The Best Propane Griddles – Our Top Picks

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Outdoor cooking was made easy with the introduction of flat top propane griddles if you want to be known as the “Camp Champ” then be ready to select the best propane griddle in the market. 

Many people find cooking outdoors bring about some sort of a therapeutic effect and it somehow provided them with a sense of fulfillment whenever they flip that fine beef patty or smell the scent of lobster and fajitas sizzling on top of the griddle.

Amidst the rise of technology, social media and tons of online games. Spending time outdoors provides people a break by spending quality time with other people. Socialization coupled with eating a healthy meal is truly beneficial to the body. It allows you to detoxify by breathing fresh air, bathing in the sun, conquering new challenges which leads to a good night’s sleep, decreased depression anxiety and stress.

In fact, there’s even a survey proving that camping has become more popular among Millennials because aside from the fact that it offers more affordable options when planning for a trip outdoors, it gives them the opportunity to slow down and unwind especially they can enjoy camping in all its forms – from backcountry to adventure camping and of course, glamping.

Recommended Propane Cooking Griddles for all your outdoor cooking

There’s just something very special about outdoor cooking, a lot of people including myself would agree that not only did we enjoy the food but the process of preparing it is memorable as well.

The feeling of togetherness plus the scent of nature combined with the different spices added to the food is just superb, that feeling alone either brings you back down to memory lane or time warps you to a particular moment in your life. There’s just something magical and very special about outdoor cooking, because everything does not only look palatable, but they taste divine too.

Though outdoor cooking differs substantially from kitchen-based cooking because of the undefined space of your cooking area and require a different set of rules and equipment, no one can stop us from making this a part of the tradition whether between family members or friends alike.

Which brings me to point out that whether you’re going camping or just decided to enjoy the summer breeze in your backyard grilling that juicy, savory hotdog, marinated beef, perfectly coated chicken with lots of eggs and bacon strips with tons of side dishes and vegetables.

It doesn’t matter what your exact location outside the home is, because there will be a number of choices for cookware that you can use to prepare a variety of dishes that you can enjoy along with the perfect ambiance. Whether it’s a flat top propane griddle, portable propane griddle or a stainless-steel propane griddle, all you really have to do is choose the one which you think will be able to enhance the experience of dining with the family in that picturesque ambiance.

Using gas for cooking is a staple whether you are using a large or small kitchen equipment as cooking with gas provides more heat than electricity can. There are a number of areas where gas is much cheaper compared to electricity which gives them more savings in the long run. We have to understand what types of gas we can use to get the maximum benefits of the said cooking alternative.

Propane is extracted from crude oil and petroleum gases during their refinement process. According to an article, the major advantage of using propane is the portability option. It allows you to move anywhere you want because the tank travels with the unit.

People who may not have been interested in camping before are now finding alternative and interesting new ways to camp. Another important consideration when camping is the location and intensity of the terrain, because on average a person burns over 500 calories per hour so it’s essential that we replenish the calories and fluid that we lose during the process.

This is when the necessity of being able to immediately prepare a hot drink or warm meal comes in. The convenience of being able to settle down and set up immediately has brought about a lot of innovative camping essentials that we can choose from.

These data only cement the idea for the growing demand in high quality, easy to use, portable and compact (or easy to move) propane griddle for camping, small propane griddle and outdoor propane griddle. Let’s find out as I try to shrink the list of propane griddles and which among them will stand out from the rest.

There are so many propane griddles to choose from and it’s definitely going to be easy selecting the best one for us. There are griddles with all the best feature but may fail in a single aspect while for some it’s not going to be much of a biggie, but it may be something that you truly value then you won’t be able to have a positive experience with the product. Watch out as we search, try out and research about the best in the propane griddle category.

* Blackstone 36-inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station

If you’re cooking for the family or inviting the whole neighborhood, this griddle got you covered. This propane griddle which is also known to provide “The Ultimate Griddle Experience” where the parts are carefully placed in an average-sized box and comes with an instructional manual for easy assembly.

It’s easier to assemble if you’re going to place the base upside down. It has 4 solid stainless-steel burners which allows you to set 4 different cooking zones and gives you the versatility to cook any meal you desire. It also comes with an electronic ignition powered by an electric push button igniter for a fast start every time which utilizes 1 double A battery.

However, you will not be able to turn on the steel burner farthest from the ignition without turning on the one nearest the ignition first and then the second and so on. It has to be a chain reaction, sometimes it may be difficult due to factors like the direction or force of the wind. The part where the propane gas container is supposed to be placed is a bit difficult to attach but acceptable.

This one is very easy to transport from one place to another.

But I suggest that you assemble the parts outdoors where you will be likely do the cooking as the griddle is heavy weighing about 120 pounds. When you’ve finally decided where you would like your griddle to stay, just don’t forget to click the two locking casters to keep it in place.

This griddle boasts of its new accessories, the Side Shelf with removable cutting board, convenient paper towel holder plus the trash bag hook that are strategically placed. I’m thinking of finding a wider sized garbage bag that would fit the garbage opening so that it will not be too stretched to the point of tearing especially when it’s full of trash already. The Rear Grease Management System which helps eliminate mess and excess grease from the griddle.

The cooktop is big enough for parties, camping and even catering events. The top is made of carbon steel and this comes coated with protective oil to prevent rust and it was noted in the instructions, you need to wash the oil off. So, I diluted a few drops of dishwashing liquid on a warm water then rinsed it with hot water. I patted the griddle dry and followed the steps on how to season the griddle for long lasting effect.

This is done by wiping an on a thin layer of flax oil over the cooking surface which can be applied with a paper towel, wipe off the excess – still with a paper towel. Turn on all the burners for 30 minutes or so with the aim of burning the oil in. Turn the burners off and let the griddle cool. Repeat the process and do around 4-5 coats. Having completed the seasoning process, you will be able to achieve the optimal shiny black looking surface.

With 720 square inches of cooking area, the 4 adjustable burners make it possible to use just one or two burners when cooking for a single person. Before starting to cook on your griddle check the level. You may use a construction level or anything that may help you ensure that the grease or any other liquid flows to the drain.

Even with a perfectly seasoned cooking surface I still add a dash of oil to all the food that I cook whether it is bacon, eggs, ham, steak etc. When you’re done with cooking, here comes the most unanticipated clean-up. When cleaning the griddle, you may want to wipe off the excess grease or oil on the griddle top.

Overall, the Blackstone griddles cooking is remarkable except for the following reasons which I’ve also read from other users as well. The grease drain problem doesn’t seem to have been resolved yet. There are times when the grease will miss the griddle cup and will slide down one of the griddle legs. There’s one trick that I learned on how to deal with this issue. Using a paper clip or any piece of wire, stick it on the hole down to the grease cup, the grease will then run down the wire instead.

Another thing that you can do is to wrap a small piece of foil around the end of the drain to funnel the grease to the direction of the cup. Another thing that I noticed, and I’ve also seen similar concerns from other users is the availability of the additional accessories, specifically the new accessory side shelf where the removable cutting board, paper tower holder and trash bag are placed.

The removable chopping board acts as the cover for the trash bin, when you pull-out the chopping board it’s a bit difficult to put back. It’s still acceptable but this can also a major concern for others. This product is still very good in terms of delivering and fulfilling its promise of cooking the tastiest steaks, bacon, eggs, burgers and veggies but if you have concerns for the other aspects then you may still continue searching for “the one.”

Pros:

  • Made with powder coated Black Steel frame
  • Stainless Steel burners and thick cold Rolled Steel cooktop
  • Controllable heat zones
  • Transportable
  • Easy to assemble
  • Prepare food- restaurant style

Cons:

  • Difficult to place the propane gas on the groove
  • One ignition control for all 4 burners
  • Grease is difficult to collect even if draining system was transferred to the rear
  • The top needs to be seasoned

* Royal Gourmet PD1300 Portable 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill Griddle

This griddle has been considered as a game changer in the propane gas griddle industry. Talk about convenience if you’re going glamping with the family just bring this griddle in your RV and you can set it up later on in your favorite location. Without the hassle of setting up the big bulky griddle you can still enjoy your family’s all-time favorites without sacrificing some luxuries that you do not want to go without.

Since the idea of this glamorous camping is to experience camping and being one with nature but if something from home will make the trip more enjoyable, then go ahead and bring that portable propane griddle with you and cook out meals that you traditionally enjoy with your family.

If you have already booked a trip with your family but having second thoughts on how you will be preparing your meal without too much fuss, you may try Royal Gourmet’s Portable 3-Burner Propane Gas Griddle. I already did and so I’ll be sharing with you the things I found out about this compact outdoor propane griddle.

When you first open the box of this 36-pounder baby, you will see how nicely packed all the parts are including the user manual. This one speaks heavy duty taking up a 30-pound propane with porcelain enamel griddle top.

Another good news is that you no longer need to season the griddle compared to other propane that needs to be seasoned which is done in order to create a non-stick surface that’s natural and adds flavor to food. It also includes a huge grease collector which by the way is very important especially if you’re cooking in your patio and you don’t like the idea of grease trickling down the leg of your griddle and onto the floor.

Assembly is much easier because it’s much smaller than its counterparts.

Be sure to check that all the parts are complete before you start to assemble so if anything is missing you can easily take note and report it to their customer service which by the way have received a remarkable praise based on the reviews.

Though, thankfully for us we got all the parts complete and so the construction began. We started by connecting the foot under the main body followed by the griddle on top, you should wash this part with warm soapy water and rinse and wipe thoroughly. Plugin the regulator and attach the hose for the propane gas and you’re ready to start cooking.

This stainless-steel propane griddle has 3 burners and 316 square inches of cooking area. With its durable stainless control panel with Piezo Ignition System.

Since each burner has a separate control, you may cook different sets simultaneously, it’s truly perfect for preparing heaps of fried rice, eggs, French toast, pancakes, pork belly, beef steak, caramelized onions and buttered corn and carrots. The design is so compact it’s not only perfect for nights on the patio or outdoor parties but even for picnics and camping.

Pros:

  • Durable stainless-steel control panel with piezo ignition system
  • 3 separately controlled burners
  • Comes with porcelain enamel griddle top, easy to clean by paper towel and warm soap water
  • Customer service is remarkable

Cons:

  • Sometimes the food sticks and so the equipment becomes difficult to clean
  • Uneven heat distribution
  • Porcelain coating comes off after several use

* Camp Chef Flat Top Grill 900 Outdoor Griddle FTG900 Black

Pool Parties never go out of style, it only gets better as time passes. As technology and innovation never stops so does family bonding experiences evolve, traditional pool parties may come as a bit of a boring family activity where the kids will probably just sit by the pool each one holding a gadget and looking down.

The adults will be busy checking in on their individual businesses possibly glancing at each other from time to time which leaves the elders wondering what they have gotten themselves into. It was summer of 2018 when the family decided to throw a pool party and have a mini reunion for the clan. We want it to be something really memorable where everybody will enjoy no matter what age or generation they come from.

However, we know that it’s not going to be easy as there are a ton of things that we have to consider. Pool parties in general sends out that positive and relaxing vibe which makes everyone feel carefree and relaxed. Apart from the decorations, lots of pool floats, nice music, games and refreshing drinks, the host should also ensure that everybody will be satisfied with the food that is being served.

We finalized our menu and decided that we will go for succulent and mouthwatering food that is still healthy and swimsuit friendly. There’s no other way to achieve this than to cook them on the griddle. There will be lots of vegetables such as grilled eggplants, apricot and tomato salad plus creamy cucumber and potato salad for appetizer. Of course, there will be lots of beef patties, tacos/ tortillas, bacons, hotdogs and vegetable sided dishes.

All these food preparation and cooking wouldn’t be an easy task without the help of my sister-in-law’s Camp Chef Flat Top Grill 900 Outdoor Griddle FTG900 in Black. In terms of size, that can accommodate tons of food at the same time. This outdoor propane griddle has a cooking surface that is already seasoned, no need to spend time in prepping the griddle ensuring that it will have a non-stick surface.

With its Cooking surface heat diffuser where there’s a huge heat diffusion plate that helps to evenly distribute the heat from the burners throughout the cooking surface and multiple attachment points of this heat diffusion plate also keep your cooking surface free from warping.

Now here’s the part that is quite complicated, the grease management system.

I’ve seen a lot of propane griddles fail tremendously in ensuring that grease disposal will be less messy but most of the time we experience excess oil streaming down the legs and sides of our griddles even trying out different alternatives to either fix or make the existing system work.

As for Camp Chef’s propane griddle, they introduced the second version of their grease management system where it sends everything to the center of the REAR of the cooking surface plus the grease cup is large and easily removable, cleanable and replaceable. It may not be considered a technological invention, but it sure does work well. Having burners that distribute heat evenly helps in a way that it conserves heat energy thus fuel consumption decreases which saves you money as well.

Having independent burners also means you can save on fuel consumption because you may leave two of your center burners on while the sides are turned off can be the area for keeping the cooked food warm.

Another wonderful thing about this griddle is the ability to maintain heat without any issue of heat loss even if you’re cooking outside and the weather becomes a bit windy because of the availability of burner wind deflection. Having said all those features, our family was very satisfied as it did bring everyone closer to one another.

Bonding over healthy and sumptuous meal plus the excitement of games and pool activities, we have to say that the outcome of the pool party and it was really a hit that will definitely become a family tradition and hopefully Camp Chef’s flat top propane griddle will also be able to join us for the years to come.

Pros:

  • Pre-seasoned, Non-Stick, Ready-to-Cook Surface
  • SIX 12,000 BTU Stainless Steel Burners
  • No need for matches
  • Easy clean Grease Management System Collects Dripping
  • Adjustable levelling, Under Surface for Increased, Portable Anywhere-Ability

Cons:

  • May rust if left outdoors- always cover

* Cuisinart CGG-501 Gourmet Two Burner Gas Griddle

For the more intimate lunch at the patio, outdoor dinner, camping or simply a movie projector night in the lawn you need to equip yourself with the essentials. Food is always a staple for any home or outdoor activity. What better way to prepare your food is to have a propane griddle that you can count on? For the most part, food preparation is one of the most essential yet one of the most difficult or cumbersome task.

Even if you’re going to do it in the comforts of your kitchen where all the things that you need is readily available what more if you will be tasked to do it outside, with limited tools, untouched location with an unpredictable weather? No matter how passionate someone is about cooking or no matter how a person loves his or her family, cooking on its own is not easy.

Coming up with the menu, listing down and preparing the ingredients will always seem to be a daunting task not to include the number of hours you will be spending behind the griddle. It will always be a challenge to anybody. This is probably the reason why research and development teams of cookware producers are always in search for fresh and innovative ideas that can minimize its emotional burden.

Thankfully, we are in the age of continuous innovation.

If you are not yet satisfied with the way your cookware performs, sooner or later you will be able to find that ideal tool that will make your cooking tasks more manageable. Eureka! I finally found it! Exclaimed my aunt. We were all startled as she sometimes has this type of mood when she’s exhausted, so we hurriedly went to the patio to offer immediate assistance.

To our surprise, she was smiling oh grinning rather. You know that smile where both sides of the lips are almost touching the left and right ears? Yep, that’s the one. She then blurted out excitedly, I think I found the one after a few failed experiences with kitchen appliances. It is indeed a moment to be celebrated when her husband gave her a Cuisinart Gourmet Two Burner Gas Griddle. The exclamation periods were definitely noticeable.

It was satisfying to watch her cook dinner for the family that evening, and I would have to admit my uncle was just as ecstatic. It seemed as if she was humming every time she adds an ingredient. Which left me wondering how a piece of appliance can change the atmosphere not to mention how we feel about something.

Sometimes it’s not just the food that we enjoy but what’s behind the preparation. I would say that, to be able to cook for the family means there’s so much love. But people get tired too, so we look for ways how it can be done that would be convenient for everyone. As I got curious with the small propane griddle in the patio I scrutinized the way it looked, how it carefully cooked the lamb chops and roasted butternut squash, so I borrowed the instructional manual to take a look about what’s so special about this cookware.

I was able to immediately notice how compact and portable this propane griddle is as it sat perfectly on the table top. It has a cold- rolled, sturdy steel surface with its two- burner as griddle. These two burners have enough power to cook ay meal. Though it is portable and compact, it has a spacious 285-square inch cooking space that is sufficient to make a steak meal for friends and family.

Add this advanced griddle to your open-air kitchen to have more cooking options. It’s just perfect for patios, decks, RVs and balconies. Since the unit comes fully assembled, it will not be a problem if you will give it as a gift to a person who has no patience in putting things together. They can use it immediately without the need for professional help and it no longer needs to be seasoned.

Aside from the benefits and practical things that can be seen in this product it is designed beautifully as well that it would blend well whether you put it on your patio table or bring it along with you during camping. I’m still in awe as to how that simple dinner with the family made us realize that most of the time we ignore or downplay the power of empathy.

We’ve been so used to how our aunt is whenever it’s their family’s turn to host the cook out that we already accepted it as a fact that it’s her personality, but we were all wrong, now that she is more comfortable preparing meals. She’s willing to take another schedule and it’s all because of an efficient and effective cookware.

Pros:

  • 285 square inch cooking space
  • 2 burners, which combine to create 20,000 BTUs
  • Cold rolled, thick steel surface

Cons:

  • A bit smaller than other propane griddles

* Brasero Portable 26-inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Griddle

I recently met with my high school best friends. We haven’t seen each other for almost 5 years so just imagine how much we missed each other and so the catching up was really intense. My friend who recently bought a new home hosted the reunion and we were amazed at how beautifully the meal was cooked and the taste was amazing, not to mention how guilt free the meal felt.

Did I mention that she didn’t know how to cook when she was single? But it didn’t matter now because she showed us that she really learned how to cook well. We had griddled chopped chicken salad, griddled salmon fillet with asparagus, and vanilla cinnamon crepe for desert.

We were having so much fun eating and reminiscing then we get to the point when we got curious about how she managed to learn this new skill amidst being busy with her career, taking care of her family and now the transfer to a new neighborhood.

She is now more concerned about eating healthy when an officemate of hers passed away due to obesity. All of us were speechless because even if we don’t see each other often we know that all of us have different cravings and boy, they aren’t very healthy. As she shared the story of her friend we were slowly realizing the importance of healthy eating and that we should all be starting to watch what we eat starting today.

We talked about ways on how we can improve our health without drastically changing our lifestyle and so as not to fall victim into yoyo diets. We need a solid plan and we decided to start counting calories and incorporating exercise in our daily routines. No matter how busy we are we will designate time for exercise and menu planning. She shared how the griddle she bought helped a lot in her transition to eating junk foods to allowing only what’s healthy to enter her body.

It became a habit of hers eventually but the journey towards this habit was not one bit easy. She tried a lot of diet regimen, but nothing seemed to work. While searching the internet she found out how she can still enjoy the food she likes without too much calorie. Since it involved cooking her own food, she hesitated at first then finally gave in after a week of contemplating.

She discovered this way of cooking where you can ensure that you lessen your fat intake, cook a variety of dishes even if you are an amateur at cooking and enjoy the sumptuous meal that you prepared yourself. She saved up for this griddle even if it meant lesser dining out and lesser fast-food intake. She purchased the Brasero Portable 26-inch flat top gas griddle.

At first, she thought of using it only during Sunday family weekends but seeing the benefit and how the food comes out really well it became their daily tool when cooking. This flat top propane griddle boasts of a healthier and friendlier way to cook, which I think is true since there will be no smoke, no flare-ups, and no carcinogens on the food. It’s very versatile, with its size you can cook for yourself only or a few but if you want to you can still cook for a good number of guests.

It’s considered economical and environment friendly since you don’t need to burn paper to start the coal from burning and economical because you only use propane and economical because of the even heat distribution brought about by the heat conductivity of the cast iron. It brings out the natural flavor of the food similar to how it tastes cooked on a big skillet.

Convenience and ease of use is also a quality that this griddle has, you can use it to cook any meal of the day no matter what time. Unlike power coated steel flat top our Cast iron griddle will not rust because clean-up is easy and very convenient. That’s also when I decided to follow the footsteps of my friend and decided to live a healthier life consistently

Pros:

  • A Friendlier and Healthier way of cooking. This one flawlessly blends entertainment and fun with nutritious grilling: no flare-ups, no smoke, no pollutants
  • Versatility: perfect for small and large amount of foods. It includes tender items such as marinated fish, egg, vegetables and many more.
  • Environment and Economically friendly.
  • The cleaning process is very easy and simple.
  • Stainless-steel Burners and Enamel Cast Iron Griddle
  • It includes Gas regulator. You will be able to purchase the cooking accessories separately if you want.
  • Heavy duty Cast iron (Enameled) griddle plate, which won’t rust.
  • Exactly similar taste as cooking on a large Skillet.
  • It includes Vinyl cover.

Cons:

  • Smaller than the typical griddle

Conclusion

Preparing a meal for yourself or for other people does not need to be tiring and stressful. Whether you choose to cook outside just because you want to enjoy the ambiance or go on camping to reconnect with nature, it’s important that you bring food that you, your family and your friends can share and enjoy. There’s no other convenient way to do this but through cooking with a propane griddle.

A gathering doesn’t need to be glamorous and expensive. What truly matters is that it will be a memorable one, something that most of your guest will enjoy.

As long as you are serving a healthy and sumptuous meal there will be an abundance of praise. Another thing is that the person behind the griddle is happy and will not be left out just because he or she is manning the griddle.

With the booming market in propane gas griddles due to the rise of people who want to experience going camping it feels impossible to find the best one for you without making a few failed choices. I don’t want you to waste your money buying each item that you feel would be the best fit, but we want you to use your instincts and know yourself more, so you can check what benefits and product ha higher value to you. Good luck with your choice and whatever it is, continue to enjoy using the best propane griddle with your family and friends.

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