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Best Grills Made in the USA

Choosing a new grill can be overwhelming – there are so many different types of grills and companies to choose from. We did the research to help you simplify that process and find the best grills made in the USA. Below, you’ll find our top picks, a deeper look at each one, and the factors we considered in our research.

Our Findings

Overall, we found several great American made grill manufacturers. Some of the biggest names in grilling aren’t on this list (more on that below), but all of these grills are great options no matter how you like to cook. Since there are several different types of grilling methods and other factors to take into account, we separated our top picks out into individual categories, outlined below.

Top Recommendations

Best Grills Best for:
The Original PK Grill & Smoker Affordability
Hasty-Bake Legacy 131 Powder Coated Charcoal Grill Charcoal Grill
Cookshack PG500 Fast Eddy’s Pellet Grill Wood Pellets
Alfresco ALXE-36-LPNG 36″ Standard Grill Gas Grill
Solaire 27-Inch Infrared Natural Gas Pedestal Grill Reduced Flare Ups
Primo Oval XL 400 All-In-One Ceramic Grill Ceramic
Yoder Smokers Competition Smokers

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Check out more details on our specific recommendations, along with what we liked and didn’t like about each product.

Most Affordable Grill

The Original PK Grill & Smoker


The Original PK grill is the standard when it comes to no-fluff grilling for an affordable price. It has won several awards and recognitions over the years, and has been used by the winners of a few steak grilling competitions. It’s a super durable, hand-poured cast aluminum grill – a process that is not too much different from when they started making these grills in the 1950’s. The Original PK is known for its great airflow and heat control, as well as heat retention. The keys are both the aluminum body, and their 4-point venting system, which is completely adjustable. The bottom of the grill is rectangular, which makes it easy to arrange coals for either direct or indirect cooking.

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Things we like:

  • Affordability
  • Durability
  • Great heat control
  • Versatility to cook at high temps and “low and slow”
  • Funky design with “misplaced” handle

Things we don’t like:

  • Not a large cooking area which could be troublesome for larger parties

Best Charcoal Grill

Hasty-Bake Legacy 131 Powder Coated Charcoal Grill


Hasty-Bake has been making charcoal grills in the U.S. (based in Tulsa, OK) since 1948, and they have definitely perfected their craft over the years. Their Legacy 131 grill is Hasty-Bake’s most popular model and performed the best compared to the other charcoal grills we researched, mostly due to its durability and versatility – you can do just about anything with this grill. It has a 523 square inch cooking surface, which is plenty big for smoking a bunch of meat at the same time. Heat control is key when it comes to charcoal grills, and this Hasty-Bake grill has a great lifting mechanism (controlled by the crank, which you can see in the photo on the left) that allows you to bring your coals up to 2 inches away from your food, and as far away as 14 inches for things that need to cook at a lower temperature. This grill also comes with a “heat deflector”, which you can easily attach and start to cook with indirect heat in no time.

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Things we like:

  • Lift mechanism and heat deflector to control heat
  • Versatility
  • Vent-less hood to trap flavor/smoke and even out temperature
  • Durable
  • Full-width fire door
  • Easy grease disposal

Things we don’t like:

  • None

Best Wood Pellet Grill

Cookshack PG500 Fast Eddy’s Pellet Grill


The Cookshack PG500 was the best option we found in our research for wood pellet grills – it stood out when it came to flexibility and heat control. This model is actually both a grill and a smoker in one, so you can do everything from burgers to BBQ. It has four different cooking zones that allow you to customize your grilling process for whatever food you want to cook- direct, indirect, cold smoking, and warming. Once you fire it up, the temperature of the grill is electronically controlled, which can help eliminate any large fluctuations in temperature as you cook. It’s a fully automated controller, but you also have the power to customize it to your specifications. The PG500 is made with stainless steel for lasting durability, and is constructed for easy access to not only your food, but your wood pellets and ash disposal.

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Things we like:

  • Temperature control
  • Front opening door for easy access to wood pellets
  • Versatility with four different cooking zones
  • Uses charbroiler technology for great flavor

Things we don’t like:

  • Limited shelf space for storing racks and other weather-tolerant accessories

Best Gas Grill

Alfresco ALXE-36-LPNG 36″ Standard Grill


Alfresco has been making gas grills out of their Southern California headquarters since 1999. Their lineup of grills is typically on the more expensive side, but is worth it for what you are getting. Their 36″ standard grill stood out among all the gas grills we looked at. Made from 304 stainless steel, this Alfresco grill boasts a number of different features. The temperature control knobs have a built-in cooling system so they heat from the grill doesn’t burn your fingers when you’re adjusting the temp (they also have an LED light above them for nighttime grilling). The grilling surface is a nice 82,500 BTUs for a hot and even grilling surface. It also comes with a dedicated 5,000 BTU smoker burner for those “low and slow” meals, a rotisserie rack, and a spring assisted hood so you can easily lift it.

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Things we like:

  • Durable construction
  • Multiple surfaces and heat settings for different types of cooking
  • Easy to control temperature knobs
  • Even grilling surface

Things we don’t like:

  • Expensive (but worth it)

Best Built-In Gas Grill Option: American Muscle Grills and Twin Eagles 36″ Outdoor Gas Grill

Best Gas Grill For Reduced Flare Ups

Solaire 27-Inch Infrared Natural Gas Pedestal Grill


Solaire was founded in 1907 in Whittier, CA, and keeps their operation there to this day. The Solaire Infrared grill was the best we came across for reducing flare ups while you’re cooking. That’s because of the V-shaped design of the grilling grids on the surface – they do a great job of capturing grease so you can increase flavor and reduce those annoying flare ups. This grill is also really easy to assemble, constructed with stainless steel. The two infrared burners keep the grilling surface pretty even, and it’s easy to crank up with a simple electronic ignition button.

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Things we like:

  • Reduced flare ups
  • Easy assembly
  • Durable
  • Easy ignite
  • High heat from infrared burners

Things we don’t like:

  • None

Best Ceramic Grill

Primo Oval XL 400 All-In-One Ceramic Grill


The biggest advantages of a ceramic grill versus metal is temperature control and moisture retention. Compared to your typical metal grill, a ceramic grill is better at locking in and controlling heat and moisture. With a cheap metal grill, if you’re not careful, you could easily dry out your meat. The Primo Oval XL 400 was the best ceramic grill in our research that still makes their products in the U.S. The cooking surface on this grill is nice and big, easily fitting 15 or so steaks at a time. Like we mentioned, temperature control is a major benefit of ceramic, and this grill is super versatile to allow you to grill, smoke, roast, or bake anything your heart desires.

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Things we like:

  • Cast iron top vent
  • Reversible cooking grates
  • Temp control
  • Grilling surface size
  • 20 year warranty

Things we don’t like:

  • Very heavy

Best Competition Smokers

Yoder Smokers

Yoder Smokers is based in Hutchinson, Kansas and makes pellet, wood, and charcoal smoker varieties. These smokers are absolute tanks and the reviews are great. Each smoker is handcrafted and they also make trailers for folks who need to haul their smoker to an event. They’ll do custom builds as well, so if you’re looking for a competition smoker, definitely check out Yoder Smokers. Last thing – they have some great recipes on their site too, so give those a look if you’re interested.

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Things we like:

  • Handcrafted
  • Lots of customization options
  • Also makes trailers

Things we don’t like:

  • None

Recap: Best Grills Made in the USA


YouTube Video: How to Find Grills Made in the USA


How To Find Grills Made In The USA

Who doesn’t love breaking out the grill for a 4th of July cookout and showing off their cooking skills? Grilling has become part of American culture so why shouldn’t you have a high-quality grill to make the experience even better?

One of the best ways to really earn bragging rights on a new grill is to purchase one made in the USA. The USA produces high-quality materials, and generally, products made completely on US soil are better quality and longer lasting than those made in China. That being said, it can be a bit difficult to find grills made in the USA. So let’s dive into some helpful tips on finding grills made in the USA.

What Does “Made in the USA” Mean?

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in order for a product to be considered “made in the USA”, the product must be “all or virtually all” sourced and assembled in the United States. However, there are some gray areas that can be hard to determine what it means for something to be “all or virtually” made in the USA, so some additional research is required to find a product that is truly made in the USA.

To learn more about this, read our article on how to spot made in the USA.

Materials

Grills need to be built out of dense durable materials that can handle high heat for long durations. This means no aluminum, glass, and definitely no plastic! Grills are commonly made of stainless steel, ceramic, cast iron, and porcelain. To fully understand how to find grills made in the USA, you will need to understand where these products are produced and how easy it is to source a certain material in the USA.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is one of the most popular components used in grills, it can be used to make the main shell of the grill, as well as the burners and the grates.

The United States ranks fifth in the world on the total percentage of stainless steel production. While China produces the most at 60% of the total global production. This means that more caution should be taken to ensure that the stainless steel parts of the grill are both produced and assembled in the USA.

Steel made in the USA is up to three times stronger than Chinese steel, so if you are looking for a quality grill it is imperative to find stainless steel made in the USA.

Ceramic

Ceramic is made from clay, so it is relatively easy to find grills made from this product. Ceramic grills are a really great option because they can quickly heat up to high temperatures and retain heat for long periods.

China is the biggest producer of ceramic, boasting around 47% of the total production. The USA still produces a decent amount of ceramic, however, so it is not very difficult to find ceramic grills made in the USA.

Cast Iron

Cast iron is a great material that is generally used to produce grill grates because it has a very good ability to retain heat.

Australia produces the most iron ore in the world at a whopping average of 900 million metric tons per year. The USA does not mine much iron ore comparatively. The USA only produced around 48 million metric tons of iron ore in 2019. The USA may not be a major producer of cast iron, but it is still very possible to find cast iron products made and sourced on U.S. soil.

Porcelain

Porcelain is generally used as an enamel coating for different components of grills to make them non-stick. We don’t generally love porcelain enamel coating because it chips easily and decreases the ability for heat retention.

China is the number one producer of porcelain, but the U.S. has been steadily increasing its production of porcelain in recent years. However, it is important to keep an eye out because porcelain sourced from China tends to be much cheaper.

It is not a necessary addition to your grill, but if you are looking for a porcelain coating on your grill, it is definitely possible to find it sourced in the USA.

Labeling

Besides looking at the source materials of the grill you are looking at, it helps to also look at the labeling of the product. By law, companies are required to label the source origin of their products with a “made in” label on the product itself or its packaging.

The “made in the USA” label is protected by the FTC and can only be used if a company determines that their product is “all or virtually all” made in the United States. However, although the label is protected, the FTC doesn’t do the best job in policing the label. So, it is up to the individual consumer to do additional research to ensure that a product is absolutely sourced and assembled in the USA.

You should also look out for tricky wording in the product’s labeling. For example, words like “designed” and “manufactured” may be used instead of “made”, but they do not signify that a product is truly American-made. And phrases like “made in America” may be used to trick customers into thinking a product is made in the USA but in reality is made in Mexico or Canada.

With regards to labeling in online materials, companies are not required to state where their products are made. So, if a company does not specifically state online where their products are made, err on the side of caution and assume they are not made in the United States. If a product is truly American-made, this is a huge selling point, so it’s not likely that this point would be hidden away.

Other Tips

Here are some of our other top tips to find grills made in the USA.

Call The Company

This may seem like an obvious tip, but it can definitely come in handy. After research, if you are still not sure where a product is made and where its source materials come from, simply call the company. The customer service team will be able to help answer your questions.

The American Flag Does Not Mean American-Made

Just because a company has affixed an American flag sticker on their labeling does not mean that the product is made in the USA. The flag is not protected like the “made in the USA” label, so does not mean much in terms of finding an American-made product.


Grills Not Made in the USA

Here are some of the grills we found that aren’t made in the USA. We’ll keep adding to this list as we find more.

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