We have a barbeque in the backyard and a portable barbeque that we bring on camping trips. That's all I've ever cooked outdoors with. But then my wife, Shirley bought a griddle for our camping trips. I now love cooking with this griddle! This is a review of our Blackstone camping griddle and we give you some other choices as well to see if we can help you determine the best griddle for camping for you.

There are a lot of types of griddles, so your choice depends on how and what you cook. You can simply get a griddle that sits on top of your barbeque for heat. But you’ll be faced with the same complaint I have with a portable barbeque. It doesn’t cook as evenly as my griddle does. You simply can’t get an even amount of heat from all areas of a barbeque so your griddle will have the same problem.

You can also get a large stand-up griddle but that will be heavy and harder to transport and set up. We’ll give you some links below so you can explore both of those options. But here we are going to concentrate on comparing apples to apples. We’ll first review the Blackstone 22” Table Top Griddle and then compare that to some other similar griddle models.

The Best Griddle for Camping - 4 Choices

Blackstone 1666 22-inch Tabletop Griddle

Here’s What We Love About Our Blackstone Griddle

You Can Cook Just About Anything- we have cooked the traditional bacon, eggs, sausage, and pancakes. But we’ve also cooked shrimp, asparagus, burgers, home fries, veggie patties, and more.

Easy Set Up- just take it out of the carry bag, flip the griddle top around, and screw in the propane bottle.

Cooks Evenly- nearly the entire surface of the griddle is the same temperature. Heat is conducted through the steel and evenly dispersed. This not only makes cooking easier but more of the surface of the griddle, unlike a barbeque can be used.

Easy Transport- just slip it into the optional carry bag (we highly recommend you get that), zip it up, and use the handles to carry where you want to go.

Here’s the Downside to a Griddle Versus a Barbeque

There’s no doubt a griddle, because the griddle top is made of steel, weighs more (35 lbs). But if you get the carry bag it isn’t an issue for either my wife or me to carry it from our car or camper to a campsite picnic table.

Blackstone 1666 Table Top Griddle Specs

  • 24,000 BTU
  • 2 H-shaped burners
  • 339 square inches of cooking area
  • Cold-rolled steel griddle top

 

  • 2 adjustable heat controls with built-in igniters (no need for a fire starter or lighter)
  • Use a 1-lb propane bottle of hook it up to a 20-lb tank (hose adaptor not included)
  • Detachable Grill Plate for washing

We love our Blackstone Griddle.
In fact, I consider it our most valuable piece of camping equipment.

Royal Gourmet Griddle Specs

  • 25,500 BTU
  • 316 square inches of cooking area
  • 3 adjustable heating controls with built-in igniters
  • Uses a 20-Lb propane tank
  • Detachable Grill for washing

How The Royal Gourmet Compares with the Blackstone

  • 6% more BTUs
  • 6% less cooking area
  • 3 heat controllers versus 2 on the Blackstone
  • 20-lb propane tank only (a drawback for camping)

Big Horn Outdoors Griddle Specs

  • 25,500 BTU
  • 356 square inches of cooking area
  • 3 adjustable heating controls with built-in igniters
  • Uses a 20-Lb propane tank

How the Big Horn Outdoors Compares with the Blackstone

  • 6% more BTUs
  • 5% more cooking area
  • 3 heat controllers versus 2 on the Blackstone
  • 20-lb propane tank only (a drawback for camping)

TACKLIFE Griddle Specs

  • 25,500 BTU
  • 355 square inches of cooking area
  • 3 adjustable heating controls with built-in igniters
  • Uses a 20-Lb propane tank

How the Tacklife Griddle Compares
with the Blackstone 1666

  • 6% more BTUs
  • 5% more cooking area
  • 3 heat controllers versus 2 on the Blackstone
  • 20-lb propane tank only (a drawback for camping)

Our Conclusion

Even though each of the 3 griddles that we’ve used to compare with the Blackstone 1666 has a bit more cooking area and heating capacity (BTU) and has 3 burner controls versus 2 on the Blackstone, they only use a 20-lb propane tank. The Blackstone also can be used with a 1-lb propane bottle making it easier to use on a tabletop or end of a picnic table. A filled 20-lb propane tank weighs 37 pounds. For use at home, these other griddles would be fine. But for camping, the Blackstone wins out.

Links for Griddle Tops for Outdoor Grills

Links for Stand Up Griddles with Tables

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