The Weber Story

When George Stephen, founder of Weber-Stephen Products Co., designed his kettle-shaped barbeque grill in 1951, he sparked a backyard revolution. Tired of complaining about flat, open grills that exposed his food to wind, ashes and charring fire-ups, he decided to put a lid on it — literally.


At the time, George worked at Weber Brothers Metal Works outside Chicago, welding large metal spheres together to make buoys. It was in these very spheres that his idea took shape. He knew a rounded cooking bowl with a lid was the key to success. He added three legs on the bottom, a handle on the top and took the oddity home.


George’s “folly” was in such hot demand that he could not make them fast enough. The popular kettle shape quickly became an American icon for food and fun.

In 1985, Weber began producing the highly rated Genesis Gas Grill. Suddenly consumers could enjoy the convenience of gas grilling without sacrificing quality or flavour.

Today, every Weber grill comes equipped with a legacy of caring. Call us perfectionists, but we are dedicated to building the best grill you can buy. That’s because we know when you have friends and family around the grill, the last thing you want to contend with is inferior construction or burned food. So we do our homework, designing products that will not let you down.

Weber grills are among the most durable products ever sold. We produce a range of grills that are easy to assemble, last for years and deliver exceptional results….every time.

George A. Stephen

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Replica of the original 1951 Weber kettle grill

George A. Stephen, Sr. (c. 1922 – February 11, 1993) was an American inventor, entrepreneur, and the founder of Weber-Stephen Products Co., the company best known for the manufacturing ofcharcoal and gas grills. Stephen is credited with the invention of the Weber Kettle grill by cutting a metal buoy in half and fashioning a dome shaped grill with a rounded lid, which he began selling in 1952.[3]

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