In the market for a new grill? Let’s start with the basics: gas grills are the most common because they’re easy to ignite and allow for fairly precise temperature control. Plus, these grills are the least messy of the bunch. Charcoal grills are messy and take some time to get started, but if you have the patience (or are a purist), these grills get super hot and you can’t beat that true BBQ flavor.
Pellet grills are probably the future—these grills are almost always equipped with set-and-forget controls, don’t require heavy propane tanks, and can either smoke and grill your food in one device. Plus, because these burn wood pellets, you’ll be virtually flare-up free. Plus, you can tailor the taste of your grill’s smoke depending on what type of wood you use. There are electric grills, too, but these typically don’t produce the smokey grill flavor that charcoal, gas, and pellet grills do.
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The best of both worlds. Amazon
This is the perfect portable grill for tailgating, beach picnics, or if your deck is on the smaller side. It heats to 600°F in about 10 minutes and, despite being petite, can cook eight burgers at a time. The beefy carrying handle makes it easy to tote around, but if you’re looking for a grill with a bit more height, this one still fits the bill. The VersaStand’s extendable legs raise the Petit Gourmet to roughly the height of a standard charcoal grill.
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Never run out in the middle of the BBQ. Amazon
Weber is one of the oldest grill brands out there and the Spirit II is a great backyard model. It takes a standard 20-pound LP fuel tank, which is mounted on the side of the grill for easy access. The built-in gauge makes it easy to know when it’s time to restock (no more deadlifting your propane tank). The ignitions on propane grills have been known to fail, but this grill comes with Weber’s 10-year warranty that covers any such issues.
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An ash-catching pan at the bottom makes for easy clean-up and prevents loose ash from escaping on windy days. Amazon
There’s a reason this orb-shaped grill has been around for decades with very few design edits: the shape creates the same kind of convection heating your oven uses to cook food evenly. This 22-inch model can cook 13 burgers at once and both the bowl and lid are porcelain-enameled and don’t retain heat or rust. It does have a few noteworthy upgrades since its first appearance. The hinged cooking grate folds back about one-sixth of the grate, without moving the rest, making it easy to add more charcoal while you’re in the middle of slinging burgers.