The Story Behind Lookin' Ain't Cookin'

The Story Behind Lookin' Ain't Cookin'

When George Stephen designed the very first Weber grill back in 1952, one major feature that set his grill apart from virtually every other one sold at the time was the lid.



Before George’s invention, if you bought a grill it would probably be what is known as an “open brazier”.

Open brazier grills had no lid, and were hard to use if the conditions were anything less than perfect.

Windy, rainy or snowy weather made grilling a challenge and George designed his grill to solve those very problems. His idea caught on and a backyard revolution had begun!

Grilling on a Weber has always been about cooking with the lid closed. It’s a feature we’re proud of and one that’s always been one of the biggest draws of owning a Weber grill.

For a flash from the past, check out this page from one of our 1960’s brochures and you’ll see the secret to grilling on a Weber has always been about the lid! 

What are your thoughts? (2)

10.19.16

Andrew K

Donald O -- That's easy. George Stephen was a part owner at Weber Bros Metal Works (a buoy maker) in Chicago when he invented the kettle grill. The grills became so successful the company concentrated on them; Stephen took sole ownership of Weber Bros by the late 1950s, changing the name to Weber Stephen Products, its name today.

10.19.16

John Burns

Hi Andrew! It sure sounds like you know your Weber history! Check out our Weber Timeline for more fun Weber facts! http://www.weber.com/about/weber-story-1950. Thanks! John

10.14.16

DONALD O

I have never owned anything but a Weber Charcoal grill. And now I am a proud owner of a Weber Gas Grill. EXCELLENT products.

Where did the name Weber originate?

10.14.16

John Burns

Hello Donald! I’m glad to hear that you’ve been enjoying your Weber grills, and congratulations on the new gas one! The name Weber originated from the Weber Brothers Metal Works. The founder of our company, George Stephen, worked there making metal buoys for use in Lake Michigan. He became inspired to cut one in half to make the first Weber grill. Eventually, he bought out the Weber Brothers Metal Works, but kept the name Weber and the rest is history! Thanks, John.

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