Best gas BBQ 2020: master outdoor cooking with these top buys

Invest in the best gas BBQ for easy control and clean up. Discover our favourite models for easy outdoor food preparation this summer

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Looking for the best gas BBQ to make the most of the rest of the warm weather? This summer has already delivered us plenty of perfect days for lighting up the barbecue and taking the cooking outside – and there’s no reason not to look forward to a whole lot more. And when it comes to providing a feast for the whole family or friends, one of the best gas BBQs might just be the way to do it. 

If you’re not already convinced by the merits of a gas BBQ, you’ll want to bear in mind that there are gas models out there that can deliver authentic barbecue flavour to rival charcoal versions. You’ll get precision control of your cooking, too and there are designs that’ll certainly keep up with the catering for a hungry group 

So whether you’re sure it’s a gas barbecue you want or you’re open to the option, read on for our guide to the top buys on offer this summer. And if you want to explore other barbecue options, such as charcoal, wood-fired and electric options, take a look at our best barbecues buying guide

The best gas BBQs for 2020

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1. Weber Genesis II E-310

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

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

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

Barbecue flavour

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

Stylish design

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

App available

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

Buy the Weber Genesis II E-310 

EVERDURE BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL FORCE 2 BURNER

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2. Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Force 2 Burner

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

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

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

Sleek design

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

Cooking options

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

Handy features

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

Buy the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Force 2 Burner

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3. Argos Home Deluxe 3 Burner Outdoor Kitchen

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

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

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

Simple prep

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

Family pleaser

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

On wheels

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

Buy the Argos Home Deluxe 3 Burner Outdoor Kitchen

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4. Char-Broil Professional Black Edition 3500 Gas BBQ

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

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

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

Even heat

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

Store more

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

Colour choice

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

Buy the Char-Broil Professional Black Edition 3500 Gas BBQ

Napoleon Rogue XT 365 SIB gas bbq new image

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5. Napoleon Rogue XT 365 SIB

Best compact gas BBQ: get yourself big barbecue looks and features in a small footprint

Specifications
Fuel: Gas
Weight: 60kg
Colour: Stainless steel
Reasons to buy
+Rugged style+Instant ignition+High lid
Reasons to avoid
-You’re catering for big parties

See yourself doing your stuff on a substantial looking gas barbecue but don’t have a whole lot of room? Then take a look at the Napoleon Rogue XT 365 Gas BBQ.

Compact footprint

This model’s part of a series and with two burners, it’s the most compact of the range measuring H123 x W122 x D63.5cm. It doesn’t miss out on the big barbecue features of its siblings, though, and there’s storage inside as well as prep areas on the side shelves, which fold away when the barbie’s not in use. 

Cooking features

As well as space for plenty of meat and veggies, this model lets you cook larger cuts of meat under the high lid, too. There’s an infrared side burner as well, which can be used for searing steaks or for sauces and side dishes with the rest of the meal on the main grill. The control knobs are ergonomically designed for precision.

Durable design

The firebox of this barbecue is made from cast aluminium and has a 15 year warranty. The ignition system is battery free.

Buy the Napoleon Rogue XT 365 SIB

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6. Morsø Gas Forno Grande

Best tabletop gas BBQ: grill alongside the dining table with a curvaceous design that’s easy to use

Specifications
Fuel: Gas
Weight: 26.1kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Stylish choice+Frame included
Reasons to avoid
-Grilling only

If you like the idea of cooking alongside your outdoor dining table so you can keep talking to your guests, the Morsø Gas Forno Grande could suit you perfectly.

Minimalist style

This little gas BBQ is a neat alternative to big outdoor cookers. You can locate it right by the dining table and keep an eye on the meal rather than turning away from your guests. There’s still enough room for plenty of meat and vegetables along with the salads you’re serving.

Stylish addition

The grill has a four-legged frame that creates room for the control panel and gas connections. You can invest in an outdoor table on wheels with room for the gas cylinder below the tabletop to make it mobile.

Made to last

The outer cabinet of the grill is moulded aluminium and the grilling grid solid cast iron.

Buy the Morsø Gas Forno Grande

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7. 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: 55kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+All weather wheels+Spacious cooking area+Two side shelves
Reasons to avoid
-Open storage only

It’s easy to put the Weber Spirit II E-320 GBS Gas BBQ exactly where you want it when you’re barbecuing. Check out all its benefits.

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. They open cart below the barbie ensures there’s still plenty of storage once the BBQ is in place, and there are tool hooks as well.

Cooking features

This three-burner barbie also has a side burner for sauces. There’s a 60 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.

Connect up

This model is compatible with the IGrill – an app connected thermometer that will let you know when up to four cuts of meat are done, monitoring the cooking throughout. 

Buy the Weber Spirit II E-320 

How to buy the best gas BBQ

Burners

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

Hood

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

Storage

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

What is the best gas BBQ for 2020? 

Here’s a quick recap – if you want the best gas BBQ for 2020, we’d recommend the Weber Genesis II E-310. It looks great, has lots of features and enough room to cook for the whole family. We love that you can connect it to the Weber app for guided cooking.

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