32 Recipes That Make the Most of Your Griddle (2024)

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32 Recipes That Make the Most of Your Griddle (1)

ByLisa Kaminski

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Updated: Feb. 01, 2024

    Your griddle isn't just for breakfast, though it definitely shines when it comes to pancakes! Check out our favorite griddle recipes from flapjacks to grilled cheese to tasty twists on French toast.


    The Best Ever Pancakes

    I’m not joking when I say I make pancakes every weekend. I love them in any form and variation. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

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    Tex-Mex Breakfast Haystacks

    I love haystacks and wanted to make a fun Tex-Mex recipe for my family. Adding panko crumbs and cheese to the hash browns before cooking gives them a wonderful golden brown color and crisp texture. —Donna-Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts

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    Salsa Corn Cakes

    This recipe is super with fresh or canned corn. I whip up these patties to serve alongside nachos or tacos on hot summer evenings. The salsa is subtle but adds flavor. —Lisa Boettcher, Rosebush, Michigan

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    My grandpa made an awesome breakfast for us grandkids: French toast that started on the griddle as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. —Lindsey Folsom, Dorsey, Illinois

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    Waffle Monte Cristos

    We love the sweet, smoky flavor of these morning sandwiches. I use store-bought frozen waffles to save time, but have at it if you want to put your waffle maker to good use. —Kelly Reynolds, Urbana, Illinois

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    Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

    These pancakes have less sodium per serving than other pancakes made from mixes. Decrease sodium even further by stretching the mix with banana, oats and walnuts. In our house we just sprinkle these with a little confectioners' sugar, because the fruit is so sweet you don't need syrup. — Patricia Swart, Galloway , New Jersey

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    Grilled Cheese and Avocado Sandwich

    Who doesn’t love a grilled cheese sandwich? This version kicks it up a notch with avocado, tons of cheese and extra-crispy bread. —Josh Rink, Taste of Home Food Stylist

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    Cranberry Chip Pancakes

    These simple pancakes taste so great, you don't even need syrup! Liven them up by adding cranberries, orange juice and vanilla chips to classic pancake batter. —Aris Gonzalez, Deltona, Florida

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    Sausage Stuffed French Toast

    Kids like to help stuff the sausage and cheese into the bread, so this is a good holiday treat. I serve it year-round for breakfast when we have guests or on special family occasions.

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    Carrot Cake Pancakes

    Here's a way for fans of carrot cake to have their favorite dessert for breakfast. These delicate, decadent pancakes are drizzled with sweet and spicy maple syrup that complements the sour cream and nut topping. —Leane Goering, Salem, Indiana

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    This bacon sandwich with Dijon mustard and two kinds of cheese is the perfect combo of creamy-melty filling and crispy, buttery bread. —Sharon Delaney-Chronis, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    Polish Apple Pancakes

    My mom used to make these wonderful pancakes for me as an after-school snack. She'd simply put a sprinkle of confectioners' sugar on top. What a delicious treat! —Jane Zielinski, Rotterdam Junction, New York

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    Favorite Meat Loaf Gyros

    This is definitely a different gyro meat recipe, yet it is so good! I slice leftover meat in individual portions and freeze for any time I crave a gyro. —Sharon Rawlings, Tampa, Florida

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    Pierogi Quesadillas

    When I had hungry children in the kitchen and nothing but leftovers, I invented these quesadillas. Now it's how we always use up our potatoes, meats and sometimes veggies. —Andrea Dibble, Solon, Iowa

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    Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes

    These pumpkin pancakes are also delicious served with butter or whipped topping and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Freeze any extras in a single layer on a cookie sheet, then store in a freezer bag. They're great fresh out of the toaster! —Mindy Bauknecht, Two Rivers, Wisconsin

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    The Best Ever Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Spreading a mixture of mayo and butter on the bread creates a delightfully crispy crust with the well-loved, wonderful flavor of butter one expects on a grilled cheese sandwich.—Josh Rink, Taste of Home Food Stylist

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    Marmalade French Toast Sandwiches

    I change up these warm, filling sandwiches to be sweet or savory but always a treat. All it takes is a different jelly or jam. Try hot pepper jelly when you want a little sizzle. —Danielle Loring, Lewiston, Maine

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    My kids love to help make these towers. They measure, mix, whisk and build stacks. It's a family custom and a perfect summer breakfast or dessert. —Josie Shapiro, San Francisco, California

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    Country Potato Pancakes

    These potato pancakes are really versatile. They can be a side dish for just about any meal or the main course for a light meal. Potato pancakes go particularly well with pork. We have them often at our house. —Lydia Robotewskyj, Franklin, Wisconsin

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    I turned peanut butter and jelly into French toast. Cut up and skewer these nifty sandwiches. You win the crown for creative parent of the year. Check out my blog, nibblesbynic.com, for more fun food ideas. —Nicole Meyer, Roslyn, New York

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    Athenian Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

    Mozzarella and feta cheese make one delicious duo in this upscale grilled cheese that also features tender Athenian chicken and fresh herb flavor. —Michael Cohen, Los Angeles, California

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    Buttermilk Buckwheat Pancakes

    This buckwheat pancake recipe uses buckwheat flour instead of the wheat-based variety. The light and tender buckwheat pancakes offer a nutty flavor and hearty texture. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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    Garlic Bread Pizza Sandwiches

    I love inventing new ways to make grilled cheese sandwiches for my kids. This version tastes like pizza. Using frozen garlic bread is a timesaver. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

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    Corn Cakes with Poached Eggs

    These easy corn cakes are super tender thanks to the creamed corn in the batter. Top them with poached eggs and fresh salsa, and you get one of my favorite breakfasts. —Jamie Jones, Madison, Georgia

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    Grilled Cheese and Pepperoni Sandwich

    Who doesn't love a good grilled cheese sandwich recipe? This super decadent version comes fully loaded with pepperoni and five types of cheese!—Josh Rink, Taste of Home Food Stylist

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    Avocado Quesadillas

    Avocados give quesadillas some nutritional value and, fortunately, my son likes them. Thinly slice the avocado, and add chicken or beef for extra protein. —Debbie Limas, North Andover, Massachusetts

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    Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes

    More of a dessert than breakfast food, these luscious pancakes really know how to showcase the darlings of summertime—strawberries! The pancakes, sauce and cream cheese filling all feature fresh ripe berries. —Shirley Warren, Thiensville, Wisconsin

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    Crunchy French Toast

    This light version of classic French toast is perfect for quick meals or Sunday brunches. My kids love it, and so do I! —Barbara Arnold, Spokane, Washington.

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    Grilled Pesto, Ham and Provolone Sandwiches

    These Italian-style sandwiches are loaded with zesty flavors. To lighten them a little, use fat-free mayo. We serve them with minestrone or a crisp salad. —Priscilla Yee, Concord, California

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    Golden Zucchini Pancakes

    If your garden is overflowing with zucchini this time of year, make these incredible pancakes to use it up. We squeeze the zucchini well before using to remove excess moisture. —Terry Ann Dominguez, Silver City, New Mexico

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    Pizza Quesadillas

    When my husband and I needed a quick meal, I fixed this recipe using leftover ingredients. Unlike traditional Mexican quesadillas, it calls for Italian meats, cheeses and seasoning. Serve it with a green salad for a simple dinner for two. —Barbara Rupert, Edgefield, South Carolina

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    Croissant French Toast

    More like a scrumptious dessert than a main dish, this rich French toast is topped with a tangy raspberry sauce and a vanilla sauce that includes ice cream. I cut the croissants into shapes with a cookie cutter for my 4-year-old grandson, Patrick. He even asks for the "ice cream sauce" on pancakes! —June Dickenson Philippi, West Virginia

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    Originally Published: July 10, 2019


    Lisa Kaminski

    Lisa is a formerTaste of Home editor and passionate baker. During her tenure, she poured her love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa also dedicated her career here to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, yo...

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    What not to do with a griddle? ›

    If your food is on a surface that is too hot, you might burn the outside without cooking the inside. If you cook on a part of the griddle that's too cold you might not get a good sear, or have to cook a lot longer than anticipated, which can ruin your serving timing.

    Is cooking on a griddle healthier than a grill? ›

    From a health standpoint, Bonci says when it comes to meats the grill is healthier than the griddle. "It's a flat surface, nothing can drip through so if you are, are doing a fatty meat, where's the fat going to go, it's going to stay right there," Bonci says.

    What are the disadvantages of a griddle? ›

    - Can't tilt the griddle to concentrate the oil or heat on, say, the thicker part of the chicken breast. - Can't use mixed cooking processes, like sear-then-roast. - Can't keep things round, such as an omelette which is supposed to be an elegant trifold circle, not a random blob of splattered egg.

    Is bacon good on a griddle? ›

    Yes, we recommend cooking on one side for 5 or so minutes, then flipping and finishing on the other side for a short amount of time, usually 1 to 2 minutes. The time will vary depending on the thickness of the bacon as well as how crisp you like it.

    Why does food taste better on a griddle? ›

    Because there's more surface area on a griddle, it allows for more contact between the cooking surface and your food. This makes a griddle ideal for foods like steaks or smash burgers, as it produces better Maillard browning and a crispier crust than you would get from a grill.

    Can you ruin a Blackstone griddle? ›

    Cooking excessively salty foods or cleaning the griddle with salt. Salt dries up your seasoning, causing it to chip and crack. Not heating the griddle long enough when seasoning.

    Is a little rust on a griddle OK? ›

    But even if your griddle gets rusty, it doesn't mean you have to toss it. To remove rust, put on a pair of heat-resistant silicone gloves and turn on the griddle to high heat. Scrape off the corrosion using a metal scraper, turn off the heat, and let the surface cool.

    Are steaks better on grill or griddle? ›

    The griddled steak combines the best of a grilled steak (smoky flavor that can't be imitated) and pan seared steak (even caramelization and tasty crust). On the down side, you don't get to make a pan sauce on a griddle or grill.

    Is it better to grill or Blackstone steaks? ›

    But Black explained it to me: “I prefer the Blackstone over a traditional grill because of its solid cooking surface,” he says. “The solid cooking surface prevents fire flare ups you'd get with a traditional grill,” he continues, adding that “You can get a Blackstone extremely hot, which is ideal when cooking steaks.”

    Why use a griddle instead of a frying pan? ›

    A griddle pan is a flat, wide pan that has slightly sloped edges, which allows for a greater surface area and even heat distribution than a skillet or saucepan. These shallow sides also make it easier to flip griddled food and—crucially—prevent batter or melted bacon grease from dripping off.

    How long does a griddle last? ›

    A Blackstone griddle should last about 15 to 20 years if you keep it well maintained. Clean the griddle after every use.

    Does a griddle use a lot of electricity? ›

    Energy Performance

    Single-sided electric griddles normally consume 3 to 25 kW of power.

    Can you cook everything on a griddle? ›

    So many delicious foods can be cooked on griddles. You can make breakfast, lunch, and dinner on a griddle - if you wanted to! Red meats are perfect for griddling, as are most vegetables like bell peper or grilled onions. Anything you'd put on a BBQ, you can griddle.

    What do you cook in a griddle skillet? ›

    Get out the griddle pan to achieve a gorgeous smoky taste and charred finish when cooking meat, fish, vegetables, breads, cheeses and plenty more.

    What is a flat top grill used for? ›

    The flattop grill is a versatile platform for many cooking techniques such as sautéing, toasting, simmering, shallow frying, stir frying, pan frying, browning, blackening, grilling, baking, braising, and roasting, and can also be used for flambéing.

    Can you cook healthy on a griddle? ›

    Griddle cooking provides unlimited opportunities for creating healthy meals. The simplicity of adjusting the temperature at which you cook your food can be a real benefit to cooking healthily.

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