Monument might be a name you may not have heard of but they have been turning heads and making a splash in the grill industry. While they are a newer company that started in 2016, they have a ton of experience with grill design and manufacturing, in fact over 20 years of experience. Today we are looking at the Monument Grill Mesa 400.
Monument Grill Mesa 400 Overview
While there is a lot to love about these grills, two things stand out to me.
The first is the quality or should I say the value. These grills are made to last. They are built like the more expensive grills but without the hefty price tag. So you can now get a high-quality grill for an affordable price.
Second, the window. These are the first grills that I have seen with a window, which makes all the sense in the world. Every time you open a grill, you lose heat. When you lose heat, you slow down cooking which is bad for obvious reasons. With the glass, you can now take a peek at your food and you won’t interrupt the cooking process.
As you will see, there is a lot more to love about Monument grills. So let’s see what features the Mesa 400 has to offer.
Monument Grill Mesa 400 Features
The Monument grill has a nice stainless steel finish that is easy to clean and keep looking nice.
Right on the front of the grill, there is a glass window so you can see your food cooking. In the center of the window is a temperature gauge to see how hot the inside of your grill is.
Opening up the grill you can see and experience the 542 sq. in. of cooking space. Monument claims this is roughly enough cooking surface space to cook 18 burgers, or 2 racks of ribs, or 5 whole chickens, or 18 chicken thighs, or 5 pork butts, at one time. While we didn’t test all of these, it does seem reasonable.
There are three long-lasting, removable cast iron grids that provide even, tasty cooking.
The grill has four burners that can produce a total output of up to 52,000 BTU’s.
There is adequate workspace on both sides of the grill. On the left side, there is a stationary shelf.
On the right side, you have a single burner for extra cooking capacity. Or it can also be used as a shelf when the burner is not in use and the lid is closed.
The grill features four lockable wheels.
Below the grilling area are two doors that open to storage and give the user access to change the propane tank.
On the back side of the grill, you can access the drip tray and the drip pan.
The grill features an easy-to-start push-button ignition.
One cool feature is the push-button lights. So as day turns to night, you can push a button and get nice illuminated blue LED rings on the gas knobs.
On the side of the grill, you can hang any grilling accessories, which do not come with the grill. I do like this as they are easily accessible. These are also a much better design than the usual “S” ring style on a lot of grills that always seem to fall off.
Monument Grill Mesa 400 Performance
OK first, let me say, yes I like my butter. Actually, I wanted to use it because it was going to expire, plus who doesn’t like butter?
We cooked steak, bacon, burgers, and more with this grill. There were three things that stood out to me. First, the grill warms up rather quickly. Second, the grill maintains a consistent temperature, which is important for obvious reasons. Lastly, the grill is extremely easy to clean.
Normally when you get a mess on the outside of a grill, it stains or is hard to clean off. We cooked eggs and as you would expect, the egg dripped on the outside of the grill where we cracked the shell. Once we were done cooking, the egg easily wiped right off, even though the drips were basically cooked on.
Overall, there is nothing to complain about with the performance of the grill. From the wheels to the glass, the grill performs great.
Monument Grill Mesa 400 Value
You can pick this grill up on Amazon for about $400. For the quality, the power, and the cooking space, it’s a great value. Considering the experience I have had with these grills, a $400 grill for this quality can’t be beat.
Monument Grill Mesa 400 Wrap Up
Bottomline, the Monument Grill Mesa 400 is a great addition to their family. The grill does a great job holding the temperature and having the glass window in the lid is a great feature. Our experience with Monument Grills in the past is these hold up over the long run. For a grill that delivers 52,000 BTU with 542 square inches of cooking space, well it’s hard to beat.
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