Pancakes are a breakfast delight for most people, and they can be cooked in a number of ways. For the pros, however, grill/griddle cooking has some great advantages over cooking in a pan. For example, you need less oil, which makes them more nutritious than most traditional methods. Cooking on a grill with a griddle plate will also make your pancakes more flat and standard looking.
A grill with a large surface can also allow you to cook more portions at once than the traditional way of cooking. Like a waffle maker, electric grills have removable plates that are usually stick-proof and easy to clean.
So there’s a lot to love about grilling your pancakes!
2017-2018 Best Electric Grill for Pancake Lovers
Let’s explore some of the best grills out there for cooking your pancakes:
- This electric grill for pancake is a great addition to any kitchen, and fits on countertops, easily storing when not in use. You can use the handles or remove them. A nonstick surface offers easy cooking and clean up, and if you’re cooking eggs or bacon on the side, the waste will be caught in a drip tray, too.
- This electric griddle / grill for pancake comes with some distinguishing features, such as an extra tray below so that you can cook things like eggs and bacon below without tainting the pancake surface. It cooks up to 20 times faster because of its ceramic tray making breakfast an easy task even for a family of four. All trays are removable.
- This “little” electric griddle for pancake is better for breakfast for two, rather than a family or multiple courses. There’s plenty of room for at least two pancakes, and like the other models, there’s a drip tray for easy clean up. The nonstick surfaces help a lot with that, too. It can heat up to 400 degrees, so you can easily cook meat instead of simply pancakes on it. A great and versatile kitchen device for all.
- This Japanese-style electric griddle/grill for pancake is meant to sit in the center of your table so that the whole family can watch and enjoy. It can cook pancakes with ease, and if you like them a little darker, you can place the lid on top of them for a minute or two. Or, even better, just have more pancakes waiting as you eat your first round and use the lid to keep them warm. When you’re not cooking breakfast, this grill is also perfect for Japanese teppanyaki or Korean style BBQ. Or, whatever meat your family enjoys the absolute most. It’s easy to clean up and it heats quickly, too. It can braise, grill, boil, and even bake for you.
- This durable electric griddle cooks quickly with a perfect surface for even pancakes, and gives you a space of about 11X20″. It can fit about six small pancakes alongside side dishes such as some bacon or ham slices. It’s pretty versatile, and heats quickly to 400 degrees. The only downside is that there really aren’t very specific temperature controls, and if you want to turn it off, you have to unplug it. Otherwise, it’s a perfectly functional grill for your breakfast needs.
Cooking Pancakes on an Electric Grill/Griddle
The griddle you choose may have one of several options. Usually, the larger models will have a built-in temperature dial. Smaller or less expensive models will instead usually give you a choice of low, medium or high heat.
If you get to use precise temperatures, you should preheat your grill to 350 degree Fahrenheit. (This usually equals medium heat on other types of grills.) Be careful not to touch the surface; it will heat up quickly.
When you pour the batter, it will usually pour out roundly. I prefer to use a mixing bowl that has a pouring slot at the top of it, but my parents always poured their batter into a large measuring cup.
Pour the pancakes about an inch and a half apart so you can fit your spatula under each one individually. Now it’s time to wait and watch — small bubbles should form as your pancake begins to cook. This is the typical sign that they’re ready to flip.
Important: If you’re not using a typical batter recipe, and are cooking something like gluten-free batter, bubbles just aren’t the best indicator. Gently lift corner of the pancake instead and check for a medium-brown glow to it.
When the pancakes look ready, flip each one and cook for about two minutes longer on the other side. Usually, this is the final flip of the pancake. Sometimes, however, the batter consistency will require another flip or two. That’s fine. You can also do this if you like your pancakes darker.
Let your electric grill sit for a minute or two before you do a second round of pancakes. In fact, if the grill seems to hot, you may want to turn it down a notch or so. Sometimes grills get much hotter after you remove the food from them. This means you’ll want to turn it down just a bit under medium heat or to 325 degrees on a griddle with precise controls.
Tips for Pancake Batter
A pancake just can’t be great if you don’t have a great batter recipe. No matter which batter recipe you use, you usually should allow it to rest and rise for about 5 minutes before you do your final mix.
Your batter should be thin and pour easily. If you’re not sure what kind of batter to use, try this simple old-fashioned batter recipe from Allrecipes. Or, if you need a gluten-free option, test out this gluten-free batter recipe from Laura Fuentes.
Summing it Up:
Pancakes are fun to make and using an electric griddle or grill can only make them easier! Find your favorite batter recipe and you’ll have the perfect tool for breakfast in minutes, with a quarter of the effort it normally takes to make your pancakes.
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