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Hands-down the best way to cook a perfectly golden and fluffy stack of pancakes is on a flat griddle. And with your Blackstone, it’s easy to make them just like the ones you’d enjoy at a classic breakfast diner! From my favorite buttermilk pancakes recipe to top tips to make pancakes without milk, plus how to get the right griddle temp for pancakes, learn everything you need to know to make the most amazing Blackstone griddle pancakes.

overhead view of a stack of pancakes with berry garnish and butter on a white plate with a container of pancake syrup in the background

Why We love Griddle Pancakes

Pancakes might be the most perfect breakfast food. Quick and easy to make? Check!

Vegan-friendly and easy to tweak for different dietary needs? Check and check!

Great to pair with just about any other breakfast dishes? Check. Delicious enough to enjoy even for dinner? You bet!

We love how simple and versatile homemade pancakes are. Most recipes can be made with only one or two bowls and a handful of pantry staples. Also, they cook up in only a few minutes!

Best of all, there are nearly infinite flavors of pancakes that you can make, all starting with the same basic ingredients.

You can also add some bananas for banana pancakes or pumpkin to make pumpkin pancakes. You can even make sourdough pancakes using your sourdough discard!

a stack of sourdough pancakes with fresh fruit on top

Then there’s my favorite traditional scratch-made pancake recipe (shared here!) that the family really loves.

It’s made with tangy buttermilk and vanilla extract, so the pancakes are soft and fluffy and amazingly flavorful.

Whichever recipe I’m using, I prefer to cook pancakes on the Blackstone griddle. Why is it such a rave-worthy method?

The flat griddle cooking surface ensures that just the temperature is maintained so that pancakes cook evenly.

This is key for consistent deliciousness and helps to achieve that iconic perfectly round pancake shape.

Here I share easy steps and tips to make the best Blackstone pancakes (with or without milk!) in less than 30 minutes.

So bring out the griddle, and get ready for the family to FLIP over these Blackstone breakfast recipes!

Ingredients Needed

  • Unsalted butter – melted and cooled
  • Eggs – slightly beaten
  • ButtermilkKeep reading for a list of terrific alternatives to make pancakes without buttermilk or milk!
  • Vanilla extract – a secret for super flavorful and moist pancakes
  • All-purpose flour – or your preferred gluten-free replacement
  • Baking soda and Baking powder – for a fluffy rise
  • Salt – just a pinch
ingredients for pancakes along with a dough whisk

No buttermilk? Don’t worry! You absolutely can make the best pancakes on the griddle, even without milk. In fact, there are several terrific buttermilk substitutes you can use that’ll achieve the same fluff-enhancing effect.

How to Make Pancakes Without Milk

There are a number of alternatives to making pancakes without milk (or buttermilk!). Whether you are just out of milk and looking for a substitute or avoiding dairy, here are some suitable milk substitutes.

If you are looking for non-dairy pancakes, try using:

  • Almond milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Oat milk
  • Soy milk

Here are other dairy milk substitutions:

  • Cream (I always add a few teaspoons of water)
  • Plain yogurt
  • Half-and-half
  • Evaporated milk

See the full recipe below for how to substitute milk for buttermilk.

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Griddle Temp For Pancakes

The ideal pancake griddle temp is 375ºF. This fairly high temperature is key for the pancake to cook quickly and evenly, but without burning.

How Can You Tell What The Pancakes Griddle Temperature is?

One way is to use an infrared temperature gun. Because these temp guns let you check the temperature of a grill, griddle, smoker, or pizza oven without physically touching it.

Or, you can just use the medium setting on your flat top griddle.

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How Do You Know When Your Blackstone Griddle Is The Right Temperature for Pancakes?

One way to know if the temp is close to 375 degrees F is to flick water onto the surface of the preheated flat top grill.

If the water dances across the surface, it’s a simple way to gauge the right griddle temp for pancakes.

However, if it sizzles up violently the griddle might be a tad too hot. Check the temp and turn it down slightly if needed.

Blackstone Griddle Pancakes Preparation

Lightly grease the griddle with cooking oil. Preheat the griddle to medium or 375°F, the perfect griddle temp for pancakes.

Then, to check the griddle temp, use an infrared temperature gun or sprinkle water on the surface to see if the droplets “dance” across the top. 

In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: butter, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract until just blended.

Stir in the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. There may be some small lumps. 

a white bowl of pancake batter with a dough whisk

Once the pancake mixture starts to bubble, it’s ready to cook. If pancake batter is too thick, then add a tablespoon of buttermilk.

Depending on the size of pancakes you prefer, use 1/4 to 1/3 cup of batter for each griddle pancake. Add batter to the hot griddle.

pancakes cooking on a griddle

Cook about 1-2 minutes, until there are bubbles across the top and the edges are drying. 

four pancakes cooking on a flat top grill

Using a metal pancake turner, flip the pancake and cook the other side until it is golden brown. Do not press down on the pancake or turn more than once for the lightest and fluffiest pancakes.

Serve it warm with butter and maple syrup, or fresh fruit.

a white plate of pancake garnished with berries and butter topped with a container of syrup in the background

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are my pancakes rubbery?

Rubbery pancakes are often caused by over mixing the batter. Try to mix the ingredients just until they are blended.

Can I make pancake batter the night before?

No, you should not make ahead pancake batter. Due to the leavening agents like eggs and baking powder, the batter must be used shortly after it is prepared. Otherwise, the pancakes will turn out flat and dense.

What is the right griddle temperature for pancakes?

375°F or the medium setting on your griddle.

What do you put on top of pancakes?

Enjoy warm pancakes with butter and maple syrup, honey, whipped cream, chocolate chips, fruit compote, sliced fresh fruits or berries. Or nearly any sweet goodies you like!

How long do homemade pancakes last?

They will keep well for up to 4-5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze pancakes?

Yes! Stack cooled pancakes with sheets of parchment paper in between each layer. Wrap the entire stack in aluminum foil, and freeze for up to a month. To reheat, wrap each frozen pancake in a damp paper towel. Microwave at 50% heat in 30 second intervals until warm.

the Best Griddle Pancakes Recipe

four pancakes cooking on a flat top grill
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Blackstone Pancakes

Make the best pancakes right on your Blackstone flat top griddle. Everyone will love these fluffy, delicious pancakes with the tanginess of buttermilk that balances with the sweet maple syrup. They are so good that breakfast for dinner will become a new thing.
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword pancakes, Blackstone recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
preheat griddle 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 pancakes
Calories 208kcal

Equipment

  • flat top griddle, gas griddle, or electric griddle

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil for the grill
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • cups buttermilk (see notes for substitutions – including milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (can substitute with bread flour, Kamut flour, einkorn flour, or 1/2 whole wheat)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Lightly grease griddle with cooking oil. Preheat griddle to medium or 375°F. To check the pancake griddle temperature, use an infrared temperature gun or sprinkle water on the surface to see if the droplets "dance" across the top.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: butter, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract until just blended. Stir in the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. There may be some small lumps.
  • Once the pancake mixture starts to bubble, it's ready to cook. If pancake batter is too thick add a tablespoon of buttermilk.
  • Depending on the size of pancakes you prefer, use 1/4 to 1/3 cup of batter for each griddle pancake. Add batter to the hot griddle. Cook about 1-2 minutes, until there are bubbles across the top and the edges are drying.
  • Using a metal pancake turner, flip the pancake and cook the other side until it is golden brown. Do not press down on the pancake or turn more than once for the lightest and fluffiest pancakes.
  • Serve warm with butter and maple syrup, or fresh fruit.

Notes

Buttermilk Substitutions:
  • Whole milk
  • Cream (I always add a few teaspoons of water)
  • Plain yogurt
  • Half-and-half
  • Evaporated milk
Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar or lemon juice to milk, cream, half-and-half, or evaporated milk. Let sit for 1-2 minutes until the milk curdles.
For non-dairy substitutions, use almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or soy milk.
Cooled pancakes can be stored in an airtight container and kept in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Reheat in the microwave oven, covered with a damp paper towel, for 30-second intervals. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1pancake | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 553mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 243IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 1mg

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