Is Grilling Bacon Better than Frying?

December 27, 2021 3 min read

Bacon on Atgrills indoor electric grill pan

Bacon is one of the popular foods and has been around for hundreds of years. It’s a staple breakfast food in many households. Additionally, you’ll hardly miss out on restraint or joint menus without bacon on their list of foods. How you cook your bacon strips makes a significant difference and determines whether you enjoy it or not: there are different ways of cooking them. 

Can you cook bacon on an electric grill? Yes, you can cook bacon strips on an electric grill. Start by preheating your electric grill to medium low heat and then place your strip on it for cooking. Allow them to cook for about 5 minutes and flip to cook the other side for another 5 minutes. Is it better to grill or fry bacon? Keep reading to find out.

Cooking bacon on Atgrills indoor electric grill pan

Grilling Bacon on Electric Grills    

Some people who are used to frying bacon are hesitant to grill bacon. It’s possible to grill bacon. However, it’s easier tastier when grilled on an electric grill.  

Typical grills (charcoal and gas grills) can grill bacon, but it can be nerve-wracking. Why? Bacon slices aren’t thick like steaks and don’t like direct fire. Additionally, the entire process of making a sheet of aluminum foil on the grill grates can be tiresome. 

So, why should you consider cooking bacon on an electric grill? Below are a few reasons: 

  • It’s easier to manage the heat 
  • You don’t have to deal with flare-ups 
  • Bacon strips don’t stick on the cooking surface
  • It’s convenient 
  • It’s not messy 
  • You can grill indoor (including apartments). It’s smokeless and safe for indoor cooking. 

Now, why would you choose grilled bacon? The charring and grill marks on bacon strips result from the Maillard reaction that leaves a great flavor and tasty bacon. Additionally, grilled bacon has an exceptional meaty aroma. 

What’s unique about grilling bacon is that it gets crisper edges and a deeper flavor than fried bacon. 

Pan-frying Bacon 

Can you fry bacon? Yes, you can fry bacon in different ways, i.e., dry frying, deep-frying, pan-frying, etc. 

Frying bacon on a pan is a common method of cooking bacon strips. It’s not a complicated process as long as you have a stovetop and quality frying pan or skillet. Once your pan is preheated, brush it with a layer of oil or grease, you can quickly get crispy bacon strips. It’s essential you cook your bacon slices on a pan with a large surface area and shallow walls that allow easy flipping. 

What if you seared your bacon on an electric griddle? You can still get nice and crispy bacon strips on an electric griddle. You’ll have less messy cooking. Also, you won’t need grease or cooking because it comes with a non-stick cooking surface. Once your electric griddle is preheated to about 325 degrees F, place it to sear for about 2-3 minutes on each side. You get crispy bacon strips with brown color on both sides. 

Why would you fry bacon? It comes out crispy and with a deep golden brown color. 

Grilled Bacon vs. Deep Fried Bacon: Which One Should You Choose? 

Grilling and frying are both great methods to cook bacon. Each leaves a unique flavor and taste on bacon strips. Therefore, choosing between the two boils down to your preference. 

You can consider frying your bacon if you want it crispy with deep brown color. However, depending on the size of your pan, you might end up cooking several batches of bacon strips because of the reduced surface area. 

On the other hand, if you want well-charred bacon with beautiful grill marks, crispy edges, and deep flavor, try cooking your bacon on an electric grill. Additionally, grilling bacon is not messy, and you don’t need extra cooking oil or grease. Lastly, you can cook a significant number of bacon slices at once. 

Check out Atgrills indoor electric grills and griddles  to cook bacon on a cookware with natural stone coating.


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