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Outdoor Flat Top Grill Review: The 9 Best Products in 2022

By Jayme Muller

August 9, 2022

When considering appliances for your outdoor space… Most people focus on the grill as the star.

It makes sense.

Throwing burgers on the grill is an integral part of our barbecue culture.

Hardly any of us could imagine a cookout without a grill!

At the same time… There is so much variety in the world of outdoor cooking.

An outdoor flat top grill is an excellent example.

Little known and massively underrated… It’s time to bring these amazing appliances to light!

Let’s dive in.

Flat Top Grill vs. Flat Top Griddle - What's the Difference?

In your research on flat top grills… You’ll likely see it used interchangeably with the term “flat top griddles”.

Is there a difference?

Why yes, there is.

It’s very subtle… So look closely, or you may miss it!

Let’s start with an outdoor flat top grill. This is the appliance we’ll be talking about today.

Flat top grills feature flat metal grill cooking surfaces as opposed to traditional grill grates. They are heated with a burner underneath. The power source is often gas or electric.

Generally speaking… Flat top grills often look similar to a tabletop griddle but are usually designed to be built into an outdoor kitchen.

What Exactly is a Gas Griddle Then?

Griddles are quite similar.

The griddle surface also feature a flat metal plate and have a heat source underneath.

However… There is a slight difference here.

For one, a flat top gas griddle is generally a standalone appliance typically on casters that often includes side shelves. But they are also made as portable flat top grills to make activities such as camping and tailgating more convenient.

Another difference is temperature control.

Most griddles feature separate heating zones. These can be individually controlled. Therefore… You can better control the temperature of various food you’re cooking.

Now… Some flat top grills also feature separate multiple heat zones. This depends on the model you purchase. You’ll notice that all the flat top grills we discuss today do have separate cooking zones.

In addition to cooking zones, standalone griddles tend to have more burners and can contain four burners or more depending on the size. Again, you will see the built-in options below top out at 2 burners.

Even with these distinctions… Some brands will use the terms interchangeably.

Ultimately, there’s not much difference between the two. Aside from the name… You really won’t notice!

For the purposes of this article… We will be reviewing flat top grills.

So, how do you choose one?

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How to Choose a Flat Top Grill

Before we discuss all the main built in flat top grill brands…

It’s important to know what to look for.

Above all… You have to consider your needs.

How do you plan to use your flat top outdoor grill?

Will you be searing proteins at a high temp… Or will you mainly cook food like eggs, bacon, a stir fry, hot sandwiches, etc.?

If you’re in the latter category… You’ll want a flat top that’s capable of holding temperatures under 400 degrees Fahrenheit. These foods are simply cooked better at a lower temp.

Also consider cooking zones.

If you plan to cook a variety of food on your flat top… Having separately controlled cooking zones will be incredibly helpful!

You’ll also have to think about size. Will you be the griller hosting large gatherings often?

The more you host… The larger you’ll want your outdoor flat top grill to be.

Alright. Now to the fun part!

Let’s talk about flat top built-in grill brands.

Built In Flat Top Grill Brands

There are an immense amount of built in outdoor flat top grill brands out there…

It’s truly endless!

For the purposes of this article… We will be discussing built in flat top grill brands.

These flat top grills are designed to be built into an outdoor kitchen.

Let’s discuss the most popular best flat top grills for your outdoor kitchen project.

Note: These flat top grills are in no particular order of “best” to “worst”. Although…. We will share which is our favorite at the end.

Blaze Premium LTE OUtdoor Griddle

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💵 Price: $2,219.99

📏 Size: 30″

🌭 Cooking Surface Size: 496 sq. in.

🔥 No. of Burners: 2

 🌡️ Total BTUs: 36,000

This 30 inch flat top from Blaze is first on our list.

Featuring complete 304 stainless steel construction… These griddle grills are made with excellent materials!

How about cooking power?

The Blaze Premium LTE features two U-shaped gas burners. Each has an 18,000 BTU output capacity, for a total of 36,000 BTUs.

There’s plenty of heat for a robust sear!

And with two control knobs… You can easily manage two independently controlled cooking zones.

The 495 square inch cooking area provides plenty of space for most grilling enthusiasts.

For a fuel source… This is an outdoor gas flat top grill.

The Blaze Premium LTE is ignited with a piezo-electric system. In case you were curious.

Blaze offers a lifetime warranty on the lid, stainless steel frame, burners, cooking surface, and valves. Electric and ignition components are covered for 1 year.

We love to see it!

Wondering about the price tag?

The current price on BBQ Guys is $2,219.99.

Overall… The Blaze Premium LTE is a solid option for your outdoor kitchen.

Le Griddle Outdoor Flat Top Grill Built In

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💵 Price: $1,999.00

📏 Size: 30″

🌭 Cooking Surface Size: 465 sq. in.

🔥 No. of Burners: 2

 🌡️ Total BTUs: 18,000

Next, we have Le Griddle.

As you could guess from the name… These flat top grills are designed and manufactured in France.

Le Griddle Original is a combo unit designed for both built-in and countertop use.

Le Griddle Original contains two burners with a U-shape and a total of 18,000 BTU output. This is exactly half of Blaze!

Due to the lower heat output… Le Griddle will be best for low temperature cooking.

Other features include complete 304 stainless steel construction with 465 square inches of cooking area.

Unlike many flat top grills… Le Griddle features a dual plate system. There is a stainless steel griddle top plate with a cast iron plate underneath. This provides more even heat distribution when cooking.

Le Griddle Original is an outdoor propane gas grill with flat top. If you’re looking for natural gas…  Versatility allows this flat top to be converted for your needs.

How about the warranty?

Le Griddle offers a lifetime warranty on their dual plate system. The stainless steel gas burners are warrantied for 5 years. All other parts are covered for 1 year.

Compared to Blaze… Le Griddle’s warranty is a bit less robust.

Le Griddle also offers flat top grills in multiple sizes. There’s a 16 inch, 30 inch, and 41 inch model. These options make sure you’ll have enough space when outdoor cooking.

As far as price goes… The 30 inch model is currently $1,999.00 on BBQ Guys.

Turbo Grills 32 Inch Built-In Propane Teppanyaki

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💵 Price: $1,799.00

📏 Size: 32″

🌭 Cooking Surface Size: 457 sq. in.

🔥 No. of Burners: 2

 🌡️ Total BTUs: 40,000

You may be wondering… Teppanyaki? That doesn’t sound like a flat top grill!

Teppanyaki is simply the Japanese term for a flat top grill. So Turbo’s teppanyaki grill is a perfect fit for our list!

As with Blaze… The Turbo Grills Teppanyaki has two U-shaped burners. They are also individually controlled for separate cooking zones.

These burners shell out 20,000 BTUs each. With a total of 40,000 BTUs, there’s more power here than earlier listings.

Although slightly larger in width… You don’t gain additional outdoor cooking surface. You’ll get 457 square inches, to be exact!

Turbo Grills also gets a thumbs up with 304 stainless steel construction.

Out of the box, this flat grill top comes equipped for use with propane.

Let’s take a look at the warranty.

Turbo Grills offers a lifetime warranty on the main burners, exterior construction, and griddle plate. You’ll get fifteen years on the valves. All other components are covered for one year.

Current price on BBQ Guys is $1,799.00

Looking pretty good! Turbo is an affordable option for an outdoor kitchen flat top grill.

Evo Affinity 25G

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💵 Price: $4,195.00

📏 Size: 25″

🌭 Cooking Surface Size: 490 sq. in.

🔥 No. of Burners: 2

 🌡️ Total BTUs: 31,600

Right away… You know this outdoor built in flat top grill is different.

It’s circular!

Aside from this novelty… The Evo Affinity comes with a stainless steel hood. This can be used to create a “patio oven” effect. You could indirectly boil, braise, poach, or fry.

This flat top grill for an outdoor kitchen comes with two circular burners. These are individually controlled like other offerings.

The only difference is you’ll be controlling the temperature of an interior and exterior circle… Rather than two sides of a rectangular grill.

Does the Evo Affinity pack a punch?

With 490 sq in of cooking area… This grill “tops” out at 31,600 BTUs.

While this is a bit less heat than some other options… Evo maintains that the circular shape provides more even heat distribution.

As for materials… The Evo Affinity features a pre-seasoned non stick cooking surface. It’s made from an unknown grade of steel.

The same is true of the remainder of the grill. It’s made from stainless steel… We just don’t know what kind.

This is important to note. The pre-seasoned surface may sound great… But it’s important to know what type of steel it’s made from.

The Evo Affinity comes ready to use with natural gas and continuous spark ignition.

As you can imagine… The size is measured a bit differently! This model measures 25″ in diameter. There is also a 30″ diameter model available for a larger size.

How’s the warranty?

There is a limited lifetime warranty stating the grill shall be free from rust on all metal surfaces. There is a 1 year warranty on the remaining components.

Now for price…

The Evo Affinity 25G is currently sitting at a price of $4,195.00. This is a bit more expensive than the other brands we’ve covered so far.

Fire Magic Echelon Built-In Steel Griddle Grill

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💵 Price: $3,800.70

📏 Size: 34.5″

🌭 Cooking Surface Size: 540 sq. in.

🔥 No. of Burners: 2

 🌡️ Total BTUs: 45,000

Next we have the Fire Magic Echelon.

At first glance… This is a beautiful flat top griddle!

There’s a lot to love.

As with many of the other brands… Fire Magic features full 304 stainless steel construction on this flat gas grill.

Two stainless steel burners boast a total of 45,000 BTUs of output. Two knobs will ensure you can have two independently controlled zones.

At a 34.5″ size, the Fire Magic Echelon gives you a little extra. You’ll get a total of 540 sq inches of cooking space.

The fuel source is set up for a propane tank or natural gas. This griddle grill utilizes hot surface ignition. Note that this ignition system does require access to electricity to function.

Let’s take a peek at Fire Magic’s general grills warranty.

Fire Magic offers a 10 year warranty on all the components except for the ignition system. This will be covered for 1 year.

The Fire Magic Echelon will run you $3,800.70 at the current price.

Overall… This flat top makes a great showing despite the higher price tag.

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DCS Series 9 Evolution

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💵 Price: $4,199.00

📏 Size: 30″

🌭 Cooking Surface Size: 500 sq. in.

🔥 No. of Burners: 2

 🌡️ Total BTUs: 40,000

Like Fire Magic… The DCS Series 9 Evolution features a beautiful, sleek look.

This flat top grill is in great company with complete 304 stainless steel construction. As with many of the other brands… You won’t be disappointed with material quality!

Two burners in U-shape cumulatively throw out 40,000 BTUs of grilling power. Two knobs indicate ability to create two cooking zones with 500 sq in of grilling space.

Like the Fire Magic flat top grills… The DCS Series 9 Evolution is available in propane and natural gas. You’ll also require electricity for the hot surface ignition system.

The 30″ size is great for small and larger families alike.

Sounds good… How’s the warranty?

DCS offers a lifetime warranty on the lid, stainless steel frame, burners, and grates. All other components are covered for 2 years.

As for the price… You’re looking at $4,199.00. It’s one of the more expensive options listed here.

Lynx Asado

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💵 Price: $5,449.00

📏 Size: 30″

🌭 Cooking Surface Size: 495 sq. in.

🔥 No. of Burners: 2

 🌡️ Total BTUs: 46,000

Here’s where the specs get a bit different.

Unlike most of the brands we’ve listed so far… The Lynx Asado includes Trident infrared burners. These two burners provide great temperature response and control.

You’ll have two independently controlled zones over 495 sq in of grilling area.

Speaking of outdoor cooking… What’s the power like on the Lynx Asado?

Each Trident burner has a 23,000 BTU output. For a total of 46,000 BTUs, this is the most powerful of the flat top grills listed so far.

This 30″ flat top grill is constructed with 100% heavy duty 304 stainless steel as well. No material quality concerns here!

Now that you’re interested… Let’s see the warranty information.

The stainless steel Trident burners and stainless steel grill body are covered for the lifetime of the original purchaser.

The gas valve panel is covered for 5 years. All other parts are covered under a 2 year warranty. There is also a limited 1 year warranty for defective parts.

So… What’s the cost?

Current price has the Lynx Asado sitting at $5,449.00. Yep, that’s definitely on the high end!

This grill firmly sits in the Luxury class. While most of the components and quality matches the other brands… Most of what you’re paying for are the Trident burners.

Twin Eagles Teppanyaki

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💵 Price: $5,049.00

📏 Size: 30″

🌭 Cooking Surface Size: 482 sq. in.

🔥 No. of Burners: 2

 🌡️ Total BTUs: 40,000

Like Turbo Grills… Twin Eagles was inspired by the Teppanyaki concept.

This 304 stainless steel flat top grill is right in range with the rest of the list. Its 30″ size provides an adequate 482 sq in of grilling space for most needs.

As with all the other flat top grills we’ve discussed… Twin Eagles also features two separate cooking zones.

The two U-shaped burners throw out 20,000 BTUs each. For a total of 40,000 BTUs, you’ve got plenty of power!

Looking good so far! The stats are very similar to other flat top grills listed.

How’s the warranty?

Here’s what we found for the general Twin Eagles warranty information…

There’s a limited lifetime warranty on the stainless steel burners, and all fabricated stainless steel components. Drip pans are covered for 5 years. All other grill components are covered for 2 years.

Additionally, there is a 1 year full warranty covering all defects.

Down to the big question… How much does it cost?

Currently, the Twin Eagles Teppanyaki is listed at $5,049.00. This is another offering quite up there in price.

We’ve discussed quite a few flat top grills today… But we have one more to discuss!

Coyote 30" Flat Top Grill

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💵 Price: $2,099.00

📏 Size: 30″

🌭 Cooking Surface Size: 503 sq. in.

🔥 No. of Burners: 2

 🌡️ Total BTUs: 34,000

Last but certainly not least… We have Coyote’s 30″ flat top grill.

At first glance, it looks very similar to the other brands we’ve discussed. In many ways… This is true!

Coyote utilizes complete heavy duty 304 stainless steel construction… It’s available in liquid propane and natural gas… It features two U-Shaped burners.

These burners dish out 17,000 BTUs each for a total of 34,000 BTUs.

Two knobs allow you to fine tune the temperature on each side. You also get a good amount of cooktop area, to the tune of 503 square inches!

For those curious… Coyote uses a piezo-electric ignition system.

Let’s see what’s in the warranty.

The lid, stainless steel frame, burners, cooking surface, and valves are covered under a lifetime warranty. The electric and ignition components are covered for 2 years.

For the price… Coyote offers a seriously robust warranty!

Speaking of price… How much does this flat top grill cost?

Currently, this outdoor flat grill costs $2,099.00.

Now that we’ve given you an overview of these brands… You’re certainly wondering which one is the best!

The Best Outdoor Flat Top Grill

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We don’t mean to trick you here… But we’re not in the business of giving you the best flat top grills option.

At the end of the day… Everyone has unique needs.

Much of this comes down to personal preference!

At the same time… There is a flat top grill that is an excellent overall recommendation.

Which brand do we recommend?

Coyote.

Now, we have to provide full disclosure here. For our outdoor kitchens… We solely work with Coyote for our outdoor appliances.

So make of that what you will.

Overall… There are a ton of reasons why we love Coyote appliances.

Let’s speak specifically to Coyote’s flat top grill (a best seller here at RTA).

You’ll notice that in many ways… Coyote’s flat top grill is similar to the other brands we’ve discussed.

That’s true!

The 304 stainless steel construction, U-shape burners, 36,000 BTU heat output, 30″ size, availability in natural gas or propane, and two individually controlled knobs.

Taking these points… Coyote is in good company.

So what makes them different?

Coyote Outdoor Living provides luxury quality appliances at a premium level price.

You get the best value (and warranty!) for the money.

And at the end of the day… Isn’t that all we want?

Most homeowners are looking for a comfortable middle ground.

Economy appliances will have to be repaired or replaced in a couple years. That’s a pain! Since your appliances will be built into an outdoor kitchen… This process will be all the more annoying.

On the other hand… You won’t have to worry about these issues with luxury appliances. You’ll get all the bells and whistles and the best quality available… But you’ll be paying an arm and a leg for your cooking station!

There’s nothing wrong with luxury appliances. If you have a sizeable budget… That’s great!

Again… Most homeowners want something in the middle. That’s where Coyote’s premium appliances and grill accessories come in.

Compared to other brands in the premium class… Coyote is top notch. You’ll get the best quality for the best price.

Don’t just take it from us!

Make your own comparisons. The reviews will speak for themselves.

So, what’s next?

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As mentioned earlier… The best solution for you comes down to your unique needs.

If you’d allow us to be so bold… We’d like to suggest that our outdoor kitchen solution is best for most homeowners.

What is our solution?

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FAQ

It depends on your needs!

If you’re looking for the most versatile appliance possible… You will love a flat top grill.

There is no end to what you can be cooked on one!

On a Sunday morning… You could be cooking a full breakfast with bacon, eggs, pancakes, and more.

Maybe you like hibachi style cooking. Flat top grills are perfect for this use!

And of course… You can cook all your favorite grilling foods on a flat top grill as well. Meat of all kinds will come out excellent!

If this all sounds good to you… A flat top grill is certainly worth adding to your outdoor space!

Again, it depends!

If you’re looking for the most versatile appliance possible… You will love an outdoor griddle.

There is no end to what you can cook on one!

On a Sunday morning… You could be cooking a full breakfast.. Or..

Maybe you like hibachi style cooking. An outdoor gas griddle are perfect for this style of cooking!

And of course… You can cook all your favorite grilling foods on an outdoor gas griddle as well. Steaks, burgers, chicken, hot dogs, etc. It can all be done.

If this all sounds good to you… Outdoor griddles are certainly worth the space!

In one word… Yes!

Flat top grills are excellent for cooking steaks. Rather than the distinct char marks from the grill… A flat top grill will provide that beautiful, crusted sear on the entire surface.

And we don’t know about you… But that’s our favorite part about cooking steak!

There are many griddle brands out there that are similar to Blackstone.

There’s the Camp Chef, Royal Gourmet, and even some Cuisinart flat top griddle options that are quite similar to Blackstone. They often come with a folding prep table and folding legs like Blackstone. These brands can also typically be purchased online from sites like Amazon for convenience. 

A flat top griddle directly transfers heat across the entire cooking surface… Which leads to even cooking and browning on your food. Grilling relies on direct heat from the fire, and some direct contact from the cooking grates.

In terms of what’s better… It really depends on what you’re looking for. If you just want to grill steaks, burgers, and other proteins… A regular grill may be best. But a flat top grill will offer far more versatility.

The primary benefit of a flat top grill is versatility. You simply have more options over a regular grill. The solid cooking surface prevents food pieces from falling through the grates. So you could do stir fries, pancakes, bacon, eggs, and more. Additionally, a flat top grill acts as a built-in grease trap. There’s no grease to drop into the flames… It’s self-contai

A flat top grill is similar to a regular outdoor grill. The only difference is the cooking surface is completely flat. There’s no grates. While usually heated with propane or natural gas… Sometimes you will find them fueled by charcoal as well.

Yes, a flat top grill is as good as a grill! In some ways, it’s better. A flat top grill offers far more cooking versatility than a regular grill. You can cook anything from stir fries, to pancakes, and even eggs.

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