If you prefer creating traditional breakfasts in your home kitchen, think about purchasing an electric griddle. Electric griddles are a more cost-effective substitute for the flat-top cooking tools used by short-order diner cooks. Instead of spending an eternity at the stove flipping two pancakes at once, they make it feasible to prepare greasy spoon favorites like pancakes, bacon, French toast, fried eggs, and grilled cheese sandwiches in big quantities.
- Presto Electric Tilt-N-Fold Griddle
Presto is the manufacturer of two of our favorite electric griddles. The Presto Electric Tilt-n-Fold Griddle is remarkably quick to set up and operate, and thanks to its small size, it’s easy to store in kitchen cupboards when not in use. It has a huge, smooth, nonstick frying surface that heats generally equally and may be tilted to drain the oil.
2. Presto 22-Inch Electric Griddle
Even more affordably priced is Presto’s 22-Inch Electric Griddle. The entirely detachable handles on this small model make cleaning and storing it a pleasure. It fits nicely in the cabinet next to your baking sheets and cooling racks. Furthermore, the crosshatch nonstick surface pattern on this model keeps pancakes from slipping when you’re attempting to flip them.
This design choice has the effect of making cooking oily foods—like bacon—harder to get grease out of. Additionally, without a tilting mechanism, grease won’t gather in the drip tray; instead, it will accumulate in the center of the griddle. This is a great alternative for folks who want a sweet brunch but don’t have a griddle to fry breakfast meats.
3. Broil King Professional Portable Nonstick Griddle
Similar to the Tilt-n-Fold, the Broil King’s legs can be adjusted to pitch the cooking surface, which helps drop fat into the grease trap. The Tilt-n-Fold variant is more expensive and bulkier, but it can be stored in cabinets more conveniently when stored vertically. The stainless steel backsplash is detachable, which is a wonderful concept because it reduces oil spray and serves as a backstop while turning food with a spatula. However, because of its delicate design, it is more of a hassle than a special feature.
4. Lodge Reversible Cast Iron Stovetop Griddle
In order to control how seared you want the food to be, the Lodge Reversible Cast Iron Stovetop Griddle has a sizable cast iron cooking surface. This may allow you to cook larger amounts of food. Electric griddle temperatures are not high enough to completely sear hamburgers or other items.
- Wolf Gourmet Precision Electric Griddle-This griddle is enormous and excessively pricey. I can’t rationalize paying that much money on this particular piece of culinary equipment, despite the fact that it works wonderfully.
- Zojirushi Gourmet Sizzler and Oster Titanium Infused Duraceramic Griddle-Both of these models burnt pancakes due to overheating. Pancake batter collects between the cooking surface and fixed handles of the Oster griddle, making cleanup difficult. Grease drip trays are not available for the Zojirushi model.
- Breville Smart Grill-One of the priciest models is this sandwich press. It only comes with one griddle plate attachment, so if you want to utilize both cooking surfaces as a griddle, you’ll have to spend more money on a second adapter (and one grill plate attachment). Given the already exorbitant price, that is a lot to hope for.
- Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler-This griddle, which is an alternative design in the shape of a sandwich press, performs poorly; the small cooking surfaces were never hot enough to give pancakes a golden brown color. This machine needs to do its primary task before worrying about tackling the remaining four chores.
- Black + Decker Family-Sized Electric Griddle-Despite being reasonably priced, this griddle cooked unevenly and was difficult to clean. Similar to the Oster model, food scraps can easily become stuck between the griddle’s base and the cooking surface.
- Secura Electric Reversible 2-in-1 Grill Griddle-Despite the fact that this model heats up fairly evenly, the placement of the drip tray and the unusual glass top make using it difficult.
What To Look For In an Electric Griddle
The main draw of an electric griddle is how much food it can cook in (relative) volume. While nonstick pans work well for cooking omelets and scrambled eggs, many pancakes cannot be cooked at once on a single skillet. Attempting to cook everything at once in several pans is an option, as is serving hotcakes to hungry visitors one or two at a time while keeping them warm in the oven while the rest of the batch is being prepared. None of those choices are the best.
We can cook these foods in larger batches using electric griddles, and cleanup is just as simple as it is when using nonstick pans.
The majority of electric griddles on the market have the same basic layout: a rectangular, nonstick, flat cooking surface heated by an electric coil on the bottom. On the detachable power line, a control dial is used to cycle the heat on and off to maintain the appropriate temperature. The majority of models come with a removable drip pan for collecting frying grease.
Despite sharing a basic design, different griddles operate very differently. A good electric griddle has to have a sizable cooking area that heats evenly for reliable frying and browning. We want a griddle to have a small footprint because it’s not a standard item of kitchenware. It shouldn’t be too heavy or burdensome for us to want to take it out of the cabinet when it might be useful.
How do you clean an electric griddle?
After use, the electric griddle needs to be completely cool before being unplugged. After removing the griddle’s heat control, you can bring the top to the sink and wash it there with a sponge and soapy water. The griddle’s removable drip tray is probably safe for the dishwasher. We suggest reading the manufacturer’s care instructions to be safe. Before storing the electric griddle, completely dry it off.
What’s the best way to store an electric griddle?
If you have room, keeping your electric griddle in the box it arrived in is the safest option. However, if space is an issue, store your griddle on its side. Before wrapping the cord tightly, be sure nothing is resting or contacting the soft nonstick surface. Consult the instruction manual if the manufacturer has provided any specific storage instructions.
Can you use metal utensils on an electric griddle?
The nonstick cooktop that is a feature of most electric griddles can be scratched and damaged by using metal utensils on an electric griddle. However, if your griddle is made of steel or well-seasoned cast iron, like our recommended stovetop griddle, feel free to use metal utensils.
What can you cook on an electric griddle?
An electric griddle can be used to cook numerous pancakes at once, as well as bacon, eggs, French toast, grilled cheese, and a number of other dishes.