Cuisinart has been a well-regarded brand in high quality domestic cooking appliances for years. Recently, the company carried this reputation for solid build quality and value into its line of outdoor grills. In this Cuisinart CCG 7400 review, we will focus on this offering in the Cuisinart line up.
The Cuisinart CCG 7400 has a largely commercial grade stainless steel build, but it also has innovative features including an accurate thermometer, built in bottle opener and two side tables on the cart. While the grill does weigh 72 pounds, the cart is sturdy enough to allow you to move it around your yard, providing you stick to fairly even, flat surfaces when cooking.
Inside, the model has a large firebox and four propane burners. Each burner is rated for 11,000 BTUs of heat per hour, creating a total output of 44,000 BTUs. The burners have independent control knobs, so you can tailor the heat zones for your grilling needs, creating a hot zone for searing and a warm zone for heating more delicate items. Alternatively, you can create a consistent temperature across the grill for cooking batches of hamburgers or steaks at your next party.
The grill also has an impressive 443 square inches of cook space on the primary grill grate and an additional 167 on the warming rack. This creates plenty of space for your next cookout.
Choosing a new grill can be a challenge, particularly when there are lots of great options on the market. Here we will explore the Cuisinart CCG 7400 features to help you to make an informed purchase decision.
The Cuisinart CGG-7400 features four independent control knobs, so you can create dual heat zones for creating a hot area for searing, while having a lower heat area to ensure proper cooking of items such as bone in chicken.
The primary grill grates and warming rack have a nonstick black porcelain coating. This is unusual in grill models, which typically don’t have porcelain on the warming racks. This allows you to use your warming rack as additional grilling space. So, you can warm up hot dogs or link sausages while you grill longer cooking time required foods on your primary rack.
The CCG 7400 has an impressive amount of grill space. There is 443 square inches of cook space on the primary grill, while the warming rack adds an extra 167 square inches. This adds up to 610 square inches of grill space, which is more than sufficient for a family of four to six people or to keep everyone happy in your next backyard party.
To put it into easy-to-understand terms, you should be able to fit approximately 20 hamburgers on the primary grill.
Each burner can produce 11,000 BTUs of heat per hour, so you can create enough heat to quickly preheat and sear, without losing thermal inefficiency. The burners produce a rich blue flame, burning clean without any butane flavor that you may have found with other grills.
As we touched on above, each burner offers 11,000 BTUs, so the CCG 7400 has an impressive 44,000 BTUs per hour. This works out at over almost 100 BTUs per square inch on the primary cook area, which is more than sufficient for even searing and great grilling.
This is a propane grill, so you don’t need to worry about struggling to light charcoal or cleaning up an annoying mess. Additionally, you won’t need matches or a lighter to fire up this grill. Each burner works independently and has a gas-powered control knob. This not only allows you to ignite the burners, but also precisely control the heat settings, so you can select the correct temperature for grilling a steak or slow cooking meat.
The Cuisinart CCG 7400 has thick and durable cast iron cooking grates. Cast iron is well regarded for its ability to allow faster cooking through even heat distribution. Cast iron can also season over time, so the grates may flavor future grill sessions. This durable material will also rarely need to replace them, but they will need a little care to ensure the best results.
Cast iron can also be vulnerable to rust, so you will need to protect the grates from the elements using a BBQ cover. You should also ensure that the cooking grates are not wet before putting your grill in storage. Check your grates are totally dry after each use and cleaning session.
Although designed to offer excellent grilling performance, the CCG 7400 is remarkably easy to use. You can fire up the burners with the control knobs, making it simple to reach the desired cook temperatures. You can even adjust the burners to create two cook zones of different temperatures, which means that you can cook different types of meats or grill meat and veggies at the same time without worrying about over or undercooking.
When you’ve finished cooking, simply turn off the burners and allow the grill to cool, before wiping down the grates, so it is ready for your next grilling session.
In addition to having an ignition system that eliminates the safety issues associated with trying to use a lighter or matches, the CCG 7400 also features an accurate, easy to read thermometer. This is not only handy for slow cooking meats, but it can also help you to avoid serving potentially dangerous undercooked chicken to your guests.
The CCG 7400 is mounted on a cart, which is both durable and heavy. This allows your grill to remain secure and stable. It also allows you to move the grill around your yard, providing the surface is relatively flat and stable. Additionally, the frame feels solid, so it shouldn’t wobble when it is being moved.
A warranty is a good indication of the manufacturer’s confidence in its products. The Cuisinart CCG 7400 is supported with a three-year warranty. This means that you should have years of hassle-free use.
Cuisinart appreciates that convenience is an important feature for its customers, so the CCG 7400 has been designed to be easy to clean.
After this, you simply need to wipe down the grates with a damp cloth to remove any excess grime or grease.
There is also a large grease pan that is easy to pour out. The contours of the inside of the firebox also help to divert any drippings down into the grease pan.
The parts fit snugly together, so you shouldn’t find any gaps or rattles that you may have experienced with budget grill models.
The Cuisinart CCG 7400 is packed with features, but the ones worthy of particular attention include:
Bottle Opener: Whether you’re entertaining or grilling for the family, it is great to crack open a beer or cold drink to enjoy the warm summer evening. However, with the CCG 7400, you don’t need to head back into the kitchen to open your beverage, as the grill has a built-in bottle opener.
Two Side Tables: Another convenience feature is the two side tables. Each table is 18 inches by 13 inches, which gives you plenty of space for food prep or keeping everything you need on hand as you’re grilling.
Stainless Steel Lid: The grill grates do need to be protected against the elements, but Cuisinart has considered this with a stainless steel lid. Of course, it is also a good idea to use a BBQ cover, but the lid will provide some protection.
|Assemble in less than one hour
Precision temperature control
Cast iron grates
Large cook surface with warming rack
|You will need plenty of storage space as the grill is a large size.
Unit may be vulnerable to rust, so care will need to be taken to protect against inclement weather
There are some customer review complaints about parts arriving damaged or rusty.
As you can see from this Cuisinart CCG 7400 review, this grill may be a budget model, but it is designed to deliver great performance with the capacity to accommodate a family or party guests. While it has a more modest price tag, it is packed with features and offers a sturdy design that makes it worthy of consideration if you’re looking for a more budget friendly grill.