15 of the Most Expensive Grills — and Are They Worth It? Slideshow
July 9, 2013
How much is enough to invest in your grill?
Lion Premium Q BBQ Grill Island: Starting at $3,895
Another company known for island installations, Lion has a premium grill that comes with quick-lite valves, warming racks, an infrared rotisserie back burner, interior lights, and stainless steel grates. Its built-in features include stainless steel cabinets, a towel rack, electrical outlets, a side-burner unit, and a sink with a faucet, leaving nothing in terms of convenience out.
Is It Worth It? Convenience is an important part of cooking, and this grill offers it at a top price. If you’re planning on grilling within a few steps of your kitchen, though, this grill’s features probably aren’t necessary.
Ember Glo Commercial Gas Char Broiler: $5,362
This commercial gas broiler brings restaurant-quality grilling right into your own home — literally. The Ember Glo is built to create outdoor flavor with indoor ease, with burners that are designed specifically to generate more natural fuel that requires very little cleanup. Its ceramic hearth promotes radiant heat that gives you the ultimate searing capabilities.
Is It Worth It? If you’re a restaurant-quality steak snob, this char broiler gives you perfectly seared and juicy filets, with little energy and charcoal usage. It’s also ideal for those who want to grill all year round, but if you’re looking for an outdoor model, move on.
Cal Flame GPV3100 BBQ Grill Island: Starting at $6,259
Cal Flame is known for their beautiful island installations, but their grills are nothing to scoff at, either. This model starts at a base price of $6,259, and everything from its finishes, equipment, accessories, lighting, and sound systems can be customized. The grill itself, known as G-Charcoal, offers 800 square inches of cooking space and comes with the option of three, four, or five burners that can operate on convection, charcoal, or propane. "Drop-in" accessories include side burners and refrigeration.
Is It Worth It? If design in addition to functionality is important to you, Cal Flame offers an extensive list of choices for your grill’s island, combining elegance and superior performance.
Lynx 36-Inch Freestanding Grill: $5,699
Lynx is a well-liked line of grills known for their sleek, non-corrosive stainless steel design and convenient features. This 36-inch freestanding grill has features like a ProSear burner that offers precise temperature control and a three-speed motor rotisserie with a rare infrared burner. The grill's 935 square inches of cooking space makes it easy for you to feed a crowd, and Lynx’s dynamic Ceramic briquettes ensure efficient heat retention and distribution.
Is It Worth It? This grill is fully equipped with all of the latest high-performance grill gadgets, so if you’re someone who loves their toys, you’d enjoy this grill.
Komodo Kamado Big Bad 32 Grill: $5,910
This 32-inch grill was designed by Komodo Kamado, an Indonesian-based company that builds Kamado-style, egg-shaped ceramic grills designed for efficient grilling and minimizing heat loss. These grills are completely revolutionary in their design, and capitalize on the strengths of traditional-style Kamado grills and minimize their weaknesses. For a few hundred dollars more at $6,100, you can buy your Komodo Kamado ensconced in pebble-shaped tiles.
Is It Worth It? The difference between this grill and others is that it uses ceramic cooking instead of metal cooking. If Komodo Kamado has you convinced, and you’re always looking for more efficient ways to cook, this is a unique but valuable purchase.
Viking Ultra-Premium 500 Series Natural Gas Grill: $6,000-$6,300
As one of the top producers of kitchen appliances, Viking spares no expense when it comes to their grills. Their 500 series features a 54-inch grill equipped with three stainless steel burners and wood-smoking and rotisserie roasting capabilities. Dynamic features like a Black Diamond briquette flavor generator that turns your drippings into delicious smoking flavors and a True Sear function that offers high-powered searing capabilities make this one classy grill. Porcelain-coated grill grates make for easy cleanup, and two interior lights and illuminated knobs make this grill your favorite nighttime companion. Want a smart set of cabinets and drawers to go with it as seen in the photo? Add on another $2,500, because the $6,000 is just for the grill.
Is It Worth It? If you’re an extreme griller who would rather rely on your appliances instead of your own natural and less-costly innovation, pay up.
Bull Little Q Grill Island: $6,500
This compact grilling station offers maximum grilling capabilities and entertaining space. It's equipped with a three-person bar area and built-in refrigeration, so your guests can stand by and watch as you grill up food on 600 square inches of grill space. The grill comes with four stainless steel burners and one infrared burner, offering you some of the latest technology in the grilling field.
Is It Worth It? Bull grills’ performance can’t be denied, but if you’re buying this grill for its entertaining space, there are cheaper options on this list.
Grillco Propane Gas Corn Roaster Grill: $6,799
This grill solves the problem of grilling corn simultaneously with steak. Grillco’s propane gas corn roaster makes it possible to roast 120 ears of corn every 60 minutes, all the while making use of the eight individual stainless steel burners underneath its rotating hub design. The coolest part? Grillco’s roaster comes with a cross-tie system that prevents any of the burners from going out — if one extinguishes, the one next to it will automatically reignite it.
Is It Worth It? This grill is made for the ultimate barbecue enthusiasts — the ones entertaining lots of people and roast whole pigs more than once a month.
Falcon Gray Sedona Island Package 36-Inch Grill: $6,999
This Lynx grill offers high performance and sleek design. The 36-inch grill comes with a ProSear infrared burner feature and a built-in side burner. Along with its grilling amenities, the built-in refrigerator and sleek granite countertop make it anything but an eye sore.
Is It Worth It? You’ll find cheaper options for island installations, because the majority of your money is spent on the brand name and quality performing grill.
Bakers Pride Charbroiler: $7,546
Another commercial product on this list, this grill is made for one feature and one feature only: charbroiling. Equipped with a broiling area, adjustable cast-iron grates, and a removable grease pan, this grill will help you get a big job done.
Is It Worth It? If you feed a large crowd often and have been working all of your life to achieve that perfectly charred steak, this is your grill, but for everyday and practical grilling uses, save the money.
Tec Infra-Red Four-Burner Gas Grill Unit: $7,560
This grill has an award-winning brand name to stand behind the price tag. Winner of Home and Hearth Magazine’s VESTA Award for Best New Barbecue and Best in Show for Outdoor Room Products, this four-burner gas grill features cutting-edge infrared technology that reduces moisture loss and shrinkage by up to 30 percent. Along with the infrared burners, the grill features radiant glass panels that make the grill virtually flare-proof and enables a natural smoking feature that is created from drippings.
Is It Worth It? If technology like infrared burners and radiant glass panels are important to you, this is a good bet for your money.
Crown Verity Tailgate Grill: $10,741
This 69-inch tailgate grill makes all of your tailgating dreams come true. Six independently operated burners makes it easy to feed a large crowd (like 367-burgers-per-hour large), and its two, insulated storage compartments make it easy for you to have everything you need for your tailgate on hand.
Is It Worth It? If tailgating is considered a sport for you, this is a pricey but dependable option, but if you’re not a season ticket-holder, you could probably buy something better for 10 grand.
Fire Magic Echelon Diamond Propane Gas Grill: $12,196
Despite its name, this grill comes with practically everything except diamonds. Some of its key features include a four-zone meat and grill thermometer, wood chip smoker drawer, heat zone separators, which allow a range of temperatures, and a 12-inch-deep firebox. Along with its dynamic grilling features, it also has a "Magic Window" for you to check out your meats while they grill with top down, and a remote control-powered motorized hood, to regulate the heat.
Is It Worth It? This grill spares nothing when it comes to technology or design, making it, what we consider, the Rolls-Royce of grills. Would you buy a Rolls-Royce?
Kalamazoo Hybrid Fire Freestanding Grill with Sideburner: $20,695
This is one of the priciest grills on our list, and it’s no surprise, either. A product of the trusted Michigan-based company Kalamazoo, this grill "does it all," in the words of the company, and includes the option to cook with charcoal, wood, or gas. Its 51-inch, four-burner grill allows for traditional "low and slow" cooking as well as high-tech searing capabilities of up to 1,000 degrees. A sleek design and all of the usual amenities such as storage space and side burner are all in tow.
Is It Worth It? If you’re a savvy enough griller to know and appreciate the difference between wood smoking, charcoal grilling, and propane lighting, this is a costly investment to give you all three options — but it does give you all three options.
BBQ Shed Concession Trailer: $24,650
This grill pretty much speaks for itself, but in case any further explanation is needed, its "concession trailer" comes with two sliding windows, storage areas, hot food wells, a refrigerator, hand and dish sinks, air-conditioning, and a fresh-water tank complete with an electric water heater. You’re not just buying a grill, you’re buying a home.
Is It Worth It? Well, the real question is: Do you like camping?