If you’re looking for a regal grilling experience without the princely price tag – then a Royal Gourmet Grill could make you the undisputed BBQ king of your own backyard.
Royal Gourmet Grills are headquartered and distributed in the USA, and manufactured in China. This means the price of their grills is lower than some competitors, but they don’t share the American heritage. With that said, verified reviewers give these grills 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Join me as we consider all aspects of the Royal Gourmet Grills brand, and discover some of the popular products in their inexpensive range. It’s time to get serious and light up a royally good BBQ!
Where Are Royal Gourmet Grills Made? (Is it The USA?)
Royal Gourmet Grills has its HQ in Atalanta, Georgia. In 2014, the company became part of Huige Outdoor Company, a global brand based in China. Royal Gourmet has three warehouses in the USA and imports between 20 and 40 containers a month.
So, the brand may have an All-American image and certainly has its origins in the States; however their grills are made in China and exported to the States. This can help to keep the costs down for the consumer, but is maybe not the answer you wanted if you’re looking for a US-made grill.
Who Makes Royal Gourmet Grills? (Are They Reputable?)
As a big global company, Huige Outdoor certainly has the capacity to manufacture and deliver a huge number of grills. Their larger buying power enables them to keep material, manufacture and logistics costs down, and their grills are at the more affordable of the market. They also claim to invest in research and development, keeping their products at the forefront of modern grilling.
Their Royal Gourmet arm offers a standard 1-year warranty and 5-year limited warranty on their grills (more about this shortly).
What Products Are in The Royal Gourmet Grills Catalog?
Royal Gourmet offers a fantastic range of grills. You can choose from gas, charcoal or a combination, or pick up a smoker for delicious, slow-cooked meats. Go for a griddle if you like BBQ-style food, and check out their selection of portable grills if you want something small but mighty.
Which you choose depends on how you like to cook. The gas grills are super-easy to use, and if you choose one with side burners, it’s basically just as good as using your kitchen cooker: you could easily cook your whole meal on your grill.
For that classic smokey taste, go for a charcoal grill, and look out for models that have smokers attached to them. Can’t decide? Their combo models are definitely worth a look.
Unlike some brands, they’re not into the built-in style for outdoor kitchens, but favor the cart design. This means that as well as your grill, you’re getting handy storage or shelving. The wheels mean you can easily move them around your yard and store them away over winter.
What Size & Weight Are These Grills?
The size and weight of Royal Gourmet grills varies greatly depending on which model you go for. For example, the mighty combo has 576 square inches of cast iron grates (that’s a lot of burgers) and weighs around 110 pounds.
Their portable griddles have a net weight of just 22 pounds, but Royal Gourmet reassure their customers that they can still cook eight patties at once on its porcelain-enameled surface. The charcoal models are somewhere in the middle, weighing 50-60 pounds and offering a good-size grilling area of 400 square inches, give or take.
Do Royal Gourmet Grills Come With a Warranty?
Yes, they do. Royal Gourmet offers a year’s warranty on their grills, with a limited 5-year warranty on any stainless steel burner. However, they advise customers to check the warranty details on their individual purchase for the exact information for that model.
Find out more about the general Royal Gourmet warranty on their website.
Do Royal Gourmet Grills Also Make Accessories?
They certainly do, and we love their selection. You can get all sorts of accessories from clamp lamps to cooking utensils. Pick up cooking accessories such as extra racks, smoking trays for chips, and rotisseries.
It’s definitely worth checking out their durable grill covers, which are made from super-tough fabric and of course, are designed to fit their specific models.
What Do The Reviews Say About Royal Gourmet Grills?
We checked out some customer reviews on Amazon. Their CC1830F Charcoal Grill with Offset Smoker (in smart black) clocked up over 2,700 ratings, with an overall score of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Customers love the easy assembly and generous sized cooking area, but there’s a fair few comments about paint bubbling in the smoker.
We looked at a gas grill, too, choosing the SG6002 Cabinet Propane Gas Grill, 6-Burner, Stainless Steel model, which has racked up over 800 reviews/ratings and also has a 4.5 stars.
Again, easy assembly, and many commented that it’s great value for the price. Negative reviews mentioned disappointing build quality (but some of those offset that by commenting that it’s a pretty inexpensive grill).
How Much Do Royal Gourmet Grills Cost?
Royal Gourmet grills are aiming at those of us who want good value over flash branding. They’re accessibly priced, with the massive 6-burner gas grills costing under $500 (Amazon). The cute table-top models start at $89.
So yes, you may not get all the fancy accessories that you would with a high-end model, and the build quality may not be as robust – but if you’re after a straightforward grill for your yard, it’s not a bad price point.
How Do I Use a Royal Gourmet Grill?
Because Royal Gourmet makes different types of grill, there’s no single answer to this question. If you have a gas or combo grill, assemble the grill as per instructions, then make sure it’s correctly connected to the gas (again, by following the manual).
To use, open the lid (if applicable), turn the gas regulator to “On”, then push and turn the control button while pushing the ignitor button.
If you’ve gone for the charcoal option, remove the grates, place 2 or 3 firelighters in the middle of the lifting system and surround them with charcoal. Replace the grates, making sure they’re at the right height for your culinary plans.
You’ll know that the grill is ready to use when there’s a layer of ash on top of the charcoal. If you’re using it for the first time, keep it burning for 1-2 hours without cooking any food, to let it burn off.
Are These Grills Easy To Maintain & Clean?
According to the user’s manual, the best way to look after a gas Royal Gourmet grill is to “burn it off” for 15 minutes or so after each use. This prevents food remnants becoming stuck to the grates.
A regular brushing, followed by washing with soapy water, should keep your grill nice and clean. For the outside, try a baking soda solution. Never use an oven cleaner on a Royal Gourmet grill.
If you have a charcoal grill, first brush out any ash or charcoal before cleaning with soapy water. Wipe it dry with a soft cloth after washing. Ash left lying around will attract moisture which can lead to rust, so try to empty the cooled ash after every use.
How Do I Store My Royal Gourmet Grill?
As we mentioned earlier, Royal Gourmet has a range of grill covers made from tough fabrics. We’d seriously recommend getting one of these (or one made by a non-proprietary brand – Amazon has so many), because they’re excellent at preventing day-to-day wear and tear. These will give your grill some extra protection from the elements.
However, we’d still suggest that you winterize your grill indoors, in a shed, garage, or other outbuilding. If you’re not using it during the colder months, it’s far safer and less prone to rust if it’s stored in a nice, dry space.
Get your grill ready for storage by giving it a good clean, as we’ve mentioned above. This ensures there are no morsels of food to go moldy or attract mice, and that no uninvited critters have taken up home there. After you’ve cleaned it, make sure it’s extra-dry, as you don’t want to store it while it’s damp.
Cover your clean and dry grill under a well-fitting cover, and wheel it into an outbuilding. If you don’t have an indoor space, make sure the cover is securely fixed, then move the grill to the most sheltered part of your yard. If it has a propane canister, you don’t have to worry about this, as they are fine outdoors down to very low temperatures. Just always disconnect it before storing your grill.
Conclusion: Where Can I Buy a Royal Gourmet Grill?
We’ve mentioned Amazon, and you can also pick up Royal Gourmet grills at Lowes and Home Depot.
Take a look at the Where To Buy page on Royal Gourmet’s website. If you prefer to shop local, do a search on Google for “Royal Gourmet stockists near me”.