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Grill, Griddle or Burners on Professional Gas Ranges (Reviews/Ratings)

Neil Katz  |  February 10, 2015  |  3 Min. Read

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It's the decision for anyone buying a larger range (over 36 inch).

Do you buy a grill only to see it outside? Do you buy burners and wish you could make better pancakes? Do you have a griddle when you don’t eat breakfast (there is more to a griddle than that).

We will look at each option and look at pro ranges first.

What is a “professional range”?

 

A professional range is commercially styled with high output burners. Since regular ranges will have 1 or 2 high output burners, grill and griddle becomes the main point of differentiation.

Burners

 

There are generally two separate types of professional style burners. Open burners, more common in restaurants, offer a more direct flame to the pan and can provide more direct, efficient heat for cooking purposes. That being said, the open burners are somewhat harder to clean, as they often require frequent maintenance to the drip trays below the cooking surface.

Sealed burners, the more common option, are often high powered burners that are sealed at the cooking surface. The flames spread from a circular, (or star-shaped) burner. These are generally offered on a porcelain or stainless surface. A huge benefit of the sealed burner is the ease of cleaning this type of burner. That said, the heat distribution isn’t quite as good as an open burner, and you do lose some of the heat into the room, as opposed to all of it going directly to the pan.

Grills

 

Many of the professional style ranges offer the option of having a grill in the center between two burners on either side. A grill is especially useful for the searing and grilling of chicken, steak, and other meats, poultry, and seafood. In New England, we endure long winters, where our outdoor grills cannot be used due to cold temperatures. The indoor grill of a pro range gives your an opportunity to have summer-style grilled meals all year round.

There is a cost to having a grill on your professional range, however. Most notably, the cleanability of a grill is something you should certainly consider before making a decision. The grill only looks clean when new. No matter how much scraping and cleaning you do, it’s hard to keep the grill looking its best.

Additionally, this type of high-heat searing and grilling emits a LOT of smoke and grease. You will absolutely need to have a very high powered hood above the range to be able to remove all the smoke.

Wolf has an infrared grill, so it best emulates outside grills.

Griddles

 

A griddle is the most popular configuration for the customer looking for a 48” range. In this size, the customer must choose to have at least one grill or griddle, because most max out at 6 burners. The griddle has a lot of very useful purposes. Griddles are great for pancakes, eggs and breakfast foods. The griddle becomes hot and allows for an even distribution of heat compared to a freestanding griddle.

Breakfast isn’t the only meal that can be cooked on a griddle. When preparing vegetables or other sautéed-type foods, a griddle can be the perfect way to prepare these foods without using a burner.

Look at the Jenn-Air, because their chromium finish is the easiest to clean.

 

Which do you choose?

It really depends on what you like to cook. Six burners are the popular choice. It's also easier to move pots and pans on the continuous grates. Freestanding griddles can be used, but as I said they are are not as good.

Grilling is great. You just need to vent properly. Small tip: Buy a grill cover. It's that hard to keep clean.

Griddles are interesting. You go to any diner, and thats all they seem to use (just had a breakfast wrap with eggs, hash browns on a whole wheat wrap (hold the meat). You just have to learn how to use it.

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Neil Katz

Neil Katz has been in appliance sales at Yale Appliance for over 25 years. Neil spends time following the Sox and Patriots and watching the stock market.

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