I had such a great time playing around with the cast iron griddle on a Weber Q over Thanksgiving that I had to buy a griddle for my Weber grills. I did some research and bought an amazing cast iron griddle from Lodge.
I looked at the different Weber griddle options and also ended up buying the round griddle from the Weber Gourmet BBQ system. Between the two products the Lodge cast iron griddle is far and away the easy winner. Let me walk you through my decision making process. After you pick up the griddle you need check out this page for other great Weber grill accessories!
The first choice in selecting a griddle was purely a personal preference for cast iron over stainless steel. I am not going to try to convince you that cast iron is inherently better…most people simply like one more than the other and I am a cast iron type of guy. If you are a stainless steel type of person then your life gets real simple as the only stainless steel griddle even worth considering is the SizzleQ. This griddle is affordable (~$50), a great size and gets rave reviews.
There are three extremely different Weber griddle options to choose from and all are cast iron.
Weber Griddle Option #1: The seasoned cast iron griddle inserts. These flat, seasoned cast iron griddles are designed so you can remove a grill grate and drop the griddle directly into place over the Flavorizer bars. The griddle inserts cost about $70 and I think they are just about perfect. I did not buy the Weber griddle insert for two reasons. The first is that I have multiple grills and I wanted something that would work with many of them, not just one. The second is that the inserts for my two old Weber gas grills are no longer manufactured. I will include the part numbers and links for all of the available inserts at the end of this post.
Weber Griddle Option #2: The circular cast iron griddle pan with handles designed for the Weber Gourmet BBQ System. Personally I am not a fan of the whole Gourmet BBQ System. It is basically a grate with a whole in the middle that is sized to accept a bunch of different accessories (pizza stone, griddle, wok). However, when I found the griddle for this system on clearance for $20 at Lowes I had to buy it just for comparison purposes. You do not need the special grate to use this griddle. The griddle can site directly on top of your existing grates.
Weber Griddle Option #3: The porcelain enameled cast iron Plancha griddles. These griddles have high sides and are sloped to drain grease away from your food. This griddle comes in four different sizes. The smallest is designed to fit on top of the grates of the Weber Q 300 series of grills. The others are designed to replace one of the grates on the newest Spirit, Genesis or Summit grills. If somebody gave me one of these I would take it but I decided to spend my money on something different. I decided against the Weber Plancha for two reasons. The first reason is that the Planchas cost almost $100 which is a bit pricey for me. The second is that they weigh in at about 14 pounds making them extremely heavy and a little awkward. Here is a look at the smallest of the Weber Plancha griddles sitting on a Genesis grate.
Lodge Cast Iron Griddle
Lodge makes about 15 different cast iron griddles but there is one in particular that caught my attention, the 15×12 griddle platter. It turns out that this griddle is a perfect fit to replace one of the grates on one of my older grills, the Weber Genesis Silver A. The Lodge griddle lets you use the entire side of the grill as a griddle which is some serious griddle real estate!
Other advantages of the Lodge cast iron griddle are the cost and weight. At $30 the Lodge cast iron griddle is the most affordable griddle option. The Lodge griddle also weighs in at 7 pounds which makes it half the weight of the Weber Plancha griddle. This griddle is versatile in my grilling fleet as it is great fit on the Weber Jumbo Joe and can be used on top of the grates on my Weber Genesis 1000.
I have played around with both the Lodge cast iron griddle and the circular Weber griddle. Both perform fine and are nice pieces of cast iron. The Weber griddle makes a mighty fine grilled cheese sandwich!
However, the Weber griddle will be getting very little use at my house in the future. The circular shape of the Weber griddle really limits its capacity for long, straight foods like bacon or fish filets. The circular griddle also simply has fewer square inches of griddle surface than the Lodge griddle. In addition the handles on the Weber griddle are pretty but take up precious grill space without really adding any functionality. In short, the circular Weber griddle takes up more grill space while providing less griddle capacity compared to the Lodge griddle. Any future use of the Weber griddle will probably take advantage of its pan shape for items like deep dish Chicago pizza.
If you want to see how I am using the Lodge cast iron griddle on my Genesis Silver then here is the first in a series of posts I made for griddle recipes.
You can have a lot of fun with ANY of these griddles. The SizzleQ, Lodge cast iron and Weber griddles are all nice products. I am going with the Lodge cast iron as my primary griddle because of the specific Weber grills that I own. Below is a comprehensive list to all of these griddles with links over to Amazon when possible. I hope you find one that makes you happy!
Weber Griddle Options
Weber Griddle Inserts
- Weber 7531: Fits Weber Genesis Silver A and Spirit 500 grills.
- Weber 7542: Fits Weber Genesis Silver/Gold/Platinum B and C, Weber Genesis 1000-500 and older Summit grills. Discontinued by Weber.
- Weber 7597: Fits Weber Spirit 200 series grills.
- Weber 7598: Fits Weber Spirit 300 series grills.
- Weber 7566: Fits Weber Genesis 300 series grills.
- Weber 7404: Fits the Summit 400/600 Series (2007 and newer), Summit Silver C/D, Summit Gold A/B/D, Summit Gold A6/B6/C4/D4/D6 and Summit Platinum A6/B6.
Weber Plancha Griddles
- Weber 6466: Sits on top of grate for Weber charcoal grills, Weber Q 300/3000 series grill and Weber Spirit 200 grills.
- Weber 7577: Fits Weber Summit 40/600 grills
- Weber 7578: Fits Weber Genesis 300 grills
- Weber 7579: Fits Weber Spirit 300 grills
Weber Q Griddles
- Weber 6558: Fits Weber Q 100/1000 series
- Weber 6559: Fits Weber Q 200/2000 series
- Weber 6506: Fits Weber Q 300/3000 series