Nothing tastes better than food cooked over charcoal but many people will agree that a charcoal grill can be a lot of hassle.  With the Weber Performer Platinum Charcoal Grill, you can have the convenience of a gas grill and the rich flavors of charcoal grilling.  This unique charcoal grill is fast becoming the top choice for outdoor cooking, thanks to its built-in gas-fueled ignition system that gets your coal ready for cooking in a matter of minutes.  The Weber Performer also comes with an array of features that make grilling much easier than ever before.

Product Features

  • 22.5” porcelain-enameled bowl and lid with Tuck-Away lid holder
  • Steel plated cooking grate with hinge
  • 363 square inches total cooking area
  • Equipped with Touch-N-Go gas ignition system
  • Rust-resistant aluminum damper
  • Built-in thermometer in the lid
  • Comes with steel cart, removable LCD cook timer, and built-in storage
  • Thermoset plastic work table
  • Two charcoal fuel holders
  • Removable aluminum ash catcher
  • Cart comes with durable wheels and locking caster

Hassle-free Charcoal Grill

The kettle-shaped Weber Performer Platinum is one of the best charcoal grills for outdoor cooking.  It comes with the added convenience of a gas-powered charcoal lighter, making it easy to use the grill.  Everyone knows how difficult it can be to get the charcoal lighted.  The Weber Performer offers mess-free and hassle-free charcoal grilling; there’s no need for matches, lighter fluid, or other charcoal starters.  Simply pour the charcoal into the charcoal grate and push the igniter button.  The gas burner uses 14.1-oz or 16.4-oz disposable liquid propane cylinders (sold separately).  Switch off the gas burner after igniting the charcoal.

The grill body is made from porcelain-enameled steel.  It comes in a variety of colors including black, blue, green, and brick red.  The grill features a removable ash catcher and Weber’s exclusive One-Touch Cleaning System.

The hinged plated steel cooking grate provides 363 square inches cooking space.  A built-in thermometer in the lid makes it easy to monitor your cooking.  The lid also features stay-cool glass-reinforced nylon handles.  A Tuck-Away lid holder provides a convenient place to store the lid when checking or plating your food.

Convenient Features

The Weber Performer sits on a cart that offers additional convenient features.  A removable built-in LCD cook timer with easy-to-read numbers helps you keep track of cooking time.  The cart also comes with dual CharBasket charcoal holders and storage container.  The cart is made of heavy-duty steel and features a spacious plastic table for food preparation, 3 tool hooks, and a wire shelf.  All-weather wheels and locking casters make it easy to move the grill around.


  • Comes with gas-powered charcoal igniter
  • High quality
  • Easy to assemble
  • Cooks efficiently
  • Portable
  • Large grilling surface
  • Comes with built-in thermometer
  • Easy to clean


  • Steel plated cooking grates can rust
  • Plastic worktable is somewhat flimsy
  • Relatively expensive

What Customers Say

The key selling point of the Weber Performer Platinum is the propane gas ignition system to light up the coal.  Virtually all reviewers say it’s a fantastic improvement and works flawlessly. One customer said it’s the safest and easiest way to get the charcoal in your grill going.

Amazon consumers who reviewed the charcoal grill say it’s easy to assemble and easy to use.  The cooking area is spacious and the work table makes it more convenient to prepare the food.  One or two customers, however, found the plastic table a bit flimsy.  A few customers were also concerned that the steel plated cooking grates would eventually rust.

Many people tend to shy away from charcoal grilling because it can be messy and difficult.  With the Weber Performer, the charcoal grill is now as convenient as a gas grill.  It’s also easy to clean — the ashes fall through the charcoal grate into an ash catcher that can be removed and cleaned out.

The Weber Performer comes with a lot of conveniences but it does not come cheap.  Are the extra conveniences worth the price?

A lot of people think so.  And so will you, once you’ve used the Weber charcoal grill for a while.

If you’re looking for an awesome charcoal grill and have the money to spend, get the Weber Performer.  You won’t be disappointed.