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Are Turbo Grills Any Good?

If you’ve been looking to upgrade your BBQ grill then this article should help, as we’re looking in detail at the Turbo Grill range from Barbeques Galore.

Turbo grills have been built to last by a US owner for over 40 years. They are manufactured with high grade stainless steel (either 430 or 304 grade), and some models are double clad. They have top quality stainless steel grates and a radiant heat system. They range between 26 and 40 inches in size.

So let’s look at all aspects of the company behind Turbo Grills and dive down into some product details across the range – so you can make an informed buying decision. We’ll also consider how to use, maintain and store your new Turbo Grill.

Where Are Turbo Grills Made? (Are They Made in The USA?)

Turbo grills are not manufactured in the USA, they are made in Taiwan.

Who Makes Turbo Grills? (Will They Stand Behind Their Products?)

Barbeques Galore has manufactured Turbo Grills for over 40 years. Many Turbo grill owners are still happy with their grills 30 years later. When they need a new grill – they buy another Turbo.

Barbeques Galore originated in Sydney, Australia, in 1977. They expanded to the United States in 1980 and today they have stores in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas.

Besides the Turbo line of grills, Barbeques Galore sells other popular outdoor grills, indoor heaters, and patio furniture. In 2020, Barbecues Galore began selling BBQ meat cuts in some stores.

What Products Are in The Turbo Grills Collection?

Barbeques Galore has a nice range of Turbo grills and accessories. The Turbo line includes gas and charcoal grills. They offer gas grill choices of propane, natural gas, and combo propane/natural gas. Turbo offers built-in and freestanding grills.

Turbo grills are built to last with high grade stainless steel (either 430 or 304 grade) exteriors, some double clad. They have high quality, stainless steel grates and a radiant heat system. The heat system has beveled ceramic briquettes (“flame tamers”) to deliver even heat. Flame tamers vaporize drippings, so flare-ups are minimized. Flare-ups can char meat, but more importantly, they can damage burners.

The burners are designed with flame holes around the entire circumference of the burners to maximize the cooking area. All gas models have warming racks and temperature gauges.

The Turbo gas grill line consists of the basic Turbo, the Turbo Elite, and the Grand Turbo models.

The basic Turbo model comes in 26 inches and 32 inches. The 26-inch model has three burners and the 32-inch one has four. The Turbo model has high-quality, 403 grade stainless steel exterior. The 32-inch Turbo model has interior halogen lighting.

The Turbo Elite model has a 304 grade stainless steel exterior and five burners. Turbo Elite models come in 32 inch and 38-inch models. The Elite burner controls include 4 main burners and one rotisserie burner. The Elite models have exterior LED knob lighting and interior halogen lighting. The Turbo Elite model has a rear, infrared rotisserie burner and comes with a rotisserie kit.

The Grand Turbo model is the top of the Turbo line. It has 304 grade stainless steel and is 40 inches wide. There are 7 burners: four traditional, 2 searing and one for the rear rotisserie burner. The rotisserie kit is included, along with an integrated smoker box. The Grand Turbo model has exterior knob LED lighting with interior halogen lighting. It has a spring-assisted hood.

The Turbo charcoal grill comes as a built in or is freestanding. It is 32 inches wide and built of 304 grade stainless steel. It has stainless steel cooking grates and an adjustable charcoal tray. The hood is vented, and it has a built-in temperature gauge. 

What Size & Weight Are Turbo Grills?

The basic Turbo model comes in 26 and 32 inch widths. The Turbo Elite can be 32 or 38 inches wide, and the Grand Turbo is 40 inches wide. The Turbo charcoal model is 32 inches wide. All these models come as built in or freestanding.

Weights for the built in models range from 120 pounds to 280 pounds. Weights for the freestanding models vary between 150 and 250 pounds.

Do Turbo Grills Come With a Warranty?

Yes. The Turbo Grill line has a limited lifetime warranty.

For the flame tamers, valves and plastic components, the limited warranty is for 2 years. For electronic parts, like the ignition, it is 1 year. For all other stainless steel parts, the limited warranty is for 5 years.

Do Turbo Grills Also Make Accessories?

Turbo makes some nice accessories. In the Turbo Elite and Grand Turbo models, a rotisserie is included. For others, it is sold separately as a kit

Also in the Turbo line are islands, carts, cooler/refrigerator, side burners, griddle, and sink. If you are building an island or outdoor kitchen, check out Barbeques Galore range of cabinets, trash drawers, bar carts and more.

What Do The Reviews Say About Turbo Grills?

We looked at two sources for our reviews: Amazon and Barbeques Galore. These grills do not have an abundance of reviews – the most we found for a single product was 17. 

On average, the reviewers loved Turbo grills and gave them 4.8 stars out of 5 from a total of 62 verified buyers. The lowest single product review was 4.3 stars from 7 reviewers.

Reviewers loved the heavy gauge stainless steel. Many reviewers were replacing models that they had had for decades with a new model. Reviewers loved the first grill, it had lasted a long time for them, and they wanted another one. 

One verified buyer was replacing their 3 burner grill after 30 years. They replaced it with another 3 burner Turbo and when they received the new model, they loved the new model features. 

Reviewers loved the in-store service, and most that ordered online liked the experience and said the delivery was good as well.

Negative reviews were mostly about customer support when they needed parts (one reviewer said there was no answer and no call back) and some complained about the warranty fine print.

How Much Do Turbo Grills Cost?

Built in grills are a luxury item. The basic Turbo starts at $1,150 and increases to the top-of-the-line Grand Turbo at $4,000. Turbo’s built in charcoal grill comes in at $1000

The Turbo built in competitors include Blaze, Lion, Bull, KitchenAid, Summerset, Bonfire and Napoleon. As compared to these grills, Turbo costs are about average or a bit less.

Turbo’s freestanding grills are also priced about average or slightly lower than competitors. Freestanding Turbo gas grills start at $1,500. The charcoal model is around $1500.

How To Use a Turbo Grill

  1. Before lighting either a LP gas grill or a natural gas grill, be sure to first do a simple safety check. Look at the connection hoses and check for cracks or other damage. LP gas tanks should be securely fastened in the upright position and the valve turned to OFF.
  2. Open the grill lid.
  3. Set all the control knobs to OFF.
  4. For an LP tank, slowly turn on the tank valve 1/4 turn ON. If a natural gas grill, turn on the valve.
  5. Push and turn the right main grill burner to the lighting setting (look for the flame icon).
  6. When the right main burner is igniting, it will click.
  7. If the burner doesn’t light in 5 seconds, then turn it off. Wait 5 minutes, then try again.
  8. When one burner is lit, slowly turn the LP gas tank one more 1/4 turn ON.
  9. Turn the adjacent burners on, as in Step 5 and 6.
  10.  After letting the grill warm up 10 to 15 minutes, bring out the meat!
Cooking with a Turbo Grill

Are Turbo Grills Easy To Maintain?

Grills get super greasy and dirty. To make sure you have delicious BBQ meals, all grill parts should be cleaned after each use.

Burn off food after every grilling and brush down the grate. To brush off the grate after grilling, you will need a stainless steel bristle brush or a nylon brush – not brass or other stiff metal brush. Here’s a video of how to brush off your grill.

Stainless steel exteriors can rust if not cared for. Barbeques Galore recommends that you wipe off the exterior after every use with a soft, soapy cloth or sponge, then rinse. You can also use a stainless steel cleaner spray. Never use abrasive cleaners, or stiff metal brushes.

How Do I Store My Turbo Grill?

The manufacturer recommends that all Turbo grills should be covered when not in use, good weather or bad.

Before winter sets in, give your Turbo grill a good cleaning. Then, rub or spray cooking oil on the grate. During winter, LP gas tanks should be left connected but off. If you can, wheel your freestanding grill into a shed or garage, but leave the LP tank outside and upright. If you disconnect the LP tank, put a baggie over the gas line inside the grill to prevent bugs from moving in.

Where Can I Buy a Turbo Grill?

Physical store locations can be found in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas. There are 13 store locations in California in Agoura Hills, Brea, Costa Mesa, Encinitas, Irvine, San Diego, Pasadena, Studio City, Torrance, Upland, Newhall, Los Angeles, and San Jose.

They have one store in Henderson Nevada. In Arizona, they have stores in Chandler and Phoenix. In Texas, they have stores in Rockwall, Allen, Fort Worth, Grapevine and University Park.

You can buy a grill online or connect with customer service at 1-800-GRILLUP.

Final Thoughts

Although not physically made in the USA, Turbo Grills are owned and operated by the US company Barbeques Galore – and have been for over 40 years. So these are high quality grills built by a reputable, trusted brand with four decades of heritage.

The Turbo gas grill product suite is made up of the basic Turbo model, the Turbo Elite, and the Grand Turbo models.

All Turbo Grills are well received by actual buyers, with verified reviewers giving these products 4.8 stars out of 5.

In short, Turbo Grills represent an excellent investment for anyone looking to upgrade their BBQ.

Mark H.

Homeowner and property investor Mark H. aspires to bring you the very best outdoor living content, based on his years of experience managing outside spaces. Read more >