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 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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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

$1,273.80 $764.54

Type Of Gas & Cooking Grid: Propane Gas with Stainless Cooking Grid; The perfect grill for limited space or smaller family. St...ainless steel warming rack. NUStone shelf. Ensures thicker walls for years of endurance. Sustains higher temperatures and... read more

MHP Grills
$898.79 $868.59

Type Of Gas & Cooking Grids: Natural Gas with Stainless Cooking Grids; Total cooking area: 642 sq. in.. 40,000 BTU rated per-h...our input. 0.31 in. 2-Piece stainless steel cooking grid. NuStone shelves. Stainless steel swing-away warming rack. High... read more

MHP Grills
$769.10 $765.10

Type Of Gas & Cooking Grid: Propane Gas with Stainless Cooking Grid; The perfect grill for limited space or smaller family. St...ainless steel warming rack. NUStone shelf. Ensures thicker walls for years of endurance. Sustains higher temperatures and... read more


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
$31.70 $26.42

Moistly Grilled grill humidifier is a two piece cast iron vessel that goes into the grill. Simply fill with water- or any other fl...avored liquid- to add humidity to the grilling environment as you cook. The result is succulence defined- the juiciest,... read more

Charcoal Companion
$18.97 $14.99

Grill your veggies the easy way, in individual servings, with the Charcoal Companion Set of 4 Stainless Steel Grill Clips. These u...nique gadgets grip veggie and fruit sticks and slices, so you can flip and turn them without worry of them slipping... read more

Charcoal Companion
$17.93 $13.00

The Charcoal Companion Monster Grill Brush makes maintaining a clean and sanitary grill easy. The dual-handle design allows for in...creased leverage, giving you the extra power you need to rid your grill of cooked-on scraps. The Monster Brush works best... read more

Charcoal Companion

Find Grill Accessories and Cleaning at Target.com! The Grill Steam Cleaning Brush uses the cleaning power of steam to deep clean t...he grill grate. The brush features stainless steel bristles and a second handle for better leverage. read more


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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$159.46 $154.56

Satin-Black durable. High-temperature finish with bright BBQ-red accents. 1500-watts of grilling power. 200 sq. in. of usable cook...ing surface. Dual-zone grid adjustments: 1: even temperature. 2: Hot-zones. Warm-zone. Includes 22 in. electric... read more

Continental Electric

This Continental Electric white Contact Grill uses 750-Watts of power and has a cooking surface that can support up to 2 burgers a...t the same time. The cooking surface is non-stick and comes with a grease catching drip tray. All removable parts are dishwasher safe. read more

Easy Street Electric
$73.18 $69.52

The versatile Easy Street Electric Lock N' Go Portable Electric Grill is designed for easy, fast and tasty outdoor grilling right ...in your home or any outdoor space with access to electricity. This compact electric grill in red will deliver huge... read more

$239.99 $168.53

Dimensions: 43.5L x 21W x 41H inches. 200 square inches of cooking space. 1500-watt UL-listed heating element. 3 element positions.... Designed for corrosion resistance. Fold-away wooden side trays. Includes a complete 120-volt UL-listed rotisserie. This fabulous electric grill has so many great features you'll love it for years and years. The Meco Ultimate Electric Cart Grill has 200 square inches of usable cooking space, thermostatic controls, and a variable 1500-watt, UL-listed heating element specifically designed for barbecuing. There are three element positions, including vertical for indirect rotisserie cooking. This grill sits on a sturdy cart with square-tube legs, and handy fold-away wooden side tables. There is also a matching wooden lower shelf for extra storage. Features a complete 120-volt UL-listed rotisserie. It is safe for outdoor cooking and has an on/off light. Also features a heat saving reflector pan, handy grease pan, and food view window. Hood and bowl are pre-assembled. Standard 120-volt grounded plug.About MecoFor over 45 years, Meco has created quality products used in homes across America. From folding table-and-chair sets for indoor or outdoor use to grills and more, you can trust Meco to deliver. Meco grill products use a standard 120-volt outlet and can be plugged in nearly anywhere. Perfect for condos, apartments, and much more, Meco electric grills are a smart, convenient choice. The company is based in Greenville, Tenn., and continues to develop quality products for the home. You'll be flipping burgers and searing steaks in no time with this amazing electric grill by Meco. The 1 500-watt heating element has three positions for versatile cooking styles and the 200-inch cooking area is more than enough space to fill up those hungry bellies just waiting to dig in. With plenty of room for prep items and utensils this grill has a pair of fold-away side trays - and the smooth-rolling wheels make storage a snap. 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Chant Kitchen Equipment
$553.28 $411.12

Features- Grill zone 5 burner gas grill- Stainless steel main burner- 12000 btu- Stainless steel side burner 12000 btu- Total cook...ing area 828 sqin-- Stainless steel lid with inner panel- Stainless steel cooking grid- Stainless steel flame tamer-... read more

Backyard Grill
$49.00 $34.97

This Versifuel Natural Gas Conversion Kit easily converts multiple Backyard Grill and Better Homes and Gardens-branded propane gas... grills to natural gas grills. This kit comes with a natural gas hose for easy connections, an orifice removal tool and... read more

$49.99 $39.99

Find Grills, Smokers and Fryers at Target.com! Instagate - Tailgate-In-A-Box - The Tailgate-In-A-Box includes Everything you could... possibly need for a tailgate party. It's designed to make those stressful tailgating checklists unnecessary. We got you covered with everything you need; a 115 square inch grill, 3.1 pound bag of charcoal that requires no flighter fluid and is ready in 15 minutes, 8-cups, 20-napkins, 8-plates, 8-utensil sets, 33 gallon trash bag, and more! Never again will you forget something or stress over getting supplies together before heading to the game. Best of all, the cleanup is insanely easy. Intended for adult use. Color: Multi-Colored. read more

$108.99 $98.99

Meco Southern Country 2 in 1 Electric Water Smoker & Grill Meco's 2 in 1 Electric Water Smoker is a must have for a BBQ enthus...iasts. This smoker gives a smoky flavor to your food with a plug and a push of a button. Made from high-quality stainless... read more

$44.99 $39.99

With its ample cooking surface and tough, portable design, the Old Smokey Classic Charcoal Grill is equally at home in the backyar...d or on the road. read more

$499.00 $399.99

Barbecue & Grilling: Weber Blue Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill - The ultimate grilling experience. Weber's scaled-up version ...of their classic two-wheel kettle is crafted of premium-grade steel and clad in heavy-gauge, rust-resistant porcelain enamel in our exclusive deep blue. Features include a spacious cooking surface, convenient hinged cooking grate, painted metal work table, Tuck-Away lid holder, removable LCD cook timer and built-in thermometer. Electronic gas ignition system lights charcoal briquettes with the push of a button coals will be ready in read more

$299.99 $237.64

580-square-inch cast iron grilling surfaceOptional all-weather vinyl grill coverHeavy-duty steel constructionVariable grill height... and smoke stack control heatEasy dumping ash panWheeled cart with storage and prep shelf. The Char-Griller Pro Deluxe Charcoal Smoker Grill with Optional Cover offers world-class charcoal cooking and a much larger cooking surface than other similarly-sized grills. It also comes with an option all-weather custom-fit cover! Cast iron cooking surfaces prevent sticking and retain heat better than any other material. The cylindrical black body is the classic image of outdoor cooking but this model is no aged design. The solid heavy steel construction will last ages thanks to modern construction techniques and tough finish. With plenty of storage and preparation space you'll have lots of room to entertain the entire neighborhood. Includes side shelf bottom shelf and warming rack just above the main cooking grate. The optional cover is made of heavy-duty vinyl designed to fit your grill perfectly and provide all-weather protection. It's black with the Char-Griller logo and will extend the life of your grill even further. About Char-Griller Quality construction superior design and affordable pricing that's the Char-Griller difference. Char-Griller BBQ grills and smokers were built for the professional BBQ'er in everyone. Whether you grill in the backyard or in professional events the spacious capacity and even cooking temperatures makes for delicious BBQ. Based out of Sea Island GA this American company produces some of the finest propane and charcoal cookers as well as accessories that you'll find on the market today. These fine folks are so dedicated to good food and good times that they'll even share a few recipes with you! Char-Griller cookers are heavily insulated and loaded with convenient features that will make grilling easier faster and more fun. Don't just grill Char-Grill! read more

Outdoor Leisure Products
$129.00 $100.99

Outdoor Leisure Products 205 The Smoke Hollow Portable Outdoor Tabletop Gas Grill lets you have your next BBQ where ever you want.... Great for camping, boating and tailgating. The long-lasting stainless steel construction and compact design allows you to enjoy true BBQ flavor wherever you enjoy it most. Features: -Burner material: Stainless steel.-Legs fold for portability.-12000 BTU.-Locking hood for transport and storage.-Perfect for tailgating.-"U" Shape burner.-Manufacturer provides 1 year limited warranty.-Can be used with regular propane gas.-Handle on lid should not be used to carry the entire grill.-BBQ can be done on the grill.-Regular LP gas bottle uses an adapter (not included).-Pedestal mount included: No.-Carry Bag Included: No.-Product Type: Gas grill.-Installation Location: Portable.-Collection: Smoke Hollow.-PTFE or PFOA: No.-Finish: Brushed stainless steel.-Hardware Finish: Stainless steel.-Distressed: No.-Powder Coated Finish: No.-Gloss Finish: No.-Material: Stainless steel -Material Details: ..-Hardware Material: Stainless steel.-Number of Items Included: 1.-Non-Toxic: No.-Weather Resistant: No -Weather Resistant Details: ..-Water Resistant: No -Water Resistant Details: ..-Scratch Resistant: No.-Rust Resistant: No.-Gas Type: Liquid Propane.-Fuel Size Compatibility: 1.-Fuel Included: No.-Fuel Life: 3.-Number Of Burners: 1.-Burner Configuration: All conventional.-Infrared Burner: No.-Rotisserie Burner: No.-Searing Burner: No.-Side Burner: No.-Ignition Type: Electronic ignition.-BTU Output: 10000.-Number of Grates: 1.-Grate Material: Chrome.-Grate Shape: Rectangular.-Adjustable Grate Height: No.-Windscreen Included: Yes.-Wheels Included: No -Locking Wheels: ..-Smoker Included: No.-Griddle Included: No.-Thermometer Included: Yes.-Warming Rack Included: Yes -Removable Warming Rack: Yes..-Side Table Included: No.-Exterior Tool Hooks: No.-Cutting Board Included: No.-Automatic Shutoff: No.-Foldable: Yes.-Adjustable Height: No.-Cover Included: No.-Shelves Included: No -Number of Shelves: ..-Drawers Included: No -Number of Drawers: ..-Cabinets Included: No -Number of Cabinets: ..-Handles Included: Yes -Number of Handles: 1.-Heat Resistant Handles: No..-Hood Included: Yes -Locking Hood: Yes.-Motorized Hood: By hand..-Drip Tray Included: Yes -Removable Drip Tray: Yes..-Hose Included: No -Hose Color: .-Hose Material: ..-Regulator Included: Yes -Propane Regulator Pressure: 0.5..-Legs Included: Yes -Number of Legs: 4.-Removable Legs: No.-Leg Material: Steel.-Leg Finish: Stainless steel.-Foldable Legs: Yes..-Built-In Outlets: No -Number of Outlets: .-Outlet Voltage: ..-Light Included: No.-Indoor Use: No.-Compatibility: No.-Grill Maximum Temperature: 500.-Total Weight Capacity: 15.-Burner Weight Capacity: 15.-Dishwasher Safe: No.-Commercial Use: No.-Recycled Content: No -Total Recycled Content (Percentage): .-Post-Consumer Content (Percentage): .-Remanufactured/Refurbished: ..-Eco-Friendly: No.-Product Care: Only use soap and water.Specifications: -ADA Compliant: No.-CPSIA Compliant: No.-CSA Certified: Yes.-EPP Compliant: No read more

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