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15 best BBQs so you can get grilling this summer, from charcoal to electric

Gas, charcoal, electric and hybrid barbecue grills for dining al fresco in your garden

Karen Silas

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner - and there’s nothing we love more than a garden barbecue. That’s why we’ve put together an edit of the best BBQs for 2021 so you can get grilling in the sunshine.

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As lockdown restrictions are eased, everyone is making the most of their outdoor spaces, whether with egg chairs, patio heaters or even garden igloos (yes, igloos!).  

One absolute essential for garden gatherings is a great bbq: but how do you choose which type of barbecue is best for you – a gas grill, charcoal, electric or hybrid?

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Best charcoal BBQs

For authentic barbecue flavour and garden party vibe, there’s really nothing like a perfectly fire-grilled meal served straight from a classic charcoal barbecue. Just thinking about it brings to mind that tantalising smokey scent!

 

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Outsunny Charcoal BBQ Grill, was £89.99 now £55.99, AOSOM.com

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If you’re looking for something more compact, this Outsunny model is AOSOM.com’s highest-rated charcoal BBQ, with a score of 4.8 out of 5. You can use the full surface with the grilling racks, or there’s also a frying pan which you can use to cook different types of food separately. “Loved this! I live in a townhouse complex with a 12x12 back patio/yard. It’s a perfect size, easy [to] clean, and compact if I need to pack it up for storage,” said one reviewer.

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Lotus Grill Smokeless Charcoal BBQ, more colours available, £130, Selfridges

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The Lotus Grill is one of our favourites because not only does it have a chic design in red, blue or black, but it is also practical – there's no smoke when lighting or cooking! The Lotus BBQ is equipped with a fan – which is powered by four AA batteries or a USB cable – so the charcoal is ready to cook in under five minutes.Shop the mini size (29cm, shown) to cook for two, buy a standard 35cm size for up to five, or choose the XL if you'd like it to cook for larger groups of ten.

Natural hardwood charcoal is recommended; you can purchase Lotus charcoal and lighting gel on Amazon, where you also have the option to buy a full starter kit with a Lotus Grill plus everything you need.

 

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BK Cookware 118cm Charcoal BBQ, £202.99, Wayfair

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This charcoal grill features two grill gratings and an adjustable coal rack as well as four utensil hooks, built-in lid thermometer and even a handy bottle opener installed so keep your beer handy!

 

Best gas BBQs

A gas BBQ is a popular choice because it’s clean, easy to light with automatic ignition and you can control the temperature for perfectly grilled meat, fish or vegetables every time.

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CosmoGrill 4+1 Gas Burner Garden Grill, £379.99, Amazon

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Amazon’s Choice for “Gas BBQ” is also one it it’s highest rated. Designed to handle grilling for up to 10 people at once, the CosmoGrill has four stainless steel burners and a side burner which can all be ignited individually.

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BBQ Chef Sydney Gas BBQ, £249.99, TheRange.co.uk

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A four-burner BBQ that's as stylish as it is functional, the 'Sydney' has four gas burners and a warming rack as well as a handy rack for tools and condiments. "Rock solid bbq and looks cool," said one five-star reviewer.

 

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Weber Q 1200 Gas Barbecue with Stand, £362.25, Weber

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You really can't go wrong with a Weber grill. This popular model has the brand's signature porcelain-enamelled, cast iron cooking grates and is compact enough for even the smallest of outdoor spaces.

 

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Everdure By Heston Blumenthal FORCE 2 Burner Gas BBQ, £649, John Lewis

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John Lewis' highest rated gas bbq, available in Orange, Mint and Graphite, features two independently-controlled high performance burners and has earned rave reviews. "My expectations were high having researched this product and read several reviews," wrote one buyer.  "I've been very impressed in all respects.The barbecue is well-built, looks good, gets hot quickly and is easy to clean. It isn't the cheapest option but having used it half a dozen times I would definitely recommend it."

 

Best electric BBQs

Electric grills are perfect for the city, very small outdoor spaces like the balcony of your flat, or wherever there are restrictions on gas or charcoal grilling. There are no fire hazards and also no heavy smoke to bother the neighbours.

An electric BBQ basically brings kitchen grilling outside, giving you even more precise temperature control than you’d get with a gas grill. With the non-stick surfaces on today’s electric BBQs, it’s super easy cleanup, too.

 

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Power Grill Electric Portable BBQ, £99.95, Amazon

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One of Amazon's highest rated electric grills keeps it very simple - the non-stick grill is even dishwasher safe - and the standing design, complete with lower shelf, makes it feel just like a regular barbecue. Even better, it can be yours for under £100.

 

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Weber Q 1400 Electric Barbecue, £313.95, Weber

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The trademark Weber compact grill comes in a handy electric version, too! With this 'urban barbecue' you just plug in and get grilling.

 

Best hybrid BBQs

If you like to switch up your BBQ style – you want either a charcoal grill or a gas barbecue, depending on your needs or your mood – a hybrid BBQ is right up your street. A hybrid BBQ brings you the best of both worlds, allowing you to cook with either gas or charcoal.

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Premium Dual Fuel Charcoal & Gas Combi BBQ, £225, Argos

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This Argos hybrid grill has earned a 4.7 star rating. One buyer noted: "Top product, looks really good and very sturdy. Excellent design giving the option of gas for speed or charcoal for a traditional bbq."

 

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Outback Duel Burner BBQ, £539.99, Robert Dyas

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If you're shopping for a grill to handle large gatherings, this is the BBQ for you, since it has plenty of space, precision heat control and cooking areas for both gas and charcoal. You'll love the multi-cook system – cook with the classic griddle or two interchangeable cook plates.

 

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GoodHome Rockwell Black Charcoal & Gas barbecue, was £418 now £299, B&Q

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If you're looking for a great deal, this hybrid BBQ gives you the best of both worlds AND if you shop now you'll get £119 off.

 

 

Most popular BBQs

With summer ready to begin, everyone's getting their garden ready – which is why some of our favourite BBQs have already sold out! Here are some of our recommended grills that you missed, but you can still check the stock or in some cases sign up to get a notification when it's available again.

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Dual Hood 5 Burner Gas/Charcoal BBQ, £899, John Lewis

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This John Lewis and Partners hybrid BBQ means you can cook with whichever technique you’re in the mood for. This grill can be used with gas or charcoal and there are five burners plus an infrared ceramic side burner. There’s a temperature gauge and storage compartments, perfect for easy prep and cooking. Talk about an all-in-one!

 

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Weber Q2400 Electric Barbecue, £444.93, Amazon

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With a 4.8-star Amazon rating, this electric BBQ is a winner. Features include a sleek design, porcelain-enamelled cast iron cooking grates and removable catch pans. If you’re looking for this Weber grill at a lower price point, you can shop the smaller version, the Q1400, on eBay for about £256.

 

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Weber Spirit Classic E-310 3-Burner Gas BBQ & Protective Cover, £529, John Lewis

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Popular BBQ brand Weber’s Spirit Classic is durable, top of the line option with three stainless steel burners and an additional warming rack. There are plenty of details to ensure the perfect cookout: six utensil hooks, two side tables, storage space, and porcelain-enamelled details – the cook grate, removable grease tray and ‘Flavourizer’ bars (protecting the burners from fat and juices) to make for easy cleaning.

 

 

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