The Bottom Line
Emeril Lagasse and the Viking Culinary Group have teamed up to reinvent grilling with this large gas grill. At least that's what the press release says. The truth is something very different. The Emeril EG300 Gas Grill is a basic, 4-burner grill with a host of nearly useless "features" and a very typical design. Built of cast aluminum, powder coated steel and stainless steel of a wide range of quality, this isn't revolutionary or in truth all that great.
Large, but under powered, the EG300 is inexpensive (MSRP of $850USD) if you consider who is behind it, but when you realize who is really behind it you can understand the price and the quality.
- Large, 4-burner gas grill
- Loaded with bells and whistles
- Low BTU output for the size
- Four 12,000 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
- 589 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 700 square inches
- 48,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- Three porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates with steel wire warming rack
- Electric (AA-batter) ignition
- Constructed of cast aluminum, stainless steel, and powder coated steel
- Comes with a wide range of extras including a removable, dishwasher safe cutting board and a paper towel holder
- Sits on two 10 inch rubber wheels and a pair of locking casters
- Single layer hood with center mounted temperature gauge
- Made in China by Jiangxin Innovation Company for Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Inc.
Guide Review - Emeril 4-burner by Viking Model# EG300
This model has been discontinued.
The press release that came with this grill says, "Emeril and the Viking Culinary Group worked side by side to rethink and re-imagine every aspect of grilling." Immediately the image of Celebrity Chef Extraordinaire Emeril Lagasse and a group of Viking Culinary Groups top engineers sitting around a conference table with several pots of coffee reinventing the gas grill comes to mind.
With these two reputations on the line, the expectation is one of quality and innovation, but this grill simply does not deliver that.
The EG300 offers four 12,000 BTU stainless steel burners under seven stainless steel heat tents to produce 48,000 maximum BTUs for a porcelain-coated cast iron primary grilling area of nearly 600 square inches. This is on the low side, but the firebox does not have large vent space so this grill can hold in the heat fairly well. It also comes with a removable, dishwasher safe plastic cutting board, ice bucket (painfully close to the side of the grill where it will get hot), a paper towel holder, a condiment caddy, and a pair of cup holders. Aside from that, this is a very basic gas grill without side burner, rotisserie burner, or any of the other so-called innovations we see today. Considering the price, this isn't a bad thing.
If you look at the schematics of this grill you can quickly see that the Emeril Gas Grill is in reality, a mash-up of the Weber Genesis and the Napoleon Prestige Pro grills. From the burner configurations to the grease management system to the design of the firebox, there isn't anything new here except a standard gas grill with loads of gimmicks on the side table.
This really should come as a surprise once you realize who is actually behind this grill. Yes, Emeril Lagasse (a registered trademark of Martha Stewart Ominmedia) and the Viking Culinary Group have something to do with this grill besides getting a pay check for lending their names. The EG300, however is made in China by Jiangxin Innovation Company, a maker of store brand grills with names like Master Forge, Bond, and Perfect Flame. In fact, this is the company that made the infamous Perfect Flame Double Lid 4-Burner Gas Grill Model #GAC3615 that had to be completely recalled due to the fact that the aluminum shell was actually an aluminum/magnesium alloy that could actually catch fire. The Emeril Gas Grill is made with many of the same components that Jaingxin Innovation uses in their other grills.
So what this gas grill is has more to do with hype than anything else. The name plate on the front is the biggest gimmick of all and buying one is simply lining the pockets of people who don't care as much about quality and the consumer as they do with making a quick buck.