It's that time of year again…the air fills with the whiff of charcoal smoke and grilled delights, as every alfresco cook dusts off their apron and picks up the tongs to take to the bbq.
But before you break out the chicken wings and the Halloumi cheese, you're going to need a decent grill to cook up a feast. Whether you're looking for a powerful game-changer or something chic and practical, we've rounded up the best barbecues to set your summer on fire.
So now is the time to buy a bbq so that you’re all set for the summer months – and those fun family gatherings and garden parties. The first thing to consider is how many people you might want to cook for.
If you’re a beginner and want to cook for just a couple of people, then look at small charcoal barbecues. Galvanised bucket and kettle barbecues, in fresh colours such as turquoise blue, will add a little colour to your outside space and can be used when you go camping. Alternatively, choose from a large charcoal or gas bbq if you want to cater for a bigger group of people and want more control on cooking temperature.
Another factor to consider when buying a barbecue is where it will be stored in the winter months, for larger gas barbecues it’s advisable to allocate space in the garage or shed, alternatively a charcoal barbecue if well covered could live to one side on the patio. From compact to colossal, pizzas to pork, we’ve got it covered with our pick of the best charcoal and gas bbqs currently on the market….
Fire up the barbie…quite literally with this four burner gas BBQ with side burner! This generous sized, but by no means over powering, barbecue boasts a good sized cooking area and lots of handy features; including built-in temperature gauge, cast iron cooking grids, warming rack for cooked food, durable steel frame and hood. Propane gas regulator and hose are included. H114cm W129cm D66cm.
We love this small and funky design. This lightweight model is ideal for camping trips, thanks to it’s small and easy-carry nature but also a great buy for those short of outdoor living space. Available in three cool colours. H60 W69-104 D64cm.
Dobbies Garden Centres
Make pizzas, smoke meat and fish, and barbecue with this all-in-one charcoal kit. It’s a whole lot of cooking options for a great budget and all the while alfresco.H157.5 W69.9 D55.2cm
brought to you by the man who loves to experiment with flavour, this epic gas cooker is the perfect union of power and grace. From grilling sausages and roasting meats, to searing delicate scallops the Furnace has the muscle and versatility to handle all you throw at it. Complete with an extra large cooking area, 3 independently controlled high performance burners, variable flame control, instant searing functionality and flexible cooker hood – it has it all! Also available in 3 contemporary, cool colours to add some beauty to the patio too! H144.7 W131.2 D74.3cm
This barbecue is ideal for enjoying authentic barbecue treats in your garden. The lid can be used during cooking or can be used to help keep food warm once cooked. This stylish barbecue also features a removable large capacity ash catcher, an adjustable air vent, a handy storage shelf, charcoal grate and two wheels. H90cm W54cm.
House of Fraser
This mini suitcase-style portable barbecue is ideal for anyone who wants the convenience of portability combined with practical design. Perfect for festivals, picnics or simply smaller gardens, this charcoal design folds up when not in use. H20.3 W30.2 D8cm.
The wheels make this a very attractive buy, aside from the fact you can cook 24 burgers at one time! Being able to easily manoeuvre a BBQ of this scale is a definite plus factor to consider when buying. This Outback barbecue comes complete with a host of quality features; including 3 high performance burners, roasting lid to help cook food evenly, temperature gauge to monitor optimum cooking temperatures and a warming rack. Boasting the ability to cook that many burgers at one time makes this winning design ideal for large parties! H111 W140 D60cm.
This classic choice has three adjustable cooking heights and a warming rack. If you’re on a budget this design feels like a winning buy. It’s compact size means it’s ideal for small gardens. It may be small but unlike other small options it offers the height so you don’t have to crouch to flip burgers. H106.5 W80.5 D80.5cm.
Ideal for feeding lots of guests thanks to it’s large cooking surface, this design also has a chimney for traditional charcoal smoking. H108.5 W110 D56.4cm
This generous gas barbecue, with three burners, handy side burner and a chrome plated warming rack has a large cooking area that’s perfect for hosting large garden parties. H126 W97 D55.5cm.
This smart stainless-steel gas barbecue with porcelain coated cast-iron grills is great for those family barbecues, and it has a wine bottle opener, so there’s no need to leave the BBQ when you are cooking up a storm! Perfect for small gatherings in the garden this summer is the John Lewis 3 Burner Gas Barbecue. The porcelain coated cast iron grills are easy to clean and are the best conductor of heat for improved cooking results. Each burner can be lit individually and the stainless steel hood will help to retain heat while protecting the exterior from heat tarnishing. H106.5 W124.3 D51.6cm.
If you’re looking for a compact charcoal barbecue that’s perfect for a small patio, beach parties or camping trips, take a look at this cute, portable design. This charming galvanised barbecue bucket offers plenty of space for alfresco cooking, whether you are in the garden, on the beach or camping. Easy to carry thanks to the removable metal handle with wooden grip, must be removed before cooking. The design features large air holes to ensure maximum air circulation. H20.5 W47 D47cm.