If you have considered buying an outdoor griddle lately, maybe you wondered what is the difference between an outdoor griddle and an outdoor grill. If so, make sure you check out the other article we wrote on that topic after this one. They are both full of good information and will help you in your decision-making process.
- Le Griddle outdoor set up
Now, for this article we are going to take a few minutes to go through 3 benefits of owning an outdoor griddle. It will be quick, it will be fun and by the end, you might just be hungry.
Benefits of owning an outdoor griddle
#1 - Flavor
It's no mystery that outdoor grills are known for bringing flavor to our favorite foods. Though, what you may not know is that griddles have their own abilities to flavor foods to perfection. While grills are known for making the infamous "grill marks", the flat surface of a gas griddle allows you to sear foods along the edges for a beautifully charred crust.
Whether it be beef or tuna, you can cover a steak in your favorite spices, throw it on the griddle and viola, you will have a gorgeous, spice-infused piece of meat in no time.
- seared tuna
Don't despair if you aren't a meat lover though. The flat surface of an outdoor griddle is good for locking in juices of any food you want to cook. Grills allow for grease and fat to drip through the rack and off the food. But on a gas griddle, the juices cant escape, so they have no choice but to lock in your veggies, fajitas or whatever fancy concoction you come up with that day.
The high heat, flat surface combo also allows you to use it like a wok if you want. So, you can whip up some tasty stir fry any night of the week. Never again will you have to go to a hibachi bar and watch the chef light onions on fire for the 17,000th time.
#2 - Community
We already talked about how a griddle brings flavor to your food, but what about people? Isn't the second-best part of eating, having people to eat with?
The large, flat surface of a griddle gives you room to cook larger portions at one time. It will work great for family cookouts... or if you're just really hungry and need the whole thing to feed yourself. Now, you might wonder, if I am feeding all these people, how am I going to have enough types of food to please everyone's taste buds? Not to worry, on an outdoor griddle you can cook breakfast, lunch and dinner side by side if you need to.
- griddle with several types of food
Hamburgers, quesadillas, bacon, eggs or even pasta will all have a place at the table when you fire up a gas griddle. Whether you have picky eaters or are making a buffet, you can do just about anything on an outdoor griddle.
#3 - Durability
The last benefit of owning an outdoor griddle, and a really important one I might add, is how durable they are. Griddles are usually made from stainless steel. If you don't know why that is important, let me help you.
Stainless steel is resistant to oxidation which means you can have it for several years before you start to see any signs of rust. It also holds up under sticky, greasy foods, so you won't end up with layers of stuck-on food and no way to clean it.
It's also good to remember that the flame of a griddle is never exposed. An outdoor grill can be temperamental during cold weather or high winds because the grate doesn't fully cover the flames. So, the added benefit of the flat, covered surface of a griddle is that the temperature or the weather outside will never affect your ability to cook.
- grill covered in snow
As a side note, if you want to be certain every piece of your griddle lasts as long as possible, it would be a good idea to get a push button ignition instead of an electronic one. Electronic ignitions are more common and easier to light. But a push button flame will always outlast the electronic ignition. So, if longevity is important to you, you may want to consider the push button flame.
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