My husband and I have recently discovered that our favorite way to cook burgers is in a cast iron pan on our charcoal grill. We've always loved the smoky flavor of a charcoal grilled burger, but I prefer the crust I get when I cook the burgers inside on the stove, searing it in its own fat instead of losing that fat through the grill grates. So we combined the two.
Instead of bringing my cast iron pan outside every time, I was considering buying my husband (I'm the indoor cook, he's the griller) a griddle he can use out there instead. I'm having trouble finding something to fit the bill. My initial thought was that stainless would best best, as it could be left outside without fear of rusting if it got wet. However, the only round stainless one I've been able to find is the Little Griddle, and it appears to be ALL stainless - no aluminum core or base for good heat transfer.
Raw cast iron would rust in a heartbeat if we didn't bring it in immediately and it got wet, and of course heat transfer is just not good with cast iron (probably better than 100% stainless though).
Porcelain coated cast iron - won't rust, but I've never loved my enameled cast iron, and once I switched to raw cast iron, I quickly learned how superior it was.
Any thoughts on a great griddle/flat top for a charcoal grill? Round would be great since our grill is the 22" kettle, but it's not absolutely necessary.
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