But first, make sure your grilling equipment is in tip-top shape.
Home improvement expert Ron Hazelton told Inside Edition bristle-based grill brushes in particular can pose a hazard, especially if they're old. Bristles can potentially break off and end up in your meal.
"The food that is then put on the grill picks up the bristle and it's ingested, and that can cause some fairly serious problems," Hazelton said.
To keep that from happening to you, Hazelton recommends avoiding bristle brushes in favor of a coiled brush or a pumice stone.
“It’s abrasive enough to take off the food," he said.
Other options? A scraper or putty knife, Hazelton said. Aluminum foil also works.
And when all else fails? Use an onion. The vegetable's acid can remove food particles. All you have to do is rub it on the grates.