For quite a long time I have been keen to get my hands on a plancha/griddle plate for my BBQ. There are a number of options branded specifically for the BBQ available for those who own Kamados or Weber Kettles but nothing for people with the less popular brands. After a good while of searching I decided to bite the bullet at visit a local steel fabricator.
Why I didn’t think to do this sooner I have no idea. Getting 6mm thick sheet steel delivered is obviously going to be more expensive. Not to mention the fact I could pick this up the next day. My piece ended up being 430 x 500mm. Perfect fit for my BBQ leaving just enough room on one side for one of my grill pieces. Handy for toast or some flame grilling if needed. How much did this cost? £10! I really couldn’t be happier with it. All that was left to do now is clean it, season it and fire the BBQ up for it’s maiden cook.
What better to test the plancha out than some burgers? Now I like to keep my burgers very simple. Mince taken straight from the packet into a lightly oiled burger press and pressed tightly. No kneading, no unnecessary additives, onions or anything else. I don’t even season until the burgers are being cooked. On this occasion I served the burgers in a toasted brioche bun with cheese, fried onions, bacon and a simple homemade burger sauce. Just mayonnaise, tomato ketchup and yellow mustard. In theory this should have been fantastic and although the plancha performed as it should have, my inexperience with the plancha nearly ruined this meal. The plancha was just way too hot! Everything was just slightly on the crispy side. I should have either used less fuel or waited for it to cool down a little. Nevertheless I know that this plancha will be in use again soon. Best £10 I’ve spent in a long time. Next up… full breakfast!
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Written by Tomos Newland-Jones @MrNewland66