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!
Prep time: 0 minutes | Cook time: 13 minutes | Total time: 13 minutes
Yield: 6 slices
- 6 slices uncooked bacon
- Heat the panini maker to medium-high heat. If your grill comes with a drip pan, be sure to put it in place. Grills with a tilt feature should be set to tilt.
- Arrange as many bacon slices as will fit neatly on your grill, without overlapping. I can usually fit about 6 ounces of bacon. Depending on the size of your grill, you may need to trim the bacon to fit.
- Close the lid and grill the bacon until it’s cooked through and crispy, 10 to 13 minutes, depending on the thickness of your bacon. If you have a grill that allows you to adjust the height of the upper plate, like those made by Breville, set it to just barely graze the surface of bacon and not fully press the strips. This bacon-grilling technique works very well on the Cuisinart Griddler.