Looking for the best BBQ to get your summer started? We've found 15 of the very best barbecues from top brands like Weber, Char-Broil, Everdure, Big Green Egg, and Outback.
Whether you want a charcoal kettle BBQ or a large gas grill, the best BBQ will liven up your garden this summer, and make entertaining a breeze. We've features some large gas barbecues with the capacity to cook for up to 12 people, as well as compact models that are easy to store once you're finished cooking.
The difficulty is choosing what the best BBQ for you will be, and to make life easier we've divided our guide into sections for charcoal, gas and hybrid BBQs. That way, you can jump straight to the type of BBQ you want, or keep scrolling to see all 15 of our top picks.
Jump to the best BBQs by type
Things to consider when buying the best BBQ include the size and dimensions you'll need. A larger BBQ is always desirable for those who like to entertain, but you need to store your BBQ when it's not in use, so make sure your shed has adequate space.
Many of the best BBQs come with a number of burners that are capable of cooking for up to 12 people. There are also warming racks that can toast hot dog buns and keep burgers warm while the rest of your feast is cooking.
The type is important as well. Gas BBQs are easy to ignite and often come with side burners and storage space below the main burners. You can take a look at the best gas BBQs for more options. The best charcoal BBQs offer that smokey flavour that we all associate with a classic BBQ, and they're often cheaper, too.
Where to find the best BBQs in stock
Struggling to find one in stock? We've thought of that too. You can take a look at our roundup of where to buy BBQs in stock for summer 2021, or peruse the in-stock options in our handy buying guide widgets below. They round up the best prices on the internet to make sure you'll never miss out on a restock. For our top picks of the best BBQs overall, keep reading.
Best charcoal BBQs for 2021
Nothing beats the traditional smokey flavour of a charcoal barbecue; having said that, with the dizzying number of models out there, it can be difficult to choose a good one. We've compiled the best charcoal bbqs that give the best flavour. Keep scrolling for more barbecue types.
The Weber Compact Kettle Charcoal BBQ packs in all the things we love about charcoal BBQs into a traditional and compact kettle design. It's the style that makes Weber a household name, and it delivers on value and style.
The 47cm diameter is enough to cook for a family, and there's a drip tray underneath to catch ash and charocal that might escape. That means you've got easy cleaning options.
It's fairly nonexistent, but you can use the shelf between the wheels to store plates and utensils while you grill. It's so small you can easily pull it up next to a patio table.
The price is a huge bonus. It's reasonably priced but comes with adjustable heat filters for smoking and keeping temperatures maintained or amping up the flames.
If you want to involve your favourite wood chips to burning charcoal for full-on flavour, we recommend buying the Flamemaster Kettle 18-inch BBQ.
See that pizza oven insert? That can be used to heat up a pizza stone and cook up some authentic Neaopolitan. Now that's pretty sweet.
There is a small open shelf on the bottom where you can pop a few items but nothing more, so you’ll need to have a garden table or trolley to hand for all the condiments and added extras.
Once shut, the lid locks in the heat while the vents regulate it. The result is some seriously juicy meat.
Small enough to pop into the back of the car as you head off on a day or weekend out, we can recommend buying the Weber Smokey Joe (it's well priced too!)
For a portable model, it’s packed full of features such as a steel cooking grate, a handy tuck and carry lid, a steel charcoal grate for aeration and a briquette measuring cup so you don’t overdo it on the heat production.
There’s no storage but you wouldn’t expect that for such a small model or such a low price.
At just 3.5kg, this is lightweight enough to take with you to the beach, park, festival or camping site. The size is ideal for two people, but you may struggle to cook comfortably for any more than that.
See more of the best portable BBQs in our guide.
The Kamado Joe Junior might look like the over-ripe cousin of the Big Green Egg, and admittedly they do share some resemblance, but its charms are all its own.
For starters, while the grill area is the same size on the Joe Junior as on Big Green Egg’s MiniMax, it’s a little easier to cart around if need be, thanks to its neat handled cast iron stand and lighter-by-a-whisker weight.
It’s also more cost-effective, despite offering a great range of uses thanks to the included heat deflector stone that allows you to hot smoke, roast, and bake as well as grill.
Kamado Grills aren't cheap, so we think this option for under £500 is a real steal.
As with all cooking gadgets designed by Heston Blumenthal, this BBQ has been cleverly thought out to provide you with every feature you could possibly need.
Whether you’ve got people round for the evening or you’re heading out on your next camping trip, the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Cube Portable Charcoal Barbecue will do the job.
This is perfect for tabletop cooking, which makes your gathering all the more sociable. There’s the added bonus of a food grade plastic tray, which can be a handy storage area for either food or cutlery and napkins, and a bamboo tray for prepping.
Take it anywhere
The Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Cube Portable Charcoal Barbecue has a lid that clips into place, as well as two sturdy heat-resistant handles. You can pack it away just as easily as you unpacked it, and because it's only 7kg you can put it in a bag for trips to the park or beach.
Best gas BBQs for 2021
When you don’t want to be messing around with charcoal and smoke or you prefer precise control, a gas barbecue is for you. Or you can keep scrolling for hybrid dual fuel designs as well as electric grills, smokers and the best pizza ovens.
If you want a gas BBQ but don't have the space for a full-sized BBQ, the Weber Spirit Classic E-210 is a great option.
Weighing only 52.5kg, the Weber Spirit Classic E-210 is more portable than most thanks to its lightweight frame. It also comes on four wheels with locking casters to keep it safe when in use.
Cater to a mid-sized family with two burners for simultaneous cooking. You can control each burner independently to create different temperatures. The warming rack allows you to preheat burner buns and keep extras warm while you prepare a full feast.
Easy to clean
Featuring porcelain-coated cooking grates, you'll find the Weber Spirit Classic E-210 easy to clean after use. It's also designed to add a classic char and smokey flavour due to the "flavourizer" function.
The Outback Excel Onyx 2-Burner Gas Trolley BBQ is a winner when it comes to looks and smart design. It's got a warming rack, side burner, in-built thermometer, just about everything we look for in a gas model.
Blacken or boil using the side burner and convert the main grill into a convection oven using the built-on thermometer. Great for large cuts of meat.
Take a look at that shelf. Perfect for storing places and dips. There's also a cup holder for the grill-master to stay hydrated.
The wheels are large and perfectly portable. We also enjoy the fact that the side burner and arm can fold down. It's the perfect balance between affordable and high quality.
Offering outstanding control and good looks, it would be a great investment if you buy the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Force 2 Burner Gas BBQ. It did get our vote for the best gas BBQ, too, so you know you're onto a winner.
Any cooking gadget or appliance with the name Heston Blumenthal attached to it is going to be great quality and well thought out and this Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Force 2 Burner Gas BBQ is no different. A beautiful piece of design, we think it's well worth the investment. It comes with independently controlled gas burners for cooking on and off the heat with variable heat control so you can ensure that ingredients are cooking at the perfect temperature. Cook with the hood up or the hood down, with the hood being high enough for convection cooking if you fancy a large joint of meat.
Side shelves and space below provide all the space you need for sauces and salads.
The die-cast aluminium body is rust-proof and feels extremely sturdy and durable. Bear in mind that the plates are enamel coated, which means you'll need to clean them more carefully without the use of conventional scourers. Try a nylon brush instead.
Our favourite gas barbecue is the Weber Genesis II E-310. It's designed to last, with chip-resistant and rust-free coating and cast iron cooking grates that are durable and easy to clean.
Three burners for a crowd
Weber claims this barbecue can cook for up to 12 people, and because of its warming rack you can cook in bulk for large meals. It does have only three burners which, while making it easier to clean, is not as many as other models on offer.
No more waiting for your charcoal to light - with a gas barbecue you can simply ignite the grill and have all the control you need to create perfectly cooked steak, burger, and more.
Storage is easy
With a 120cm height, 152cm width, and a 76cm depth, this barbecue comes with its space demands. It is easy enough to store though, with four wheels (two of them lockable) and a tuck-away side rack.
If you’re looking for convenient cooking, this BBQ from Weber may be just the ticket.
Thanks to its built in carry handles, the BBQ is easy to transport, while the fold away cooking tables provide you with some handy prep space. With a control burner valve and thermostat, you can regulate the temperature of the BBQ so the food doesn’t burn on the outside and remain raw in the middle.
Add a stand
You also have the option of buying a compatible BBQ stand, making this the best portable BBQ for home and away.
Same great Weber quality
Whether you opt for a portable or freestanding Weber Q 1200, these BBQs feature that classic Weber performance you're looking for.
The CharBroil Professional Black Edition 3500 Gas BBQ has a side burner for cooking up a feast, and you can cover it with a 10 year warranty.
Large cooking area
The CharBroil Professional Black Edition 3500 Gas BBQ has a 2683 sq cm cooking area, which is great for catering to most size groups. It's only got two burners though, so opt for a four burner BBQ for something capable of cooking enough for a BBQ party.
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.
The TRU-Infrared cooking with the CharBroil Professional is designed to cut back on gas use and prevent flare-ups that could lead to uneven cooking.
Best hybrid BBQs for 2021
Not sure whether you prefer charcoal or gas? How about a hybrid dual fuel design for the best of both? Here are our top picks…
Whether one member of your family prefers gas and the other prefers coal or you’re really looking to maximise every available opportunity to cook outside this summer, we can recommend which leaves you with plenty of scope for creating amazing food.
This design offers great gas temperature control with three individual burners that allow you to get the temperature just right when cooking on the gas setting. There’s an off-heat cooking option for that smoky, slow-cooked flavour while the ability to cook without the heat on in the charcoal mode is great. The results, flavour-wise, are stunning.
There is a little space with a side shelf and warming rack, which is also handy for keeping food warm.
Thanks to a warming rack, you can keep food warm while cooking more – ideal for larger batches and parties.
Incorporate different fuel types into one great meal with the Rockwell Gas & Charcoal Hybrid Barbecue
It’s packed with features. There are two cooking areas and dual hoods with thermometers for cooking at different temperatures and a warming rack to keep dishes warm or you can use it as a secondary cooking area.
As well as the warming rack, there's also a side shelf and enclosed storage space underneath the cart.
Not too pricey
Don't think that hybrid has to cost more - the Rockwell Gas & Charcoal Hybrid Barbecue is a reasonably priced option.
Best electric grills for 2021
No mess, no fuss, no purchasing of fuel: electric grills give you all of that, plus portability. Keep scrolling for smokers and pizza ovens.
One of the best electric grills you can get, we wouldn't hesitate to buy the Smart Grill Pro. Perfect for steaks and burgers, it’s the next best thing to a barbecue.
From rare to well done, the five temperature settings will delight steak lovers. However you like your meat cooked, this will get it exactly right. Remarkably accurate, the heat probe will allow you to relax and cook meat through to the right temperature without fuss.
None but then you'll likely be using it in the kitchen so that’s not really an issue.
The grill heats up in seconds and sears food for that smoky, chargrilled finish. It cooks veggies in seconds and it’s easy to clean, as the plates can be removed and will fit in a standard dishwasher.
If you're savvy with your money, we can recommend buying the George Foreman Indoor and Outdoor Grill which can double up as table top cooker and BBQ. Whether you’re taking on the cooking responsibilities at a summer BBQ or cooking a healthy mid-week dinner for the family, this grill should enable you to do it with ease.
Perfect for meat or fish, this portable appliance can easily cook 15 portions of food and can be used inside or out. There’s also an outside temperature gauge so you can keep an eye on the temperature inside, too.
There’s no storage with the unit but when it comes to storing it yourself, simply remove the stand and the grill will sit neatly on the table or worktop.
Cleaning this BBQ Grill is easy as it comes with non-stick removable plates, which are also angled so they drain fat and grease away into the integrated drip tray. No need for connecting to a gas canister or messing around with dirty charcoal – just plug in and away you go.
See more of the best electrical grills in our guide.
Best smokers for 2021
Love the characteristic flavour and tender texture of smoked fish and meat? Now you can create your own smoked dishes at home…
Weber is a big name in barbecuing, so it’s no surprise that they’ve successfully turned their hand to barbecue smokers too. If you want to buy the Smokey Mountain Cooker you won't be disappointed – it does what it says on the tin which is why it's award-winning and highly rated by yours truly.
It's sturdy, snug construction is very important for the quality of the smoke, and all the parts in this reassuringly heavy smoker hold together in a nicely tight fit, making sure smoke does not escape. Smoking is an hour-long process and this smoker, once you've got it to the desired temperature, will hold it remarkably steadily. This makes it suitable for smoking anything, from fish to veg and even nuts. The multiple vents compensate for windy weather.
There's no storage with this smoker but that’s not a problem as you’d likely have an additional barbecue or table alongside it.
This smoker means business in terms of how much it can cook in one go: we're talking a very large whole chicken or multiple whole salmon fillets.
How to buy the best barbecue for 2021
Where to buy the best BBQ
Picking the best BBQ for your family will depend on a number of things – the fuel you like to cook with, whether you want any fancy extras and how large or small you need the barbecue to be. Also, take into account the style, the overall look and the price, too.
Think about the type of food you like to pop on the barbie. Is it more your classic burgers and hot dogs? In which case a traditional charcoal design will give the best, most authentic chargrilled flavour. Or are you after something that will expertly cook fish and seafood? In which case you’re be better off with an all-singing, all-dancing gas design.
Maybe you want the best of both with a hybrid dual fuel model or an electric grill for when it rains? If you’re after something a little more exotic or as an added extra for an existing barbecue, consider a smoker. And when you need something for the park or to take to a festival, go for a portable model which will really impress your guests; whilst a pizza oven (also very impressive) is perfect for children’s parties and large gatherings too. So there are plenty to choose from at prices to suit every pocket too.
While the best gas barbecue will still deliver on the smokey BBQ flavour, a charcoal barbecue is your best bet if you really like that authentic, chargrilled taste. An electric grill will be portable and easy to use, but won't give you the smoke. For added flavour, consider a smoker barbecue instead.
Ease of cleaning
Look at how simple the barbecue is to clean. Are the grates and accessories dishwasher-safe for instance? Do the parts come off so you can dunk them in a sink of hot soapy water? Bear in mind that larger surface areas will take more elbow grease and time, too.
As a rough guide, for four people, you'll need a grill size that's less than 1800cm²; for six people, a grill up to 2500cm² will do; for eight people or more, look for a barbecue with a grill size that's 2500cm²+.
Consider whether the barbecue comes with any storage space for cooking utensils and tools as well as larger shelves for condiments and pop-up side flaps for bowls of salads and rice. At the very least, it’s great if there’s somewhere to pop the Ketchup. Also, look at the overall dimensions of the design and think about where you’ll store it during the winter months. A barbecue left outdoors won’t last very long if it’s exposed to the elements so make sure there’s room in the garage or shed.
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