Three Things to Consider Before You Buy a Griddle
The griddle you need depends on where you plan to use it and how much food you need to prepare.
While every griddle may look the same at first glance, there are subtle differences among them. An electric griddle is the best choice for indoor cooking. A portable griddle uses a one-pound propane canister to create heat, making it a good choice for camping and tailgating or outside at home, when you want to keep cooking odors out of your living space. Large propane-powered griddles can make multiple meals for large crowds and have multiple temperature zones, so you can cook different foods simultaneously and keep cooked foods warm at the same time. Finding the best one depends on the type of food you want to cook on it, but also the amount of food, and where you’ll be cooking it.
An electric griddle doesn’t emit carbon dioxide, so you can use it indoors, and you can control the temperature by turning a dial. They’re also big—modern models have more than twice the cooking area of a 15-inch cast-iron skillet (which can weigh several pounds) but are much lighter and don’t take up much space. If you’re short on storage space, look for a griddle that has removable handles so you can stash it vertically in a kitchen cabinet.
A portable gas griddle isn’t just for tailgating or camping—although it is ideal for those purposes, because it runs on a small one-pound bottle of propane. You can also use a portable griddle at home whenever you want to prepare something without causing cooking odors to dissipate through your home. Just take your portable gas griddle outside, fire it up, and start cooking.
A large propane-powered griddle has several advantages. One is the amount of cooking space—some have more than 700 square inches. That means you can cook a couple of dozen hamburgers simultaneously. And because some large griddles have as many as four temperature zones, you can cook eggs, bacon, sausage, and pancakes all at the same time. It also means you can keep cooked food warm on one side of the griddle while you use the other side to prepare more.