There are many reasons to consider purchasing a USA-made grill for your backyard. First and foremost, it feels great to support American businesses. A close second however, is the fact that products made in the USA are known for their superior quality. Why by two made-in-China when you have can one made-in-America?
The American backyard barbecue is world famous, and that outdoor grilling flavor is an American staple. For the summer of 2018, grill with the sense of pride that comes with cooking on a product made in the USA.
Granted, there are many overseas brands that can provide a decent grill, but some of these brands rely on cheap labor and inferior materials. If the price is a major factor, you can still find quality grills from foreign brands. Our lists of the top stainless-steel natural gas grills and wood pellet grills have some of my favorite styles. If you want to stick with made in the USA though, keep reading below.
With the USA made grills, you might have to shell out more money, but you’re paying for unmatched quality. Surprisingly, it wasn't that easy to pick out the top 5 USA-made grills available online. There really are not that many options out there. In fact, many grill are produced by American companies, but they are made outside the country. Some have their parts made overseas, and then they are constructed here.
We picked 5 we liked, with a variety of styles, from a stripped down basic charcoal grill to a 2-burner small backyard gas grill! Pick the one that fits your personality, your backyard size, and your grilling style.
Top 6 USA Made Grills
- KUDU Grills Safari Braai
- Huntington 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill
- Americana The Swinger Grill
- Primo 778 XL Ceramic Smoker Charcoal Grill
- Holland Freedom Grill
- PK Grills Griller & Smoker
What's my personal favorite? Well, I've updated this list for Summer 2018 with brand new one you won't find on Amazon.com LOL. I've been following KUDU Grills on Instagram for about six months now, and didn't realize they were made in the USA until I went to update this list for the summer 2018. This is a really sweet-looking, versatile grill. I really like the multi-level, modular system they have, so you can grill multiple things at one time, and have multiple types of heat on your food.
Check out what this thing looks like:
Right now, KUDU has three buying options. You can get just the grill ($699), the Blaze Package ($660), or the Inferno Package ($750). They are having a sale right now, so the package prices are $499, $640, and $725 respectively. The best deal is obviously the bare bones grill where you are saving $200 off of the original price.
Why is KUDU great? First, it's American made and you'll be supporting a small business. Second, you get that natural, smoky barbecue flavor that's very hard to recreate on a gas grill. Third, since it's cast iron it'll last a lifetime as long as you take care of it. Fourth, it it's versatile, so you can do all types of outdoor cooking and smoking. Fifth, it's easy to break down and take anywhere. Sixth, it just looks cool, and is a conversation piece. ==> Get your KUDU grill here before summer!
If KUDU isn't your style or in your price range, we've still got our updated options for 2018 USA-made grills. From this list of five, our top picks from this list are going to be the Huntington 2-burner, the Americana Swinger Grill, and the PK Griller & Smoker. All these are good sizes for the average back-yard griller, with the Americana brand being more versatile for taking on the road, like to the park or on a camping trip. The Primo is more of a smoker (and quite bulky), and the Holland is a grill monster, which is not cheap!
The Huntington doesn't have great reviews, but it's the the only inexpensive gas grill we could find.
Our personal favorite however, was the PK Griller & Smoker because it's a charcoal-style grill (better flavor!), plus a smoker in one grill. It's also portable, meaning it's ready for your next camping trip or tailgate party.
Do you have another USA-made grill you'd like to add to this list? Please let us know in the comment section below.
1. Huntington 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill
This grill looks like the stereotypical gas grill that you’d have in your backyard during a fourth of July party. When starting the Huntington, all you’ll have to do is push a button. No need for burning paper inside the grill or pouring excessive amounts of lighter fluid to maintain a fair temperature. The Sure-Lite push button ignition system will quickly get the grill to a high heat level.
Every area of this grill has been built with durability in mind. The oven is made of a die-cast aluminum, while the control panel has a black powder coat applied to it. The powder coat helps protect against rust. On top of that, you won't have to worry about the shelves breaking down after extended use, as they are made with a high-quality weather-resistant material. This is the perfect solution if you regularly leave your grill outdoors in harsh weather.
The front handle is heat resistant, so you’ll be able to check on your cooking meat no matter how overwhelmingly hot the grill becomes. No worry of burns on your hands and no more need to put on gloves every time you want to see how things are going under the lid.
- Easy to start
- Heat resistant handle
- Two surfaces on left/right for setting gear
- Average-sized cooking surface
2. Americana The Swinger Grill
The next option is the Americana Swinger – which has an old-school look that perfectly defines a USA-made grill. The cooking surface is about 332-square inches, so you’ll have some breathing room when cooking for an average-sized group. The surface should be able to fit a reasonable amount of meats without any difficulty. The rugged wooden side tables will also give you some more space that can be used for food preparation. Unlike some of the foreign grills, this American grill will be able to avoid burnouts with the elevated fire grates.
You can take this grill wherever you need to go thanks to its portable features. When it’s time to move the grill to its next destination, you can fold the wood side tables to reduce the overall size. From there, the two wheels on the bottom will be able to help you roll the grill to your destination without straining yourself.
The adjustable air vents and tilt-away hood will allow you to check up on your food without any crazy flare-ups that could potentially hurt you. The combination of portability, ease-of-use, and a generous cooking space help make this one of the best USA-made grills available.
- Generous cooking space
- Adjustable air vents
- Durable side tables give users more space
- Difficult to assemble
- Rusts easily
3. Primo 778 XL Ceramic Smoker Charcoal Grill
The first thing you’ll notice about this grill is the ceramic exterior finish. The Primo 778 XL is made with a superior ceramic finish that boasts a protective and scratch-resistant porcelain glaze.
You get 400-square inches of space available to cook on. This alone should be plenty of space, but you can add more. Using the rack extensions, you can increase the size up to almost 680-square inches. This is perfect for large families or backyard gatherings.
One potential disadvantage is the high price of this grill. In fact, this grill has the highest price on the list, but the cost is justifiable for two main reasons. First, the ceramic material is incredibly durable. Second, the American craftsmanship typically results in a higher price.
- Plenty of cooking surface
- Durable ceramic exterior
- High price
- Difficult to put together
4. Holland Freedom Grill
Nothing says, “American made” more than a grill named “Freedom.” The Holland Freedom is the last grill on this list and a worthy option to consider. It comes with a 5-year rust warranty that will cover your grill if it deteriorates from the consistently harsh weather.
Speaking of warranties, the cooking grid is covered with a lifetime warranty. That’s right, if your cooking grid becomes defective, you’ll be able to get a new one regardless of how long it’s been. The good news is that this part of the grill is made of stainless steel, so it’s unlikely that rust will accumulate and therefore you probably won’t need to exercise the warranty.
Monitoring the grill temperature will be far from a hassle thanks to the thermometer built in the lid. The thermometer is located right at eye level on the aluminum lid, in between the two vents. The grill also has a rotary spark igniter that will make lighting the grill an effortless process rather than a vexing chore.
Between the two shelves and a condiment tray, this high-quality American made grill provides you with all the essentials needed to enjoy yourself in the summer sun.
- Easy to read thermometer
- Wheels offer mobility
- High price
5. PK Grills Griller & Smoker
- Griller and smoker in one
- Built from heavy-duty cast aluminum
- Ready to cook in 10 minutes
- Used in grilling competitions
- Rust-preventing hinges
- Great airflow control and heat prevention
- Multiple color options
- Non-traditional look
- Silver finish may need to be washed before use
This is a new addition to our list, and is a lesser-known brand as well as grill. The lack of “fame” doesn't stop it from getting awesome reviews on at grilling and smoking competitions, as well as on Amazon.
This grill is built out of cast aluminum, which has pros and cons. On the good side, it won't rust, and even the hinges are part of the cast so you won't have issues with bolts rusting after years of use like with most other grills. Even so-called “stainless steel” grills will cut corners on joint areas which is where they'll fall apart first. The downside to aluminum is that if you are smoking in the Winter, you'll lose more heat than with other materials, so you may have to do more babysitting.
Also, you might not be able to tell from the picture above, but this is a portable grill too. The grilling portion can be taken out like an “egg” style grill and placed in the back of your truck, separate from the stand. That means you could potenitally even take your grill in any SUV or sport utility vehicle for camping, or to a tailgating event!
Though this grill looks a little non-traditional, it's a favorite of mine on this list.
Buying USA Made Grills
When coming to a final decision for the best USA made grills, there a few factors to consider. The quality of your grill is one of the most important things to look for. Luckily for consumers, USA made grills are known to have excellent, long-lasting quality.
One factor to think about is the cooking surface area. Primo, KUDU, and Holland all have decent sized cooking area while the Americana and PK Grills have less surface area. If you plan on cooking for a large group, more space is always better.
While most USA-made grills are built with high-quality materials, rust and durability should also be a concern. The Holland Freedom grill comes with a 5-year rust warranty and a lifetime warranty on the grates. PK Grills is built out of cast aluminum, including the joints, so rust won't be an issue here. KUDU is another great choice, but you'll need to use the grill cover and keep the cast iron seasoned properly like any other cast iron cooking surface.
Portability may also be a concern, especially if you need to transport the grill. The Swinger grill is the most portable option on this list, but several others also include wheels on the legs to help you move the grill. Both KUDU and PK grills have a good system for breakdown for when you want to take your grill on an adventure. The cast iron will be be heavier than cast aluminum though!
Finding the right grill will come down to your budget, brand loyalty, and what you value most in your grill. Again, my #1 vote is for KUDU, but PK Grills is also a great choice.
Watch out for fakes!
I don't mean they are fake grills. I mean they are not really made in the USA, as you or I would understand it. Phrases like “Designed and Supported in the U.S.A.” are pretty easy to interpret, while others slogans may be more cryptic. This is why I had to remove Weber grills from my USA-made list. They used to be made in the USA, but it seems that they are now assembled in the USA from parts made overseas. Their choice of phrasing is “Made in the U.S.A. incorporating globally sourced component parts.”
The famous Big Green Egg also fits into this category, bearing the name of the United States, but actually being produced in Mexico. For an egg styleGolden's Cast Iron grill alternative, try instead. It won't come cheap though, costing a whopping $1700 for the egg with cart.
About USA Made Grills
Outdoor grilling has been a phenomenon in the United States for decades, so using a grill made in the U.S. is ideal for those who want a genuine grilling experience. One reason the USA made grills have become popular over the years is that some people want to feel as though they are supporting American businesses, but there are plenty of other reasons to think about buying American.
Let's not forget, many of these American brands back the quality of their grills with extended warranties. These warranties will help cover the replacement of parts if they rust or become damaged.
Obviously, these grills are meant to be used outdoors. The use of propane, wood, or charcoal grills indoors is a hazard that should be avoided. If you prefer to grill indoors, then we suggest you examine our list of the best ceramic grills for indoor cooking.
Now for the downside. It is very likely that you will be paying a higher price for an American grill than a foreign grill. This is a result of the quality in which your grill is made. Grills made outside the United States, particularly in China, typically utilize cheap labor to get their products built quickly and cheaply. Many people in the U.S. are against this form of labor, so they feel as though it is better to purchase a grill made at home, even if it costs a bit more.
Overall, the lesson here reflects the old saying of “you get what you pay for.” If you couldn’t care less about your grill lasting a long time, then maybe these grills don’t fit your agenda, but if you want the most for your money then the USA made grills will get the job done for you.
If you want to celebrate America’s holidays the right way, do it with an American made grill. Not only will you be enjoying great food with friends and family, but you will also be supporting the companies that keep the economy going.