The Blackstone 36-inch cooking station is one of the best-rated outdoor griddles on the market, as of March 2015. This 52,000 BTU propane-fueled griddle has a rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars among Lowe's customers. The Blackstone also holds over four-star ratings with Amazon, Cabela's and Ace Hardware customers.
The Blackstone cooking station has a griddle surface measuring 36 inches by 21 inches with four independently controlled stainless steel burners. The removable cook surface is composed of thick cold-rolled steel and is supported by a steel frame with four locking caster wheels. The Blackstone 36-inch cook station is priced at $350 or less.
Blackstone also manufactures a more compact 28-inch outdoor griddle. This smaller cook station has the same high-quality craftsmanship of the larger model, but features only two independently controlled burners. The 28-inch Blackstone cooking station has a 4.4 out of 5 star rating with Cabela's customers.
An alternative to the Blackstone cooking stations is the Little Griddle SQ180. This universal griddle surface sits atop the cook surface of an existing barbecue grill, allowing for quick and easy cleanup after grilling. The SQ180 features a grease trough and sidewalls to keep food on the cook surface. This professional-style griddle is composed of restaurant-grade stainless steel with welded cross bracing. The Little Griddle has a 4.6 out of 5 star rating with Amazon customers and is available for roughly $50.