The best gas BBQs: let the BBQ take centre stage at your next garden party

Gather the troops, it’s time to feast! Discover the best gas BBQs for flavoursome food cooked in your own back garden

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The BBQ is the focal point of all garden gatherings, so when the pressure is on the chef to get the food right, investing in a BBQ that’s easy to cook on is probably high on the priority list. New style gas BBQs are much easier to regulate than their older counterparts and with some clever usage, they can still infuse food with that yummy smokey flavour that epitomises all summer parties. 

Gas BBQs with multiple burners are the best. You can seal your food on the heat, then turn half the burners off, close the lid and allow your food to cook super slowly off the direct heat. The Weber Genesis II LX S-640 is the king of all BBQs, with 6 burners for careful cooking control and Flavorizer bars to help circulate smoke produced from dripping meat juices and marinades. 

An alternative to the regular gas BBQ is the CHAR-BROIL THE BIG EASY – an incredibly easy to use smoker that’ll allow you to sit back and relax with your guests while it does all the grafting – heaven! 

1.Weber Genesis II LX S-640

An impressive centrepiece for your garden party

Specifications
Burners: 6
Material: Stainless steel
Dimensions: H121.9xW182.8xD73.6
Reasons to buy
+Cook for up to 12 people+Features side tables for prepping food

Designed by our grill fanatic friends on the other side of the pond, there’s no surprise that Weber Genesis rules over all. With up to 6 burners, this BBQ is a must for regular hosts of large summer gatherings. It should defy all myths that gas BBQs can’t produce as much flavour as charcoal, thanks to its cleverly designed Flavorizor bars. And with a grease management system, 2 handy side panels for food prep and a cabinet to store everything you need to serve, there’s everything you need for a seamless summer party.  

CHAR-BROIL THE BIG EASY

2.CHAR-BROIL THE BIG EASY

Who says hosting a large gathering has to be hard?

Specifications
Burners: 1
Material: Stainless steel, PU plastic
Dimensions: H91xW51xD51
Reasons to buy
+Smoker, roaster and grill in one+Leave meat to smoke while you enjoy your company

Leave your joints of meat to slowly tenderise and infuse with smoky flavour as you enjoy the full swing of your party. Thanks to the handy roasting basket, you can slowly cook whole chickens and lamb legs. Alternatively, you can hook racks of ribs to the basket and there’s a grill for placing smaller cuts of meat such as sausages and chicken wings. For an easy and healthy way to feed the five thousand, invest in this handy smoker.  

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal FORCE 2 Burner

3.Everdure by Heston Blumenthal FORCE 2 Burner

Effortlessly combining style and function, the Everdure is a classic example of Heston Blumenthal’s exceptional cookery gadget range

Specifications
Burners: 2
Material: Stainless steel, PU plastic, Aluminium, Cast iron
Dimensions: H144.7xW117.5xD74.3
Reasons to buy
+Very stylish+Use for convection cooking

Heston Blumenthal is a ‘force’ to be reckoned with when it comes to cookery gadgets, whether it’s his Sage range or this rather snazzy BBQ. There’s two burners, so you should have ample control over the heat, and you also have the option to cook with the hood off or on, enabling you to infuse your food with the smoky flavour that charcoal BBQs are more renowned for. Available to purchase in Graphite, Mint and Red, this BBQ would make the perfect addition to a patio, decking or balcony. 

Weber Genesis II E-310

4. Weber Genesis II E-310

The little brother of the Weber Genesis II LX, this one features much of the same gadgetry

Specifications
Burners: 3
Material: Porcelain enamel, stainless steel
Dimensions: H120.65xW152.4xD76.2
Reasons to buy
+Includes Flavoriser bars+Keep food hot with the tuckaway warming rack 

There’s no denying that its older brother will set you back a fair bit. So, if you’re keen on its key features, you should find Weber Genesis II E-310 comes with everything you need. While there’s a compromise on the amount of gas burners, it still features the Flavorisor bars, which are essential to recreating that charred flavour that charcoal BBQs are renowned for. Featuring a porcelain enamel grease tray for easy cleaning and plenty of prep area, this is the ideal gas BBQ when catering for large gatherings. 

Argos Premium Gas 4 Burner with Side Burner

5. Argos Premium Gas 4 Burner with Side Burner

It may lack the finesse of our previous picks but it’ll certainly do the job

Specifications
Burners: 5
Material: Stainless steel
Dimensions: H107.5xW123.5xD56.7
Reasons to buy
+Cheap and cheerful+Separate stove for saucepan

Featuring 4 gas burners plus an extra for a saucepan (creating the BBQ season’s best hot dog has never been easier), this is the ultimate outdoor cooking cooking station. There’s a warming rack to keep food hot and plenty of space on the grill to cook for your guests. An additional bonus is the condiments shelf and you can lower the lid over the external saucepan hob ring to create additional prep area.  

Outdoor Chef City 420

6. Outdoor Chef City 420

It looks like a coal BBQ, but it isn’t

Specifications
Burners: 1
Material: Stainless steel
Dimensions: H95xW60xD67
Reasons to buy
+Flip funnel for direct and indirect grilling+Compact – great for small gardens

This clever little BBQ allows you to seal and slowly cook meat without overly charing everything. The flip funnel enables you to switch the flame from direct to indirect, so you can still control the heat, even with just one burner. Its design is small and compact, making it the ideal BBQ for patio areas, deckings and even balconies, although those who regularly host garden parties may need to go for something bigger. 

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