All 33 Grills We Recommend
Best Gas Grills
Gas grills are very efficient, have large cooking surfaces, and super easy to use. They run on propane or natural gas, and are also greener than charcoal grills. Heating up fast, gas grills allow excellent temperature control, and are more than suitable for professional use and large BBQ gatherings.
Best grill for: Professional grillers, large families
Weber Genesis II E-435
Weber Genesis II E-310
Weber Spirit II E-310
Best Charcoal Grills
Charcoal grills come with three big advantages – they are easier to set up than a gas grill, more affordable, and deliver that classic BBQ flavor we all crave. Although cooking on it is more challenging compared to gas grills, but all it takes it a little practice to become an expert.
Best grill for: Backyard BBQ enthusiasts, camping
Weber Original Kettle
Royal Gourmet CC1830F
Best Pellet Grills
Design-wise, pellet grills are similar to gas grills, but they use wood pellets as fuel. Pellets are fed to the burning chamber by an electric auger, so you have to place them near an electric outlet. That said, pellet grills – or pellet smokers – provides easy temperature control, heat up faster than charcoal grills and infuse your food with the characteristic smoky flavor we all expect from a BBQ.
Best grill for: Grill masters, slow cooking
Traeger Grills TFB88PZBO
Z Grills ZPG-7002B
Z Grills ZPG-6002B
Best Smoker Grills
If you love to brisket, pulled pork, or dream to make the best pastrami or ham, a smoker grill is your best bet. These grills are not made for fast cooking, but produce higher quality slow-cooked foods than all other grills. They come in either vertical or horizontal designs.
Best grill for: Slow cooking at lower temperatures
Oklahoma Joe's 15202031
Royal Gourmet CC1830S
Best Kamado Grills
Are you dreaming of setting up an outdoor kitchen in your backyard? If yes, you can’t go wrong with a ceramic kamado grill. One of the most versatile outdoor cookers around, it runs on wood and is suitable for cooking virtually anything, from juicy burgers to pulled pork to pizza to stews. Getting it hot is relatively slow, but kamado grills retain heat amazingly – just perfect for anything you might want to grill.
Best grill for: Grilling, smoking, baking
Kamado Joe KJ23RHC
Best Flat Top Grill
Flat top grills won’t leave those BBQ marks on your meat, but instead, you’ll get a flat cooking surface that boosts versatility. Besides barbequing meat, sea food and grilling veggies, a flat top grill is perfect for making pancakes, sandwiches, or cooking breakfasts.
Best grill for: Sea food, breakfasts, sandwiches
Royal Gourmet GB4001
Best Electric Grills
Electric grills are great for beginners who don’t have the confidence to use a charcoal or gas grill. They are also green, and perfect for areas that ban charcoal grills. They often come with seasoned grates and are super-easy to use and clean. Their greatest advantage is outstanding temperature control.
Best grill for: Condos, closed patios
George Foreman GGR50B
Best Portable Grills
Camping and tailgating adventures often require more than the best instant tent and camping stove. A portable grill can boost your outdoor cooking game. You can choose from charcoal, wood-burning, and even gas portable grills. Due to their small size, they are also perfect for a terrace or balcony.
Best grill for: Camping, small outdoor spaces
Coleman RoadTrip 225
Best Smokeless Indoor Grills
A kind of electric grill, indoor grills suit those who don’t want to give up a properly cooked burger even when the temperatures drop and it rains or snows. They are also perfect for students and for those who don’t have a balcony or backyard.
Best grill for: Casual indoor grilling
Hamilton Beach 25361
Best Infrared Grills
Typically running on gas or electricity, infrared grills are perfect if fast cooking is your main purpose. Impressing with their cooking speed, the high temperature they reach, and excellent heat distribution, these grills are perfect for searing steaks or cooking burgers. They aren’t ideal for slow cooking and can burn foods easily, so they need constant supervision.
Best grill for: Fast cooking, searing meat
Char-Broil The Big Easy
Best Tabletop Grills
Tabletop grills are all those grills small enough to place on a table or counter. The category includes most portable and indoor grills and are ideal for apartments, balconies, RVs, as well as campers.
Best grill for: Camping, indoor grilling
Best Gas Grill
As easy to use as a kitchen stove, gas grills provide efficiency and versatility. They are perfect for grilling, searing meat, and slow cooking alike.
- Grill type: Gas grills use either propane or natural gas; the former is ideal if you value mobility, but a natural gas grill is cheaper to run if you can hook it to a gas pipe.
- BTU: Similar to a gas stove or space heater, the efficiency of the gas grill is determined by its BTU output. The higher the BTU, the higher the temperature it can reach; thus, the faster you can cook.
- Side burners: The cheaper gas grills only have a main cooking area heated by one to three burners. However, if you want to cook for larger crowds or test your chef skills, a grill with a side burner allows you to also cook sides or sauces while grilling the meat.
- Grilling accessories: Many gas grills also come with a set of accessories like rotisserie accessories, accessory hooks, fold-down shelves and cabinet storage.
- Bluetooth & Wi-Fi: Some of the best gas grills connect with apps via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, so you can control them from a distance.
Best Gas Grill Reviews of 2021
Weber 62016001 Genesis II E-435 4-Burner Liquid Propane or Natural Gas Grill
Best gas grill for big crowds
Four high-performance burners and generous cooking surface make it perfect for big families and commercial premises alike.
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Are you eager to become the grilling master of the neighborhood or need a gas grill for your business? The Weber Genesis II E-435 could be the right one for you. Dubbed the best Weber grill around, it impresses with a generous main cooking surface of 646 square inches, so you can grill up to 28 burger patties in one go.
It runs on either propane or natural gas, so you can pick the one that’s the most convenient for you. No matter your choice, you’ll enjoy the same cooking efficiency thanks to the four high-performance burners that output up to 69,000 BTU.
We also like the cooking grates that are coated with porcelain enamel. Not only are they easy to clean, but they also provide effective heat retention and even heat distribution. It has a higher price tag, but its performance, combined with a range of accessories from the brand and app connectivity, make it worth every dime.
Weber 61011001 Genesis II E-310 Liquid Propane or Natural Gas 3-Burner Grill
Best residential gas grill
A main cooking area of 513 square inches makes it perfect for most backyards.
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The Weber Genesis II E-310 isn’t just a gas grill. It is the gas grill you need to get the party started. Offering unrivaled value for money, it has the main cooking surface only slightly smaller than its E-435 counterpart and can cook up to 24 burgers at a time.
Part of the same gas grill line as our best in class, it presents similar features and performance. The main difference between the two is the more compact dimension – as well as the lower price tag – of the Genesis II E-310.
This grill has three burners instead of four and heat output of up to 39,000 BTU. Apart from these differences, you can expect all the best-in-class features that come with the E-435 model. No doubt, true bang for the buck.
Weber 45010001 Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Liquid Propane or Natural Gas Grill
Cheaper yet performing
A high-quality yet budget-friendly gas grill suitable for families or smaller gatherings.
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The Weber Spirit II E-310 comes as an alternative to the E-310 model from the Genesis II line. Manufactured by the same brand, it shares some of the features as well as the quality with its bigger brother but has a smaller cooking surface and fewer additional features.
Ideal for a smaller number of people – around four to six – it has the main cooking surface of 424 square inches plus a warming rack that offers an additional 105 square inches.
Similar to our best value, it has three burners, but the heat output is a bit lower. That said, this grill will still provide enough heat for searing steaks and grilling burgers.
Like the other Weber grills, it comes with ceramic-coated grates and features the brand’s signature flavorized bars that will add a delicious smoky flavor to your food. Performing and affordable, it is a great choice for grill masters on a budget.
Best Charcoal Grill
Smaller than gas grills yet more affordable, charcoal grills are perfect if you want to taste that perfect smoky flavor. Temperature is harder to control, but if you’re an expert, charcoal grills enhance cooking versatility.
- Kettle vs. cart style: Charcoal grills come in kettle and cart style. Kettle style grills are the traditional, round ones that have been around for ages. They are compact and easy to use, perfect for smaller yards. Cart style grills look like the gas or electric ones; they are a bit larger but offer more features and storage.
- Overall size and cooking space: Most charcoal grills are compact and suited for smaller crowds, usually up to 4-6 people. If you want to cook for larger hordes, make sure the grill has a cooking surface of at least 450 square inches.
- Racks and shelfs: A rack or shelf under the grill allows you to keep the charcoal bag at hand yet out of your way.
- Air vents: Air vents help you control and adjust the temperature while cooking without opening the lid.
Best Charcoal Grill Reviews of 2021
Weber 15501001 Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill
Best cart style grill
A big cooking area and innovative features make it the best charcoal grill you can find.
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Grill masters looking for the ultimate charcoal grill will fall head over heels for this deluxe Weber grill. Designed as a hybrid between a kettle and a cart grill, it brings the best of both worlds.
The actual cooking area features the traditional kettle design. It allows for excellent temperature control and delivers even heat distribution across the cooking surface. At 22-inch large in diameter, it’s spacious enough to fit 13 burgers at a time.
On one side, a large counter area provides plenty of space for prepping food or utensils. Furthermore, the grill comes complete with a bottom rack for your coal bags as well as a removable garbage bin.
Made from enameled steel and featuring porcelain-coated stainless steel grates, the Weber 15501001 is also durable.
Innovative features include a gas ignition system, a built-in thermometer in the lid, as well as one-touch cleaning system with a removable ashtray. Big, performing, and feature-packed, this is one of the best charcoal grills around.
Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill
The iconic backyard grill
A traditional design combines with the 21st-century grilling performance you expect from a modern charcoal grill.
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Less cumbersome than our best in class but providing the same cooking surface, the Weber Original Kettle is the perfect charcoal grill we have all seen in suburb backyards. It has a retro style but a modern, innovative spirit, even if it lacks Weber’s gas ignition.
We particularly like its compact size that fits well in small yards, patios, terraces, and even in larger balconies.
It’s made from porcelain-enameled steel and comes with stainless steel grates – a choice that makes it easy to grill burgers without worrying about sticking food, and also easy to clean. It even features the one-touch removable ashtray we’ve seen on our best in class.
Two big wheels and a rubberized handle ensures easy mobility. Further details include two hooks on the handle for your grilling utensils – all you need for throwing an epic BBQ party for your friends or family.
Royal Gourmet CC1830F Charcoal Grill with Offset Smoker
Best charcoal grill and smoker
A big-capacity charcoal grill designed for BBQs as well as seamless smoking of your favorite meat cuts.
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In-between a charcoal grill and a charcoal offset smoker, the Royal Gourmet CC1830F is an excellent choice for those who want to kill two birds with a stone. While you won’t get that classic kettle grill design, this one will still look good in your yard.
Its greatest advantage is the huge cooking area that provides 438 square inches of main cooking surface – bigger than our best value’s and best in class’ – plus an additional 179 square inches of cooking space in the smoking chamber. A big capacity charcoal pan can hold up to 5 pounds of coal, just perfect for low and slow cooking.
The grill is made from powder-coated steel. It isn’t as durable as the Weber grills in this class, but it comes at a very affordable price. If you need a big coal grill and don’t want to break the bank, this one might be it.
Best Wood Pellet Grill
Easier to control than a charcoal grill, a pellet grill is fuel-efficient, relatively cheap to run, and infuses the food with that delicious smoky flavor. These grills need electricity to run, so they aren’t exactly portable.
- Powder-coated vs. stainless steel: Perhaps the most complex type of grills, pellet grills are often made of steel. On the lower end, you can find powder-coated steel grills that can rust over time. The best pellet grills are made of marine-grade stainless steel.
- Hopper size: The hopper stores the pellets and feeds them to the fire pot with the help of an electric auger. If you want to set the pellet smoker and forget it, get one with a hopper capacity of at least 20 pounds, which corresponds to around 20 hours of runtime per charge.
- Grilling options: Although named pellet grills, these machines are primarily used for slow cooking and smoking, and not all of them are suitable for BBQs. If you want to use it for grilling, too, make sure the pellet smoker you want has grilling features.
- Meat probes: Controlling the temperature of the meat when slow cooking is essential, and a pellet grill with built-in probes brings more value for money.
Best Wood Pellet Grill Reviews of 2021
Traeger Grills TFB88PZBO Pro Series 34 Pellet Grill and Smoker
Best pellet smoker grill
A huge cooking area and 6-in-1 capability deliver all the versatility you need for grilling or slow cooking.
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The Traeger Grills TFB88PZBO is undeniably the best pellet grill for large crowds. Impressing with a total cooking area of 884 square inches, it can accommodate 40 burgers, eight whole chickens, or seven racks of ribs at a time.
More than a grill, this is a 6-in-1 appliance that also allows you to smoke, braise, roast, bake, and BBQ foods.
An 18-pound hopper capacity and professional digital temperature control also make it possible to just set it and forget it. Perhaps it isn’t the best grill smoker for brisket – you will have to refill the hopper with pellets at some time – but it is undeniably the best for most foods and feeding larger crowds.
Z Grills ZPG-7002B 8-in-1 Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker
8-in-1 BBQ grill
An automated electric feed system and digital temperature control maintain the heat constantly throughout the cooking process.
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Z Grills is one of the most popular brands in the pellet grill world for a good reason. Their grills pack a punch and can satisfy even the most demanding grill chef, as proved by the ZPG-7002B model.
Slightly smaller than our best in class but packing more features, it impresses with eight instead of six functions. It obviously includes the two signature options all pellet grills are famous for, namely grill and smoke, alongside braise, roast, bake, and barbeque. Up to this point, it matches our best in class, but a searing station and char-grill give it those extra points we were mentioning.
Functions aside, we also like its bigger pellet hopper that boasts a capacity of 20 pounds. While the difference could seem negligible, you’ll still get two more hours of runtime – just perfect for cooking brisket.
Boasting more features than our best in class but smaller – and more affordable – this pellet grill brings unrivaled value for money.
Z GRILLS ZPG-6002B 6-in-1 Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker
Best for small yards
Fan-forced convection cooking creates a versatile environment for grilling, smoking, braising, and more.
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The Z Grills ZPG-6002B is our best value’s smaller brother, a versatile grill ideal for smaller backyards and grillers on a budget.
The main difference between this model and our best value is the smaller size of this grill, as well as the lack of searing and char-grill options. You will still get all the functions seen on our best in class, which is still awesome for a grill this size.
Like the ZPG-7002B, this pellet grill comes with a 20-lb hopper and digital temperature control. With a temperature range between 180°F and 450°F, it is suitable for all your barbeque needs.
Best Smoker Grill Combo
Similar to a pellet grill in that they cook food low and slow, but using gas, coals, or wood chips, a smoker grill is a more suitable option if you want to move the appliance around your yard.
- Gas vs. charcoal vs. electric smoker grills: Like standard grills, smoker grills can run on charcoal, gas, or electricity. Electric and gas smokers are the easiest to use, but if you care more about the taste, you can’t go wrong with a charcoal model.
- Cooking capacity: Do you want to cook just for yourself or prepare large batches for a numerous family? A smoker grill with a capacity under 1,000 square inches is ideal for up to four people. For larger families, get a larger smoker grill.
- Cleaning ease: Make sure the smoker grill you like comes with a removable drip pan, wood chips pan, and racks for easier cleaning.
- Accessories: The best smoker grills have an array of accessories, including grates, sausage racks, and hooks for hanging hams and briskets.
Best Smoker Grill Combo Reviews of 2021
Masterbuilt MB20041220 Gravity Series 1050 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker
Best vertical smoker grill
Smart features allow you to control the temperature and monitor your food from a distance.
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When BBQ time comes, grilling burgers is only half the fun. Low and slow cooking represents the other half, and the Masterbuilt MB20041220 is the best smoker grill around that allows you to fulfill all your barbequing dreams.
A hybrid between a smoker and a grill, it impresses with a vertical design and generous temperature range between 225°F and 700°F.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity make it easy to control cooking time and temperature without leaving your couch – a great feature when you’re cooking pulled pork or smoke a rack of ribs, for example.
The hopper is large enough to hold up to 10 pounds of lump coal or 16 pounds of briquettes, enough for a runtime of around 8 hours per charge. Perhaps not as long as other smokers can provide, but sufficient for most people.
This smoker grill also features a digital fan that enhances temperature control, a separate searing station, and aesthetic design overall. No doubt, it can make an impressive addition to your outdoor or patio kitchen.
Oklahoma Joe’s 15202031 Highland Offset Smoker
Best grill with offset smoker
Traditional grill design and double functionality are just some of this smoker grill's features.
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The Oklahoma Joe’s 15202031 comes as an alternative to our best in class, representing a perfect option for the homeowner who values versatility.
Boasting a horizontal design, it looks like a traditional grill with a generous main cooking surface of 619 square inches. A secondary cooking area brings an additional 281 square inches to the game, and combined; this smoker grill gives you plenty of space to cook for a big crowd.
You can use it to grill burgers or slow cook an array of meat cuts as well as poultry. No matter which area you want to use, multiple adjustable dumpers make it easy to regulate the heat and use each cooking are for both smoking and grilling.
Cooking aside, this smoker grill is also easy to move around your yard and provides plenty of storage for coal bags, cooking utensils, and other essentials. Ideal for most outdoor cooking needs.
Royal Gourmet CC1830S 30″ BBQ Charcoal Grill and Offset Smoker
A budget alternative
A compact and affordable offset smoker for smaller families and grillers on a low budget.
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Combining the versatility of an offset smoker with that of a charcoal grill, the Royal Gourmet CC1830S boasts a generous cooking surface while fitting seamlessly in smaller yards.
Like our best value, it has a horizontal design and two separate cooking areas. The main one is ideal for high heat grilling and broiling; it provides 438 square inches of cooking surface and comes with porcelain-enameled grates that are easy to clean.
The secondary area is perfect for smoking. It’s smaller, providing only 183 square inches of cooking space, but that’s usually enough for two whole chickens or a rack of ribs.
Thanks to its cart design, the grill is easy to move and also comes with a table, utensil hooks, and a bottom shelf for coals and accessories – all that you need at a more than competitive price.
Best Ceramic Kamado Grill
Inspired by the ancient Japanese ovens, kamado grills are perhaps the most versatile. Ceramic construction ensures perfect heat distribution, and you can control the temperature for faster or slower cooking, based on your needs.
- Ceramic vs. steel vs. aluminum: The best kamado grills are made of ceramic, but some manufacturers make them from steel or aluminum. Metal models have poorer heat retention and are less durable but more affordable.
- Build quality: The whole point of a kamado grill is heat retention, so you should make sure the one you want comes with thick ceramic walls. It might be heavy and expensive, but it’s worth every dime.
- Folding shelves: Most ceramic grills are minimalist, but some come with attached workspace, such as folding shelves or side tables.
- Overall durability: Kamado grills are intended to stay out all year round, so you should buy a weather-resistant model that won’t crack or rust when exposed to extreme temperatures and elements.
Best Ceramic Kamado Grill Reviews of 2021
Kamado Joe KJ23RHC Classic II Ceramic Charcoal Grill
Best kamado grill
The two-tier flexible cooking system allows you to cook various foods at various temperatures in one go.
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When your goal is to become the grilling authority in your neighborhood, you need the Kamado Joe KJ23RHC. This premium quality kamado grill not only impresses with its unrivaled durability, but it also stands out thanks to its versatility.
Its greatest highlight is the two-tier flexible cooking system consisting of a modular grate you can arrange in various ways. Thanks to this feature, you can create different temperature zones inside the kamado and cook foods that require different temperatures at the same time.
Durability is given by the solid ceramic construction; the thick ceramic involved also does an awesome job in preventing heat loss.
Suitable for more than just grilling, the Kamado Joe KJ23RHC is also perfect for baking pizza, making naan bread, roasting chicken, and more. Expensive but versatile, it is the best investment you can make if you want the ultimate kamado grill.
Char-Griller E56720 AKORN Kamado Charcoal Grill
Just right for most backyards
An attractive price tag and top performance make it an appealing choice for most enthusiasts.
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The Char-Griller E56720 may not have the two-tier cooking system seen on Kamado Joe, but it can easily satisfy most grilling enthusiasts. Its cooking surface is perfect for 4-6 people, and like Kamado Joe, this grill is versatile enough for grilling, smoking, and baking alike.
The main difference between this kamado and our best in class is the choice of materials. This one is made from steel and comes with a porcelain-enameled interior. It isn’t as thick as our best in class, but it still provides excellent heat retention and temperature control.
We particularly like the tubular steel frame and rubber wheels that maintain weight relatively low and make it easy to move the grill from one place to another. Two side tables with utensil hooks add further value.
Capable of satisfying all your cooking needs, from searing steaks to slow cooking ribs to making beef jerky, this kamado grill has all you could wish for, including an attractive price tag.
Char-Griller E6714 Akorn Jr Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill
Small and affordable
A compact kamado grill you can set up in a small backyard, patio, or balcony alike.
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The Char-Griller E6714 is very similar to our best value. It comes from the same brand and is made from the same materials, meaning you’ll get the same quality.
Particularly suitable for smaller yards, it has a smaller size. You won’t get the wheeled frame, but the grill has two convenient side handles that allow you to carry it – although it will take two people for the task, considering its weight.
Almost half the size of the Char-Griller E56720, it provides 153 square inches of primary cooking surface. Dual dampers provide precise temperature control, while the built-in thermometer lets you monitor and adjust the heat level.
Great for a smaller outdoor space or on-the-go adventures, this is also the best kamado grill for grill chefs on a budget.
Best Outdoor Flat Top Grill
Boasting a flat cooking surface rather than grates, a flat top grill is perfect for cooking breakfasts and making sandwiches in your backyard, or for your street food business.
- Pre-seasoned cooking surface: Seasoning is a crucial process for all new grills, but a pre-seasoned cooking surface saves you time and lets you enjoy delicious food from the start.
- Mobility: Do you need a flat top grill for domestic or commercial use? Do you want to move it from one place to another? If yes, get one with manageable weight, wheels, and push or pull handle.
- Even heat distribution: If you want to prevent hot spots and enjoy even heat distribution, check if the grill comes with enough burners to cover the entire cooking surface.
- BTU: Similar to gas grills, the performance of a flat top grill is determined by the BTU output of its burners.
Best Outdoor Flat Top Grill Reviews of 2021
Blackstone 1825 Cooking Station 4 Burner Professional Outdoor Flat Top Gas Griddle
Best commercial flat top grill
A huge cooking surface and lots of add-ons make this flat top grill perfect for restaurants and catering firms.
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Restaurants, catering firms, but also avid grillers who can’t settle for anything less than the best will love the Blackstone 1825 flat top grill. Running on propane, it outputs a total of 60,000 BTU divided between four burners.
Its greatest highlight is the independent burner control similar to a kitchen stove – a feature that makes it possible to create different temperature zones.
The huge cooking area also allows you to cook for big crowds. The grill can accommodate up to 28 burgers or 72 hot dogs at a time. Obviously, this flat top griddle is also perfect for cooking breakfasts, making pancakes, or heating up Panini bread or toasts before filling your sandwiches.
Cooking performance aside, we also like that it comes with two side tables, one of which has a removable cutting board, garbage bag hooks, and paper roll holder. Large, powerful, and performing, this is one of the best outdoor grills you can find.
Blackstone 1554 Cooking 4 Burner Flat Top Gas Grill
Best grill griddle for party and camping
Almost identical with our best value, but with fewer add-ons, it's one of the best grill griddles for your home.
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The Blackstone 1554 is an excellent flat top grill for amateur chefs and restaurants on a budget alike. Performance-wise, it’s identical to our best in class. It has the same cooking surface and is powered by four burners.
It is easy to use, easy to clean and requires little maintenance. Placed on a wheeled frame, it is also easy to transport.
The main difference between the two is the lack of a removable cutting board, garbage bag hooks, and paper roll holders. At the end of the day, you won’t get these accessories, but that’s a small price to pay considering how much you can save on your purchase.
Royal Gourmet GB4001 4-Burner Propane Outdoor Flat Top Grill
Best cheap grill griddle
A lower price tag makes it an excellent choice for homeowners and campers on a budget.
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The Royal Gourmet GB4001 can only be defined as the best cheap grill griddle around. Competing with the Blackstone flat grills in terms of cooking area, it provides sufficient space to feed large crowds and comes with four burners.
Similar to our best value and best in class, the top is heated by four burners with independent controls. The lower price tag is explained by the lower BTU output – instead of 60,000, you’ll only get a total of 52,000 BTU.
Although the max temperature it can reach is slightly lower than Blackstone’s, you’ll still be able to cook all foods to perfection. Searing meat could be a little slower, though. That said, if you want a flat top grill to cook breakfasts or cook hot dogs and burgers, this one is perfect.
Best Outdoor Electric Grill
Electric grills are ideal for beginners and those who want good food with minimal effort. Their greatest strength is the seamless temperature control, while their heat distribution is often optimal. They can’t compete with charcoal or even gas grills in terms of flavor but are economical and easy to use.
- Voltage requirements: Perhaps the main thing to check before buying is what type of electric circuit they require. Smaller grills are running on 110-120V plug in a wall outlet. Higher voltages usually require a connection to the main circuit.
- Timer: It makes it even easier to cook foods, such as whole chickens, pork belly, ham, and other foods that require slower cooking.
- Non-stick grates: The best electric grills come with non-stick grates that improve cooking quality and speed up cleaning.
- Heat distribution: While most electric grills have good heat distribution, some of the more affordable models don’t have sufficient heating elements and can cause hot spots.
Best Outdoor Electric Grill Reviews of 2021
Weber 52020001 Q1400 Electric Grill
Best portable electric grill
Very compact design and side handles make this grill perfect to use at home or on your adventures.
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Do you need an electric grill for your balcony or RV? You can’t go wrong with the Weber 52020001. Despite its compact dimensions, this appliance is a true beast you can use to cook perfect BBQ food – we wouldn’t have expected anything less from the brand.
Despite its small dimensions, you’ll still get 189 square inches of cooking surface. The enameled cast iron cooking grates heat fast and distribute the temperature evenly, making this grill perfect for searing chops, steaks, and burgers.
We also like that it’s easy to transport thanks to the side handles. Furthermore, it comes with legs that protect your tabletop from excessive heat.
This urban BBQ grill runs on 120V circuits and outputs 1,560 watts. It is compact yet performing, just perfect to use at home or on the go.
Char-Broil 20602107 Patio Bistro TRU-Infrared Electric Grill
Best electric grill for patios
TRU-infrared technology ensures quick heat-up and even distribution of heat for flawless cooking results.
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The Char-Broil 20602107 is not only one of the best electric grills; it is also one of the best TRU-infrared grills around.
Compact and really easy to use, it features a wheeled cart for easy transport and comes with an integrated control knob that allows you to easily adjust the temperature. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles seen on the Weber, but its porcelain-coated cooking grate is easy-to-clean and rust-resistant.
This electric grill is designed for patios and comes in four different colors. It also has an unbeatable price tag considering its size and features – no doubt, the best choice for most homes.
George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill
Best budget electric grill
A removable grill stand transforms it from tabletop to freestanding grill in the blink of an eye.
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Aren’t you tired of giving up delicious BBQs throughout winter or when it rains? We surely are; that’s why we like the George Foreman GGR50B.
This electric George Foreman grill is designed for both indoor and outdoor use, so you can throw a backyard party or grill some burgers for your family in the kitchen. Not only can you use it both inside and outside of your home, a removable and collapsible stand also help you turn it from a tabletop grill into a freestanding one, as needed.
Boasting a cooking surface of 240 square inches, it is large enough to accommodate 15 burgers at a time – slightly more than the Weber. It isn’t as resistant but comes at a fraction of the price. Undeniably, a great choice if you need a versatile appliance but don’t want to break the bank.
Best Portable Camping Grill
Portable grills are primarily designed for camping, tailgating, and RVs. You can pick from a bountiful range of gas or charcoal grill models.
- Size and design: Portable grills vary in size from tabletop to full-size models. For 2-3 people, a tabletop grill will suffice. For larger parties, get a folding or collapsible full-size one.
- Assembly ease: Most full-size portable grills break down into multiple parts for easier transport and storage. To prevent frustrations, get a grill, you can set up with ease.
- User-friendliness: Charcoal grills may be straightforward to use, but if you opt for a gas model, make sure you can hook the gas tank or canister easily.
- Lid: The lid plays an important role in controlling heat, but not all portable grills come with lids. Check before buying.
Best Portable Camping Grill Reviews of 2021
Weber 51010001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill
Best portable propane grill
Convenient tabletop design and folding side shelves deliver outstanding value.
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The Weber 51010001 is very similar to its electric grill counterpart from the same brand, and the main difference between the two is the fuel – this portable grill runs on propane.
Due to the fuel difference, the 51010001 isn’t suitable to use indoors. That said, it is an excellent choice for camping and tailgating. Its tabletop design makes it perfect for placing on any flat surface, or you could pair it with a cast iron stand from the brand, sold separately.
The cooking surface of 189 square inches makes it ideal for crowds of up to 4-6 people. Add-ons compared to the electric version are the side shelves you can use to prepare the food or keep your utensils. Compact yet mighty, this is undeniably the best portable grill your money can buy.
Coleman RoadTrip 225 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill
Best for car camping
The fixed folding stand brings more value when using this grill out in the wild.
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Coleman is one of the most popular camping gear brands, so it only makes sense that their RoadTrip 225 was built with campers in mind. Its greatest highlight is the folding stand that allows you to set up the grill at a comfortable height within seconds.
A slightly bigger grilling area and two burners with separate controls bring further value. Furthermore, the grill has a removable side table and sturdy mobility wheels. Sure, it may not last as long as the Weber, but it is reliable, easy to use, and perfect for camping.
Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill
Best portable charcoal grill
A compact yet dependable charcoal grill that can easily fit into your car trunk and even carry on your hikes.
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If you like the taste of food cooked over the fire but don’t really want to gather wood and set up a fire pit on your trip, the Weber 121020 charcoal grill can become your best friend.
This compact and portable charcoal grill packs compactly to briefcase dimensions. It is very easy to transport and equally easy to use.
It may not have excessive bells and whistles nor a very large cooking surface, but it’s still perfect for around four people. Ideal for car camping and tailgating, it also comes at a very attractive price tag.
Best Indoor Griddle
Indoor grills can easily satisfy the meat-hungry crowds during winter and are true life-savers for those who don’t have an outdoor space.
- Temperature indicator: Makes indoor grilling less complicated by letting you know when the surface is ready to cook on.
- Power: An underpowered indoor grill will not only heat up slowly, but it will also be slow to recover heat each time you open the lid to check your food.
- Removable cooking surface: It makes it easier to clean the appliance after cooking. Ideally, the cooking surface should also be slightly inclined, and the grease should drip into a drip pan.
- Max temperature: If you want your indoor grill to match the performance of an outdoor one, get one that can reach around 600°F.
Best Indoor Griddle Reviews of 2021
Ninja FG551 Foodi Smart XL 6-in-1 Indoor Grill
6-in-1 indoor grill
This multifunctional device can take your indoor grilling game to the next level.
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The Ninja Foodi grill is the best indoor grill you can get if you want to wow your family and friends with your grilling skills. Like most modern appliances, it’s packed with technology and various functions designed to help you cook delicious foods each time you turn it on.
More than an indoor grill, you’ll also get an air fryer, or you can use it to roast, bake, broil, and even dehydrate meats if you want to make jerky.
Using it is as easy as it gets. Digital controls allow you to choose the desired setting and control the temperature. It even comes with a leave-in thermometer and a one-of-a-kind smoke control system – all that you need to cook perfect BBQs indoors.
Techwood Raclette Table Grill Electric Indoor Korean BBQ Grill
Best indoor party grill
Grill foods and make individual raclettes while catching up with your family and friends.
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While the Techwood Grill isn’t such a high-tech indoor grill as the Ninja, it is undeniably a very smart choice if you want to become the best party thrower in your gang.
Designed specifically for nights in, this device is an indoor electric grill on top and a raclette grill on the bottom. Individual raclette trays – six of them, to be precise – give everyone the opportunity to grill cheese to their liking. Furthermore, we like that the grill tray is reversible, transforming into a flat top griddle.
High heat output and easy control are some of its other highlights. Fun to use and versatile, this is the best indoor grill for parties.
Hamilton Beach 25361 Electric Indoor Searing Grill
Best compact indoor grill
Removable non-stick cook plate and drip tray make this indoor grill very easy to maintain.
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Whether you’re on a budget or simply want a no-frills indoor grill to use occasionally, the Hamilton Beach Indoor Grill could suit your needs.
Boasting a cooking surface big enough to accommodate six burgers, it is ideal for small families and intimate gatherings. Cooking with it is a breeze thanks to the intuitive knob control, and cleaning it is also as easy as it gets.
This tabletop grill also has a window on the lid that helps you check foods without losing heat and is very affordable.
Best TRU-Infrared Grill
Infrared grills burn hotter and sear meat faster than all other grills. They aren’t ideal for slow cooking, but if you’re the burger and steak type of guy (or gal), an infrared grill could be your best bet.
- Ceramic burner: The best infrared grills come with ceramic burners that can output around 600-1,000°F. These systems are prone to flare-ups but ideal for fast cooking.
- Versatility: Some infrared grills have both infrared and normal burners, offering different temperature zones for more versatile cooking.
- Ignition system: Considering that most infrared grills use propane or natural gas as fuel, get a model with an automatic, matchless ignition system.
- Flavorizer bars: Give that fresh-off-the-grill taste to your food, even if the grill doesn’t use coals or wood chips.
Best TRU-Infrared Grill Reviews of 2021
Char-Broil 463255020 Signature TRU Infrared 4-Burner Cabinet Style Gas Grill
Best infrared grill
Integrated LED lights enhance the visual value while also making it easier to keep an eye on your food.
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Char-Broil is a heavyweight name in the grilling industry, and their 463255020 is one of the best infrared grills on the market – a model perfect for the avid griller or professional chefs who want to cook the best BBQs.
Besides the TRU infrared technology that prevents flare-ups while ensuring even heat distribution and fast cooking, this grill also impresses with its design.
It has sleek lines, a flawless chromed finish, and comes with a side table and storage cabinet. Running on propane, the Char-Broil 463255020 isn’t only an excellent infrared grill; it also is one of the best gas grills around.
Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Smoker Roaster & Grill
Infrared grill and smoker combo
Grill, smoker, and rotisserie function make The Big Easy one of the most versatile infrared grills.
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The Big Easy from Char-Broil looks odd and doesn’t resemble a grill at first glance. Nevertheless, it is one of the most versatile grills you can get your hands on.
Boasting a vertical design, it works as a grill, it has a rotisserie function, and you can even use it as a smoker.
Like the Char-Broil 463255020, it is one of the best TRU-infrared grills. This technology ensures even distribution of heat, helping you cook your foods to perfection. Highlights also include 180 square inches of grilling area and adjustable temperature output from 9,000 to 18,000 BTU.
Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Portable Grill2Go Gas Grill
Best portable infrared grill
A very compact, portable gas grill designed to come with you on all your outdoor adventures.
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Like our best value and best in class, our budget pick also comes from Char-Broil. The main highlight of this TRU-infrared grill is that it’s portable. It still runs on propane, but it uses gas canisters rather than the standard 20-lb tanks, so it’s suitable for camping.
It has a tabletop design and comes with convenient side handles. The lid closes securely with metal latches, and it even comes with a convenient carry bag.
Ideal for gangs up to eight people and seamless to use and control, it is also a great choice for enthusiasts on a budget.
Best Tabletop (Propane) Grill
Ideal for small patios, balconies, and even RVs, tabletop grills come as an alternative for limited spaces and lower budgets.
- Fuel type: You can choose from gas, electric, or charcoal tabletop grills. Each has its pros and cons, and ultimately, the choice is yours.
- Weight: A heavy tabletop grill isn’t your best bet, especially if the table you have isn’t particularly solid. Typically, your grill shouldn’t exceed 40 pounds.
- Carrying handles: Even if you don’t plan to take your tabletop grill on trips, carrying handles make it easier to move.
- Stand or legs: Your tabletop grill can become hot when in use, and it could potentially damage your table or counter. To prevent it, get a grill that comes with a stand or legs so that its bottom doesn’t come in direct contact with the table.
Best Tabletop (Propane) Grill Reviews of 2021
Cuisinart CGG-306 Chef’s Style Propane Tabletop Grill
Best propane tabletop grill
A generous cooking surface accommodates around ten burgers at a time and is perfect for mid-sized parties.
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If you don’t have the space for a full-size grill but still want to impress your friends or family with the grill you have, check out the Cuisinart CGG-306. Featuring an attractive stainless steel design, it works with a 20-lb propane tank despite its compact dimension.
It also has a generous cooking surface – 276.75 square inches, to be precise, or more or less the same cooking surface as a kettle-style charcoal grill.
Suitable for up to 8-10 people, it also features an integrated thermometer and adjustable burners. Providing full-size grill performance but small enough to keep on your terrace, it is the best tabletop grill for the demanding grill masters.
Megamaster 820-0033M Propane Gas Grill
Individually adjustable burners give you plenty of control over the cooking temperature.
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The Megamaster 820-0033M comes as a great alternative to our best value if you don’t want to break the bank. Its cooking surface is only slightly smaller, but you’ll still have plenty of space to cook around eight burgers at a time.
Easy to use and versatile, it also runs on propane and features two burners with individual controls. Not only can you adjust the temperature, but you can even create two temperature zones should you want to.
Like most tabletop grills, this one is made from stainless steel but is only suitable to use outdoors.
Blackstone 1650 Tabletop Grill
A budget tabletop grill
A flat-top design makes it a great alternative to a full-size flat top grill.
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Do you like the flat top grill design but don’t quite have space for a full size one? Nothing to worry about. The Blackstone 1650 can save the day.
As we already mentioned, it obviously has a flat-top design. This means that you can use it to grill burgers but also to fry eggs or make pancakes. Its 17-inch top provides 260 square inches of cooking surface – much more than our best value.
Convenient and portable, it also uses 1-lb propane bottles rather than 20-lb tanks and is perfect for your balcony, camping, and tailgating alike.
Grill Buying Guide
What is the best grill type for me?
The first thing to do when buying a grill is checking out the types and see what is the best grill for you.
Based on the fuel they use, you can pick from:
- Propane grills / Natural gas grills: Ideal for most homes, they don’t always provide the characteristic smoky flavor associated with BBQs, but are easy to use and come in a variety of sizes. Natural gas grills are very similar to propane and are ideal if you can hook them up to a gas line. They are perfect for everyone, from beginners to avid grillers to restaurants.
- Charcoal grills: Produce lots of smoke and are banned in some areas, but they infuse your foods with that delicious, smoky taste we all crave when thinking of barbecues. Controlling the temperature is a bit tricky, so they are more suitable for experienced grillers despite their simplicity.
- Pellet grills: Come as an alternative to the charcoal ones for those who aren’t exactly experts. They can also be used as smokers, so perfect for those who want to kill two birds with a stone. Due to the more complex mechanism, they are harder to maintain and can also break more easily.
- Electric grills: Are perfect for indoor use, but also to use outdoors in areas where the other grill types are banned – usually preferred by people living in condos. Their main advantage is the little smoke they produce – they are often referred to as smokeless grills – but the taste of the food doesn’t really rise to the one you’ll get from any other grill type. That said, these grills are usually affordable, so more suitable for those on a budget.
What do you want your grill to do?
Now that you know what type of grill to focus on based on the fuel they use, also think about your purpose. Do you want to grill burgers alone, slow cook, or need additional functions such as smoker and rotisserie?
- Barbecue grills: Are the standard type we see in most backyards. The gas and electric have max temperature settings around 600-700°F, and are ideal for grilling burgers, searing meat, and grilling vegetables.
- Smoker grills: A hybrid between a barbecue grill and a smoker, they allow you to grill foods at high temperature, slow cook, and also smoke meat cuts. Their max temperature is usually lower than that of barbecue grills, so they aren’t your best option for searing.
- All-in-one grills: Some of the best gas grills – as well as many electric grills – combine the function of a smoker grill with that of various appliances, allowing you to grill, smoke, roast, braise, bake, and, in some cases, even char-broil foods. These tech models are more expensive, but well worth it if you want unrivaled versatility.
What are the best BBQ grill brands?
Learning what the best barbecue grill brands are can make the difference between the ultimate and a meh choice. So, let’s see which brands are worth your attention:
- Weber grills: One of the most popular brands around. Most Weber grills run on propane or natural gas, although the brand also proposes a small selection of charcoal and electric grills. They are known for their performance and premium quality but are expensive.
- Char-Broil grills: Similar to the Weber grills, they also run on propane (most of them, at least) but are majorly famous for the TRU-infrared technology they use. Slightly cheaper than Weber but not as feature-packed.
- Traeger grills: Popular for their heavy-duty construction, most Traeger grills use either pellet or charcoal. Their selection includes some of the best pellet grill smokers on the market.
- Blackstone grills: Those eager to cook more than burgers on their grill often choose a Blackstone grill. This brand is famous for its flat top grills that suit commercial users and homeowners alike—ideal for making Panini, breakfasts, and delicious BBQs.
- Kamado Joe grills: As the name brand suggests, one of the main manufacturers of kamado grills. Their grills stand out due to the thick ceramic construction and excellent heat retention and distribution compared to the steel kamados.
- Ninja grills: Those looking for an indoor grill should pick a Ninja Foodi grill. They are hyper-technologic but easy to use and combine the benefits of a BBQ grill with those of an air fryer and dehydrator. Lots of functions enhance the versatility of these grills.
- Hamilton Beach grills: Together with their rival, Cuisinart, they manufacture some of the best cheap grills on the market. Most models are tabletop electric or propane grills suitable to use either indoors or outdoors.
How big a cooking surface should my grill have?
Things are pretty simple when deciding the grill surface. How many people do you want to cook for? Check the table below to find out how big your grill should be.
Number of people
Under 200 square inches
Up to 4 people
200-400 square inches
Over 400 square inches
Grill burners and BTU. What should I know?
If you want to buy a gas or infrared grill, two things you should consider are the number of burners and BTU output.
A higher number of burners is desired, especially on the larger backyard grills – you should look for a grill with at least three burners, as they will provide even heat distribution and prevent both hot and cold spots. Ideally, you should also be able to control the burners separately so that you can create different temperature zones.
How many BTU does my grill need?
The BTU output – referring to British Thermal Units – determines the capacity of the grill for cooking at a decent speed. Ratings per burner vary widely, from around 8,000 to 25,000 and sometimes even more. How many BTUs you need is ultimately dictated by the size of the grill.
As a rule of thumb, you need around 50 to 80 BTU per square inch based on your cooking needs (lower for slow cooking, higher for searing).
How to set the grill temperature?
Most grills nowadays come with built-in thermometers designed to help you set – or achieve if the grill uses charcoal or pellets – the right cooking temperature. To get all the versatility you can from your appliance, get a grill with a high temperature range, and check the table below to learn how to set it for various foods.
Low and slow cooking, smoking ribs, brisket, sausages, grill vegetables, bake potatoes
Grilling kabobs and sirloin steaks
Cooking roasts, grilling whole chickens, rotisserie
Searing steaks such as New York steak, rib eye, filet mignon, grilling burgers
Searing burgers, baking pizza, and naan bread
Essential grill features to look for
No matter what type of grill you want to buy, what brand, or what size, here are a few essential features to check before buying.
- Built-in thermometer: This feature is essential for both searing and slow cooking, allowing you to check the cooking temperature and make sure everything proceeds according to the plan.
- Removable grates: The best grills come with removable grates that are easy to clean. Ideally, get a grill with non-stick or porcelain-coated grates if you don’t want to spend ages unsticking pieces of meat after grilling.
- Removable drip tray: Like the removable grates, a removable drip tray makes it easier to clean and maintain your appliance.
- Side shelves and storage: Unless you have plenty of outdoor space and a spare table, get a grill that comes with integrated shelves or table as well as additional storage. Besides an area for preparing food, the grill should also have utensil hooks or drawers as well as racks or storage cabinet.
- Mobility: Some grills are meant to set and forget, but chances are you will want to move the grill in a shed or indoors during winter. Mobility features include wheels and carrying handles. If the appliance you want is big and cumbersome, we recommend one with lockable caster wheels.
- Touch cool exterior: Don’t underestimate this feature unless you want to end up all burned after grilling.
- Additional cooking space: This space is usually used to keep food warm – such as a warm rack above the main grill area – or translates into a separate burner and searing station you can also use to prepare sides and sauces.
- Easy start: The best BBQ grills should be very easy to start – even some of the best charcoal grills come with electric igniters, so you won’t have to use lighters or matches to start the fire. Depending on the grill type, you can choose one with push-button or a model that ignites automatically when you turn the knob.
- Preset cooking functions: This feature is often present on electric or indoor grills, but some gas grills also come with preset cooking functions. Some of the most popular options include broil, braise, and bake in addition to the standard BBQ or grill.
- Smart connectivity: Do you know what makes the difference between a serious grill master and an amateur? The possibility to keep the food under control in all circumstances. Some of the best grills connect to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, allowing you to control the temperature and even turn off the grill from a distance. Something you should consider, especially if you’re adept at low and slow grilling.