When grilling, it's important to buy the right cut of steak, marinate it properly, and have all of the essential ingredients on hand, but there are also the tools that stand behind the foods that make your grilling endeavors great ones. We’re not just talking about gadgets like tongs, corn-roasters, and injectors, but instead the actual grill that you light up and cook all of your delicious summer meals on.
So what makes a grill a great one? In many cases, it depends on who you ask, but common things that one should consider when it comes to a grill are its size and how big of a cooking surface it has, whether it’s easy to clean, if it’s gas-lit or charcoal, and whether or not in comes with any fancy, convenient features like lighting, storage drawers, and side burners.
If you took a look around the market for grills, you’ll find a wide range of them available, everything from basic, charcoal-operated grills to large, propane-lit and infrared-heated grills equipped with refrigerators and hand sinks, and, of course, they all vary in price. Oftentimes, the belief that the more money you put into something, the more you’ll get out of it can be applied to kitchen appliances — but is this true for grills? We were determined to find out.
To evaluate the quality of a grill, we rounded up 15 of the most expensive grills on the market and determined whether or not they were actually worth their cost. Sure, surface space may be important to you when choosing a grill, but would you shell out the extra $2,000 for work space and storage space, too? Can’t decide whether you want charcoal or gas? What if we told you that you could have both, but for a $20,000 price tag?
With all of the grilling going on this summer, the one thing that makes it all possible — the grill — is mighty important, and we want to make sure you know your options. Consider these grills to purchase if money is no object, or consider them so that when you find a cheaper model that still gives you the features you want and need, you’ll know exactly what kind of bargain you’re getting.
Anne Dolce is the Cook editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce