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Weber Q vs Beefeater Bugg: Which to Choose?

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

Featured Image: Weber Q Premium / Source: Amazon

Choosing the right BBQ can be a daunting task, especially with so many options on the market.

In this article, we’ll compare the Weber Q and Beefeater Bugg and highlight the key differences that are important for you to consider.

From the cooking method and burner power to the ignition system and warranty, we’ll help you make an informed decision and choose the BBQ that’s right for you.

BBQs used in this comparison

In this guide, we’ve compared the Weber Q (Q2000) with the Beefeater Bugg. This is the most like-for-like model in the Beefeater gas BBQ range.

We’ve also included the Weber Q Premium (Q2200), which includes a few upgrades from the standard model.

For a comparison of the larger models (Weber Family Q vs Beefeater Bigg Bugg) click here.

Key Takeaways

These BBQs are fairly similar in that they are all designed to be portable, and can be used either on a cart or benchtop.

They also all feature enamel-coated cast iron grills which are easier to clean and help to distribute heat evenly.

There are, however, several important differences that are worth considering:

  • Lid-down cooking – Weber BBQs are designed for indirect cooking (lid down) while Beefeater BBQs are designed to be used with the lid up or down.
  • Burners – The Beefeater Bugg features two burners located side by side, while the Weber BBQs only have one.
  • Cooking power – The burner power on the Bugg is 20 MJ/h (10 per burner) while it is 12.7 on both Webers. Weber BBQs need less power (and use less gas) because of their indirect cooking method (lid down).
  • Control knob location – On the Beefeater, the controls are located at the back of the BBQ while on the Weber these are located at the front of the grill so you can easily adjust the heat while cooking.
  • Ignition – The Beefeater and Weber Q have piezo igniters while the Weber Q Premium is equipped with a premium electronic ignition.
  • Thermometer – Only the Weber Q Premium and the Beefeater Bugg come with a built-in lid thermometer.
  • Colours – The Weber Q is available in titanium or black, the Premium model also comes in red, and the Bugg in amber, grey, or black.
  • Warranty – Weber provides a 5-year warranty on the cook box, lid, grills, and plastic components, while Beefeater’s warranty is 2 years.
  • Availability – The Weber Q is sold through many national retailers such as BCF. The Weber Q Premium is only sold through Weber Specialist Dealers and Weber Stores. It’s also available from Weber’s Amazon store.
Weber Q Q2000 LP BBQ 1 | BBQs and Outdoor Dining
Weber Q (Q2000)
weber Q2200 | BBQs and Outdoor Dining
Weber Q Premium (Q2200)
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Beefeater Bugg

Weber vs Beefeater: Key Similarities

Enamelled cast iron grills

The Weber Q and Beefeater Bugg both come with enamel-coated cast iron grills which assists with heat distribution and makes them easier to clean.

The Bugg has a vitreous enamelled cast iron cooking grill, while the grills on the Weber Q are porcelain enamelled.

Removable Catch Pan

All Beefeater Bugg and Weber Q models have a catch tray that collects grease during the cooking process. This tray can be easily removed or replaced, making for easy cleanup.

Optional BBQ Cart

While these BBQs can all be used directly on a benchtop, they are also all available with or without a cart.

The Bugg trolley features two wheels which can be locked in place and provides room for a 9kg gas bottle.

The Weber Q BBQs are compatible with the Weber Q Patio Cart and the Weber Q Portable Cart.

Side tables

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

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

Weber vs Beefeater: Key Differences

Ignition

The Beefeater Bugg and Weber Q utilize piezo igniters, while the Weber Q Premium boasts an electronic ignition system.

Piezo starters are a popular option for gas-powered appliances since they require no power source. They work well and are easy to use but there can sometimes be issues with longevity.

Electronic ignition systems are generally found on most premium grills. They generate a spark by applying the voltage from a battery, so, therefore, need a battery to operate (1 x AA in this case).

Thermometer

One of the most noticeable differences between the Weber Q Premium and the standard model is the built-in lid thermometer.

A built-in thermometer is a very handy feature that allows you to monitor cooking temperatures while you roast or grill.

This is probably the biggest factor that sways people to opt for the Weber Q Premium over the standard Weber Q.

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 the cooking temperature.

In contrast, the Weber Q BBQs are designed to only be used with the hood down. This helps to maintain an even temperature throughout the cooking process, retain moisture within the meat, and reduce gas consumption.

Burners

The Bugg features two independently controlled burners and comes with one hot plate and one grill.

The Weber Q features a single 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.

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.

Choosing Your BBQ

The Weber Q and Beefeater Bugg BBQs are both excellent portable options that make it easy to cook at home or in the great outdoors. However, there are several key differences that may influence your decision when choosing which BBQ to buy.

One important difference is the cooking method: the Weber Q is designed for lid-down indirect cooking, while the Beefeater Bugg can be used with the lid up or down.

This means that the Weber Q may require less gas to cook your food, but it also means that you won’t be able to sear or grill food directly with the hood up as well as you could on the more powerful Beefeater Bugg.

Another difference to consider is the location of the control knobs. On the Beefeater Bugg, the controls are located at the back of the BBQ, which may be inconvenient if you want to regularly adjust the heat while cooking. On the Weber Q, the controls are located at the front of the grill, making it easy to adjust the heat as needed.

Both the Weber Q Premium and the Beefeater Bugg come with a built-in lid thermometer, which is a useful feature if you want to monitor the temperature while cooking.

Finally, it’s worth considering the warranty offered by each company. Weber provides a 5-year warranty on the cook box, lid, grills, and plastic components, while Beefeater only offers a 2-year warranty. This may be an important factor if you plan to use your BBQ frequently or if you want peace of mind in case of any defects or issues.

Overall, both the Weber Q and Beefeater Bugg are excellent options for portable BBQs, but the differences in cooking method, burner power, control knob location, thermometer, and warranty may influence your decision.

Weber Q Q2000 LP BBQ 1 | BBQs and Outdoor Dining
Weber Q (Q2000)
weber Q2200 | BBQs and Outdoor Dining
Weber Q Premium (Q2200)
BEEFEATER BUGG | BBQs and Outdoor Dining
Beefeater Bugg
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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.

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