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A grill is a staple of outdoor cooking, allowing you to enjoy your outside living space for everyday meals or hosting barbeques.
We researched dozens of grills, evaluating them on heat output and distribution, temperature control, capacity, and portability. Our best overall pick is the Weber Q2200 Gas Grill, a compact model that’s powerful and easy to transport.
Here are the best grills.
Our top pick for grills is the Weber Q 2200 Gas Grill (view at Amazon). This portable grill is a favorite among grilling enthusiasts thanks to its compact structure and reliable performance. If you’re looking for an electric model that can be used both indoors and outdoors, go with the George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill (view at Amazon).
It’s a question of convenience and taste whether you chose a grill that uses propane, natural gas, wood pellets, electricity, or a good old charcoal grill. Charcoal grilling requires more effort and time to heat the grill but it gives food the typical smoky flavor, and the type of charcoal you use also lets you customize the flavor. For a grill that can be used both indoors and outdoors, choose electric.
A convenient feature in pellet grills is the automatic feeding of pellets. A natural gas grill that allows you to connect it to your existing natural gas line can be more economical than a propane grill.
The BTU of grills varies greatly, from 12,000 BTU for small compact grills to 40,00 BTU for large propane grills. The number of burners on gas grills also varies. If you look at how this translates into the heat that each square inch of cooking space gets, the difference is not that big so it all burns down to the question how much food you want to grill at a time.
Grill and Smoker Combo
If you love grilling as much as smoking meat, fish, and more, go for an appliance that does both.
Cleanup after grilling can be a real hassle so easy cleaning is an important consideration. Grates with a smooth surface (made of stainless steel, porcelain, or cast iron with an enamel porcelain coating) are easier to clean than uncoated cast-iron grates.
Drip trays or pans collect the grease. Removable parts are also good for easy cleaning, and if they are dishwasher-safe, even better.
To manage the fuel residue, ash catching systems for charcoal grills and ash removal systems for pellet stoves also facilitate cleanup.
Once you’ve narrowed down which type of grill is the best for you, a look at additional features can also help making a final decision. A side table for food prep, tool hooks, warming rack, and a meat thermometer or meat probe are always good to have, whereas a wheels or a portable grill are only a boon if your grill does not have a permanent location.
While it depends on the type of grill how much cleaning it needs on a regular basis, the grates should be cleaned every time after you grill. After the grill is cool enough so you can safely touch it, clean the grate to remove any remaining food particles. If the grates are uncoated cast iron, use a wire brush and follow the detailed instructions for cleaning a cast iron grill.
The safe way to start a charcoal grill is using a chimney starter that quickly produces hot coals for cooking. The chimney starter consists of a metal cylinder with grate inside on which you place the charcoals and ignite them.
Besides cleaning the grates after every grilling, once a year, give your gas a thorough cleaning by disconnecting the gas before taking out any removable parts and giving it a good cleaning with soapy water. Check out the full instructions here.
This article was written by Camryn Rabideau, a freelance writer and product reviewer for The Spruce. She’s written close to a dozen grill-related articles for The Spruce Eats, including firsthand testing of a Traeger grill and a Masterbuilt smoker. Additional reporting was done by Nadia Hassani, a writer and master gardener with over 20 years of experience.
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