Outdoor griddles are awesome cooking appliances. The flattop design is ideal for cooking various foods, from breakfast and dinner to anything in between.
Griddles are very versatile, as they are like massive frying pans, and they sort of work like grills as well.
Breakfast is one of the leading candidates for anything to do with a griddle, but there is so much more. That said, seeing as the griddle is ideal for breakfast foods, we will be focusing on those more than anything else. Let’s take a look at some of the best foods you can make on a griddle.
Pancakes and French Toast
One of the best things to make on an outdoor griddle is pancakes. That batter is the perfect consistency for even cooking on the flat surface, plus griddles are usually large enough to make at least a dozen pancakes at once.
The cool thing about pancakes is that they come with so much variety. You can make blueberry, chocolate, chocolate-chip banana, strawberry, buttermilk, and many other types of pancakes. There is also the fact that pancakes are super easy to make.
If you want to get a little fancier, you can always opt to make French toast. Get that bread, dip it in an egg, milk, sugar, and cinnamon mixture, and then fry it till it’s crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and golden brown to the eye.
Bacon and Sausages
When it comes to both the best breakfast foods and the most ideal foods to cook on a griddle, bacon is at the top of both lists. Bacon is delicious. It’s fatty, smoky, salty, and every strip is a joy to eat.
An outdoor griddle is a perfect appliance for cooking bacon because it allows that fat to render and cook off really well. All the greasy smoke and steam is left outside, and the results of cooking bacon on a griddle are just as good as any other method.
Moreover, depending on your outdoor griddle’s size, you can fit several pounds of bacon on there at once. That said, you may prefer breakfast sausages over bacon, which are just as good to cook on a griddle as anything else. Heck, maybe you want bacon and sausages!
Eggs, Eggs, and More Eggs
Yes, how could we possibly ignore eggs? Eggs are one of the favorite foods worldwide; they are super tasty, there are many recipes and cooking methods, they don’t cost much, and they are more or less foolproof to cook. Besides making a poached egg, you can do virtually anything on a flattop griddle.
Whether you want your eggs scrambled, over easy, sunny side up, or formed into an omelet with cheese and tomatoes, a griddle can do it all. A well-oiled outdoor griddle is also ideal for eggs because they shouldn’t stick to the surface.
Home Fries and Hash Browns
We covered pancakes, bacon, sausages, and eggs in terms of breakfast, so the only thing remaining now is the potato. Although fried potatoes are not particularly healthy, they sure are tasty.
Whether you want to make a potato rosti, hash browns, home fries, or anything in between, an outdoor griddle is a perfect candidate for this. If you are going for a full breakfast, you just cannot ignore those potatoes.
A fan favorite is the grilled cheese sandwich. It’s simple but delicious. Slap some cheese between 2 slices of bread, put some butter on the griddle, and cook it for a few minutes. It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you want to spice things up a bit, there are about 101 grilled cheese variations for you to try, including those with bacon, ham, avocado, onion rings, and more.
Speaking of So Much More
The fact of the matter is that an outdoor griddle is very versatile. It’s something that you can use to cook virtually any type of food. Put it this way, if you have meat or veggies that you would grill or cook in the frying pan, they are prime candidates for the griddle.
The bottom line is that if you have never used an outdoor griddle before, we recommend giving it a try. You can cook so many things on them, and the results are always fantastic.