Finding the best hybrid BBQs for under £500 can be tricky, but we've shared where you can find the perfect model to take your outdoor cooking to the next level, even if you're working to a budget. As outdoor cooking becomes increasingly popular, many people turn to hybrid BBQs as a versatile and convenient way to cook up a storm. Combining the best of both worlds – gas and charcoal – hybrid BBQs have become one of the best BBQ grills for your garden. They offer the speed and convenience of a gas grill while still providing the authentic smoky flavour of charcoal BBQ.
Modern Gardens magazine writer Jill Morgan says, "You can also use the gas burners to quickly get charcoal or briquettes lit and up to temperature before cutting the gas to savour the delicious aroma and smoky flavours only given by traditional coals. Having these two fuel types within one unit also enables you to be really flexible with your outdoor cooking and adapt your methods depending on how much time you have available.
Best hybrid BBQs under £500 at a glance:
• Best overall: John Lewis Grillstream 4 Burner Hybrid Gas and Charcoal BBQ - View on John Lewis
• Best budget: Argos Home 2 Burner Gas And Charcoal BBQ - View on Argos
• Best compact: Ninja Woodfire Electric BBQ Grill & Smoker - View on Robert Dyas
• Best premium: Outback Jupiter 4 Burner Hybrid Gas BBQ Grill - View on Appliance Direct
"Short on time on a weekday evening? Then cook with fast and easy-to-control gas. Want to impress guests with
a more authentic grilled flavour at the weekend? Opt for slower-burning charcoal, safe in the knowledge that you can boost the heat with the gas burners if needed, or if your hungry younger guests just can’t wait any longer."
So, without further ado, let's dive in and explore the best hybrid BBQs on the market for those with a strict budget. However, we've also shared the best hybrid BBQs on Modern Gardens, irrespective of price.
Best hybrid BBQs under £500
Best overall hybrid BBQ under £500
The John Lewis 4-burner hybrid gas or charcoal barbecue is the ultimate garden must-have for
- Best-seller (frequently sells out)
- Four burners
- Contains warming rack
- Quite large and bulky
Best budget hybrid BBQ
This bestselling BBQ from Argos is a versatile barbecue that lets you cook with gas or charcoal.
- Two gas burners: Plenty of cooking space for a family get-together or a barbecue with friends.
- It comes with a charcoal tray
- Propane gas regulators included
- Foldable lid for easy storage
- Durable steel construction with powder-coated finish
- Only suitable for propane gas: If you want to use butane, you'll need to purchase a separate regulator.
Best compact hybrid BBQ under £500
Grill, smoke, and air fry all in one with the Ninja Woodfire Electric BBQ Grill and Smoker. This
- Popular new release
- It can even be used indoors
- Small, so not great for cooking for large groups
Best sleek hybrid BBQ under 500
The BillyOh Montana Dual Fuel BBQ is made from durable stainless steel, perfect for standing the
- Sleek design
- Made from durable stainless steel
- No reviews available
Best three burner hybrid BBQ under £500
Grill enthusiasts will love the excellent value Char-Broil Gas2Coal Hybrid Grill. With its
- Easy to use and clean
- Great value for the quality
- Some reviews say cleaning isn't easy
Best premium hybrid BBQ
If you are looking for a hybrid BBQ that's perfect for smaller groups but still packs a punch,
- Comes with a pizza stone
- Different colours available
- Compact and efficient
- Takes a while to put it together
Best value hybrid BBQ under £500
You get the best of both worlds with the Char-Broil Gas2Coal 2.0 210 - functionality and price.
- Comes with wheels
- More compact build - ideal for couples
- Easy to switch between fuel types
- This is a deal price, so not guaranteed to stay this low - nab at this price whilst it's available
What to consider when buying a hybrid BBQ under £500
When it comes to buying a hybrid BBQ, there are several factors to consider to ensure you get the perfect model for your needs:
Price: Hybrid BBQs can range from budget-friendly options to high-end models, so it's good to set a budget before you start shopping. This article only covers hybrid BBQs around the £500 marker so even those working with a tighter budget can enjoy the benefits of a gas grill and charcoal in one.
Size: Consider the size of the cooking area and the overall size of the BBQ. If you have a small garden, look for more compact BBQs or ones that will fit into your space - we'd always recommend measuring up first.
Fuel type: While hybrid BBQs can use both gas and charcoal, some models may favour one fuel type over the other. Consider which fuel type you prefer, and ensure the BBQ can accommodate it.
Features: Many hybrid BBQs have additional features such as smoker boxes, rotisserie kits, and built-in thermometers. Consider which features are important to you and look for a model that includes them. If you're a keen cook, you might find these extra features usual but if you're a beginner to the barbecue scene, a simpler model might best suit your needs.
Brand: Look for reputable brands with good reviews and warranties to ensure your hybrid BBQ is built to last.
Hybrid BBQ FAQs
Are hybrid BBQs easy to use?
Many hybrid BBQs are designed to be user-friendly, with features such as easy-to-read temperature gauges and adjustable grates. Plus, with the option to use either gas or charcoal, you can choose the method that suits you best.
What are the benefits of a hybrid BBQ?
The main benefit of a hybrid BBQ is the ability to enjoy the best of both worlds – the convenience and speed of gas grilling, and the authentic flavour of charcoal. Plus, many hybrid BBQs come with additional features, such as smoker boxes and rotisserie kits, making them incredibly versatile.
Where can I buy a hybrid BBQ?
You can find hybrid BBQs at many outdoor and garden retailers, as well as online marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay. Some popular brands include Char-Broil, Weber, and Outback. It's also worth keeping an eye out for the best BBQ deals that pop up throughout the year, especially off-season, where you can get a high-end, quality BBQ at a reduced price.
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Ellen Kinsey is a senior health and wellness product writer for Modern Gardens, specialising in sustainable living and health. She lives and breathes all things natural health, cooking and nature.