The Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill: A Review

The Pros and Cons

Weber Performer Deluxe Grill
Weber-Stephen Products Company

The Weber Charcoal Grill is arguably the most successful product of its type ever made. It is sold worldwide and recognized for its versatility, quality, and capacity. The Weber Performer Deluxe comes with a large table, a gas-powered charcoal lighter, a digital timer, and Weber's Gourmet BBQ System cooking grate. Simply put, this is a great charcoal grill capable of producing many cooking styles and an authentic cookout experience.

Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill Review

There is little to be said about the Weber Charcoal Grill that hasn't already been said in the past 60 years. This is the most recognized, respected, and desired charcoal grill on the market worldwide. The Weber Performer Deluxe is the pinnacle of the Weber charcoal empire. The table-mounted version is particularly convenient and easy to use. It has all the bells and whistles, including Weber's gas-powered charcoal ignition system.

The gas ignition system on the grill is fueled by a standard disposable propane bottle that feeds a burner mounted near the center of the grill (underneath the coal grate). All that is needed is to pour in some charcoal, turn on the gas, and push the ignition button. In less than 10 minutes, the charcoal is ready to be spread out for cooking. Then the gas can be turned off so you can grill.

What It Comes With

This specific model comes with Weber's Gourmet BBQ System cooking grates. The steel-plated, hinged grate has a removable center section that can be replaced with a wide range of add-on accessories to give the grill greater versatility—from a pizza stone to a Danish Ebelskiver pan.

One drawback to the grill is the digital cooking timer feature. Unfortunately, this is nothing more than an electronic 99-minute egg timer. Because it only goes on for 99 minutes, it's useless for long cook times, which many grill enthusiasts need. Because this timer can be easily bought at almost any store for just a few bucks, it can be seen as more of a gimmick than a feature. Regardless, this is a great charcoal grill overall.

Details About the Grill

Perfect for the person who wants it all, this grill version has many benefits, few disadvantages, and can be purchased directly from Amazon. Pros include a full-feature Weber Kettle Grill, a large work surface, gas-powered charcoal ignition, and versatile potential. The only con is that its digital cook timer is a simple 99-minute egg timer. The grill also has:

  • 363 square inches of cooking space
  • A Weber's Gourmet BBQ System cooking grate
  • A gas burner with push-button ignition for lighting charcoal
  • A removable digital cook timer
  • A porcelain-powder-coated steel lid and fire bowl
  • Aluminum vents and an ash catcher
  • Plastic, powder-coated steel and stainless steel cart construction
  • A large plastic charcoal bin
  • Two aluminum charcoal baskets for indirect grilling
  • A roll top lid
  • It is made in the United States