If you have room in your cupboards for a specialty pan then a griddle is a good investment. This is an incredibly versatile pan that can be used to cook a wide variety of foods.
This pan is especially handy when cooking for a large group or cooking food in batches. It cooks bacon crispy and is perfect for pancakes and toasted sandwiches. Its large, flat base offers even heating so you can use every inch of it.
Griddles come in the form of pans or countertop electric appliances. Griddle pans are available in cast iron, carbon steel, and hard-anodized aluminum. They are generally rectangular but can also be round. These are our top choices for griddles:
Best Electric Griddle: Presto Slimline 22-inch Griddle
Electric griddles generally offer a double burner size surface that is suitable for feeding a crowd. They are also perfect for buffet-style serving.
The Presto Slimline has an extra-large surface. Made of heavy cast aluminum, it has a premium nonstick covering. It is easy to clean and store. The legs fold in and it takes up very little storage space. This griddle is sturdy and warp-proof.
The electric element takes a while to heat this extra-large griddle. Control Master heat control automatically maintains temperature. There is a slide-out drip tray along the front of the griddle. It should be cleaned after each use. Customers enjoy the great design of this griddle. It is a good size and stores easily. The only downside to this griddle is the short power cord.
Alternative with a smaller surface
Black and Decker offer a competitive alternative. The family-sized griddle measures 10” x 20” and has a small built-in warming tray. This can be used to store cooked foods. The removable drip tray on this model is small. If you are cooking fatty foods it may need to be emptied often while cooking. The click-and-lock thermostat offers excellent heat control. The nonstick surface works well and is easy to clean. Black and Decker offer a 2-year limited warranty.
Best Griddle Pan: Lodge Pro Logic 12” Square Griddle
This cast iron griddle pan is an excellent choice for versatile cooking. Use it at home on your stovetop or in your oven, on the grill or over the campfire. It is strong and durable and will serve you for many years. The cast iron takes a while to heat up on medium heat. Once it is warm it retains the heat and provides an evenly heated surface. This pan comes pre-seasoned but an extra seasoning before you use it is required. Over time the natural nonstick surface will improve. You can re-season in the oven at any time to maintain the nonstick surface. This pan gets very hot and so do the handles. It is best to use a silicone handle or oven mitts. This is a heavy pan, so the helper handle is a great addition.
This pan must be washed by hand once food residue is removed. When it is dry it must be rubbed with oil. This will keep it rust-free. This pan requires some additional maintenance but will outlast any nonstick pan on the market and offer you many years of griddle cooking.
Alternative with a Nonstick surface
This lightweight, hard-anodized pan has a durable nonstick interior. It is oven safe to 350F and is also dishwasher safe. The nonstick surface does not chip and peel and customers have testified to this. It heats up quickly, offers reliable cooking results and cleans up easily. This griddle offers great value for money.
Best Pancake Griddle: Gourmia Nonstick Blini Pan
If you don’t have space for in your kitchen for an electric grill and want a pancake griddle, this one is perfect. It comes in two sizes, to make either 4 pancakes or 7 mini ones. The 2-inch die-cast aluminum heats well and does not leave dark spots on the pancakes. Pancakes come out light and fluffy, with a crispy exterior. This is a high-quality nonstick griddle and should be used with coated or wooden utensils. It is advertised to work on all stovetops, including induction. Some customers were disappointed when it did not work on their induction stovetops.
Thanks to the mold, this pan makes perfectly round pancakes each time. Take care not to overfill the molds. This versatile pan can be used to fry eggs, make mini omelets and blintzes. Small to medium size eggs best fill the molds without spilling over.
Alternative for saving storage space
A real space-saving option is the Calphalon Premier 12” Nonstick Griddle. They claim in saves 30% more space no matter what order it is stacked in. This Premier Range pan is heavy and strong. It distributes heat well and cooks evenly. The 3-layer PTFE-free nonstick coating withstands whisks, spoons and metal utensils. Customers love the quality of this pan. It cooks well and cleans very easily. Most customers hand wash it even though it is dishwasher safe. A bonus feature is that it is oven safe to 450F.
Best Stovetop Griddle: Chef King 7 Gauge Steel Griddle
Designed to cover 4 burners on your stovetop, a stovetop griddle temporarily transforms your cooking surface. These are mainly used for commercial purposes. If you are cooking for a very large crowd, or a whole meal at once, a stovetop griddle is a winner. This versatile griddle is great for mass quantities of burgers and pancakes, Mongolian stir-fry and teppanyaki. A good ventilation hood is suggested for home use and small kitchens. Otherwise, your whole house will be smoky. This griddle generates a lot of heat so your kitchen may warm up too.
The Chef King griddle measures 23 x 23 inches. It works well on gas grills and outdoor fires. The griddle should be heated up slowly on a low to medium heat to avoid creating hotspots. It takes a while to heat up and holds its heat well. It takes a long time to cool down afterward. Seasoning the steel will create a natural nonstick coating that will improve with use.
This griddle is easy to clean. Most customers clean it when it is still hot. Remove all food residues, then wipe it off with a damp cloth and take it off the heat. Make sure to keep it lightly oiled to avoid rust. This is a super strong griddle and will last for many years.
Alternative with grease tray
Another option is the Rocky Mountain Griddle. Also made from 7-gauge steel, it is designed for use in commercial kitchens. Its removable grease tray and adjustable frame are both made from stainless steel. This is a heavy and well-designed griddle. Customers comment that they can cook almost anything on it. Most keep it on the stove for regular use. It is bulky and takes up a lot of storage space when not in use.
Best Double Burner Griddle : Cuisinart Stainless Steel Griddle
Designed to straddle 2 burners, double burner griddles offer an extra-large cooking surface. Choosing a griddle made of a material that offers good heat distribution is key. Otherwise, your griddle will only heat up directly above the burner. The middle and sides of the griddle will not heat enough to cook well.
Cuisinart’s stainless steel griddle has a tri-ply design. The aluminum core is covered with brushed stainless steel. The result is a beautiful griddle that offers optimal heat conduction. The 10×18-inch surface and the sidewalls heat up well.
This griddle works well on all stovetops, including induction. Covered with a premium nonstick on the interior, it cleans easily and is dishwasher safe. The solid Cool Grip™ handles stay cool and are comfortable. This griddle also has a drip-free pouring rim. This is a sturdy, durable griddle that comes with a lifetime warranty. Customers appreciate the good value it offers at a great price. They also enjoy that it heats well and is easy to clean.
Alternative with a black anodized finish
The All-Clad LTD Grande Griddle is bigger but the channel around the perimeter leaves the same size surface. The 3-ply design offers even heat distribution. The aluminum exterior, aluminum core, and stainless steel interior are all anodized. The interior nonstick layer resists sticking, is scratch-resistant and easy to clean. The exterior is resistant to chipping, peeling and scratching. Stainless steel handles are a beautiful addition. They do get hot but are high enough to comfortably use oven mitts.
Best Nonstick Griddle: Rachael Ray Cucina 11” Square Griddle
Hard-anodized aluminum is covered in PFOA-free nonstick on this beautiful griddle. The espresso-colored square pan has a comfortable agave blue handle made of silicone. It is oven safe to 400F and dishwasher safe.
The Rachael Ray 11” griddle heats up quickly and distributes heat well. Customers comment that it gets hot enough to brown food without burning. Suitable for making breakfast, lunch or supper it is a great pan for making French toast or grilled cheese sandwiches. It can hold 4 slices of bread. The silicone handle stays cool and it is very easy to clean. Even burnt food washes right off. This griddle is suitable for all stove-tops except for induction.
Alternative with more nonstick protection
Oxo also makes an 11” square nonstick griddle. The German-engineered pan is covered with 3 layers of nonstick coating for durability. The nonstick coating is also PFOA-free. This pan is heavier, is durable and oven safe to 430F. It is scratch-resistant and dishwasher safe. Suitable for all stovetops, except induction, this pan heats quickly and there are no hot spots. The contoured handle is comfortable and stays cool. The nonstick coating on this pan works very well. It is great value for money.
Best Ceramic Griddle: GreenPan Chatham 11” Square Griddle
Ceramic-coated cookware provides a healthier nonstick option. GreenPan manufactures cookware that does not contain toxic chemicals or persistent pollutants. The Thermolon ceramic nonstick coating is PFOA-and PFAS-free. It is also safe to use with metal utensils. The coating is lead- and cadmium-free and extremely chip resistant. This griddle warms up quickly and offers great cooking results. It browns food well and ensures crispy frying. This pan requires very little fat for cooking and cleans very easily.
The hard-anodized body of the pan is scratch-resistant and durable. It is safe to put your griddle in the dishwasher, in the oven and under the broiler. Customers have found that the stainless steel handle heats up and it is best used with a silicone cover.
Alternative for electric griddling
The Presto Cool Touch Ceramic Griddle has a Cool Touch base around the front and sides. The ceramic nonstick surface is large and offers excellent nonstick cooking. Liquids are drained into a slide-out drip tray and both the griddle and drip tray are easy to clean. The Control Master heat control automatically maintains heat control. This ensures the cooking surface is free of hot spots. This griddle can double as a buffet server.
Best Cast Iron Griddle: Lodge 10.5-inch Griddle
Cast iron griddle pans can be used on the hob, in the oven or even on an outdoor fire.
Lodge makes a variety of cast iron griddles. This round 10.5-inch pan can be heated to high temperatures and sears meat and seafood very well. It takes a good while to heat thoroughly but retains the heat for a long time. This is a heavy pan and should be used with a mitt or handle cover because the handle gets very hot. It has been pre-seasoned but extra seasoning before use is highly recommended. The more it is seasoned the better it will work and will improve with use.
Customers find that this griddle pan outperforms most nonstick pans. It is very strong, durable, and versatile. Cast iron pans need particular care to avoid rust. After cleaning, it must be dried and a thin layer of oil applied.
Alternative with a longer handle
Victoria also makes a great cast iron griddle pan, which is the same size. This pan has longer handles than the Lodge griddle and the sides are slightly sloped. It works best on low to medium heat. Customers regularly comment that it heats up quickly and holds its heat well. The griddle pan is pre-seasoned with flaxseed oil. Extra seasoning is recommended before use and regularly afterward. This is a heavy little griddle pan that performs very well.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a griddle pan?
A griddle pan has a large flat cooking surface. A griddle pan does not have sides like a skillet, making it much easier to flip and turn the food. It is most often square or rectangular shaped providing more space for cooking.
What can be cooked on a griddle pan?
A griddle pan can be used to cook anything that you would cook in a skillet. It is a good choice for cooking pancakes, flatbreads, and burgers. It is cooks bacon, hash-browns, and toasted sandwiches perfectly thanks to its flat surface. There is usually enough space to cook a steak and vegetables on the same griddle at the same time.
What is a griddle pan used for?
A griddle pan is used to cook batches of food like pancakes and burgers. It can also be used to cook a variety of foods at the same time, or in large quantities. A whole meal can be cooked on the same surface at once. The open surface allows for moisture to evaporate creating a crispy layer on the outside of the food.
What is the difference between a griddle and a grill pan?
A griddle has a flat, smooth surface. A grill pan has raised ridges, which leave sear marks on food like that of a grill. The raised ridges of the grill pan separate the food from its juices creating the effect of barbecued meat using a pan on a hob.
What is the best oil for griddle cooking?
The oil used for griddle cooking depends on the temperature you will be cooking at. If you are cooking at high temperatures or over an open fire you should use oil with a higher smoke point. Once the oil begins to smoke it will burn, discolor and become bitter.
Refined avocado oil is one of the best oils to use for high-temperature cooking. Refined peanut oil, sunflower, and canola oil will also work well. Butter and olive oil should only be used for medium heat griddle cooking.
A word of caution: avoid using spray oils on your griddle. They do not work well with nonstick or naturally seasoned surfaces.
How to use a griddle pan
Heat the pan slowly, giving it time to reach cooking temperature. Griddle pans work best on low to medium heats. Once the pan is warm test it by splashing a droplet of water onto it. If the water bubbles slightly and then evaporates it is ready for use. If the water steams immediately it is too hot. Wait for the pan to cool slightly before testing again. Griddles are usually well seasoned or non-stick so that a minimal amount of butter or oil needs to be used. If need be, add a little fat to your griddle pan before cooking. Allow the food to cook on one side before turning to cook on the other.
How to clean a griddle pan
It is best to clean a griddle pan while it is still warm and avoid abrasive scrubbers. Non-stick griddle pans are easier to clean. They can be washed with warm soapy water or put in the dishwasher. Cast iron pans, on the other hand, require a bit more care. Once food residue is scraped off, wipe the pan with a damp cloth. Make sure it is dry before coating it with a thin layer of oil and wiping it again with a cloth. If you need to wash the pan with soap then it will need to be re-seasoned before it is used again.
Hamilton Beach Durathon Ceramic Electric Griddle
This beautiful copper colored ceramic griddle will outlast the nonstick varieties and heats very well.
Emoji Face Pancake Griddle
Turn your pancakes into something bright and fun. This nonstick pan makes 7 small pancakes with a variety of emoji faces.
Emeril Lagasse Double Burner Griddle
This beautiful double burner griddle has a triple nonstick layer, which is scratch resistant. Cleaning the most stubbornly burnt food off this griddle is easy.
Nordic Ware Double Burner Griddle
Heavyweight, this nonstick griddle is excellent for indoor and outdoor cooking.
T-FAL 10” Ceramic Square Griddle
Beautifully designed in white with a champagne handle, this is an eye-catching griddle. The handle is ergonomically designed and very comfortable.
Blue Diamond 11” Ceramic Square Griddle
This ceramic coating is PFOA- and PFAS-free. It does not contain lead or cadmium. Infused with diamonds it extra strong and long lasting. This robust pan is oven and broiler safe to 850F.
Bialetti Aeternum 10” Square Griddle
This is a solid pan with a thick base. The striking red and white design is beautiful. The ceramic nonstick coating is free of toxic chemicals and pollutants.
Faberware 11” Nonstick Griddle
The textured surface on this pan creates air pockets to prevent hotspots. It heats quickly and prevents burning.
Lodge 18” Griddle
This cast iron double burner is strong and durable. It retains heat well and distributes it evenly. This versatile griddle can be used indoors and outdoors.