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 alfresco 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.

Each year with the warmer weather barbecue sales go up rapidly with many of us enjoying sizzling meals outside and getting braver with coals and tongs. With a whole host of new designs, innovations and cooking options available on the market today from Egg grills and Kamados to gas barbeques, you will be cooking up an alfresco feast in all sorts of fun new ways. Let's make this a summer to remember.

Gas or Charcoal?

Whether you choose to use gas or charcoal they both should give you the same results as long as you cook with a lid down. That’s where and how the flavours are created. Gas can be more convenient as you just use an ignition switch and away you go. Charcoal may give you a smokier flavour.

With that in mind let's take a look at the best BBQ grills - from gas to charcoal so you can get sizzling.

The best BBQ grills for the summer

Char-Broil Gas2Coal 2.0 BBQ

The best hybrid grill for quick convertibility
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Love the taste of charcoal but are 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.

Review: "Amazing BBQ, best we've ever owned. Really well made and sturdy. Coals light easily and there are no flare-ups when cooking. Well worth the money for stress-free BBQing. Would highly recommend."{:target=_blank :rel=noreferrer noopener}

Outback Spectrum Hybrid 3 Burner Gas BBQ

Best hybrid BBQ under £500
Outback Spectrum Hybrid 3 Burner Gas BBQ

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An ideal option for those who have fewer people to cook for but still want to have a hybrid, this 3-burner grill from Outback has been praised for improving the on-off switch and knobs on the front compared to the previous model. The 3-burner Outback hybrid BBQ which is under £500 comes complete with a porcelain enamel costs roasting hood, heat gauge, two timber side tables, a warming rack and a new charcoal basket to enable dual fuel cooking option.

Review: "Arrived on time. Bought to replace existing Outback BBQ which we were very pleased with and gave us many years of good service. Instructions for assembly could have been a bit clearer although better than some other assembly instructions. Reviewer and spouse in their 70s!!!"

Fresh Grills Kamado Charcoal BBQ Grill

Best small Kamado Egg grill BBQ
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.

Review: "Great product and very durable. Very helpful seller."

Gardenline Kamado Ceramic Egg BBQ

Best budget Kamado Egg grill BBQ
Gardenline Kamado Ceramic Egg BBQ

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This Aldi Kamado Egg BBQ is a fantastic ceramic outdoor oven that has an insulated design that allows evenly cooked food that is not only succulent but smoky at the same time. If you are looking for a full-sized egg BBQ on a budget - this would be an excellent choice. Aldi also stocks a Gardenline Mini Kamado BBQ if you would like something smaller.

Review: "Used this over the weekend slightly hesitant as to how it would perform and it exceeded our expectations. Why people spend over a £1000 on the green egg when this is on the market I do not know. Amazing purchase, highly recommend!"

Kamado Joe KJ13RH Portable Versatile Kamado Charcoal Grill

Best portable Kamado Egg grill BBQ
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, and 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.

Review: "Expensive, but worth every penny. This grill/oven/smoker takes barbecue to a whole new level. So far we have produced meltingly delicious pulled pork (an 18 hour low smoke we could never have attempted before); creamily tender brisket; the moistest, tenderest roast chicken ever; and drop-dead gorgeous pizza. Even relatively mundane dishes like pork chops and steak are elevated by the Kamado’s fierce but controllable charcoal grill."

Chop & Grill Tabletop BBQ

Best tabletop gas grill BBQ
Grill and Chop

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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.

Review: "Excellent product. Looks good, cooks evenly and not too obtrusive on the table. Nice to have hot food straight from the grill. Best with thinner meat slices."

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

black charcoal grill bbq

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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.

Review: "Excellent service. Great value for money, Best charcoal Kamado for money and quality."

Forno Plancha Cylinder Barbecue

cylinder bbq

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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 it'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.

Review: "I love my ProQ. I've had it for about a year now and it has been used regularly since then, even in winter. I have smoked pork shoulder, ribs, chickens, brisket, and sausages on it and they have all turned out amazing. The temperature control is easy, but get yourself a good leave in probe thermometer, don't rely on the lid thermometer. I recommend the Maverick range of thermometers."

La Hacienda Multi-Function Pizza Oven

La Hacienda 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 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.

Review: "Was easy to assemble, couldn't wait to use it, cooked pizza brilliant, lovely item to my garden."

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.

BBQ grill FAQs

Are egg grills or Kamados worth it?

Kamado grills, including the Big Green Egg BBQs, are designed to maintain low temperatures for long, slow cooking and create a roaring fire for searing steaks or grilling pizzas.

If you are looking for an efficient outdoor grill that is also a very versatile cooker to roast, bake, and smoke all in one - egg grills are an excellent investment. These ceramic cookers use lump charcoal, not briquettes, and can smoke and grill any kind of meat.  Many brands come with extra accessories, such as a pizza stone, tiered grill grates, and a heat deflector which really make this a versatile product. If you are looking for just outdoor grilling, there are other budget options with no frills.

How do you cook on an egg grill?

If you are looking to grill, start by having all the coals lit, open the bottom and top vents wide. Preheat the Egg to around 300°C . Then sear the steak or other food on the grate for two minutes per side then lower the lid.

Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your Egg grill:

What is the advantage of an egg shaped grill?

Unlike steel smokers, Egg grills can hold temperatures for more than 18 hours without adding more coals and the temperature eat can reach more than 300°C to sear steaks just like high-end restaurants.

Can you use any cooking charcoal or gas on a hybrid BBQ?

Yes, though it's worth checking the manufacturer's instruction manual in case they have any requirements or recommendations.

The BBQ brand Outback, for example, recommend that you use their Hybrid Charcoal Briquettes for their charcoal, and John Lewis recommends propane or patio gas cylinder bottles ranging in sizes from 3kg to 13kg for their gas.

For more advice on the best BBQ fuel for your grill read our in-depth guide.

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