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Best Weber Grill—Battle of the 7 Best Grills That Cook Meat to Perfection [2021]

by Outdoor Cooking Pros May 29, 2021

Weber grill close-up

Found yourself on the Weber grill race?

Allow our experts to help you get that grilling party started! Without further ado, here are our TOP 7 Weber grill models!

Reviews of the 7 Best Weber Grills

1. Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill: Best Overall

Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill

If charcoal grills are more of your thing, then we totally suggest this model of Weber grills!

This beautiful charcoal grill model caters to any cooking style because it offers a perfect mix of the traditional and the modern Weber charcoal grill features.

We have the traditional Weber silhouette, but it's now partnered with these essential tools:

  • Instant ignition switch 
  • Built-in thermometer
  • Removable LCD to help you monitor the time of cooking

Regardless of wherever you are during the Weber grills party, your meat is still going to be at PRIME CONDITION thanks to those essential tools.

The Weber Performer Deluxe kettle grill has 363 square inches of cooking space and a side table, 2 PERFECT FEATURES for those who prefer small parties full of juicy meat.

This Weber grill model also has a one-touch clean-up system, so remaking that smoky flavor in your backyard can now be easier than ever!

Pros:

  • Compatible with Weber grill barbeque system
  • It contains a charcoal storage unit
  • Weber grill has a cool-touch handle with a tuck-away lid holder
  • It has a built-in cart for portability
  • Wider grilling capacities (if barbeque system is installed)

Cons:

  • Small grill size
  • It doesn't have a grease management system

2. Weber Spirit E-310: Best Value

Weber Spirit E-310

Another one off the top of our list is the Weber Spirit E-310! We believe this model has the best price to performance ratio for grills at around $499.

We have another 3 burner design for indirect cooking and ignition with a simple touch of a button.

If you like fast, easy, yet good quality, we'd argue this could be the one!

It also provides you with a spacious 529 square feet of cooking space with double-sided grates.

Why double-sided grates, you ask? You could use the thinner side for food like fish and chicken and flip over the thick one to sear steak.

Like many Weber grills, this cheaper model also has flavorizers and grease management system.

You can't go wrong with including this on the list of best Weber grills!

Pros:

  • Ignition switch for an easy start
  • It comes with a built-in thermometer, fuel gauge, and heat deflector
  • Even temperature between different heat zones
  • Double-sided cast iron cooking grates
  • Compatible with Weber accessory for real-time data

Cons:

  • Smaller cooking space
  • No side burner and rotisserie

3. Weber Genesis E-310: Best Budget Pick

Weber Genesis E-310

When we're talking about Weber grills, you can't deny Weber Genesis E-310 a spot on the list.

If you were looking for the all-rounder Weber grill models at a generous price, this is the one for you!

The Genesis E-310 has three burners and a wide 669 square inch cooking space with a tuck-away warming rack.

That means this quality grill could keep your food warm but NOT overcooked [1]. Ever.

The Genesis E-310 is also less complicated than all the other Weber models available!

In this model, we have the ever-essential Weber grill Infinity ignition system and flavorizers under the grates!

And most importantly, all the flavors remain intact due to their built-in grilling accessories. Not bad for a budget pick!

Pros:

  • Great value at a friendly budget
  • LP and natural gas options available
  • Porcelain-coated grates
  • Heavy duty and wide cooking area
  • Sturdier than other Weber grill models

Cons:

  • No side burner
  • No rotisserie

4. Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker

Looking for the original smokehouse flavor in your smaller grill but can't do it?

Well, this model of the Weber charcoal grills has both the smoky flavor you've missed, as well as a wide 726 inches of cooking space divided across two charcoal grills!

Here's a quick rundown of the grilling tools: 

  • A built-in water pan,
  • Vents on the porcelain-enameled bowl
  • Grill cover

With even heat zones, NO HOT SPOTS, and consistent heating, your meat is going to stay perfectly moist and juicy!

Oh, have we mentioned that this Weber charcoal grill is designed to be a space-saving vertical grill? Well, it is!

All in all, it optimizes temperature control, flavor, grilling capabilities, and space!

We have no doubt this is one of the best Weber grills to exist.

Pros:

  • Vast cooking space
  • The meat won't dry out during long cooks
  • It contains a separate door for adding fuel
  • Compatible with the iGrill 2 accessory
  • Designed with rust-resistant dampers

Cons:

  • A tendency for smoke leakage (can be fixed with a gasket smoker seal)

5. Weber Genesis Special Edition SE-330

Weber Genesis Special Edition SE-330

Some people love to consider colors and design when they're buying Weber grills.

If you're one of them, perhaps this Weber gas grill is for you!

This beast of 669 square inches wide have:

  • 3 burners
  • A side burner
  • A sear station

Above all that, it holds its own against the best gas grills because of these high-end features:

  • Stainless steel cooking grates
  • Flavorizer bars
  • Electronic crossover ignition system

There's no need to worry about any flavor dripping out or any inconveniences with keeping this operating!

Still not yet sold? This model also contains a handle light for your campfire, Weber gas grills, and the ever-perfect barbeque grills!

Pros:

  • Stainless steel grates and stainless steel burners for even heat retention
  • The cooking surface illuminates once the hood is open
  • The black grill model works on both liquid propane and natural gas
  • Wide cooking surface and sear station
  • Hood with a porcelain coating
  • Has porcelain enameled cast iron grates

Cons:

  • No rotisserie
  • No grease management system
  • Not compatible with any iGrill accessories

6. Weber Smokefire EX4

Weber Smokefire EX4

Are you a fan of pellet grills or simply want to try out a new edition of an electric grill?

This Weber SmokeFire EX4 could be for you!

One of the most exceptional features of this 672 square inches monster is reaching high temperatures with ease.

It can operate at a 200 to 600 F range, which is absolutely PERFECT for searing!

With the signature Weber firebox design, the stainless steel flavorizer bars are on a multitude of cooking grate sets.

Moreover, they've decided to switch out the grease management system with the ash collection bin to decrease the grease flare-ups.

This pellet grill is for those who like to save up their resources—no need for any propane tanks. Just get yourself a 20-pound bag of pellet wood chips, and you're set for 6 hours!

Pros:

  • Budget-friendly
  • Wide cooking surface for a pellet grill
  • Wide temperature range
  • Durable porcelain enamel finish
  • Has a regulated ash collection system
  • Reaches high temperatures quickly

Cons:

  • More electronic than typical Weber grills
  • Does not contain grease tray, side burner, or rotisserie
  • No built-in thermometer

7. Weber Summit S-670

Weber Summit S-670

Looking for the best of best? We've got it here for you!

George Stephen just doesn't know how to fail his customers, huh? This Weber Summit has the following: 

  • 6 powerful stainless steel burners
  • Side burner
  • Rotisserie
  • Smoker box

All of this comes in a package of 838 square inches of total cooking surface with stainless steel burners.

Worrying about that middle burner of yours? No worries, because this phenomenal champion allows you to ignite individual burners with a simple turn of a knob.

It also has built-in lighting around its porcelain enameled cast iron model.

If performance is your priority and you're planning out the perfect party, this stainless steel Summit grill is EVERYTHING.

Pros:

  • Works on liquid propane and natural gas
  • It has an infrared rotisserie and stainless steel side burner
  • It contains a Snap-Jet burner ignition system
  • Minimum assembly requirements
  • Large cooking surface
  • Unparalleled grilling performance

Cons:

  • Expensive

Anatomy of a Weber: A Guide

As you can see, many grill parts make up the Weber gas grills or even the Weber Spirit grills.

So to help you in your journey to choosing whatever gas grills are for you, here's our team's guide on the grill anatomy!

Gas Grill Lid and Exterior

First of all, the first thing we see: the (hopefully) stainless steel or porcelain-coated cast iron exterior!

Ventilation

Since we're working with fire,  we cannot stress enough how important it is to have good ventilation, regardless of whether you're using natural gas or a propane tank.

Ventilation ensures that your cooking is safe. After all, SAFETY is the first step to ensuring great quality cooking!

Don't forget that fire needs to have just enough oxygen to power up the combustion reaction and into your choice of meats.

Thermometer

The temperature at which you cook your meat pretty much entails the quality and flavor of your food itself.

We firmly believe that the best grills, whether gas grill or not, are those that have a built-in thermometer in them so you could monitor proper cooking temperatures.

This also helps you out with seamless preparation and cooking during your grilling party.

After, we're certain you wouldn't want to serve burnt or uncooked meat!

Control Panel

We just have to admit it; cooking and grilling can get MESSY.

No one wants to see their grills breaking down or losing control of everything they're trying to do while grilling.

A stainless steel control panel basically ensures your grilling baby holds under pressure, ESPECIALLY when trying to cook a ton of food all at once.

You should also ask about the quality of stainless steel control panels when buying your model!

Exterior Surface Space

We're certain you're going to need a large exterior surface space to reduce the mess while cooking.

This is where you could keep your tools, ingredients, and other cooking materials!

A great tip for this would be looking for a model with wing tables on both sides or tables that you can fold down when they're not being used.

Weber Performer Deluxe smoking

You could also look for grills that have an open or closed storage area under the thing itself!

Whichever type of storage you choose, just make sure your model can hold additional materials.

Wheels

Portability is KEY!

Look, let's admit it. Half of us aren't going to keep our gas grill in just one place.

We will be moving around A LOT, from our backyard to wherever we're invited for a grilling party.

Weber Performer Deluxe wheels

On days like these, it's best to think ahead and appreciate these underrated features.

Believe us when we say you're going to want your grilling monster to be easily relocated with high-quality and durable wheels!

Having wheels also gives you more opportunity to go out for those trips, wink wink.

Grill Interior

Now that we've gotten the exterior covered, it's time to actually get in there!

Cooking Grates

As we all know, the cooking grates of our gas grills have the biggest impact on the quality of the food we cook.

The best cooking grates are made out of cast iron and are coated with porcelain enamel.

These features deliver the following benefits:

  • Enhances flavor
  • Reduces the sticking of meat to your grates
  • It keeps the heat on the meat surface even all over!

Weber grill cooking grates

Don't worry about this though! Most of the Weber gas grills have cast iron cooking grates to keep the flavor and seasoning within your meat of choice!

More reasons to love Weber, we guess.

Burners

So burners are the parts of your grill that cook your food. As we all know, most gas grills work when the gas powers the flames, thus giving you the smoky taste we all want on our barbeque!

Knobs

In a quality gas grill, there will be knobs on the exterior (we hope you paid attention to the discussion earlier!), allowing you to adjust the strength and size of the flames by the burner.

As you could also guess, this is important as different types of food should be cooked at different time intervals and different strengths of heat.

If you were ever stuck between two stainless steel gas grills that run at either natural gas or liquid propane, we'd definitely recommend you pick the one with BETTER burner controls!

BTU and Heat Distribution

You could check the BTU descriptions of the burners, and from there, you'll see the amount of energy the heat should be able to transfer.

Bonus chemistry fact: Heat isn't a type of energy. It's the transfer of energy!

Also, keep in mind that in a good quality gas grill, the burners should be able to run the inner cook box for even heat distribution while you're cooking.

The Extras

Most grills you'll see on the market already have the parts we've described, so let's get on to what actually sets apart a good grill from a normal grill: the extras!

Flavorizers

Weber grills adapt this engineering technology called flavorizers in some of their grills.

And yes, they're exactly what they sound like!

These porcelain-enameled trays prevent the grease from dripping onto the flame and instead increase the flavor of the meat.

Interior Warming Racks

This extra is especially for those who have to cook a TON of food at their grilling parties.

We get it (and so does Weber), sometimes there's just so much food, and it's hard to keep all of them warm before they're served at once.

These interior warming racks allow you to keep your food a little wee away from the flames, just enough not to overcook them but close enough also to make sure that they stay all warm and comfy.

Grease Catching Trays

Another important extra we believe you should be looking for when buying a Weber grill is its grease management systems in the form of grease-catching trays.

Grilling parties are MESSY enough.

And no one wants to enjoy their night, only to be bombarded by grease all over the floor and walls or wherever you held your campfire at.

These grease-catching trays make sure your cooking area remains safe and clean altogether!

Gas Hose Adaptors

If you want to purchase a Weber gas grill that allows you to switch between natural gas and liquid propane, it'd be in your best interest to invest in one which comes with gas hose adaptors already.

Finding the parts for these adaptors is difficult on its own, so we strongly suggest just getting the full package!

Grill Covers

This may be an additional header, but grill covers are definitely something you should look for if you want to make sure your grill lasts!

Some Factors to Consider When Choosing the Right Grill Sizes

When it comes to getting a grill, bigger isn't really always better.

Many people choose to get bigger grills because that means a wider cooking area. And honestly, who doesn't want the chance to have more food?

However, there are a few factors you must consider before cashing out that gigantic grill over there.

Weber grill in the backyard

These go beyond the usual questions such as:

  • How many people are going to eat?
  • How much food are you going to make?

We are confident you can answer these with EASE!

Heating Speed

This isn't too much of a new concept to engineering, but a bigger space means that heat will flow from this side to that other side at a slower rate.

A Quick Real-Life Example

For example, let's say you're trying to light a candle from right above the wax stick.

Pretty easy, isn't it?

That's because there isn't any space between what's going to be ignited and what's igniting itself.

Now, have you tried lighting a candle from, let's say, 2 meters away? The fire can still reach the candle, but it's going to take a little bit of time.

Grill Perspective

The same principle applies to grills and their sizes.

What we're saying is, if you prioritize faster cooking more than the quantity of food you're cooking, it'd be in your best interest to get a smaller model!

We mean, cooking faster means having another batch of meat on the grill, right?

Gas

Another factor you have to think of when you're purchasing a Weber grill of whatever size is the amount of gas your grill consumes.

Generally speaking, a bigger grill means it's going to use more gas.

Shall we put that into another perspective?

Chemistry of Gas

In chemistry, there's this thing called the band theory.

Now, this basically states when there's more distance between the conducting band and the source of electrons, it's going to take a whole lot of energy before those electrons are transferred.

Think of it like this, the electrons you're trying to transfer are the heat from the burner to the meat. The energy is the gas, while the distance is the size of your grill.

Make sense? We certainly hope it does!

Heat Transfer in Grills

Most grills, just like Weber, have already figured out ways to make these grills more efficient, but it's still a known fact that a bigger grill will consume more gas.

So if you want to save up on gas, definitely choose the smaller model. Don't care? Grab that bigger model and send us some food, too!

Best Weber Grill: Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill

Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill

The Weber Performer Deluxe is simply just PHENOMENAL.

At a reasonable price, you've got yourself a fast-cooking griller with all the fundamentals and extras that you both need and want!

Whether you're buying a Weber Summit grill or you're more of a Genesis fan, all we have to say is that if you're getting a Weber, you're already on the right track!

We hope that you get ALL the meat that you'd like in life with the model of your choice!

HAPPY GRILLING!

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