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Outdoor Grills Buying Guide

Who doesn't envision themselves cooking up a storm in the summertime, happily flipping burgers or hot dogs for a crowd, or grilling the perfect steak for date night? Fortunately, the right grill makes those goals within your reach.

Types of Grills

Types of Grills

For every fan of one type of grill, there's an equally devoted fan of another type. What you choose depends on the cooking style you're comfortable with, the budget you have, and your personal preferences. For example, people looking for a quick-start grill experience may lean more toward grills powered by gas or propane. Those who prefer lingering might turn to charcoal. Still others prefer electric varieties. There's no right or wrong answer -- there's just the grill that's best for you.

Gas/Propane

Gas or propane grills are powered by a tank that can be refilled. They offer instant lighting, unlike charcoal grills, but do not impart the particular flavor that charcoal grills are known for.

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Bull Outdoor
$1,687.00
at Hayneedle

Shop for Grills from Hayneedle.com! Designed for use in outdoor grill islands, the Bull Angus Drop-In Grill is full of power and f...eatures to make your outdoor cooking experiences sizzle. Measuring 30L x 23W x 21H inches, this grill offers a generous cooking surface with a total of 810 square inches (600 square-inch cooking area, 210 square-inch warming rack). Plus, this grill boasts a sleek stainless steel design that will give your grill island and patio area a stunning update. Complete your outdoor island with this grill and savor the joy of outdoor cooking like never before. Key features of the Bull Angus Drop-In Grill include: 16-gauge, 304 brushed stainless steel construction 4 stainless steel burners with 15,000 BTUs for a total of 60,000 BTUs Infrared burner with 15,000 BTUs 5 Bull sure-lite gas valves for reliable performance 5 heavy-duty push-to-turn knobs with ignition Heavy-duty thermometer built into lid Dual-lined roll-top hood with seamless welded edges Stainless steel cooking grates with a 600-square-inch cooking area 210-square-inch stainless steel warming rack Stainless steel full-size drip tray Chrome plated spit and rod for spit-style and rotisserie cooking Flavor Bar Smoker Box Stainless steel rotisserie motor Full-length stainless steel handle Hose and regulator included with LP models GS regulator included with NG models Fire-tested CSA-certified NSF-approved Product warranty: Burners have a 20-year warranty. Grates carry a life-time warranty, remainder of product pieces have 1 year warranty.About Bull Outdoor ProductsBull Outdoor Products will change the way you barbecue. The award-winning grills and grill accessories are designed, engineered, and master-crafted with the finest materials available. All Bull Stainless Steel products are approved by the National Sanitation Foundation, which allows residential customers to cook on commercial-quality grills. Bull Outdoor Products Inc. pioneered the concept of outdoor barbecue islands, recognizing the need for backyard barbecue enthusiasts to bring their grilling talents to match those of professional chefs. read more

Bull Outdoor
$2,257.00
at Hayneedle

Shop for Grills from Hayneedle.com! The Bull Brahma Stainless Steel Drop-In Grill has a high BTU and a large cooking surface to he...lp you make the most of outdoor cooking. Measuring 38L x 23W x 21H inches this drop-in grill can be placed wherever you have the ideal spot picked out. Key features of the Bull Brahma Drop-In Grill include: 304 brushed stainless steel construction 5 solid cast aluminum burners with 15 000 BTUs for a total of 75 000 BTUs Infrared burner with 15 000 BTUs Overall total of 90 000 BTUs 6 Bull sure-lite gas valves 6 heavy-duty push-to-turn knobs with ignition Heavy-duty thermometer built into the lid Dual-lined roll-top hood with seamless welded edges Stainless steel cooking grates with a 760-square-inch cooking area With warming rack: total cooking area is 1026 sq. inches 266-square-inch stainless steel warming rack Stainless steel full-size drip tray Stainless steel rotisserie motor Chrome plated spit and rod Stainless steel full-length handle Flavor Bar Smoker Box Hose and regulator included with LP models GS regulator included with NG models Fire tested CSA certified NSF approved 20-year warranty on burners life-time on grates About Bull Outdoor Products Bull Outdoor Products will change the way you barbecue. The award-winning grills and grill accessories are designed engineered and master-crafted with the finest materials available. All Bull Stainless Steel products are approved by the National Sanitation Foundation which allows residential customers to cook on commercial-quality grills. Bull Outdoor Products Inc. pioneered the concept of outdoor barbecue islands recognizing the need for backyard barbecue enthusiasts to bring their grilling talents to match those of professional chefs. read more

Weber
$2,499.00
at Hayneedle

Shop for Grills from Hayneedle.com! The Weber Summit S-670 Stainless Steel Gas Grill combines the best of everything. Beautiful st...yle, six primary burners, lighted control knobs, side burner, smoker box, sear burner, and a rotisserie make this grill extraordinary. Plus, a push-button LED tank scale lets you know where you stand on fuel at all times. A perfect choice for the griller who's anything but ordinary. Features: 6 stainless steel burners 60,000 BTU-per-hour input 12,000 BTU-per-hour input side burner 8,000-BTU smoker burner with stainless steel smoker box 10,600-BTU rear-mounted infrared rotisserie burner 10,600-BTU sear burner Spit-fork rotisserie attachment with heavy-duty motor Snap-Jet individual burner ignite system 9.5mm-diameter stainless steel cooking grates Stainless steel Flavorizer bars Stainless steel shroud with polished handle and trim Center-mounted thermometer Accent-colored cast aluminum end caps Primary cooking area: 693 square inches Warming rack area: 145 square inches Total cooking area: 838 square inches Lighted control knobs Enclosed cart with stainless steel doors, chrome-plated cast-aluminum handles, and accent-colored painted side and rear panels Accent-colored painted steel frame 2 Grill Out handle lights for after-dark grilling 6 tool hooks Enclosed tank storage and precision fuel gauge 2 heavy-duty front locking casters; 2 heavy-duty rear swivel casters Includes Weber cookbook Weber model number LP 7370001 Dimensions with the lid open: 74W x 30D x 57H inches About Weber GrillsWeber-Stephen Products Co., headquartered in Palatine, Ill., is the premier manufacturer of charcoal and gas grills, grilling accessories, and other outdoor room products. A family-owned business for more than 50 years, Weber has grown to be a leading seller of outdoor grills worldwide. read more

Weber
$1,899.00
at Hayneedle

Shop for Grills from Hayneedle.com! The Weber Summit E-620 Gas Grill is the pinnacle of grilling. With six stainless steel burners..., a flush-mounted side burner, and two Grill Out handle lights, this grill can manage any cooking task, anytime. Plus, a handy push-button LED tank scale lets you know when you need to refuel. Features: 6 stainless steel burners 60,000 BTU-per-hour input 12,000 BTU-per-hour input side burner Snap-Jet individual burner ignite system 9.5mm-diameter stainless steel cooking grates Stainless steel Flavorizer bars Black porcelain-enamel shroud with polished handle and trim Center-mounted thermometer Accent-colored cast aluminum end caps Primary cooking area: 693 square inches Warming rack area: 145 square inches Total cooking area: 838 square inches Enclosed cart with black painted steel doors, stainless steel handles, and accent-colored side and rear panels Accent-colored painted steel frame 2 Grill Out handle lights for after-dark grilling 6 tool hooks Enclosed tank storage and precision fuel gauge 2 heavy-duty locking casters; 2 heavy-duty swivel casters Includes Weber cookbook Weber model number LP 7321001 Dimensions with the lid open: 74W x 30D x 57H inches About Weber GrillsWeber-Stephen Products Co., headquartered in Palatine, Ill., is the premier manufacturer of charcoal and gas grills, grilling accessories, and other outdoor room products. A family-owned business for more than 50 years, Weber has grown to be a leading seller of outdoor grills worldwide. read more

Charcoal

Charcoal grills are heated by burning briquettes. There is typically a tray below to catch the ash generated by the charcoal; more charcoal may need to be added during cooking, and some grills may have a small door through which to add fuel.

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Charcoal Companion
$39.99
at Target

Find grill cooking tools and cookware at Target.com! Get delicious wood-smoke or other infused flavors on your gas grill with the ...moistly grilled smoking platform from charcoal companion. The smoker box holds aromatic wood chips, while a separate compartment contains marinades and other liquids. The result: maximum flavor and a mess-free grilling surface. read more

Picnic Time

Shop for Grills from Hayneedle.com! The X Grill Compact Portable Charcoal Grill has a slimline design that folds away for maximum ...portability. The X Grill includes an electro-plated iron barbeque grill, chrome-plated tri-fold cooking grate and charcoal grate. There's even a durable 600 denier polyester carrying tote so you can comfortably take the grill wherever you go. Measures 19.2L x 12.25W x 16H inches with 203.5 sq. inches of cooking surface.About Picnic TimeEven the name makes you smile! Since 1982, Picnic Time's mission has been to sell traditional European-style picnic baskets in America that everyone could afford. The company has continued to develop innovative and practical outdoor leisure products that inspire relaxation with friends and family. With a product line that continues to develop far beyond the traditional picnic basket (though theirs are the finest picnic baskets around!), Picnic Time will take you to the beach, the country, the mountains ... or best of all, your own backyard. read more

Sur La Table

Keep food from sticking to your grill with this handy nonstick spray. Thanks to pure, lecithin-rich vegetable oil and a formulatio...n that prevents flare-ups, spray can even be applied while grilling. Applies easily on skillets, pans, grills, griddles, and skewers and is safe for use on nonstick surfaces. Spray is calorie-, cholesterol-, fat-, and sodium-free and contains no CFCs. Manufacturer: Charcoal Companion Includes: 6 oz. Ingredients: Water, soybean oil, soy lecithin, potassium sorbate, sorbic acid, artificial flavor, beta carotene, propellant Directions: Shake well. Point spray nozzle toward red dot. Hold can upright approximately 6" from grilling surface. Spray onto hot grill while cooking and turning food Warning: Use only as directed. Contents under pressure. Exposure to high temperatures can cause bursting. Never leave on or near stove, grill or other heat sources. Do not spray in eyes. Do not puncture or incinerate. Store below 120F. Keep out of reach of children Allergen Statement: Contains soy Dimensions: 2" x 8" Made in USA read more

Primo Ceramic Grills
$27.99
at KaTom

Primo Natural Lump Charcoal (20 lb bag) ( Primo Grills - PRM608 )

Electric

Electric grills are powered by electricity, meaning they must have direct access to an outlet. These are typically steadier in flame than charcoal grills.

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Star

Grill Express Two-sided Grill, Electric, 10"w Fixed Lower Grill, Hinged Upper Grill, Grooved Iron Grill Plates, Thermostatic Contr...ol, Stainless Steel Front & Sides read more

Star

Grill Express Two-sided Grill, Electric, 14"w Fixed Lower Grill, Hinged Upper Grill, Smooth Iron Grill Plates, Thermostatic Contro...l, Stainless Steel Front & Sides read more

Zojirushi

The stylish Indoor Electric Grill comes with a 1,500-watt high powered heating element and 14-7/8in x 10-5/8in extra large grillin...g surface so plenty of ingredients can quickly be grilled at once| The grill plate is protected with maximum coverage and operation is dependent on proper setup and installation, as safety is always our priority. read more

Zojirushi
$76.46 $98.00
at Sears.com

Indoor Electric Grill with Large Nonstick Grilling Surface; Disassembles for easy cleaning; Detachable Power Cord with variable he...at setting control knob; read more

Product Features

Product Features

Although grills seem to diverge widely from model to model, all are affected by a few product features that you'll find desirable based on your budget, your lifestyle, and your needs. Size, for example, determines where you can place your grill -- which means that you must think through the best spot that's convenient and safe. Other product features include cooking square inches, additional cooking surfaces, cooking grates/racks, materials, timer and temperature gauge, and griddle. Think through how these influence the flexibility of your grill, and then get buying.

Cooking Square Inches

Grills differ based on the cooking surface available. If you regularly have large gatherings or cook for a crowd, then a grill with expansive cooking square inches may be useful.

Size

In addition to different expanses of cooking surfaces, grills differ in general size. Some may resemble very large indoor ranges, while others may offer flexibility in amenities such as side burners without great size.

Additional Cooking Surfaces

Side burners can maximize a grill's flexibility, offering a flame that is typically more steady and regulated to cook dishes such as corn or beans.

Cooking Grates/Racks

Grills sometimes offer grates or racks that are spaced at different levels. These can be used to keep food warm after it is finished cooking, or to cook items at a slower rate.

Materials

Grills should be constructed of very durable materials that are impervious to flame. The grates in particular must be able to maintain their durability after exposure to high flame.

Timer and Temperature Gauge

A timer and a temperature gauge help you keep track of food on the grill, ensuring proper heat level as well as finish time.

Griddle

A griddle is a useful accessory for a grill, allowing you to cook items such as pancakes for an outdoor breakfast. It may be a permanent part of the grill or a removable item.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Before you rush out and buy the first grill that you fall in love with, it's important to think of various purchase considerations that will affect how easy the grill is to use, what type of investment it will involve, and how upkeep may impact your use. For example, price is a huge factor, largely determined by a grill's function and size. Maintenance/storage is also important; if you don't have time to take care of your grill, it will show on how long your investment lasts. In addition, if you like to move from place to place to cook, portability is key. Use this guide to review these purchase considerations.

Price

Grills vary widely in price based on size and features. Very small grills are quite affordable, while large ones such as those installed in outdoor kitchens may be quite an investment.

Maintenance/Storage

All grills will have to be cleaned and maintained as well as stored. Some may stay outside but need to be covered to protect them from weather extremes.

Portability

Some grills are small enough to be packed up and transported to other spots, such as a picnic site, while midsize grills may have wheels that enable you to move them from spot to spot on your deck.

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Kenmore
$169.00 $269.99
at Sears

Make Mouths Water with this Gas BBQ with Stainless Lid The BBQ Pro 4 Burner Gas Grill with stainless top is all you need to cook u...p delicious burgers, hot dogs, steaks and more. Mouths will start to water as soon as you fire up this showy grill, which boasts 557 square inches of cooking space. That means you have plenty of room to grill everyone's favorites, whether you are hosting a backyard party or simply cooking a meal outdoors for your family. This gas grill with stainless lid has 40,000 BTUs of power for grilling as well as a 13,000 BTU side burner. That means you can cook meat and side dishes at the same time for added convenience. read more

BBQ Pro PG-40403SOL Grill (Liquid Propane, 699 sq. in., 40,000 BTU)
Kenmore
$332.49 $499.99
at Sears

Maximize Your Outdoor Cooking Space with This Folding-Side Gas Grill The Kenmore gas grill with folding side is just what you need... to make the most out of your outdoor cooking space. The extra-large stainless-steel folding table built into the side of this grill was designed from professional chefs and provides you with the space you need for prep and service. You'll have plenty of room to spread out everything you need to prepare and serve a delicious meal. The work table on this folding-side gas grill has an innovative one-hand spring release design. The table folds out from the grill cart directly and folds back down easily for convenient storage. The grill also features four powerful burners and 672 square inches of cooking space so you can easily cook up food for a crowd. read more

4 Burner Gas Grill with Folding Side Table Black 28" x 18
Charbroil
$399.99 $499.99
at Sears

Char-Broil Gas Grill: Perfect the Art of Grilling Don the gloves, grab the tongs and get into the spirit of grilling. Char-Broil s... 4-Burner Infrared Grill will have you enjoying the season in quintessential summer style. Using science for your indulgence, Char-Broil unfolds the secret of moist seafood, perfect veggies and juicy steaks with its patented TRU Infrared technology that uses an exclusive stainless steel cooking system. Unlike traditional gas grills that heat the air and dry out the food, the infrared heat directly penetrates food, locking in their natural flavor and juices. Offering a wide range of temperatures from intense searing to low barbecuing, the TRU Infrared system results in less flare ups, 100% even heat, less fuel usage and faster cooking times. A large cooking surface has you pleasing a crowd, while individual electronic ignition knobs let you control each burner individually. The Char-Broil Gas Grill stands out attractively on your deck or patio with its durable stainless steel construction that makes it easy to maintain outdoors. Cleaning is simple, just turn up the heat and get more of what you enjoy and none of what you don t! For added versatility, convert it to natural gas with natural gas conversion kit 071-10477. read more

4-Burner Infrared Gas Grill Silver
Cuisinart
$152.50 $199.99
at Sears

The Cuisinart All Foods Gas Grill has Solid grilling performance provided from a 12,000 BTU stainless steel loop burner, a heat di...stributing panel, and a porcelain enamel coated cast iron cooking grate. The grill is compact in size, making it good for smaller yards and patios, and with folding stainless steel shelves and carry handles, is convenient to carry to the game or beach. The All Foods Gas Grill features Cuisinart's unique Versatile Modular Grill Surface system, which is a series of interchangeable specialized grill surfaces suited to frequently grilled foods, such as veggies, breads and pizzas, and delicate foods. read more

CGG-200 Grill (Natural Gas, 240 sq. in., 12,000 BTU)
George Foreman
$80.32 $119.99
at Sears

George Foreman GGR200RDDS Ideal for indoor or outdoor use, this George Foreman electric barbeque provides a large 200-square-inch ...cooking surface for grilling veggies, burgers, and more. The unit's George Tough nonstick coating ensures effortless food release, while its center cha Free Shipping on all Orders over $200 read more

GGR200RDDS Black Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill
Charbroil
$128.24 $199.99
at Sears

The Char-Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Electric Grill is great way to safely cook your favorites on your patio or balcony. Great for... apartments with small decks or patios. Its compact design still offers plenty of cooking space. Its flameless, infrared cooking system holds in the flavor of your food like a gas grill. Its external gauge and precision dial makes it easy to monitor your food to perfection. read more

Patio Bistro Grill (Electric, 320 sq. in., 1750 Watts)
Cuisinart
$110.33 $149.99
at Sears

The Outdoor Electric Tabletop Grill provides authentic grilling performance and flavor. It's small format fits easily on balconies... and small patios - great for places that propane or charcoal grills aren't allowed. And although the grill is compact, its ample cooking grate is large enough to cook most family meals - 8 steaks, 8 hamburgers, 6 - 10 chicken breasts, or over 4 lbs. of fish! The grill heats up very quickly, and reaches temperatures high enough to sear a steak to perfection. Storage is a snap - with its folding legs it stows almost anywhere. The grill plugs into a standard household electrical receptacle, and is UL approved for outdoor use. read more

Outdoor Electric Tabletop Grill
Crate & Barrel
$29.97 $49.95
at Crate & Barrel

Streamlined folding grill sets up in a snap, folds to a thin profile so you can take the barbecue anywhere. Enameled metal frame o...pens to a freestanding grill with 18.5x11 grill grate and 18.5x5.5 charcoal grate. It all fits in a convenient carry bag with adjustable strap. -Enameled metal and chrome -Carry bag with adjustable webbing shoulder strap -Hand wash -Made in China read more

Folding Portable Charcoal Grill
Crosley Furniture
$149.00 $193.99
at Cymax

The fun begins when the sun goes down with the Crosley Hudson Firepit. This deep bowled fire pit holds a generous supply of wood, ...and the punched lattice pattern vents the fire, keeping it burning bright and warm. Constructed of steel and finished with a durable powder coat, the Hudson includes a wire mesh spark arrestor and handy fire poker. read more

Crosley Outdoor Hudson Basket Weave Firepit in Black
Kenmore
$169.00 $269.99
at Sears

Make Mouths Water with this Gas BBQ with Stainless Lid The BBQ Pro 4 Burner Gas Grill with stainless top is all you need to cook u...p delicious burgers, hot dogs, steaks and more. Mouths will start to water as soon as you fire up this showy grill, which boasts 557 square inches of cooking space. That means you have plenty of room to grill everyone's favorites, whether you are hosting a backyard party or simply cooking a meal outdoors for your family. This gas grill with stainless lid has 40,000 BTUs of power for grilling as well as a 13,000 BTU side burner. That means you can cook meat and side dishes at the same time for added convenience. read more

BBQ Pro PG-40403SOL Grill (Liquid Propane, 699 sq. in., 40,000 BTU)
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