Weber Kettle Grill Review

Weber Kettle Grill
2059 ratings
4.5/5

Weber Kettle Grill

Spark your passion for charcoal grilling with the Kettle that started it all. The Original Kettle Premium charcoal grill boasts upgraded features, such as a hinged cooking grate for easily adding charcoal while grilling, and the One-Touch cleaning system with high-capacity ash catcher, making for a smooth grilling experience from beginning to end.

Features

Holds up to 13 burgers made with a Weber burger press; Built-in lid thermometer

One-Touch cleaning system with high-capacity ash catcher provides hassle-free ash cleanup

Porcelain-enameled lid and bowl retain heat, and won’t rust or peel

Use the lid hook to avoid placing the lid on the ground while grilling

FAQ

Hi, Thanks for your question! The $199.99 models is probably our Master-Touch Kettle, which is the same as the Original Kettle Premium, except it also is about 2″ taller, has a warming rack, rubber wheels, a Gourmet BBQ System and 2 charbasket charcoal holders. Thanks!

We have both the 22″ and 18″ models. The 22″ model – this one being sold here – is large enough to fit 3 beer can chickens. I am wondering if Kevin C has the 18″ model, which is not big enough. Sometimes a very large chicken will touch the top of the grill cover, but this usually doesn’t impact the cooking time or end result.

Bear in mind this will depend on how you setup your charcoal for direct/indirect cooking. Probably, you’ll set the pile of coals on one side of the grill, and leave the other half for indirect (if you’re using the Weber Chimney to start your coals, a full chimney really only covers about half anyway). You’ll likely want to char the burgers over direct heat first, then move to indirect if needed. This gives about half of the usable area on the grill. So I would say you could comfortably fit 6-8 decent sized burgers, or 4-5 chicken breasts on one side of the grill at any time. That being said, it would be easy to cook for, say, 6-7 people by cooking over direct heat first, moving to indirect to finish, and starting the next batch of burgers/chicken over direct (cycle it).

100% of the parts come from Mexico/China. It is only turned into packagable sub-assembly in America. Not really any American content and a little labour only ASSEMBLED in the U.S.A. Big deal Still it is a good item and I bought one.

Customer Reviews

Deloris B
Deloris B
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First off, I have to tell you that this is the first grill I have ever used. As a single woman, I was never interested in grilling until I bought a house two years ago and built a deck in the backyard. With all that outdoor space to enjoy, I just knew I needed a grill for entertaining (and feeding) family and friends. I thought I might buy a grill and just let my dad or brother handle the grilling, but much to my surprise I really got into it and loved grilling hamburgers and hot dogs on this Weber kettle grill for my first backyard party just yesterday! I did a lot of research prior to purchasing this grill from Amazon. I chose a charcoal grill over propane because I didn't want to deal with propane tanks (a friend had his grill go up in flames because of a loose hose and nearly burned his house down--No thank you!), I like the taste and smell from charcoal grills more, and most importantly because of the cost. It was less expensive to get a nice charcoal grill like this one than to get an equally nice propane grill. The entry cost into grilling was more reasonable with a charcoal grill. This freed up funds to get some important accessories, which I recommend to anyone buying this grill: a chimney starter, grilling tools like tongs, fork, etc, a steel brush to clean the grates, the Weber Fire starter cubes, and some heavy duty mitts to protect your hands and forearms while grilling. I purchased all these from Amazon at the same time I purchased the grill. As for choosing a which charcoal grill to get, I chose this model over the lesser expensive model because of the ash catcher, and I'm glad I did. The grill arrived in its original box and was easy to put together on my own, with the exception of attaching the ash catcher itself. But I just kept trying (and referring to the picture-only instructions) and eventually got it. It was put together in about 40 minutes, and that was putting it together myself.
Wolfshanze
Wolfshanze
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I've always purchased used Weber Kettle grills from yard or garage sales, and never purchased full price for one since the used ones always have done the job. However, for Fathers Day 2018 my wife wanted to get me my very own Kettle that is new. So we go the 22" Green Premium Kettle. It arrived through Amazon in a couple days. Installation wasn't that bad. I agree with most of the folks that the instructions could be better. The legs are very tough to install, a key tool I used was a paper clip in order to get the snap to go just right. So you'll need one of these thing handy to get the legs on. Once the grill was installed (15min.), getting smoke rolling is quick. My first cook was the following: 1. Jerk Chicken Legs 2. Stuffed Clams 3. Baked Potatoes and Steak It's a lot of food, but I had to break her in and she did a fantastic job!! The family loved all the food. Clean up was easy with it. I just swept all the ashes to the bottom and then removed the ash tray which is quick and fast. Love this green cooking machine and it will last a very long time!
Karen B.
Karen B.
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When we downsized from our big family home to a townhouse with a small balcony, we gave up our large gas grill but we found we really missed grilling. Since we have always preferred the flavor of foods grilled over charcoal to those cooked on the gas grill, we decided to purchase a new charcoal grill. Having had several Webers in various sizes in the past, this grill was a natural choice. My kids and I chipped in and bought it for my very hard-to-buy-for husband for his November birthday. He was thrilled with the rich copper color which we are using as an accent color throughout our home. The grill was easy to assemble, only taking a few minutes. It is sturdy and has a very “quality” look and feel. Normally it is just the two of us eating but the grilling surface is huge and easily accommodates cooking for a crowd. I think we did 12 burgers and a few hot dogs at once for a family party. We have used it for chicken, grilled veggies, steaks, pork roast, grilled pineapple and more. In fact, I rarely turn on my stove now! Once of our favorite easy meals is to add a few extra topping and extra cheese to a frozen pizza and bake it on the hot grill…much better than take-out pizza and so quick and convenient! Back in the day, the ash catchers on charcoal grills were messy and difficult to empty without getting covered in soot. Not so with the new design which does a better job of containing the ashes and makes clean up a breeze. We oil the grates with a little olive oil spray before cooking making cleaning the grates less of a chore. There are other handy “new” features as well such as the lid handle that does not get hot and hooks for hanging your utensils. Most importantly to us, the grill, even with its huge cooking surface, does not take up a lot of space on our tiny deck (not like a bulky gas grill). We love our Weber Kettle and recommend it to anyone looking for a grill.
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Weber Kettle Grill
2059 ratings
4.5/5