Flat top grills are the king of versatility.
You get a flat surface that can cook up a plate of pancakes and eggs as easily as a stack of burgers. Who wouldn’t want that?
The most important thing to make sure when ordering is that it is “pre-seasoned,” a lot like a cast iron frying pan. These grills are much easier to start cooking on right out of the box.
In the flat top grill category, the Camp Chef gets top marks for being restaurant-grade, versatile and budget-friendly.
The FTG600 has a seriously large surface area and comes with an interchangeable steel top that can convert between grill grates and a flat top griddle for churning out breakfast favorites when not being used for cooking up enough burgers to feed your whole neighborhood.
Total cooking area is a roomy 604 square inches on the griddle and 501 square inches for the grill, powered by four adjustable stainless steel burners at 12,000 BTUs each for a total of 48,000 BTUs of overall cooking power. Camp Chef designed the burners to create heat zones so you can cook up some hash browns using a different temp than the scrambled eggs you have on at the same time.
The design is intended to distribute heat evenly so you want experience hot sports with the FTG600 and can enjoy a reliable, restaurant-grade cooking experience.
Camp Chef also offers two roomy side shelves for prep work and resting a pile of burgers while you finish off a line up of hot dogs.
If you don’t need the extra space the shelves offer, they do fold down so if saving space is a concern the Camp Chef has you covered. I also really love the lower shelf space for stashing condiments, food trays, paper towels or just some easy clean up supplies.
Like most of the grills on our list this set-up has an easy electronic push-button ignition system for really reliable and fast starts. The grease management system is also designed for ease of use and is low hassle and quick to access. This is really important to consider when you’re cooking a high volume of food in a short period of time.
Roller wheels attach to the bottom of the grill so you can keep it mobile, while adjustable leg levelers keep your grilling surface flat and sturdy, no wobble here.
Like the Camp Chef in our top spot, this Blackstone grill and griddle combo is also restaurant grade, and is priced at a slightly lower bracket so it’s a friendlier option for your wallet. Blackstone has also recently added a bunch of fun new features to their line up which packs in a good dose of extra value.
The overall cooking area measures a massive 720 square inches. This is one of the biggest grills on our flat top list. If you’re regularly feeding a pretty big crew then this should be on top of your shortlist. It offers 4 independently controlled burners at 15,000 BTUs each for a total of 60,000 BTUs overall.
The Blackstone also has a removable griddle top and all four legs of the grill are foldable so it’s a great pick if you’re looking for something that’s portable and can travel with you for tailgating or grilling up some favorites at the park. It is also a perfect take-along for group camping events!
All the important parts are stainless steel including the burners, frame and cooktop which will help maximize the durability.
So what are all the fun, new and improved features I mentioned earlier?
Blackstone added a nice little built-in, removable cutting board right in one of the side shelves for easy prep, a convenient paper towel holder for all you messy grillers and trash bag hooks, which are a really nice touch if you’re taking this big boy along on a camping trip.
The rear mounted grease management system is also a nice touch for keeping the grill easy to maintain, especially when it’s seeing a lot of use.
Blackstone is killing it in the flat top grill game and their smaller, 22’’ model takes our third spot for being a great grill that’s also highly portable. This is a table top style, so expect to have a surface for it to sit on.
This grill is light – and comes in two size choices: 17 inches or 22 inches. It offers 330 square inches of cooking space, which is just about perfect for the average family. If you’re cooking for a big group or planning on a bunch of social events, then you’ll want to look at the options in our top 2 spots instead.
This little Blackstone is a solid performer and its 2 H burners are controlled independently. You can have one burner grilling some veggies and the other cooking up a few juicy burgers.
This grill is a griddle-style, but I have found the advantages of this style of grilling mean there’s less risk of flare-ups and flavor leaks. If you’re cooking up a lot of meat, you’re less likely to overcook your meal and end up with a charred mess.
Like the other Blackstone, this model comes outfitted with a rear grease management system, that will actually draw the grease away from your food, leaving you with tasty – but not greasy – meals.
Consider this little powerhouse the carry-on version of the 36 incher. It doesn’t have quite the long feature list, but the price tag is super reasonable and it’s a great pick if you’re looking for something compact to take along for camping and tailgating.
The Camp Chef 900 is a beauty of a grill and if budget isn’t a primary concern, this model should be a prime pick. It has a solid feature list and top-quality construction.
The 900 features a pre-seasoned, non-stick and ready-to-cook top, which means you can get to work grilling right away, which is super convenient. There are total of six stainless steel burners at 12,000 BTUs each, all independently controlled for a really versatile experience. Like the others on the list it also features a matchless ignition system.
The rear-mounted grease management system is super easy to access and the disposable drip tray is simple to toss when you’re done grilling. This grill has all the same features as the FTG600 in our top spot, but comes with that extra real estate of about 900 square inches.
I should just tell you right now, you’re going to see a lot of Blackstone on this list. They’re sort of the Weber of flat tops and have a huge range of options to suit every possible grilling style
The 28-inch option is another solid pick and boasts 470 square inches of cooking space. It offers 2 stainless steel burners with 15,000 BTUs of power each for a total of 30,000 overall BTUs. Battery-operated push-button ignition makes start ups fast and easy.
Like all of Blackstone’s grills, this model is built to last with a powder-coated black steel frame. It is also simple to clean, which makes the post-meal workload much less of a chore. There is also a bottom shelf for storage of key grilling necessities and two side shelves which are perfect for prep work.
If you are an avid camper or fisher, or even just a lover of the outdoors, the Tailgater from Blackstone is a great pick for portability and ease of use while away from home.
Designed to be versatile and make tailgating your favorite sporting events easy and fun, this model is designed so both the griddle and the grill box are removable. You can use them both at the same time, one or the other, or neither if you decided to use this grill as an open burner. The grill box is also pretty cool as it mimics the effects of a traditional gas grill.
The entire unit has a black powder coat finish, and features cast iron grill grates. It offers both an H-tube burner with 15,000 BTUs of power AND a cast-iron burner at 20,000 BTUs. The total cook space is a roomy 512 square inches, which is really impressive for such a portable option.
We also love the adjustable and retractable legs and the easy catch side-mounted grease management system.
This little powerhouse from Megamaster is another great tabletop option that is a worthy contender if you’re prioritizing portability for your flat top.
The 820-0054D has two burners for a total of 18,000 BTUs and the griddle itself is porcelain-coated cast iron for maximum longevity and a smooth, easy cook. It also features a removable grease cup and electronic ignition system. The lid reminds me of a really badass panini press and works as a rear grease shield.
This is a really compact little grilling machine and is an easy choice for camping or beach excursions if you’re grilling for a small group and don’t need the surface space to feed a whole team.
Well, if you want to get real serious about things, this 8 burner from Royal Gourmet can totally take you there. This grill is designed to serve as a staple at large events and gatherings. The scale is totally impressive and it’s reliability earns it top marks from us.
So what can you expect from this Royal Gourmet beast? It offers eight tube burners and a crazy 950 square inches of cooking space. The electronic ignition ensures that you’ll get a perfect spark, every time. Two folding tables for prep work and two levels of heavy duty shelves make this grill more of a rolling outdoor kitchen that can serve up 60 burgers or 120 dogs at a time, if you want to get specific.
If you have a large company event, a Church cookout, or a school barbeque fundraiser coming up and need a grill that can handle volume, this one should top your list.
This grill has one of the most unique designs that I have ever seen. It looks more like a little spaceship than a backyard barbecue and it is sort of priced like one too. You’ll need a limitless budget for this one.
The EVO features a dual burner system on a 30-inch diameter cooktop. The cooking surface is already oil-seasoned and ready to rock whatever you throw on it. It is made of heavy-duty stainless-steel construction, so you can rely on it standing the test of time. It also has a one touch ignition system and a propane tank integrated into the lower cart.
The main feature that EVO offers over all others is that it gets really hot really fast. It also has two temperature controls one for the inside and another for the outer area of the circular design. It’s all the best technology of the grill world in one tiny little alien-esque package.
This is a great space-saving grill that comes in two sizes, a 2 burner and a roomier 4-burner.
The 4-burner style offers 13,000 BTUs per burner for an overall 52,000 BTUs of cook power. It has a spacious 744 square inches of total cooking area and a pre-seasoned grill top that is ready to go as soon as the box is opened. The GB4000 also features folding side tables, a built-in towel rack and lower shelf for storage of all the necessities.
A high-capacity grease collection system means you aren’t constantly emptying the drip tray and you can do some serious grilling before maintenance is required. It also features a stainless steel control panel and an electronic ignition system for easy start ups.
I am a grill freak! It's hard to pick my favorite thing to grill, but if I had to choose... it is still a tie between pork ribs and a juicy beef burger. I am currently grilling on a Weber S210(I live in a small space) but my dream grill is definitely a summit. Those things are bad ass. Anyways I would love to hear from you, leave a comment or question below!