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The griddle is sort of a hot plate, a flat, sleek metal surface with the heat supply directly beneath. The food cooks directly on the plate.

While most hot plates are spherical, griddles are principally rectangular. The scale varies, depending on its use, which can be indoor or outside, home, or business cookery.

They can be massive for home use or sufficiently small to accommodate a variety of foods between the burners. There are even work surface models for creating breakfast at the table or anyplace that has a wall plug.

Griddles can even be an easy flat piece of iron or steel that goes over a fire or burner.

The necessary characteristic of a griddle is that it remains level. Otherwise, liquids can escape to at least 1 side of the grill.

The thicker the metal, the higher the heat retention and quality. Also, agent metals could make uneven cooking surfaces for griddles, which may not be ideal for BBQ lovers.

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What can I cook on a griddle?

This flat cooking surface is perfect for cooking the following foods and more:

  • Pancakes
  • Flapjacks
  • Hamburgers
  • Sausage
  • French toast
  • Bacon
  • Eggs
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Quesadillas
  • Hot dogs

Did you know there are also specific griddle plates for induction hobs?

Can you cook a steak on a griddle?

Absolutely! Steak cooked on the griddle is delicious and flavorful.

First, preheat the griddle to 300 F. Then, place your stakes and cook for approximately 3 or 4 minutes on each side.

You can cook steak on any type of griddle. The taste will be similar to a steak cooked in a frying pan, but it’s still a form of barbecue.

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Is a griddle healthier to cook on than a grill?

Is griddle healthier  than cooking a grill?

Yes, overall, a griddle is healthier to cook on because it requires less grease. And if you use less grease, the food is generally much healthier.

The foods are basically baked in their own juice as opposed to being fried, so they contain fewer calories and fats. But grilling is a healthy way of cooking, whether you use a grill or a griddle. 

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.