The debate and ultimate outcome according to Waxman: "Burgers are a funny thing, when I was a kid, on at least on the West Coast, they were always cooked on the grill, unless you were at a diner, then they were cooked on a griddle to death. On the East Coast though, there’s a lot of controversy over griddle versus grill. There are a lot of good things about the griddle, but you don’t get the smoke, the char effect, or flavor from the grill. You could actually put a griddle on a BBQ, that’s kind of the Australian method. They cook over an open fire and put a griddle on top. It’s kind of cool because you can do both. And honestly, it’s a lot less messy.
But if you do barbecue and get the heat right, then it can be perfect. The problem with a lot of barbecues is that the grills themselves are too skinny and not like professional ones, which are a quarter inch by a quarter inch. Some grills are too skinny like a wire and that’s a difficult medium to cook on. So I’d say try to get a more professional-style grill as a first step. I hate gas, it’s only wood or charcoal for me. But that’s a more iffy proposition for people..."