An approximate analytic theory of the general multijunction grill is developed. Omitting the evanescent modes in the subsidiary waveguides both at the junction and at the grill mouth and neglecting multiple wave reflection, simple formulae are derived for the reflection coefficient, the amplitudes of the incident and reflected waves and the spectral power density. These quantities are expressed through the basic grill parameters (the electric length of the structure and phase shift between adjacent waveguides) and two sets of reflection coefficients describing wave reflections in the subsidiary waveguides at the junction and at the plasma. Approximate expressions for these coefficients are also given. The results are compared with a numerical solution of two specific examples; they were shown to be useful for the optimization and design of multijunction grills.For the JET structure it is shown that, in the case of a dense plasma,many results can be obtained from the simple formulae for a two-waveguide multijunction grill. (author) 12 figs., 12 refs.