Which Weber Grill to Buy
The 36 best weber grills to take on the road whether it’s a trip to the beach, a picnic or camping. These grills offer a wide variety of options from gas to charcoal with many great features. If you are in the market for a grill you can pack away until you need it, these are the units you should be looking at.
1) Weber 16401001 Charcoal Grill | 2) Weber 60020 Charcoal Kettle Grill | 3) Weber 10020 Portable Grill | 4) Weber 46110001 Propane Gas Grill | 5) Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill | 6) Weber 46810001 Propane Gas Grill | 7) Weber Summit S-460 Built-In Natural Gas | 8) Weber 52020001 Electric Grill | 9) Weber 47510001 Natural Gas Grill | 10) Weber 65014001 Natural Gas Grill | 11) Weber 14401001 Charcoal Grill | 12) Weber 1211001 Jumbo Portable Grill | 13) Weber 60010001 Propane Grill | 14) Weber Summit 7470001 S-670 Grill | 15) Weber 62010001 Liquid Propane Grill | 16) Weber 1141001 Go-Anywhere Grill | 17) Weber 61010001 Genesis II Grill | 18) Weber 721001 Charcoal Smoker | 19) Weber 55020001 Q 2400 Electric Grill | 20) Weber 15301001 Charcoal Grill | 21) Weber 14402001 Kettle Charcoal Grill | 22) Weber 62050001 Genesis II Grill | 23) Weber Summit 7270001 S-470 Grill | 24) Weber 741001 Charcoal Grill | 25) Weber 62020001 Propane Grill | 26) Weber 67004001 Natural Gas Grill | 27) Weber 15501001 Charcoal Grill | 28) Weber 63014001 Genesis II Propane Grill | 29) Weber 53060001 Q2000 Grill | 30) Weber 51010001 Q1200 Grill | 31) Weber 54060001 Q2200 Propane Grill | 32) Weber 50060001 Q1000 Grill | 33) Weber 57060001 Q3200 Grill | 34) Weber 46510001 Spirit E310 Gas Grill | 35) Weber 47100001 Spirit S210 Grill | 36) Weber Summit 7170001 S-470 Stainless-Steel Grill |
The Many Parts of a Gas Grill
As we take a look at the components of a gas grill, let’s start our journey from the outside-in and begin with the first part of the grill you see—the exterior shell. And perhaps the most important part of that exterior is the piece that George Stephen revolutionized when he introduced it all those years ago—the lid.
The Gas Grill Lid and Exterior
The highest-quality gas grills feature a lid that perfectly balances all of the features and tasks for which it must be responsible in ensuring a safe, effective and delicious grilling experience. First of all, there must be proper ventilation for safe and quality cooking. The best grills also offer a highly visible thermometer on the lid to ensure proper cooking temperature easily and seamlessly during preparation and cooking.
Because cooking can get messy and grills are often exposed to the elements, a stainless steel control panel can be an excellent feature to ensure that the grill controls hold up over time and under pressure.
Beyond the lid, you’ll want a grill with plenty of exterior surface space for keeping your tools, ingredients and cooking materials handy while grilling.
Great grills have wing tables on either side with plenty of surface are for everything you might need, and Weber grill tables can be folded down when out of use for storage and space. Nearly all Weber grills also feature either an open or closed storage area underneath the grill for additional materials.
And let’s not forget about wheels. A backyard grill should be mobile and easily relocated, so high-quality and durable wheels are critical for a positive experience after each and every use.
Minor features like wheels and storage space might not seem critical to your grilling experience, but over time these sorts of advantages (or disadvantages in low quality models) can make or break your desire and enjoyment of grilling. Backyard grilling is all about enjoying great times, great weather and great food, so the act of grilling itself should be as seamless, convenient and feature-rich as possible.
Now that we’ve taken a look at the grill exterior, let’s pop the hood and see what’s going on underneath. The most basic grill components that you’ll be interacting with on a regular basis will be the grill grate (where you lay your food for grilling) and the burners (which provide the flames for heating and cooking the food.)
The cooking grate in your grill has a big impact on the quality of your grilling experience and the ultimate quality of the food you cook. The best cooking grates are made from cast-iron and feature a porcelain enamel which enhances flavor, reduces sticking and tearing of food and provides an even heat profile across the food’s surface.
Cast iron has become the go-to high quality material for cooking grates because of the way it holds in flavor and increases in seasoning over time. Just think about how much better your cast iron kitchen cookware flavors food as opposed to your lower quality cookware.
Another factor to consider when it comes to the grate is how much space you’ll need for cooking. We’ll get into this in more detail later in this guide, but for now suffice it to say that you want to take into account how much grilling you’ll be doing, for how many people, and how often. In this same vein, it’s time we talk about the powerhouses of any grill.
The burners are the element of the grill that do the actual cooking of your food. The gas ignites and powers the flames, allowing you to get that wonderful barbecue taste that’s the envy of non-grillers everywhere.
In any quality grill, knobs on the grill exterior should allow you to independently adjust the flame strength and size of the burner flames, and those burners should run the length of the inner cookbox to ensure even heat and cooking.
This is critical because some foods (shrimp, chicken) require lower heat and longer grilling times while others (steaks) you’ll want to sear with some serious heat. The amount of burners you’ll need will depend on how much food you’ll plan to make, but we’ll get into that with more detail later on.
Burners are generally compared by their BTU (British Thermal Unit) which measures energy from heat. For example, the Weber Spirit E-210’s main burners have a BTU input of 26,500.
Other Grill Parts
While we’ve covered the main components of any grill, it’s truly the extras that set apart a good grill from a great one. For example, porcelain-enameled trays that keep grease from falling back into the flame and igniting while also increasing flavor of food (Weber’s patented methods are called Flavorizers).
There are also interior warming racks where you can keep food further from flames so that they stay warm without being overcooked, plus important features like grease catching trays and pans for safety and cleanliness of your grill.