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10 Best Outdoor Griddles For 2019 – Reviews

The Best Portable Griddle, Full-Size Griddle, and Griddle Pans You Can Buy!

Cooking on an Outdoor Griddle is a unique culinary experience – many people fall in love with as soon as they try it for the first time. To help you pick out a perfect outdoor griddle for your needs, we’ve spent many hours of research and put together this review for the 10 best outdoor griddles on the market today.

Today, it’s prevalent for grilling enthusiasts to own their own griddles as a way to enhance their outdoor cooking,  So let’s quickly dive into the different types of griddles first:

 

The Three Basic Types of Griddles:

When buying a griddle, you’ll find yourself looking at three basic categories:

The first type is a “Full-Size” griddle on legs, which is a non-portable format meant to sit outside much as your grill does.

Second up is the “Portable” griddle type, which allows you to move around as necessary, and can be used on the ground or tabletop. This type is a favorite option for campers and tailgaters.

Finally, there are the “Griddle Pans.” These handy inventions are grill accessories meant to be set on your existing grill, allowing you to cook with a griddle, but without having to invest in a stand-alone griddle that requires its own heat source.

In this article, you’ll find everything you need to know about self-contained propane griddles, and pan griddles – used on top of an existing outdoor grill.  Also, which griddle model is the best, and answers to some of the most common questions new griddle users have.

 

Editor’s ChoiceRunner UpBest Value
Blackstone 1554 Station-4-burner-Propane Fueled-Restaurant Grade-Professional 36 inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Griddle Station-4-bur, 4 Burner, 36' GrillCuisinart CGG-501 Gourmet Gas Griddle, Two-BurnerBlackstone Table Top Grill - 17 Inch Portable Gas Griddle - Propane Fueled - For Outdoor Cooking While Camping, Tailgating or Picnicking
Blackstone 1554 Station-4-burner-Propane Fueled-Restaurant Grade-Professional 36 inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Griddle Station-4-bur, 4 Burner, 36" GrillCuisinart CGG-501 Gourmet Gas Griddle, Two-BurnerBlackstone Table Top Grill - 17 Inch Portable Gas Griddle - Propane Fueled - For Outdoor Cooking While Camping, Tailgating or Picnicking
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The 10 Best Outdoor Griddles

 

Editor’s Choice: Blackstone 1554 – Outdoor Griddle

 

Blackstone 1554 Station-4-burner-Propane Fueled-Restaurant Grade-Professional 36 inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Griddle Station-4-bur, 4 Burner, 36' Grill

 

Why We Like It

With four independent burners, durable construction standards and a large amount of griddle space, this “non-portable” model from Blackstone stands out as the best griddle grill in our reviews.

Whether you’re looking for something to cook large family breakfasts on or a versatile griddle, or grilling outdoors for parties, the Blackstone 1554 is a great option.

Specs

  • Four burners
  • Caster wheels
  • 720 square inch cooking space
  • Push-button ignition
  • Steel construction

Our Takeaway

Overall, the Blackstone 1554 is a fantastic griddle that will more than get the job done when it comes to your outdoor cooking. For searing burgers or cooking eggs outside, there are few better options.

The one downside to this model is a poorly designed grease capture system that can sometimes allow grease to run over.

Besides that slight flaw, though, this really is one of the best propane griddles you’ll find on the market today.

 

Runner Up: Cuisinart CGG-501 – Outdoor Griddle

 

Cuisinart CGG-501 Gourmet Gas Griddle, Two-Burner

Why We Like It

This Cuisinart model stands out as the best “portable” griddle on the market. While the Blackstone offers lots of cooking space, the Cuisinart griddle is much more compact, making it perfect for mobile grilling.

At the same time, it very much demonstrates the quality that buyers have come to expect from the Cuisinart brand.

Specs

  • 285 square inch cooking space
  • Two burners
  • Twist ignition
  • Steel construction

Our Takeaway

In our evaluation, we found this portable griddle does an excellent job with foods of all kinds. At 285 square inches, it’s small enough to be portable without being so tiny as to be unusable for cooking for groups.

If you’re looking to use a griddle grill for outdoor events – or at your home, while still being able to relocate it when necessary, the Cuisinart CGG-501 is likely the best option for you.

 

Best Value: Blackstone Table Top Griddle

 

Blackstone Table Top Grill - 17 Inch Portable Gas Griddle - Propane Fueled - For Outdoor Cooking While Camping, Tailgating or Picnicking

Why We Like It

Another portable griddle option we love is this 17-inch tabletop model from Blackstone. Much more compact than the Blackstone 1554, this griddle offers Blackstone’s renowned quality in a small, accessible package and at a great price.

Specs

  • 260 square inch cooking surface
  • 1 H-shaped burner
  • Push-button ignition
  • Fast heating

Our Takeaway

We find this griddle grill top to be exceptionally well made and excellent for mobile grilling. It also seems to do well with a wide range of foods, a fact made possible by the fast and even heat distribution of its single H-shaped burner.

As with the Cuisinart, this Blackstone griddle is great for taking to parties, camping, or any other on-the-fly excuse to cook food on the go.

 

Best Portable: Blackstone 22-inch Griddle

 

Blackstone Tabletop Grill - 22 Inch Portable Gas Griddle - Propane Fueled - 2 Adjustable Burners - Rear Grease Trap - For Outdoor Cooking While Camping, Tailgating or Picnicking - Black

Why We Like It

With a little more surface area than the 17-inch Blackstone model, this portable option offers a great balance of mobility and cooking space. At the same time, it still features the high quality we’ve all come to expect in a Blackstone griddle.

Specs

  • 330 square inch cooking surface
  • Two H-shaped burners
  • Built-in grease channel
  • Steel construction

Our Takeaway

In our opinion, the Blackstone 22″ griddle is the perfect size for a portable model. It gives you the option to cook up larger meals without sacrificing mobility. The H-shaped burners a nice touch, and help you cook with even heating across the surface of the griddle.

 

Best Portable 3 Burner Griddle: Royal Gourmet PD1300

 

Royal Gourmet PD1300 Portable 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill Griddle

Why We Like It

With three burners and a bit more space even than the 22-inch Blackstone, this griddle from Royal Gourmet is at the upper end of what could be considered portable. The upshot, of course, is that this model makes it possible to cook for larger groups of people, as well as to give you more independent temperature control for cooking high and low-temperature foods.

Specs

  • Three independent burners
  • 325 square inch cooking surface
  • Steel construction
  • Porcelain coating for better heat distribution
  • Push-button ignition

Our Takeaway

If you’re looking for something portable that will also give you more cooking flexibility and plenty of space to work with, the Royal Gourmet is a great option. The porcelain coating is an especially nice feature since it helps with even heating and also makes the griddle a bit easier to clean. In our opinion, this is easily one of the best propane griddle models out there in a portable size range.

 

Best Value  Griddle Pan: “Sizzle-Q” – Model SQ180

 

Sizzle-Q SQ180 100% Stainless Steel Universal Griddle with Even Heating Cross Bracing for Charcoal/Gas Grills, Camping, Tailgating, and Parties (18'x13'x3')

Why We Like It

Now to griddle pans that used on standard gas or charcoal grills, our first pick is this handy but very high-quality stainless steel pan from Sizzle-Q.

The beauty of a griddle pan like this is that you just set it on your current grill – without the need to go out and spend the price of dedicated outdoor flat grills.

Specs

  • Stainless steel construction
  • 18″x13″
  • Cross bracing for extra support
  • Even heat distribution

Our Takeaway

This griddle grill top is perfect for the person who wants the cooking convenience of a griddle without having to purchase an entirely new appliance.

The Sizzle-Q – griddle pan also does an excellent job of cooking a wide variety of foods, proving that you don’t necessarily need a dedicated griddle to enjoy the benefits of griddle cooking.

 

Best Griddle Pan With Handles: “Griddle-Q” – Model GQ120

 

griddle-Q GQ120 100% Stainless Steel Medium-Sized Professional Griddle with Even Heating Bracing and Removable Handles for Charcoal/Gas Grills, Camping, Tailgating, and Parties (14'x16'x6.5')

Why We Like It

This griddle pan is very similar to the Sizzle-Q model, but with one vital difference – it features “removable handles” that make it easy to take on and off the grill.

While a small convenience, this feature is definitely useful, especially if you want to use your grill surface right after preparing something on the griddle.

Specs

  • Stainless steel construction
  • Removable handles
  • 14″x16″
  • Cross bracing used on the underside

Our Takeaway

Overall, we find the “Griddle Q” griddle pan to be a great addition to any griller’s toolkit even if you don’t use a griddle all that often. This pan can help you accomplish a lot more with your grill than you could before.

 

Best Value Griddle With Legs: “Camp Chef” – Expedition 3X – Outdoor Griddle

 

Camp Chef Expedition 3X Triple Burner Stove w/Griddle

Why We Like It

If you’re looking for one of the best outdoor griddles that’s freestanding and non-portable, the Camp Chef Expedition 3X represents a great mix of quality and value. With three burners, it’s a bit smaller than the Blackstone 1554 but can still definitely deliver on quality.

Specs

  • 3 Burners
  • 608 square inch cooking surface
  • Features extra burner space for other cooking tasks

Our Takeaway

Overall, we think the Camp Chef Griddle is an excellent addition to the outdoor component of your kitchen. The griddle itself is well-made and offers plenty of space for cooking pancakes, burgers, vegetables and just about anything else you can think of.

Having additional burner space beyond the griddle itself is also a nice feature since it makes it possible to put a skillet, dutch oven, or another piece of cookware on – to cook side dishes along with your main meal.

 

Best Gas Grill and Griddle Combo: “Blackstone Tailgater” – Outdoor Griddle

 

Blackstone Grills Tailgater - Portable Gas Grill and Griddle Combo - Barbecue Box - Two Open Burners “ Griddle Top - Adjustable Legs - Camping Stove Great for Hunting, Fishing, Tailgating and More

Why We Like It

While a dedicated griddle is great, there are times when you’ll want to use a griddle and an ordinary grill at the same time. For this reason, we love this combination model from Blackstone, which delivers the best of both worlds.

While it is on legs, this model is still considered a portable option – due to legs that quickly fold down for easy carrying.

Specs

  • Two burners
  • 512 square inches total cooking space
  • Grill box and griddle included
  • Adjustable legs
  • Griddle size: 16″x16″

Our Takeaway

If you’re looking for griddles outdoor options that are both functional and versatile, the Blackstone Tailgater is certainly a hard option to beat.

We’ve found that you can cook practically anything on this grill, whether it’s a large cut of meat or a big batch of eggs for a weekend family breakfast.

Another great option with this model – is that the four legs adjust independently, allowing you to set it up in spots where the ground is not entirely even without any difficulties.

 

Best 4 Burner Griddle With Legs: “Char-Broil 4 Burner Griddle”

 

Char-Broil 4-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Griddle

Why We Like It

If you’re looking for the best outdoor flat top grill without seeking a portable option, this model from Char-Broil is a powerful contender. This griddle offers tons of cooking space, durable construction, and good value.

The folding side shelves are also a nice feature – allowing you to set cookware, dishes and other accessories on the side of the grill as needed.

Specs

  • 778 square inch cooking surface
  • Four burners
  • Removable grease cup
  • Wheels and casters
  • Griddle comes pre-seasoned

Our Takeaway

Overall, we love the Char-broil 4-Burner Propane griddle. While this model is a bit difficult to assemble, you’ll find that the sheer cooking versatility it gives you is well worth it once it is set up.

It’s also very convenient to have a large amount of space this griddle gives you when cooking for large parties or family gatherings.

Special “Accessories for Griddles”

When using a griddle, you can’t use the same accessories you would go with a normal grill, due to the flat cooking surface. Ideally, you should have a flat spatula and a scraper for managing food on the griddle.

If you’re looking to get started with griddle cooking, Blackstone offers a griddle accessory kit that will give you all the essential tools you need to start using your griddle like a Pro.

“How to Use a Flat Top Griddle” – Check Out this Video from Camp Chef!

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re buying a griddle for the first time, you may have a few questions running through your mind. In this FAQ section, we’ll take a look at a few of the most common questions to help you make an informed buying decision.

Is a Griddle Better Than a Grill?

Not necessarily, but it is different. Griddles allow you to cook food differently than you could on a grill, such as sauteed vegetables, putting the perfect “sear” on meat, and griddles prevent common flare-ups that often occur using a grill.  The Griddle is an extremely popular cooking tool – as evidenced by how often they are used in commercial restaurant kitchens.

Do Griddles Need to Be Seasoned?

Yes. Think of your griddle like a giant, cast-iron skillet. To prevent food from sticking, it will need some good initial seasoning, followed by occasional re-seasoning to keep it in top cooking condition.

Why Would I Want a Griddle?

Griddles give you outdoor cooking versatility that’s hard to achieve with any other tool. If you want to make pancakes, eggs, and bacon for a large group, for instance, neither your grill or smoker will do the trick.

An outdoor griddle, though, will in both instances give you precisely what you need, and it gives you one more excuse to get outside when it’s hot inside!

Should I Get a “Portable, Non-portable or Griddle Pan” Model?

The answer usually depends on “How” you plan to use your griddle.

If you want to cook huge meals at home, a freestandingnon-portable griddle” is likely the best bet.

For camping, tailgating or other mobile uses, a “portable griddle” is the only practical way to go for propane gas griddle cooking.

if you already own a grill and only need a griddle for occasional use, a “griddle pan” will probably meet your needs quite well.

Conclusion

Depending on your own Outdoor Cooking needs and Grilling Skills, we recommend the Blackstone 1554 Griddle as the best propane griddle to buy. With its four-burner set-up, large cooking surface, and fixed legs with caster wheels, it makes a terrific addition to cooking on any patio or deck.

If however, you’re looking for a more “portable griddle” – one that you can take to a tailgater or camping, we suggest you look at the Cuisinart CGG-501 propane griddle.

If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option – check out the Blackstone Tabletop gas grill. This model packs a lot of features for a great price, into a highly portable griddle.

Finally, for those who prefer to use their own Grill, and add a “griddle pan” to one side – allowing them to grill and use a griddle simultaneously, our favorite is the “Sizzle Q – 18 x 13 x 3” griddle pan.

This little wonder is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, as you saute vegetables and side dishes all while grilling your favorite recipes.

Whichever model you choose, we hope you’ve enjoyed the article and learned a lot more about Outdoor Griddles!

 

Thanks for visiting – be sure to check out our many other “Best Product” reviews at BestHomeGear.Com

Additional Reading & Resources:

“Low Carb Grilling Guide” From Blackstone Griddles

The Proper Way to Store a Propane tank from “WikiHow”

5 Tips for Healthy Grilling – From Harvard University

Need To Clear Branches Away From Deck or Home – Make it Easy with a “Cordless” Pole Saw

 

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