9 Stovetop Griddles That Will Make Cooking for a Crowd Seem Easy

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Pancakes and grilled cheese sandwiches and burgers, oh my! Stovetop griddles are must-haves for any home cook. They give you an ample cooking surface to make big batches of whatever you're whipping up whether it's grilled vegetables, heaps of scrambled eggs, or piles of bacon — the options are endless.

Plus, if you're feeding a sizable family or hosting a weekend brunch, a stovetop griddle is just what you need to make cooking for a crowd feasible.

Here are nine of the best options on the market now.

1. All-Clad NS1 Nonstick Square Griddle, $49.95

All-Clad is a kitchen favorite for good reason. The products are durable, and this griddle, in particular, is also nonstick and dishwasher safe. The 11-inch square design offers 25% more cooking surface than a round pan and doesn't take up too much room in the kitchen cupboards. If you're on breakfast duty, this griddle fits four pancakes, and the straight walls hold in the ingredients as you flip them.

2. Le Creuset Signature Lite Grill Pan, $180

Le Creuset is the end-all, be-all brand of kitchenware. The colorful enamel pieces, which are shock-resistant to prevent chipping and cracking, are at the top of many wishlists. And now you can add this Signature Lite Pan to the roster. It works like an outdoor grill with the convenience of indoor cooking. The closely spaced ridges were designed to support delicate food, such as fish or vegetables, while allowing the excess fat and grease to drain.

3. Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Reversible Grill and Griddle, $29.97

Want eggs and pancakes for breakfast and grilled sandwiches for lunch? Nab one of these reversible griddles from Lodge; there's both a smooth side and a ribbed one. Plus, it can be used in the oven or on the stove, grill, or campfire.

4. Calphalon Premier 11-inch Nonstick Square Grill Pan, $42.99

Cooking for two? This petite grill pan will be the perfect addition to your kitchen, especially if you're short on space. We love that the stainless steel handle stays cool while you cook, and it's dishwasher safe. Crate & Barrel customers give this produc 4.9 out of 5 stars, so they like it as much as we do.

5. T-Fal Double Burner Griddle, $29.99

There are no bells and whistles with this stovetop griddle, but you don't need any. The silicone handles stay cool as you cook, and the nonstick coating ensures an easy cleanup. Additionally, it has an 18-inch x 11-inch design that covers two burners for only $30. What a steal.

6. Viking Cast Iron Double Burner Reversible Grill and Griddle, $99.99

Two sides, two purposes. This reversible griddle and grill makes delicious French toast on the smooth side, while grilling steaks to perfection on the other. Plus, a deep channel around the perimeter allows drippings to flow away from the food, making it perfect for cooking meats. This stovetop griddle is essential to any cookware collection.

7. Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Rectangular Skinny Griddle, $159.95

If you're working in a tiny kitchen, this skinny Le Creuset griddle is for you, as it saves space but still perfectly sears steaks, vegetables, and sandwiches. Don't worry about being too precious with the exterior, either; the colorful enamel is coated to resist chipping and cracking. And the durable black interior doesn't need to be seasoned.

8. Cuisinart 20-inch Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Griddle, $49.95

This Cuisinart stovetop griddle is begging for a pile of pancakes. It heats quickly and evenly over two burners, which is ideal for feeding a crowd. Plus, it's super durable and can be used day after day. We're not mad at the cool grip, stainless steel handles, either.

9. FINEX Cast Iron Grill Pan, $100

Crave that outdoor grill taste in the wintertime? This FINEX grill pan is the best indoor substitute; it even has long ribs to give your meats and veggies serious sear lines. As a bonus, you can make cross-hatch grill marks, while excess fats drip away. This grill pan comes in various shapes and sizes, so select the design best for your kitchen and food needs.


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