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6 Luxury Griddles That Will Help You Sear the Best Burgers This Summer

Why you need ripping hot slabs of steel in your outdoor cooking arsenal.

Camp Chef Flat Top Grill 900 courtesy Camp Chef

The iconic kettle grill has become a symbol of the American summer. Just the smell of smoldering charcoal means a burger is never too out of reach. But even if you’ve converted to a propane model, it can be easier to replicate the flavor and texture of the patties from your favorite burger spot on a griddle. Think about it: When was the last time you watched a short-order cook flipping burgers over grates? 

Swapping out the metal bars for a solid slab of steel has a few advantages. It delivers a more uniform crust on whatever you’re cooking—more steel touching a greater percentage of the food’s surface area means more even cooking and a better Maillard-packing crust. Although you might miss the fancy diamond grill marks your Weber leaves behind, we think the trade-off is worth it. With a griddle, you can lean into smash burgers until your heart’s content, but that’s just the start.

Long the preferred cooker of tailgaters and car campers, griddles are getting a luxury makeover. Sure, you could add a cast-iron griddle or skillet over your grates, but that space is limited, especially if you plan on cooking a big breakfast outdoors in the sunshine (and you should be). Here are six gas-powered models that are sure to deliver as much golden-brown deliciousness as your summer can take.

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