Looking to invest in the best BBQ around? Though it may not be the time of year to use a BBQ, it certainly is the best time to buy one – the Black Friday 2020 sales are here! So, we've done a lot of research to find the best BBQs by type – we're talking gas, hybrid, charcoal and more. So that you spend your money on something worthwhile. Even if you won't get any use out of it until next spring.
When choosing a barbecue it's helpful to consider which fuel type you want it to be, before you start looking. This will narrow down your options a lot and make this an easier buy. Then, consider size depending on your outside space, and consider your budget – some of these are pretty pricey.
Keep scrolling for the top BBQs on the market for 2020. These are split into sections by type – head straight to our best gas BBQs guide if you are after a gas option.
The best BBQs of 2020:
Best charcoal BBQ
If it has to be charcoal for authentic taste in your opinion, the Weber 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.
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.
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.
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.
If your barbecues are always for a big group, we can recommend the Argos Home American Charcoal BBQ to keep up with everyone’s fresh air appetite.
A cooking area of 42 x 58cm lets you get meat, fish and veggies for all on the go on this nifty American-style BBQ. There’s a food preparation shelf and storage shelf, plus a bottle opener, so you can keep the whole party fed and, er, watered.
Adjust the heat
We like the way you can control the temperature when you’re cooking on this barbecue. You can lower the coals if the heat’s too fierce, then use the handle to bring them up again. You can also refuel through the front door. Simple!
When you’re catering for a big group, you don’t want food to go cold while you’re serving some of the other elements. This design solves your problem with a warming rack to avoid the disappointment. We also like the fact it’s a BBQ with wheels so you can move it away without fuss once the cooking’s over to make more space for socialising.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A barbecue that will work chez vous and out and about with good looks, you say. The John Lewis Landmann Pedestal Square Charcoal BBQ has your name on it then.
This upright BBQ is a popular European design that will bring style to your garden and your outings with its stainless-steel finish, chrome-plated grill, and wooden handles. It has a 39cm square grill for your burgers, sausages and more.
You can use charcoal briquettes or lump wood charcoal to fuel this little number. The removable ash catcher makes cleaning less of a palaver, too, which scores highly with us.
While this might be a great value and portable barbie, it’s not without thoughtful refinements. There’s a windshield on the grill that could make life simpler on a breezy day, plus a disc for controlling the airflow. At 1.5kg it won’t be hard to move (but don’t do that when it’s hot, of course!)
There’s no need to stick with a sandwich when you’re out if you get yourself the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Cube BBQ to put in the car.
Just H23 x W42.5 x D34.7cm, this is a BBQ for days away from home, but we’d recommend it for those with very little outdoor space as well. It won’t compromise the style of your tiny patio, and is sure to win admiring glances down at the beach.
On top of the barbecue you’ll find a food grade storage tray and a bamboo preparation board. In other words, you won’t be in trouble when it comes to organising the ingredients of your meal before you pop them on the barbie. You’ll want to find yourself a picnic table to cook on, though, so everything is at the right height.
The Cube has a built-in heat protection shield and chrome handles that will stay cool even while you’re cooking for safety. There are two safety latches on the design as well.
Kamados have become a hugely trendy way to cook outdoors – but they’re no passing fad. Set yourself up with the Char-Broil Kamander Charcoal Grill and you’ll be making all you want in the garden.
This little number operates from 50°C and 345°C, giving you the option to smoke, grill, roast or bake. A cooking surface of 20 inches diameter (that’s 51cm in new money) means you can fit a large brisket or a 9kg turkey.
Stay in control
A temperature gauge will make things accurate, and the air intake system with adjustable vents gives you easy control. Once food’s cooked you can keep it warm on the warming rack that comes with this model. There’s room to organise, too, with both a shelf with hooks for grilling tools and a storage rack underneath.
Clean and tidy
We like the inner ash pan that’s fully removable for cleaning, which is chore nobody loves. The design has big wheels as well so you can easily move it out the way when you’re done.
Small garden? Looking for a BBQ that can easily be packed away and stored after use? The UTTORA Barbecue Grill is it.
This foldable BBQ is portable and small, weighing just 1.6kg. It has folding legs for easy storing, while it'll need to be used on top of a table. Though compact, its grill is still large enough to cook enough food for three to five people.
Made from 430 stainless steel, it's not only rust-proof but also heat-resistant and non-deformable. Use this BBQ to cook everything from meats to fish, veggies and more! The best part? The BBQ's grill grids are removable for cleaning. Oh, and it also has handles for carrying.
Simple to use
This basic BBQ is super easy to use and even easier to set up. All you need to do is fold down the legs, add the charcoal mesh, pop in your charcoal, then add the grill grids and you are ready to start barbecuing. With ventilation holes at both ends, you can control the heat with ease – these also ensure your food is evenly cooked, too.
Best gas BBQs for 2020
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.
Like the idea of barbecuing that’s so easy you won’t miss out on the chat? Check out the Weber Genesis II E-310 BBQ for laid-back outdoor living.
This is a brilliant buy if you’re looking for great barbecue taste with the ease of cooking on gas. The stainless-steel Flavourise Bars of this model promise the flavour barbecued food should have, but with the adjustability of gas and the simplicity of electronic ignition.
With three burners and a generous cooking area of 68 x 48cm, you can serve up for a large party with this model and the warming rack means you can get all the timings right. We’re fans of its open storage because it makes accessing what you need quick, and there are side shelves for condiments, and hooks for tools.
Smart appliance fans, you could add the Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub to this model for notifications, doneness indicators, food-readiness countdown and more.
For the precision control of gas, plus fine and rather lovely lines, we reckon the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Force 2 Burner is your perfect match.
You can spend more time talking to your guests rather than tending the barbecue on this model, which is ready to cook in just five minutes. It has an aluminium lid that’s part of the reason the BBQ can get up to the high temperatures Heston demanded for a design with his name on it, and it’s rustproof to boot. The three gas burners are independently controlled with slender ergonomic taps that have rotary ignition.
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.
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 co-ordinate with planting or furniture. You won’t miss out on a storage shelf, however, so practicality isn’t sacrificed for sleekness.
Looking for a gas barbecue but keeping an eye on your outlay? The Argos Home Deluxe 3 Burner Outdoor Kitchen Gas BBQ will deliver you the ease of this fuel for less.
You get three burners with this model, and a grilling area that’s 60 x 41cm so you can pile up everyone’s plate. It comes with a warming rack and there’s a side burner for frying or making sauces. The reversible cast-iron grill and hot plate lets you adapt the surface to what you’re cooking. There’s a built-in thermometer so you can get everything just right, too.
Putting the barbie where you need it and wheeling away to store is no problem. Storage space could be an issue, though. You’ll need to accommodate dimensions of H107.5 x W130 x D59.7cm.
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.
If you want to take your outdoor kitchen to the next level, then the Char-Broil Performance Series T47G - 4 Burner Gas Grill – complete with TRU-Infrared – is perfect for big family entertainment at home.
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 grate-level temperature gauge, four independent cooking zones, a side-burner to warm up complementary food (very cheffy) and then an actual warming rack to keep your buns and whatnot warm, before serving.
Having everything you need at your disposal is a must when you're cooking like a pro. The Char-Broil comes with side shelves for you to do just that. Letting you stash all your essential grilling tools, and maybe a beer too.
It's big but it looks pro. This a seriously durable model that's built from stainless steel, and complete with cast iron – rust-resistant and dreamy to clean – cooking grates too. At this cost and from this reputable brand, we think this could be a BBQ for life. Enjoy your T-bones.
This small gas BBQ – the Morsø Forno Medio Gas BBQ – looks the part, plays the part and it's great for all size gardens. Use it on top of a table or on the BBQ trolley that comes included.
This compact tabletop barbecue boasts two burners with Piezo ignition, and it has a total cooking area of 48cm x 42cm. In total, it measures just 42.8cm high and 55.6cm wide. With a built-in hood thermometer to check the temperature, you can adjust this by merely turning the unobtrusive burner controls.
Designed by acclaimed Danish designer Klaus Rath, this minimalist black gas BBQ has a cast aluminium body. It features an enamel-coated cast-iron cooking grate that's easy to clean as it's dishwasher-safe, and it has a handle for easy moving. Boasting a round shape, it stands on four legs.
The Morsø Forno has an in-built hood thermometer and it comes with a trolley. This stand can hold a gas canister and it has three BBQ tool hanging hooks; it's also on wheels for easy moving. Included with the BBQ comes a barbecue fork and tong, all with wooden handles and leather straps, as well as a steel barbecue turner.
Best hybrid BBQ for 2020
Charcoal and gas? It can be yours in one barbecuing package. These are our favourite dual fuel BBQs.
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.
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.
You can get the best of both worlds and feed plenty of people with the Rockwell Gas and Charcoal Black Hybrid BBQ.
Two at once
We love the fact that you can use gas and charcoal at the same time with this dual fuel barbie. Use gas for foods that require easy to adjust heat, and charcoal for those that just must have true barbecue flavour. it has an integrated warming rack to make catering to a crowd simpler.
You won’t be short of space to keep everything you need for a family feast with this model. There’s room underneath for essentials and a side table, plus there are three hooks and a bottle opener – handy, don’t you think?
What else will you like? Well, we reckon it’ll be a thumbs-up for grills that can go into the dishwasher. You can easily wheel this BBQ out of the way or into the right position at a particular time of day, too.
Best electric grills for 2020
Want the simple way to cook outside – no charcoal or gas needed? This answer is an electric grill, and this is our favourite.
Want an easy life, speedy grilling and table top cooking as well as barbecuing? Then the George Foreman Indoor and Outdoor BBQ is the perfect choice.
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.
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.
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.
Best smoker BBQ for 2020
If you love meat and fish with a wonderful smoky taste, you can do your smoking right there at home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to buy the best BBQ for 2020
Where to buy the best 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.
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 barbecue 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.
How many people a particular grill size will feed can only ever be a guide. The overall dimensions of the barbecue will count, too, of course, particularly when outdoor space is limited, and if this is the case, you may need to compromise to give yourself room to cook and leave enough space for table and chairs.
For some, it has to be charcoal for an authentic barbecue flavour. Remember that you’ll need to factor in the time for the fuel to heat up if you cook this way, 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.
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.
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 barbecue 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.