So many interesting Facts on the Grill Industry are published each year. Two Statistical Studies that interest us are the HPBA State of the Barbecue Industry Report
and our favorite Weber Grill watch!
Outdoor Cooking is on the Rise
- The majority of grill owners use their grills year-round (62 %).
- Nearly all (99 %) of grill owners used their grill in the past year.
- Eighty-six % of households own an outdoor barbecue, grill or smoker.
- 69 % of households that own a grill own a gas grill, followed by charcoal (47 %) & electric (7 %).
We Love to Grill
- Traditional summer holidays top the list of the most popular grilling holidays: the Fourth of July (77 %), Memorial Day (62 %) and Labor Day (60 %).
- Consumers say an easy ignition system (58 %) and large grilling surface (53 %) are the most important features of a gas grill, followed by ease of cleaning (39 %), ability to heat up quickly (37 %) and temp gauge/heat indicator (31 %).
- Among all grill owners, the most popular utensils are long-handled tongs (72 %), grill-cleaning brushes (68 %), long-handled fork (60 %) and long-handled spatulas (54 %).
The 22nd annual Weber GrillWatch SurveyTM—the nation’s first and foremost study on who, what, where and why Americans grill—also shows that US grill and smoker owners cook an average of five hours per week. Additionally, 22 percent overall say they are grilling “more” this year compared to last. All this indicates the increasing zeal for outdoor cooking.
- 71 % of all Americans (21 and older) own an outdoor grill and or smoker
- The majority own a gas grill (67percent).
- Of these,7% use a natural gas line vs. a propane tank grill
- 46% own a charcoal grill
- 10% own a smoker
- 4% own an outdoor electric grill
- 30% of American grill owners own two or more outdoor grills or smokers
- 5 % own three or more
- US gas grill owners report these top features on their current grill: 52 % have a side burner; 27 % have a rotisserie; and 19 % have a “Sear Zone” of some kind.
- Nearly one out of every four Americans (24 percent) say they’re using grilling accessories “more now than in the past."
- Men are still the primary griller in most US households (61%) with 20 % of households reporting that it’s a shared responsibility among men and women.
- Independence Day remains as the favorite grilling holiday at 81 %, followed by birthdays at 67 %, Labor Day at 66 %, and Memorial Day (61 %). Father’s Day is fifth this year at 48 %.