Weber Q vs Beefeater Bugg: Which to Choose?

When looking for gas BBQs, Weber is likely to be a familiar name, but Beefeater presents an excellent alternative.

This comparison takes a look at the key similarities and differences between the Weber Q and Beefeater Bugg to help you make the best decision for your next BBQ.

Weber vs Beefeater: Important Similarities

Build Quality

Both barbecues are made of aluminium with stainless steel burners and cast-iron grills.

However, the Beefeater Bugg has a plastic trolley while the Weber Q has a glass-reinforced nylon frame. Each barbecue is durable and built to last.

Ease Of Maintenance

Each of these brands has made sure their BBQs are easy to use and easy to maintain.

The Beefeater Bugg has a removable grease tray to prevent messes and spills, and its locking hood makes cleanup easy. It also has removable shelves and accessory hooks.

The Weber grill is easy to clean: a simple brush keeps the cooking surface clean. A quick wipe down when the grill has cooled will remove any food particles or grease and is ready for the next use.

The Weber grill has a removable catch pan that can be thrown away and replaced as needed.

Accessories

The Beefeater Bugg grill comes with 2 detachable shelves and 2 tool hooks.

The Weber comes with two fold-out side tables for added convenience when grilling away from home. These tables make it quick and easy to pack the grill away after use, too.

Weber vs Beefeater: Important Differences

Size

The Beefeater Bugg is the larger and heavier of the two.

With the lid closed it measures 1035mm x 554mm x 756mm. It has 2 burners and offers a generous 1860mm of cooking area.

The Bugg has an included stand with storage space. It’s good but weighing in at 20kg, it’s quite heavy to move around.

The Weber is smaller and lighter than the Bugg. With the lid closed, in a tabletop position, it measures 370mm x 800mm x 620mm.

It offers a 54cm x 39cm cooking area, enough to cook for up to 10 people.

The Weber Q weighs around 14kg so is more manageable as a small portable barbecue.

Versatility

The Beefeater Bugg can be used with its hood up or down.

The lid is spring-assisted and lifts smoothly, while the integrated temperature gauge lets you monitor cooking temperature.

In contrast, the Weber Q is made to only be used when the hood is down.

Also, this model does not have a built-in thermometer.

Burners

The Bugg features 2 independently controlled burners and comes with 1 hot plate and 1 grill.

The Weber Q features 1 burner tube and comes with split grills.

Controls

One of the drawbacks to the Beefeater design is that the controls are located at the back.

You have to reach around or move to the side of the barbecue every time you want to increase or reduce the gas.

The Weber design keeps you in front of the grill so you can easily adjust the heat while cooking.

Ignition System

The Weber barbecue features a spark push button igniter, which quickly lights the gas so you can begin to cook in no time.

It takes around 10 minutes to preheat, and then you’ll be able to get a good sear on your meat.

The Bugg barbecue uses a quartz start igniter, which lights the LP when you turn the gas control knob.

The design works every time and starts without needing to push a separate ignition button.

Warranty

The Beefeater Bugg is covered for 2 years with an additional 3 year warranty for the aluminium castings.

The Weber Q comes with a 5 year warranty which covers the burners, grill, igniter, thermoplastic and thermoset parts. All remaining parts and paint are covered with a 2 Year warranty.

Price (At Time Of Publishing)

  • Weber Q: $509 (without stand)
  • Bugg: $657 (with stand)

Choosing Your BBQ

The Beefeater Bugg, with its 2 separate burners, sturdy and compact design and ability to cook with the hood up or down, is a strong competitor for the hugely popular Weber series.

In addition to the generous cooking space, it allows more control and versatility than other portable BBQs. The built-in temperature gauge also means that you can cook with confidence.

If you are looking for a BBQ that is lightweight and easily portable then go for the Weber Q. This is a tried and tested brand that comes with excellent warranty coverage.

The Q model is easy to use, and is available for a relatively low price.

However, it lacks a temperature gauge, has only one burner, and it is only for hood down cooking only.