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10 Best Outdoor Griddles [Reviews For 2022]

Cooking on an Outdoor Griddle is a unique culinary experience – and many people fall in love with this technique when trying it for the first time. To help you pick out the Best Outdoor Griddle for your needs, we’ve spent hours researching features and tests for the 10 best outdoor griddles on the market – and which might suit your needs the best.

Today, it’s prevalent for serious grill enthusiasts to own their own outdoor kitchen griddle – as a way to enhance their outdoor cooking. And whether it’s a full-size gas griddle, a portable propane griddle, or a griddle pan for your grill, there are many useful types of griddles to choose from.

What is an Outdoor Griddle?

An Outdoor Griddle is a highly useful piece of outdoor cooking equipment – used to cook food on a Flat top surface.  Outdoor griddles are available as a Full-Size Gas Griddle, Portable Gas Griddle, or as a Griddle Pan laid on top of a Gas grill rack.

 

Types of Outdoor Griddles:

What is the best outdoor griddle?  Depending on what “Size” of Griddle you need, the best full-size griddle (for deck or patio) we recommend is the Blackstone 1554 with LP gas. For tailgating or camping the best Mid-size Griddle is the Cuisinart CG-501 portable LP gas griddle, and lastly, the Best Griddle “Pan” is The Sizzle SQ180.  (See description below for all griddles).

The Three (3) Different Types of Outdoor Griddles:

 

  • The First Type:   is the “Full-Size” griddle on legs or caster wheels, which is a non-portable format meant to sit outside – much as your regular Grill does.  Functioning in some ways similar to a Grill, The Full Sized griddle has storage for an LP Tank, is countertop height, and has wheels for mobility on your patio or deck. (Shown in the lead photo above – And the Editors Pick Outdoor Griddle from Blackstone).
  • The Second Type:  is the “Portable” griddle type, which allows you to move around as necessary, and can be used on the ground or tabletop. Because of its smaller size, this is probably the best griddle for camping, and the best griddle for tailgaters to use. (See example below: The Runner-Up Griddle Pan from Cuisinart).
  • The Third Type:  is called  “Griddle Pans.”  These handy inventions are grill accessories meant to be set on your existing grill, allowing you to cook with a heated griddle, but without having to invest in a stand-alone griddle that requires its own heat source. (See example below:  Best Value Griddle Pan from Sizzle-Q)

In this griddle reviews article, you’ll find everything you need to know about self-contained LP propane griddles, and pan griddles (used on top of an existing outdoor grill).

Today we’ll determine which griddles are the best per category, and provide some FAQ Outdoor Griddle of the most common questions and answers for new users, so let’s get started:

 

Editor’s ChoiceRunner UpBest Portable GriddleBest Upgrade
Blackstone 36 Inch Gas Griddle Cooking Station 4 Burner Flat Top Gas Grill Propane Fuelled Restaurant Grade Professional 36” Outdoor Griddle Station with Side Shelf (1554)Royal Gourmet GB4000 36-inch 4-Burner Flat Top Propane Gas Grill Griddle, for BBQ, Camping, RedBlackstone Tabletop Griddle, 1666, Heavy Duty Flat Top Griddle Grill Station for Camping, Camp, Outdoor, Tailgating, Tabletop – Stainless Steel Griddle with Knobs & Ignition, Black, 22 inchPIT BOSS PB3BGD2 Gas Griddle, 3 Burner, Black
Blackstone 36 Inch Gas Griddle Cooking Station 4 Burner Flat Top Gas Grill Propane Fuelled Restaurant Grade Professional 36” Outdoor Griddle Station with Side Shelf (1554)Royal Gourmet GB4000 36-inch 4-Burner Flat Top Propane Gas Grill Griddle, for BBQ, Camping, RedBlackstone Tabletop Griddle, 1666, Heavy Duty Flat Top Griddle Grill Station for Camping, Camp, Outdoor, Tailgating, Tabletop – Stainless Steel Griddle with Knobs & Ignition, Black, 22 inchPIT BOSS PB3BGD2 Gas Griddle, 3 Burner, Black
$299.99$345.78$159.99$715.03
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The 10 Best Outdoor Griddles 

 

 

Editor’s Choice: Blackstone 1554 – Outdoor Griddle

 

Blackstone 36 Inch Gas Griddle Cooking Station 4 Burner Flat Top Gas Grill Propane Fuelled Restaurant Grade Professional 36” Outdoor Griddle Station with Side Shelf (1554)

 

Why We Like It

If you want to get your griddle heated in a hurry – this griddle with four independent burners, gets it done the quickest.

With durable construction, a large Blackstone 36″ griddle top, the Not-So-Portable Griddle from Blackstone 1554 stands out as the best overall griddle grill in our top griddle reviews.  It uses an LP gas tank (like a grill – not included in purchase)

Whether you’re looking for something to cook large family breakfasts on or a versatile griddle, or grilling outdoors for parties, the Blackstone Flat Top is the best full-scale griddle option.

Blackstone Griddle 1554 Image
Using Blackstone Griddle to Cook Outdoors – Besthomegear.com

Specs

  • Four burners
  • Caster wheels
  • 792 square inch cooking space (22 x 36″)
  • Push-button ignition
  • Steel construction – 60″ overall (with side shelves)
  • 90 Day Warranty on All Parts

 

 

Our Takeaway

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

The one downside to this model is a less than adequate grease capture system that can sometimes allow grease to run over.  Fix this by replacing it with a larger grease catch receptacle.

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

Blackstone – Editor’s Choice Best Griddle

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Runner Up:   Royal Gourmet – 36″ (4) Burner Outdoor Griddle

Royal Gourmet GB4000 36-inch 4-Burner Flat Top Propane Gas Grill Griddle, for BBQ, Camping, Red

Why We Like It

Currently one of the best 4-burner outdoor griddles on the market, the Royal Gourment GB4000, seems to check All the boxes. Royal Gourmet once known only for upscale outdoor grills, is making huge strides in the outdoor griddle market and is poised to become one of the best-selling outdoor griddles sold in the U.S.A.

The unique 22″ diameter Deep Concave cooker, provides the ideal cooking surface for any type of grilling, including meats, vegetables, shrimp, eggs, bacon, and more.  With a deep concave cooking bowl with 2″ sides, it allows for a wide cooking surface, without worrying about the fear of juices or meals sliding off the side!

Specs

  • Large 36″ x 22″  (784 sq. Inch) Cooking surface
  • Gloss Ceramic 
  • Four 13,000 Btu Stainless Steel Burners
  • Stainless Steel Control Panel
  • Electronic Ignition
  • Efficient Grease Management System
  • Two Fold-up side shelves, Hvy Duty Bottom Shelf
  • Cleans with water and oil – No soap required.
  • Fully Mobile Caster Wheels

Our Takeaway

Super portable design that involves a simple 3-piece assembly, stainless steel pan with powder-coat finish in your choice of black or red.  Also adding to the convenience and portability – is the option to use a 16.4 oz green propane screw-on tank, or a traditional but a little more bulky – 20 lb. propane tank.

The Blackstone Griddle still remains our #1 Outdoor Griddle, based on its large cooking surface and multiple burners.  However, for the price, it’s hard to beat the Royal Gourment Griddle as a solid contender.

Royal Gourmet Griddle Video

Watch this quick griddle video from Royal Gourmet – and see why we place this versatile outdoor cooker at the top of our outdoor griddle Reviews:

 

 

ROYAL GOURMET – 4 Burner Outdoor Griddle

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ROYAL GOURMET

 


 

Best Value Blackstone Portable:   Blackstone 22″ Griddle – Model 1666

Blackstone Tabletop Griddle, 1666, Heavy Duty Flat Top Griddle Grill Station for Camping, Camp, Outdoor, Tailgating, Tabletop – Stainless Steel Griddle with Knobs & Ignition, Black, 22 inch

Why We Like It

With a little more surface area than the 17-inch Blackstone model, this 22″ portable griddle offers the perfect option as a tabletop griddle, with great balance, mobility, and cooking space. At the same time, it still features all of the high quality we’ve come to expect in a Blackstone brand 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.

Blackstone – Best “Blackstone Portable Griddle”

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Best Upgrade:    Pit Boss “Ultimate 3-Burner” Portable Griddle

PIT BOSS PB3BGD2 Gas Griddle, 3 Burner, Black

Why We Like It

If you’re looking for one of the best outdoor griddles that’s fully portable (lifts off), The Pit Boss Ultimate Griddle is an exceptional mix of quality and value. With 3 stainless-steel burners, an impressive 36,000 BTUs, the features you want – and a few more.

Pit Boss Ultimate Griddle Removing Portable Griddle from Stand

Specs

  • 3 Stainless Steel Burners
  • 600 square inch “proprietary ceramic” cooking griddle surface
  • Lift-Off Portable Griddle (use on a tabletop or stand)
  • Lid with Chrome Handles
  • Folding Shelves
  • Stand with High Wheels for Uneven Ground
  • 36,000 BTU’s
  • Stainless Steel Burners
  • Matchless – Push button ignition

Our Takeaway

Overall, we think the PIT BOSS “Ultimate” griddle is a revolution in the outdoor griddle market. The griddle surface is the best griddle surface you can cook on, and the portability is off the charts!

Imagine a large griddle that you simply close the lid disconnect the LP tank, load, and go.  Sometimes you only need the griddle as you will set up for cooking at a picnic (table) site.  You don’t need the stand or the shelves, leave them at home!

The griddle stand, however, does have some pretty great features; Extra tall rubber (skateboard) wheels that work amazing over rough terrain, built-in foldable shelves with chrome handles, and 6 utensil hooks.  Add to that a Paper Towel Roll Holder, and for all you beer fans, an attached “bottle opener” 🙂

Pit Boss “Ultimate Griddle” Video:

 

Pit Boss – “Ultimate Outdoor Griddle”

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Best Large “5-Burner” Outdoor Griddle:   Pit Boss  10762

PIT BOSS 10762 5 Burner Gas Griddle, Deluxe, Black

Why We Like It

This Pit Boss 10762 – 5 Burner Griddle with a whopping 753 sq. inches can accommodate a small family dinner to the largest outdoor gatherings or groups you might be cooking for.  The extra burner vs. the Blackstone 4 – Burner provides more even heat across the same size surface.

In addition, the fold-up shelves also double as a protective cover for the griddle surface when not in use.

Specs

  • 750 square inch cooking surface
  • 62,000 Btu’s
  • LP gas Built-In Hose included (LP tank not included)
  • Five stainless steel burners
  •  Ignition start and 5- controls
  • Steel construction

Our Takeaway

Most people understand the notoriety of the Pit Boss brand when it comes to their “smokers”, but Pit Boss brings the same “A-Game” to the Outdoor Griddle market. In this griddle, they also provide what we consider to be a great value.

If you’re looking for a dependable, large outdoor griddle, with 5-burners, fold-up shelves to keep the outdoor critters off your griddle, and something large enough to take care of large groups, the Pit Boss Griddle is definitely the top-rated griddle to consider.

PIT BOSS – Best Large 5-Burner Griddle

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

LITTLE GRIDDLE 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 are 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.

See the “Sizzle-Q” Griddle Pan Video Below:

 

 

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 Value “Griddle Pan” – Sizzle-Q Griddle Pan

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Best Portable 3 Burner Griddle:   Royal Gourmet PD1300

Royal Gourmet PD1300 Portable 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill Griddle,Black

Why We Like It

With three burners and more cooking surface 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.

Royal Gourmet – Best 3-Burner Portable Griddle

Royal Gourmet

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Best Priced Blackstone Griddle:  The 17″ Table Top Portable Griddle

 Blackstone 1971 Heavy Duty Flat Top Grill Station for Kitchen, Camping, Outdoor, Tailgating, Tabletop, Countertop – Stainless Steel Griddle with Updated Knobs & Ignition, 17 Inch

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 portable 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.

Blackstone – Best Price for Portable Griddle 

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Best Griddle Pan With Handles: “Griddle – 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 – The Griddle GQ features “removable handles” that make it very easy to take on and off the grill.

This small feature is definitely useful, especially if you want to cook something else on your grill right after preparing something on the griddle itself.

Specs

  • Stainless steel construction
  • Removable handles
  • 14″x16″
  • Cross bracing is 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 Griddle Pan With “Handles” – Griddle Q

Griddle Q

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Best Grill and Griddle “Combo”:   “Blackstone Tailgater” 

 

Blackstone 1819 Griddle and Charcoal Combo, Black

Why We Like It

While a dedicated griddle is great, there are times when you’ll want to use a FLAT TOP 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
  • Grill Size 16 x 16″
  • Adjustable legs
  • Griddle size: 17″ x 16″

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 Grill & Griddle Combo – Blackstone Tailgater Griddle

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Awesome “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.

 


 

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 an Outdoor 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 Outdoor Kitchen Griddle is an extremely popular cooking tool – as evidenced by how often they are used in commercial restaurant kitchens, and food trucks.

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. Heck, you can even toast your bread on a griddle!

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.  The camping griddle as witnessed by many – is the most practical carry item for regular campers.  

if you already own a grill and only need a griddle for occasional use, a “griddle pan” will probably meet your needs quite well.  Check out the #1 model from Sizzle-Q – Above.

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 the ultimate flexibility in griddle cooking – Our clear choice is the revolutionary PIT BOSS Ultimate Griddle.  Hands down, the griddle you will use everywhere.

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 sharpen your knives, saute vegetables, and prepare side dishes all while grilling your favorite meats.

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

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