Weber Story


Born from a buoy.

In 1952 George Stephen Sr. was working at Weber Brothers Metal Works in Chicago, Illinois, manufacturing marine buoys when he came up with an idea for a better grill. His invention: a dome-shaped grill with a lid to protect food from the elements, while sealing in that only-from-the-grill barbecue flavor.

George Stephen cut a buoy in half, added some air vents and legs and, in the process, invented the grill that would spark a backyard revolution.

Original Grill

George Stephen, Sr.

The man behind the kettle, George Stephen. Grill master, inventor, and father of 12. His love of barbecue was almost as big as his love of life.

Weber Stories

The Birth of American Grilling

After World War II, our heroes of the free world came home asking very little in return for their bravery: a bungalow with a small backyard… more

George’s idea of “covered cooking” caught on like wildfire.
It caught people’s attention with its unusual shape.
And it became part of the American fabric.



Weber Kettle created


George redesigns the kettle to look more like today’s iconic shape


Weber Brothers Metal Works acquired by George Stephen

Weber’s First Ad Topper, the Weber “covered cooking” mascot from the early days.