Grilling is a healthy, low-fat way of cooking food while packing in delicious flavors. Grills are heated using propane, charcoal, or even electricity. Each one has its advantages and drawbacks. Some let you grill year-round regardless of the weather while others let you achieve the goodness of the grill inside your kitchen. Here are several grills that we’ve researched and vetted before adding them to our list of the best.
Weber Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Liquid Propane Grill
Lots of cooking and prep space
Weber Spirit II gas grill has 450 square feet of cooking space. This includes two large burners that are independently controlled and a heating rack that spans the length of the grilling area. On both sides of the grill are good-sized tables for prep or holding items like tongs, oven mitts, and serving trays. There are six hooks for hanging grill accessories, plus the Weber Spirit II is compatible with the iGrill 3 digital grill thermometer.
Char-Griller 2137 Outlaw
Grill and smoke tender meats
The Char-Griller Outlaw charcoal grill has 1063 square inches of cooking space, which includes the main grill and the warming rack. This is enough room to easily cook 38 burgers at once. The grill grates are made from cast iron that, over time, becomes infused with flavors that transfer to the foods you cook. You can hook several grill utensils on the side hooks, and use the attached prep table. The Char-Grill is compatible with several fireboxes that you can purchase and use to convert the Outlaw into a smoker.
Cuisinart Portable Charcoal Grill
This Cuisinart charcoal grill can be used in your own backyard, but it is compact and lightweight enough to take along to a park, the beach, or tailgate party for BBQ fun. The grill area is big enough to cook at least seven burgers at once and the grate is coated to keep food from sticking. The dome-shaped lid has two vents to control temperature and smoke release. It also has three secure locks to make it easy to transport. Below the grill is an ash catcher to collect the mess and make cleanup much easier.
Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill
Easy on the budget
The Weber Original grill lets you enjoy the taste of freshly grilled foods at home without having to dole out a lot of money. This charcoal grill features a vented dome lid and dampers to help control the internal temperature. There is enough room to hold 13 big burgers on the grill grate at once. There is an ashtray at the base to catch briquet remains and make it easier to clean up afterward. The grill is on sturdy legs with two wheels to help potion the grill for the perfect cookout, or for easier storage between BBQs.
Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill
Watch what you’re cooking
What makes the Hamilton Beach electric grill one of the best is the view window that is positioned within the lid that lets you watch food as it cooks. Temperatures are adjustable and can reach the desired searing temp of 450 degrees Fahrenheit. There is a light indicator to alert when internal temperatures have been reached. The grill plates feature a pattern that will leave the desired grill markings on your food. Plus, they pop out to make clean up easier.
George Foreman 5-Serving Removable Plate Grill
Indoor and year-round grilling
This indoor grill by George Foreman is designed to grill enough food for five people at once. The dual grill plates double as a panini press and are easy to keep clean. Simply pop the plates out of the grill and place them in the dishwasher. The drip tray isn’t attached to the grill so you can position it to catch messy runoff without getting in the way of flipping or serving food. There is an indicator light to signal when the grill is preheated or when food is cooked through. This indoor grill doesn’t have variable grilling temperatures.
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Whether it’s summer or football season it’s always a good day for a BBQ. Gas grill, like the Weber Spirit II use propane tanks to keep the flames going, so winds and even some rain won’t interrupt the cooking of steaks or kabobs. If the weather is an issue, you can always grill indoors with the George Foreman 5-person electric grill. The best part of this grill is the grates are both removable and dishwasher safe.
If you like the taste of smoked meats, we recommend the Char-Griller Outlaw. This grill gives you great-tasting food depending on the charcoal or wood you use to cook the food. There are fireboxes available that attach to the Outlaw to make it a smoker. This is a slow-cooking method that gives a distinct flavor or can be used to prepare meat for long-term storage.