Weber Performer Charcoal Grill Review by Wendell
Here is a barbecue grill that appears to have everything going for it. Enjoying the quality construction by Weber, this outdoor appliance comes with its own charcoal storage container and is equipped with Weber’s Touch-N-Go gas-ignition system. As the old saying goes “just add water” but in this case it is “just add meat or vegetables.”
Many people find it comforting to see that the products they use are made in the U.S.A. The image on the right is from the shipping container for the Weber Performer charcoal barbecue grill. In addition, Weber has made the claim on their website in the past that “Weber charcoal and Weber® Q® grills are manufactured in Huntley, IL and our Genesis® and Summit® series gas grills are made in Palatine, IL using the highest quality components from around the globe.” Consequently, customer service and parts availability will be readily accessible.
What is so special about this grill?
When I started to look at this grill, I asked myself the question above. What is so special about this particular grill that makes it popular with so many people?
- The Weber name
- The familiar kettle bowl
- The Touch-N-Go™ gas ignition system
- Built in charcoal storage container
- And Finally
From its beginnings in 1952, the Weber barbecue grill has almost become the synonymous with the term barbecue grill.
One of my first grills was a brazier style grill (flat bottom, straight sides, wire grate, no lid). This is the same thing that George Stephen, Sr. faced when commencing his pursuit to build a better grill. This led to his designing the kettle bowl with the domed lid which has become a signature style for the Weber charcoal barbecue grill.
This system ignites those tough to light charcoal briquettes with a touch of a button. Utilizing the small propane canisters, you can quickly establish a burning flame that will have the charcoal burning in a relatively short period of time.
I never did find the task of wheeling my charcoal grill out to the appropriate spot in the backyard and having to go back and retrieve that 20 lb. bag of charcoal appealing. With the Weber Performer, you can do it all at the same time. And with the propane gas ignition system, you have also eliminated any need for those chemical starter fluids.
A fully integrated Weber 22.5″ One Touch Gold charcoal barbecue grill with a factory assembled stainless steel One-Touch™ cleaning system, a removable black aluminum ash catcher, a thermoset work table, and a heavy duty cart frame with all weather wheels and locking casters.
Are there any downsides to this particular charcoal barbecue grill?
- Cost may put some people off
- Plated Steel and Stainless steel grates
With the non-sale price hovering a little over $300, the Weber Performer appears to be a bit over priced when pricing individual components. However, when you put together the advantage of having the individual components in one complete package, the fact that no messy chemical or paper is needed to start the charcoal, and included weather protected charcoal storage container and an abundant work surface included, may just be enough to justify the cost.
First we start with the Weber 22.5-Inch One-Touch Gold Charcoal Grill
Then since there is no Touch-N-Go™ gas ignition system, we need something to help light the charcoal. A Chimney Charcoal Starter does the trick.
Next we would need to get a comparable work table that fits the One Touch Gold grill.
What else would be needed to even come close to the Performer would be the charcoal storage container. Even then it would not be part of the combined unit.
The combined individual component cost would probably be less than the Weber Performer by itself. You would have to be the judge as to whether or not the additional convenience of everything in one place and the ease of the Touch-N-Go™ gas ignition system is worth the extra cost.
Weber’s charcoal grills all come with either stainless steel or plated steel cooking grates. While not a biggie, I prefer to cook with cast iron grates. Cast iron heats nicely, holds the heat, and provides that all important sear mark on your grilled food. One potential source (albeit an expensive one) for cast iron grates to fit this grill would be Craycort.
Is the Weber Performer charcoal barbecue grill for you?
If you are looking for a charcoal grill that has everything wrapped up in one convenient unit, then this one is for you. With ample cooking space, sufficient working space, the gas ignition system and wheels and casters to enable movement, you will not go wrong with this unit. Backed by Weber quality construction, this grill will last for several years.
Video – Using the Weber Performer Charcoal Barbecue Grill
Video – Weber Performer Charcoal Barbecue Grill in use
What do others have to say about this grill?
Best of both worlds
One of the best grills ever made … tabletop area on the Performer is very handy
The LP-canister gas light assist feature is AWESOME.
A really nice feature is the integrated charcoal storage bin
User reviews are available at Amazon, by clicking here.
While we would prefer a grill with cast iron cooking grates, we must concur that this grill continues to measure up to Weber’s standards. Weber has most certainly addressed the issue some charcoal users have in getting their grills lit and burning hot in a short period of time.
In our opinion, the Weber Performer charcoal grill is a great fit for the average size family and will make a great addition to outdoor patio area. We give this grill a rating of 4.7 stars out of 5.