A History Forged In Fire
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A History Forged In Fire

The story of Weber is one of innovation, curiosity and the drive to make a better grill for everybody. So, relax, grab a burger and travel back almost 70 years to the moment that ignited a grilling revolution.

Original Weber Kettle Grill Prototype - History Of Charcoal & Gas Grilling

Born From a Buoy

It all started with a quest for a better steak. Back in the 1950s, brick fireplace barbecues were very popular, so a fellow by the name of George Stephen decided to build himself one. After he finished it, he invited his friends over for a barbecue. The steaks went up in flames. For George, the dinner was a disaster but it got him thinking — there had to be a better way.

The Original Grillmaster

Luckily, George’s day job was at Weber Brothers Metal Works where he spent his time welding half spheres together to make buoys. He knew his way around a metal shop and after the flop of the barbecue, it all clicked. He took one of the half spheres, put legs on it, punched holes in the bottom for air flow and put a lid on top. Voila, the iconic Weber kettle grill was born.

George’s first grill continued to evolve for years and Weber grew into the most trusted grilling name in the industry. All because of a few burnt steaks and one man who was willing to discover what’s possible.

Weber Founder George Stephen in tuxedo with Weber Red Kettle Grill in 1985 - History Of Charcoal & Gas Grilling

Stoking the Fire

A lot has happened on the way to becoming the go-to name and trusted brand in everything grilling. Check out how we've reinvented the industry time, and time again with our gas, charcoal, wood pellet, electric, and smart grills.

Grilling is More Than What Sears on the Grate
We simply want to cook a better steak

Grilling is More Than What Sears on the Grate

The Next Generation

After all these years, we continue to evolve the grilling experience in ways we never thought possible. Discover some of our latest innovations below.

The Future of Grilling

The Future of Grilling

Our appetite for innovation will never be satisfied. Right now, even as you read this sentence, we're discovering new grilling possibilities for generations to come. Always creating, always tinkering - this is, and always will be, the Weber way.