The Bottom Line
It is hard to turn on a cooking show and not see Viking products. They have done an amazing job of putting their products in the highest end kitchens, professional and home, to inspire confidence and make them the brand to ask for. Personally, I don't know too much about their indoor products, nor do I care. The question here is, do they make a good outdoor gas grill.
After all, that is the center of any outdoor kitchen, which is what they are offering, a full (and very expensive) line of outdoor products.
- Excellent construction
- Has a Viking logo on the front
- Part of a vast line of outdoor products
- Ceramic briquette barrier can cause some flare-ups
- Cooking grates are lightweight for the price range
- Four 25,000 BTU Stainless Steel burners
- 850 square inches of primary grilling space
- 100,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- Two 15,000 BTU rear mounted infrared rotisserie burners with 55-pound capacity rotisserie rod
- Complete seamless welded 304 stainless steel construction
- Stainless steel rod cooking grates
- Ceramic briquette barrier
- Internal smoker box
- Electric ignition
- Two built-in halogen grill lights
- Made in the United States by Viking Range
Expert Review - Viking Ultra-Premium 54-Inch Built-in Gas Grill
For years professionals in the outdoor cooking equipment industry would tell you that the Viking grills were an afterthought, a product thrown together to fill out the product line for people who have way too much money and just want the Viking name all over their indoor and outdoor kitchens.
Yes, it is harsh, and in truth not entirely justified. Viking has made good gas grills, but there have always been better grills on the market.
Now, Viking has redesigned their grills with an eye on improving the line and putting the critics to bed. To make a few things clear before I get into the grill itself, this is an expensive grill.
Just the grill head, without a cart (which few will opt to buy), cabinetry, or a side burner this gas grill is well over $6,000USD depending on the configuration. It is also a well-built grill. Made entirely from heavy, well polished, 304 stainless steel; the construction of this grill is among the best. This particular model is also very large. With around 6 square feet of cooking space, this model is one of the largest gas grills on the market and more than enough for most anyone's needs.
Drilling down to the design of the grill, it is actually very typical. The four 25,000 BTU stainless steel burners pump out plenty of heat under a layer of ceramic briquettes that sit under stainless steel rod cooking grates. The grates are ordinary and no different than those found on grills costing a quarter the price. The distance between the burners and the cooking surface is small. This means uneven heat. The heat is evened by the ceramic layer, but still, a deeper firebox would work better. Drippings from food burn away on the ceramic layer and this can lead to flare-ups depending on what is cooked and how.
Viking is an innovative brand, unfortunately, their grills are not innovative. I know that many people will buy this product, but not because it is an excellent built-in grill, but because of the name on the front.