to last years. The nonslip handles make them easy to grip and the loop at the handle’s end makes them simple to hang and store.
The best meat spatula for barbecuing
Whether you’re a beginner barbecuer or graduate griller, the Jokari Pro Grade 6-in-1 Lighted Grill Tool can handle it all and even features a built-in flashlight.
Why we love it: Ergonomic design, light-up functionality, multi-tool product
The Jokari Pro Grade 6-in-1 Lighted Grill Tool proves you don’t need an array of utensils cluttering up your counter or grilling table. You can flip, toss, grab, turn, cut, and then serve your meat with this versatile all-in-one tool. It that even includes a bottle opener.
The built-in LED flashlight is convenient for evening barbecues or if you lose power and have to manually set up your cooking station. Because of its multi-purpose design, it’s also a good option to pack for camping trips.
The best silicone meat spatula
For a meat spatula that is more forgiving and won’t leave any scratches, opt for the di Oro Chef Series Standard Spatula.
Why we love it: Easy to use, heat-resistant, BPA-free, won’t scratch surfaces
If you’re worried about scratching up your pots and pans, silicone meat spatulas are a good option. The di Oro Chef Series Standard Spatula is more forgiving but can still easily flip your turkey burgers, lamb chops, and filets.
It’s made from a heavy-duty stainless steel core bonded to 600-degree heat-resistant silicone. It’s nonstick, scratch-resistant, and will last for years. It’s also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
The best handheld meat chopper
Easily break up raw meat without ever needing to touch it with the Zulay Kitchen Premium Heat-Resistant Meat Chopper.
Why we love it: Easily breaks up meat, variety of color options, nonslip handle
Zulay Kitchen’s Premium Heat-Resistant Meat Chopper is the no-brainer kitchen tool that you didn’t know you needed. Its four-bladed design will effectively separate meat — including frozen grounds — without trapping food particles in the crevices. This is an effective way to break up ground meat or shape patties without ever having to touch raw meat.
It comes in nine fun colors and has an easy-to-use handle apt for blending, chopping, mixing, mashing, and smashing your meat products. It’s even great to use for mashing avocados for guacamole or tomatoes for homemade pasta sauce.