I have loved barbecue food for years. I have grilled steaks, burgers, ribs, fish, chicken, and many different kinds of veggies. Yes, vegetables are easy to cook on grills. I have reviewed other grills, such as a Weber Charcoal grill, and also the Pit Boss Austin XL Pellet Grill, but now there is a category of grills called luxury grills. And this is my Memphis Grill Review.
I will talk about the three main ones from the least expensive (notice I did not say cheap), to the most expensive. They all cook with pellets and I want to discuss why you are paying more for these grills.
I know we have been inside for a really long time. That could be due to Covid or a really cold winter. As a result, we want to get out and have barbecue parties again. Are you finding the number of invitees is limited by the room on your grill? I hope you will be interested in my Memphis Grill Review, which is classified in the “Luxury Grill” segment of the market.
Top chefs all over the world point to wood fires as a great way to cook food. This goes from pizzas to steaks, to vegetables. In this Memphis Grill Review, I will discuss three of the grills this company offers. In this review, I will discuss the attributes of these grills and how they utilize 100% natural wood pellets instead of propane or charcoal. I gotta say, that as a converted charcoal user I kinda like this way of cooking. And these models deliver the goods.
What is So Special About Memphis Grills in this Memphis Grill Review?
These models all have 4” convection fans. These are truly high-end convection ovens. As a result of the convection attributes of these grills, the design of the chamber makes it so that no rotisserie is not necessary. As an example, this creates an even circulation of the heat necessary to cook meats or veggies just like the oven inside the home, instead of with wood-fired flavor.
You Can Control and Monitor your food via WIFI.
With the Memphis Mobile App, you can monitor and adjust the grill and temperature of your food. And you can monitor and adjust the temperature even when you are not at the grill. Anyplace there is WiFi, you have a connection to your grill. Many apps work locally, which means you have to be within range of the grill, but this one works anyplace you have WIFI. To help you with your cooking, there are also automated recipes that know exactly what temperature your food should be. And it will tell you how long to cook all your food.
You want perfectly cooked meat? The Memphis grills can handle it. The convection design of these grills makes cooking the perfectly done steak that you can get. These are designed for precise temperature control. There is no other grill on the market that does this.
By setting the ideal internal temperature you want using the ITC and inserting the programmable meat probes, your food will be cooked to perfection. Then it will turn the heat down to keeping your meal hot until you are ready to eat
For a probe, just click here.
Stainless Steel Construction
The craftsmanship of all of these grills is second to none. This is reflected in the warranties they provide on the Memphis grills. The workmanship and quality control for both the design and temperature make these grills the best you can get in the industry. Stainless steel retains heat more consistently than other materials. This is very important when cooking.
Each Memphis grill has a double wall stainless steel wall. This makes their grills more durable and weather resistant. Stainless Steel surfaces are easier to clean. And the stainless steel stands up to the elements better than other materials. AND, it looks great too.
The two higher priced models I will be reviewing have 304 stainless material. This is a higher percentage of nickel in the material. This has a high level of corrosion resistance which is needed outdoors. After all, why wait until the snow melts to have a barbecue?
The 430 Stainless Steel model is a better quality material than the aluminum or cast iron models of other barbecues.
Pellet consumption at 350 degrees is about 1 ½ lbs of pellets per hour. One 20 lb bag lasts about the same amount of time as a propane tank. But have you ever wondered how pellets are made, and what the different kinds are. Here some information for you:
The wood used by Memphis grills is considered “food grade.” This wood that is for the pellets is wood that would have been burned or sent to landfills. This makes this method more environmentally friendly than a petroleum product in some ways.
Memphis grills uses only the best ingredients for the pellets. No oils or other additives. If it is apple flavor, that means the wood is from apple trees. So, you know you are getting quality products when you buy the Memphis pellets.
Also, the pellets come from branches, and no bark is used. This eliminates the chance of other possible impurities in the pellets. Then the compression process will make sure any diseases or bugs that would be transferred to the food you are cooking will be eliminated.
Memphis pellets are made in the U.S.A. and are offered in six different flavors. They are:
- Apple wood. Suggested for pork, poultry, baking, and wild game.
- Cherry Wood, Suggested for Beef, pork, poultry, baking, and some wild game.
- Hickory Wood- This has a strong bacon flavor, which I think is interesting coming from wood. Suggested for beef, pork, poultry, and wild game.
- Pecan Wood – Suggested for beef, pork, poultry, and baking.
- Mesquite Wood – Suggested for beef, chicken, fish, and wild game birds.
- Oakwood – Suggested for beef and fish, and also baking.
It is suggested that the pellets be stored in a cool place in a container. To purchase, please click here
Memphis Grill Review – Beale Street
The first model in this Memphis Grill review is the Beale Street model. It is a versatile grill that has a really good price point for this kind of a “luxury grill.” If you are looking for wood fire grilling, this does the job. Beale Street uses the proprietary technology of the Memphis Wood Fire Grill’s Intelligent Temperature Control. (ITC)
Here are the features that make this model special:
- You can smoke, grill, bake, sear, and roast
- It has a Convection oven cooking feature
- Temperature range from 180 to 550 degrees Fahrenheit
- The Cooking surface is 558 to 817 sq. in. with an optional grate.
- It utilizes a Cloud-based Wi-Fi
- It has 12 lb pellet hopper capacity
- Dimensions – 51″ (height) x 48-½” (width) x 29″ (depth)
- There is a Cabinet for storage
- You can also have an Open flame option
- Grate Kit- You can add a kit that will give an additional 259 sq. inches
- Beale Street Cover– This is a form-fitting cover that protects your grill from the elements. The cover is water-resistant
- Memphis Meat Probe– This is to be used with the ITC system we discussed to keep the internal temperature what you want it to be.
- Genie Tool– This is a tool to lift grates, bottle opener, cleans the burn pot, and lifts the flame inserts in and out.
- Direct Flame Insert- This allows you to cook over a direct flame for searing. A unique feature that most barbecues do not have.
- Foil Pans- These are to catch drippings from meat so there are no flareups and easier cleanup after cooking.
The second grill in this Memphis Grill Review is the Memphis Pro – 304. It has double-walled construction and made with the highest quality stainless steel, the Memphis Pro Wood Fire pellet grill combines the very best parts of a kitchen oven, a real wood fire, a BBQ gas grill, and a smoker. Also available in a Built-in model.
- Temp Range: 180-650 degrees Fahrenheit, which is a higher upper range than the Beale Street griil.
- Intelligent Temperature Control (ITC) with Wi-Fi
- Double Walled, 304 Sealed Stainless Steel
- Indirect and Direct Flame Modes is standard
- Dual Convection Fans
- Oven-Grade Gasket
- Shelves open for enhanced storage
- 18 lb. dual pellet hopper (mix and match pellet flavors)
Why is this double the price of the Beale Street Grill? Is it worth the extra cost?
First of all, the temperature range is greater. The Beale Street can go as high as 550 degrees Fahrenheit, where this model can go 100 degrees hotter.
This model is made with a higher grade double walled 3-4 stainless. This is much more durable and, as such, adds to the cost. But this helps make the difference in the warranty from 5 years to 7 years.
It comes standard with a direct flame insert, a genie tool, and one meat probe. As you can see from the Beale Street description, those are optional accessories for the Beale Street, but standard here.
There are also dual convection fans as standard equipment on this model.
- VG4000 Small Grate Kit for Pro and Advantage
- VGCOVER-1 Pro Cart Cover – A must to keep your grill looking good and protect it from the elements.
- Additional VG0956 Memphis Meat Probe – An additional probe in case you are cooking multiple items that need to be done at different temperatures.
The final grill in this Memphis Grill Review is the Memphis Elite. Now we get to the top of the line with the Memphis pellet grills. If you are really serious about grilling in the backyard, and you want to entertain lots of friends, this is the grill for you. It is a fantastic-looking grill with a large 1274 sq inches of cooking surface. It has a 24 lb. Pellet hopper, so it will hold an entire bag and then some. It has dual metal convection fans, and temperature control, and a range of 180 degrees to 700 degrees.
- Temp Range: 180-700 degrees Fahrenheit
- Intelligent Temperature Control with Wi-Fi
- Double Walled, Sealed, 304 Stainless Steel
- Indirect and Direct Flame Modes
- Dual Convection Fans
- Oven-Grade Gasket
- Shelves open for enhanced storage
- 24 lb. dual pellet hopper (mix and match pellet flavors)
- Standard with direct flame insert, genie tool, and one meat probe
- VG4002 Elite Grate Kit – Adds 408 sq. inches to Elite models
- VGCOVER-5 Elite Cart Cover – You will want to protect this baby from the elements.
- Additional VG0956 Memphis Meat Probe – Again, you can have multiple probes with this extra probe
So, Why Buy a Memphis Pellet Grill?
Up until recently, I have been a charcoal guy. I loved the Weber grills, and I reviewed the Weber Performer Deluxe charcoal grill. Then I got interested in pellet grills, so I tried and reviewed the Pit Boss Austin XL Wood Pellet Grill. So far, this has been sufficient for me, but we are thinking about moving to a new home, and we are looking for one with a backyard that either has a patio or one that has the potential to be a great backyard for barbecues. In that case, one of the Memphis pellet grills will be at the top of our list.
Quality is the Key with a Memphis Grill
I don’t believe you can find a better grill anywhere if you are in the market for a “luxury’ grill. The Memphis pellet grills have the durability because of their Stainless Steel construction, and they have a 5 year warranty on the Beale Street, and a 7 year warranty on the other two I reviewed in this article.
This grill will keep a steady temperature even on the windiest of days, and as a former charcoal user, that is important. And with the ITC (Intelligent Temperature Control, your temperature will be maintained electronically. It is like having an oven for a barbecue…or vice versa. This automatically adds pellets, as needed.
One of the things I enjoyed about my charcoal grill is that you could sear the meat over an open flame after the coals got going. It is more difficult with my pellet smoker. I want that sear to the meat to give it that extra char. Well, go no further.
This Memphis Wood Fire Grill handles that. Depending on the model, searing can be done from temperatures of 500 degrees F to 700 degrees F. You can sear anything on the Memphis grill with the Direct Flame insert.
Now you can smoke meat and not worry about getting it just right and keep checking on it. The grill does the heavy lifting. The smoker cooks at low temperatures, and with the meat probe and ITC, you know exactly how your meat is doing and when it is ready.
Because this pellet grill is also a convection oven, baking can be done on this. This, to me, is intriguing. I would love to bake dessert for a barbecue while we are eating our dinners. There are many recipes available to help you do just that. Who bakes on a barbecue? Now you know who can.
And with the different flavors of pellets I have mentioned, the different flavors could be endless.
Roasting meats and vegetables is effortless with the Memphis Pellet Grills. The internal fans even the cooking temperatures so you never need a rotisserie. Imagine cooking a Thanksgiving turkey and maybe the sides as well on a grill!
The ITC takes care of everything again. You just reap the rewards.
The title of this article is “Award Winning.” Here is the reason for the title. Here are awards Memphis grills has received for their products:
- Top 10 BEST PELLET SMOKERS & GRILLS 2019: Best Luxury Pellet Smoker (BBQ Queens, August 1, 2019)
- PLATINUM BEST VALUE AWARD***** Luxury Grills and Smokers: Memphis Elite Pellet Smoker (2019)
- 2018 Amazingribs.com Pitmaster Winner for Best Luxury Grill & Smoker
- Best New Product – Minnesota Manufacturing Awards
- Top Ten Luxury Grills & Smokers, 2016 – AmazingRibs.com
- Top Ten Luxury Grills & Smokers, 2015 – AmazingRibs.com
- Best of the Best – Kitchen Innovation Awards (KüchenInnovation)
- American Royal – World Series of BBQ
- Hearth & Home Magazine – Vesta Award
Memphis Grill Review Finishing Touches
I know this is a lot of information, however let me try to summarize. I will compare to other types grills help in your decision.
- Memphis Pellet Grills have automatic temperature control, some other pellet grills do also, but gas grills do not.
- Automatic temperature control is one of the attributes of the Memphis Pellet Grills, some other pellet grills do also, but gas grills do not.
- Memphis pellet grills have a Smoke Mode. Other pellet grills also have a smoke mode, but gas grills do not.
- The pellet grills and the gas grills all do an indirect method of cooking.
Here is where the Memphis Pellet Grills start to distance themselves from the rest of the grills.
- The Memphis grills have a means of cooking over a direct flame to get a nice sear on meat. Some pellet grills do also, but gas grills for the most part do not have this as an option.
- The Memphis pellet Grills can sear up to 700 degrees, Neither the gas grills nor other pellet grills can achieve that temperature.
- Memphis grills have stainless steel construction. Some gas grills and some pellet grills have that kind of construction.
- The Memphis grills have double-walled construction. Some gas grills and some pellet grills do also.
- Both the Memphis and other pellet grills have wood fire flavors. Gas grills do not.
- The pellet grills have a removable fuel source, where the gas grill does not.
- The Memphis Pellet Grills have a programmable meat probe. Gas grills do not have this feature, but some other pellet grills do.
- Memphis has both cart and built-in models. Gas grills have this feature, but other pellet grills do not.
So, my next home is going to have a patio with a great barbecue, because we are planning on moving to a place that does not get too cold. With the Memphis grills, the temperature can affect the cooking times, but you are still able to barbecue in the winters because the pellets stay drier. I found that is not really possible with a charcoal grill because the coals take too long to get started.
If you decide on this brand of pellet grill, you can’t go wrong. Yes, they are more expensive, but you get so much more. This review was for a cart version, but if you have the chance to really dress up your backyard for barbecues, consider a built-in one that has all the electrical you need connected, but be sure and buy a cover to go with it.