One thing that Australians love to do is barbecue. Drive around any suburb on a weekend and you are sure to smell the delicious aromas of meat sizzling on the Barbie. According to an article by Bright R Natural Gas, that followed a study done by Roy Morgan, almost 6 million Australian households own a BBQ. That equates to around 64% of all households. But, are any of these BBQs made in Australia?
I looked high and low, digging into any lead I found to find out which brands, if any, offer BBQs made in Australia. You can find the results of my research below.
Companies that Sell BBQs Made in Australia (The Short Answer)
I found that there are quite a few companies that offer BBQs made in Australia. Here are some of the best-known companies –
Ziegler and Brown
There are also a number of more exclusive businesses that make handcrafted charcoal BBQs that I will mention too –
Pig & Pilgrim
Everdure Heston Blumenthal
A List of BBQs Made in Australia (7 Brands)
Now we’ll talk a bit more about these companies and the Australian made BBQs that they provide.
Cookout is a producer of Australian made BBQs. They have been in existence since 1995 and specialize in high-quality 316 marine-grade stainless steel BBQs.
All of their products are designed and manufactured in Australia by Southern Stainless located on the Gold Coast. This company operates from Ormeau and services the Gold Coast, Brisbane, South East Queensland, and many other parts of Australia.
Cookout produces a comprehensive range of gas, electrical, portable, and built-in BBQs. They also have a special range for boats and camping in the outdoors, as well as a range of BBQ accessories.
Here are some of their more popular products:
Classic Gas Portable BBQ – Ideal for home, boating, camping, and fishing
Infinity Teppanyaki BBQ – Innovative dual cooking zones
Classic Electric Portable BBQ – High-quality 316 marine-grade stainless steel
Heatlie Barbecues is another company I found that qualifies as a top Australian BBQ manufacturer. They pride themselves on producing the ‘Toughest BBQs in Australia’.
The company is a family business owned by Mum and Dad, Mal and Andrea Mead, who have been joined by children, Mitch and Alby. Mitch is in charge of Innovation and Operation Development. Alby assists with sister engineering company, Kepno Pty Ltd.
The company acquired Adelaide Letterboxes in June 2020, and named it Heatlie Letterboxes. This venture allows them to produce Australian-made letterboxes, as well as barbecues. All of their products are designed, manufactured, and shipped at their factory located in North Plympton, South Australia.
The range covers flat-plate barbecues, built-in models, drop-in outdoor kitchen models, and industrial roasters for commercial use.
Australian communities love Heatlie Barbecues and they can be found at public events like fundraisers, sporting clubs, police and fire station BBQs, school family days, and charity events.
Here are some of their popular products:
Roaster – For professional caterers, sporting clubs, and schools
Snappy King – Large capability
Community BBQ – High and low flame adjustable
Ziegler & Brown
Ziegler & Brown manufacture the iconic Ziggy range of BBQs, known and loved all over Australia. Their website does not give much information on the history of the company other than to state ‘Entertain your way, every day – with Ziegler & Brown BBQs. Designed by Australians, for Australians’.
They produce a range of portable BBQs starting with a 1-burner small device and increasing in size to 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6-burner models. They also have a Turbo Series, a Built-in Gas Series, and a matching range of BBQ accessories.
Ziegler & Brown focus on quality products that have won many awards. The Turbo Range features an exclusive Radiant Quartz Technology burner system. It also offers superior heat retention and temperature control with a double-skin hood and firebox.
Here are some popular products from this Australian BBQ manufacturer:
Ziggy portable grill lpg classic (chilli red) – Small and portable
Turbo classic 4 burner build-in barbeque – Upgrade your outdoor kitchen
Grand turbo 4 burner roll-in barbeque – Create restaurant-quality meals in your backyard
BeefEater Barbecues was started in 1985 and fast became known as an iconic Australian brand. The product range started with the 3, 4, and 5-burner flat top Deluxe Series. It was easily identified by its black body with orange speckles.
Today they provide both built-in and freestanding Australian made BBQ models. They are constructed from durable materials including high-grade stainless steel, rust-free materials, cast finishings, and high-resistance enamel that can withstand the Australian weather and the demands of cooking in extreme heat. Safety features like Anti-Flare and Flame Failure have been added over the years to produce products that are safe and reliable.
BeefEater BBQs have been given the “Highly Commended for Readers Digest” + Most Trusted Brands Awards.
Here are some of their more popular products:
Beefeater Bug – Light and portable with 2 independently controlled burners
7000 Classic 5 Burner Built-In BBQ – Cast iron burners
Signature 3000e 5 Burner Portable BBQ – Integrated convection roasting hood
Australian Made Charcoal BBQs (Check These Out)
If you love the rustic BBQ experience and want to use charcoal and fire, here are some Australian made charcoal BBQs to check out.
Pig & Pilgrim make handcrafted solid steel barbecues for the ultimate outdoor experience.
Fenwesco is an Australian family business located in Adelaide. The business was started by Rick Fenwick in 2016 to explore his lifelong passion for working with metal and wood. Fenwesco does not have a product range. Each BBQ is designed and handcrafted exclusively for the client.
Everdure By Heston Blumenthal is an exclusive range of BBQ products endorsed by the famous Michelin-Star Chef. Everdure has been in existence for over 30 years and its products are designed and manufactured in Australia. The range includes charcoal and gas barbecues, accessories, and a knife range.