Looking to make a whole breakfast for the whole family? Explore our top griddle breakfast ideas for inspiration. Capable of handling a whole range of classic breakfast foods, a preheated and properly oiled griddle will give you enough cooking surface for pancakes, eggs, bacon, hash browns, and much more.
In this guide, we’ve collected 10 of the best griddle breakfast ideas you can cook on your Traeger Flatrock griddle, from breakfast classics like bacon and eggs to grilled burritos and corn cakes. But before we get into the recipes, let’s take a closer look at a few griddling tips that will make your breakfast cooking go smoothly from start to finish.
Three things will help you make a perfect griddle breakfast: Preheating your griddle to the right temperature, preparing yourself with the right cooking tools and oils, and planning ahead for making large batches.
The first step to making a perfectly cooked breakfast on your griddle is to preheat it to the right temperature.
The Traeger Flatrock makes this exceptionally easy, as it has three temperature-controlled zones powered by U-shaped burners for even heating. That way, you can have a low, medium, and high heat zone to handle anything you decide to cook.
If you’re not cooking on the Flatrock, you’ll almost always want to start with a griddle on medium heat (around 300 to 350ºF). This versatile temperature can simultaneously cook eggs, potatoes, bacon, and the like.
Additionally, you’ll want to have a selection of griddle tools at the ready. Our Traeger Flat Top Grill Essentials kit has everything you’ll need: A thin spatula, a scraper, and two bottles — one for oil, and one for a sauce (or water for steaming over-easy eggs). Pair those with some of our Flatrock-compatible Pop-and-Lock accessories, and you’ll always have your griddling tools close at hand.
The cooking surface of a griddle can reach high temperatures quickly — so you may want to choose an oil with a higher smoke point to prevent “off” flavors from developing in the oil.
Canola, vegetable, and sunflower seed oil all have smoke points of 400ºF or higher and impart minimal flavor, making them ideal choices for griddling. Avocado oil has an even higher smoke point — over 500ºF — but tends to leave a distinct flavor in foods and, therefore, might not be your first choice.
If you’re cooking at a low to medium temperature on your griddle and want to impart as much flavor as possible to your foods, butter is a classic choice. Because it has milk solids in it, the butter will smoke very quickly. Think of it more as a flavor enhancer than the first oil you’ll want to use on your griddle, and even consider starting with a different oil and then adding a pat of butter for extra flavor.
One of the biggest benefits of a flat-top cooking surface is that you can make big batches of breakfast foods quickly and easily. For example, our Flatrock griddling surface is large enough to cook over two dozen eggs at a time, about a dozen pancakes, or up to 28 strips of bacon. Working in batches like this can reduce your overall cooking time and allow you to smoothly plate up a breakfast for as many people as you need to feed.
The following 10 classic griddle breakfast ideas will transform your breakfast from ordinary to extraordinary, offering plenty of variety to satisfy the whole family. Pick one or two if you’d like to make a simple breakfast, or go all in on four or five to create a breakfast spread that will be the envy of all your friends and neighbors.
When it comes to breakfast, pancakes are about as classic as it gets. We have an excellent recipe for Flat Top Buttermilk Pancakes that combines baking powder, baking soda, buttermilk, and separated eggs to get fluffy and delicious pancakes every time.
Whether shredded or chunked, hash browns can round out a breakfast and make it hearty and filling. Our Flat Top Fried Eggs and Bacon with Hash Browns recipe uses frozen diced hash brown potatoes as a quick shortcut to a fast and filling breakfast.
Over-easy, over-hard, or anywhere in-between, fried eggs are a staple that no breakfast should be without. We’ve covered how to make eggs on the griddle in detail, so you can aim for the perfect cooking style for your tastes.
Bacon is amazing no matter how you cook it — but if you’re looking for something truly unique, you’ve look at our expert guide on how to cook bacon on a Flat Top Grill.
If you want to add another pork item to your breakfast table, try out some griddle sausage. Cook your breakfast sausage on the Flat Top in the same way that you might cook it on the stove. Maake sure that you break up the sausage using your BBQ spatula and make sure it is well seasoned and brown. If you’d rather them be in patty form, make sure to follow this pancake and sausage sandwich recipe.
A griddle makes cooking up perfect slices of French Toast exceptionally easy, since you can dip them in an egg mixture and give them a quick cook and flip in no time. Try out our Flat Top Stuffed French Toast for a sweet beakfast treat.
Though they take a good bit of time and practice to master, omelets are a classy way to serve up eggs, meats, and vegetables all at once. We have a recipe for a Flat Top Bacon and Cheese Omelet that’s positively decadent, and very adaptable — you can add any sort of vegetables you want to it, like diced onions, peppers, or spinach.
Stacking up some meat, cheese, and eggs on bread is the way to go for an all-in-one breakfast meal. For a unique take on a breakfast sandwich, try out our breakfast quesadilla.
A close relative of the pancake, crepes are a lovely way to make a light and fresh breakfast that doesn’t feel quite as filling. Plus, they’re so much easier to make on a griddle than in a pan. Our recipe for Ham & Egg Breakfast Crepes takes about 30 minutes to make from start to finish, and can easily be served as an entire breakfast since it has everything you’d want in a meal.
Now that you’re feeling more confident with your griddling capabilities, why not branch out into other meals you can make on the griddle? Here are a few of our favorites:
And if you ever find yourself stuck with a tricky griddling or grilling question, you can always reach out to us at the Traeger Support line, where expert help is just a click or call away.
Classic crab cakes are perfect for cooking outside on your flat top. They’re delicious paired with lightly dressed greens as a first course or paired with heartier sides as a main dish. While fresh crab is always a treat, canned crab works well, too.
Chef JRob describes his sweet brunch dish as a cross between French toast and cheesecake. Yet the cream cheese and blueberry filling could not be easier to make, and the large surface area of the flat top lets you cook all the brioche at once so everyone can eat at the same time.
We’re taking the classic smashed burger up a notch with porcini powder and a special sauce. The dried mushroom powder, sometimes called dust, gives the meat an even deeper savory flavor. If your supermarket carries dried porcinis but not powder, simply grind the whole dried mushrooms in a spice grinder. Spreading a little mayo on the buns before toasting them makes them nicely browned and crisped.
Diva Q makes this fantastical, many-layered cake for her kids, who request it often for breakfast (and just about any other time of day). Once you try it, you will know why. For best results, let the crepe batter rest for at least a couple of hours but preferably overnight.
This quick and tasty appetizer is gluten free if you use tamari in place of the soy sauce. For fewer bowls needed at the grill, consider combining the garlic, ginger, scallions, and the red pepper flakes, if using, into one bowl.
Though this batter is exceptionally thick, it yields light and fluffy pancakes, thanks to the egg yolks and whites getting separated and added to the batter at different times. Bonus: You don’t even have to whip the whites first.
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are a great choice for cooking on the griddle. As convenient and quick cooking as chicken breast, they have a deeper flavor and are more forgiving so they’re almost guaranteed to stay juicy after cooking. We like the heat the jalapeño ribs provide. If that’s not your thing, cut the seeds ribs out of the slices. Depending on how filled you like your fajitas, you may have extra vegetables; if so, save them to use in omelets or on pizza.
Cooking fajitas on a flat top griddle makes the process so easy because you can sear the steak, cook the vegetables, and toast the tortillas in three different heat zones at the same time. If you like spicy food, leave the ribs in the jalapeños.
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