2020 was one heck of a year. It was the year without a real summer. No family trips to the community center pool. No long road trips with friends (or any road trips…or any friends). And to top it all off, no pleasant summer BBQs with all your loved ones.
But this year will be different—and you can make the most of your summer BBQ sessions by purchasing a brand-new grill!
Not sure where to start? We’re here to help.
In this article, we will be talking about the Blaze brand and how to choose the best Blaze grill for you and yours. Let’s get started.
About the Blaze Brand
1998 marked the start of something special. This was the year when Michael Hackley and his wife decided to create their own BBQ supplies store, which was then called Grill Store & More. But as the world sat right on the cusp of the so-called dot-com bubble, it soon became clear that a dream and a cute store name weren’t going to cut it.
In 2000, the company made the smart (and inevitable) move to change their store model from brick-and-mortar to ecommerce. Enters BBQGuys.com.
Over two decades later, the company and its Blaze Outdoor Products brand are killing it out there. Blaze produces some of the highest-quality grills and related products on the market, while at the same time ensuring its offerings are affordable for everyone.
Tips for Grill Safety
Clouds drifting across a blue sky, an iced tea pitcher sweating in the summer heat, the extended family clustered around the yard chatting, the smell of burgers and hotdogs wafting through the air… BBQ is the best thing ever—until it’s not.
Let’s be real: Fires happen. Burns happen. Food poisoning happens.
A perfect family BBQ can turn into a nightmare in an instant.
This is why it’s crucial for you to employ the best grilling practices and always keep safety at the forefront of your mind.
Here are a few tips:
- Give your grill enough space.
- Make sure the grill is stable and on flat ground.
- Keep your grill clean (no rust, grease residue, or burnt food!).
- If using a gas grill, keep the lid open while waiting for it to heat.
- If using a gas grill, check for leaks before using.
- Do not leave the grill unattended while it’s in use.
- Ensure that children or pets do not get near the grill while it’s in use.
- Always make sure you shut off the grill after use.
- Always have a fire extinguisher handy.
- Practice basic food safety: use a food thermometer and prevent cross-contamination.
Tips for Choosing a Blaze Grill for You
Blaze Outdoor Products features a range (pun not intended) of grills and grilling accessories. While this wide selection ensures that there’s something for everyone and every budget, it can also make choosing the right one more difficult. If you’re not sure where to start your search, here are some pointers for you!
The very first thing you need to consider when shopping for a new grill is the type you want. There are four common types of grills:
Gas grills are the most common type, and they can be fueled using either natural gas or propane. This type of grill tends to be easier to use than other types and poses a smaller fire risk than, say, charcoal grills.
Charcoal grills are the second-most common type of grill, and they’re fueled using charcoal. This type is less beginner-friendly than gas grills, but it provides a super BBQ flavor and greater user control.
Electric grills are ideal for those with limited space or those living in areas where gas or charcoal grills are not allowed. Rather than fueling an electric grill via traditional means (gas or charcoal), you plug it into an electrical outlet. This type of grill provides a less-flavorful end product, but is safer and easier to use than other types.
Pellet grills (often called pellet smokers) are a rather new invention. They make use of wood pellets to infuse the food you’re BBQing with extra flavor. This type is known for its versatility and superior user control.
When determining how large your grill should be, ask yourself these questions:
- How many people am I feeding? You can get away with a small grill if you’re feeding your adorable family of four. But if you plan on hosting many social gatherings, opt for a larger size.
- How much space do I have available? If it helps, you can always measure the dimensions of the area you intend to place the grill.
There are three main grill sizes—small, medium, and large. You want to find the sweet spot: large enough to feed everyone, but small enough to fit in its allocated location with plenty of room to spare.
Depending on your needs, you can purchase a grill in one of four classes:
As you may have suspected, luxury class is the best of the best and economy is…well, economy. Blaze is a top producer of luxury and premium class grills.
Built-In vs. Freestanding
While there are several design features you should consider when searching for your ideal grill, this may be the most important. You can find models that are designed for built-in use (for outdoor kitchens, for example) and models that are freestanding. There’s no “better” design here, but it’s crucial to consider your grilling needs and preferences before making your purchase.
I’m sure you’ve seen them both: that elegant, sleek, sheening grill your neighbor had installed for his outdoor kitchen…and the tiny rusting one that’s been standing in your neighborhood park for time immemorial. Which one would you rather cook on?
My hyperbolic example aside, the overall appearance of your grill really does matter (especially if you plan on having people over). Consider factors such as the grill’s construction materials, shape, and size to determine if it will be a good fit for your yard, porch, or outdoor kitchen.
Depending on how much money you’re willing to put out for your new grill, you can find models with tons of bells and whistles! While the types of features you’re most likely to find depend on the type of grill you purchase, there are a few things we recommend watching for:
- Side burners
- Locking wheels
- Smartphone connectivity
The Best Blaze Grills
We hope our buying guide has lent you the confidence you need to make the best purchase possible for you and yours! To further help you navigate the world of Blaze grills, we’ve compiled a list of our personal favorite grills, storage options, and accessories from this top brand.
Affordability, meet the premium-class Blaze grill of your dreams. From its smooth, attractive stainless-steel construction to its trusty flame thrower ignition method, there’s a lot of quality packed into this medium-sized natural gas grill. Its 748 square inches of grilling space gives you plenty of room for up to 22 burger patties, its 56000 BTU rating ensures effective cooking, and its heat zone separators make it easy to cook those delish bell peppers on one part of the grill and the patties on another. It’s gorgeous, it’s efficient, and it even has an included analog thermometer. I think I’m in love.
Whether you’re preparing for an upcoming family reunion or have plenty of posh friends to impress, you can rely on this LUX propane gas grill package from Blaze to save the day. It is on the pricy end of the spectrum, but just look at what you get for your money:
- Included grill cover
- Two doors
- Paper towel holder
And this is in addition to a durable stainless-steel construction, 1050 square-inch grilling area, 72000 surface BTU, and 32-burger capacity. Really, all that’s left is for you to get those patties ready and invite your guests.
This Premium LTE 40-Inch 5-Burner Propane Gas Grill from Blaze was designed with user-friendliness in mind. With heat zone separators, five burners, two side shelves, a warming rack, LED lighting for night entertainment, and four caster wheels, this grill has everything you could possibly need and then some! Its large grill surface (915 square inches) can cook up to 30 patties at once, while its rotisserie burner is ideal for getting that turkey or hen cooked to perfection. The grill has an included analog thermometer, and you have the option of purchasing a rotisserie kit, infrared burner, and/or grill cover to go with it. Yes, please!
On the fence about the last product? Then check out its smaller, more compact cousin. This model runs on natural gas and possesses only three burners (for up to 16 patties), making it perfect for smaller yards or single families. Despite its tiny footprint, this grill possesses many of the same features as the one above (including four caster wheels, two shelves, and a removeable warming rack), and it boasts 42000 BTUs. Seriously, what are you waiting for?
Outdoor Kitchen Storage
Whether you’re a serious outdoor cook or hoping to become one, one thing is for sure: you need professional storage space for all your grilling tools! This 32-Inch Access Door & Stainless Steel Double Drawer Combo from Blaze is the ideal storage option for your medium- to large-sized BBQ tool collection. In addition to a sturdy construction of 304 stainless steel and an attractive design, this combo unit boasts a “soft close” feature and a smooth drawer sliding system. In short, it’s designed to make each and every BBQ outing that much more streamlined and hassle-free!
A trash bin might be the last thing that comes to mind when you’re laying out the plans for your new outdoor kitchen area. But how many times have you been out enjoying a good BBQ with loved ones, only to find yourself running inside the house every few minutes to throw something away? Annoying, right?
To make your BBQ experience much more enjoyable, we recommend you invest in this 13-Inch Narrow Roll-Out Stainless Steel Trash Bin from Blaze—its stainless steel design makes it look less like a trash bin and more like a storage drawer, while its roll-out design allows you to easily open or hide the actual trash bin.
Okay, so maybe you need like a lot of room for your stuff. It happens. We recommend going for the 39-Inch Stainless Steel Access Door & Triple Drawer Combo from Blaze to maximize the space and quality you get for your dollar. This model is similar in design to 32-inch double drawer model we talked about earlier, but it has a lot more space—its third drawer also makes for easier tool organization, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Is there anything more satisfying than handling several cooking tasks simultaneously, like some sort of food ninja? To help you reach your full “food ninja” potential, Blaze has produced this sturdy and reliable Premium LTE Built-In Propane Gas Stainless Steel Double Side Burner With Lid. As the name suggests, this side burner can cook or warm up to two additional items (like your signature soup or sauce!). The burners feature a brass plating to effectively retain heat, and each burner has a raised grate to ensure proper air circulation and perfect results. Throw in its red LED lights, simple push-and-turn ignition system, and removable protective cover, and it’s not hard to see how ahead of its game this unit is!
On a tight budget? For about half the price, you can enjoy the Blaze Drop-In Propane Gas Single Side Burner. It may not be much to look at, but it certainly gets the job done! Like its double burner cousin, this unit features brass plating, a removable protective cover, and the same push-and-turn ignition method. Both are excellent products, so it all boils down to your budget and how much side burner space you plan on using!
Are you a dedicated outdoor cook? Would you love to spend at least a couple nights a week preparing your favorite BBQ dishes and sides for your friends or family? Do you have the yard space for an entire BBQ island?
If you answered yes to all these questions, you absolutely need to check out the Blaze Premium LTE BBQ Island With 32-Inch 4-Burner Natural Gas Grill & Power Burner. This island has literally everything you could need for a given BBQ night:
- A grill
- Heat zone separators
- Side burners
- Storage space (2 drawers and 2 doors)
- A warming rack
- A refrigerator
- A hood
- A drip tray
You’ll also be impressed with its LED lighting, stylish black countertop, and digital thermostat. See for yourself, and fall head over heels for your new outdoor island!
Need someplace to chill your beers before company arrives, but don’t want to take up room in your home fridge? Then check out the Blaze 20-Inch 4.1 Cu. Ft. Outdoor Rated Compact Refrigerator. This fridge is UL-certified for outdoor use, features an elegant stainless-steel construction, and has front venting to keep things sleek and streamlined. Its three removable shelves and drink holder provide more than enough space for your drink cooling needs, while its internal lighting, adjustable temperature settings, and reversible door make it convenient and easy to use at all times!
Looking for a little more space and a simplistic design? Then you’ll love the Blaze 20-Inch 4.5 Cu Ft. Compact Refrigerator With Recessed Handle. This model features three removable and adjustable wire shelves and one crisper drawer for a superb storage area, and its stainless-steel finish lends it an elegant look. The temperature is easy to adjust using its analog thermostat, and the recessed handle creates a minimalistic appearance when combined with its rear venting design. For lots of refrigeration space in a compact unit, look no further!
When you hear “griddle,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Pancakes? Bacon? Your favorite Hibachi restaurant? Whatever your answer, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can make your favorite “griddle” foods at home using the Blaze Premium LTE 30-Inch Built-In Propane Gas Griddle With Lights. This thing is built solid with an entirely stainless-steel construction, and such features as its LED lights, push-and-turn flame thrower ignition, and well-designed drip tray system make it a pleasure to use. With this griddle, you can have your Hibachi and eat it too!
This model shares many of the same features as the previous one, but it’s a freestanding model rather than a built-in unit. Its freestanding design comes with a couple of serious perks:
- Storage: This unit comes with two drawers (top and bottom) and a door (for the propane tank). One of the drawers is insulated and can hold ice to keep things cool for you.
- Wheels: You can easily roll this griddle station from one place to another as needed.
You’ll also appreciate its removable stainless steel protective cover and attractive stainless-steel construction. What’s not to love?
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ
Are Blaze grills any good?
Blaze grills are crafted with high-quality materials, designed with user-friendly features, and are super-affordable compared to similar models from other brands. In addition, each Blaze product comes with a lifetime warranty—not that you should worry. The overwhelming number of five-star reviews speak for themselves!
Who makes Blaze grills?
Blaze Grills is a brand founded by BBQGuys, located in Baton Rouge, LA. While the company itself is US-based, its products are made by the Charter Enterprises company in China.
Are Blaze grills made in China?
Yes, Blaze grills are made in China. They are produced by Charter Enterprises, a trusted metal casting company that has been in operation since 1985. Today, many of its products are used to make BBQs and related accessories as well as other outdoor-grade items.
Who owns Blaze Outdoor Products?
Blaze Outdoor Products was previously owned by BBQGuys, but both BBQGuys and Blaze Outdoor Products were sold to Brand Velocity Partners in August 2020.
As you can see, Blaze Outdoor Products has a nice selection of high-quality and user-friendly outdoor BBQ equipment. We hope our guide and short review section help you make the best purchase for you and your outdoor kitchen. Anything you buy for your outside cooking space is going to be quite an investment, so it’s important that you take your time and find the most ideal product(s). Until next time, we’re wishing you many relaxing and memorable BBQ memories this summer!