I had the chance to spend a week playing around with a Weber Q 120 over Thanksgiving and quickly fell in love with the cast iron griddle accessory. The Weber Q griddle opens up a whole new world of grilling fun.
After I get this post written I am heading down to the store to see what other types and sizes of griddles are available. I might just get me a couple styles as early Christmas presents to myself..you know… to make life easier for my wife.
What really hooked me on using the Weber Q griddle was a Mushroom, Swiss and Turkey sandwich. I started with a hot griddle (pre-heat for at LEAST 15 minutes on high) and used it to melt a few tablespoons of butter.
I added some thick sliced mushrooms seasoned with salt and pepper.
The mushrooms took on gorgeous colors as they soaked up the butter and seared on the griddle.
And melted Swiss cheese over the whole thing!
I also spent some time using the Weber Q griddle to make some hamburgers. You get a fundamentally different burger using a griddle than you do when you cook it directly on the grate. On the negative side you don’t get the great smoke flavor that comes with the flames from dripping beef fat. On the positive side you are searing the burger in its own fat and getting a wonderful crusty surface.
I didn’t master the griddle burger technique in the short time I was playing with the Weber Q griddle. I did learn that I loved the experience and that thinner burgers were definitely the way to go when using this technique.
I plan on picking up a griddle this weekend. I have serious plans for a grilled smash burger topped with seared mushrooms!
The griddle I was using in this cook has been discontinued by Weber. If you would like to see what Weber Q griddle options are currently available they are listed in this post on Weber Griddle Options.