The 15 Best Grills For Any Budget That Are Sure To Make You The King Of Summer
Grilling season is here and that means it’s time to take stock of your grill situation. That old grill with the rusted-out bottom and a leaky gas valve that threatens to kill everyone in a three-block radius every time you try to start it up just isn’t gonna cut it anymore. So… yeah, you need a new grill.
Whatever your grill needs – charcoal or gas, fancy or practical, gigantic or portable – we’ve got you covered. Just read on through, pick out the grill that best fits your needs, click and score the grill of your dreams because these are the best grills for every need and every occasion.
This gas grill by Weber is listed by Amazon as their number one best seller, so it obviously has it fans. Why? Well, it’s stainless steel three-burner set up puts out 32,000 BTUs per hour on 424 square inches of cooking area, and its push-button ignition makes start-up a breeze. This is constantly rated as one of the best grills under $500. It’s a classic American gas grill.
If you’re a charcoal man, this grill is a fine option. How fine? Well, it’s Amazon’s number one charcoal grill seller. Basically, whether you’re a charcoal or a gas man Weber has you covered. It’s not just the best seller, though, it’s also the top-rated grill on Amazon – of any kind. It’s basic, affordable, and yet built to last, with rust-resistant vents, an aluminum ash-catcher and glass reinforced nylon handles.
Sometimes you just need a grill that you can take with you, especially if you’re into tailgating or the camping game. This cast-iron Coleman grill is easy to set up and puts out 20,000 BTUs, which is massive for a portable grill, and the removable grease tray makes cleanup a snap.
You might be familiar with the classic indoor George Foreman Grill, but this one is a little different. It’s perfect as an outdoor veranda grill. It’s sloping design drains away fat, leaving you with healthy, grilled meat. And since it’s electric, you don’t have to worry about buying charcoal or propane from Hank Hill.
This 4-burner grill adds a cabinet so you can keep all your grilling equipment and accoutrements fresh and safe no matter the conditions. It also gives you 525 square inches of cooking space, and a 13,000 BTU side-burner which is perfect for sides and sauces. This is damn near a portable kitchen.
This is a little bit fancier – and more expensive – charcoal grill from Weber. It basically takes the simple grill discussed earlier and makes it the centerpiece of a more useful apparatus. It’s much more portable, and the attached tray station allows you to do so much more than with the simpler grill. The tradeoff, of course, is that it’s more expensive, but you have to decide what works for you.
Setup doesn’t get any easier than this. You just set the grill on a table, slap your meat on there and you’re good to go. It’s a classic camp griddle brought into the modern world with a stainless-steel burner that heats up quickly thanks to the small propane tank attached. You don’t have to worry about carrying around a big tank with this one, which is key for anyone who needs to save space like, say, someone big into hiking?
Speaking of griddles, this one is definitely not for hikers. No, this is a big boy griddle that you can set up outside for a great hybrid restaurant/grilling experience. Everything is treated stainless steel, so this is built to last, and the 60,000 total BTUs make this a powerful tool in your cooking arsenal. And those 60,000 BTUs? You can spread those out however you want thanks to the controlled heating stations.
The problem, as you may have noticed, with most good gas grills is that they are pretty damn expensive. If you can afford it, great! But it’s nice to have an alternative, and this grill is a perfect gas grill for a lower price. At 40,800 BTUs, it actually packs more cooking power than some more expensive gas grills, and it also adds a 12,000 BTU side-burner. This way you get to “taste the meat, not the heat” as our friend Hank Hill once said, and you can do it without having to sell one of your children.
Char-Griller also offers up a more affordable charcoal grill. Like the more expensive Weber, it adds a handy shelf for your grilling needs, but it’s setup is a little bit different as you can see from the picture. It all comes down to what floats your boat, or what cooks your meat, I guess. And since it’s more than half-off its list price right now, it’s as simple as this: this is a good charcoal grill at a price you’re just not going to beat.
One thing is missing from most portable grills – the ability to use it anywhere and everywhere. That may sound strange given their purpose, but most portable grills still require a table to set them up on. Not this portable gas grill, which comes with legs that fold out and give your grill great stability everywhere. You’re not going to find a more versatile grill.
Look, not every grill has to be a high-tech toy. Sometimes, they don’t have to have any tech at all besides something a cave-man could come up with. All you need is a fire and you’re all set. Just set the grill up over it and cook your meat like a real man, not like some fancy-ass suburbanite who needs toys to impress his geeky friends. This is a grill for the man who understands it’s not about the grill, it’s about what the grill is built to do: cook your meat.
This badass monster is a relatively new addition to the grilling game, and as you can see it’s capable of doing just about anything you need it to do. Grill whatever you want while a giant pig – up to 154 pounds – roasts on a spit above. This is for the bro who needs to do some serious grilling/roasting/skewering/whatever involves cooking a dead animal. I see you pig roasters out there. I see you. And this is for you.
This is really a smoker that doubles as a grill. It fits up to 25 lbs for roasting, while the small grill allows you to cook everything else. A good roaster is hard to find, and a good roaster that will also do some grilling for you is really, really hard to find. Well, look no further.
Look, I couldn’t get out of here without including something ridiculous. Well, not ridiculous in and of itself. Just ridiculously expensive. Yes, this grill is more of an investment in your home than an ordinary grill. It’s meant to be built into your brickwork, and at 830 square inches and with 75,000 BTUs available, this will become a key feature in your entire home-owning experience. This is a grill you plan on using the rest of your life. You have to buy the double-door cabinets separately because that’s just how the game is played at this level. But if that’s your level, then look man, you’ve gotta do this, or else no one will respect you. Not your neighbors, not your kids, not even your own wife. So, it’s either buy this or watch as your wife bones down with that jackass Duncan who lives across the street. It’s really up to you.
Price: $1,495 ($294 for the cabinet)