Better Backyard Cooking with a Built-in Grill
If you’re planning a fully equipped outdoor kitchen with all the fixings, or just serious about cooking in the open air year-round, an outdoor built-in grill is a must-have. A built-in grill is designed to be a professional-grade appliance, so before you buy, be aware of the types of features you should expect to find. There are various options such as a smoker or a rotisserie that will cater to your individual cooking preferences. You’ll also want to look for features that make less work for you.
Built-in grills for outdoor cooking must be able to withstand all types of weather. A stainless-steel finish and easy-to-use controls with sturdy metal knobs will stay looking good year after year. An insulated lid locks heat and that delicious smoky flavor inside the grill.
On the grill’s interior, you’ll want a generous grilling area and lots of grill power, including the ability to sear meats the way it’s done in restaurants. Easy-to-clean porcelain grates, instant re-ignition and an interior light are some of the options that you won’t want to pass up.
Top of the line
Designed to drop into an outdoor countertop, Dacor’s 36-inch built-in outdoor grill, shown at right, has 836 square inches of cooking area, including a 20,000 Btu searing burner. V-shaped heat channels distribute heat evenly, and there’s a removable rotisserie motor. When you turn on a burner, its matching control lights up, so you always know what’s lit, and interior halogen lights let you cook safely long after the sun has set. Dacor’s Perma-Flame Instant Re-Ignition technology lights and re-ignites instantly without using a burner. The manufacturer’s 52-inch model comes with a side burner.
Trim kits that allow you to integrate the grill into your counter are available for both models. You can pair the grill with a stainless-steel single- or double-access door that lets you access your gas hookup, as well as storage for all your grilling accessories.
The Napoleon BIM605RBINSS-1 Mirage Built-In Natural Gas Grill, shown at right, has a high-intensity ceramic infrared bottom burner for searing perfection and a full-width removable drip pan for easy cleanups and self-cleaning sear plates for reduced flareups. The unit’s double-lined, stainless-steel LIFT EASE roll top lid is space-saving and retains heat more like a conventional oven. Back-lit control knobs are handy for nighttime grilling.
If you love the taste of spit-roasted meat, Firemagic’s Aurora A790i Built-in Grill has an optional recessed stainless steel rotisserie back burner and heavy-duty rotisserie kit. The grill also boasts a 23,000 Btu burner for high-heat searing and a built-in warming rack.
Short on space? Need a model that’s more compact? Blaze Grills has a 25-inch, three-burner built-in grill that offers 14,000 Btus of power per burner. Model BLGR1038, shown at right, also features heat-zone separators that divide the 558 square inches of total cooking space into different temperature zones.