Outdoor Gourmet Grills | Reviews &
Outdoor Gourmet: Large Grills, Competitive Pricing,
Some Rust Issues
As one of the nation’s
largest sporting goods stores, Academy sells hundreds of great items. From hunting and fishing to apparel,
sports, and exercise equipment, Academy has it all. They also have their very own brand of gas grills
under the name Outdoor Gourmet.
Academy originally started in Austin, Texas with only a few stores in the mid 1950’s. Over the last half
century Academy has grown to over a hundred stores nationwide and has experienced annual growth rates of close
to twenty percent over the last ten years. Over the years Academy has had great success with the “Sports
and Outdoors” theme and a lineup of gas grills fits right into their business model. That combined with
the effort to compete with Wal-Mart and home improvement stores on outdoor items prompted them to import their
own grills under the Outdoor Gourmet name.
Outdoor Gourmets main focus is on relatively larger
grills at smaller grill prices. Many of their grills are island style units with wide granite countertops and
high power outputs. Prices for these grills are actually a little more competitive than similar models at home
improvement stores. The base model starts at just 299 dollars with other models ranging as high as 699 dollars.
For this price, size and heat output are more than comparable with price. Sizes range from 750 to 810 square
inches of cooking area, with heat outputs starting at an impressive 70,000 BTU’s and going up to
As you can see, Outdoor Gourmet grills offer a lot for
the price. They are large, powerful, and attractive grills at pretty competitive prices. They are packed with
features including just about every burner and storage compartment you need. However, as usual with this type of
grill, they do have a few shortcomings. Issues from flare-ups and internal rusting are the most common problems
to be expected with these models. The burners, drip pan, and other internal parts have been reported to rust
through within a few seasons. Fortunately though, replacement parts are easy to come by.
If you’re dying to get a hold of one of these island
units, these may not be a bad choice as they’re similar to others on the market, but priced a little lower. On
the other hand, if you’re just looking for a standard grill there are better models available. Either way you
should keep Outdoor Gourmet’s quality issues in mind when making a decision.
parts readily available
parts prone to rusting