The 10 Best Flat Top Grills | Ultimate 2020 Guide

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?

In this category we look at size, the capability to switch in grill grates, quality of materials and overall power to determine the best performer.

Final Sear

The Final Sear: The Camp Chef Flat Top Grill 600 (FTG600) is my favorite grill in this category. Packing 4 burners with 48K BTUs of cooking power and an impressive 604 sq. inches of griddle cooking area and versatile 501 sq. inches of grilling cooking area, this thing is a beast. Under $350 makes it a steal.

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.

The 10 Best Flat Top Grills in 2020

  • Blackstone 36 inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station
    Product Name
  • 4.4Rating
  • 60,000BTU/hr
  • 720 sq. inCooking Area
  • 40 x 25 x 14.5 inDimensions
  • $Price
  • Camp Chef Flat Top Grill 600 (FTG600), Best Professional Restaurant Grade 2-in-1 Cooking Grill and Griddle with Side Shelves
    Product Name
  • 4.6Rating
  • 48,000BTU/hr
  • Griddle surface: 604 sq. in Grilling surface: 501 sq. inCooking Area
  • 36 x 24 x 20 inDimensions
  • $Price
  • Blackstone Tabletop Grill - 22 Inch Portable Gas Griddle
    Product Name
  • 4.7Rating
  • 24,000BTU/hr
  • 330 sq. inCooking Area
  • 22.5 x 19 x 9 inDimensions
  • $Price

1. Camp Chef Flat Top Grill 600

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.

2. Blackstone 36 inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station

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.

3. Blackstone Tabletop Grill 22 Inch Portable Gas Griddle

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.

4. Royal Gourmet Regal GB2000 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill Griddle, 22”

The Regal from Royal Gourmet is unique in it’s size and set-up.
Compared to most of the grills on this list it is considered a petit model, having only two burners and 434 square inches of cooking area, but that’s why it ranks so high on our list. The Regal is the IDEAL flat top if you don’t have a ton of space to devote to a kitchen table like grilling space but want all the benefits of a flat top style grill and griddle combo. Most flat tops are pretty large, meant to serve bigger groups and maximize efficiency. This is great if you have a large family and just want the ease of this style of grill but aren’t looking to feed the whole block.
In terms of specs, you’re getting 2 burners at 13,000 BTUs each, a pre-seasoned surface, a 3.5mm thickness griddle top, electronic ignition, and an all stainless steel control panel. The stainless steel tube burners distribute heat evenly and consistently for a solid cook.
The grill/griddle sits on top of a small stainless steel cart on casters, with a lower shelf to store essentials, along with some tool hooks for your spatula and tongs. This is a great compact unit if you don’t have a ton of space to spare and don’t need to cook for big group events.

5. Blackstone 28-inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station

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.

6. Blackstone Grills Tailgater Portable Gas Grill and Griddle Combo

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.

7. Blackstone Table Top Grill – 17 Inch Portable Gas Griddle

If a standing flat top grill isn’t your thing, we love this mini version from Blackstone that is designed to give you a similar experience to it’s larger table top style but with a much smaller footprint.
This 17 inched is great for small workspaces and hardly takes up more room than your average panini press. It’s great for cooking up a stack of pancakes in the morning or a pile of burgers on the weekend. It’s small size makes it easily portable so it’s also a great pick for taking along when you go tailgating or for camping trips with the family, no pans needed.
It offers 260 square inches of cooking space with a single stainless steel, 12,000 BTU H-burner, putting out even and consistent heat. It’s quick to start and heat up to the selected temp and can be cleaned with a quick wipe down of the cold-rolled steel griddle surface of a paper towel. It includes a built in, easy to empty grease catch and takes 1lb propane tanks.
This is the perfect pick if you’re looking for something portable that can travel with you on your adventures.

8. Royal Gourmet 8-Burner Liquid Propane Event Gas Grill

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.

9. EVO Professional Series Gas Grill on Cart

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.

10. Royal Gourmet Regal GB4000 4 Burner Propane Gas Grill Griddle

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.

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About the Author Craig Rinde

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!

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