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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Kamado Joe
$1049.00

Kamado Joe introduces an affordable gas grill designed to meet and defeat any outdoor BBQ challenge This 26-inch built-in grill co...mes with two tube-style burners that each deliver an impressive 16000 BTUs of cooking power for a total of 32000 BTUs on... read more

Fuego
$775.00

Cook your favorite food with this grill that features a Dual Zone burner system allowing you to use Zone 1 to bake barbecue or roa...st while Zone 2 generates convection cooking with up to 9000 BTUs of heat A swing-out prep tray provides space for platt... read more

Capital
$6399.00

CG30RFS Precision Series 30 Gas Grill On Cart This Capital Gas Grill features all 304 Stainless Steel construction an elegant half... circle bull-nose and chrome plated bezels end caps and knobs read more

Elevate
$179.99

Find Grills, Smokers and Fryers at Target.com! The Elevate Grill: The largest, most portable gas grill ever! Bring grilling to any... location, from the shores of your favorite beach, to the rowdiest of tailgate parties or even casual backyard grilling. Lightweight design, single-handed portability and built-in propane storage makes transporting the Elevate Grill easy. Dual cooking surfaces with electronic ignition and individual burner controls provide 14,000 Btu on 286 sq. Inches of grilling space, the most in the portable grill category. Porcelain-enameled cast iron grates or griddle plate allows you to grill any food type to perfection. Cook now, clean later, stores easily: the removable grease tray is dishwasher safe. The Elevate Grill unique, slim design makes storing simple. Color: Black. 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
$10.09 $9.65

Clean up your grill with the help of this classic 2-in-1 Grill Cleaning Brush from Charcoal Companion. This brush features a long,... sturdy plastic handle with stainless steel bristles on one side, a nylon scrubber on the other and a scraper at the top to help cut through thick, cooked on messes. read more

Charcoal Companion
$10.30 $10.19

The Vineyard Big Head Barbecue Grill Brush from Charcoal Companion has a contemporary look and feel with generously sized stainles...s steel head with stainless steel bristles and contoured Rosewood handle. Leather loop for hanging. read more

Charcoal Companion
$10.21 $9.82

Charcoal Companion's Triangle Head Grill Cleaning Brush has brass bristles for extra cleaning power and durability. Shape of the b...rush allows it to easily fit between the grill grates. read more

Charcoal Companion
$19.99

Every professional griller knows one secret to great grilling is maintaining clean grill grates. This durable brush will keep your... grill grates clean for better grilling results every time. With sturdy, stainless steel construction and oversized brush head, you can clean your grates more quickly and easily. Brush head is replaceable with Big Head replacement brush heads (CC4018). CARE: To preserve and extend the useful life of this BBQ tool, hand wash with a mild dishwashing soap, rinse, and dry immediately. Do not use abrasive scrubbers. Not dishwasher safe. read more

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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DeLonghi
$106.14

DeLonghi BGR50 grill features a convenient, reversible cooking surface for indoor grilling all year long. The embedded heat elemen...t provides rapid, consistent heating while the extra-large cooking surface offers plenty of room to prepare tasty meals.... read more

ZOJIRUSHI
$99.99

The indoor electric grill is perfect for grilling steaks, seafood, vegetables and more. The grill design directs excess oils and f...ats away from food and into the drip pan for healthier dining. ideal for grilling steaks, chicken, fish, burgers and... read more

Presto
$39.99

Enjoy delicious grilled food despite bad or cold weather with this convenient indoor grill! This dishwasher-safe electric grill fe...atures a raised grid surface that allows fat to drip away into a removable tray for healthier meals. Spatula/scraper... read more

Foreman
$39.99

Whip up dinner and make clean up a breeze with the non-stick George Foreman electric grill. 80 cooking surface 1 hinge for grillin...g thick burgers or paninis fat draining design non-stick surface metal/plastic dishwasher safe parts; wipe base clean... 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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Better Homes and Gardens
$268.00 $245.11

The Better Homes and Gardens 4-Burner Gas Grill includes multiple special features. Cook for a large group on more than 600 sq in ...of cooking area. You can even grill up to 28 hamburgers at a time on this Better Homes and Gardens gas grill. A stainless steel control panel protects against corrosion. This gas grill with side burner also allows you to sear your favorite foods before grilling. This unique feature helps ensure that your steaks and other meats are juicy and tender. Electronic ignition at the push of a button makes it super easy to fire up this Better Homes and Gardens gas grill. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$368.00 $314.64

Better Homes and Gardens 72,000 BTUs 5-Burner Gas Grill :Primary cooking area measures 500 sq inWarming area measures 212 sq in72,...000 BTUsStainless steel control panel6 control knobsTemperature gauge3 stainless steel burners1 infrared searing burner1 back burner1 stainless steel side burnerStainless steel heat plate and integrated ignitionCan be converted for use with natural gasRotisserie kit2 condiment baskets2 stainless steel side shelvesStainless steel side burner grateBlack porcelain fireboxStainless steel cooking gridStainless steel wire warming rackSteel cart4 heavy-duty castersPorcelain steel lid with stainless steel handle and trim read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$468.00 $381.96

Better Homes and Gardens 6-Burner Gas Grill, Stainless Steel:650 sq in stainless steel primary cooking surfaceBetter Homes and Gar...dens gas grill has a 280 sq in stainless steel warming rackStainless steel lidStainless steel tube handleLarge temperature gauge5 stainless steel tube burners with a total of 50,000 BTUsRotisserie burner, 12,000 BTUsStainless steel gas grill has a 12,000-BTU infrared side searing burnerStainless steel side burner coverStainless steel side burner cooking grid5 stainless steel heat platesStainless steel fireboxStainless steel control panelControl knobs with rubber gripIntegrated (push and turn) ignition for each burnerStainless steel side shelvesBetter Homes and Gardens gas grill has 4 castersLights on control panelTool holders2 drawers with ball bearing slidesRotisserie kitNo tank includedDimensions: 66.22"W x 26.02"D x 48.2"H (168.19 cm x 66 cm x 122.42 cm)5-year burner warranty1-year limited warranty on all other partsModel# BH15-101-099-01 read more

Cuisinart
$173.68 $115.90

Cuisinart Petit Gourmet 145-Square Inch Portable Gas Grill: VersaStand integrated telescoping base Lid latch and spill resistant d...rip tray 5,500 BTU Porcelain enamel coated grill grate 3 year manufacturers warranty Model# CGG-180 read more

Weber
$499.00 $399.99

The ultimate grilling experience. Weber's scaled-up version of their classic two-wheel kettle is crafted of premium-grade steel an...d clad in heavy-gauge, rust-resistant porcelain enamel in our exclusive deep blue. Features include a spacious cooking... read more

FireMagic
$398.00 $338.30

FireMagicSet of 2 Used for Echelon 1060 Gas GrillDimensions: 22" x 12" Finish: Stainless Steel Material: Stainless Steel

Music City Metals
$94.95 $75.96

Music City Metals17-1 4"L Gloss Cast Iron Cooking Grid for Kenmore Gas Grill.Set of 2Length: 17-1 4 Material: Cast Iron Width: 12-...1 4 read more

The Holland Grill
$504.72 $459.99

The Holland GrillHolland's new Infra-red SearMate gives you high temperature searing capabilities without the expense of buying a ...full size grill. Simply attach it to the side of your Holland Grill. With the Holland Grill and new SearMate, you truly... read more

FireMagic
$8,716.00 $7408.60

FireMagicOne factory-installed infrared burner on left side 110 VAC 12 volt hot surface ignition and rotisserie backburner Flush m...ounted single side burner 99,000 Main burner BTU's 23,000 Backburner BTU's Wood Chip smoker with dedicated 3,000 BTU... read more

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