Get grilling with a gas BBQ to show off your alfresco cooking skills

The ultimate guide to purchasing the best gas BBQ and other helpful tips.

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by Ellen Kinsey |

Nothing screams summer as much as the smell of BBQs drifting through the streets. In the UK, we aren't blessed with beautiful weather all summer long - so when it is hot, you know that BBQs will be in session everywhere. If you are looking for the quickest and most convenient way to start grilling, gas BBQs are your best bet.

Now that we can begin to use our gardens more and spend the day at the local park or beach, everyone is on the hunt for the best outdoor accessories, from fire-pits, decorative pieces to the best barbecue setups. Plus, we can't wait to show off our gardens and entertain guests at home with our favourite summer pastime.

To save you some time researching the best gas burners, we have assembled a list of the best gas BBQs for all budgets and requirements so you can get started on your alfresco feasts. Plus, we've included common FAQs at the end to help answer any of your burning questions.

The best gas BBQs in the UK

Fire Mountain Everest 4

Best overall gas BBQ
Fire Mountain Everest 4

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If you are looking for the ultimate gas BBQ, then this Mountain Everest Burner can tackle the toughest of crowds. It also comes equipped with wheels and side tables so you can cook up a feast anytime you like.

Key features:

• Size: 56 x 140 x 106cm

• Four burners

• Stainless steel hood, wire warming rack and built-in gauge

Review: “I am extremely impressed. Most of the time, I will only use two burners. I think this BBQ could manage a huge cookout with no problem. All in all, I really have to say I am blown away with this for the price. It easily competes with BBQs 3 or 4 times its price. It has everything you really need. You can’t go wrong. It’s all good quality so it should last for many years. So please, save yourself the hours and days that I invested reading and researching, and just buy this.”

Char-Broil X200 Grill2Go

Best portable gas BBQ
Char-Broil X200 Grill2Go

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Are you after a BBQ that you can use in your garden and the park? With this grill2go, you can take your barbecue wherever you like. This portable grill is easy to pack into your car and has a handle for easy portability. Despite its compact size, you can cook up to 12 burgers on it at once u2013 so no one will be left hungry.

Key features:

• Size: 39.9 x 60.2 x 34.5cm

• Includes a two-year warranty

• Electronic igniter

• Stainless steel burner

• Lid-mounted temperature gauge

Review: “Second to none BBQ. This cooks beautifully with no dryness to the food and no flare-ups either, so nothing gets cremated. The temperature goes up to 300 degrees, so you can roast on this easily and add smoked wood chips (via an adaptor bought separately) for a unique taste. The food is that good on this grill that you barely need any sauces when the food is cooked, and I don't bother marinading until the very end. Easy to clean and transport, and gas canisters readily available. Top tip: This BBQ fits a large blue Ikea bag perfectly.”

Argos Home 2 Burner Gas BBQ with Side Burner

Editor's pick
Argos Home 2 Burner Gas BBQ with Side Burner

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Up your BBQ game this summer with this highly affordable gas burner from Argos. Designed with a compact and organised set-up featuring wheels and a convenient foldable side table, you can feed up to eight people at ease. It also comes with a handy storage shelf for keeping ingredients close by when cooking up a storm. It gets a big thumbs up from us, and if you were hoping for more burners, there's a three and four burner option available too.

Key features:

• Two burners and one side burner

• Size: 96.5 x 112 x 44cm

• Hose and regulator included

• Manufacturer's One-year guarantee

Review: "Compact barbecue but perfect for our needs. Plenty of space on the grill for cooking several items. Easy to move around the garden as required. Easy to assemble and very good delivery.”

Weber Q 2000 Gas Barbecue with Stand

Most versatile BBQ
Weber Q 2000

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Weber products are known for their excellent build quality, and this gas grill is no different. This extremely versatile BBQ is compact yet has everything you require for the ultimate alfresco feast. It is small enough to fit on a modest-sized patio but still features two foldable side tables to prepare and store your ingredients. You can opt to buy it with or without the stand but we think it's a handy addition for anyone looking to barbecue everywhere and anywhere!

Key features:

• Size: 62 x 131 x 102cm

• Single stainless-steel burner

• Folding table sides, push-button ignition, cast aluminium lid

• Five-year warranty on the cook box, lid assembly, burner, cooking grates, and plastic components; two-year warranty on all other parts.

Review: “I have owned this Q2000 for three or four years and use it at least 3 times a week, sometimes four or five times! 12 months a year. I could not be happier with this grill!”

Nexgrill 2 Burner Gas Table Top Grill

Best BBQ for camping and picnics
Nexgrill 2 Burner

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Ditch the disposable BBQs and invest in an excellent quality portable BBQ instead. This gas burner is a perfect addition to anyone that loves to camp or take their BBQ to their local park or beach. It runs on propane gas and is easy to set up and clean.

Key features:

• Fuel type: propane gas

• Size: 38.64 x W 65.77 x D 46.75 cm

• Two burners

Review: “This little BBQ is absolutely fabulous. I’ve used many types over the last 40 years. My last was an electric BBQ which I didn’t like at all. This BBQ is well constructed, very portable and very easy to clean. The grills are machine washable after I’ve scrubbed them with a wire brush. The twin burners each have their own controls, which allow great flexibility. All in all, it represents great value for money, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

Weber Spirit Classic E-210 2-Burner Gas BBQ

Best BBQ for flavour
Weber Spirit Classic E-210 2-Burner Gas BBQ

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For that gorgeous barbecue flavour, the Weber Spirit Classic E-210 has porcelain-enameled Flavouriser bars to give you that delicious taste and protect the burners from fat and juices. The ideal size for small groups or families, it's compact with fold-down shelves for easy storage.

Key features:

• Size: H116 x W127 x D61cm

• Porcelain enamel body and steel cooking grate

• Two burners, side shelves with utensil hook, built-in thermometer, warming rack, and transporter wheel

• Quick and easy electronic ignition

Review: "We did our research on Gas Barbecues. Decided on the Weber. John Lewis had the best price and we know that we have always received the service if anything goes wrong. Very well built and easy to put together if you follow the step by step instructions. Cooks well and easy to clean. Have bought accessories too."

Outback Omega 250 2-Burner Gas BBQ

Best BBQ for easy assembly
Outback Omega 250 2-Burner Gas BBQ

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With a fantastic-sized grilling area to cook for the whole family, it's surprising how easy this gas barbecue is to set up and use as a result. It supposedly only takes 45-minutes to get up and running with two people. A Piezo ignition system, which quickly lights up and the burner knob control make for an effortless experience.

Key features:

• Size: H100 x W90 x D50cm

• 1800cm sq. grill dimensions

• Easy to assemble

• Transporter wheels, flame tamers, side burner and side shelf with utensil hooks, cart shelf, and removable nylon front screen.

Review: "Was hesitant to spend the £ on a gas BBQ, having previously had charcoal. It is amazing. Tastes like a charcoal BBQ. Ample cooking space for family of 4. We have cooked for 12 people with it & size was fine. Did take a while to assemble. Love the side cooking ring. Short heat up time. Will not miss hunting around for charcoal days before a party, or how long it takes for the charcoal to be hot enough to cook on."

Benefits of using a gas BBQ

So now that you have seen what kinds of gas BBQs are out there and you are ready to switch from charcoal to a gas grill, here is a list of benefits of using a gas BBQ.

Gas BBQs are easier to clean up: No more disposing of ashes and coals; gas options are tidier and more straightforward to clean.

It cooks quicker: You do not need to wait for the barbecue to heat up for a long time as it will reach the ideal cooking temperature in no time.

It's cheaper to run: The upfront cost may be more pricey. However, in the long-term, gas barbecues are a cheaper alternative to using charcoal.

Better temperature control: There are no flare-ups with gas burners, so no need to worry about incinerating your sausages.

Easy to ignite: Even though part of the fun is getting the coal to light, gas burners are a much faster and convenient way to cook.

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Gas BBQ common FAQs:

Are gas BBQs better than charcoal?

The best part about gas BBQs is that there is very little wait time as they reach a cooking temperature almost immediately. If you like to grill outdoors frequently then a gas BBQ is a great trade-off.

Where can you buy gas from in the UK?

If you have purchased a gas BBQ, you will need to buy something to fuel it with. Amazon, Toolstation, Argos, Screwfix and GoOutdoors are a few examples of online shops that will deliver gas canisters straight to your door.

Can a gas BBQ catch fire?

When using a gas BBQ, ensure you have an extinguisher, gloves and safety equipment with you in case of an emergency. Make sure you give your BBQ a proper cleaning; otherwise, grease can ignite a fire. If this does happen, make sure to turn off your BBQ.

How long will a gas BBQ last?

Depending on the model, most gas BBQs can last anywhere from 5-15 years. If you keep your BBQ sheltered from rain and bad weather, it will have a long life span. BBQs are made for outside conditions, but like all products, even the good ones need to be taken care of.

Before purchasing a BBQ, read through the reviews. This will also give you an idea of how long it will last.

To best take care of your grill clean it frequently and read the care advice in the model's instruction book.

Are gas BBQs safe?

Gas BBQs are completely safe when they're used properly. Here are some tips to make sure you are using the BBQ safely and correctly:

Always inspect the BBQ before you start cooking - do not use if it appears to be damaged.

Never leave a BBQ unattended under any circumstance.

Ensure the tap is switched off before changing over the gas.

Never use a gas BBQ inside or in an enclosed space as it could expose you to the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning.

If you have a feeling there is a gas leak, turn it off immediately.

For more safety tips, check out the Gas Safe Register, which has published some great advice and tips on staying safe while using gas equipment.

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