When looking for gas BBQs one of the big names you are guaranteed to come across is Weber but there are plenty of other high quality options to consider too.
One such brand is Beefeater. Beefeater presents an excellent alternative to Weber, offering features and capabilities you may not get with the Weber BBQ.
Both BBQs are cast aluminium with stainless steel burners and cast iron grills. The Bugg also has a plastic trolley and plastic side tables while the Q has a glass-reinforced nylon frame. Each BBQ is made with durable materials and is built to last.
Ease of Maintenance
Each brand have made sure their BBQs are easy to use and easy to maintain. The Bugg features an easy-clean hood and has a locked-in grease tray to prevent spills and mess. It also has removable shelves and accessory hooks so you can pack and go whenever you want.
The Weber is also built to save time and effort, a quick clean with a stainless steel brush is all it takes. A simple wipe down when the BBQ has cooled will remove any food particles or grease ready for the next use. It has a removable catch pan that can be thrown away and replaced as needed.
The Bugg comes with 2 detachable shelves and 2 tool hooks. The Q has 2 fold out side tables for added convenience when preparing meals too. These tables give extra space when using the grill away from home and makes it quick and easy to pack the BBQ away after use too.
While both are compact options, the Bugg is the larger and heavier of the two. With the lid closed it measures 1035mm x 554mm x 756mm. It is 2 burner and offers a generous 1860mm of cooking area. The Bugg has an included stand with storage space which is good but overall this BBQ weighs 20kg.
The Weber is smaller and lighter. With the lid closed and side tables in the Weber measures 370mm x 800mm x 620mm. It offers a 54cm x 39cm cooking area, enough to cook for up to 10 people. It weighs around 14kg so is more manageable as a small portable barbecue.
The Bugg can be used with its hood up or hood down, the lid is spring assisted to make sure it is smooth to open and close. The integrated temperature gauge on the hood lets you keep an eye on the temperature.
The Weber is designed for hood down cooking only and does not get hot enough for use with the hood up. Unlike others in the Weber line including the Baby Q and the Weber Family Q Premium this model does not have a built in thermometer.
The Bugg features 2 independently controlled burners and comes with 1 hot plate and 1 grill. The Weber Q features 1 burner tube and comes split grills.
One of the downsides to the Beefeater model is the location of the controls. You can adjust the heat via the rotary knob controls that are positioned at the back of the barbecue. This means reaching around or moving to the side of the BBQ each time you want to increase or reduce the gas. The Weber controls are positioned at the front so you can easily turn the heat up or down when cooking.
The Weber uses a single spark push button igniter. This is a heavy duty igniter that quickly lights the gas so you can begin to cook in no time. It takes around 10 minutes to preheat and then you’ll be able to get a good sear on your meat.
The Bugg uses a Quartz start igniter which lights the LPG when you turn the gas control knob. The design works every time and starts without needing to push a separate ignition button.
The Weber comes with a 5 year warranty. This warranty covers the burners, grill, igniter, thermoplastic and thermoset parts. All remaining parts and paint are covered with a 2 Year warranty.
The Bugg is covered for 2 years with an additional 3 year warranty for the aluminium castings.
Price (at time of publishing)
- Weber Q: $398
- Bugg: $657 (with stand)
Choosing Your BBQ
If you would like a portable BBQ with lots of cooking space, 2 separately controlled burners and the ability to cook with the hood up or down then the Bugg is the one to go for. It is a strong competitor to the hugely popular Weber series and can offer you more control and versatility. It also has a built in temperature gauge so you can cook with confidence.
If you are looking for a BBQ that is lightweight and easily portable then go for the Weber. This is a tried and tested brand that comes with excellent warranty coverage. The Q model is easy to use, is available for a relatively low price and is light enough for use on the go. The downside to this option is the one burner, the lack of temperature gauge and the fact it is for hood down cooking only.