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Weber Griddle 28 Inch Reviewed and Rated

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WEBER Griddle

Weber has long recognized griller’s love of griddles and steadily provided a variety of add-on griddles over the years for use with their gas and charcoal grills.

Weber griddle on Summit Gas Grill

As griddle popularity grows, so goes Weber’s product development team to now offer full-size inserts for their Spirit and Genesis Gas Grills.

Weber Genesis Griddle Insert

Plus they have Stand-Alone Griddles in 36″ 4- Burner and 28″ 3-Burner models. Here’s the 36″ 4-Burner.

Weber Griddle 36"

For this review we tested the 28″ 3-Burner.

Weber Griddle 28″

The dimensions of the griddle with the lid open are 41.45″ H x 53.46″ W x 23.94″ D. Weber Griddles have an aluminized steel cookbox and slide off hood that hangs from the back when cooking as shown in the photo. The hood is meant to protect the cook surface when not in use. Never cook with the hood down.

The 11″ W x 18″ D left and right side shelves are sturdy. They don’t fold down but do have tool hooks.

Weber Griddle Side Shelf

The simple, solid cart includes a lower storage shelf. It has no casters, just two large wheels and two legs. You need to lift the left side to roll it around on your deck, which isn’t bad as it feels surprisingly light for 110 pounds. The big wheels work better than casters on grass if you intend to roll it out into your yard.

Weber Griddle Cart

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Absent on these new griddles is a feature that’s become standard on most Weber gas grills; their LP tank fuel level scale. LP tanks run dry and often at inconvenient times. To help avoid unpleasant surprises on their gas grills, Weber hangs the tank on a scale that gives a rough estimate of fuel level. These types of LP tank scales are useful, but not precise. They at least give notice when you’re running low. Fuel level can be seen on a full-to-empty graduated gauge incorporated into the tank hook scale and are displayed through software with their Smart Grills.

Weber Genesis II SX-335 Lp tank

We kinda miss this inaccurate old fuel level scale. Both the 36″ and 28″  Weber griddles just have plain tank hooks. 

Weber Griddle LP Tank

Plain and simple. It seems Weber intended these griddles to be streamlined with economic designs and price tags. Light on flash and heavy on substance. Could future, upscale lines be on the drawing board somewhere at the castle in Palatine? 

Back on top. Cooktop that is.

The cooktop, aka flat top aka griddle is a heavy hunk of 28″ W x 18″ D hot rolled steel. Some questioned the choice of hot rolled over cold rolled as cold rolled is more commonly used by griddle manufacturers. A cursory investigation of the difference between these two materials revealed cold rolled is more expensive and considered more durable. Weber counters that cold rolled is more durable for certain applications, but they believe hot rolled will better withstand the stress of extreme temperature changes and prove the best choice for their cooktops. Indeed, Weber’s 5 year warranty on their cooktops is equal to or better than many competitive models. Time will tell.

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Weber Griddle Cook Top

That slot in the front, left corner facilitates grease and gunk removal. When done cooking, scrape all the gunk down that slot to deposit it in a slide out grease tray below.

Weber Griddle Grease Tray

Weber’s grease tray is located in the front, while some other griddles are in the back. We prefer the convenience of front access grease trays. Weber’s tray is fairly large and long, leading some to complain that handling it when full of hot grease is precarious. No doubt. We didn’t have any large griddling cookouts during our tests, but we did a good amount of cooking, cleaning out the tray (when the raccoons didn’t beat us to it) as needed before it filled up. If you don’t forget about the grease tray then you should be fine. Keep it Clean, Keep Calm, and Griddle On.

Seasoning

Like most griddles, Weber’s cooktop needs to be seasoned before use. Seasoning is a load of fun…NOT! There are different opinions about seasoning details, but the basic, universal steps are:

  1. Clean the cooktop off. Note: The Owner’s Manual states “The griddle has been coated with a food grade oil for protection. This oil is not to be used for seasoning.”
  2. After cleaning, apply a thin coat of neutral oil. Be sure to get the interior and exterior sides as well.
  3. Wipe away the excess oil.
  4. Light all the burners and set them to HIGH.
  5. The surface will begin to smoke. Let the seasoning continue until the smoke stops.
  6. Shut off all burners and let the griddle cool – approximately 30 minutes. 
  7. Repeat steps 2 – 6 at least 2 more times. Many griddlers repeat this several times for extra layers of seasoning.

Here’s a short video from Weber that shows their process.

You can pull the video up on your cell phone with this QR Code.

Weber Griddle QR Code

Always take the time to clean up when done cooking or you’ll have to repeat the above steps early and often. Turn all burners off, scrape all the grease and gunk into the grease tray, and wipe the griddle down with a cloth or paper towel. If the griddle is still hot, hold the towel with tongs. We found applying a light coat of oil all over the cook surface is a wise final step. When cooled off, don’t forget to put the hood back in place, and we highly recommend using a cover to further protect the cook surface. Also, don’t forget about that grease tray!

Burners

Our 28″ test unit has 3 – 12,000 BTU stainless steel tube burners for a total of 36,000 BTUs.

Weber Griddle Burners

A row of burner port holes on the sides of each tube and additional ports at the front and back, are said to create even heat across the cook surface.  

Weber Griddle Burner Ports

The consensus among owners and reviewers, including us, agree the cook surface heat is even.

Temperature tests

We always advocate the use of accurate digital thermometers which have temperature probes that clip to cooking grates on grills and smokers, but not onto a flat slab of metal.

Weber Smokefire Temperature Probes

To test cooking temp on a griddle, you need an Infrared Thermometer aka Infrared Gun.

ThermoPro TP-450

An IR thermometer does not make physical contact with the surface being measured. Instead it senses the amount of infrared radiation emanating from the surface. Just point at the surface and pull the trigger. The temperature will display on the small screen above the handle. We used a ThermoPro TP-450 shown in the picture.

With all burners on LOW we measured the average temperature at about 370°F. With all burners on HIGH our average was about 590°F. There was some variance left to right and front to back, but nothing of concern.

Our bread test also indicated fairly even heat distribution.

Weber Griddle Bread Test

Griddling

Griddling is a load of fun – YES! Here’s a full pound of bacon spread across the cooktop with room to spare.

Weber Griddle Bacon

You can’t do that with a skillet. Careful though! Even with all burners down LOW, our bacon got pretty crispy. Conductive heat from that big, hot slab of metal is intense. Click here to learn about conduction and the different kinds of heat.

2-zone cooking

Most recipes benefit from 2-zone cooking. Setting up 2-zones; one hot side and one moderate side, is an essential technique for grilling and griddling. Click here to learn the importance of 2-zones. For our breakfast of sausage with scrambled eggs and veggies we turned the left and middle burners slightly above LOW and the right burner off to create our hot zone left – and moderate zone right. 

Weber Griddle Eggs and Sausage

Using Weber’s griddle tools, we easily flipped, flopped and moved everything between the zones as needed for it to all finish at the same time.

Griddle tools

Even if new to griddling, you likely have cooking tools that work just fine. But the griddling business is a little different than grilling as Weber’s Griddle Essentials Set illustrates.

Weber Griddle Essential Tools

From right to left the set includes:

• Griddle Spatula for flipping and moving heavier food with ease (note the extended length).

• Griddle Scraper effectively removes grease and grime and double teams foods alongside the    spatula.

• Flexible Griddle Spatula easily slides under delicate foods

• Griddle Squeeze Bottles (2) for dispensing dressings, oil, water, etc.

All pieces have quality stainless steel construction and are dishwasher safe.

Of course a wide variety of griddle tools are available if you feel like shopping around. But if this sounds good click here to pick your set up.

Griddle madness

If you never had a full size, dedicated griddle, you’re in for a treat. It’s just plain fun to have all that wide open, griddle real estate with zone temp control; an outdoor cook’s playground. To get things rolling we started out with the quintessential griddle recipe: Smash Burgers.

Smash Burger

Then we took off with sizzling salmon.

Weber Griddle Salmon

Next up was skirt steak.

Weber Griddle Skirt Steak

Somebody stop me! Now some sesame crusted tuna!

Weber Griddle Tuna

And no griddle journey would be complete without cheesesteak.

Let’s take a break for a word of caution. What’s wrong with this picture?

Weber Griddle with Bottles

NEVER leave plastic on either side shelf when in use. Those shelves get HOT! If it hangs from the tool hooks there’s no worry, but think twice about leaving anything on the shelves. Even glass and metal can get too hot to handle, and may end up splattered with grease. We learned to use a prep table.

Prep Table

Be cautious with the lower shelf as well. Heat from the cookbox bottom is significant. Heed Max’s words and you will reap this gooey reward without a disastrous mess.

Cheese Steak

Click here for our AmazingRibs.com Griddle Recipes.

Packaging and assembly

Weber’s packaging is consistently good. All parts come safe and secure in a logical order with clear directions. Assembly was a little harder than anticipated. Perhaps I unrealistically expected it to be almost as simple as putting together a table. Ooops.

Conclusion

In recent years Weber had a couple high profile roll outs that, uncharacteristically, seemed forced into the market before ready. And boy did they take a shellacking on the internet. Weber is a flagship company. The bar is set high. They rarely fall short and this is no exception. These griddles are bulletproof. Few will be disappointed, indeed early customer reviews are almost unanimously stellar.

This is solid Weber quality at a competitive price, with an effective though austere, Spartan design and appearance. No bells and whistles, just bacon and eggs. We award Weber’s new griddles our top AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal.

Warranty

Cookbox
5 years, no rust through/burn through (2 years paint excluding fading or discoloration)
Hard cover assembly
5 years, no rust through/burn through (2 years paint excluding fading or discoloration)
Stainless steel burner tubes
5 years, no rust through/burn through
Carbon steel cooktop
5 years (excluding rust)
All remaining parts
5 years (excluding normal wear and tear)

We thank Weber for providing a unit for our tests.

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Product Information:

  • Model:
    Griddle
  • Item Price:
    $ 449.00
    *Price Subject To Change
  • Where to buy (buying from this supplier supports this website):
  • Made in USA:
    no
  • Review Method:
    Cooked On It
    We have hands-on experience testing this product. We have also gathered info from the manufacturer, owners and other reliable sources.
  • Primary Function:
    Griddle grills
  • Fuel:
    Propane Gas
  • BTU:
    36,000
  • Heat Flux:
    71.43
    Heat Flux is the BTU per square inch and is a more useful measure of how much heat a grill delivers than BTU alone.
  • Main Burners:
    3
  • Primary Capacity:
    504 square inches
    Mid-Size (about 24 burgers)

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Published On: 1/17/2023 Last Modified: 6/24/2024

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