Griddles are probably best known for pancakes and sunny-side-up eggs, but they’re actually one of the most versatile cooking surfaces available. A griddle can be used to cook hamburgers while warming their buns, to crisp up carnitas while warming tortillas, or to sear steaks instead of using an outdoor grill.
These wider cooktops provide plenty of space to cook for a large household and can also serve as warming trays for a buffet spread. In addition to providing consistent heat and being easy to clean, electric griddles can be mounted on any tabletop with an outlet, allowing them to be used on any tabletop with an outlet.
Here are our top picks for electric griddles to add to your kitchen.
Zojirushi Gourmet Sizzler Electric Griddle
If you plan to cook with a griddle every day, you may want to consider investing in a high-quality griddle. Zojirushi’s luxurious model features a large 19 x 12.5-inch cooking surface with a temperature range of 176 to 425 degrees. Nonstick ceramic coating enhanced with titanium makes the cooking surface long-lasting, easy to clean and promotes even browning. You can easily disassemble the griddle for cleaning, so you can reach all the nooks and crannies.
In order to prevent accidental scalding, the cooking plate sits inside a body guard. You can thoroughly clean both the guard and the cooking plate by completely immersing them. Griddle with lid for faster cooking, to hold in steam, and to prevent splatter. Also included is a stainless steel spatula.
NutriChef Electric Griddle and Crepe Maker
The NutriChef electric crepe maker and griddle is easy to use and features a large (12 inches) nonstick surface that cooks quickly and evenly, as our tester points out: “I was impressed at how evenly the crepes cooked,” she said. Additionally, this surface has a short lip to prevent batter from spilling over the edge.
The NutriChef also includes a wooden pastry spreader and wooden crepe turner with beveled edges, which our tester found very helpful when folding over the crepes due to their large diameter. She also likes the fact that she can cook other breakfast favorites such as eggs, bacon, and sausage with the appliance.
Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler
You won’t be disappointed with the 5-in-1 Griddler from Cuisinart if versatility is important to you. There are interchangeable plates that allow you to use the machine as a griddle or grill, as well as a traditional panini press (a waffle plate option is also available). The lid can be opened completely to create a flat top griddle that’s perfect for making pancakes, eggs, and bacon for the family. The selector knobs on the front control the temperature, which ranges from 175 to 450 degrees. During panini/grill mode, you can adjust the temperature from “low” to “sear” depending on your preferences.
Griddle/grill combo with brushed stainless steel exterior, easy to clean with a simple wipe down. This removable nonstick plate can both be washed in the dishwasher and by hand, making it easy to keep clean. If you would like more options of griddler by Cuisinart, you can find them in a guide we have compiled.
Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle
While a large griddle is excellent for feeding a crowd, this compact griddle can accommodate four fried eggs, a pair of steaks, or hash browns for breakfast if you’re cooking for one or two. The cooking surface measures 8.5 x 10.5 inches and has a nonstick coating for easy cleanup. Griddles have a built-in channel that collects fat and other drippings, but there is no drip tray, so you’ll have to pour it out after cooking.
The entire griddle is fully submersible for easy cleaning when the temperature control is removed. The temperature ranges from warm to 400 degrees, so you can prepare most meals in it, whether you are cooking at home, at a vacation cottage, or in a dorm room. When not in use, the legs and handle pieces can be removed to make it even smaller.
Dash Mini Maker Electric Round Griddle
Griddles come in different sizes and types, and this one is small enough to use anywhere there is an electrical outlet. With this fun-sized griddle by Dash you can make single servings of eggs, pancakes, cookies, and more in an office kitchen, dorm room, or tiny apartment. Once you plug it in and wait for the indicator light to go out, you can make grilled cheese sandwiches and quesadillas in minutes.
Despite its small size, you can confidently cook a burger or breakfast sandwich without a whole pan and burner setup. Its nonstick, PFOA-free cooking surfaces are easy to clean with a damp cloth, and its compact size makes it easy to store when not in use.