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Are Broil King Grills Any Good?

If you want to cook up a right royal BBQ for your family and friends, then you should definitely consider investing in a Broil King Grill.

Broil King Grills is owned by Onward Manufacturing Company, and has been headquartered in Canada since 1906. As such, some Broil King Grills are manufactured in the US and some in Canada. Verified reviewers give these grills 4 out of 5 stars.

Let’s have a look at this brand in more detail, and consider the products in the range – plus how to use them and look after them after purchase.

Are Broil King Grills Any Good?

Where Are Broil King Grills Made? (Are They Made in The US?)

Some Broil King grills are made in the USA and some in Canada. The Waterloo, Canada plant makes Broil King Sovereign, Signet, Monarch, Gem, Porta-Chef, Baron, Crown, Sterling and Broil Mate lines. Some parts are sourced globally.

Who Makes Broil King Grills? (Are They Trustworthy?)

Broil King is owned by Onward Manufacturing Company. Onward is Canadian owned since 1906. Onward has plants in Waterloo, Canada, Dickson Tennessee and Huntington, Indiana. Broil King has been producing grills since 1986.

Broil King grills are hugely popular, and they have a large grill line-up. 

What Products Are in The Broil King Grills Range?

Broil King offers a huge range of superior, versatile grills, from professional grade to portable camping models. This popular range of hard-working grills satisfy all grilling needs from professional to backyard grillmaster to tailgater.

The basic collection includes the Baron, Signet, Monarch and Gem grills. Portable grills are in the Porta-Chef line.

The high-end collection starts with the Sovereign collection, goes up to Regal and then to top of the line Imperial.

The Broil King Sovereign series has two freestanding gas grills, the XLS 90 and the XLS 20. Gas connections are for natural gas and propane. They have 4 and 3, “Tube in Tube” burner options with propane or natural gas. The Sovereign series features a Therma-Cast™ aluminum oven with solid stainless steel grates. 

The Sovereign grills offer the exclusive Flav-R-Wave™ flame tamers that vaporize drippings and create smoke. The Linear-Flow 180° Sensi-Touch™ control knobs allow you to sear, roast or slow cook. Grates are solid 9mm stainless steel. The Sovereign models have a side burner and a rotisserie included. Some models offer a rear rotisserie burner.

The Regal collection is available in freestanding, 3 built ins gas grills with connections for natural gas and propane. The Regal gas grills have 4, 5 and 6 burner models. Broil King has a wide selection of freestanding gas grills, in two colors – stainless and black.

There are four Regal freestanding models, plus two commercial styles. Besides having the Sovereign features, the Regal gas grills have control knob lights and a pull-out propane drawer for the carts. It also has 9mm stainless steel cooking rods.

The Regal collection also includes 2 freestanding charcoal grills and 2 charcoal/smoker grills, and pellet grills. The body of these grills is black, heavy gauge steel with heavy gauge, porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grids. The hood has vents and a chimney-style stack with Roto-Damp™ damper technology. The smoker has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities.

The Regal collection also includes 2 pellet grill/smoker models. These grills hold 22 pounds of pellets and have an ash management system. These grills have digital controllers with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities.

Broil King’s Imperial line is the top-of-the-line. The Imperial collection grills are built in. There are 3 built in models with 4, 5 and 6 burners, rotisseries with rear rotisserie burners. One model includes a side burner. They come with natural gas or propane connections. In addition to the features of the Regal and Sovereign lines, they have reversible grates on the grills. The control knobs have lights as well as the interior grill. 

Broil King also offers freestanding grills in the Baron, Signet, Monarch and Gem collections. These grills include propane and natural gas. 

Broil King’s Porta-Chef line is perfect for camping or tailgating. These grills are propane only. Porta-Chef grills are cast aluminum and come in 1 or 2 burners. 

What Size & Weight Are These Grills?

The range of Broil King grills is extensive. The sizes vary from the tailgating Porta-Chef models at 20 inches to the top-of-the-line Imperial built in at 38 inches of grid size. Weights range from 50 pounds to 754 pounds.

Do Broil King Grills Come With a Warranty?

Broil King offers a limited lifetime warranty on the cookbox, which includes the lid, control panel and the housing

The burners are warranted against defects and workmanship for 10 years.

The Flav-R-Wave™ cooking system and grates are warranted for 5 years and all remaining parts for 2 years.

Do Broil King Grills Make Accessories Too?

Broil King makes basting and seasoning tools, griddles, brushes, covers, tool sets, toppers, pizza stones, roaster racks, and rotisserie kits

What Do The Reviews Say About These Grills?

We looked at Amazon, BBQ Guys and Grill Collection for reviews. We used real people reviews, not expert ones.

Broil King grills are hugely popular grills, so we found hundreds of reviews. Broil King’s closest competition is Weber.

We found 610 reviews from verified purchasers. Of those, Broil King grills rated 4 stars out of 5.

Reviews run the gamut. Most verified purchasers love their Broil King grills. They thought they were good value and well-made. One reviewer said the grill was awesome. Another reviewer loved the looks and the grill was a good size.

Another reviewer called their grill a “beast” because it went from zero to 700°F in 12 minutes.

Critical reviewers didn’t like the smaller grills construction. They needed to replace rusty parts and the parts were hard to get. They thought the grills were hard to assemble – one reviewer said you’d be lucky if you could. They found the instructions hard to read and needed some illustrations. 

Another reviewer LOVED the grill but admitted it was a nightmare to assemble.

How Much Do Broil King Grills Cost?

The Broil King range is huge. Grills range from top-of-the-line built ins to camping models. The price range is also huge. 

Broil King grills in the tailgating line, Porta-Chef, start at $180. Medium sized lines like Baron, Signet, Monarch and Gem collections range from $300 up to $1,200. The Sovereign models start at $850 and range to $1200

The Broil King Regal collection starts at $500 with the charcoal model and goes up to $2,300 for a freestanding gas grill. The Regal pellet grill/smokers start at $800 and go up to $1,700. At the top of the line, the Imperial collection starts at $1,800 and goes up to $2,500.

Are Broil King BBQ Grills Any Good?

How To Use a Broil King Grill

These instructions are for a gas grill:

  1. Make sure the propane tank or natural gas valve have been checked for leaks.
  2. Read through your instruction manual.
  3. If this is a first-time use, check out Broil King’s grate seasoning recommendation (below).
  4. Spray or oil with a high smoke point oil.
  5. Turn on the propane tank or natural gas connection.
  6. Set all the grill control knobs to OFF.
  7. Try to keep back as far as possible while still being able to reach the grill control knobs.
  8. Push and turn one main burner to HIGH.
  9. Push and hold down the igniter button.
  10. The burner should ignite within 5 seconds. If it doesn’t, turn off the burner, wait 5 minutes and try again.
  11. Close the lid.
  12. Set the burner to medium and preheat for up to 15 minutes.
  13. Then get grilling!

Are These Grills Easy To Maintain?

Broil King recommends that before the first time use of the grate, you season the grate. Recommended cooking oils are avocado oil, rice bran oil or canola oil. Season the grate, then light the grill and leave on medium/low for 30 minutes.

Use a burn off procedure after every meal. A burn off can be done with the grill on HIGH and the lid closed for 10 minutes. When the grid is cool, scrape off food remains.

For grills with stainless steel grates, Broil King recommends using a stiff nylon or stainless steel brush after every meal. For heavy stains, use a mild dishwashing soap and a brush, then rinse and pat dry. Never use a dishwasher for your grids. After washing, use a high smoke point oil on the grid.

Exteriors can be cleaned with mild soap and water. For stainless steel exteriors, stainless steel spray cleaners work well.

Yearly, Broil King recommends inspecting the burners, hoses and flame-tamer for cracks or wear.

How Do I Store My Broil King Grill?

Broil King recommends seasoning your grid before storage. Use a high smoke point oil. After seasoning, the grids can be wrapped in plastic food wrap.

Broil King sells heavy-duty covers for all its grills. They recommend covering them between uses. In the winter, if you can, find a spot for your freestanding grill under protection.

Final Words: Where Can I Buy One of These Grills?

If you’re interested in purchasing a Broil King Grill, they can be found on Amazon, Lowe’s, at BBQ Guys (website here), or Grill Collection (website here).

The range is so large – and with multiple different types of grill – that you you should be able to find exactly what you need within your budget.

Mark H.

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