Not all of the most expensive products are the best, but in this case, it is true. The Kalamazoo Hybrid Grill is practically all things to everyone. Capable of burning practically anything, while remaining fundamentally a gas grill, it has more versatility than two of the second best grills on the market. Of course, this unit sells for over $15,000, making it well over twice as much money as the next grill on this list. It is in the attention to detail and construction quality that this grill excels. The cooking grates are cut from quarter inch stainless steel plate. The certified lead free cast brass burners weigh in at 14 pounds a piece. On the inside of the front panel of this grill are the signatures of everyone who worked on building each unit (not printed, actually signed). This is the ultimate grill for the ultimate griller.
Fire Magic Echelon Diamond 1060i
Fire Magic is the most innovative grill maker in the industry and they make one of the widest ranges of outdoor kitchen appliances. This, the largest and most powerful of their grills will run about $7,000. It includes four cast stainless burners capable of producing more than 110,000 BTUs of heat under more than a thousand square inches of cooking surface. That's more than seven square feet. Each burner can be tasked with a different cooking function and infrared burners are available as well as trays that can hold wood chips or charcoal. For those not willing to spend $15,000USD on a gas grill, this is the best choice on the market.
Twin Eagles C-Series 54-Inch
Beauty is, of course, in the eye of the beholder, but I believe that objectively the Twin Eagles grills are the most attractive on the market. This goes for the entire product line in fact. Engineer and designer Dante Cantal (also the original founder of Lynx Grills) is the driving force behind these grills and this 54-Inch model produces 100,000 BTUs from four main burners under 1,000 square inches of stainless steel grilling surface. The elegance of the design extends well beyond the appearance as this grill relies on simplicity of engineering to deliver incredible grilling capabilities without piling on the gimmicks. Still, this model also comes with a full rotisserie system and dedicated smoker burner.
Lynx is another of the great gas grill manufacturers. They have a heritage that runs through the industry in multiple directions. I can promise you that buying this grill, which typically retails around $6,500USD would not be a mistake. This very large, four burner unit produces nearly 100,000 BTUs under a little more than 1,100 square inches of stainless steel cooking area. It has cast brass burners, some of the best in the industry and a unique infrared burner which is better at distributing the intense heat of infrared. There is a full rotisserie system, and like everything else on this list, the Lynx outdoor kitchen line is extensive and of the highest quality.
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At just over $7,000USD, this is the least expensive model on this list (they do make a 50-Inch model as well). Hestan is relatively new to the outdoor kitchen market and they offer some very unique features, most obviously that this model can be had in many different colors. This four burner model can produce 100,000 BTUs under 782 square inches of laser cut stainless steel plate grilling surface. As a factor of BTUs per square inch, this is one of the most powerful grills on this list. There is a full rotisserie system included and the infrared rotisserie burner is top mounted, meaning its heat is focused down instead of out. The rotisserie burner can actually double as a salamander burner for cooking the tops of foods much the way professional kitchen equipment can. There is a full line of outdoor kitchen appliances from Hestan, and this grill would be an excellent choice for any built-in application.
Viking Professional Series 5 36-Inch
There is a very good reason that Viking falls to the bottom of this list. Yes, I know it is one of the most recognized names in cooking appliances, but there is something wrong with this grill. It has the wrong name on the front. The truth is, Viking doesn't make gas grills. They never have. Arguably, they don't make much, but particularly outdoor kitchen equipment. This gas grill is made by Viking's sister company, Lynx. Thing is, you can buy this same gas grill with the Lynx name on the front for less money. Don't pay more for a name tag.
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