We use griddles all the time for things like grilled cheese and pancakes, but you can also use your griddle for a perfect breakfast platter: eggs. sausage, bacon, hashbrowns, and even toast!
The most challenging part about cooking with a griddle is knowing what temperature you should use and just how long the cooking process takes.
While our stovetops typically have heat levels from low to high, they don’t typically provide temperatures. A griddle, on the other hand, is usually regulated by a temperature like the oven.
So what griddle temperature do you use for eggs? The temperature and the cooking time may vary depending on your griddle and the type of eggs you are cooking. Generally, your temperature will be somewhere between 250-325°F. You will probably never use a higher temperature for eggs on the griddle or they could turn out burnt or rubbery.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through every detail that you should know about the griddle temp and times for cooking eggs. Whether you want over-easy eggs or scrambled eggs, we’ve got you covered here with everything you should know.
Stick with us to learn the best griddle temp for eggs and more.
Griddle Temperature for Eggs
As we progress through this guide, we’ll talk about every type of egg that you might cook on the griddle – or at least the basics.
From sunny-side-up to scrambled, there are some specific steps and tips you should know before you set out on your quest for the perfect griddle eggs.
Below, you’ll find a reference chart that might be helpful for you as a quick reference. The chart details the temperature you should use for each type of egg on the griddle as well as the approximate cooking time.
Temperatures and Cooking Times for Eggs
|Egg Type||Temperature (°F)||Est. Time|
Some eggs may take far less time than the minutes listed here. Again, it really depends on your griddle and your heat. You may have to do a little experimenting with your own griddle to achieve perfect results.
However, we’re going to talk about each of these individually and even give you some tips to know when you might need to turn your egg.
Overall, these temperatures should work for you every single time. We definitely recommend that you don’t go any higher than 325°F, as this will most likely result in burnt eggs or eggs cooking too fast to really cook evenly as they should.
The key here is to work with a low to medium heat level. If your griddle does use numbers for heat levels instead of temperatures, you can stick with 2-3 to be in the proper range for temperature.
If you want to be sure, use a food thermometer to gauge the heat.
1. Sunny-Side-Up and Over-Easy Eggs
Cooking sunny-side-up and over-easy eggs on the griddle is pretty easy as far as eggs go. If you use the right temperature, there is very little flipping and guessing time involved.
With sunny-side-up eggs, you won’t even have to flip at all, just wait until the whites of your egg are fully cooked and the yolk is still soft.
When it comes to over-easy eggs, you will want the top side just slightly cooked. There is a certain art to cracking your egg and getting it onto the griddle without breaking the yolk.
And there’s a whole other art to flipping the egg face-down without breaking it too. Of course, this mostly just requires cautious and careful movements. You probably won’t get it perfect every time, but it’s worth the effort.
We will share a few tips later in this guide for cracking your eggs and flipping or rolling your eggs over smoothly, so watch for that topic below.
How to make over easy-eggs on the griddle:
- Heat the griddle to 325°F.
- You may want to use a little bit of butter, oil, or even cooking spray on the surface to prevent sticking.
- Crack your eggs into a bowl and then pour them onto the griddle slowly and carefully.
- You can reduce your heat down just slightly (maybe down to 300*F). Cook the egg on this side for 5 minutes. Before you flip the egg, the white should set.
- Slowly and carefully roll or flip your egg.
- Cook the other side of the egg for about 1 minute.
It’s pretty simple! The hardest part here will be not breaking your yolk when the egg gets flipped over, and we’ve got some tips for that later on. For now, let’s look at other types of eggs.
2. Over-Medium Eggs
Once you know how to cook over-easy eggs, cooking over-medium or over-well eggs is pretty simple.
Again, the bigger challenge is not breaking the yolk. Ultimately, the processes look about the same, but the times might vary slightly.
These instructions will look familiar with only minor differences, mostly related to the cooking time.
How to cook over-medium eggs on a griddle:
- Pre-heat the griddle to 325°F.
- We recommend preparing your griddle surface with cooking spray, butter, or oil to help prevent your eggs from sticking while you cook.
- Crack your eggs one at a time into a bowl. Slowly pour them onto your griddle. Pour slowly and carefully so you don’t break the yolk.
- Try reducing your heat just slightly, to about 300°F. Cook the first side of the egg for approximately 5 minutes or until the white sets.
- Slowly and carefully roll or flip your egg.
- Cook the second side of the egg for about 2 minutes to achieve an over-medium finish.
Again, you can see that the process is pretty easy. You should plan to add about 1 extra minute of cooking time on the second side to get the egg just slightly more done rather than having a fully runny yolk.
3. Over-Hard Eggs
Since this is still a fried egg, the process is once again almost exactly like the processes we’ve already shared. The only difference is that you’re going to add about another minute to your cooking time on the second side after your flip.
How to make over-hard eggs on the griddle:
- Pre-heat the griddle to 325°F.
- Prepare the cooking space with oil, butter, or cooking spray.
- Crack the egg into a bowl and pour them individually onto the griddle. Take it slow to keep the yolk intact.
- Reduce your heat just slightly, to about 300°F, and let the egg cook for about 5 minutes or until the white sets.
- Slowly flip or roll your egg.
- Cook an additional 3 minutes, until the yolk is fully cooked.
Depending on how done you like your eggs, you can adjust the cooking time to produce your desired consistency.
4. Scrambled Eggs
Another great option for eggs on the griddle is scrambled eggs. For scrambled eggs, we recommend using a temperature of 325°F for the cooking process.
Check out these steps for preparing scrambled eggs on the griddle:
- Crack your eggs into a bowl and prepare them as you like with seasoning and any additional ingredients. Whisk them until they are smooth.
- Heat your griddle to 325°F and prepare the surface with some oil or cooking spray.
- Pour your mix slowly and carefully onto the surface.
- You’ll need to stir as the eggs cook. The more you stir, the smaller the pieces will be.
- Cook 5-7 minutes until the eggs are just slightly moist but no longer runny. (This step is for those who like their eggs fluffy and soft, but you can adjust the cooking time according to your preferences.)
Again, you can always adjust the cooking time according to your preferences. Some people like their scrambled eggs soft and fluffy, while other enjoy them a bit more dense and crumbly.
Whether you like your scrambled eggs soft, hard, mixed with other ingredients, or topped with hot sauce, this process will be relatively simple.
You may want to consider using an omelet maker for your omelets instead of a griddle, as the eggs are likely to run all over the griddle and won’t keep their classic round omelet shape.
For the griddle, however, we aren’t going to walk you through a step-by-step process, as people make omelets in a variety of different ways.
Ultimately, you should plan to have a 325°F griddle to cook on and plan for about 2-3 minutes of cook time for each egg in the omelet.
Tips for Cooking Eggs on the Griddle
We have a few tips that you might find to be helpful when it comes to preparing eggs on your griddle.
First of all, we want to mention that we don’t recommend you crack your eggs directly onto the griddle. This could lead to cracking a bad egg and having to clean it up or potentially getting shell in your egg.
When you crack the egg, crack it against a straight-edge surface and then release it slowly and carefully into your bowl.
When you pour it on the griddle, be careful and pour slowly if you are frying your egg so that you can avoid breaking the yolk.
You can cook your eggs on the griddle very similarly to how you would cook them on the stovetop.
We hope you find this guide to griddle temps for eggs to be helpful. Check out our question and answer section for some additional information.
Does It Matter What Type of Eggs I’m Cooking With?
For the purpose of times and temperatures, the type of egg you are using doesn’t make a significant difference. For the most part, this boils down to your personal preferences for quality and style more than anything.
Do I Need to Clean the Egg?
Since the egg will be coming out of its shell, there is really no reason to clean the egg unless it is fresh from your farm. Store-bought eggs are required to be cleaned before being shipped to the store.
What Is the Best Seasoning for Eggs?
This is another item that is really a matter of preference. You can just use simple salt and pepper or you can change it up with things like garlic, lemon zest, parsley, chili powder, paprika, thyme, and cumin.
You can also top it with sriracha or salsa!