Best BBQs: all-new outdoor grills

Get ready to be tempted by these innovative barbecues that will change the way you cook outdoors.

Man cooking fish on bbq on outdoor deck with friends

by Jill Morgan |

Can’t wait to swap the kitchen for some al fresco cooking action now the sun’s on its way back? Well, if you’re planning to upgrade your barbecue this year, make sure you read this guide to the best outdoor grills on the market.

In 2020, lockdown living saw a boom in barbecue sales with many of us enjoying sizzling meals outside and getting braver with coals and tongs. Now, two years on, things are looking to get even more exciting with a whole host of new designs, innovations and cooking options that’ll have us alfresco grilling in all sorts of fun new ways.

Let's make this a summer to remember.

SHOP: The best BBQ grills for the summer

Char-Broil Gas2Coal 2.0 BBQ

black and red gas bbq in sunny garden

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Love the taste of charcoal but enticed by the efficiency of gas? Choose a dual-fuel barbecue and enjoy the best of both worlds. Top of our list of hybrids is the great-value Gas2Coal 2.0 BBQ. It's quick and easy to adapt, a charcoal tray slots over the gas burners, and the burners are used to light the coals. This makes it super-easy to light but also to achieve a steady, even temperature quickly, just turn the burners off once the coals start glowing.

Fresh Grills Kamado Charcoal BBQ Grill

Fresh Grills Kamado Charcoal BBQ Grill | Ceramic Barbecue Grill, Oven and Smoker with Stand

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Fresh Grills Kamados are designed so that anyone can become an expert from their garden. The BBQ's thick walls, ceramic outer shell and egg-shaped design allow for high cooking temperatures and with the addition of the top and bottom ventilation system, you can control the way things sizzle. This BBQ grill is suitable for smoking, searing, grilling, baking and slow cooking. It has you covered.

Kamado Joe KJ13RH Portable Versatile Kamado Charcoal Grill

Kamado Joe KJ13RH Portable Versatile Kamado Charcoal Grill

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This versatile ceramic grill is well-built and portable. With the ability to sear, roast, grill, or smoke your food, this charcoal grill is efficient as it holds in heat, moisture and simplifies temperature control. Not only that, coal delivers a unique smoke-infused flavour that you just can't beat. One grill, so many opportunities.

Chop & Grill Tabletop BBQ

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We're big fans of tabletop grills as they make for relaxed sociable cooking. Everyone can kick back, share the joy and be responsible for cooking their food just how they like it! This Chop & Grill Tabletop BBQ is our pick for 2022. The simple yet stylish earthenware outer and stainless-steel inner are a sleek addition to any modern garden, and the cooking area is pretty roomy too. Just add lump charcoal or briquettes for a deliciously smoky flavour fresh from the grill and straight to your plate in seconds.

Forno Gas Piccolo

gas bbq near outdoor dining table

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Gas grills are easy to light and simple to control, but those with enough cooking space to cater for a gathering of friends can be bulky and not always beautiful. There are a few compact gas bbq on the market, and then there's this: the small but mighty Forno Gas Piccolo. It not only grills beautifully thanks to a powerful 3.6kw output, but its elegant oval shape creates a stunning outdoor feature too.

Summit Kamado E6 Charcoal Grill

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Lots of us got bored of same-old sausages last year and started experimenting with cooking different types of meat al-fresco, including the Sunday roast. Low and slow is the way to cook large joints of meat, and the best barbie for the job has to be a lidded egg-style or Kamado de-sign. Fully sealed and with a large circular grill, it's pretty easy to maintain constant heat for long periods to make sure a big joint is fully cooked yet perfectly tender. The new Weber Summit Kamado does this job beautifully and offers more besides, the Rapidfire lid damper boosts airflow for quick high heat, while interchangeable grill and sear plates and multi-level grills broaden the cooking possibilities.

Forno Plancha Cylinder Barbecue

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Plancha, teppanyaki or hot-plate cooking is the next big thing in the world of al fresco grilling. Searing delicate veggies, seafood and thin pieces of meat at high temperatures on a steel or iron slab that's heated up over a fire is a really smart way to cook outdoors as itu's fast and accentuates the freshly grilled taste we all love. While it's great for grilling up a quick lunch or weekday supper, the speedy cook time also makes it easy to cater for large parties. They're not cheap, this stylish Forno Plancha Cylinder Barbecue combining a hot plate with an open grill is an eye-watering £2,351.95, but we're expecting to see this trend filter down to the lower end of the market very soon.

ProQ Frontier BBQ Smoker

smoker bbq on shady deck

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For many, the best part of barbecuing is tucking into food with that delicious smoky flavour and aroma. Yes, charcoal is good, but a smoker raises the taste sensation to a whole new level and it's fun to experiment with different smoking techniques and wood chips to enjoy a variety of smoky flavours. Once a bulky piece of kit for commercial use only, smaller smokers are now readily available. The ProQ Frontier BBQ Smoker is perfect for beginners, with a temperature gauge and a little access door so you can check how your food is doing. Compact enough for the smallest patio but big enough to feed a crowd of 12, we like its industrial style too.

La Hacienda Salona Multi-Function Pizza Oven

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Love to flex your outdoor cooking skills? Always experimenting with the latest techniques? Then this handsome piece of kit is a reliable all-rounder that will happily sit centre stage on your patio, or in your outdoor kitchen, and allow you to cook in lots of different ways. The La Hacienda Salona Multi-Function Pizza Oven is a versatile cook station that easily transitions between the role of smoker, pizza oven, sear plate and low, sealed grill with a flip-down oven door. And all for the price of a standard barbecue, the (freshly grilled) cherry on top is a pizza stone included in this good-value package. It's great for a compact garden as it saves on space and, equipped with handy utensil hooks and flip-out shelves, on general culinary clutter too.

Best BBQ accessories

Take your barbecuing up a notch with the latest grilling gizmos.

Himalayan Cooking Salt Block

salt block for outdoor cooking

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Grill-top salt-block cooking is set to be a big trend and it's delicious! Oil and heat the Salt Cooking Block for a sizzling surface that seasons as it cooks.

Ooni Infrared Thermometer

yellow and black thermometer

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Used to having a thermometer pointed at your forehead now? The Ooni Infrared Thermometer does the same to any grill or pizza oven for precise cooking.

Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub

grilling hub for testing meat

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The Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub is an app-controlled hub that provides tested barbecue recipes and monitors real-time cooking for near-guaranteed grilling success every time.

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