Blackstone Professional 36 Inch Flat Top Grill Review

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Updated June 27, 2022

Outdoor cooking is an activity that can be very enjoyable especially if you have the right company, as well as the right grill to cook whatever you want. Most people don’t have a problem finding the right group of people to have an outside adventure with, but a lot struggle with picking up the right kind of appliances. If you happen to be among this group, then we have the perfect suggestion for you to look into – the Blackstone Professional 36-inch flat-top grill. It might not top the list of the best grills out there, but if you’re looking for the best flat-top grill for cooking outside, then it might be worth considering.

Why We Like It – Blackstone Professional 36 Inch Flat Top Grill

The Blackstone Professional 36 Inch Flat Top Grill is a large, well-built gas grill griddle station that’ll allow you to cook any meal in the great outdoors. It’s got 4 stainless steel burners which have a combined output of 60000 BTU, and a large 720 square inch cooking surface to prepare food for a large group of people. It’s twice as powerful as its cousin, the Blackstone 28-inch outdoor flat-top gas grill griddle station.

Pros
  • Very high cooking performance at 60000 BTU
  • Adjustable legs with 4 caster wheels
  • 2 Cantilever shelves
Cons
  • Requires regular cleaning and maintenance to keep rusting at bay

Power/Heating

Unlike the typical BBQ grill, the 36-inch Blackstone flat top grill offers up to 4 different adjustable heat zones, so you’ll be able to cook different types of food on the same grill, just with different heat intensities. Its cooking power is also pretty solid, as it’s got 4 different stainless steel burners that each have a heat output of 15000 BTUs, making it a lot better in terms of cooking performance compared to the Blackstone tabletop grill, which only has one H-type burner with a heat output of 12000 BTUs. The 36-inch Blackstone griddle also boasts electric ignition, so you won’t need to use a lighter to get it warmed up.

Related: If you like this grill, you might be interested in our Blackstone 1819 Griddle review.

Size/Versatility

As you’ll probably be able to decipher from its title, the Blackstone griddle station offers up to 36-inches of cooking space, which translates to a cooking surface of about 720 square inches. This is pretty large compared to the Blackstone tabletop griddle 22-inch outdoor grill, making it perfect for preparing food for a large group of people, or even a large event. Maneuverability is also quite easy to do the grills’ 4 caster wheels, and you’ll also be able to lock 2 of its wheels down once you find your location.

Durability

From the front panel that houses the heat controls to the frame of the grill itself, a lot of parts on the Blackstone 36-inch gas grill are made of stainless steel, making it very durable. Its frame is also coated with black powder, so it’s quite resistant to rust and is well suitable for outside use. The griddle top however happens to be made of cold-rolled steel, meaning you’ll have to always clean it when you’re done to keep it in good condition.

Ease of Use

Just like the Camp Chef flat-top grill, the 1554 Blackstone 4 burner grill also has two side shelves on both of its sides, providing ample space for you to prep your meals, or even place ready food for serving. The grill also sports a built-in rear grease trap that’s located at the center rear, and this makes cleaning the unit up a lot easier, while also dealing with the extra oil or grease from your food.

Related: Also check out our Blackstone Tabletop Griddle 22 review.

Value

At 120 pounds, the 36-inch Blackstone Flat Top Grill is quite heavy, but with foldable legs and an accessory shelf, it’s pretty well built. It’s got space for up to 28 different burgers, 16 stakes, or even 72 hotdogs, meaning you’ll easily be able to prepare food for up to 20 people. Its griddle surface features a rolled steel construction, allowing superb heat distribution as well as retention.

Blackstone Professional 36 Inch Flat Top Grill Wrap Up

With the many different brands that offer a wide variety of cooking equipment, it can be quite difficult to decide what pick to make. With Blackstone however, it’s very difficult to go wrong. The brand has a good reputation for quality products, so you should expect nothing less from the Blackstone 1554.

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