The 9 Best Cast Iron Griddles
This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in December of 2017. Whether you need to prepare pancakes, bacon and eggs for breakfast or steaks and fish for dinner, these durable, cast-iron griddles can get the job done. They retain heat efficiently, which leads to consistent cooking, and work well indoors and out. Just remember to maintain yours properly and it will be your go-to cooking surface for a long time. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
November 13, 2019:
Cast-iron cookware comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. One extremely popular format is the griddle, which is generally made in a flat and rectangular design, but can come in different configurations as well. The Lodge LPGI3 Pro-Grid and its little brother the Lodge LSRG3 are both quite popular, reversible, and highly durable, and as such they're both great choices depending on what size you need. The Bayou Classic 7428 is just about as good, and it's also quite large, so if you're feeding a lot of people, check it out. On the other hand, if you are not feeding many people, the Victoria GDL-150 is worth a look. Its small size and wire handles make it especially convenient to use in many cases. And the Finex Lean Grill is about as close as you'll find to old-school cast iron, which was typically machined to an extremely flat surface. The Finex's main drawback is that it's not double-sided, but it is still a truly great piece of equipment.
We've also included some unconventional but extremely useful options. The Prime Nonstick is one of the most interesting, as rather than relying on polymerized oil to form a non-stick coating, it's made with highly durable enamel that comes as close to modern nonstick materials as possible. Then there's the Bayou Classic 7488, which is excellent for perching over a campfire, just be aware that it's not perfectly flat -- there's a significant dip in the middle that keeps the heat more evenly distributed but also significantly changes the way it cooks. The Lodge L9OG3 and Lodge LJSCP3 both lack the ridges needed to add grill marks; one is a round, skillet-like unit that's quite versatile, and the other is a bit more elegant and makes a great serving tray.
Finally, remember to care for your cast iron properly. As long as you do it right -- that is, as long as you use high heat, an even coating of pure, high-temperature oil, and care -- it's hard to over-season one of these, and if done to the right finish, it's actually safe (and even recommended) to use a little bit of soap to clean the pan out. If you'd like to get a ready-to-use pan that doesn't need any treatment before cooking its first meal, check out our list of pre-seasoned skillets, which includes a number of truly high-end implements.