While flat top grills have been around since the 50’s, they had much less penetration outside of the commercial realm. Over the last several decades, there has been an increase in the consumer market for flat top grills.
While there is a technical distinction between a flat top grill and a full griddle grill, the lines have been blurred significantly to in effect, become on in the same. In fact, often flat top grills are referred to as griddle grills and therefore sold as such. Realistically, the difference has no practical effect and thus the griddle grills and flat top grills are essentially the same now.
Commercial to Consumer
The only difference between a flat top grill and griddle grills is technically the burner shape. The burner shape in a commercial flat grill is typically U or S-shaped. Griddle grills usually have a tub burner running down the middle. Again, this has been blurred somewhat because overall, burners have increased in efficiency and some grills will use multiple tube burners instead of a single shaped burner to produce the BTU’s for the grill. For backyard, consumer grills some will have multiple tube burners to heat the grill and some just have the name as a griddle grill to make it more appealing to the general public.
Practically, what can be prepared on a flat grill in a traditional sense can also be prepared on a griddle grill. Thus making the name just a matter of convention and not a means of telling the types apart. Flat/Griddle grills are perfect for all types of food and are great for making hibachi style food as well. In many cases, it is a good idea to have both a regular grill/smoker and a flat grill to increase the diversity in food styles and choices. Whatever your passion, a flat/griddle grill is a great addition to your backyard.
Five Great Flat/Griddle Grills
Best Outdoor Cooking Gas Grill Griddle Station
This grill – Blackstone 28 Series Grill offers a generous flat surface and dual, independent burners for heat production and food preparation. The dual burners are controlled separately for exacting control over the flat surface and both are push button ignited for fast cooking.
The cart is foldable for easy transportation and the commercial level casters are lockable in position. This is a new grill for a new market but the people who have purchased this grill love it for all types of grilling, including breakfast.
Top Flat Top Double Griddle
Another new flat grill on the market is this one by Griddles. This model – Griddles Brand 32″ Wide Stainless Series Flat Grill is a 32 inch wide flat griddle/grill that features two separate burners for exacting control and the flat surface has splash lips and a forward facing grease catch.
The surface is made of heavy duty stainless and offers good resistance to heat warping. The surface also had two large handles for easy carry and the legs can be removed for fast and easy carry. This type of flat grill is great for tailgating, parties, camping and more.
Best Flat Top Grill for the Price
Camp Chef has a large line of different grills all highly respected and this model fits their flat grill line. Relatively new on the market, this grill – Camp Chef Flat Top Grill offers a generous surface area over 600 square inches and the burners are independent for exacting control. There are four burners, each producing 12K BTU of heat and are push button ignited for easy starts.
The flat surface is interchangeable and the lower cart has dual shelves which give you plenty of room for storage. People who purchased this grill love the fact it can be used as a grill or griddle with the grates coming with, and the excellent heat distribution.
Top Rated Propane Griddle
Perfect as a stand alone or as a compliment to your existing grill, this dual burner flat grill – Outdoor Gourmet Pro Series Flat Grill offers plenty of space for flat cooking and it has dual burners that produce over 26K BTU of heat. The two side shelves easily fold up or down for adding or subtracting work space and the lower cart has a forward splash plate for protection.
It has four heavy duty casters that are easily lockable and the cooking surface has splash resistant sides and a forward grease catch. Again, this is a great unit that can be used by itself or as an addition to your existing grill setup.
High End Gas Griddle
For those that have a built in grill or want to add a component, the Blaze 30-inch Built-in Natural Gas Griddle is a top of the line, flat grill/griddle station. The dual burners are U shaped to ensure proper heat distribution for the surface and both are push ignited and turn to run for easier control.
The unit is all stainless steel and it comes with a best in class, life time warranty. This model uses natural gas and it can be converted or you can purchase one designed for propane. There is also a stainless steel lid for protecting your flat surface.
For the best results, closely follow the recommended manufacturer’s guidelines in clean and use of your new grill. Don’t forget to use a water resistant cover to protect your grill from the elements.