Save time on cooking bacon by using an electric griddle. Each to use, easy to clean, and easy to flip. It's much more fun to cook bacon on a griddle than in a pan!
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An electric griddle is all about real estate.
That real estate comes in a large cooking surface. Perfect for cooking more food at once.
I have talked about how great it is for hamburgers. Now I want to talk about how great it is for cooking bacon.
⚙️ Why It Works
Let me give you my top reasons for cooking bacon on an electric griddle.
- Easy to flip
- You can lay the bacon flat
- Cook lots of bacon at once
- Fat drains off, easy to save
Easy to Flip
Since you are cooking on a flat surface with minimum edges, it's easy to quickly flip the bacon over with a good pair of tongs. I recommend tongs with silicone edges so that you aren't scratching the non-stick surface of the griddle.
Lay the Bacon Flat
The difference between cooking bacon in a frying pan or cooking bacon in a griddle is that you can lay the bacon completely flat. Often when you cook the bacon in a pan, the edges are going up the pan. The bacon doesn't cook as evenly that way.
Plus doesn't it make sense to cook a rectangular food on a rectangular surface instead of a round one?
Cook Lots of Bacon
When you got a family to feed, you want to be able to cook as much as you can at once. Even my largest frying pan I can only fit 4-5 strips at a time.
I have before fit an entire 12 oz package of center cut bacon on a griddle.
Saving the Fat
Bacon fat is liquid gold in my mind.
I like to save it to use it for other things like cooking eggs in or veggies like Brussels Sprouts - yum!
Electric griddle have a hole at the bottom to drain the fat. Then when you are done you pull out the tray (once cool enough of course) and pour the fat into a container to save for later. Easy peasy.
Two things to keep in mind when cooking bacon on the electric griddle - start cold and go up to 325 degrees.
You don't need to heat up the griddle before adding the bacon. By placing the bacon on a cold skillet to start you will allow the fat to slowly start to render. The bacon won't stick and will cook more evenly.
You don't want to griddle too hot either. You want it to cook evenly without burning on one side. Go slow and let the bacon do it's thing.
Electric griddle are known for not always cooking evenly. There can be some spots that are cooler and some warmers. The best way to know is by checking your griddle using an infrad thermometer. The one that I use and recommend is the Industrial IR with Circle Laser from ThermoWorks. You can use them to check the temperature of your grill as well.
Doing More than One Batch
If you do multiple batches of bacon, I would recommend using a tool that won't scratch the surface and move some of the bacon fat into the draining hole so that you don't want an excess amount of fat.
✂️ Should I Cut in Half?
This is a good question. If you cut the bacon in half you probably could fit even more on the griddle at once. Depending on the brand of bacon, I find that I can only fit one column or row of bacon on the griddle at once, which leaves some wasted cooking space.
I really like bringing a plate full of whole strips to the breakfast table, so I usually don't cut it in half.
🥓 Read More About Bacon
Learn more about bacon with these blog posts including why using an Instant Pot to cook bacon will keep grease from splattering.
- Shopping for the Healthiest Bacon
- Grits with Bacon, Chiles, and Corn
- Bacon of the Month Club
- Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- Electric Griddle
- 1 package bacon
- Remove the bacon from the fridge at least 15 minutes prior to cooking.
- Place each strip onto a cold electric griddle. Make sure none of the strips are touching. Fit as many as you can.
- Turn the griddle up to 325 degrees.
- The estimated time to cook the bacon is around 15 minutes. Plan on that but it will depend on how thick the bacon is and how crispy you like it. Once you have done it a few times you get a hang of what you like.
- Only flip the bacon once. To check if need flipping, using a pair of tongs to lip up a piece, if it looks brown, flip it over.
- Keep in mind, the second side won't need as long to cook, so stay by the griddle.
- When bacon is done remove to a plate lined with paper towel to absorb excess fat.