Electric grills and griddles are among kitchen equipment gaining a lot of popularity in households. It’s because they are more effective and easy to use than conventional grills and griddles. Additionally, both cook great foods, i.e., electric griddle cooking surface, directly contact the foods, thus giving food a nice yet crust texture and aroma. On the other hand, electric grills give foods excellent char marks and flavors as they cook on their fats and juices. 

But what are the ideal temperatures for cooking on electric grills and griddles? The ideal temperature for cooking on an electric griddle is approximately 350 degrees F to 375 degrees F. The perfect temperature for cooking on an electric grill is about 350 degrees F to 425 degrees F. However, each food cooked on the above two kitchen equipment have their respective cooking temperatures. Keep reading to find out more on this topic. 

 

Pancakes on Atgrills electric griddle

 

What is the difference between an electric grill and an electric griddle? 

 

While most people tend to confuse between electric griddle and grills, they are different. Electric grills have a cooking surface with raised ridges that allow the dropping of fats and juices from the cooked food. On the other hand, electric griddles have a flat and smooth cooking surface. 

Additionally, their cooking surfaces bring another significant difference in the types of foods they cook. For example, not all foods cooked on an electric griddle can be cooked on an electric grill. 

Now, let’s get to know more about their cooking temperatures. 

 

Cooking Temperature on an Electric Grill 

 

Several factors determine the exact temperature you shall use to cook an electric grill. Below is a list: 

  • Thickness of foods 
  • The internal temperature of food to be attained 
  • The level of cooking to be attained 
  • Cooking time of the food

The table below shows different heat levels of a standard electric grill and the effects it causes on foods. 

 

Heat Levels

Temperature

Effect on Foods

Medium heat

325-375 degrees F

Ensure proper cooking inside foods and creates a browning effect on the exterior.

Medium-High heat

375-450 degrees F

Proper cooks the interior of foods and creates sear marks on the exterior.

High heat

450-650 degrees F

It brings about sizzling when food is placed on the grill and creates excellent grill marks on foods

 

Cooking Temperature on an Electric Griddle 

 

The same factors (highlighted above) that determine the exact heat used for cooking various foods on an electric grill are the same on an electric griddle. Additionally, caramelization and browning effects differ depending on the heat levels on an electric griddle’s cooking surface. 

Below is a table showing different heat levels and their effects on foods.

 

Heat Levels

Temperature

Effect on Foods

Low heat

250-320 degrees F

It ensures food is not burnt and cooks slowly, thus properly cooking the inside. However, it results in increased cooking time.

Medium heat

320- 375 degrees F

It’s for sautéing and browning foods on a griddle. It causes some foods to get a juicy and savory taste. However, it’s an ideal temperature for most foods.

High heat

375-450 degrees F and above

It causes rapid cooking of foods. It can burn foods if not well managed.

 

Cooking Temperatures for Various Foods on Electric Griddles and Electric Grills

 

Various foods cook on different temperature levels on electric grills and electric griddles, respectively. Additionally, the cooking time of foods varies on both cooking techniques. The table below highlights the ideal temperatures for various foods and their respective cooking time on electric griddles and grills. 

 

Food Type

Grill Temperature (degrees F)

Griddle Temperature (degrees F)

Grill Cooking Time

Griddle Cooking Time

Pancake

N/A

350-375

N/A

3-4 minutes/ side

Bacon

400

325-375

3-5 minutes/ side

5 minutes/ per side

Burger

375-400

350-375

4-6 minutes/ side

3-4 minutes/ side

Steak

450- 500

375

3-6 minutes/ side

3-5 minutes/ side

Shrimp

350-450

375-400

2-4 minutes/ side

3-5 minutes/ side

Vegetables

350

325

3-5 minutes/ side

3-5 minutes/ side

Fish

375-450

325-375

4-5 minutes/ side

3-5 minutes/ side

Fried rice

N/A

300-325

N/A

5-6 minutes/ side

Grilled cheese

275-320

325

2-4 minutes/ side

6-8 minutes/ side

Eggs

N/A

325

N/A

2-3 minutes/ side

Hash browns

250-300

350

8-15 minutes

6-10 minutes

Hot dogs

375-425

300-350

3-5 minutes/ side

7 minutes/ side

English Muffins

N/A

350

N/A

2-3 minutes/ side

Chicken

350

325

4-6 minutes/ side (boneless) 10 minutes/ side (with bones)

4-5 minutes/ sides

Lamb steaks

300-375

375

4-6 minutes/ side

5 minutes/ side

Ground pork patties

350-375

350

5-7 minutes/ side

4-5 minutes/ side

Tenderloin

400

350-375 

5-7 minutes/ side

3-5 minutes/ side

Pork chops

350

325-375

3-5 minutes/ side

5 minutes/ side

Kabobs

350-450

350

4-7 minutes/ side

4 minutes/ side

Waffles

400-425

Start high 425 to medium 325

3-5 minutes/ side

2-3 minutes/ side

Omelet

N/A

300-325

N/A

2 minutes/ side

 

Key Points

 

From the above table, the cooking temperature of foods varies widely. And so is the cooking time of a particular food on both cooking equipment. For instance, cooking pork chops on an electric grill takes about 3 minutes on each side at 350 degrees F. Cooking similar pork chops on electric griddles takes relatively long, i.e., about 5 minutes at 325 degrees F. 

Electric griddles and electric grills are designed with a feature for temperature settings that you can utilize to regulate the cooking heat. It helps you attain a suitable temperature for the particular food you’re cooking. 

 

Sources

brobbq.com

topelectricgriddles.com

buythermopro.com