Why Choose a Two-Platen Grill?

Interview with David Zabrowski,
Senior Engineer of the Food Service Technology Center (FSTC)

The Food Service Technology Center (FSTC) is funded by California utility companies and administered by Pacific Gas & Electric under the sponsorships of the California Public Utilities Commission. The FSTC specializes in commercial food service and promotes energy efficiency and equipment performance. For more information, visit: www.fishnick.com

Couple eating burgers cooked on a Taylor Grill

What do you look for
in choosing a grill?

Most importantly, heat on the grill needs to be consistent across the surface.

I’ve seen temperature variations from the center hot spot to the outer edges causing meat to be undercooked in some areas and overcooked in others – even if you’re using the same time parameters.

What other factors should you consider?

It’s important to estimate the volume and total amount of time that meat needs to cook evenly and thoroughly on the grill. During peak hours, such as lunchtime, you might be cooking 60 patties at once. If heat isn’t distributed evenly across the surface, menu items might be undercooked.

Recovery time is also an important factor when estimating proper cooking time and temperature. Take into consideration the amount of time it takes for the grill to reach the proper cooking temperature after frozen items have been placed on the grill.

What makes two-sided grills different?

Two-sided grills (such as the Taylor® L810 model) allow for control, flexibility and safety. First and foremost, anyone who wants to maximize efficiency should consider two-sided grills. Generally, a 24” 2-platen grill (such as the Taylor® L820 model) will outperform a 36” traditional flat grill because it reduces the amount of ambient heat that emits into the kitchen – in turn, reducing ventilation requirements and saving on energy costs – and provides the ability to cook with less space.

Secondly, two-sided grills allow for more control including time, temperature and gap settings for each menu item. For example, Taylor® two-sided grill’s settings are already pre-programmed and the platen is automatically lowered to the exact product thickness creating even-pressure contact. The outcome and advantage? The meat is seared on both sides for an evenly-cooked product translating to less shrink and better yield on many food items such as burgers, bacon, sausage patties, etc.

Lastly, the Taylor® two-sided grills transfer heat evenly across the entire cooking surface to ensure consistency. The platen also applies exact pressure and sears the menu item on both sides at once. The result is quicker and safer cooking versus traditional, flat-top grills.

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