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Summer's Best New Grills Are Designed by a Michelin-Starred Chef

Heston Blumenthal's line of professional-grade grills have arrived stateside
Best New Grill for Summer 2018: Heston Blumenthal Everdure
Photo: Everdure

There's no guarantee that buying a grill hawked by a celebrity chef will make your burgers taste better—but there's no proof that it won't either. So consider that your justification for outfitting the patio with one of these new grills from award-winning British chef Heston Blumenthal.

The chef behind London's three-Michelin-starred Fat Duck teamed up with kitchenware brand Everdure to create a collection of gas and charcoal grills aptly named Everdure by Heston Blumenthal. The quintet of grills ranges from the highly small and portable Cube to the crowd-feeding Hub, and they come in a variety of colors. All five are now available stateside for the first time at Williams-Sonoma stores. 

Scroll through to see what you're working with, depending on your price range and the size of your next barbecue party. 

Kevin Gray is a Dallas-based food, drinks and travel writer. Follow his adventures on Twitter and Instagram.

  • The Cube ($200)

     

    This diminutive charcoal grill only looks like a cooler. Open it up, and you'll find a space-saving combination of food storage tray, bamboo cutting board and actual grill, making it just right for urban living and small balconies. Or grab the handles and take it with you for picnics and tailgates. 

  • The Force ($800)

     

    The Force is a two-burner gas grill that heats up quickly, going from cold to rib ready in just five minutes. The die-cast aluminum exterior is available in five colors, and the interchangeable grates let you go from a standard grill plate to a cast-iron flattop in seconds.

  • The Furnace ($900)

     

    Here, you get three independent burners for extra control and a little more room for extra brats or bell peppers. The high, rounded hood promotes convection cooking via 360-degree heat circulation to keep everything cooking evenly. ($900)

  • The Fusion ($1,000)

     

    This stylish pedestal grill combines everything you love about charcoal cooking—the taste, the smell—with the speed of gas grilling. Because rather than relying on lighter fluid, a match and a prayer, you're armed with an electric ignition system that will have your charcoal burning hot in just 10 minutes. There's also a built-in rotisserie system for slow-cooking 30 pounds' worth of whole chickens and making you popular with the neighbors.

  • The Hub ($2,000)

     

    If you really want to go for it, try the Hub. The biggest, baddest grill in the lineup builds on the Fusion, adding a larger grilling surface and double shelves for storing all your tools, plus an 88-pound-capacity rotisserie. That's big enough to cook a whole pig for the starting lineup of your favorite baseball team—or at least your luckiest family members.

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