Best BBQ 2022: 20 ultimate barbecues for summer

We've tried and tested a range of the best BBQs from charcoal to hybrid options. Here's what to buy depending on your budget and the size of your garden...

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We've been spending lots of time outside, testing some of the best BBQs that money can buy in 2022. From easy-to-use gas options to compact-yet-convenient charcoal buys and even hybrid barbecues for the best of both worlds, the team at Gardeningetc can tell a good BBQ from one that's not worth your money. 

Whether you're an avid alfresco cook or you only use your BBQ a few times a year for beef burgers and a bit of halloumi, we can help you decide which BBQ to buy for your garden or patio. No matter the size of your space, we've reviewed plenty of options from a full-size hybrid to a compact gas and even portable and foldable options.

The research is right here when it comes to the top BBQ or the best gas BBQ. Here are our top picks from Everdure, Weber, Big Green Egg, Char-Broil and more, to help make this decision a little easier.

The best BBQs to buy in 2022

You can navigate this guide depending on which type of BBQ you'd like to buy, from charcoal to gas, hybrid, electric and we've even featured smokers.

Here's a quick low-down of our top picks. Click through and you'll be sent to the cheapest offer.

  • Best charcoal BBQ:  Weber Master-Touch GBS Premium E-5770 
  • Best gas BBQ: Weber Genesis II EX-335 GBS
  • Best hybrid BBQ: Char-Broil Gas2Coal Hybrid Grill
  • Best electric grill: George Foreman 22460 Indoor & Outdoor BBQ
  • Best smoker: Traeger PRO 575 Pellet Grill

The best charcoal BBQs

For ease of use and portability, a charcoal BBQ is your best bet. These are usually a little smaller than gas or hybrid BBQs, and normally a budget-friendly. Opt for one of these if you're working with a small space and a smaller budget.

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1. Weber Master-Touch GBS Premium E-5770

Best charcoal BBQ: our favourite charcoal barbie

Specifications

Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 24kg
Colour: Black

Reasons to buy

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Can smoke with it
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Hinged removable lid
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Compact size
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Built to last
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Accessories available

Reasons to avoid

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Not much storage
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High price considering size
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Not the best for feeding lots of people at once

If it has to be charcoal for authentic taste in your opinion, the Weber Master-Touch GBS Premium E-5770 BBQ will float your boat: it’s a classic kettle barbecue with space to cook for the whole family. We've tested and we love this BBQ, mostly because it's convenient to use and it makes cooking juicy burgers and more, all an easy task. If you've got the money to spend and you want the top charcoal BBQ, then this is your best buy. 

Feed a crowd
A 57cm cooking area means you can get a whole load of different options on to serve everyone up an alfresco plateful. There’s room for whole birds and joints as an alternative so you’ll be spoiled for choice. Just be aware that it's not your best bet for cooking for parties unless you don't mind cooking in batches, and it doesn't feature any storage.

Cooking options
This model can be transformed into a smoker easily – think delicious ribs or pork shoulder. You can also invest in the Gourmet BBQ System inserts to go with your BBQ. We’re talking pizza stone, poultry roaster and more.

BBQ convenience
An attached hinged lid makes checking on the progress of your food a hassle-free experience, while a hinged cooking grate means adding more fuel is easy, too. There’s a built-in lid thermometer as well, and this model’s tool hooks are also a handy feature. We suggest adding the iGrill accessory to easily monitor the temperature of your food.

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Best kamado-style charcoal BBQ: get outdoors with a state-of-the-art name in the BBQ world

Specifications

Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 40kg
Colour: Racing Green

Reasons to buy

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Iconic design 
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Heats in minutes
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Patented air flow tech
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Easy to clean

Reasons to avoid

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You pay a premium for something so compact

If you're an adventurer, who still likes the finer things in life, then try the Big Green Egg MiniMax charcoal BBQ out for size. Small, light(ish) and one of the more affordable Big Green Egg barbies out there, it's a bit of a win in our eyes.

Compact footprint
It may be mini in design, but you can still put on a proper feast. Grill sausages, smoke fish, cook a pizza – you could even cook a turkey –  because yes, this bad boy could actually rival your home oven.

Cooking features
It's the high (green and beautiful) lid that lets you cook larger cuts of meat using indirect heat. It won't get as hot as other metal barbecues – making it safer – but it's insulated and complete with patented airflow features so that you will enjoy good, even cooking.

Durable design
It's not going anywhere, but we wouldn't leave it unattended in a park because the – lifetime guaranteed – Racing Green glaze finish and enamel shell is irresistible to most. So while it is costly, it is an investment and you'll get compliments. Oh, and it's easy to clean.

Read our full Big Green Egg review (opens in new tab) for more info about the Large Egg BBQ

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3. Everdure by Heston Blumenthal The Cube BBQ

Best portable charcoal BBQ: this stylish yet compact buy is perfect for taking to the beach

Specifications

Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 8.1kg
Colour: Orange, Graphite, Stone, Khaki

Reasons to buy

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Stylish in 4 colours
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Easy to transport
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Comes with tray and food holder
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Easy to light

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't have a lid that you can use whilst hot
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Difficult to keep clean inside
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Cannot be left outside

Tried, tested and loved by us, this brilliant portable BBQ works using charcoal, and it cooks food impressively well considering it doesn't come with a lid that you can use whilst in operation. We think that this tabletop BBQ is ideal for smaller families or couples with not a lot of space on offer to buy a charcoal BBQ, since it sits on a tabletop and looks pretty at the same time. Otherwise, it's handy for taking camping, on staycations or to the beach or for a pretty picnic.

All in one place
Searching for a compact BBQ that you can store away with ease? Or one that you can pop in your car boot after use, with no charcoal spillage worries? This entire BBQ, complete with a bamboo preparation board and a plastic food storage tray, stacks together and is held securely with strong clips. This also means that you can bring it in from the unreliable British weather and store it in a cupboard with complete ease since it cannot be left outside in the rain.

Stylish and functional
Available in 4 stylish colours, this portable BBQ gets 5-stars from us when it comes to looks. Moreover, it can cook 6 average size burgers at one time, or 4 homemade chunky burgers. Otherwise, when it comes to steaks, you can fit 4 on there at once, but don't sweat it: we can vouch for the fact this BBQ retains heat well so that you can use it more than once, for more than one type of food, in an evening. Thanks to its flat base, you can also position the charcoal wherever you like, to directly cook your food or (slowly) indirectly cook pieces of meat or fish. 

Good to know
The only two things we could moan about when reviewing this BBQ are first that it doesn't come with a lid that you can use whilst cooking. This will slightly slow down cooking time, and it will make it a little difficult to evenly cook joints or an entire chicken. If you're not after a BBQ to cook large portions, then this is nothing to worry about. Second, it is difficult to keep clean. The grills and grates, plus the charcoal box, are all easy to clean after use. It's the shiny interior that we're talking about. It will require a good scrub if you want it to shine once again, otherwise, no one will see it whilst the BBQ is in action.

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4. Weber Smokey Joe Premium

Best tabletop charcoal BBQ: cook burgers to perfection, no matter the size of your garden

Specifications

Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 5.48kg
Colours: Black, Slate Blue, Smoke, Ivory White, Crimson, Spring Green

Reasons to buy

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Compact size
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Simple to use and clean
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Decent amount of cooking space
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Lid + holder for it
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Comes in 6 different colours

Reasons to avoid

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Not ideal for large families
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No handles for carrying apart from the handle on the lid

At just 37cm in diameter, this tabletop BBQ is the best buy for anyone with a smaller garden, terrace or balcony to work with. It's a great option if you're on a smaller budget, too, sitting at just under £100. Not to mention that it cooks burgers exceptionally well, plus you can fit more than you would think on its cooking space. We tested this BBQ over a number of uses and have decided it's best for anyone who is planning on using it only a few times of the year, or if it's for basic foods such as chicken, kebabs and burgers. 

Small in size yet big on power
Compact and lightweight at just 5.48kg, this BBQ stands on three legs and it comes with a lid so that you can evenly cook your food every time. This lid will give your food a desirable yet subtle smoky taste, and with enough cooking space for 6+ burgers or three steaks, you could also use this BBQ to cook a small chicken with ease. Just bear in mind that since it's charcoal it doesn't have temperature control, however, you can spin the dial open on the BBQs lid to release some of the heat if necessary. The lid also can sit on a stand to shield wind away whilst your BBQ is lighting, or whilst it's lit.

Portable picnics
Yes, due to its nature, you can take this BBQ with you to the beach, for a picnic or even on a staycation. Its lid handle even tucks under the main handle to keep the BBQ from leaking, meaning that one hard push on your breaks won't lead to charcoal spillage. 

A stylish addition that's easy to clean
Available in 6 fancy colour options, with Ivory White being our favourite, this BBQ won't cramp your style, wherever you plan on using it. It can easily fit under your arm for carrying or inside a cupboard for storing, and you can leave it outside if need be. When it comes to cleaning, just give the cooking grates a rinse in your sink and wipe down the interior. It's pretty simple to keep clean.

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5. Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal BBQ

Best charcoal BBQ with serving space: everything you need to put together a feast

Specifications

Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 36kg
Colour: Black

Reasons to buy

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Designed to entertain
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Classic kettle design but with more storage
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Cooks for up to 12

Reasons to avoid

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You'll need to put it together yourself

If you love to entertain but want to keep it classic with a kettle barbecue, the Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal BBQ is the one for you.

Convenient ignition
The Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal BBQ ignites easily, thanks to its gas ignition system. That means you get all the perks of gas, but with that classic charcoal taste.

Storage galore
With this barbecue you'll get a bottom shelf as well as a top option to sit adjacent to the kettle itself. Ready for hungry plates and plenty of condiments!

Make it smokey
You can use the Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal BBQ as a low and slow smoker barbecue thanks to its in-built vents. A versatile option. 

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6. Kamado Joe Junior BBQ

Best small charcoal BBQ: a real looker for barbecuing in a smaller outdoor space or on days out

Specifications

Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 34kg
Colour: Red

Reasons to buy

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Easy portability
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Stylish design
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Comes with a stand and handles

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

The Kamado Joe Junior BBQ looks amazing, and it proves that compact BBQs can still be stylish and high quality.

Compact dimensions
Just 50.2 x 52.7 x 68.6 cm, this is a BBQ you can take with you for days away from home, but we’d recommend it for those with a little less outdoor space as well. It won’t compromise the style of your patio, and is sure to win admiring glances down at the campsite.

Versatility
The Kamado Joe Junior BBQ can grill, smoke, roast and sear, so every bite will be packed with flavour. The ceramic build can insulate, meaning you'll retain your cooking heat for as long as you'll need it. 

Cool design
With a cast-iron air vent and in-built thermometer, this is a practical BBQ. It's a looker too, though, and its hammered red exterior has that classic kamado style that BBQ enthusiasts love. 

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7. Weber One Touch E4710

Best budget charcoal BBQ: a classic kettle design, great features and lots of space to cook

Specifications

Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 15.9kg
Colour: Black

Reasons to buy

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Compact
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Durable enamel body
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Classic Weber design

Reasons to avoid

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47cm diameter is smaller than some

If it has to be charcoal for authentic taste in your opinion, the Weber One Touch E4710 BBQ will float your boat: it’s a classic kettle barbecue with space to cook for the whole family.

Feed a crowd
A 47cm cooking area means you can get a whole load of different options on to serve everyone up an alfresco plateful. There’s room for whole birds and joints as an alternative so you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Weber's OG charcoal kettle
The kettle charocal BBQ is a classic for a reason, and this is Weber's original tried and tested model. It's coated in durable enamel and lightweight enough for easy storage. It also comes on all-weather wheels. 

BBQ convenience
An attached hinged lid makes checking on the progress of your food a hassle-free experience, while a hinged cooking grate means adding more fuel is easy, too. There’s a built-in lid thermometer as well, and this model’s tool hooks are also a handy feature. 

The best gas BBQs

Prefer the precision of gas for your outdoor cooking? Discover our pick of the gas BBQs that’ll give you control of your cooking and no ash to deal with. 

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Best gas BBQ: easy barbecuing, flavoursome food, space to conjure up a feast. What more could you ask for

Specifications

Fuel: Gas
Weight: 84.8kg
Colour: Black

Reasons to buy

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Three large burners 
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Sturdy and durable design
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Great warranty

Reasons to avoid

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Assembly takes a while
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High price tag

One of Webers' most immense barbecues to date, the Weber Genesis II EX-335 GBS Smart Barbecue is a serious grill for those who really care about their barbecue. We tried it and we still love it to date. It's your best gas BBQ for serious foodies, or for anyone who tends to cook alfresco a lot. Offering total control over 3 burners, it's definitely built to last.

Taste sensation
This is a brilliant buy if you’re looking for great barbecue taste with the ease of cooking on gas. The stainless-steel Flavorizer Bars of this model promise the flavour barbecued food should have, but with the adjustability of gas and the simplicity of electronic ignition.

Easy to use
With three burners and a generous cooking area, you can serve up for a large party with this model and the warming rack means you can get all the timings right.  We really enjoyed the height of the grill, no need to bend down to tend to your kebabs, and the side burner is also far more capable than many of the best barbecues we have tested. 

Smart option
We enjoyed using the Weber Connect Smart Grilling app for notifications about when our food would be ready. This made it a lot easier to deliver that perfectly medium-rare steak. 

Read our full Weber Genesis II EX-335 GBS smart barbecue review for more info

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9. Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Force 2 Burner

Best gas BBQ for style: a gas model with modern lines, this BBQ looks as sleek as your garden furniture

Specifications

Fuel: Gas
Weight: 33kg
Colour: Mint, Graphite, Orange

Reasons to buy

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Looks and functionality
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2 gas burners with full temperature control
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Heats fast
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Good for slow cooking meat
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Hood can be up or down for cooking

Reasons to avoid

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No warming rack
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Doesn't come with any accessories
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Needs a cover

For the precision control of gas, plus fine and rather lovely lines, we think that the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Force 2 Burner is your perfect match. This stylish option is the much older brother of The Cube, and it works with gas. Use it to sear, roast and char everything from juicy burgers to an entire chicken. With 2 burners on offer you'll have complete control, but it does come at a high price tag. If you're searching for a gas BBQ that's easy on the eye and even easier to use whilst cooking food alfresco, then this is your best bet.

Fast heat-up
Whilst testing this BBQ we immediately noticed how impressively fast it heats up. In under 4 minutes to be exact. How? This is mostly thanks to its aluminium lid. The 2 gas burners are independently controlled with slender ergonomic taps that have rotary ignition, too. 

Flexible cooking
Hood up or down, it’s your call on this model. With the hood down there’s 360° circulation around the food to infuse delicious flavour. You can easily fit enough food on there for a smaller garden party, with 10 people being fed, otherwise, you can roast two medium chickens at the same time.

Sleek style
This model stands out from the crowd. It’s not as bulky as other gas barbecues and there’s a choice of appealing colours so you can coordinate with your furniture. You also won’t miss out on a storage shelf, and it’s rustproof to boot so practicality isn’t sacrificed for sleekness. Moreover, we found this BBQ easy to assemble (it takes 11 steps) and simple to clean. It might be a fiddle to get the gas plates back into their position, otherwise, you can soak the rest of the removable parts in your sink.

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10. CosmoGrill Deluxe 4+1

Best classic gas barbecue: cooking and work space, plus storage

Specifications

Fuel: Gas
Weight: 16.6kg
Colours: Black

Reasons to buy

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Heaps of cooking space
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In-built thermometer
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Side burner for pan cooking

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

Four burners + a side burner combine to make a family-sized gas BBQ perfect for large gardens. Cook up juicy burgers on the four main burners, and heat up peas or beans on the side burner. 

Cooking features
Grill for the whole family with the CosmoGrill Deluxe 4+1. It's got stainless-steel burners with porcelain enamel, and a 61 x 42cm cooking area. That's room for all the hot dogs, burgers and chicken wings you and your crowd can eat. 

On wheels
Putting the BBQ where you need it and wheeling away to store is no problem. Check you've got the storage space, though. You’ll need to accommodate dimensions of 135 x 54 x 110cm.

Catering room
You won’t be short of places to stack plates for what you’re cooking below the cooking area with this model, plus there’s space to the side for condiments and herbs for your barbecue feast. 

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11. Weber Q2200 Gas BBQ

Best portable gas barbecue: all the cooking power, but on a smaller frame

Specifications

Fuel: Gas
Weight: 56kg
Colour: Silver (stainless steel)

Reasons to buy

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Weber quality
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Arms fold down
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Comes on wheels
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Warming rack
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Stand included

Reasons to avoid

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Not the sturdiest frame

The Weber Q2200 Gas BBQ sells out fast. It's a great gas BBQ for those who want the convenience of a gas BBQ but don't have space for something with four burners.

Nifty storage solutions
The side arms fold down for stowing away safely, but when they're up they're stable enough to support dishes and utensils for cooking convenience. 

Generous cooking area
The cooking area isn't the largest, but it's nothing to scoff at either. You can fit plenty of sausages and kebabs on there, so it's a good option for catering to a crowd. There's also a warming rack, which is perfect for when not all elements of your meal are cooked at once. 

Design
Portability is baked right in with the Weber Q2200 Gas BBQ. Its wheels are large and perfect for taking the lightweight frame on trips or just stowing it away in the garage when not in use. The stand is included but you can lift the BBQ itself right off and take it on the go as a tabletop option. 

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Best portable gas BBQ: easy to use, easy to clean and foldable

Specifications

Fuel: Gas
Weight: 28.1kg
Colour: Black

Reasons to buy

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Folds down for easy storage
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Easy to use + clean
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Ample cooking space
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Handy prep surface

Reasons to avoid

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Quite heavy for a portable barbecue
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Disposable gas cannisters required - not so great for the environment 

The smart design is what caught our eye with the Weber Traveler. It has a generous 2065cm squared cooking area but folds down to a pull-along for easy transportation. We rated this BBQ 4.5-stars out of 5, mostly because of how easy it is to use, clean and cart around. It's app-connected, too,and it offers a handy prep surface. It's the ultimate portable gas BBQ for large families that might want to avoid a charcoal option. If you're often staycationing, then this is the buy for you.

Easy to assemble
We found the ten assembly steps so easy that even a child could do it. They shouldn't, but they probably could... It took us 10 minutes in total, and the app includes a clear ten-step guide on assembly and getting started. You only need 1 person to assemble it.

Smart design
Beyond the sturdy wheels and grippy handle, this BBQ is useful for more than just travelling. Because it folds flat we could imagine it propped against the wall of our garden shed when not in use. 

It's also got smaller, disposable gas canisters that won't take up much space, either. Whilst handy for being on-the-go, it's something to consider if you're trying to be eco-conscious.

Cooking space
Design aside, we were wowed by the cooking space that Weber has been able to pack into the Traveler. It cooked up corn and an enormous tomahawk steak with plenty of space to spare. We think it could cook for four to six people, easy. 

Read our full Weber Traveler review for more info

Best BBQ Weber Spirit E-215 GBS 2-Burner Gas BBQ

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13. 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

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All weather wheels
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51 x 46cm cooking area
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Two side shelves

Reasons to avoid

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One of the smallest Weber BBQs

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. 

Best hybrid BBQ

Charcoal and gas? It can be yours in one barbecuing package. These are our favourite dual-fuel BBQs.

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Best hybrid barbecue: our tried and tested top pick

Specifications

Fuel: Gas with charcoal tray accessory
Weight: 47kg
Colour: Black

Reasons to buy

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Warming rack
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Side burner
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Charcoal tray is easy to store
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Loads of cooking space
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Easy to clean

Reasons to avoid

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Assembly takes time 

We've tried this BBQ, and it's a winner. The Char-Broil Gas2Coal Hybrid Grill is a top choice for those who don't want to compromise when it comes to quality on either cooking mode. It's also easy to clean, simple to switch between gas and coal plus it features a warming rack for when your timing is a bit off.

Cooking with gas
Gas cooking is convenient, but sometimes you lose that smokey flavour. Even when using the charcoal tray you ignite the fuel using the gas burner, which ignites easily and only needs to burn for 15 minutes to get the perfect temperature in your charcoal. After using the charcoal tray, you can also store it underneath the BBQ for less faff.

Thermometer in-built
Easily tell the temperature of your grill using the in-built gauge. It goes up to 350 degrees, which is plenty for any meal. You can use this BBQ to cook just about anything from halloumi to steak, burgers and even scallops.

Smart design
Other features we loved? The in-built bottle opener, holder for the grate tool that helps to lift grates when they're hot or dirty, and the side burner that cooks up side dishes in a jiffy.

Good to know
Assembly is a bit fiddly and we found the side burner to be a little low when in use. Perhaps use this for smaller foods such as halloumi, pineapple or even burger buns.

Read our full Char-Broil Gas2Coal BBQ review for more info

Best BBQ CHAR-BROIL ALL-STAR GAS/CHARCOAL BBQ

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15. Char-Broil All-Star Gas/Charcoal BBQ

Best hybrid barbecue: swap from gas to charcoal and convert from full size to tabletop version

Specifications

Fuel: Gas with charcoal tray accessory
Weight: 30kg
Colour: Black

Reasons to buy

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Charcoal tray accessory keeps cooking options open
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Three burners and one side burner
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Easy to move around

Reasons to avoid

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You want two fuels available at the same time

The Char-Broil All-Star BBQ will earn its keep with the option to use charcoal as well as gas, and portability as well.

Gas to charcoal
OK, you’ll need to invest in the charcoal tray as well, but at less than £50, we think it’s well worth a little more spend to get the choice of cooking outdoors with convenient gas, or authentic charcoal flavour. You can also get a rotisserie set if you want, and while it won’t boost cooking options, we like the fact you could also treat yourself to an All-Star cover for protection in all weathers, and a removable cutting board, waste bag and kitchen roll holder.

Portable and space efficient
You can separate the grill from the trolley with this model, which means you’re ready to barbecue away from home. Staying in (but out in the garden), we think this is a top choice for small outdoor spaces as it’s not a space hog. The side shelves provide room for prep but they’re foldable keeping it slim when you’re not cooking.

Simple life
This model has cast-iron grill grates that are durable, rust resistant and easy to clean. The electronic igniter means you don’t need matches to get cooking and this model promises to cook evenly and with less flare-ups, using TRU-infrared technology. 

Best BBQ Argos Premium Dual Fuel Charcoal & Gas Combi BBQ

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16. Argos Premium Dual Fuel Charcoal & Gas Combi BBQ

Best budget hybrid BBQ: use charcoal or gas with this classic combi

Specifications

Fuel: Charcoal and gas
Weight: 38.75kg
Colour: Black

Reasons to buy

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Two cooking areas
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Bottom shelf for storage
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Side shelf
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Use gas and charcoal at the same time

Reasons to avoid

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Assembly takes a while 

Combine gas and charcoal barbecues, at the same time! The Argos Premium Dual Fuel Charcoal & Gas Combi BBQ comes with two individual burners, each with their own hood and thermometer, for the ultimate multitasker. 

Storage friendly
The Argos Premium Dual Fuel Charcoal & Gas Combi BBQ includes a spice rack, side shelf, and a bottom shelf that holds plates, accessories and more extras. 

Budget options
Combination BBQs can be expensive, so we think the Argos Premium Dual Fuel is reasonably priced at under £250. For this you get two individual burners, that can be used separately or together for meals of all sizes. 

On the large side
This grill isn't for those who are short on space. Its cooking areas are 43 x 44cm each, and its total dimensions are H116 x W139 x D59cm. The side shelf doesn't fold away either, although it can be wheeled around easily enough thanks to the two wheels at the front side. 

The best electric grills

Want the simple way to cook outside – no charcoal or gas needed? This answer is an electric grill, and this is our favourite. 

Best BBQ GEORGE FOREMAN 22460 INDOOR & OUTDOOR BBQ

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17. George Foreman 22460 Indoor & Outdoor BBQ

Best fuss-free barbecue: get the ease of electricity and the flexibility of a grill or table top set-up

Specifications

Fuel: Electric
Weight: 6.57kg
Colour: Graphite Grey

Reasons to buy

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Use outdoors as a grill or inside on a table top
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Long cable
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Grill designed to reduce fat

Reasons to avoid

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Having to plug in
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No charcoal flavour

Want an easy life, speedy grilling and tabletop cooking as well as barbecuing? Then the George Foreman Indoor and Outdoor BBQ is the perfect choice.

Plug in
Never mind charcoal or gas cylinders, with this electric grill you just plug in. Worried you’ll be a lonely chef far from your guests? It has a 2.35m cable so you won’t miss out on the chat. 

Cooking options
This model is a freestanding barbecue outside, then – ta da – you can make it a table-top grill indoors. That’s right, no need to buy twice with this adaptable model. If you’re watching your weight, or concerned about cutting back on fat, you’ll also be happy that the grill promises a 42% reduction in fat. You can feed a good sized party with it, too: there’s room for up to 15 portions of meat, fish or vegetables at a time.

Temperature control
Worried about the accuracy of cooking on an electric grill? The BBQ is designed to allow heat adjustment for meat that’s browned just right. 

The best smoker BBQ

If you love meat and fish with a wonderful smoky taste, you can do your smoking right there at home.

Traeger PRO 575 Pellet Grill

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Best pellet smoker: tried and loved by us

Specifications

Fuel: Wood pellets
Weight: 84.4kg
Colour: Black

Reasons to buy

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Smart design
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App compatible
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Makes great food

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

We were blown away in testing by how powerful the Traeger PRO 575 Pellet Grill is when it comes to smoking, grilling and cooking. 

Cooking options
Cook fish, meat and veggies with this pellet grill. It's got a drum-shaped body that can fit larger cuts of meat, too. 

Smart
A Wi-Fi operated grill? You heard us right. You can receive alerts when your food reaches the ideal temperature, and monitor your grill from the Traeger app. 

Smart ignition
Simply fill the hopper with pellets, plug it in, switch it on at the back, select the temperature you want it to reach, press the ignite button and you’re sorted. 

Read our full Traeger Pro 575 barbecue review for more info

Best BBQ WEBER SMOKEFIRE EX4 WOOD FIRED PELLET GRILL

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19. Weber Smokefire EX4 Wood Fired Pellet Grill

Best BBQ smoker: this wood-pellet fuelled design will sear as well as smoke to give you all the tastes you’re looking for, and it’s a smart barbie

Specifications

Fuel: Wood pellets
Weight: 84.4kg
Colour: Black

Reasons to buy

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Smokes – and a lot more
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Lots of cooking space
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Smart design

Reasons to avoid

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High budget buy

The Weber Smokefire EX4 Wood Fired Pellet Grill smokes a treat plus it will sear, and it’ll even help with the cooking. Find out how.

Cooking options
This model will deliver the distinctive smoky taste many of us adore. But we like the fact that it’s not just a smoker. With a temperature range of 95 to 315°C, it’ll cook all sorts of BBQ food. There’s plenty of room for what you’re serving up, too.

Low maintenance
This model comes with an easy-clean ash and grease drawer to make everyone’s least favourite part of barbecuing – the clean-up – less of a chore. It’s made with a porcelain-enamel finish to prevent cracking and rusting as well.

Get connected
Use the Weber Connect smart technology built into the BBQ and you’ll turn out great food every time. The grilling assistant will send alerts to your smartphone, telling you when to flip and when to serve.You can customise alerts, too, so the barbecue knows you want a medium steak, for example, and tell you when it’s there.

Best BBQ Weber smokey bbq

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20. Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker

Best conventional smoker: break out the charocal with this classic smoker

Specifications

Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 30kg
Colours: Black

Reasons to buy

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Great warranty
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Tiers allow you to cook multiple dishes at once
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Tall and narrow design

Reasons to avoid

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Small grilling area for conventional barbecues

The original
Smoking is a classic technique in the USA, so this Weber option is a top pick for smoking slow and low, whether it's brisket or pulled pork.

Tiered design
Cook various dishes at once with the two-tier design of the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker. The grill area has a 37cm diameter, so this is a somewhat portable option. 

Complete control
The in-built dampener system is designed to limit or increase airflow to your charcoal, meaning you can extinguish to create smoke and slow cook, or ignite for a faster finish. 


How we tested these BBQs

fully assembled Weber Genesis II EX-335 GBS smart BBQ

Fully assembled Weber Genesis II EX-335 GBS smart BBQ in review

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We like to have hands-on experience with all the products which we feature in our guides, and our best BBQ guide is no exception. Unless you see our Gardeingetc badge sitting comfortably alongside the product images then we haven't reviewed them, so we've made it our mission to test several barbecues in our own gardens this summer. If they received a minimum of four out of five stars then they've made the cut, and they'll stay in this guide.

When we're writing up our reviews, we look out for the really important things like how easy it is to set up, cook meat and veggies, then store and maintain it after each use. We do also take into consideration the overall look and size of the BBQ because, after all, we don't all have a large space to flex our outdoor cooking skills. This is something which our review panel understand, which is why we've selected barbecues to try out (for you) to suit our own home set-up. Read more info on how we review BBQs.

Our review process will take up to eight weeks, although this is entirely dependent on the great British weather so it may take a little longer. Whilst we work through our reviews we've considered what other customers think about the product and have also called upon our barbecuing knowledge thus-far to share what we think are the best BBQs to buy this summer - it is something which you best not delay. Find out about our reviews and our reviewers if you're interested.

What to consider when buying a new BBQ

How many people you want to cook for, and which fuel or even fuels do you prefer to use. Also important? The price is crucial plus you’ll want a barbecue whose style fits in with your outdoor space.

Price
There’s a huge range of barbecue prices from the very modest, through those costing a few hundred to the investment buy of around £1,000 and upwards. The size of the best BBQ has an influence of course, and so does the sophistication of the features, so think carefully about whether you’re looking to replicate the precision of indoor cooking outdoors, or you simply want grilled food with outdoor flavour.

Size
How many people a particular grill size will feed can only ever be a guide. The overall dimensions of the best BBQ will count, too, of course, particularly when outdoor space is limited in your BBQ area, and if this is the case, you may need to compromise to give yourself room to cook and leave enough space for a table and chairs.

Fuel
For some, it has to be charcoal for an authentic barbecue flavour. Remember that one of the key things when learning how to cook on a charcoal grill is that you’ll need to factor in the time for the fuel to heat up, and it can be tricky to get an even temperature. A gas barbecue, on the other hand, is easy to start and quick to heat up. Heating should be even and the temperature can be easily controlled. You will have to deal with the gas canisters. If you can’t decide between the two, dual fuel hybrid models mean you don’t have to. There are also electric grills for creating your alfresco meals. They’re convenient but there’s no smoke, of course. Smokers can use different fuels for their low temperature slow cooking. To get the best from your new BBQ, our guide on how to light a BBQ has step-by-step advice. 

best kamado grill - Big Green Egg BBQ on an outdoor table

Big Green Egg BBQ on an outdoor table

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Cleaning up
When it comes to how to clean a barbecue, a gas barbecue means less cleaning up than a charcoal design, and you won’t need to dispose of the ash either. Other than that, take a look at whether you can use the dishwasher to help you clean up after cooking.

Storage
If your outdoor space has some room to spare, you might like to opt for a model which offers storage as well as cooking, or at least a little room for sauce bottles and herbs to add to your food. Foldable shelves are a boon when the cooking’s over and you want to take back some space.

Don’t forget that the best BBQ itself will need storage in winter – or a good cover. Wheels to help you move it into storage are also handy if it’s a weighty model.

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What type of BBQ is best?

There's no need to cram a garden party-sized portion on a tiny kettle grill. Knowing the best BBQ size for you is one of the most important elements of successful grilling. The burner size can vary depending on the shape of the BBQ, but there's also extra elements such as the number of gas burners and even side burners to consider. Side burners allow you to cook sauces, boil peas, and do whatever else you would usually rely on the stove to do, all while allowing you to keep an eye on the steaks. 

Warming racks will be great for those who don't have the space for cooking everything at once, because they will keep sausages and kebabs warm while you tackle a second batch.

While many opt for gas BBQs because they are easy to ignite and come on wheels for convenient transportation, there's no denying the classic charm of a charcoal BBQ. These will pack your food with classic smokey barbecue flavours and they're also a lot lighter and easier to store as standard. 

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