The Best Pans for Pancakes

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There is no pan I use more in my house than my pancake pan.  I eat pancakes every single morning for breakfast.  Why?  Simple.  They are delicious, easy to prepare in large batches, and easy to reheat for breakfast.

I found the best pan for pancakes through a lot of trial and error, and I learned a lot in the process.

I read article upon article about pancake pans, and you know what?  Some of the recommendations were just terrible.  When it comes to picking the best pancake griddle, there are a number of things that must be considered.

First, I want to show you the different options if you are looking for the best griddle pan for pancakes, and then we will look at how to pick the best pancake pan for your specific needs.

Best Pans for Pancakes and Best Pancake Griddle

Now, let’s take a look at the best pan for pancakes broken down five different ways.

Best Griddle Pan for Pancakes
Best Copper Pan for Pancakes
Best Two Burner Griddle for Pancakes
Best Ceramic Pan for Pancakes
Best Nonstick Pan for Pancakes
Gotham Steel Nonstick Pan – 10.5” Griddle Perfect for making Eggs, Pancakes, Bacon and More –...
CONCORD 12" XL Copper Nonstick Ceramic Griddle Pan w/Large Stainless Steel Handles
Gotham Steel Double Grill, X-Large, Brown
GreenPan Chatham 11" Ceramic Non-Stick Square Griddle, Grey - CC000124-001
Circulon Acclaim Hard Anodized Nonstick Griddle Pan/Flat Grill, 11 Inch, Black
Gotham Steel 1083 10.5" Griddle
CONCORD 12" XL Copper Nonstick Ceramic Griddle
Gotham Steel 1420 Double Grill
GreenPan Chatham 11" Ceramic Non-Stick Square Griddle
Circulon 82452 Acclaim Hard Anodized Nonstick Griddle Pan
Best Griddle Pan for Pancakes
Gotham Steel Nonstick Pan – 10.5” Griddle Perfect for making Eggs, Pancakes, Bacon and More –...
Gotham Steel 1083 10.5" Griddle
Best Copper Pan for Pancakes
CONCORD 12" XL Copper Nonstick Ceramic Griddle Pan w/Large Stainless Steel Handles
CONCORD 12" XL Copper Nonstick Ceramic Griddle
Best Two Burner Griddle for Pancakes
Gotham Steel Double Grill, X-Large, Brown
Gotham Steel 1420 Double Grill
Best Ceramic Pan for Pancakes
GreenPan Chatham 11" Ceramic Non-Stick Square Griddle, Grey - CC000124-001
GreenPan Chatham 11" Ceramic Non-Stick Square Griddle
Best Nonstick Pan for Pancakes
Circulon Acclaim Hard Anodized Nonstick Griddle Pan/Flat Grill, 11 Inch, Black
Circulon 82452 Acclaim Hard Anodized Nonstick Griddle Pan

With this guide, you will find the perfect pancake pan, no matter what your preferences are.

Best Griddle for Pancakes – Gotham Steel 1083 10.5″ Griddle

This is my daily driver of a pancake pan.  It gets used a minimum of two times a week.

Besides being used for pancakes, I’ve also used it for steak sandwich meat, bacon, and well, just about anything else that I want to cook on a griddle like surface at home.

While the bottom is not pictured, I can tell you that it is flat with an indented metal insert – this means it will work on any type of stove, be it gas, electric, or induction.

I love this pan, however for some reason it does not have the Amazon Prime checkmark next to it, so I found another fantastic copper option as well.

However, if you do click the link, you will be taken to a prime option for checkout.  Go figure.

2020 Update – I treated myself to a new pancake pan this year!  Read on to see my new favorite.

Get more information on Gotham Steel 1083 Griddle

Best Copper Pan for Pancakes – CONCORD 12″ XL Copper Nonstick Ceramic Griddle

I found another great option for a copper pan for pancakes.  This pan by Concord Cookware has 12″ sides, versus the 10.5″ sides of the Gotham Steel pan I love so much.

As we all know, every bit of real estate matters when we are making pancakes so they don’t touch!

If you are a messy pancake maker like me, that extra room will go a long way.

Something important to note is that this pan is not suited for flat cooktops – if you have gas like I do or coiled electric you will be fine – but it will not be completely flat on a glass cooktop.

Get more information on CONCORD XL Copper Nonstick Ceramic Griddle

Best Two Burner Griddle for Pancakes – Gotham Steel 1420 Double Grill

The only thing better than a griddle pan for pancakes is a two burner griddle.  I also have this griddle and I adore it for things like bacon, steak, hamburgers, steak sandwich meat, and well, almost everything.

It also reverses to a griddle that will give you nice grill lines on food, like doing a flank steak or hot dogs indoors in the winter.

I love this thing.  I bought it because I liked the first griddle pan for pancakes I had so much.  I use it all the time, for way more than just pancakes.

Back to pancakes though, since it covers two burners, you have more surface area to make pancakes.  Depending on how you make them, you should be able to get about 8 on this, which is great if you are feeding a bigger crowd

Get more information on Gotham Steel 1420 Double Grill

Best Ceramic Pan for Pancakes -GreenPan Chatham 11″ Ceramic Non-Stick Square Griddle

If you are rolling your eyes at all of my copper suggestions don’t worry, I also have more recommendations.

This is the best pan for pancakes that is made out of ceramic you can get.

Earlier this year I treated myself to a new pancake pan, and this Ceramic Green Pan is what I settled on.  I couldn’t be happier with it!

I didn’t really need a new pan, my copper one still worked great, but I wanted to treat myself to a new pan I knew I would get a lot of use out of.

This green pan has 11″ sides, which means you should have plenty of room to cook four pancakes at a time.

I was a very early ceramic/GreenPan adopter, and the best part about this pan is it I have not been able to scrape it yet, and we all know durability can be downfall of ceramic pans.

I like this pan so much, that I’m thinking about replacing some of my older pans with more GreenPans.

Get more information on GreenPan Chatham Ceramic Non-Stick Square Griddle

Best Nonstick Pan for Pancakes

Are you a classic non-stick pan fan?

While I do not usually cook with nonstick pans, the few I do have are made by Circulon.

Why?  Because of their unique design they are more nonstick than their counterparts, they are more durable than traditional nonstick pans, and they cook very evenly.

This is also an 11″ pan, which makes it a perfect candidate for four nice sized pancakes.

Get more information on Circulon 82452 Acclaim Hard Anodized Nonstick Griddle Pan

Why Copper Pancake Pans Are Great for Pancakes

As you can see, three of my recommendations are for copper pans.  I have no less than three copper pans and the copper griddle in my kitchen cabinets right now.

Copper is great because it is non stick, and does not scrape easily like many ceramics or other nonstick surfaces.

It also creates a great sear on meats, and nice golden browning on pancakes.

Why the Best Pans for Pancakes are Pancake Griddles

As you can see, all of my recommendations are for griddles that are flat with very low sides.  The low sides make it very easy to flip your pancakes, and the flat bottom keeps your pancakes in place.

I never make pancakes in traditional round pans.  They look funny because the batter slides if you try to squeeze too many pancakes in a pan and end up using the sides.

Square is the perfect shape for pancakes.  Each of these pans will get you four nice size pancakes or more smaller ones, and the large griddle will get you eight nice sized pancakes or more smaller ones.

Picking the Best Pans for Pancakes

All of the recommended pans for pancakes will make wonderful pancakes that are golden brown and well shaped.

The question comes down to which material you prefer as the coating on your pan: copper, ceramic, or non-stick.

Want to up your pancake game?  Check out the best electric griddles for pancakes here!

Because you can use a pancake pan for more than just pancakes, it is important to take into account the size of the pan as well.  Pancake pans are great for cooking things you would traditionally cook on a grill, or you would order from many diners or hamburger places.

Let’s take a look at our favorite pancake pans one more time:

Gotham Steel Nonstick Pan – 10.5” Griddle Perfect for making Eggs, Pancakes, Bacon and More –...
Nonstick Griddle is perfect for making eggs, pancakes, bacon and much more; Ultra-durable coating, scratch-proof & metal utensil safe
CONCORD 12" XL Copper Nonstick Ceramic Griddle Pan w/Large Stainless Steel Handles
XL 12"x12" copper ceramic nonstick interior with Matte Graphite exterior griddle; Oversized ergonomic stainless steel handles feels extremely stable when lifting
GreenPan Chatham 11" Ceramic Non-Stick Square Griddle, Grey - CC000124-001
Metal utensil safe, this collection's diamond-reinforced coating is incredibly durable; Tough Hard Anodized Body is scratch-resistant and designed to stand up to daily demands
Circulon Acclaim Hard Anodized Nonstick Griddle Pan/Flat Grill, 11 Inch, Black
HIGH HEAT PERFORMANCE: This square pancake griddle is oven safe to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

The Gotham Steel 1083 Griddle is a true favorite, and battle tested.  This was my daily pancake pan for years and years.

In 2020, I decided I deserved a new pan I would use all the time, which meant replacing my beloved pancake pan.  I was not disappointed with the GreenPan Chatham Ceramic Non-Stick Square Griddle.

If you are looking for a bigger surface area, try out the Gotham Steel 1420 Double Grill, because with its large size it is great for more than just pancakes.

Ready to make some pancakes?  Don’t miss our pancake tips and tricks, and the ingredients you need for pancakes, because chances are you already have everything you need to make great pancakes from scratch.

Last update on 2020-07-07 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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