Sandwich Grills & Panini Presses

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Boost the appeal of your sandwich selection by adding one of our many commercial sandwich grills to your kitchen’s lineup.

Whether you are operating a restaurant, concession stand, food truck, or deli, these units will grill up a variety of foods quickly and efficiently. Use your commercial sandwich grill on more than just sandwiches.

This small cooking appliance can cook everything from wraps, burritos, vegetables, burgers and toasted subs. Operating via heated top and bottom plates, the panini maker works by forming a press that grills items simultaneously on both sides.

To make cleaning the panini grills easier, these grates are frequently made with non-stick materials. The simplest panini grills mimic regular electric or gas grills but include a smaller cooking surface and a hinged lid that can be opened and closed to press the sandwiches together.

Single or Double Sandwich Grill?

Many of our sandwich press grills are designed out of stainless steel to provide long-lasting, reliable production. Double grills are great for those who wish to prepare multiple sandwiches or foods at once. Many models have two separated grilling surfaces. This allows different items to be cooked at the same time without threat of cross-contamination.

Single grills are great for any kitchen or household that wants to create a delicious hot food product quickly. All models are compact in size, without sacrificing power or efficiency, so you can place them directly on countertops without taking up too much space.

Grill Plate Style

We offer multiple types of sandwich and panini presses. No matter which sandwich/panini grill you choose, you can be assured your foods will be cooked to perfection.

  • Grooved plates produce grill marks on the sandwiches along with the grooved texture customers may expect when thinking of a panini.
  • Smooth plates provide better, more even heat transfer to the sandwich but won't produce grooves and grill marks.
  • We also carry models with grooved and smooth plates, either side-by-side in a double press design or a grooved plate on top and smooth plate on the bottom.

Electronic or manual controls make these grills easy to use for anyone. Temperature ranges typically max out around 600°F. Be sure to use the appropriate tongs, turners, or kitchen utensils, when dealing with hot cooked products.

With top manufacturers like Star and Waring, these hot sandwich makers are dependable and constructed to last for years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sandwich Grills & Panini Presses

What is the difference between smooth and grooved sandwich grill plates?

If grill marks are your game, you need a grooved panini grill. The grooves in the grill plate ensure that only the ridged parts of the plate actually touch the sandwich, adding that charred and appetizing grilled look to products. It's also an easy way to make chicken breasts or vegetables look like they've been grilled on open flame. These units are a big plus, especially if you don't have a big kitchen.

If you are pressing grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas or wraps where grill marks are not an essential element of presentation, a smooth panini grill is sufficient for your needs. Smooth grill plates work in the same way that grooved ones do, but with two flat grilling surfaces instead of grooves.

You can also get the best of both worlds with a mixed option panini grill. Often, mixed panini grills are ordered as split top units that offer one top iron as a grooved plate and one as a smooth plate. This combination of smooth and grooved grilling surfaces can be useful when grilling a variety of different food types without having to purchase more than one unit. You will need to specify your grill pattern and top type when purchasing.

Are smooth and groove grill plates interchangeable?

Sometimes but not always. Some units offer interchangeable plates via custom order. Contact an account representative to learn about all of your options.

Do commercial sandwich grills need a ventilation hood?

Normally, no. However, you should always check your local codes to be sure.

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