It's that time again—time to sweep off the patio, gather your friends, family and neighbors, purchase pounds and pounds of beef, hot dogs, fish, chicken and veggies, and get grilling. But you just might be in need of that one very important object to make these BBQ dreams come true: a grill. And not just any grill, but a GREAT grill.
To assist you in your grilling needs, we have suggestions for the best kind of grills for different needs, from gas to charcoal to cute.
The Char-Broil line (which is available at big box stores like Lowes and Home Depot) packs all sorts of
high-end features with a low-end price. The stainless steel grill features infrared
cooking technology, it's duel fuel enabled (so you can have it run on a propane
tank or you can hook it up to your natural gas line). It also has porcelain-coated grates
and a warming rack. Plus it looks way more expensive (and acts it too) than the purchase price.
Hybrid Freestanding Grill (pictured here with handy Natural Gas Side Burner) is
considered the Rolls Royce of grills. This is "the world's only true hybrid
fire grill" that delivers pro-grade cooking and grilling. You can grill with gas,
lump charcoal and/or aromatic wood. It has a 726 square-inch grilling surface
and features 3 cast-brass burners, a flip-up warming rack and a chain-driven
rotisserie with an infrared burner. And no, even though you are paying that much, a BBQ chef is not included.
This isn't just a high performance portable grill, but it's pretty
darling to look at too. The Weber Liquid Propane Grill features a 500
BTUs per hour to heat a 189-square-inch cooking area. That's lot of bang for
the size. If you aren't feeling the fuchsia, it also comes in orange, green, white,
purple, blue and black.
Weber Original Grill has been a favorite for families for generations and that says
a whole lot about the simplicity, sturdiness and ease of use of this kettle
grill. All you do is add the charcoal, light it and grill away. It's that easy.
The Kettle comes in various colors and sizes and each one is easy to use. Totes classic.
Best Ceramic Grill:The Big Green Egg Price $699 The Big Green Egg is a kamado-style ceramic charcoal barbecue cooker, a design that has roots in Japan. The Big Green Egg is made from ceramics that were developed for the space shuttle program, which allows it to get hot and evenly distribute the heat. Because of that, you only have to use a small amount of charcoal. Plus, it's pretty cool-looking.
The Weber Genesis has been topping the best BBQ lists for ages and for good
reason; it's a well-priced, sleek and an easy-to-use gas grill. The high-power gas grill has 637 square inches of cooking space with three burners. You can cook pretty much everything on this baby.
The Smoke Hollow 4-in-1 can be used as charcoal grill, a gas grill or a smoker. Use the side smoker firebox with flavored wood chunks and charcoal for indirect cooking and that smoky taste. This is a fab option for smoking since you you can grill and smoke, depending on your mood and your menu.
If a standard stainless steel or metallic-toned grill isn't for you and you desire something a bit more cute or adorable, then the Lil' Pig Grill might be your the best bet. This little piggy features 418 square inches of cooking surface, perfect for cooking your own piggy products.
One of coolest things about this particular electric grill is the style. It looks like a space-age lawn ornament. This is a smaller grill (which is great since it won't take up much room) with 196 square inches of cooking space and five settings: high, medium, low, warm and off.
The Petite Gourmet is a sleek tabletop, portable grill that's sturdy and strong. It has a 145-square-inch grilling area and foldaway legs. One of the cool aspects is the built-in handle so you can carry it like a briefcase—a briefcase that makes delicious BBQ, that is.