Best BBQ 2022: 14 reviewed models for your patio

These are the best BBQs, as tried and tested by the Gardeningetc team. From hybrid to gas, charcoal and even an electric grill and smoker...

Best BBQ: Tower Kamado, Everdure Furnace in mint and Char-Broil All Star
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We made it our mission to test a range of barbecues this summer. The result? Our best BBQs guide just below, which features 14 incredible buys, out of which we've managed to test 12 barbecues in total. From the likes of Weber, Char-Broil, Heston Blumenthal's Everdure and many more brands.

Looking for an easy-to-use gas model? Perhaps or you'd prefer something smart and app-connected so that you can cook your chicken from your sofa? Maybe you want a portable model to bring with you to the beach? The team at Gardeningetc can help you decide on a barbecue for your needs, whether you are an avid alfresco cook or you only use your BBQ a few times a year for beef burgers and a bit of halloumi. We don't judge either way. No matter the size of your space, or the depth of your budget, there's sure to be something to suit your requirements in this guide.

If you already know that you'd like a gas model, then you can head on over to our best gas BBQs buying guide and jump straight in. Otherwise, we'll kick things off before the weather gets worse...

The best BBQs to buy in 2022

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

  • Best charcoal BBQ:  Big Green Egg
  • 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

Weber Genesis II EX-335Gardeningetc Reviewed and Rated badge

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The very best gas BBQ

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
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Smart 
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Brilliant side burner

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 is a serious grill for those who really care about their barbecue. We tried it and we still love it to date. It's the top gas BBQ for serious foodies and offers total control over three burners. It's definitely built to last. 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. 

With 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, and the side burner is also far more capable than many of the best barbecues we have tested. 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.

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The very best charcoal BBQ

Specifications

Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 40kg/73kg/93kg
Colour: Racing Green

Reasons to buy

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Iconic design 
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3 sizes
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Easy to clean
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Versatile
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Simple ash removal

Reasons to avoid

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High price

If you're an adventurer who still likes the finer things in life, then try the Big Green Egg out for size. It comes in your choice of three sizes and it can do everything from sear veggies to roast a turkey, grill sausages and even slow cook your food. It can even cook pizza! This bad boy could actually rival your home oven, all in one compact (yet admittedly heavy) piece. We tested the large size and we love it.

It's the high 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. While it is costly, it is an investment and you'll get compliments. Oh, and it's easy to clean. Plus, it's designed to be used year-round, whether in the height of summer or on Christmas morning for that turkey.

This barbecue comes in three sizes with the smallest boasting a cooking surface measuring 33cm in diameter, the medium size 46cm and the largest 61cm. Choose wisely and based on how large your family is (and how spacious your patio is). The bigger the BBQ, the more expensive it is.

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The best portable BBQ

Specifications

Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 6.78kg
Colour: Black

Reasons to buy

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Easy to store
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Cleans in dishwasher
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Hinged lid
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Great for travelling
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Lightweight

Reasons to avoid

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Only comes in one colour
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No built-in thermometer dial

If you are searching for a portable barbecue to take on staycations, camping or on a trip to the seaside, then this one from Weber is brilliant. In fact, we tested it in a London garden that's compact in size and it fared well. It offers everything a normal-size charcoal BBQ can, without a huge amount of floor space required. It's the best bet for anyone short on space with a tiny budget and a small family to feed.

Equipped with a lid, you can use this barbecue to cook anything from a dozen burgers to kebabs, sausages and even large joints of meat and veggies, too. The size of its cooking space is impressive considering its footprint, though you might need to batch cook on it if you are cooking for a large group. You can also use it to indirectly cook your food and create a keep warm area on your barbecue. This all-in-one unit is easy to store and even easier to cart around. Its legs are foldable and help keep the BBQ secure when not in use. It's super easy to clean due to its compact size and you can put its grates in a dishwasher for ease. 

This barbecue also comes in a gas version for those who are interested in a portable BBQ but want the ease of gas cooking.

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4. Weber Smokey Joe Premium

The best small BBQ

Specifications

Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 3.5kg
Colours: Black, Slate Blue, Smoke, Ivory White, Crimson, Spring Green

Reasons to buy

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Compact and lightweight
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Simple to clean
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Hinged lid
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Comes in 6 different colours
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Affordable
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Dishwasher safe parts

Reasons to avoid

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No handles for carrying
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Not the most secure whilst transporting
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No built-in thermometer dial

At just 37cm in diameter and 3.5kg in weight, 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. We tested this BBQ over a number of uses and have decided it's best for anyone who needs something compact that won't take up any floor space in their garden. The only reason it's not our best for portability is that its tuck-n-carry lid isn't the most secure when carting around from A to B.

Its lid gives your food a desirable yet subtle smoky taste, and with enough cooking space for 6+ burgers or three steaks, you could use this BBQ to cook a small chicken or an entire Tomahawk steak. The lid also can sit on a stand to shield wind away whilst your BBQ is lighting, or whilst it's lit. It comes in six colours and can be left outside, whilst it's also easy to clean with dishwasher-safe parts.

Best BBQ Char-Broil Gas2CoalGold badge

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The very best hybrid BBQ

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
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Range of sizes

Reasons to avoid

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Assembly takes time 

We've tried this BBQ, and it's 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, and simple to switch between gas and coal plus it features a warming rack for when your timing is a bit off. Not only is it great for cooking for a crowd, but it even has an in-built bottle opener to make for fewer trips to the kitchen. It's the ultimate barbecue for those who want the best of both worlds, and if you often cook outdoors.

Easily tell the temperature of your grill using the in-built gauge which 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. It also has a side burner which is perfect for, you guessed it: your side dishes. Even when using the charcoal tray with this BBQ you ignite the fuel using the gas burner, which lights 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. It also comes with a holder for the grate tool that helps to lift grates when they're hot or dirty.

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

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6. Char-Broil All-Star

The best gas BBQ for small families

Specifications

Fuel: Gas
Weight: 30kg
Colour: Black

Reasons to buy

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Great for small families
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Easy to move around
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Foldable shelves
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Handy tool hooks

Reasons to avoid

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Assembly is complicated

The Char-Broil All-Star is a great little barbecue if you want something that's gas-powered but you don't have much to spend. It's ideal for smaller families and it offers plenty of cooking and storage space. We tested it on a small patio and it proves itself to be the perfect cooking companion, time and time again. In short: it's faff-free, affordable and has everything you need to cook up a storm for yourself and a few others.

It might take some getting used to, but this compact gas barbecue is brilliant. With cast-iron grill grates that are durable, rust resistant and easy to clean, it promises to cook evenly and with fewer flare-ups, using TRU-infrared technology. It has a built-in thermometer dial so that you know when it's ready (it takes around 10 minutes). And a handy keep warm shelf to help get the right timings. The side shelves provide room for prep but they’re foldable, keeping it slim when you’re not cooking.

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7. Tower Kamado Maxi Charcoal BBQ

The best affordable Kamado

Specifications

Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 30kg
Colour: Black, green

Reasons to buy

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Affordable alternative
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Compact
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Comes with waterproof cover
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Versatile
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Easy to clean

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy
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Not for cooking for large gatherings

If you like the look of the Big Green Egg but aren't so keen on the price tag, then try this one out for size. This Tower Kamado BBQ is similar to the mini Big Green Egg but at a fraction of the price. It's heavy and durable, it offers a decent size cooking area for a small family and it retains heat very well. Whilst it doesn't come with all of the add-ons that a Big Green Egg might, it may just be the BBQ to suit your needs right now.

This compact barbecue offers a surprisingly spacious cooking area for the fact it's a tabletop. It has a built-in temperature gauge that will let you know when it's up to temperature for baking, cooking, searing or smoking. We used this barbecue to cook 6 burgers at one time and noticed its handles stayed cool to the touch, whilst it retains heat very well. It's also super easy to clean after use and thanks to its compact size it's easy to store, just bear in mind it's heavy.

Traeger PRO 575 Pellet Grill

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The best smoker

Specifications

Fuel: Wood pellets
Weight: 58kg
Colour: Black

Reasons to buy

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Smart
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Easy to use
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Large cooking space
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Versatile
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Self-fueling

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Pellets are hard to find
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Large in size

We were blown away in testing by how powerful the Traeger PRO 575 Pellet Grill is when it comes to smoking, grilling and cooking. It's definitely one for serious cooks, or for anyone who likes to impress their guests. Cook fish, meat and veggies with this pellet grill. It's got a drum-shaped body that can fit larger cuts of meat, too. It's an ideal buy for anyone with plenty of patio space, and a love for outdoor cooking.

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 even when you're indoors. 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. It automatically adds more pellets when required, and if you're cooking a joint of meat it makes sense to use the meat probe. This connects to your phone so that you can check cooking progress as you rustle up a side salad or clean the house before guests arrive. Considering its size, it's also quite simple to clean after use, too.

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9. Everdure Furnace Gas BBQ

The best looking BBQ

Specifications

Fuel: Gas
Weight: 34kg
Colour: Mint, Graphite, Orange

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use
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Looks great
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Storage shelf

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly tricky to clean
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Pricey

The latest barbecue from world-renowned chef Heston Blumenthal, the Everdure Furnace is the ultimate gas barbecue for anyone with a keen eye for cooking, and for those who would rather spend money on a barbecue that's created with style in mind. This do-it-all model can have your food cooked fast, whilst looking lovely in your garden and impressing your guests in more ways than one. Whilst testing, we found that it's great for amateurs and chefs alike, and we loved that it has three burners that you can individually control. It's the prime example of both function and form.

Ready to cook within five minutes, you can use this gas BBQ to cook pretty much anything you desire. With a built-in temperature gauge, it's easy to use even when you're cooking for a large group of people. It's plenty sizeable for tackling a party, in fact, it can cook up to 28 burgers at one time, and it has heaps of space so that you can separate your burgers from your wings and your veggies. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a keep warm space although you could use one of the burners on the lowest temperature for this. Design-wise, it comes in a range of colours and offers storage space underneath for holding everything from your buns to your Ketchup. And in terms of build, it's definitely made to survive years of use, though it's too nice to leave outside for the elements to damage. It's on wheels for easy moving.

We also tested the Everdure Force 2 (opens in new tab) which is a very similar barbecue but with two burners instead of three. We rated this 4 stars out of 5 also. If you have a smaller budget, a smaller family and a smaller garden, then go for the Force 2 instead of the Furnace.

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The best portable gas BBQ

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 and clean
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Ample cooking space
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Handy prep surface
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Very easy to assemble

Reasons to avoid

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Quite heavy for a portable barbecue
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Gas canisters are disposable and not very eco-friendly

The smart design is what caught our eye with the Weber Traveler. It has a generous cooking area but folds down to a pull-along for easy transportation. We rated it 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.

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. 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. 

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12. Everdure by Heston Blumenthal The Cube BBQ

The best stylish (and small) BBQ

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 clean
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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.

Complete with a bamboo preparation board and a plastic food storage tray, all parts of this barbecue stack together, held secure with strong clips. When it comes to cooking, it's great for smaller crowds and can be used to batch cook, though we would probably avoid cooking a joint on there as it doesn't have a lid that you can use whilst cooking. You can also position the charcoal wherever you like, to directly cook your food or (slowly) indirectly cook pieces of meat or fish. 

Available in four stylish colours, this portable BBQ gets 5-stars from us when it comes to looks. With metal handles, 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. You can put the grates in your dishwasher to clean them, but the interior of the BBQ is a little harder to keep looking its best.

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13. Weber One Touch E4710

The best budget charcoal BBQ

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 will float your boat: it’s a classic kettle barbecue with space to cook for the whole family. The kettle charcoal 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. 

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. 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. 

Best BBQ GEORGE FOREMAN 22460 INDOOR & OUTDOOR BBQ

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14. George Foreman 22460 Indoor & Outdoor BBQ

The best electric grill

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 a perfect choice. This model is a freestanding barbecue outside, then – ta-da – you can make it a tabletop 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 also feed a good-sized party with it, too: there’s room for up to 15 portions of meat, fish or vegetables at a time.

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. If you're worried about the accuracy of cooking on an electric grill then rest assured this BBQ is designed to allow heat adjustment for meat that’s browned just right. 


What to consider when buying a new BBQ

How many people do 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 which type of BBQ will suit your needs is one of the most important elements of successful grilling. 

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

Prefer precision when it comes to cooking outdoors? A gas BBQ will give you total control of your cooking and no ash to deal with. They're also a lot easier to use when hosting, and they are faff-free when it comes to ignition.

Can't choose? Why not enjoy both? With a hybrid BBQ, you can cook using either charcoal or gas, in one package.

Want the simple way to cook outside – no charcoal or gas needed? This answer is an electric grill. You need only an accessible plug socket. Faff-free!

If you love meat and fish with a wonderful smoky taste, you can do your smoking right there at home. Choose a smoker if you love experimenting with your cooking and if you've got a little extra to spend on succulence.

There's more, don't forget about...

The burner size can vary depending on the shape of the BBQ, but there are 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. 

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 we feature in our guides, and our best BBQ guide is no exception. We've reviewed all of the products in this guide with our Gardeingetc badge sitting comfortably alongside them. 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, and 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 normally takes up to eight weeks, although this is entirely dependent on the great British weather so it may take a little longer. Find out about our reviews and our reviewers if you're interested.