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There is something unique and amazing about food cooked outdoors over a fire. It’s really hard to deny this. And who in this world doesn’t like barbecue? Even if you don’t eat meat, there is still plenty of stuff you can grill to ultimate flavorfulness. And if you do, nothing will ever really compare to your favorite cut of meat made on a grill, no matter if it’s a burger or a steak.
However, we are not cavemen anymore and that outdoor fire now comes in all kinds of forms, shapes, and sizes. Gas, wood chunks, charcoal, pellets? These are all viable and readily available options. So what kind of grill should you get? This will depend on your personal preferences and needs, but our today’s guide is designed to help you find what’s best for you.
We’ve done the research and checked out everything that’s available on the market. We’ve weeded out the flimsy options that are not worth the effort and tested out the best of the best. Here are 10 grill you can definitely buy and not regret it:
This grill from Weber is crème de la crème. Besides all the important features a grill needs to have, it comes with a few unique additions.
The grill comes with 363 square inches of cooking area. According to the manufacturer, that means it can fit 13 burgers at a time. The 2-part grate this grill comes with is a part of the Gourmet Barbecue System series, which means its center part is removable, and you can replace it with a different cookware piece, like a pizza stone, wok or a griddle. These replacement parts are sold separately.
The second fancy feature of this Weber grill is the electronic Touch-n-Go gas ignition system. Forget all about the fuss of lighting coals – this model does that with one push of a button. The grill uses a 1-pound propane tank which is bought separately.
The one-touch cleaning system is another feature that makes this grill stand out. This system provides a hassle-free cleanup – it sweeps the ashes into a high capacity removable ash catcher. Then simply pull the catcher and empty it out.
The dampers located at the top of the lid allow a precise temperature control without the need of lifting the lid. If you close them out completely, you’ll cut the oxygen flow, which will help with extinguishing the coals. You can measure the temperature inside the grill with a built-in thermometer.
What we specifically like about this Weber model is that it comes with a cart. You get an ample workspace on the right side of the grilling area, where you can prepare food before grilling, or have seasoning, grill utensils and tableware close at hand. Underneath the workspace, there’s a CharBin container, which is a handy addition for storing charcoal. It’s within arm’s reach and it keeps the coals safe from weather conditions.
This Cuisinart model gives you a restaurant-like cooking experience at your home. The first thing you notice is that it comes with a round griddle, unlike most other models on the market, which are rectangular. The griddle measures 22 inches in diameter, which is large enough for a 4-person meal. You can make anything you want, whether it’s pancakes, eggs, steaks, veggies or fish (being an option to be a good grill for vegetarians).
The griddle is powered by two burners that generate up to 15,000 BTUs each. With burners that strong, you can set up the temperature ranging anywhere from 200F to 550F. There are two knobs, which means you can manage each burner individually, allowing you to create different heat zones. The grill comes with a stainless steel lid, which allows you to steam, roast, smoke or warm up food. Of course, the lid features a steam vent, so you can easily control the airflow.
This outdoor griddle has a neat cleanup design. The grease pan surrounds the perimeter of the griddle, so you’re sure all the oil and juice drips go through it and drain into a grease cup. Once you’re done grilling, remove and clean the cup.
This griddle has a prep shelf located on the left side. It features three accessory hooks which allow you to have all of your utensils at hand. There’s also a paper towel holder underneath, so you have it close at hand if you make a mess. When it’s time to store the grill away, or you simply need more space, you can fold the shelf down. Four caster wheels allow you to easily move the griddle around and lock it in place. The griddle weighs 60 pounds, so storing it away in the garage and back outside is no problem.
If you’re a fan of cooking on different heat zones, then you won’t go wrong with Char-Broil. This model from their Performance series comes with 4 burners which can be used individually. They’re made of stainless steel and can generate up to 10,000 BTUs each. They start up with a single push of a button.
The grill has 425 square inches of primary cooking area and features rust-resistant porcelain-coated cast-iron grates. This allows you to make around 20 burgers at a time. You also get a swing-away warming rack which gives you another 150 square inches for preparing sides or toasting buns. Finally, if this is still not large enough for your dinner party, fold up a lid on the left side shelf. Surprise, there’s a side burner that also generates 10,000 BTUs! You can use it to prepare sides or sauces. When not needed, fold the lid down and you have a nice side shelf for storing your seasoning or plateware.
There’s a side shelf on the right side too. Like the rest of the grill, it’s made out of stainless steel meaning it can withstand all weather conditions. The grill’s design is shiny and sleek, and it looks good on any patio. Since it’s made out of stainless steel, it’s not surprising that the grill is quite heavy. It weighs 93 pounds, so moving it around is a bit of a task. There are two 7-inch wheels on the left side to help with mobility, while the other side features two fixed feet which makes sure the grill stays in place.
With a removable grease tray and pan, cleaning is no fuss. The pan is also stainless steel-made so you can empty the grease out and clean it with a wipe.
Griddles are probably the most popular Blackstone product, and this 36-inch griddle is their most popular model. It features 720 square inches of cooking area, which means you can make food for more than 8 people at the same time. And if they all want a different kind of meal, that’s not a problem with a griddle. You can make burgers on one side while the veggies are cooking on the other.
This Blackstone model features 4 burners that generate up to 15,000 BTUs each, making this griddle quite a beast. They’re all independently controlled so you can make different heat zones. Even though the cooking surface is large, if you’re preparing a meal only for yourself, you can use just one or two burners. This model weighs 134 pounds, but it has high mobility. With four caster wheels, you can easily move it around the patio. Once the winter comes, you can remove the griddle top and fold the legs, so it doesn’t take up much space in your garage.
The griddle comes with shelves on each side, so you have plenty of prep space. Newer models of this griddle feature some cool accessories for grilling – the right shelf comes with a removable cutting board, so you can chop your food before tossing it onto the griddle. Underneath the cutting board there are garbage bag hooks, which allows you to easily dispose of any food scraps. Furthermore, you get a paper towel holder on the front side of the shelf. Finally, there’s also a bottom shelf, where you can store anything you might need close at hand.
NEW FEATURES - This unit comes equipped with Blackstone's new and improved side shelf giving the user a removable cutting board, convenient paper towel holder, and strategically placed trash bag hooks. PLUS Blackstone's new rear grease management system to help eliminate mess.
RESTAURANT STYLE COOKING - With 720sq inches of flat top grilling, this griddle is perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cook eggs, pancakes, quesadillas, grilled cheese, steak, potatoes, teppanyaki style foods and more. Also enjoy a bottom shelf, side shelf and the NEW side shelf with cutting board, paper towel holder and trash bag hooks.
REPLACE YOUR STANDARD GRILL - Replace your grill or BBQ with a Blackstone griddle and never look back! This grill is simple to use and easy to assemble, so you'll be cooking in no time. Eliminate the hassle of kerosene, charcoal and matches; This grill includes an easy start, battery powered push button ignition. With the simple push of a button your griddle is ready to go! Take the headache away from outdoor cooking and spend more time enjoying the outdoors
HEAT RESISTANT HANDLE - The durable plastic handle is heat resistant allowing you to safely grab the handle bare handed. Plus, this high quality stainless steel construction can handle high heat, resists odors/stains and is dishwasher safe
TRANSPORT WITH EASE - Easily wheel around your yard or transport from your backyard to the campsite thanks to the removable griddle top, fold up legs and four industrial strength caster wheels
Kamado grills are great for just about anything – grilling, smoking, even baking. The ceramic ones typically cost over $1000, but steel versions are much budget-friendly, and they work just as good. This model from Char-Griller proves that.
The body of the grill is made out of durable 22-gauge steel, and it has triple-walled insulation that retains heat well. It allows you to maintain the temperature ranging from 200F to 700F, meaning you can use it for roasting and even smoking. You can easily control the temperature by adjusting the dampers located at the top and the bottom of the Akorn. There’s also a built-in thermometer that helps with keeping a close eye on the temperature inside the grill.
This model comes with 314 square inches of cooking area, and you also get a removable warming rack which gives you additional 133 square inches. The grates are made out of cast iron, which is great at retaining heat.
With kamado grills, typically, you need to remove the grate in order to insert the coal, which appears a bit awkward. However, since the grill is so well insulated, it will retain the heat well enough that you probably won’t need to refill the coal throughout the whole cooking period. There’s a removable ash pan located at the bottom of the grill, allowing you to clean it with no fuss.
Akorn comes with two convenient side shelves that feature utensil hooks. You can fold them away when not needed or when you plan on putting the grill away. The grill stands on three legs, two of which have caster wheels that allow you to easily move the grill around. There’s also a bottom shelf which gives you some storage space.
KAMADO CHARCOAL GRILL - Kamado style BBQ Grill & Smoker perfect for both high heat grilling and low and slow cooking
LARGE COOKING AREA - 20 inch Cooking Diameter with 447 square inch total Cooking Area can cook up to 27 burgers at once
BEST IN CLASS FEATURES - Triple-Walled Steel Insulated Design, Cast Iron Grates, Locking Lid, 8" Locking Caster Wheels, Removable Warming Rack, Bottom Storage Shelf, and Foldable Side Shelf Workstations with BBQ Tool Storage Hooks
EASY TO USE & CLEAN - Control the heat levels with ease using the indexed adjustable dual dampers and thermometer, and quickly clean up after grilling using the removable Easy Dump Ash Pan
DIMENSIONS - 31”L x 45”W x 47”H, 97 lbs (pairs with the Char-Griller 6755 AKORN Grill Cover and 6201 AKORN Smokin' Stone, both sold separately)
This Weber grill from the Genesis series definitely looks classy. The beautiful stainless steel design looks like it costs a fortune. To be fair, it’s a bit on the pricier side, but this grill is well worth the money.
This grill comes with 646 square inches of main cooking area and a tuck-away warming rack of 198 square inches. According to Weber, that’s enough for cooking 28 patties at the same time. If you’re throwing a barbeque party, there’s also a side burner for additional cooking space (being also the side burner grill). The side burner features a searing station (great grill for searing stakes), which is great for adding those grill marks onto your meat. The cooking grates on this grill are made out of stainless steel that warm up fast and evenly distribute the heat.
Weber grills always have some unique features. One of this model’s feature is the iGrill 3 app-connected thermometer, which allows you to keep a close eye on your food, especially when the lid is closed. You can track the temperature in real-time on your mobile device, meaning you don’t have to sit next to the grill throughout the whole cooking process.
Another cool thing about this model is the easy-to-use fuel level gauge. It’s located next to the propane tank and it lets you monitor precisely how much fuel is left in the tank. This is handy as you can anticipate when you’re about to be out of fuel.
The S-435 model has a large cabinet underneath which has more than enough room for all your tools. The side burner has a lid so it can serve as a side shelf when not needed for cooking. There’s a side shelf on the other side too, and it features tool hooks.
Not everyone lives in a house with a backyard or a patio, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t enjoy grilling just as much. In fact, there are great electric grills on the market, and this model from George Foreman is one of those. It has a sleek design that makes it stand out between all of your other kitchen appliances. You can get it in two colors – black and silver.
This grill has 240 square inches of cooking area, and for an electric grill, that’s pretty generous. The manufacturer claims you can make over 15 servings, and while we believe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, the grill is big enough to make a family dinner. The grill is small yet powerful. It has a precise temperature probe that lets you choose from five heat settings. Electric grills are apartment-friendly so you don’t need anything larger for a daily meal. The plate on this grill features the George Tough nonstick coating, which makes cleaning a piece of cake. Plus, you don’t need to use butter or oil for grilling food. And if you do use oil, the domed lid will prevent the spatter all over your kitchen.
Even though the coating on the grill plate makes it easy to clean, sometimes the food just gets stuck on it. In such cases, you can simply remove the plate and put it under the stream of hot water.
What we love about this grill from Royal Gourmet is that it comes with an offset smoker chamber. If you’re not someone who smokes a lot of food, but would like to do it from time to time, this grill gives you the opportunity to do so without having to buy a separate unit. The rest of the time, you can use it just like any other charcoal grill.
There are two sets of racks on this grill. There’s a main grate which takes up 438 square inches, and it’s made out of porcelain wire. The material is great at retaining heat and it helps with locking the juices in, which keeps your meat tender. Not to mention it’s rust-resistant and easily cleaned. The grill also has a swing-away rack that gives you additional 179 square inches which you can use to keep the meat warm.
This grill runs on charcoal, and it has a 2-level adjustable charcoal pan. You can adjust the height of the pan with a lifting handle, and that way you’re in control of the internal temperature inside the grill. Furthermore, you can control the airflow by adjusting the vent as needed. Finally, there’s a thermometer on the lid that allows you to keep a close eye on the heat level inside.
The grill features two storage racks. The first one is located at the front of the grill, and that’s quite handy for preparing food – unless you’re petite. If that is the case though, this rack gets in the way of you reaching the grill which can be quite annoying. The other rack is located underneath the grill, which gives you more than enough space for charcoal bags and whatnot. Finally, in case you need to move this heavy beast, there are two wheels that allow you to drag it around the patio or backyard.
This 3-burner model from the Classic Char-Broil series is what we’d call a great entry-level gas grill. It’s the right size and has all the most important features, all at a budget-friendly price.
This model comes with 360 square inches of main cooking area, which makes this grill a solid family option. You get an additional 170 square inch warming rack for toasting buns and preparing veggies, or when you simply need to keep the food warm while preparing something else. Both grates are porcelain-coated, which is a material that’s super easy to clean.
The grill comes with three burners that generate up to 10,000 BTUs each, making this quite a strong appliance. The burners are made out of stainless steel and feature heat tents that help with even distribution of heat. The grill works on a Piezo ignition system. This means you start it with a simple push of a button.
The rest of the grill is also made out of stainless steel, meaning it’s quite a sturdy grill. The lid and firebox are also porcelain-coated, which increases the durability even further, and allows it to withstand all the weather conditions. You don’t have to worry about your grill rusting from forgetting it out on a rainy day. (making this gas stainless steel grill a solid option)
The grill comes with a built-in cart. It features two 6-inch wheels on one side and sturdy feet on the other side. The grill weighs almost 50 pounds, so wheels are a must for mobility. It also has two metal side shelves that give you some more prep space. The only thing we’d say it could be added is a bottom shelf, for some extra storage room.
We can’t forget about all the pellet fans out there – this pick is for you. In fact, pellet grills are the talk of the town for the last few years, and for a good reason. They’re the most versatile type of grill out there! You can grill, smoke, roast, bake, braise and barbecue. Another thing you have to love about pellet grills is how user-friendly they are – fill the hopper with pellets, set the temperature and that’s it. Z grills are the go-to brand when it comes to good pellet grills under $500. They offer high-quality products at an affordable price. This ZPG-7002E model has everything you need in a pellet grill.
This grill comes with 700 square inches of cooking surface, which is huge. You can make a meal for a large family dinner or even a BBQ party. This grill can reach temperatures ranging from 180F to 450F, which means you can cook just about anything.
The great thing about pellet grills is that they’re great for beginners. There’s an electronic auto-start ignition, digital auto temperature control and a real-time temperature display. There’s no way you can mess that up. Another great thing about pellet grills is that the weather conditions don’t affect the internal heat that much – usually, it stays within 10 degrees of the set temperature, no matter if it’s 0 or 100 degrees outside.
The hopper on this grill has a 20 lbs capacity. If you fill it all the way up, you’ll have enough fuel for around 20 hours of cooking. That’s great, since you don’t have to add more fuel in the middle of cooking. Once you’re done preparing the food, you only need to wipe down the grates and empty out the grease bucket on the left side of the grill.
Picking up a grill might seem like a simple thing to do, but as soon as you start researching your options you’ll realize there are so many options that it can be incredibly hard to choose. So how do you know which one to get? In this guide, we’ll cover the 4 main types of grills to help you decide which one is right for you.
Charcoal BBQ is the oldest type of grill out there. All you need in order to start grilling over charcoal is a simple metal container to place the coal in and a grilling rack. In fact, that’s what the cheapest versions of charcoal grills are. While these simple grills do fulfill their purpose, there is actually much more to choose from these days.
The kettle-style grill is definitely the most popular type of charcoal grill. It was first introduced by Weber, and the Weber models remain the most popular to this day. While there are simple versions available, if you want the best of the best you’ll want to get the Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill (number 1 on our list).
Besides the kettle grill, the group of charcoal grills also includes kamados. Kamados are charcoal grills with thick ceramic walls that retain heat really well. Cooking on a kamado is definitely a unique experience, but there is one thing to keep in mind: this type of grill is extremely heavy, so moving it around is not an option.
A charcoal grill is perfect for you if:
You enjoy playing with fire
You believe true barbecue must be cooked over a real wood-burning fire
You enjoy low and slow cooking but also want to be able to sear meat from time to time
Liquid Propane and Natural Gas Grills
Gas grills are the epitome of modern grilling. Most gas grills come in two versions – one designed to run on liquid propane tanks and one that can be connected to a natural gas line. However, converting between those two options is also usually possible.
Gas grills come in all shapes and sizes – from small portable units to full-sized beasts that can feed a party of 50 people at a time. The main advantage of gas grills is definitely the convenience: you need approximately 2 minutes to get your grill hot, and the fuel is virtually always available. The main downside is the lack of flavor – gas is odorless, and meat cooked on a gas grill will simply not have the unique taste of meat grilled over a real fire.
A gas grill is perfect for you if:
You value convenience and want a grill you can set up in minutes
You want a versatile grill with precise temperature control
You want to cook for a lot of people at a time
Wood Pellet Grills
Wood pellet grills are a newer type of grill that basically combines the best of both worlds. Wood pellet grills use wood pellets which are actually made of 100% hardwood (if you choose a trusted manufacturer), only ground into sawdust and compressed into pellets. These grills operate automatically, somewhat like a gas grill, but they allow you to use all-natural fuel and give a smokey flavor to your meat. Some would say it’s a win-win situation.
A wood pellet grill is perfect for you if:
You want to use natural fuel but don’t like the hassle of setting up a charcoal grill
You want consistent results every time
You want a grill that’s beginner-friendly and easy to set up
Finally, there is also the option of getting an electric grill. While some would say a grill that runs on electricity is not really a grill, in some situations these can be really convenient. If you want to grill indoors, for example, an electric grill is really the best option. Electric grills are also great for RVs and boats, in situations where you have access to electricity, but would rather not carry charcoal or a propane tank around with you. An additional benefit of electric grills is that their performance is not dependent on the weather – wind, rain, or shine, an electric grill will perform just the same. Obviously, you’ll always need a power outlet in order to use one.
An electric grill is perfect for you if:
You like grilling indoors
You have access to a power outlet where you are grilling
You don’t like dealing with charcoal bags and propane tanks
From the above it should be obvious – every type of grill has its advantages and disadvantages – and you should always choose one according to your circumstances. Before you settle on any grill, you should also have a good idea in your mind about what you want. How big a grill are you looking for? This will depend on the number of people you usually cook for. What kind of features do you want? Do you like smoking meat for hours on end or is searing steaks what you mostly want to do? Once you answer these questions, the picture of an ideal grill should crystalize in your mind. And you’ll probably find it in the list below.
The Final Verdict
What grill should you get? That is a hard question to answer, and there is no single grill that is right for everyone. What the perfect grill is for you will depend on many factors involving where, when, and how often you plan to use your grill. In addition to this, personal preferences and personality traits also have a role in this decision. The point of this article was to give you an overview of the different amazing grills available, so you can get a better feel of what works for you.
However, we won’t leave you hanging – here are two concrete suggestions. The Weber 15501001 Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill is probably the best charcoal grill in the world and it has received stellar reviews. It’s always the right choice for those who like to play with fire and believe that grilling over charcoal is the only right way. However, if you are the type who prefers the convenience of gas grills, you might want to go with the Char-Broil 463377319 Performance 4-Burner Cart Style Liquid Propane Gas Grill.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of grill is best for a backyard?
When most of us think about a grill, we imagine backyard cookouts – and that is definitely one of the joys of owning a grill. If you have lots of space in your backyard, then you can choose literally any kind of grill you like – and each of them will have some advantages and disadvantages.
Getting a huge gas grill is great for a backyard, but also quite expensive. Some grillers love gas girls for their unmatched versatility, but others think they create inferior flavor compared to grilling over actual wood. If you prefer grilling over charcoal, a kamado grill is also a great choice for a backyard. These grills are quite heavy, so you can’t really bring them anywhere with you which makes the backyard the perfect place to try out a kamado.
Of course, these are just some suggestions. When it comes to your backyard, you can literally choose anything you want!
What kind of grill is best for camping?
When it comes to grills for camping and outdoor adventures, portability becomes the ultimate advantage. What kind of grill you can get will depend on whether you are going camping by car, or you plan to carry the grilling setup yourself. In any case, small charcoal grills are always a good choice, but some portable propane grills with 1 or 2 burners offer an easy way to cook outdoors without lagging around heavy fuel.
What kind of grill is best for tailgating?
When it comes to tailgating, you can get something slightly bigger than for camping. Charcoal grills and smoker grills are quite popular in the tailgating community, and that’s definitely the old school way to go. However, you can also find some portable models of pellet grills that are just perfect for tailgating. They are easy to use, versatile, and always give amazing results. The final choice depends on your personality though – it’s impossible to say which one is better objectively.
Are expensive grills worth it?
That’s a hard question to answer but in short – most of the time they are, but sometimes they are not. If you are going to spend a large sum of money on a new grill, you should really know what you are buying. Some grills are expensive simply because of the cost of the quality materials used and the craftsmanship and in these cases you definitely get what you pay for. On the other hand, some grills on the market are ridiculously overpriced – so just be careful.
How long do grills usually last?
An average American will get a new grill approximately every 3 years, and you can probably expect almost any grill to last that long – even the low-budget versions. However, if you get a high-quality grill, you should be able to use it for much longer. Some units can last for at least 10 years, and sometimes even for a lifetime.