Best gas BBQ 2023: our top picks for your garden

Choose the best gas BBQ for your garden and get a jump start next summer, featuring models from Char-Broil, Weber, and Everdure

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From ease of use to smart features, the best gas BBQs are a popular choice for those who want to cook for a crowd. We've reviewed a number of the top gas grills from leading brands like Weber, Char-Broil, Everdure and Campingaz to bring you our complete guide. When reviewing the best gas BBQs we tested for everything from ease of assembly to how evenly they could cook up steaks, burgers, and veggie kebabs. 

Many think that a gas BBQ won't deliver the same smokey taste that you'll find in a charcoal or pellet BBQ. However, brands like Weber are constantly coming up with new ways to inject a little extra flavour into your barbecue. This involves cast iron griddle bars that give you classic char lines and will become seasoned over time to really maximise the taste of every meal you prepare. 

Other features we looked out for when we tested these grills included the range of smart features on offer, and how easy they were to clean. Some can be paired with your phone to allow you to monitor a temperature probe from inside the house, or alert you when the BBQ has hit your target temperature. Ready to get browsing? Scroll for our favourites of 2022. Otherwise, should you be searching for a charcoal or hybrid model, then head over to our best BBQ guide for more suggestions.

The best gas BBQ for 2023

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Best BBQ Char-Broil Gas2CoalGold badge

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The very best hybrid BBQ

Specifications

Weight: 47kg
Colour: Black
Burners: 2 - 4 + side
Cooking area: 64.2 x 43.5cm
RRP: £469 for a 3-burner model

Reasons to buy

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Hybrid model
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Side burner included
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The charcoal tray is easy to store
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Range of sizes available

Reasons to avoid

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Assembly takes time 
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There are more stylish models 

Our Head of Reviews tested this BBQ, which still sits pride of place in her garden two years after she first tried it out. She loves that it's a hybrid model, meaning it can be used to cook with gas or with charcoal, depending on the weather, the fuel you have available, or simply what you're in the mood for. 

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

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. We did find that the wind could interfere with the flames from this side burner, so use in a sheltered area if it's a bit breezy.

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. It also comes with a holder for the grate tool that helps to lift grates when they're hot or dirty. Assembly took a while but it's sturdy, reliable and easy to use. We tested the three burner, but there are also two and four burner models available.

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The best gas BBQ for families

Specifications

Weight: 66kg
Colour: Slate
Burners: 4
Cooking area: 46 x 72cm
RRP: £649.99

Reasons to buy

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Speedy and consistent heating
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Modular cooking system
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Grease-resistant design
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Gas canister is hidden from view

Reasons to avoid

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Assembly took a while
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Lacks that smokey charcoal flavour

Our reviewer managed to assemble the Campingaz 4 Series Premium S barbecue all on her own, which is both impressive and not how it's recommended to be assembled. It's good to know that you can though, and once we got to using it, we found that this BBQ is sturdy and intelligently-designed.

We tested the Campingaz 4 Series Premium S barbecue to see if its self-cleaning and modular cooking system was up to the task, and were very impressed. We found that it was more than capable of cooking for over 12 people at once, and the warming rack was great for catering to even more people. The Campingaz 4 Series Premium S has four burners, a wealth of in-built storage, and a side burner to cook up side dishes. 

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

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

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3. Char-Broil All-Star

The best gas BBQ for small families

Specifications

Weight: 30kg
Colour: Black
Burners: 1
Cooking area: 45cm diameter
RRP: 399.99

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
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Only one burner

Contributing writer Ginevra Benedetti tested the Char-Broil All Star gas barbecue in her London home, and enjoyed its compact frame when compared to many of the gas BBQs she's tested. 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 took us two hours to assemble this BBQ, which while a standard amount of time, took more time because we made a number of fiddly mistakes. A reasonably-priced option (note that this model regularly goes on sale for below the £399 RRP), we noted that the plastic panels that coat the legs were a little on the flimsy side, but the metal legs were sturdy and dependable. 

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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4. Everdure Furnace Gas BBQ

The best looking BBQ

Specifications

Fuel: Gas
Weight: 34kg
Colour: Mint, Graphite, Orange
Cooking area: 2915cm2
RRP: £899

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use
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Looks great
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Burners are independently controlled
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A range of colours available

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly tricky to clean
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No keep-warm shelf

Our reviewer was instantly wowed by the stylish edge this BBQ brought to her garden. It was love at first sight, but the Everdure Furnace also impressed us with its easy controls and assembly. The latest barbecue from world-renowned chef Heston Blumenthal, it's the ultimate gas barbecue for anyone who would rather spend money on a barbecue that's created with style in mind. 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 a 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 sauces. 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.

Weber Traveler BBQGardeningetc Reviewed and Rated badge

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The best portable gas BBQ

Specifications

Weight: 28.1kg
Colour: Black
Burners: 1
Cooking area: 2065 cm2
RRP: £465

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

Love to travel? The Weber Traveler LP BLK Gas Barbecue is a top pick for you. We admit, it might be overkill to take this one on holiday when there are so many mini BBQs out there, but this storage-friendly model would be perfect for those with limited shed space. 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, the Weber Traveler is very capable. It has a surprisingly large 2065cm squared cooking area, which was able to cook up an entire tomahawk steak and lots of corn, with plenty of surplus room on the burner. We think it could cook for four to six people, easy. 

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

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The best small gas BBQ

Specifications

Weight: 6.78kg
Colour: Black
Burners: 1
Cooking area: 42 x 26cm
RRP: 179.99

Reasons to buy

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Easy to store
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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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One burner only
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No built-in thermometer dial
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Gas canisters are disposable and not very eco-friendly

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. It comes in your choice of gas or charcoal, but we tested the charcoal model in particular, 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. Just bear in mind that the gas version uses disposable gas canisters which aren't the best when it comes to eco-credentials.

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. It's also easy to store and even easier to cart around. Its legs are foldable and help keep the BBQ secure when not in use.

Weber Genesis II EX-335Gardeningetc Reviewed and Rated badge

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The very best gas BBQ

Specifications

Weight: 84.8kg
Colour: Black
Burners: 3 + side
Cooking area: 3264cm2
RRP: £1,699

Reasons to buy

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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

This BBQ used to be #1 in our guide but it's currently out of stock. We'll let you know once it's back. 

One of Webers' most immense barbecues to date, the Weber Genesis II EX-335 GBS is a state-of-the-art option. Our editor tried it and she still loves it to date. It's the top gas BBQ for serious foodies and offers total control over three burners. And, it's definitely built to last, backed by a 10-year warranty. 

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

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. 

Those who love a bit of smart tech will enjoy Weber's Connect app, which allows you to get stuck-in remotely. It syncs your phone to your grill and allows you to add details on the type of meat you're cooking to get the perfect temperature and timing for your food. A probe also monitors the internal temperature. Assembly was lengthy (72 steps in total!) and took a total of four hours. You'll need at least one other person, but the good news is, it only needs to be done once.

The best gas BBQs we're currently reviewing

The top seven BBQs we mentioned have been tried and tested by our expert team, but the models below are works in progress. We've included them in this guide because of their stellar user reviews and enduring popularity, and we're aiming to have full reviews for all of them before the first BBQ of next year. 

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8. Weber Q3200 Gas Barbecue

The best gas BBQ for features

Specifications

Weight: 45kg
Colour: Black
Burners: 2

Reasons to buy

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Foldable side shelves
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Bottom shelf for storage
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Warming rack
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Handle light
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Tool hooks

Reasons to avoid

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Limited to two burners

This is a very popular gas BBQ, so we knew we had to include it in our roundup even though we haven't got a dedicated review. We're working on that, so watch this space. 

For now, we'll note that our Head of Reviews has used it on countless occasions as it's been her family's BBQ of choice for close to six years. She loves its portability, with a removable base that means it can be bundled into the boot of a car for their annual trip to Cornwall. Cleaning it can be tricky, as those grates get easily caked up and require a good scrape to keep them free of marks and stains. 

It will serve up to six people on its two burners, and while the frame is small, the grill covers the entire top surface area so no space is wasted. It can cook 14 burgers at any one time, making it ideal for families and for cooking for BBQ parties.

This BBQ might be more compact than others on our list, but what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in features. The frame is glass-reinforced nylon, and the burners are stainless steel. The body itself is cast aluminium and comes with an in-built thermometer. It also has two side tables that can be folded away easily, and a storage shelf underneath the aluminium frame that keeps tools and other essentials nearby. Its handle even has a light for cooking in the dark.

best gas BBQ Weber Spirit E-215 GBS 2-Burner Gas BBQ

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9. Weber Spirit II E-320

The best full-size gas BBQ for a balcony

Specifications

Weight: 41kg
Colour: Black
Burners: 2

Reasons to buy

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All weather wheels
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Two side shelves
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Great for smaller spaces
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Foldable sides

Reasons to avoid

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No side burner

It’s easy to put the Weber Spirit II E-320 GBS Gas BBQ exactly where you want it when you’re barbecuing, even if you only have a balcony as your outside space. It's also on wheels to make it easy to move around into the sun or shade or away from the wind. It has a sizeable cooking space plus a warming rack. And it even has a thermometer built into its lid for easy monitoring before and during 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. Plus, you can use the Gourmet Barbecue System to switch out your grates for pizza stones, griddles, roasters and more. Though compact, it's still quite versatile!

We're working on a full review of this classic BBQ, so watch this space for our full rating. 


What is the best gas BBQ? 

Here’s a quick recap the top gas BBQ that we'd recommend is the Weber Genesis II EX-335 GBS (opens in new tab)https://www.awltovhc.com/image-6361382-13430609. It's a smart gas BBQ (in more ways than one) that will enable you to monitor everything from the Weber Connect app on your phone. Once set up, which admittedly does take a bit of time, you can simply let the gas grill do all the hard work while you relax in the backyard.

It's big in stature so don't expect to hide it away easily during winter; the side tables don't drop down either. A suitable cover would be a good investment here. It's all worth it because everyone can be catered for, it's sturdy, and impressive cooking results can be achieved.

Last time we checked though, this BBQ was out of stock, so we would recommend the Char-Broil Gas2Coal Hybrid Grill as a close second. It's more affordable than the Weber, and it's got a hybrid design that will convert it to a charcoal BBQ if you'd rather a smokey sear on your hot dogs. 

How we review barbecues

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Char-Broil Gas2Coal in use

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Getting hands-on experience with all the products which you see featured in our guides is important to us, which is why we have called in all but a few for us to review in our own gardens. You'll be able to tell which barbecue we have reviewed by keeping a look out for our Gardeningetc badge – only the best of the best gas barbecues will make the cut.

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 store and maintain 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. Here's more info on how we review gas BBQs at Gardeningetc.

It'll take us about six to eight weeks to try out a gas barbecue, which is entirely dependant 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 gas barbecues to have this summer. It is something which you best not delay, after all. Find more info about our reviews and our reviewers.

Here's who has tested what when it comes to gas barbecues. Not all of their reviews are available here on Gardeningetc, but rest assured they've been put through their paces on our sister brands, Real Homes, Livingetc, or Homes & Gardens.