Best gas BBQ 2021: the top 12 gas barbecues

Our Gardeningetc edit of the best gas BBQs, with 12 top picks from Weber, Campingaz, and Char-Broil

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Buying the best gas BBQ can be tricky, because there are so many options available. Even the best gas barbecue will still cost you at least £250 though, so you want to make sure you're making the right choice. 

We've been busy reviewing some of our top picks from Weber, Char-Broil, Campingaz, and other top brands to bring you our top 12 gas BBQs, complete with pros and cons. Whether you want something large enough for family feasts, or a portable gas BBQ that can be taken on trips and camping holidays, buying the best gas BBQ will allow you to make the most of the outdoors.  

Gas BBQs are a clear choice for many grill lovers, because while they offer more convenient ignition and maintenance than some of the best BBQs, they don't shy away from creating the same smokey flavour as a charcoal grill. 

The best gas BBQ for 2021

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Best gas BBQ: this barbecue from Weber is as smart as they come

Specifications
Fuel: Gas
Weight: 84.8kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Smart cooking is in-built+Sturdy design+Great side burner
Reasons to avoid
-The high-end price tag

We found that the Weber Genesis II EX-335 GBS is as smart as they come when we put it to the test. It has three gas burners, smart cooking, and a great warranty. 

Super smart

Weber's Connect app allows you to get smart when barbecuing. It syncs your phone to your grill and allows you to add details on the type of meat you're cooking to get the perfect temperature and timing for your food. A probe also monitors the internal temperature. 

Great side burner

The Weber Genesis II EX-335 GBS side burner has a lower level which means your flame won't become extinguished when you're cooking. That's good news for unpredictable weather, and we found that it rivals a regular hob in terms of power and ease of use. 

Straightforward assembly

Assembly included 72 steps, which is a lot! However, they make sure that every detail is perfectly adhered to so you build a grill that's built to last. Just make sure you have someone to help and it'll be done in a few hours. There's a 10-year warranty, too. 

Gardeningetc rated 5 out of 5 stars - head over to our Weber Genesis II EX-335 GBS review for more details

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Best gas BBQ for families: reasonably priced and packed with features

Specifications
Fuel: Gas
Weight: 66kg
Colour: Slate
Reasons to buy
+Very easy to clean+Speedy and consistent heating+Modular cooking system
Reasons to avoid
-Assembly took a while

We tested the Campingaz 4 Series Premium S for families barbecues to see if its self-cleaning and modular cooking system was up to the task, and were very impressed. 

Generous size

Costing less than £500, the Campingaz 4 Series Premium S has four burners, a wealth of in-built storage, and a side burner to cook up side dishes. We found that it was more than capable of cooking for over 12 people at once, and the warming rack was great for catering to even more people. 

Easy clean

If you hate cleaning the barbecue, you're not alone. Campingaz took this into account though, and created InstaClean Aqua technology that flushes out fat and grease from the BBQ without any hard work on your part. It really does work, too. Just make sure you have a place to empty it out when it's finished. 

Full control

There's a thermometer on the top lid of the Campingaz 4 Series Premium S that accurately shows the temperature as you're cooking. This helped to make sure our food was still cooking when the lid was down, and because the dials could ramp down the temperature with ease, it offers complete control when cooking steak, etc.

Gardeningetc rated 4.5 out of 5 stars - head over to our Campingaz 4 Series Premium S BBQ review for more details 

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3. Char-Broil Gas2Coal Hybrid Grill

Best hybrid gas BBQ: not ready to commit? Opt for this tried and tested hybrid model

Specifications
Fuel: Gas & charcoal
Weight: 45kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Easy to convert from gas to coal+Sturdy frame with plenty of extras+Perfectly portable and not too heavy
Reasons to avoid
-Assembly took a long time

The best gas BBQ can still be versatile. We gave this one 4.5 out of 5 stars in testing. Assembly took a while but it's sturdy, reliable and easy to use. 

All the extras

In-built thermometer? Check. Warming rack? Check. We could go on, because from the side burner to the in-built can opener this BBQ is perfect for cooking up a feast.

Pick your ideal size

We tested the three burner, but there are also two and four burner models available. The three is perfect for a family of four or entertaining for a larger crowd, but a two burner would still do the job for most events. The four burner is built to impress, for the true grill lover. 

Convert from gas to coal

Even when cooking with coal you get the convenience of gas to ignite and heat the charcoal before cooking. All you need to do is insert a charcoal tray, which has a shelf directly underneath the grill for when not in use. Both gas and charcoal gave amazing results, so it's the best of both worlds. 

Gardeningetc rating 4.5 out of 5 stars – head over to our Char-Broil Gas2Coal BBQ review for the full details. 

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4. Weber Traveler

Best gas BBQ for versatility: easy to store and take on the go

Specifications
Fuel: Gas
Weight: 28.1kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Easy to clean+Ample cooking space+Handy prep surface
Reasons to avoid
-It's actually quite heavy to take on trips

Love to travel? The Weber Traveler LP BLK Gas Barbecue is a top pick for you (and it's another one that we've tried hands-on!)

Great capacity 

The Weber Traveler LP BLK Gas Barbecue is very capable. It has a surprisingly large 2065 cm squared cooking area, which was able to cook up an entire tomahawk steak and lots of corn, with plenty of surplus room on the burner. 

Smart design

Take a look at the tool hooks at the front of the grill, which will support all the BBQ tools you need. The BBQ itself folds flat like a pram, but because it has a handle and all-weather wheels, all you need to do is pull it along behind you. 

Easy to store

Yes, you can take it on trips and wheel it along to the park or garden, but the Weber Traveler is also great to store because it folds flat and simply leans against the wall of your shed or garage. 

Gardeningetc rating 4.5 out of 5 stars – head over to our Weber Traveler gas barbecue review for the full details. 

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5. Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Force 2 Burner

Best contemporary gas barbecue: this gas BBQ is the perfect complement to a modern garden design and delivers great food, of course

Specifications
Fuel: Gas
Weight: 33kg
Colour: Mint or graphite
Reasons to buy
+Style and substance+Fast heat up+Eye-catching colours+Ergonomic taps
Reasons to avoid
-Only two wheels for moving

A good looker as well as a good cooker, the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Force 2 Burner BBQ could prove a welcome addition to your outdoor space. 

Sleek design

We’re not putting looks above usefulness, but its appearance does make this gas BBQ stand out from the crowd. Its lines are far less bulky than your average barbecue and the colour draws the eye, too. In other words, it’ll bring more than cooking to the party.

Cooking options

This model has a high hood for convection cooking, and effective flavour infusion. There are three gas burners, which are independently controlled, and a cooking area that’s 2915cm2 so guests won’t go hungry.

Handy features

For a long life, this barbecue is made with a die-cast aluminium body and serveries to prevent rusting, and vitreous enamel coated cast iron plates for easy cleaning. You can move the BBQ around on the two castors, and they’re lockable once it’s in position.

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6. Weber Q3200 Gas Barbecue

Best foldable gas BBQ: this Weber barbecue packs away easily and looks great when assembled

Specifications
Fuel: Gas
Weight: 45kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Foldable side shelves+Bottom shelf for storage
Reasons to avoid
-Limited to two burners

The Weber Q3200 BBQ has quality porcelain-enamelled cast iron cooking grates and comes on a lightweight frame that's easy to move as you need. 

For the family

The Q3200 will serve up to six people on its two burners. While the frame is small, the grill covers the entire top surface area so no space is wasted. It also has two side tables that can be folded away easily, and a storage shelf underneath the aluminium frame that keeps tools and other essentials nearby. 

A portable gas BBQ

Most gas barbecues can be on the heavy side, making them difficult to drag inside after use. The Weber Q3200 has two front wheels and weighs 45kg, so you'll have no trouble taking it just about anywhere. 

High quality

The cooking grates are cast iron and porcelain-enamelled for easy cleaning and durability. The frame is glass-reinforced nylon, and burners are stainless steel. The body itself is cast aluminium and comes with an in-built thermometer. 

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7. Argos Home Deluxe 3 Burner Outdoor Kitchen

Best budget gas barbecue: cooking and work space, plus storage, for a low price tag

Specifications
Fuel: Gas
Weight: 45kg
Colours: Silver, black and wood finish
Reasons to buy
+Three burners and one side burner+Affordable+Easy to move around
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best looker

If you’re making your first steps into the world of gas barbecuing, then the Argos Home Deluxe 3 Burner Outdoor Kitchen Gas BBQ could be the one for you.

Simple prep

Although this barbecue has a small price tag, it will still deliver all the ease of cooking you’d expect from a gas barbecue. There are three adjustable burners, and it has a side burner as well. We like the fact that there’s a warming rack as well as it makes timings stress-free.

Family pleaser

This design promises to feed a decent size group with a cook top of 60 x 41cm. Organising what you need to cook and to dish up is made easier with a good amount of storage and space for condiments, too.

On wheels

You can roll this gas BBQ to where you need it in the garden without too much effort, and if you have space to put it away in winter. Otherwise, you can buy a cover that would work with it. 

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8. CosmoGrill Deluxe 4+1

Best four burner gas BBQ: all the space you need to cook up a storm

Specifications
Fuel: Gas
Weight: 16.6kg
Colours: Black
Reasons to buy
+Heaps of cooking space+In-built thermometer+Side burner for pan cooking
Reasons to avoid
-Not the cheapest on our list

As if the generous four burners weren't enough, the CosmoGrill Deluxe 4+1 comes with a side burner for serious feasting. It's got plenty of storage and an in-built thermometer, what more could you want? 

What's under the hood

A 61 x 42cm cooking area, for a start. There's also a warming rack to keep things toasty without burning, and because you've got four burners to play with you can cook for a small group by just firing up one or two. 

Large 

Despite how lightweight it is it's far from small. The CosmoGrill Deluxe 4+1 has dimensions of 135 x 54 x 110cm. The arms won't fold down either, so measure out your storage space before buying. Because it comes on four wheels, transportation is easy enough. 

Classic design

If you want a gas BBQ with that classic frame for a sturdy and put-together look, the CosmoGrill Deluxe 4+1 will impress. It's got storage space that resembles a built-in kitchen and the sturdy build will last for many summers. 

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9. Char-Broil Professional Black Edition 3500 Gas BBQ

Best gas barbecue for gourmets: opt for a model designed for even heat and juicier results

Specifications
Fuel: Gas
Weight: 56kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Made for great cooking results+Sleek design+Easy to clean grates
Reasons to avoid
-If sleeker lines are more your thing

The CharBroil Professional Black Edition 3500 Gas BBQ has sturdy good looks and a striking black finish. 

Even heat

Garden chefs, this barbecue’s TRU-Infrared cooking technology promises you even heat distribution and flare-up prevention for the best cooking results, as well as 50% juicier food and 30% less gas use. There’s a lid thermometer, and three gas burners plus a side burner to prep your food on.

Store more

You can stash the essentials for meal preparation behind the barbecue’s enamelled steel doors and use the side shelves to ensure everything you need is at hand.

Colour choice

We like this black exterior, and the red LED illumination of the temperature controllers, but you could go for red to make more of a splash, or the ever-popular stainless steel.

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10. Weber Genesis II E-310

Best gas BBQ for the whole family: a smart outdoor cooker for your garden get-togethers that makes barbecuing a relaxed affair

Specifications
Fuel: Gas
Weight: 57kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Space for meat, fish and veggies for all+Side shelves+Warming rack
Reasons to avoid
-Takes up space

If you think food from a gas barbecue won’t deliver on flavour, the Weber Genesis II E-310 BBQ could convince you otherwise.

Barbecue flavour

We know not everyone’s convinced that food from a gas barbecue can meet their standards, but with its nifty Flavorizor bars, this model should make you think otherwise. It has three burners and 68 x 48cm of grilling space plus a warming rack as well so you can keep up with demand.

Stylish design

We’re fans of this stylish black porcelain design, which will make a fabulous centrepiece for an outdoor entertaining area. It’s easy to look after, too, with a rust-proof porcelain-enamelled lid and wheels to make moving easy, or a cover available. 

App available

Love your smart appliances? The Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub could be added to this BBQ to help make cooking even more precise. The notifications will let you relax without compromising on food quality.

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11. John Lewis & Partners 2 Burner Gas BBQ

Best gas BBQ under £200: high quality at a low price

Specifications
Fuel: Gas
Weight: 24kg
Colours: Silver
Reasons to buy
+Super lightweight+Warming rack+Lid thermometer+Reasonably priced
Reasons to avoid
-Side burners don't fold away

The John Lewis & Partners 2 Burner Gas BBQ has that classic look, but without the high price tag. In fact, you can buy this gas barbecue for under £200, which given its sturdy design and grilling capacity is pretty impressive. 

Affordable

For its modest price you'll get extras such as a warming shelf and in-built thermometer with the John Lewis & Partners 2 Burner Gas BBQ. It's covered by a ten year warranty on the hood, three years on the ignition and burners, and one year on everything else.

Add some storage

Under the grill you'll find multiple shelves, which can be used to store plates and grilling equipment. The two side shelves don't fold down, which means they're secure enough to support weighty piles of plates or cutlery. 

Portable

With two castor wheels and a super lightweight build, you'll be able this BBQ in and out of the garage or shed when you want it, and store it easily when you're done.

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12. Weber Spirit II E-320

Best positionable gas BBQ: exploit a choice of grilling venues in the garden with an easy-to-manoeuvre design

Specifications
Fuel: Gas
Weight: 41kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+All weather wheels+51 x 46cm cooking area+Two side shelves
Reasons to avoid
-On the smaller side

It’s easy to put the Weber Spirit II E-320 GBS Gas BBQ exactly where you want it when you’re barbecuing. It's H115.6 x W127 x D61cm in size and even comes with the gas ignition battery included.

Moveable feast

Chunky all-weather wheels make this gas barbecue no problem to move around the garden so you can take advantage of sun and shade as you want, or tidy it easily out the way when you’ve finished cooking. The cart below the BBQ ensures there’s still plenty of storage once the BBQ is in place, and there are tool hooks as well.

Cooking features

This two-burner BBQ also has a side burner for sauces. There’s a 51 x 46cm cooking area and a warming rack as well to help you stay on track with serving. There’s a built-in lid thermometer for cooking precision.

Barbecue system

You can use the Gourmet Barbecue System to switch out your grates for pizza stones, griddles, roasters and more. 

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Burners

Check out how many burners the barbecue has. Multiples are best as you can have different temperatures in different areas to suit the cooking task you’re performing. Take a look at the burner controls, too. Ergonomic handles or knobs will give you the control you’re used to in your kitchen.

Hood

If you want to cook bigger cuts of meat look for a model with a high hood to accommodate them.

Storage

Think about how much food preparation space you’d like: side shelves, storage underneath, hooks for utensils. All can be really useful to make cooking a smoother experience if your gas BBQ isn’t part of an outdoor kitchen with worktops and built-in cupboards.

What is the best gas BBQ for 2021? 

Here’s a quick recap – if you want the best gas BBQ for 2020, we’d recommend the Weber Q3200. It looks great, has lots of features and enough room to cook for the whole family. We love that you can connect it to the Weber app for guided cooking.

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