Quick Tip: Panini-Grill Your Bacon!

by on October 2, 2012

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I’ve got a quick tip to share with you guys today – grill your bacon on the panini maker!

I’ve been cooking bacon like this all summer long, it even beats the oven method, if you ask me (and I’ve been swearing by that approach for years).

It couldn’t be simpler: just heat the grill, lay down as many strips as will comfortably fit on the grates (no overlapping or they’ll stick together), close the lid and wait 10-13 minutes to reveal perfectly crisped bacon.

Clean-up is easy too – I recommend (carefully) scraping down the grates while they’re still warm, the grease just slides off.

For large batches, the oven is probably still the most efficient way to go but when I just need 6 slices of bacon for our family or for sandwiches, this is my new go-to!

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amanda October 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

What a great tip, Kathy!! Pinning this!
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2 Kathy October 2, 2012 at 10:41 am

Thanks so much, Amanda!


3 Shaina October 2, 2012 at 11:08 am

I’m stealing this. It would be perfect for when I need a few strips of crispy bacon to crumble into things. I always hate turning the oven on or getting the stove greasy for just a few pieces.
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4 Kristen October 2, 2012 at 11:20 am

You are so smart! I never would have thought to grill my bacon!
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5 Zach October 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

We normally just stick bacon under the broiler, but, if you are making a panini with bacon, may as well just grill the bacon on the panini maker! Fantastic idea!
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6 Kalyn October 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I don’t eat bacon much any more, but when I did I used to cook it on my George Foreman grill, same idea. You’re pretty creative with that panini press!


7 Amy October 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm



8 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective October 3, 2012 at 5:07 am

Kathy, what a crazy and WONDERFUL idea!
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9 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) October 3, 2012 at 6:47 am

Been doing this all summer, too. I seldom need more bacon than a few slices, and the panini grill is perfect.
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10 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 3, 2012 at 8:56 am

You are so creative with that panini maker!
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11 Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies October 4, 2012 at 8:41 am

I’ve been trying to teach my kids to cook bacon on the stove, and we’ve been eating a lot of burned bacon lately! This sounds easier by far!
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12 Kathy October 4, 2012 at 9:22 am

Oh yes…and safer! 🙂


13 sweetsugarbelle October 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm

My friend Anita did this when I visited her in California! It’s the best way to have bacon!
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14 shelly (cookies and cups) October 6, 2012 at 4:48 am

This is so simple, yet totally genius!!
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15 Deb October 20, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Used this method today for Saturday morning breakfast and it worked great! I was able to fit about half of a pound of bacon on my press (Breville) and then cooked the other half after that was done. The whole pound just about filled my reservoir with grease but it was super easy cleanup. Thanks for the idea!


16 Kathy October 20, 2012 at 11:11 pm

So glad you tried it, Deb!


17 Kelly Senyei October 22, 2012 at 6:30 am

Love this tip, Kathy! My bacon is always splattering all over the stove, so this will be perfect. Hope you’re doing well!
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18 David November 13, 2012 at 7:21 am

This is exactly how I cook my bacon! Glad to see I am not the only one! Great idea.


19 John December 25, 2012 at 8:56 am

Just tried it ! The bacon comes out perfect ! Thank you for the great tip.


20 Debbie February 21, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Have you tried this method with turkey bacon? If so, what is the cooking time?


21 Kathy February 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Hi Debbie – I’m afraid I haven’t tried it with turkey bacon, but I imagine the cooking time wouldn’t be too different. Cooking time can definitely vary by grill – I’d start checking at around 8 minutes and just keep cooking it until it appears done.


22 Stephanie September 4, 2013 at 10:38 am

I couldnt agree more. I sold the Breville press at Williams Sonoma many times over because of the bacon grilling. No splatters! Crispy and flat in five minutes! It was definitely my favorite appliance to sell in the whole store.


23 Star August 3, 2019 at 5:36 am

I just bought the Cuisinart Griddler and was curious to try bacon with it as described above but the operating manual specifically recommends not cooking bacon in the closed/pressed position but rather in the open/flat position. I’m scratching my head trying to figure out why exactly. The only thing I can think of would be if one tried to cook it in the closed/press position on high or sear setting that perhaps the grease could ignite and be a fire hazard? None the less, I will try it anyway.


24 Kathy Strahs August 3, 2019 at 9:41 am

Hmmm…I wonder if they updated the manual sometime in the past 7 years. I never had a problem with closing the lid, but thanks for letting me know that Cuisinart now recommends against it.


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