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Old 09-04-2011, 12:54 PM
 
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Brinkmann Model #810-8501-S 5-Burner Grill with Side Burner

Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Currently 5.0/5.0

This 5-burner grill by Brinkmann carries a retail list price of $439.99, yet performs to a level that could justify nearly double that price.

Incredibly easy to use and clean for a grill of its size, this model possesses an impressive array of features. The cooking surface is very large, nearing 900 square inches, and is covered by five separate burners with their own electronic ignition systems for quick and easy lighting. The digital displays on the control panel light up, for easy nighttime cooking. The separate side burner, while a bit small, is equally easy to use and a very handy feature that sees frequent use in our household as it's perfect for sauteing mushrooms and other side dishes to accompany your grilled meats. Both the main grill area and the side burner heat up quickly and are easy to clean, with a quality anti-stick surface. A warming rack is also included inside for heating up buns or storing grilled goodies that are ready for serving.

The cabinet underneath is spacious and provides plenty of storage room for an extra propane tank, accessories or even a small mini-fridge. Documentation that accompanied the grill states it can also be used with natural gas, but unfortunately my house lacks the proper outdoor hookups to give this a try.

The only slight against this grill is that the metal housing is a little prone to rust. I made the mistake of not purchasing a cover for mine, and after two years outside (albeit in a covered patio) there are traces of corrosion on the back of the unit, which has been most exposed to the elements. That said, however, I have seen far worse in cheaper grills- and it's a problem easily avoided by keeping the grill stored in a shed or properly covered.

Review by professional reviewer, Aug. 25, 2011
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