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Weber 22 inch charcoal grills

It is my opinion almost without doubt that the Weber 22-inch charcoal grill is one of the most sold grills.

The reason is that these grills have a great reputation and are large enough to grill some awesome food for a small family.

With the many Weber 22 inch grill accessories you can expand your grilling experience with things like a rotisserie or a pizza ring.

I had a look at all the available 22 inches Weber charcoal grills and most of them I will review on their own page later.

Weber 22 inch charcoal grill features

There are different features for all models but there are few that all models have.

  • 363 Square inches main grate
  • Porcelain-enameled bowl and lid
  • One-touch aluminum cleaning system
  • Lid handle with heat shield
  • Durable wheels

This means that I will not repeat these features for all grills.

Weber Original Kettle

Weber original 22 inch charcoal kettle grill

Better Grills Rating: 4.6

This is the basic model and also the most affordable model.

This comes with a steel cooking grate.

The aluminum ash catcher is basically a bowl that will catch the ashes that fall out of your grill when you use the cleaning system.

It works well in situations with no wind but the ashes will be blown off in a windy situation.

There is only one damper to control your temperature and that is placed in the lid.

The hook inside the lid is used to hang the lid on the side to keep it out of your way while checking your grill.

I think this a great grill for people who start with grilling and are looking for an affordable but also reliable grill large enough for a small family.

Weber Original Premium

Weber original premium 22 inch kettle grill

Better Grills Rating: 4.7

This model is a nice update from the original kettle.

One of the main differences is that the grill grate comes with a part that is hinged.

This makes it a lot easier to add charcoal or water to your water pan if you use one.

The ash catcher is also different. Like I mentioned the one the original is basically a bowl. The one on the Premium model is what Weber calls high capacity ash catcher made of aluminum.

The advantage of this is that the ashes will fall in the deep pan and the wind will not be able to blow it out so easily.

The other difference is the damper in the bottom of the grill bowl.
If I had to choose then this was the difference that would justify the difference in price.

A second damper at the bottom will make it easier to adjust the grill temperature for longer low and slow cooking sessions.

The built-in thermometer will help you with maintaining the temperature.

Original Kettle Premium Limited Edition

This is like the name says a limited red edition with a few differences.
There is a limited edition badge, better rubber wheels, red color.
I do not see where the higher price comes from since this is basically the same as the regular premium kettle. You can have a look at it here if you like.

Weber Master Touch 22

Weber master touch charcoal grill 22 inches

Better Grills Rating: 4.7

The Weber master touch comes with some nice features that can make life easier.

I personally like the hinged cooking grate. It makes it easier to add charcoal to your grill without having to take your meat off the grill first.

There is also a warming rack placed in this grill to keep things warm.

This model also comes with a holder for the lid that can be folded away.
I think this is more reliable than the hook in the lid that comes with the other models.

The damper at the bottom of the bowl is like I mentioned a big plus for low and slow cooking.

The grill grate comes with a part that can be replaced with a griddle, pizza stone, or one of the other grill accessories.

If you need to know about this grill you can click here to read my whole Weber Master Touch review.

Weber Performer 22

Webmaster Performer 22

Better Grills Rating: 4.7

This model is the 22-inch kettle that is built into a nice table that comes with a nice work surface.

Other features are the hinged cooking grate for easy accessing your grill to add charcoal or wood chips.

There is a total of 3 hooks to hang all your cooking utensils on and keep them within reach.

The tuck-away holder for your lid makes life a lot easier and you do not have to think about where to put your lid while making adjustments to your food.

The wheels make it very easy to move the grill around. There is one side with the lockable caster wheels and the other side had the larger wheels for easy rolling.

Weber Performer Premium


Better Grills Rating: 4.6

The Weber performer premium is a nice update from the Weber performer with a larger table surface and an LCD cook-timer that can be removed.

There is also attached charcoal storage that is very conveniently placed under the table.

The lid can be placed to the side with what Weber calls the tuck away to make it easier to place it to the side while grilling without the lid.

It looks like the only big difference is the added space to the table by making it larger and the cook timer.

Weber Performer DeLuxe

Weber performer DeLuxe 22 inch

Better Grills Rating: 4.7

This is another upgrade compared to the other performer models.

The upgrade is that there is a built-in thermometer in the lid and an electronic gas charcoal ignition system.

I have to be honest and at first, I thought that the so-called touch-n-go electronic ignition system was a typo. I have never seen anything like that on a charcoal grill.

It is a propane burner under the charcoal part that comes with an igniter. All you do is place your Weber charcoal starter over the burner and light it and your charcoal is ready in no time.

You can also use it without the chimney but I read that it works better with the chimney.

My Opinion About The Weber 22 Inch Grill

With all the models and options available I think it is easy to find a 22-inch charcoal grill from the Weber company.

The quality is very good as we are used to from this company. The grills are still designed in the USA but made in China.

If I can give you my two cents I would opt for a model with the larger ash catcher and the vent at the bottom of the grill bowl.
This will give more options to regulate the temperature.

For all the other options like the grate that is hinged, I think you can buy these separately as an update to the grill just like the added warming rack. I suggest buying the Weber Char basket fuel holder to be able to set up your grill for 2 zone heat.

This is something you need to use your grill for indirect grilling.

Later I will write about the accessories that you can buy to make this Weber 22 inch more versatile grilling machine.

Eddie van Aken

Eddie van Aken has years of experience in running his full-service restaurant and with this came working with using and dealing with all types of kitchen equipment. With his experience, he is able to find all the pros and cons of grills and add them to the grill reviews he is doing. You can read more on the about page for Eddie van Aken

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