|Cooking Surface||639 square inches (480 square inches of the central grilling space + 159 square inches warming rack)|
|Price||You get what you pay for – a well-performing product with limited durability|
|Durability||6 out of 10|
Nexgrill is a brand that provides for Home Depot stores around the world. They have a partnership deal to be the manufacturer presented in their showrooms and on the website. One of the grills that were designed after the agreement was signed is the Nexgrill 5 Burner. We will review the model in this article, but if we had to offer a short description, we would say that it is a large grill at an affordable price and with a couple of flaws. Continue reading to find out all details about the unit and determine whether it’s the right fit for your backyard.
You would expect from a grilling unit that has five burners to be large,and that’s the case with this model. It has ample cooking surface, but it doesn’t take an inch of space more than needed. Take a look at its specifications:
- Dimensions: 52 x 25 x 47 inches
- Weight: 77 pounds
- Cooking surface: 639 square inches
- Heat output: 55,000 BTUs
- Fuel: Gas (liquid propane or natural gas)
The heat output specified only covers the five primary burners and not the side station. That burner brings extra 12,000 BTUs, increasing the total strength of the product to a whopping 67,000 BTUs per hour.
You can see from the specs that the grilling surface of this unit is 639 square inches in total. However, that space is divided across two grates. The primary cooking area takes 480 square inches of room, while the secondary warming rack above it is 159 square inches. That puts this BBQ system above the regular-sized ones, but we still can’t say that is a massive unit.
You can’t serve an entire football team with this barbecue, but it still accommodates up to 15 burgers at once just in the central area. That should provide for anywhere from six to eight people, depending on their appetite. Don’t forget about the warming rack that can keep things warm for you. That includes burger buns and even simmering some vegetables to use as a side dish. If the side burner comes into play, too, you have the option to boil or heat soup. That takes the versatility of the Nexgrill 5 Burner to the max,and that is one of the crucial advantages of this product.
The unit has a total of five primary burners. They are all made of durable stainless steel that secures proper heat transfer and is resistant to rust. The grade of steel used is admirable, which is supported by the 5-year warranty that the manufacturer only gives for this component. While the overall warranty only lasts for one year, the burners have a guarantee that they will work for at least five.
When it comes to heat output, they can deliver 11,000 BTUs per hour each. By doing the simple multiplication, you can calculate that the total strength of five burners is 55,000 BTUs. That is enough to secure domination over the available cooking surface. The hotness it can deliver goes up to 500F, which guarantees various options for cooking, including barbecuing your food or quickly grilling a burger or a hot dog. Another thing ensured thanks to the high power of the burners is that the Nexgrill 5 Burner heats up in a matter of minutes. As soon as you light up the unit and turn the knobs, the heaters start doing their magic,and desired hotness is achieved in the shortest period possible.
Aside from the primary heaters, the product also features a side burner. It is also made of stainless steel, although it seems that the quality of material used is a bit lower than in the core unit. That doesn’t affect the performance or strength of this burner as it can deliver up to 12,000 BTUs per hour.
When it comes to its usability, it comes in the form of a ring. Quite frankly, you can treat it as a stove because that’s basically what it is. That, however, adds a whole new layer to your cooking options. You can prepare soups and keep them heated without going to the kitchen. It’s also an excellent way to simmer some vegetables and serve them as a side dish. Last, but not least, you can consider preparing sauces for the meat on this stove. The meat might be the crucial part of the lunch you are making, but it’s the sauce that will give it that extra flavor that will delight the visitors.
Gas grills usually have simple electronic ignition,and the manufacturer made a smart choice when they decided the Nexgrill 5 Burner should go down that road, too. In case you are not familiar with the concept, let us offer a brief explanation. On the left side of the front panel, there is a small button located right next to the knobs that control the heat output of the burners. Pushing that button will light the burner and get the product going. Keep in mind that you will need to repeat the process to start heating the side stove.
This feature is a huge time and nerve saver as it only takes a couple of seconds. However, unlike in some other product, it won’t work every time. It will function on most occasions, but don’t expect 100% success. Every now and then you will need to light up a match to get the burners going. But even this is a far better option than dealing with charcoal grills, where you get your hands dirty and lose a lot of time while ensuring that the BBQ achieves proper heat.
Once you get the unit started, it’s time to do some actual grilling! We decided to make a party of our own and throw some burgers, hot dogs, and steaks on the cooking surface. We noticed that the grates are made of cast iron. It is familiar that this material is the best when it comes to retaining the hotness. Considering that the burners are very potent and can ensure high temperatures, we quickly realized that the Nexgrill 5 Burner is definitely not lacking heat. In fact, there is plenty of it at each moment!
As for the grates, we should also emphasize that they have a porcelain finish. This is another smart move by the manufacturer. You don’t want your food to stick to the surface of the grates while you are grilling. The porcelain coating serves to ensure that there are no issues of that kind. There will be no chance of your food burning because it stuck to the grates. And, on top of that, it requires less effort for cleaning than other griddle materials.
Considering that you are dealing with high heat, you must be wondering whether there is an opportunity for flare-ups to occur. The good news is that the chances of that are slim to none. Nexgrill 5 Burner has flame tamers between the grates and the stainless steel burners. They are placed carefully to catch any dripping that falls through the cooking surface. That grease is instantly being vaporized and infused back into the meat you are grilling. That way you get moist and tender food with this BBQ unit regardless of the type of meat you are cooking.
The grease that isn’t vaporized into smoke slides into the removable catch tray, which you need to clean occasionally. Another thing that you need to do from time to time (especially if you haven’t used your grill for a while) is to check the burner tubes for insects or their nests. If you find any, make sure to remove them before starting your BBQ. If a flare-up occurs while you are grilling, the chances are that it happened because the tubes are clogged.
You might think that it’s not easy to tame the beast that can deliver 55,000 BTUs of heat per hour. However, agas grillis known to be simple to control,andNexgrill 5 Burner is no exception. The burners are controlled individually with the valves located on the front side of the unit. There is a separate knob for the side stove.
Whenever you want to check whether the unit is listening to you, you can take a look at the thermometer located in the upper part of the lid. It gives you accurate information on the temperature inside the firebox, although the real temp can differ up to 15-20 degrees. If you don’t think that is precise enough, you can always consider purchasing a digital meat probe for the most accurate information. Either way, using the thermometer is the best way to see whether you need to react and turn the knobs up or down to adjust the temp to the desired level.
Imagine a large grill without any work or prep space available. It would be a nightmare to juggle with the plates, grilling tools, and other essentials you need during a session. Fortunately, Nexgrill 5 Burner makes the experience comfortable with the side shelves located on both sides of the unit. The one on the right is actually the side burner we described above. However, when you are not using it, you can close the cover and double the prep space. It only depends on your preference which option you will use.
As for the side shelves, they are made of stainless steel and can hold up to 30 pounds each. That’s the maximum weight we tested, but it should be enough to cover all your needs. Unfortunately for those who love extra storage space in the cart, there is no cabinet available in the default version.
The manufacturer ensured that you can buy all types of official accessories for Nexgrill 5 Burner. We always emphasize that you should start with a grill cover. It extends the durability of the unit and protects it from severe weather. As such, it is an essential accessory.
As for other essentials, we would recommend purchasing a set of grilling tools if you don’t own one already. You just can’t get around the unit without them,and they are required if you want a perfectly-grilled burger or steak.
The product already has excellent versatility, but you can further increase it by purchasing extras. For example, there is an official pizza kit that we would love to try. The shish kebab set is perfect for skewers, and a rib rack sounds interesting, too. Of course, it’s hard to imagine a BBQ system without a rotisserie kit. If you are a fan of roasted whole chicken, we suggest purchasing this accessory, too.
Finally, make sure that you have the proper equipment for cleaning the product. We recommend purchasing a maintenance kit that was designed for stainless steel elements for best results. The important thing to emphasize is that the accessories for this grill are not expensive. In fact, they are very affordable,and it won’t require a significant investment to purchase the extras that you need.
Nexgrill 5 Burner might not be perfect, but we have several reasons you should consider to purchase it after all:
We prefer to start with other reasons, but the truth may well be that this is the primary advantage of this product over the competition. You can purchase this unit at an affordable price. In fact, all the other 5-burner grills are usually far more expensive and require splashing the cash. Although this model remains somewhat basic, the budget-friendly price tag is something you cannot underestimate.
It’s the combo of these two that is another advantage of this product. You see, the unit itself weighs only 77 pounds. However, the stability is increased thanks to two legs that ensure the product remains in position. At the same time, the other two legs are equipped with large wheels. They provide easy mobility and enable you to move the unit anywhere you want.
We would always recommend a beginner to go with a gas-fueled BBQ unit over a charcoal one. Nexgrill 5 Burner might be a large grill, but it still remains an entry-level product ideal for newbies. The electronic ignition system makes starting the product a piece of cake, while the control knobs on the front mean that you can set the amount of heat in the firebox to the desired level. On top of that, you will get a product manual with the instruction on settings and time needed to cook various food.
There are three different models of the Nexgrill 5 Burner – standard, Deluxe, and Evolution. We focused on the standard unit in this review, but if you are looking for extra useful features, you may want to take a look at the other models. The Deluxe version is somewhat similar,but it has a larger cooking surface and a two-door storage cabinet in the cart.
It’s the Nexgrill Evolution that stirs things up with the infrared technology it uses for cooking. Infrared heat is ideal for working with high temperatures,and if your focus is solely grilling, this might be the product for you. It also offers five burners, as well as the stainless steel that has double walls and is fully welded.
Let’s start the way we should – from the beginning. The assembly of the product won’t be an issue,and it won’t take a lot of your time. The instructions are clear and set up the product is effortless. You don’t even have to assemble it in the place where you want to use or hold it. Thanks to the large casters, the mobility of the product is admirable. You can move it around your backyard without any effort.
The first run with the Nexgrill 5 Burner showed its impressive versatility. For starters, it brings a lot of heat to the mixture thanks to five powerful burners. Thanks to the control knobs, you can quickly adjust and set the desired temperature. The range of temp to choose from is broad, which means that you can both barbecue and grill on this unit,and it only depends on your preference and schedule.
The versatility doesn’t end there. The warming rack is ideal for keeping things warm, while the side stove powered by an extra burner is ideal for preparing sauces or soups or simmering vegetables. The result is that you can make a complete meal on this unit and there is no need to go to the kitchen at all.
What about the taste of the food? We were more than satisfied with it. The angled flame tamers did an excellent job in keeping the meat moist and tender. We ensured to follow the instructions listed in the product manual where it is specified what settings and time you need for different types of food. All this makes things simple for any newbie. Just one or two afternoons spent with this grill will turn you into a master chef that will delight all the visitors with the quality of food they prepared.
The cast-iron cooking grates are a premium component in an entry-level grill. They phenomenally retain the heat,and their porcelain-coated finish prevents the food from sticking to the surface. On top of that, they are incredibly durable and simple for cleaning. While we are on the topic of maintaining the product, there is a greased tray that will collect any dripping that is not vaporized by the flame tamers. That makes the cleaning process smooth and effortless.
The first thing we noticed as soon as we saw the grill is that there is no enclosed cabinet space. The cart does have a board in front and room for a liquid propane tank in the back. However, there is no storage room, which can be seen as a downside by some users. Truth to be told, Deluxe and Evolution models come with a cabinet, but thebasic version is lacking it.
When we took a close look at the grill, we noticed that the stainless steel used for construction is low-grade. As such, don’t expect the durability like in some other premium BBQs, such as the ones built by Weber. I guess that’s something we could expect considering the budget-friendly price tag, but many components are noticeably thin and of doubtful quality.
Our Final Verdict
There is one thing that experience taught us – you always get just what you pay for with BBQ systems. The price tag of the Nexburner 5 Burner warned us not to expect much. Regardless, the manufacturer managed to deliver a product that can provide excellent results in terms of food taste. It’s also very versatile and comes with both a warming rack and a side stove. On the other hand, its durability is limited. The company had to use low-grade stainless steel to be able to offer a large grill at an affordable price. As a result, you will get a product that you can use for a year or two before it begins to rust and corrode. If that sounds like something that you can get on board with, then you can consider purchasing this unit.