When it comes to all around versatility and practicality, the flat top grill is one of the best types of grills in the outdoor cooking world.
The griddle flat top surface has a few distinct advantages over traditional grilling grates – but most importantly, they’ll make some incredibly delicious food. And they’re quite easy to use and operate.
Looking at the best flat top grills, one name that consistently comes up is the Blackstone Flat Top Grill. It’s one of the best selling grills in the USA regardless of type, and we thought it was well deserving of its own dedicated review.
In this article, we’ll give our complete Blackstone Flat Top Grill Griddle review. At the end, we’ll also give a few of our favorite tips to get the most out of your grill.
Blackstone – Quick Brand Overview
Blackstone was founded in 2005 with the goal of bringing friends and family together over deliciously cooked food. Specifically, they wanted to bring products to the market that had a degree of culinary excellence that other brands lacked.
The Blackstone flat top grill/griddle is actually the very first product they launched! Ever since 2005, their griddle has been their flagship product and a best seller. The original design was great, but over time they’ve continued to make tweaks to improve the product.
Blackstone’s products are designed in the USA. No cheap assembly lines from other countries, and the results show in the quality of their products.
Blackstone Flat Top Grill Griddle Review
Blackstone Products’ Flat Top Grill Griddle Station is their first and flagship product, and you can tell their heart and soul went into the design. It’s an objectively fantastic and versatile outdoor cooker.
The cooking surface itself is a rolled carbon 7 gauge steel griddle top, and measures 36 inches by 20 inches – which totals 720 square inches of cooking surface area to work with. By reference, that’s enough space for up to 28 hamburgers, 16 griddle steaks, or 72 hot dogs at once!
Of course, you might not use 100% of that space for many of your cooks, but even so it’s a luxury to have a little extra space to work with and potentially set up multiple heat zones.
One practical example would be if you wanted to cook burgers and veggies at the same time but on different temperatures – you’d have plenty of space to do that. You can also easily keep some foods warm while other foods cook.
This is a propane gas fueled grill, which utilizes 4 burners – each of which are capable of producing 15,000 BTUs heat output for a grand total of 60,000 BTUs. There is a quick press to start ignition, and each burner has its own individual adjustable heat control.
The front panel that houses the adjustable heat controls is made of a sleek stainless steel. It’s easy to clean and maintains a nice aesthetic over the course of time. The frame is a black powder coated steel that’s also durable and built to last a long time.
As far as useful built in features go, there’s two folding side shelves and trays for extra work and serving space while you cook. Commercial grade locking caster wheels are kitted on the bottom of the cart, which makes transporting and securing your griddle super easy.
A built in latch is also in place to secure your propane tank to your grill. You don’t have to worry about tripping over the hose or anything like that – it’s all kept in one tidy place.
Clean up is one of those topics that many people either don’t think about or they overlook during when comparing grills. It’s one of the most important considerations though, and your flat top grill should be easy to clean so that you can minimize the time you have to spend doing it.
(Note – check out our guide on how to clean a flat top grill for guidance on that topic)
The Blackstone Outdoor Flat Top Grill has a built in grease management system that really takes the burden off of you. Essentially, it does a lot of the work for you and funnels all of the grease created while you cook into a catch bucket. The bucket can be easily removed to dispose of the collected grease when it gets full.
There are also a few premium, paid extra features that can greatly enhance your grill set up if you want to upgrade. Our favorites include the griddle surround table (for extra shelf and serving space), wind guards, the breakfast kit, and the custom grill cover.
Things We Like:
- All around quality. Stainless steel is the material of choice for all main components of this grill, and the griddle surface is a premium 7 gauge steel.
- Excellent price point, especially for something that could replace a traditional grill. Out of all of the types of grills and individual products out there, this is one of the best bangs for your buck on the market.
- Built in grease management system makes cleaning and up-keeping your griddle incredibly easy.
- Powerful burners and maximum control. You have a temperature range to handle everything from warming up pre cooked sausages to scorching hot steak sears. Easily set up multi zone cooking to heat some foods while others cook.
- Lots of cooking surface area. If needed, you could crank out food for a small army at a cookout with all of the space. Even if you are cooking for a smaller crowd, the extra surface area has a lot of nice benefits.
- 4 commercial grade wheel casters, 2 of which are locking. This set up makes the grill fairly easy to move around on your patio. When it’s time to cook though, it will securely lock into place.
- Built in latch to house propane tank is a great safety and convenience feature. You tank remains secured to your grill and out of the way while you get to work.
Things We Don’t:
- Only a 1 year warranty – not a huge deal because the product is high quality and rarely, if ever, would you be in a situation where this came into play.
- Griddle surface isn’t interchangeable. This is a small gripe, but some competitor’s products (namely the Camp Chef flat top grill) have an interchangeable grill grate and griddle set up.
The Blackstone Flat Top Grill Griddle also comes in a version that’s 28 inches wide and 16.75 inches deep. It’s essentially the same grill with a couple of key differences.
Most notably, the 28 inch version has only 2 burners due to the more compact size. That’s not to say it lacks in ability though – everything you can do on the 36″ version can also be done on the 28″ version. The other key difference is that the cooking surface area totals 470 square inches.
Blackstone Table Top Grill Review
It shares a lot of features with its bigger counterpart, and the quick version of the story is that you can expect a lot of the same general design quality and thoughtfulness in the table top version.
The Blackstone Table Top Grill comes in two different sizes:
- 17 Inch Table Top Grill – 260 square inches of cooking surface area, weighs 21 pounds
- 22 Inch Table Top Grill – 330 square inches of cooking surface area, weighs 32 pounds
Frankly, that’s quite a lot of cooking surface area to come with a portable grill. It’s worth noting too that the 17″ model relies on a single burner whereas the 22″ model relies on two burners. Each of these burners have their own independent temperature control. Both are powerful enough to essentially provide the same grilling experience you’d find on a full sized grill.
It connects to a 1 pound propane tank, although you can get it to connect to a 20 pound tank with a converter hose pretty easily.
Last but not least, and intuitive grease channel catches and draws grease away from your food. This design feature allows for easy clean up after each time you fire up the grill!
Getting the Most Out Of Your Blackstone Flat Top Grill Griddle
There are a few tips I always like to give out for anybody who is about to acquire a quality griddle.
First, make sure you know how to clean and season your flat top grill. Routine upkeep is incredibly important, but especially so for a griddle surface. We have a complete guide on how to do this right here if you want to check it out.
Second, pay attention to the oil you use to cook with and season your flat top grill with. If you choose a type of oil with too low of a smoke point, you might have disaster on your hands or at a minimum it can hold back the flavor of your food. Take a look at our post on the best oils for griddle cooking for some guidance in that department.
Last, have fun with it! These are some of the most versatile cookers on the planet, and that’s not an exaggeration. Have some fun with recipes and don’t be afraid to try something new.
Acquiring any type of grill is a big purchase – if you’ve made it this far you’re on a great track. The Blackstone Flat Top Grill is without a doubt one of the best outdoor cookers out there – and the food you make on it is sure to please the crowd.
If you want to take a look at how these grills stack up against the other main manufacturer of flat tops, check out our comparison of Blackstone vs Camp Chef next.
Which grill did you end up with? Have any questions for us? Let us know in the comments section below!