This huge grill is, according to its manufacturer, big enough to cook 42 burgers at the same time. Not surprisingly, it's also big enough to provide shelf space for extra racks, cooking tools, and condiments. Is it the right grill for your barbecue needs?
The Bottom Line
If you're seriously into entertaining and enjoy the simplicity of a gas-burning grill, the Member's Mark may be a good choice for you. Be aware that you'll need a large permanent location for this behemoth, and of course if you're hosting an event you'll want that location to be central so you don't miss out on your own party. It may be important for you to know that, unlike some other top grills, this Grand Hall appliance sold at Sam's Club is Asian-made.
Big enough for any event
Plenty of features including a wood-chip smoker box that allows you to combine the ease of gas with the flavor of a smoker
Gets hot and stays hot, cooking evenly across the entire surface
Good (though not perfect) self-cleaning features
Good customer support provided
Low-cost replacement parts available
Too big for some settings
Burners are subject to rusting
Some owners experience hard-to-control flare-ups
Some issues with quality control for parts
The Member's Mark, available through Sam's Club is a large gas grill (57" L x 25.25" W x 47.74" H) with 683 square inches of cooking space including a separate side burner. It comes with a wide range of features:
- 3/8" porcelain-covered cast iron cooking grates
- Woodchip smoker box
- Burner tents and warming rack
- Electric ignition
- Analog thermometer
- Propane tank pull-out tray
- Locking casters
- Stainless-steel side shelf workspace with tool hooks
Review of Member's Mark Grills
There are several different Members Mark Grills. The Five Burner is more or less middle of the road, and at $299 it offers a lot to like. The cooking area is ample for even large gatherings (25+ people) and it gets hot, stays hot and cooks evenly throughout its entire surface. It can be cleaned relatively easily by removing the CI burners and cleaning the grill bowl and grease pan.
Perhaps the biggest downside (and a regular complaint) is the fact that the CI burners do rust and parts wear out. Some users also complain that replacement parts, while available, can add up in cost and aren't of consistent quality.
The after sales service from Grand Hall is noteworthy as support and parts availability are bigger than most average consumers realize. Grand Hall support is excellent and parts availability is a non-issue. For example, three ignitors, a burner rail, and four ceramic flame tamer tiles and including S&H came to just $41.00. Parts can be ordered by mail or picked up at any local Sam's Club.
If you like the Member's Mark brand and the idea of a grill with good support for replacement parts, there are both lower-end and higher-end options available. The two-burner is $100 less, while the high-end eight-burner is $399. Both offer good value for money, though they may be less durable than some other well-known brands.