Grilling your Hanukkah Favorites

December 7, 2023

December 7th, 2023 marks the beginning of Hanukkah and the opportunity to eat some amazing traditional dishes. Whether you celebrate or not, I think we can all agree that the traditional foods eaten around Hanukkah are delicious and deserve a spot on the grill! We rounded up tips on giving some of your favorite Hanukkah dishes a “Grate” grilled twist, all with your trusty GrillGrates.


Potato latkes, cheese filled or not, are a Hanukkah staple! We love to throw our latkes on the flat side of the GrillGrates for a delicious all over crisp that will make these traditional treats even more delicious. Latkes are made during Hanukkah to celebrate the Miracle of the Cruse of Oil, so make sure to use a little oil on the flat side of your GrillGrates during the preparation of your latkes. We love to offer a variety of toppings, including:

  • Sour cream & applesauce (of course!)
  • Sour cream & fresh dill
  • Smoked salmon & cream cheese
  • Greek yogurt, honey, & pomegranate seeds


Challah is a delicious, slightly sweet loaf with a shiny, golden crust and super-soft interior. This is a braided loaf to represent the joining of family and friends – a sentiment I think we can all appreciate! While Challah is delicious alone or as a side to a larger meal, we like to mix things up and make a Challah Grilled cheese sandwich that’s perfect for any picky kids (or adults). A sharp cheddar is our go-to here and we also add grilled tomatoes and onions if we’re feeling fancy! Use your GrillGrates rails up for yummy sear marks or rails down for an all over golden brown.


Brisket is a Hanukkah favorite and a GrillGrate favorite too! Although grilling brisket can be a big time investment (see, friend of GrillGrate, Meathead’s tips for great brisket) we always find it’s worth it in the end. Take the time to cook low and slow on the first day of Hanukkah and then use any leftover meat for great grilled sandwiches for the other seven days! Check out our recipe for Chopped Brisket Sandwiches (just skip the cheese if you’re keeping kosher).