This is part three of a five part series on different ways I use my electric griddle. This series is a part of my month long “5 Days With My Appliances” series..
If you go to any classic diner restaurant or watch an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, you would encounter an extra large griddle. All sorts of things are turned out on these. One of those things would be hamburgers. A nice, wide open surface is a great spot to cook a lot of hamburgers in no time at all. Giving the burgers their flip is a singe.
The electric griddle gives you the ability to bring that diner taste into your home. Now I admit there is a certain charm to a grilled burger, but sometimes that is not practical. If you live in a climate like mine, you probably don’t want to grill while snow is falling on your head. I have a cast iron grill pan that I could cook some burgers on and I have before. But if you are lacking a grill pan, or you want to cook for a lot of people, an electric griddle is a great option to have at your fingertips.
I recommend giving Alton Brown’s mini-burgers a try. In the episode of Good Eats, in which he cooks them, he uses an electric griddle! What a great idea! Some advice from that episode: heat up the griddle to 350 degrees. That is enough heat to cook the burgers without burning them. If go with small burgers you can cook them 2-3 minutes per side. Make sure you space your burgers out evenly and to watch for any spots that seem to be cooking faster.