You don’t need to spend a lot on a grill to become the ultimate grillmaster. See our picks for affordable grills at Walmart.

By Rebecca Carhart
June 04, 2019
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Warmer weather has finally arrived, which means it’s time to start entertaining outdoors. Whether you are planning a pool party or a backyard barbecue, you'll want to have a grill on hand. Shopping for a new grill might sound like an expensive task, but thanks to one of our favorite affordable retailers, Walmart, this big-ticket purchase doesn’t have to bust your monthly budget.

The mega-store has a variety of high-quality grills for sale that will help take your cookout to the next level. The best part? Each of these outdoor grills retail for less than $300. Here are our picks for five top-rated grills that don’t cost a fortune.

Best Charcoal Option: Weber Original Kettle Premium 22 Charcoal Grill

It’s easy to see why more than 300 customers have given this Weber charcoal grill their stamp of approval—and an impressive 4.8-star rating. Along with a built-in lid thermometer, the beloved classic grill also boasts an easy-to-clean aluminum ash catcher and a heat-shield lid handle. Plus, its sturdy wheels let you move the cooker around with ease. In fact, the handy charcoal grill works so well, many of the perfect five-star reviewers called it “the best grill ever.”

Buy It: Weber Original Kettle Premium 22 Charcoal Grill, $165, Walmart

Best Gas Option: Char-Broil Tru-Infrared 2 Burner Gas Grill

If you prefer the convenience of a gas grill, consider this one by Char-Broil. The grill features two spacious stainless-steel burners, an infrared cooking system that evenly distributes heat across the grates, and an ignition system that lights the grill with just the push of a button. The bottom cabinet lets you keep all your grilling tools in one place, and the side shelves fold down, making it easy to store. “I've been through so many grills it isn't funny," says one Walmart customer. "But this one I absolutely love! I grill 4-5 days out of the week. I love this one for the disbursement of heat on the grills and the way that they are made. Not much is allowed to fall through. Cleanup is a breeze."

Buy It: Char-Broil Tru-Infrared 2 Burner Gas Grill, $230, Walmart

Best Pellet Option: Pit Boss 340 Wood Fired Pellet Grill

If you like to impart rich, smoky flavors into your barbecue menu, consider purchasing a pellet grill, which cooks using compact wood pellets. This version from Pit Boss comes with an easy-to-use digital control panel and boasts 340 square inches of cooking space. The versatile appliance can heat up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and can be used to grill, braise, roast, smoke, and even bake your favorite foods. One satisfied customer wrote, “This grill is superb! I load it with my choice of pellets, set the temperature, insert a thermometer in the meat, and only check the hopper about once per hour. The meat comes out perfect with the taste of a five-star pit! Buy one, you won't regret it!”

Buy It: Pit Boss 340 Wood Fired Pellet Grill, $260, Walmart

Best Griddle Option: Blackstone 28 Inch Griddle Cooking Station

This Blackstone griddle station provides plenty of space to cook enough food for large groups. It features two independently-controlled burners so you can grill burgers or brats at a high temperature and saute vegetables at a lower setting—all at the same time. Along with its push-to-start ignition button, the outdoor appliance features a durable steel frame. It even folds up for easy storage and portability. And the features haven't gone unnoticed, with nearly 300 reviewers contributing to its 4.7-star rating.

Buy It: Blackstone 28 Inch Griddle Cooking Station, $180, Walmart

Best Portable Option: Coleman RoadTrip LXE Portable Propane Grill

If you're planning camping trips or tailgating events this summer, be sure to invest in a quality portable grill. This compact Coleman grill features a 285-square-inch cooking space and a fully collapsible stand that makes it easy to transport. The lightweight propane grill even comes with foldable side tables that provide food prep space. With more than 560 reviews and a 4.5-star rating, it is one of the most popular portable grills at Walmart. “We took the grill camping and it worked great!" said one reviewer. "There is enough room to fit 10 + burgers at once. It is constructed well and easy to use. This grill is great for any kind of traveling."

Buy It: Coleman RoadTrip LXE Portable Propane Grill, $179, Walmart

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