Full Review - Kalamazoo K750HS Hybrid Freestanding Gas Grill
Simply put, Kalamazoo makes the best gas grills in the world. They also make the most expensive. Many people might not recognize the name, but then this grill isn’t a status symbol. It is a hard working, amazingly capable, and solidly constructed outdoor cooking appliance. People serious about grilling know the name, and that is what counts. It is better that serious cooks desire this product than the idle rich decorate the patios of the homes with it.
So why would you spend over $20,000USD on a gas grill when good models can be had for a thousand or less? Because of its construction and its capabilities. You don’t walk into a hardware store and pick one of these up. It has to be made for the individual, by hand (and some very cool laser cutting equipment). The professional welders who put these together spend a year on the job before they are allowed to weld a seam that can actually be seen. Inside the front panel of this grill are written the names of everyone who worked on it.
Getting into the details we start with the burners. These are certified lead-free cast brass (forged in Canada, the only part not made in the United States). These burners weigh in at 14 pounds a piece and there are three of them in this model. The burners sit low in the grill so that the heat can evenly distribute and to make way for the hybrid fuel drawer. Constructed of plate stainless steel, this drawer can hold charcoal or hardwood logs. The main burners can be used to ignite this fuel and then the grill is running on real fire for an extra smoky flavor. This feature is what makes this a hybrid grill. Built to run on gas, it can burn practically anything for heat. Temperatures at the cooking surface can reach 1,000 degrees F., making this one of the hottest cooking grills ever built.
To take this kind of heat and transfer it to the food are a set of custom made 1/4-inch thick stainless steel plate cooking grates. These are laser cut and can be made in any desired pattern. They can even be a solid griddle plate or have a custom logo cut into them. All the rest of this grill is similarly constructed of 304 stainless steel and marine grade 316 stainless is available on special order. Every part is made to last and work as promised.
Now add onto this a full rotisserie system that matches this quality. In the rear of the grill is an infrared rotisserie burner. This is a typical feature of many high-end gas grills and something people have come to expect. The rotisserie motor sits inside the cabinet of the grill and a sealed stainless steel chain drives the heavy duty rotisserie rod and can be loaded up and slipped easily into place. Personally, I would do my rotisserie cooking with the main burners, cooking indirectly with hardwood, but I understand the desire for this feature.
This model also has a pair of powerful side burners. Actually, these are professional cooktop burners and there is an option for an even more powerful wok burner. This wok burner is not just a burner with a special top that holds a wok, but an actual work burner that puts the heat around the wok, not just under it. If you understand Japanese wok cooking, you know how important this distinction is.
Ultimately, it is the attention to detail that makes this the best gas grill. Every nut and bolt has been thoroughly thought out. There isn't a seam that isn't finely welded, ground to perfection, and then polished. This includes all the welds that will never be seen. The wiring and electronics are all water and heat proof.
To reiterate, this is the best gas grill in the world. It is also the most expensive. Fully loaded, this model comes in at over $21,000. There are very good grills for a tenth the price. There are a dozen companies making great, comparably sized gas grills for half the price. Is this one twice as good as they are? I've spent a lot of time thinking about this very question and I have to say, that it is worth it. The cooking system of this grill is unlike anything else I have cooked on. The heat is intense, the versatility is simply amazing, and the results are phenomenal. Yes, this is a luxury product that most of us will never own, but it is worth aspiring too.