Best gas BBQ 2021: our top 10 from Weber, Char-Broil, Outback and Argos

Find the best gas BBQ for summer 2021, including family-sized grills and portable gas BBQs for road trips and camping

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The best gas BBQ of 2021 will be easy to ignite, and offer all the room you need to cater to your family. In our guide to the best gas BBQs we've included some top picks from Char-Broil, Weber, Kuhn Rikon, Argos, Outback, Everdure and more. Some are portable, designed for taking on trips to the beach or campsite, and others come with as many as four burners - perfect for a summer full of barbecues with family and friends. 

The best gas BBQs of 2021 are selling out everywhere, so it's best to buy now if you want your dream grill to arrive in time for plenty of entertaining. It may still be a little chilly outside, but we've got a feeling it'll be summer before we know it. 

Gas BBQs make grilling outdoors easy. They can be ignited with the push of a button, and come with extras such as warming racks, side burners and in-built thermometers to take the guesswork (and darting back to the kitchen) out of the equation. Simply get your tongs and start flipping those burgers. For other options including charcoal and electric models, check out our complete guide to the best BBQs. For the best gas BBQs of 2021, keep on reading. 

Our best gas BBQ picks to buy in 2021

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1. Weber Q3200

Best small gas BBQ: take the Weber Q3200 on the go

Burners: 2
Material: Hemp string & metal
Dimensions: H141 x W127 x D76cm
Reasons to buy
+Portable+Easy ignition+Enamelled cooking grates
Reasons to avoid
-It's expensive for a two burner

If you want to keep your summer BBQs small, the Weber Q3200 is a great choice. It comes with two burners, and the grill is covered by high-quality porcelain enamel that's easy to clean. The frame is lightweight and has a bottom shelf for storing plates and any other gear. 

The Weber Q3200 has two side shelves that fold down. Combined with its frame, which is on two wheels, it's super easy to transport at only 45kg. Ignition is easy as could be thanks to the electric controls, and the burner valves offer complete control over your meal. It's the best small gas BBQ in our guide. 

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2. CosmoGrill 4+1 Gas Burner Garden BBQ

Best large gas BBQ: get more for your money with this 4+1 gas BBQ

Burners: 4, and 1 side
Material: Alloy steel
Dimensions: H126 x D50 x W103 cm
Reasons to buy
+Five burners total+Affordable option+61 x 32 cm cooking area
Reasons to avoid
-Not a looker

Entertaining on a budget? We've got you. The CosmoGrill 4+1 Gas Burner Garden BBQ is a large four-burner option and it even comes with a side burner. The hood is double-walled for insulating your food as it cooks, and there's a thermometer to allow you to keep tabs on temperature. For the price, it's a top choice. 

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3. Everdure by Heston Blumenthal FORCE 2 Burner

Best premium gas BBQ overall: effortlessly combining style and function, the Everdure is a classic example of Heston Blumenthal’s exceptional cookery gadget range

Burners: 2
Material: Stainless steel, PU plastic, Aluminium, Cast iron
Dimensions: H144.7xW117.5xD74.3
Reasons to buy
+Very stylish+Use for convection cooking+Available in a selection of colours
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing of note

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 gas BBQ. There are 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 which charcoal BBQs are more renowned for. Available to purchase in Graphite, Mint and Orange, this best gas barbecue would make the perfect addition to a patio, decking or balcony. 

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1. Char-Broil Gas2Coal

Best hybrid gas BBQ: for those who aren't fully committed to gas

Burners: 2, 3 or 4
Material: Alloy steel
Dimensions: 60.7 x 154.9 x 117.3cm
Reasons to buy
+Cooks for a crowd+Budget-friendly +Side burner included+Tried it, loved it+Easy to convert to charcoal
Reasons to avoid
-The side burner isn't great when it's windy

Looking for a BBQ that cooks with gas but also charcoal? Look no further than the Char-Broil Gas2Coal. We've tried this hybrid BBQ with both gas and charcoal, and it does an amazing job of cooking food evenly on both. Heating it up only takes about 10 minutes, and it retains heat very well (which we could tell thanks to the gauge on the lid). 

Even when you do cook with charcoal on the Char-Broil Gas2Coal, it uses gas to heat up the coals and you can use the gas side burner all the while. This didn't fare so well in the windy weather, but when the sun is shining it's a belter. 

You can buy the Char-Broil Gas2Coal in two, three or four burner dimensions, sothere's something for every family. The arms don't fold down though, so prepare to store it before buying. 

Kuhn Rikon VK9000 Table Top BBQ

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5. Kuhn Rikon Table Top BBQ

Best table top gas BBQ: take it on the go for barbecues anywhere

Burners: 2
Material: Metal
Dimensions: H39, W44, D97cm
Reasons to buy
+Super portable+Decent cooking area+Comes on legs for tabletop cooking+Arms fold away +In-built thermometer
Reasons to avoid
-Small for most families -Uses camping gas, which can be harder to find

No storage space? No problem. The Kuhn Rikon Table Top BBQ doesn't come on a stand, meaning it will fit snugly onto an outdoor table for use all through the summer. Then just pack it away in a cupboard when you're done.

Its arms fold out, and they're made of an attractive beech wood. The lid has an in-built thermometer which is great for slow cooking meats. The total cooking area is 47 x 35cm, so it's on the smaller side for family meals. It does only weigh 19kg though, making it the most portable option in our guide to the best gas BBQs. 

Best smoker gas BBQ: Char-Broil The Big Easy

6. Char-Broil The Big Easy Smoker, Roaster & Grill

Best gas BBQ (& smoker): because who says hosting a large gathering has to be hard?

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
Reasons to avoid
-Only one burner

Leave your joints of meat to slowly tenderise and infuse with smoky flavour as you enjoy the full swing of your party thanks to this best gas BBQ. The handy roasting basket lets you 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. 

Best gas BBQ for parties: Weber Genesis II E-310

7. Weber Genesis II E-310

Best gas BBQ overall: a great gas BBQ for hosting parties, but not too large to store

Burners: 3
Material: Porcelain enamel, stainless steel
Dimensions: H120.65cm x W152.4cm x D76.2cm
Reasons to buy
+Includes Flavoriser bars+Keep food hot with the tuckaway warming rack 
Reasons to avoid
-Quite pricey for only three burners

The Weber Genesis II E-310 comes with everything you need, but at a pretty reasonable price. It features the flavorisor bars, which are essential to recreating that charred flavour that charcoal BBQs are renowned for. 

Three burners is also a great amount for most families - not so large that you'll lose all your shed space, and not so small that you can't cater to a crowd. Featuring a porcelain enamel grease tray for easy cleaning and plenty of prep area, this is the best gas BBQ for most people. 

Outback Excel Onyx 2-Burner Gas Trolley BBQ

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8. Outback Excel Onyx 2-Burner Gas Trolley BBQ

Best gas BBQ on a budget: choose this gas barbecue for cheap but quality cooking

Burners: 2 and 1 side
Material: Plastic and metal
Dimensions: H103 x W119.5 x D56.5cm
Reasons to buy
+Comes on wheels+Side burner+Fold-down arms+Bottom shelf for storage
Reasons to avoid
-Not the sturdiest

Looking for the best gas BBQ on a budget? The Outback Excel Onyx 2-Burner Gas Trolley BBQ has two burners plus that coveted side burner, and other smart features include a warming rack and porcelain-coated wire grill for easier cleaning.

The bottom shelf can be used to store dishes and other extras, and there's another fold-out arm for convenience. It even has hooks for tools and a cup holder for the grill master themselves. 

Best value barbecue: Argos Home Premium 4 Burner Gas BBQ With Side Burner

9. Argos Home Premium 4 Burner Gas BBQ With Side Burner

Best value gas BBQ: when you want more for your money, this 4 burner gas barbecue offers plenty of additional and very handy features

Burners: 4
Material: steel
Dimensions: H107.5 x W123.5 x D56.7cm
Reasons to buy
+Four gas burners+Exceptional heat control+Porcelain cooking grill
Reasons to avoid
-Propane gas only-Some users say the heat is uneven-Others say the quality of build isn’t great

This gas barbecue ticks all the right boxes; it's convenient, easy to use and great value for money. It enables you to keep two rings on and two off if you’re looking to slowly cook meat all the way through. There’s a handy heat rack to keep food warm without burning and a smaller side burner gas ring perfect for cooking side dishes at the same time as your mains. 

This one’s got plenty of storage with a bottom shelf and useful condiment rack, too, which is great for seasoning food as you cook. The best value gas BBQ for size and price. 

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10. Campingaz 4 Series Classic LS Plus

Best premium gas BBQ: a smart and durable option that's perfect for entertaining

Burners: 4, and 1 side
Material: Cast Iron
Dimensions: H160 x D59.8 x W115.6 cm
Reasons to buy
+Modular system makes it versatile+Side burner +Bottom cupboard
Reasons to avoid
-Large and pricey

The Campingaz 4 Series Classic LS Plus is a seriously premium option. We're impressed by the cast iron grid which is sure to last many summers, and the modular system features a removable grid that can be swapped out for extras such as a wok or even a pizza stone, making it a great stand-in for the best pizza ovens

Featuring four burners and a steel lid with an in-built thermometer, this is a seriously smart option. It has a combined cooking area of 3,500 cm squared, and one of the side shelves folds away for easier storage. Even though it comes on four casters, this is still a tricky option when it comes to easy storage. 

What is the best gas BBQ in 2021?

So, let's recap... if you want a gas BBQ that will last a lifetime, and money is no object, you really can't do much better than the spectacular Weber Genesis II E-310. This gas barbecue is approaching an outdoor kitchen in its sophistication. Want something much more affordable? Try the CosmoGrill 4+1 Gas Burner Garden BBQ.

How to choose the best gas BBQ

Best places to buy the best gas BBQ

Gas barbecues come in all manner of shapes and sizes, with two burner units often sitting along side the more serious-looking six burner BBQs. This means that there are a few factors you'll need to consider before making a decision..

Single or multiple burners?
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 flavouriser bars to help circulate smoke produced from dripping meat juices and marinades. 

The best material for a gas burner is stainless steel – sturdier than aluminium, but more portable (and easier to clean) than cast iron. 

Extra features?
The best gas barbecues will have some kind of food prep area – pull-out side shelves, for example – and perhaps additional cooking features such as a roasting basket. Look out for technologies that address the potential lack of flavour from a gas bbqs - the best should compensate for the lack of charcoal with structural features that maximise the smoky infusion effect.

How much to spend on a gas BBQ

As we now know, gas BBQs feature a wide range of gadgets and burners, which all come in various sizes. Depending on which make and model of barbecues you are drawn to, you will ultimately see differences in price.

There are big price differences amongst the well-known brands and those available in supermarkets, and also notable differences in the built quality. Plus, the more burner and more special features you opt for, will also rack up the amount you spend.

And beyond the initial purchase of the BBQ, there will be further costs to use and maintain it such as replenishing the fuel; charcoal can often be picked up from DIY stores, garages or supermarkets, and gas canisters will need to be refilled or replaced at DIY stores.

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie joined the Real Homes team in 2021 after working at TopTenReviews as a Staff Writer. She is constantly on the hunt for the latest (and best) kitchen appliances, and reviewing these products hands-on. As a baking enthusiast, Millie’s job at Real Homes is the perfect excuse to cook up an endless supply of snacks. When she’s not in the kitchen though, she loves knitting and exploring the country with her black labrador.