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Cooktop Griddles & Grill Pans Buying Guide

A griddle and a grill pan are one of the same, except for the interior bottom. A griddle is flat while a grill pan is ribbed, giving the foods you cook the appearance you get from cooking on an outdoor grill. These pans have low edges, making it easy to capture the grease that cooks off. Some pans include a small drainage spout on the edge so you can easily dispose of the grease or other food particles. 

Types of Cooktop Griddles & Grill Pans

Types of Cooktop Griddles & Grill Pans

In the scheme of necessary cookware items, cooktop griddles and grill pans may not top the list, but they're certainly nice to have. With a perfectly flat surface, a griddle is great for cooking breakfast foods such as pancakes and French toast, while a grill pan's ridges create a just-right surface for cooking steaks, burgers, and more.

Grill Pans

A grill pan is specially designed with a ribbed bottom and low sides, allowing the foods to sit above the fat that cooks off for lower-fat results. It also gives appealing grill marks.

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Find grill cooking tools and cookware at! Turn your portable grill into an impressively versatile kitchen-on-the-go wit...h the cadac roasting pan. Designed for cadac s line of safari chef grills with their range of interchangeable cooking surfaces, this pan outfits you to cook large items, like a whole chicken, or grill juicy items that leave a lot of pan drippings. During you next camping trip, toss on some kabobs and see what this roasting pan can do. read more

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Find grill cooking tools and cookware at! Veggies, fish, scallops you name it! This weber style grill pan set includes saute pan and one vegetable pan. Saute pan is designed to also act as a lid over the vegetable pan. Slotted pan surface allows smaller pieces of food to have smokey grilled flavor. Non-stick ceramic-coated interior is easy to clean. Fits all weber full-size gas grills and 22-inch or larger charcoal grills. read more


Grill indoors year round with the Cuisinart 11-in. GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick Grill Pan. This square grill pan is just th...e thing for preparing your favorite grilled foods, including delectable hamburgers, juicy chicken or nutritious fish, without waiting for a warm day. The pan's grooved design allows fat to drip off and away during cooking while also giving food those classic grill marks that make it even more inviting on the plate. The hard-anodized aluminum construction provides superior heat conduction, so foods heat up quickly and cook thoroughly without hot spots or burning. The surface is designed to release foods easily, so cleanup is quick and simple. Double rivets on the handle provide strength to make transfers from the stove to the counter safe and easy, and a hanging loop on the handle allows you to easily store the pan on a pot rack. Best Used For: Grill chicken, fish, steak and hamburgers on the stovetop for fast suppers that provide fresh-off-the-grill taste without the fuss of grilling out. The design of the pan lets fat and oils drain off food as it cooks, resulting in healthier meals with fewer calories and less fat. Features: Scratch-resistant nonstick ceramic-based surface keeps food from sticking Water-based surface will not peel or flake off in your food For versatility, pan can be used in the oven or under the broiler Made from 70 percent recycled material to appeal to your green side Strong double-riveted handle for strength and resilience when making transfers from stovetop to counter read more

Griddle Pans

A griddle pan is flat with low sides. Available in two sizes, double-burner and single-burner, this pan is perfect for cooking pancakes, French toast, and more.

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The All-Clad 12-in. Specialties Nonstick Round Griddle gives you a large flat surface that is ideally suited for cooking a number ...of different foods. Use this griddle to cook pancakes, French toast, fried eggs, bacon or sausage for a Sunday breakfast or brunch. Make your own grilled cheese creations by combining different cheeses, adding ingredients like sliced tomatoes, fresh basil or grilled figs, then toasting the bread to golden brown perfection without worrying about any mess, thanks to this pan's nonstick surface. The pan is made from hard-anodized aluminum, which is scratch resistant and reacts quickly to changes in temperature, allowing you to sear with ease and then reduce the heat to keep food warm while the family gathers around the dinner table. Its nonstick surface releases even the messiest foods with comparative ease and ensures an easy cleanup after your meal. A durable stick handle allows for easy maneuverability and easy transport so that you can get your pancakes on plates before your homemade syrup has time to cool. Best Used For: We love the All-Clad 12-in. Specialties Nonstick Round Griddle, and we know you will too. Use it for searing gourmet burgers before topping with everything from avocado slices to chili, or giving your rib-eyes a beautifully caramelized crust. This pan is the ideal breakfast companion, as it will turn out mouthwatering French toast, pancakes and fried eggs to get your day started with a smile. Features: Nonstick surface lets foods release easily Hard-anodized aluminum construction reacts quickly to changes in temperature for controlled cooking Made in USA Lifetime warranty ensures years of problem-free cooking read more


Turn to this 11-inch Simply Calphalon Square Griddle when you want to make tempting breakfast favorites, from bacon and eggs to sa...usage and pancakes. read more


For quick and easy cooking, the Calphalon Gray 11-in. Simply Easy System Nonstick Square Griddle is an exceptional choice. It's for making French toast for breakfast, grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch or steaks for dinner. With a hard-anodized aluminum core, this 11-inch square griddle heats evenly and consistently along the bottom and sides of the pan for beautifully-cooked silver dollar pancakes or cheese quesadillas, every time. The durable, multilayer nonstick coating allows you to quickly flip your pancakes or release your sandwiches. This multilayer coating is safe for use with nylon, wooden or coated utensils. A double-riveted, stay-cool, silicone-coated handle makes handling this pan safe and comfortable to grip. We're glad that this Calphalon square griddle is suitable for use with gas, electric, halogen and ceramic cooktops, because it's used daily in our home kitchens.Features:Gray Easy System nonstick square griddle has multilayer nonstick surface for longevityHard-anodized aluminum core construction for even heating and durabilityDouble-riveted handle has silicone coating that stays cool for easy handlingSafe for use with nylon, wooden or coated utensilsSafe for gas, electric, electric rings, halogen and glass ceramic cooktopsOven safe to 450 degrees FCalphalon square griddle is covered by a lifetime warranty read more


T-Fal's Thermo-Spot heat indicator shows when your pan is perfectly preheated to seal in the flavor of your food - the secret to s...uccessful cooking. This fry pan is also equipped with T-Fal's genuine nonstick interior ideal for healthy, low-fat cooking and effortless cleaning. Exclusive T-Fal base provides efficient heat distribution throughout the entire bottom of the pan. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Many cookware manufacturers offer a griddle and grill pan in their lineup. If you are happy with the performance of your cookware, consider purchasing these pans from the same manufacturer. Because this pan should provide even heat, be sure to purchase one made of a material that is a good heat conductor, is sturdy, and has a comfortable, easy-to-grip handle.


Both griddle and grill pans are available in single- and double-burner sizes. If you only have room to store one size of pan, opt for the larger size, as it offers flexibility. You can choose to use one burner and heat half of the pan for smaller batches. Or you can adjust the burners to cook different foods at different temperatures on the same pan.


Single-burner griddle and grill pans come in square and round shapes. A square pan works perfectly on a gas stovetop with square grates over the burner, while a round pan works well on a round electric burner.


Cast iron, enamel-coated cast iron, and heavy-gauge aluminum are common materials for griddles and grill pans. Some cast-iron pans require seasoning while others do not. Before using, be sure to read the use and care instructions.


Because it is difficult to cook thick cuts of meat or poultry on a grill pan, choose a pan that can go from the stovetop to the oven. This will allow you to sear meat for a good crust and then finish it to perfection in a hot oven.


Some pans offer a reversible feature -- a flat griddle surface on one side and a ribbed grill surface on the other. Because it is difficult to get the grill side perfectly clean, this can cause any residue to burn off and smoke when the grill side touching the heated surface.

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Grill in the comfort of your own kitchen with the All-Clad LTD 11 inch Square Nonstick Grille Pan With a ridged cooking surface an...d high straight walls, the Grille Pan is perfect for grilling up read more

All-Clad 3011 11-inch Square Nonstick Grille Pan - All-Clad LTD
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Revered by both professional chefs and home cooks since its 1925 debut, Le Creuset's classic French cookware is prized for its uti...litarian good looks and unsurpassed heat retention. In a deep shade of inky blue you'll find only at Crate and Barrel, our ridged cast iron grill pan is clad in smooth, vitrified porcleain, rendering each piece impervious to acid, alkali, odors and stains. Non-reactive cooking surface does not require seasoning. Compatible with all types of heat sources, from gas and electric stoves, to ceramic and glass cooktops, to induction and halogen-even solid fuel and open fire. Le Creuset cookware is also available in cherry and flame, and our exclusive shade of cream. More Le Creuset colors and items available via special order. Please contact your local store. Le Creuset???? and other Wedding Registry offers -Cast iron -Vitreous porcelain finish -For use with traditional gas and electric, induction and ceramic cooktops -Dishwasher- and oven-safe to 500 degrees -Made in France read more

Le Creuset ???? Signature Oblong Ink Grill Pan
Le Creuset
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Revered by both professional chefs and home cooks since its 1925 debut, Le Creuset's classic French cookware is prized for its uti...litarian good looks and unsurpassed heat retention. Ridged cast iron grill pan is clad in smooth, vitrified porcelain (here in kitchen-friendly cherry), rendering each piece impervious to acid, alkali, odors and stains. Non-reactive cooking surface does not require seasoning. Compatible with all types of heat sources, from gas and electric stoves, to ceramic and glass cooktops, to induction and halogen-even solid fuel and open fire. Le Creuset cookware in ink, cream and flame also available. More Le Creuset colors and items available via special order. Please contact your local store. Le Creuset???? and other Wedding Registry offers -Cast iron -Vitreous porcelain finish -For use with traditional gas and electric, induction and ceramic cooktops -Dishwasher- and oven-safe to 500 degrees -Made in France read more

Le Creuset ???? Signature Oblong Cherry Grill Pan
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Originating in Spain, paella is now internationally known. A good paella starts with short grain rice and saffron, cooked in a wid...e shallow pan. After that, nearly as many variety of ingredients may be used as there are inspirations to be had. Paella is traditionally cooked in the open air over a hot crackling wood fire so that the dish can be infused with the smoke flavor. As the rice absorbs the cooking liquid, the rice in the bottom of the pan toasts to acrispy golden brown. This is called the socarrat and is one of the delights of paella. Our pan is stainless steel so it takes kindly to high heat and vigorous spoon and spatula technique for the best soccarat. read more

Steven Raichlen Stainless Steel Grill Paella Pan
Swiss Diamond
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Swiss Diamond cookware features a revolutionary nonstick HD coating with diamond crystals, that is virtually indestructible and wi...ll not crack, blister, or peel. This new & improved nonstick coating stands out for its extended durability, improved corrosion resistance, easy clean-up and superior browning & searing capabilities. Nothing conducts heat more efficiently or quickly than diamonds, ensuring the best possible heat transfer without hot spots. The cast aluminum construction distributes the heat evenly across the bottom and up the sides, so a consistent temperature surrounds the food and helps prevent burning. Other features include a perfectly flat extra-thick base that will never warp, compatible to use on new ceramic, gas, or electric cooktops. The stay-cool handles are comfortable & balanced for easy lifting and are oven safe up to 500 degrees . It is recommended to use silicone, wood, or nylon utensils. Hand wash. Made in Switzerland read more

Swiss Diamond Nonstick Fry Pan & Grill Pan Set
Fundix By Castey
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Color: Black, Size: 2.68" H x 10.55" W x 18.31" D Fundix Non-Stick Grill Pan Cookware is made from durable, non-warping cast alumi...num for even heat distribution to ensure quick and perfect cooking results with every use with easy to clean to maintain... read more

Fundix Non-Stick Grill Pan FDIX1008 Color: Black, Size: 2.68" H x 10.55" W x 18.31" D
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Cuisinart is leading the way in eco-friendly branded cookware with our new GreenGourmet line. Exclusive Cuisinart Ceramica nonstic...k technology is ceramic based instead of petroleum based, helping to conserve existing oil supplies and the coating is... read more

Cuisinart 10" Round Griddle/Crepe Pan (GG23-24)
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Griddles & Grill Pans - The Le Creuset Bistro Grill serves up delectable burgers, shrimp, grilled sandwiches and more grilled favo...rites in no time. The Le Creuset grill pan is convenient and versatile for smaller kitchens, apartments or motor homes and its grooved cooking surface creates grill marks without charring foods. The round Le Creuset cookware fits on a crowded stove top or small grill and looks stunning as a table serving dish. Even-heating cast-iron offers exceptional heat retention to brown and roast healthy versions of steaks, vegetables or fajitas. Whether high-temperature searing with cast-iron grill pans, you can confidently create appetizers to complete meals. Colorful, hard-wearing exterior enamel resists chipping, cracking and staining. The Le Creuset grill pan is reliable for any heat source including induction cooktops, ovens or grills. Oven- and broiler-safe to 500 F. Easy dishwasher or hand wash cleanup. Handcrafting distinguished French-style cookware since 1925, Le Creuset combines pr - Specifications Made in France Material: cast iron, enamel Model: L2085 Size: 12 3/4" Dia. (14 1/2"L with handles) x 3/4"H (1 1/4" with handles) Weight: 6 lb. Use and Care Before first use, wash Le Creuset grill pan in hot, soapy water, then rinse and dry thoroughly. Your pan does not require any further preparation. Always cool hot Le Creuset cookware for a few minutes before washing. Do not plunge a hot pan into cold water. Le Creuset cast-iron grill pans can be washed in the dishwasher, however, continual dishwashing may lead to some dulling of the enamel finish. Hand washing is recommended. Avoid using metallic pads, scourers or abrasive cleaners on the Le Creuset grill pan. Nylon or soft abrasive pads or brushes can be used to remove stubborn residues. For food residues, you may also fill the pan with warm water and let soak for 15 to 20 minutes before washing. To help protect the cooking surface, use Le Creuset silicone tools or wooden or read more

Le Creuset Bistro Grill - Palm - Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron
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Fry Pans & Skillets - High-heat safe indoor grilling pan grills delicious crisp-tender asparagus, fillet mignon or blackened salmo...n on the stove top. Savory, rich outdoor grilling flavor is easily achieved indoors anytime of the year, with this Le Creuset round grill pan. The even heat distribution and retention of cast-iron ensures foods cook uniformly at a consistent temperature. Glossy porcelain-enamel coating provides a smooth, easy-release surface, preventing foods from sticking. Fired at a high temperature, Le Creuset cookware undergoes several hand-finishing processes to create the durable, vitreous-enamel porcelain coating that is resistant to chips, scratches and cracks for enduring performance.Round cast-iron grill pan allows healthier cooking and eating, with deep ridges that elevate food above grease. Any grease that releases from food stays between ridges of the base. Grill steaks, pork cutlets, hamburgers or seafood, without the maintenance. With the most durable and resistant interior formula - Specifications Model: LS2023 Materials: porcelain-enameled cast-iron 10 1/4" Dia. (11 3/4"W w/spouts and 17 1/2"L w/handles) x 1 3/4"H (2"H w/handle) Base: 8" Dia. Weight: 5-lb., 2-oz. Made in France Lifetime manufacturer warranty Use and Care Dishwasher-safe; however, constant dishwashing may lead to dulling of the enamel finish (cool pan before washing) and dry thoroughly. Safe for all cooktops, including induction. Oven-safe to 500 F and broiler-safe. Select low to medium heat on stove top for best results. Do not preheat on high then lower heat. Gently pre-heat on low setting for 2 - 3 minutes before adding oil or liquid. Brush ribs lightly with oil using a basting brush. Ensure meat, poultry, fish or vegetables are "dry" before cooking. Marinated foods should have excess moisture patted dry to prevent pan from smoking. Wooden, plastic, silicone or heat resistant nylon tools recommended. When using pan on read more

Le Creuset Cast Iron Round Skillet Grill, 10.25-inch - Palm - Le Creuset Signature
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Griddles & Grill Pans - The Staub American Square Grill and Press Set effortlessly grills paninis, steak fajitas and veggie burger...s right on your stove top. Delivering superb heat retention like an outdoor grill, the enameled cast-iron grill skillet cooks foods evenly and quickly. The panini press and grill pan sears the top and bottom of foods simultaneously, for faster, even cooking. The Staub signature black matte enamel interior is superior for high-heat searing, browning and grilling of your favorites from sandwiches to steak. The more you cook with the Staub grill press combo, the better it performs, seasoning naturally with use, without maintenance.Cast in a single-use mold, the Staub cookware is high-fired at 1,400 F, with 2-3 separate coats of enamel inside and out and is PTFE- and PFOA-free. Resistant to scratches and will not chip, discolor or rust. The stove-top grill is safe for cooktops, oven and broiler to 500 F. Includes convenient handle, helper handle and side pouring spouts. Dishwasher-safe - Specifications Made in France Material: enameled cast-iron Model: 1209923 Capacity: 13 1/4 qt. Pan Size: 12 1/4"L (20 1/4" with handles) x 14 1/4"W (with pour spouts) x 1 3/4"H Base: 10 1/4" Dia. Weight: 9 lb. 12 oz. Press Size: 10 1/2"L x 10 1/2"W x 14 1/4"W w/pour spouts x 1 3/4"H Base: 10 1/4" Dia. Weight: 5 lb. 8 oz. Use and Care Before first use, wash with warm water and dishwashing liquid, then dry. Apply a small amount of cooking oil in your cookware before using to enhance the properties of the special black enamel. Dishwasher-safe, but hand washing recommended. Oven-safe to 500 F and broiler-safe. Suitable for gas, electric, glass, halogen and induction stove tops. read more

Staub American Square Grill and Press Set, 12-inch - Cherry - Staub Grills
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