Commercial grills for restaurants offer high-volume cooking options, suitable for everything from meat to veggies and cheese. Your grill should make it easier for you to be able to cook high-volume orders faster.

And, for example, if you run a small breakfast shop, you'll have no issues cooking:

  • Dozens of breakfast sausages
  • Eggs
  • Burritos

Grills make cooking easy and are a great overall option for restaurants of all sizes. We'll review some of the top grill equipment for restaurant owners to invest in, but before we do, it's important to know what to consider when purchasing a grill.

What to Consider When Choosing Restaurant Grills

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If you need help choosing the right grill for your restaurant, we're more than willing to help you find a solution that fits your business's needs perfectly. A few things that we recommend you consider when making your choice are:

Fuel Type

What type of fuel will you be using? You'll find most grills use some form of gas, such as natural gas or propane, which is often easy to secure. But you'll also need to consider:

  • Current space layout
  • Gas line placement

If you plan to add a new gas grill, your space must be sufficient and there needs to be a gas line in the installation area. Remodeling may be required, but if you don't have a natural gas line, you may need to choose an alternative gas option.

Cooking Grid Thickness and Materials

Your grill will be the backbone of your restaurant. If you plan on cooking often, as you should, you'll want to choose a grill that offers:

  • Stainless steel
  • Thick cooking grids

A thick cooking grid is ideal because it will offer years of consistent use without breaking down.

What materials are best for your grill?

  • Stainless steel
  • Cast brass
  • Cast iron
  • Ceramic glass

Low-gauge steel is a good option that will allow for years of use and provide impeccable strength.

Size

Grilling size doesn't just relate to your grilling surface area. You'll also need to consider full-size grill options because you want the grill to be standalone. An alternative is a countertop grill.

If you do choose a countertop model, you should be willing to invest in an extraction hood or canopy.

Additional features to consider are adjustable feet, the quality of the pilot igniters and how many burners the grill offers.

Top Rated Grills for Restaurants

We've rounded up the top grills for restaurants, all of which we sell and are in our collection, that allow you to grill multiple meals at one time for your patrons. A few of the top-rated grills, in no particular order, are:

Garland GTGG48-G48

Garland's heavy-duty gas counter grill is a 48-inch-wide model that is reliable and offers:

  • 320°F - 730° F temperatures
  • 27,000 BTU/h input for each burner
  • Stainless steel grill

A one-inch thick griddle will provide years of flawless grilling and the grilling area is 48" x 23" - large enough for all eateries. You'll find a four-inch adjustable feet option and manual hi-lo control.

Prepline EGD30

The Prepline EGD30 is ideal for lower-volume establishments or if you only have a few grilled items on your menu. This unit has a footprint of 30" L x 20" W x 10.5" H and a weight of just 99 lbs.

Despite its small size, the EGD30 delivers an impressive performance. It features a 0.5" thick griddle plate for even heat distribution and three independent thermostatic controls.

A slide-out drip tray collects debris and a 3" splash guard allows for easy clean-up.

Wolf ASA48

For high-volume restaurants, the Wolf ASA48 is a great option. This gas griddle boasts a 48" wide cooking surface, a 1" thick steel griddle plate and four burners. Each burner has a snap-action thermostat for easy temperature adjustment.

This unit features a stainless and aluminized steel frame for high durability and easy maintenance. The 108,000 BTU output makes this griddle a great addition to any commercial kitchen.

Vulcan VMCS-102

Vulcan's VMCS-102 is an electric clamshell griddle with a 9/16" thick composite plate. Clamshell griddles have two-sided cooking units in which heated metal is applied to the top and bottom of the food for a quicker, even cook.

This type of unit can improve cooking speed and quality.

The thermostatic control allows you to adjust the cooking temperature from 200° F to 450° F. The LED indicator light makes it easy to monitor temperatures.

The one-hand clamshell lift mechanism works to keep the system upright. The unit also features a welded Rapid Recovery composite griddle plate.

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Southbend SSB-36

Southbend's SSB-36 serves as both a grill and a broiler. This unit has a large cooking surface of 31-3/4"W x 28"D with independent burner controls and a 9-position adjustable broiler rack.

The 84,000 BTU rating ensures efficient performance.

The stainless steel construction and 4" splash make this unit especially easy for staff to clean and maintain.

Eurodib CORT-RR-PS

Eurodib's CORT-RR-PS is a specialized countertop panini grill unit with removable plates. If you serve hot sandwiches or paninis, this grill will speed up your cooking time.

The unit is designed to distribute the heat evenly throughout the upper and lower plates, so you can grill both sides of a sandwich without flipping it over.

The built-in, adjustable thermostat allows you to change the temperature from 120°F-570° F.

The ceramic-coated grill and stainless-steel construction make clean-up and maintenance a breeze.

Omcan CE-CN-0060-S

If you're looking for commercial BBQ grills, Omcan's CE-CN-0060-S is a fitting choice. This model is made entirely of 304 stainless steel, including the burners, grids and fasteners.

Powered by propane, this grill has 8 burners with an output of 128,000 BTU. It heats up to cooking temperature in just four minutes. The tank holder at the back of the unit holds a 20-lb propane tank.

Four casters make this grill easy to transition from one place to another, and the stainless steel makes it easy to clean and maintain.

A commercial grill is a must-have in most restaurant kitchens, but it's important to choose a unit that can grow with your restaurant. The models listed above are some of our best-selling units and can cater to a wide range of eateries.