Weber grills have been around since 1951 when George Stephen - who founded Weber-Stephen Products Co. - designed his first kettle-shaped barbecue grill. Stephen's creation sparked a backyard revolution. Stephen was tired of the grills of his time - flat, open braziers that exposed food to wind, ashes and flare-ups - so he put a lid on it, so to speak.
Stephen worked at Weber Brothers Metal Works outside of Chicago where his job was to weld large metal spheres together to make buoys. Through this, he got the idea for a rounded cooking bowl with a lid. He added three legs, a hand and took his creation home to experiment.
Soon Stephen's grill was in such hot demand he couldn't make them fast enough. His kettle shaped grill became an American icon for food and fun. In 1985, Weber began production of the Genesis gas grill. With this, consumers could enjoy the convenience of gas grilling without sacrificing quality or flavor.
Weber continues to be one of the primary players in the grill business. Every gas grill they produce has a patented cooking system that the company says eliminates flare-ups and offers top-of-the-line heat control.