The 10 Best Grills

Updated May 17, 2018 by Quincy Miller

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10. Coleman Road Trip LXE

Don't leave home without the Coleman Road Trip LXE. It offers an almost full-size design with the convenience of collapsible scissor legs, which make for easy storage in truck beds, RVs, or your garage, ensuring it won't be in the way when you're not on the road.
  • slide-out drip tray
  • uses a standard propane cylinder
  • hard to manage heat distribution
Brand Coleman
Model 2000017442-Parent
Weight 51.2 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. Weber Spirit II E310

The Weber Spirit II E310 uses a proprietary "Infinity Ignition" system that's designed to strike up on the first attempt, so you can stop wasting precious grilling time trying to get your fire started (and you can throw away that Bic lighter you used on your old model).
  • reaches high temperatures quickly
  • reversible grill plates
  • no handholds make it hard to move
Brand Weber
Model 45010001
Weight 103 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

8. Weber Q 3200

The sophisticated, full-sized Weber Q 3200 cooks efficiently at any temperature, and its interior features split grates for the simultaneous cooking of foods that need different levels of heat, so you can feed a large group with a minimum of oversight.
  • built-in light for nighttime cooking
  • fold-down side tables add prep space
  • grates tend to rust over time
Brand Weber
Model 57060001
Weight 83.8 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. George Foreman GGR50

Achieve perfect results even where open fires aren't allowed with the George Foreman GGR50. It derives its heat from electricity for no-fuss cooking indoors or outside, and can be used on its included pedestal or on a tabletop for added convenience.
  • sloping grate draws fat away
  • variable temperature control
  • power cord is annoyingly short
Brand George Foreman
Model GGR50B
Weight 21.2 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

6. Weber Genesis II LX S-340

Take your barbecues to the next level with the Weber Genesis II LX S-340, which has large front panel control knobs, sizable stainless steel prep tables, and a hidden burner. It also offers a staggering 513 square inches of cooking and warming space.
  • flavorizer bar system
  • convenient led fuel gauge
  • doesn't get hot enough to sear beef
Brand Weber
Model 61004001
Weight 208 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

5. Char-Broil Big Easy Infrared

Great for the adventurous cook, the multifaceted Char-Broil Big Easy Infrared channels heat evenly and eliminates hot and cold spots without the potential for flare-ups. It is large enough to safely prepare a whole 25-pound turkey.
  • no charcoal or oil needed
  • also great for roasting and smoking
  • gap in air tray lets air in
Brand Char-Broil
Model 14101550
Weight 54.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

4. Weber Q1200

If you have to spend lots of time on the road, but can't stand the idea of eating someone else's inferior BBQ, then the Weber Q1200 makes a smart travel option. It boasts a surprising capacity for a small unit, so you can rescue other travelers from dry, nasty brisket.
  • perfect for camping and tailgating
  • cools off quickly
  • ideal for apartment balconies
Brand Weber
Model 51010001
Weight 28.9 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

3. Camp Chef SmokePro DLX

Get that delicious, wood-smoked flavor you crave with the Camp Chef SmokePro DLX. It has a large-capacity pellet hopper and an automatic auger to ensure that you're always using the perfect amount of fuel, so all you have to worry about is dessert.
  • ash removal system for easy cleaning
  • dual led temperature readouts
  • manual includes recipes
Brand Camp Chef
Model pending
Weight 181 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Weber Original Kettle

With the economical Weber Original Kettle, you can utilize 363 square inches of cooking space, as well as a heavy-gauge, porcelain-enameled lid and bowl. Besides being durable, the whole thing's easy to clean when you're done, so you can actually enjoy your cookout.
  • integrated tool hook
  • easy spring clip assembly
  • convenient built-in thermometer
Brand Weber
Model 14401001
Weight 37.1 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. PK Grill Original Smoker

The beautiful, hand-poured aluminum capsule on the PK Grill Original Smoker is sure to garner you some compliments — and that's before your guests taste the delicious meat this thing makes, thanks to its ability to cook either hot and fast or low and slow.
  • can use lump or briquette charcoal
  • heavy-duty grates
  • won't rust if left out in rain
Brand PK Grill
Model PK 99740
Weight 60 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

It's Getting Hot In Here, I Hope

Whether direct or indirect, a grill requires radiant heat to cook. That's right: sweet radiation. But rest assured, there's a big difference between char broiled and Chernobyl.

With your basic charcoal grill, the coals themselves radiate upwards of 2,000ºF, and all you have to do is get them burning.

When you're working with gas, the flames might reach temperatures around 3,500ºF, but since so much less radiant heat is given off, they don't do much for the grilling process. Instead, many newer gas grills utilize some kind of intermediary, like lava rocks, ceramic plates, or the "flavor bars" on some Weber models.

These intermediaries absorb the heat of the fire beneath them and radiate it up towards your precious pieces of meat or vegetable. A lot of the time, that intermediary also makes it difficult to see whether or not the fire has actually started, which, if you're careless about your investigation, can lead to some BBQ related catastrophes.

If you're wondering about infrared grills, well these are just a specific kind of gas grill that uses as an intermediary long metal or ceramic grating with extremely tiny holes in it. The amount of space between the fire and this grate, and between the grate and the cooking surface, is drastically diminished to cut down on any dehydrating effects that dry air could have on your food.

The Pyramids Are All Made Of Charcoal

I grew up cooking on gas grills: London broil, grilled sweet onions, grilled pineapple for desert, etc. Those were the best days of the summer. When I got to college, it was all charcoal as far as the eye could see. A man's worth was measured in the speed and alacrity with which he could construct a viable aerated charcoal pyramid and get it burning.

There's a certain satisfaction to both ways of cooking. My senior year in college, my housemates and I got a small gas grill that allowed us to more safely conduct 3 a.m. barbecues on the front lawn in the middle of a snowstorm. Honestly, that winter, it was a life saver.

Where you're at in your culinary life and what your cooking needs are shouldn't be too tough for you to determine. If you're cooking for more than two or three people, it's going to save you a tremendous amount of time and energy choosing gas over coal. Getting that large an amount of charcoal to an evenly burn requires a little finesse.

Furthermore, if you're interested in getting a good sauce going along side your meats, one of those side burners could prove indispensable, just be aware that they prevent you from collapsing the side table itself, so the grill's footprint is consistently a little larger.

So, let the number you're regularly cooking for influence your decision, without forgetting your ambitions as a host. After that, consider the space you've got available to you. Beyond that, your decision can be based on bells, whistles, and style.

Come On, Baby, Light My Ancient Fire

Archaeologists and anthropologists place the advent of cooking somewhere in the neighborhood of 300,000-40,000 B.C.E., as evidenced by carbon dating at a variety of hearth sites unearthed during expeditions. The one pictured, from an Israeli cave, is believed to be closer to the 300,000 year mark.

However long ago it started, we certainly aren't very far removed from it either culturally or socially. Just take one look at a group of men gathered around their grill and tell me they aren't actively channeling their deep ancestry.

Even the methods employed in these early hearths resemble the techniques around which modern grills are made. Those first fires warmed stones that radiated heat more directly than the fire itself could as it slowly became its own pile of useful coals. It's the same stuff they teach kids in Boy Scouts, along with that other ancient activity: helping old ladies cross the street.

Sure the firing mechanisms have made it easier to get the grill started, and features like fuel gauges, thermostats, and extra burners have come to be expected on higher end grills, but the ritual is much the same as it's always been. Remember that each time you flick that easy starter switch and lick those prehistoric chops of yours.


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Last updated on May 17, 2018 by Quincy Miller

Quincy is a writer who was born in Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue his life-long dream of someday writing a second page to one of his screenplays.


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