Big Green Egg vs. Primo Grill Comparison

Primo Grills | The Oval Innovation


After Big Green Egg brought kamado cooking to the US in the 1970s, many brands tried their hand at recreating these ceramic stoves. One brand in particular, though, made a key alteration to Big Green Egg’s blueprint and completely changed the game — Primo chose an oval shape for its kamados rather than the traditional round (or, in this case, egg) shape. But what separates an oval from an egg? It’s all in the ability to set up direct and indirect heat at the same time, a highly versatile arrangement commonly known as dual-zone cooking. With this ever-so-slight innovation, Primo has become a force in a kamado industry once dominated by Big Green Egg.

What Are The Available Models?



  • Model Grill Diameter
    Big Green EGG 2XL

    29 inches

    Big Green EGG XL

    24 inches

    Big Green EGG Large

    18 1/4 inches

    Big Green EGG Medium

    15 inches

    Big Green EGG Small

    13 inches

    Big Green EGG MiniMax

    13 inches

    Big Green EGG Mini

    10 inches

  • Model Grill Dimensions
    Primo Oval XL 400

    27.7 x 21 inches

    Primo Oval Large 300

    24 x 18.5 inches

    Primo Large Round

    18 inch diameter

    Primo Oval Junior 200

    18 x 22.75 inches

How Do Their Cooking Systems Compare?



  • Big Green Egg Kamado Grills

    Big Green Egg: Tried & True

    As the original kamado grill sold in the USA, Big Green Egg offers a dependable cooking experience. But much of the dependability comes from its simplicity and the presence of only a single cooking chamber that can be used for either direct or indirect cooking. This limits your cooking versatility, as does the fact that the majority of Big Green Egg accessories are sold separately.

    The Skinny

    • Manufactured in Mexico
    • Biggest name in the kamado industry, company established in 1974
    • High-fire ceramics and glaze backed by a lifetime warranty
    • Basic one level cooking system
    • Available in 10", 13", 15", 18", 24", and 29" diameter
    • Many accessories available, all sold separately
  • Primo: Oval Smokes Round Every Time

    Primo's patented oval shape delivers the highest degree of cooking flexibility of any ceramic grill by creating 2 distinct cooking zones at once. No more burning veggies while waiting for a thick steak to sear or having to completely reset your charcoal to cook something different — these kamados let you do everything at once. With versatility like that, grilling can be a whole lot easier.

    The Skinny

Oval Kamados | Versatile Cookers


With a Primo kamado, you’ll have no trouble grilling thick, bone-in ribeyes while roasting farm-fresh corn on the cob on the other side. Round ceramic grills have plenty of cooking benefits, but they can't quite deliver the same versatility and efficiency of a Primo Oval.

Primo's oval design gives you more control when cooking foods that require different temperatures and distance from natural lump charcoal. Commonly referred to as "2-zone" cooking, this setup allows you to simultaneously cook with direct and indirect heat instead of having to choose one over the other. It's similar to turning off half the burners on a gas grill, but Primo offers all the flavor of a natural wood fire. This kamado lets you grill juicy cheeseburgers, authentically bake wood-fired pizza, roast a turkey, or smoke a beef brisket to tender perfection. Virtually any food and recipe can be cooked on a Primo Oval grill. Don’t believe us? Give it a try yourself. Grill, bake, roast, smoke, sear, braise, sauté, barbecue, flambé, broil, fricassee, pan-fry, baste, parboil, boil, poach, simmer, stew, stir-fry — Primo lets you do whatever your heart desires!

Each Primo ceramic grill is masterfully manufactured in the USA. All raw materials for the ceramics are domestically harvested, and the molding, drying, firing, by-hand assembly, and packaging of Primo kamado grills are all done at the company’s manufacturing plant in Tucker, Georgia.

Primo is extremely proud of the American ingenuity and quality craftsmanship put into each of its ceramic grills. It's no wonder 4 out of 5 Americans prefer products made in the USA. Most other major ceramic kamado companies, meanwhile, purchase their grills from foreign companies rather than producing the grills themselves.

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Primo Kamado Reviews and Recipes


Still not sold on the benefits of Primo kamado grills? Let our experts ease your mind with a comprehensive overview of Primo kamados and a few mouthwatering recipe videos that show just how versatile these grills really are. A perfectly smoked brisket is one thing, but we bet you weren’t expecting to see chicken parmesan or naan bread done in a charcoal kamado!

  • Primo Oval XL Video Review

  • How to Smoke a Brisket on a Primo Kamado

  • Grilled Chicken Parmesan on a Primo Kamado

  • Cheese and Garlic Naan on a Primo Kamado