In a time where everyone is fighting for your hard-earned dollar, it’s good to step back before purchase and determine if your purchase is really “worth it”.
TLDR: Yes, Blackstone Griddles are worth your hard-earned money. From outstanding support to longevity over a traditional grill and the endless cooking options, a Blackstone Griddle is a good buy for anyone looking to level up their backyard cooking.
7 Reasons Blackstone Griddles Are Worth It.
Let’s get straight to the point, YES, Blackstone Griddles are, in-fact worth it, but not because of why you’re thinking, our list below breaks down exactly who should consider a Blackstone Griddle and exactly who shouldn’t.
“My Griddle can do everything your grill can do, and about 100 other things your grill can’t do.” – Some Guy on YouTube (he’s right)
Looking for a new griddle? Maybe a new grill and you keep hearing about the Blackstone Griddles and you’re curious about the griddle experience in general. Like you, I cant afford to toss out $300 just to see if something is “worth it”.
I cant return a griddle and when they ask what was wrong, I reply with: “Ehh, nothing really, I was just trying to see if it was worth it”. It may work in Divorce Court, but not your local Ace Hardware, go figure.
Didn’t see me kicking it off with price did ya? Me either, but once I dove into this topic and really started researching griddles and grills, I made a quick determination that Blackstone Griddles offer a lot of bang for the buck.
For starters, the average price of a decent new propane grill at Home Depot is around $500-$600 and it goes beyond $1000 in some cases.
Sure, you can snag a POS for around $150 at Home Depot but you’re probably going to hate it and further, you will be looking for a new one next year, no bueno my friends. I wont even go into the prices of Big Green Eggs or Pellet Grills.
With Blackstone Griddles, the everyday backyard Griddle (Blackstone 36″) is priced at $339 coming in a whopping $100 cheaper than an everyday propane grill.
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2. Heat Distribution
This is a fun one. So, you have probably been cooking on propane or charcoal grills for years and I’m not here to lecture you on heat management when you cook. You have probably learned your grills quirks and heat spots, etc.
However, the Blackstone griddle rolled steel griddle surface is just like your trusty cast iron pan. It does an EXCELLENT job of equally distributing an even flow of heat into your cooking surface.
Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some spots that are warmer towards the middle and cooler towards the corners, however, your main cooking surface is great at keeping even heat with Blackstone. No worries of charcoal temps, gas flame flareups or any other annoying issues that ruin a potentially great meal.
3. Cooking Versatility
My favorite of all! You may have scrolled past it, but i’ll remind you here of a quote from some Griddle Youtube vid I watched and its completely true: “My Griddle can do everything your grill can do, and about 100 other things your grill can’t do..
Here’s the deal, it’s just true. Now, hear me out, I can already hear the diehard grillers screaming at their phone screens right now. Ever cook the families ENTIRE fajita dinner? I’m talking everything from the meat, veggies and peppers all the way to the freaking tortillas, the griddle can do it all, and all at once!.
How about Fried Rice? or Maybe pancakes? Hash-brown Eggs Bacon scramble or breakfast burritos? the list quite literally goes on and on. Versatility my fellow kings and queens, versatility.
4. New Cooking Ideas!
Refer to number 3 here. You are now being thrown into a whole new backyard grilling (well griddling) experience. You get to try all sorts of new recipes that you had never been able to do before and even try out your own new recipes.
Gone are the days of your only backyard dinner being burgers, steaks and bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers, you are now in a world of new ideas to wow the family!
5. Longevity Over A Grill
This may be considered a little controversial, heck this whole article may be controversial, but what isn’t these days? Blackstone Griddles are just flat out going to last longer than your fancy $1000 grill.
I can’t tell you how many times I have had to look for new heat shields because over the years they burned to a brittle crisp of a shield and no longer do their job.
With the Blackstone Griddle, that cooking surface isn’t going to fall apart or burn away with time. It’s like (again), that trusty old cast iron pan, it will be here when you’re not. In looking at mine, the only thing that may fail is the propane regulator, and well, that’s also on your grill, so I’m not counting that, Karen.
In-Fact, the only real maintenance you will need to do is clean and season your griddle. If you’re not sure about how to do those, check out our guide to cleaning here.
You may not care about this, or maybe you do? But, the Blackstone online community is like that of Treagers and Big Green Eggs. From forums and Instagram to Reddit forums and Facebook groups, the Blackstone Brand carries a community of equally enthusiastic griddlers who are here to help, share recipes and more. Speaking of, follow the Griddle King on Instagram! Griddle King Instagram link.
7. Blackstone Warranty and Support
Being the Griddle King, I get contacted by several brands. In speaking with different brands and researching the competition, I have learned that not all companies are created equal. Anytime I have asked a question to their support whether it be email or a DM on Instagram, they are fast, responsive and helpful.
Also, the warranty is backed for one year and that includes parts, workmanship, and even the finishes! Check out the full warranty here: Blackstone Website
Griddle Accessories You WILL ACTUALLY NEED (or Want)
This is another big one. While your griddle does come ready to use….its missing some really BASIC items you will need.
Griddle Spade and Spatula: These are the backbone of griddle chefs all over the world. Due to the flat-top design of a griddle, you will need to have metal surfaced griddle spatulas and spades. Something simple like this works great, see it here on Amazon.
Inferred Temperature Gun: See Step 4 above, these are really crucial to fully understand what your griddle can do and what areas are putting out the heat you need, and what areas can be used to just keep the food warm while working on others. This is a great option that won’t hurt your wallet, check it on Amazon.
Grease Tins: These are dirt cheap and save you an unnecessary headache when cleaning up. Simply drop them into the grease trap and toss them when you’re done! Check these here on Amazon.
Griddle Bottles: Another must-have, you really only need two. One for water, and one for your chosen cooking oil. If you’re not sure what I mean, check out our Guide to Griddle Bottles here. These on Amazon work great and are cheap, check them out here.
Griddle King Apron: I know what you’re thinking “I’m not wearing an apron” and yeah, I get it. But all that changed when I got a griddle and realized how much grease is popping off the griddle surface and landing on my clothes. A simple apron solves that and my signature “Griddle King” or “Griddle Queen” apron is a cheap easy fix for you, grab it here on Etsy.
The Flippin Awesome Backyard Griddle Cookbook: While instagram and facebook may share a few good recipes, this bok is full of some really tasty and unique treats to griddle up the next time you’re feeling ambitious. From the basics to the brilliant, this griddle cookbook has it all. Check it here on Amazon.
Welp folks, there it is, I hope this was helpful in your griddling journey. Just remember, my Blackstone Griddle can do everything your grill can do and about 100 other things it can’t. Yes, Blackstone Griddles are worth it! Griddle King, out.