Summer is here 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 2022 so you can get grilling in the sunshine.
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With the mercury rising, it seems 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. Choose from the best gas grill, charcoal, electric and hybrid barbecues available online now...
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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!
BK Cookware 118cm Charcoal BBQ, £196.99, Wayfair
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!
Outsunny Charcoal BBQ Grill, £52.99, AOSOM.com
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.
George Foreman Portable Kettle Charcoal BBQ, £44.99, Currys
Another compact and reasonably priced option is George Foreman's Portable Kettle Charcoal BBQ. It's big enough to cook up to five portions in one go, but won't take up a huge amount of space in your patio or garden. It also features an extra shelf to keep food warm, and a handy oil collection tray for minimal mess. We also love how it has wheels for easy transport back into your shed when you aren't using it.
Norfolk Grills Corus Charcoal Grill Wheeled Kettle BBQ, £179, Dunelm
Dunelm is offering a range of brilliant BBQs this season, but it's this kettle-style version that's selling fast. It includes a thermometer to help you keep an eye on the temperature of your grill plus a storage shelf for your BBQ-ing essentials. The lid is handily hinged so you don't have to worry about storing it on the floor or grass either.
Lotus Grill Smokeless Charcoal BBQ, more colours available, £130, Selfridges
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.
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.
Madeira fire pit, £299, Marks & Spencer
This fire pit also serves as a grill - and it also has a mosaic top so it can be used as a coffee table when not in use.
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.
Weber Spirit Classic E-310 3-Burner Gas BBQ, £579, John Lewis
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.
CosmoGrill 4+1 Gas Burner Garden Grill, £299.99, Amazon
Amazon’s Choice for “Gas BBQ” is also one its 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.
Weber Q 1200 Gas Barbecue with Stand, £376, Weber
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.
Everdure By Heston Blumenthal FORCE 2 Burner Gas BBQ, £749, John Lewis
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.
Power Grill Electric Portable BBQ, £7, Amazon
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 a lower shelf, makes it feel just like a regular barbecue. Even better, it can be yours for under
Weber Q 1400 Electric Barbecue, £319, Weber
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.
Grillstream 4 Burner Hybrid Gas & Charcoal BBQ, £449, John Lewis
This John Lewis 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 four 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!
Premium Dual Fuel Charcoal & Gas Combi BBQ, £245, Argos
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."
GoodHome Rockwell Black Charcoal & Gas barbecue, was £418 now £299, B&Q
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.
HEATSURE Hybrid Dual Gas and Charcoal Combo Grill BBQ , £329.99, TheRange.co.uk
A three-burner BBQ that's as stylish as it is functional, this HEATSURE hybrid has three gas burners with two heavy-duty hoods as well as two foldable tables for tools and condiments.
Outback Duel Burner BBQ, £569.99, Robert Dyas
Shopping for a grill to handle large gatherings? This is the BBQ for you. 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.
Weber Q2400 Electric Barbecue, £454, Amazon
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.
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