Flat Top Grills

Flat top grills offer versatility, portability, and ease of use that few other grills can offer. While you aren’t using an open flame you will still have a seasoned griddle that imparts a delicious and unique flavor on anything you cook. Most flat top grills have interchangeable griddles, so you can cook your breakfast food on a different surface than your hamburgers or hibachi. Most who are seeking these specific grills want portability. You can easily fold the side tables and legs down and take it camping or your next fundraising pancake breakfast, but it’s extremely easy to use too. Both grills in this article run on propane and have four separate burners, so you only have to heat the amount of grill space you need. Let’s get started!
 
Product Feature
Blackstone 36 inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill 
  • 720 sq. inches grill space
  • 60,000 total BTU output
  • 4-zone heating control
  • Electronic ignition
  • Built-in grease catcher
  • 4 castor wheels
  • Collapsible side tables
  • Cold rolled steel griddle, powder coated steel frame
Camp Chef Flat Top Grill 
  • 501 sq. inches grill space w/ griddle
  • 48,000 total BTU output
  • 4-zone heat control
  • Matchless ignition
  • Built-in grease catcher
  • 2 wheels
  • Pre-seasoned griddle & grilling grates
  • Folding side tables 
 
 
  • 720 sq. inches grill space
  • 60,000 total BTU output
  • 4-zone heating control
  • Electronic ignition
  • Built-in grease catcher
  • 4 castor wheels
  • Collapsible side tables
  • Cold rolled steel griddle, powder coated steel frame
The Blackstone Outdoor Grill is the slightly lesser expensive option of the two on this list, but it in no way cuts corners. It has more than ample grill space, with a whopping 720 sq. inches, heated by four individual heating elements, each capable of outputting 15,000 BTUs. These four elements can be turned on and off independently and be set at varying heat levels. This offers superior heat control over your food, and allowing you to keep food warm after it has been cooked while continuing to cook more food. With a traditional grill, you have to be mindful of cold spots and adjusting your coals as necessary. This eliminates that issue altogether, and also allows you to use it for multiple styles of food, like breakfast, burgers, and hibachi-style dishes. Pretty much anything you can set your mind to!
 
It has four locking castor wheels, maximizing transportability & maneuverability, plus it has folding legs to make stowing this grill away a breeze. It has an interchangeable flat top, if you wanted to keep your breakfast food griddle separate from your burger griddle.
 
The Blackstone has a trash bag and paper towel holder built in on the right side, as well as a removable cutting board on the right side table.
 
It is important to note that this grill comes with a griddle that requires seasoning before use. Instructions are included on how to wash the protective oil off, and a guide on how to season it before its first use. This could be a nuisance to anyone wanting a griddle that’s pre-seasoned and ready to grill right out of the box.
 

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Camp Chef

 

 
  • 501 sq. inches grill space
  • 48,000 total BTU output
  • 4-zone heat control
  • Matchless ignition
  • Built-in grease catcher
  • 2 wheels
  • Pre-seasoned griddle & grilling grates
  • Folding side tables 
The Camp Chef Flat Top Grill is also a reputable flat top grill. Like the Blackstone Outdoor Grill, the Camp Chef has four independent burners for maximum heat control. Each burner is capable of outputting 12,000 BTUs. The Camp Chef also has a built in grease trap, propane holder, and foldable side tables for prep work. With those exceptions, the Camp Chef differs in subtle ways to the Blackstone Outdoor Grill.
 
The Camp Chef has two storage tables underneath the griddle, adding significant storage space. Although it only has two castor wheels and two adjustable leg pegs (instead of a set of four wheels).
 
The Camp Chef griddle, while also interchangeable with included grilling grates, both come pre-seasoned. This means it’s ready to use right out of the box, and requires no laborious cleaning and seasoning like the Blackstone.
 
While this grill also comes with two collapsible side tables, providing extra space for plates and food prep, it does not have collapsible legs. This could pose a problem if you plan to transport this grill with you to your event or campsites.
 

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Conclusion: 

Our overall winner is the Blackstone. In our opinion, both of these grills are tremendous at cranking out large amounts of food at an efficient pace. This grill is slightly cheaper than the Camp Chef, and offers more portability if you plan on transporting your flat top grill. Remember, it will require a little extra work in the beginning (cleaning and seasoning your griddle), but you get more grill space and a higher heat output than the Camp Chef.
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Brian Canada

Brian Canada

Founder and creator of Big Grillin. Since early adulthood, Brian has enjoyed grilling and smoking a variety of foods. Brian’s mission is to share his grilling knowledge and help others enjoy grilling as much as he does.

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