Best BBQ 2022: electric, charcoal and gas barbecues

Make the most of summer 2022 with the best BBQs from Weber, Everdure, Kamado Joe, Char-Broil and more

Best BBQ graphic of Heston Blumenthal Force 2 gas bbq in blue
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It's here! The season to break out the best BBQ has finally arrived, but if you've found yourself woefully unprepared to host a summer bash, or your old faithful has finally succumbed to rust or disrepair, we're here to suggest some of the best BBQs on the market for getting your sizzle on. 

With the best barbecue, you can slow cook brisket or flash-fry a perfectly rare steak, and with a mix of gas and charcoal barbecues, as well as a few hybrid and even electric options, the choices are tantalizingly good. It can be quite an overwhelming venture to hone in on the most suitable option for you, but this guide will have something to whet everyone's appetite.

Although they don't have to be expensive, buying the best BBQ will typically set you back at least £200, and you know the expense won't stop there because, let's be honest, you're going to want to get all the cooking utensils and attire to go with it, too. For some, a kettle charcoal BBQ will be more than adequate for cooking up hot dogs and burgers on the occasional sunny days, but others will be on the hunt for a mighty gas BBQ to entertain friends and family in an outdoor kitchen. No matter your preference, we've featured some of last year's best sellers and some of our personal favourites; just keep a lookout for our Ideal Home Approved badge.

Keep scrolling to see top choices from brands such as Weber, Char-Broil, Everdure, Kamado Joe, Big Green Egg and Traeger. They're all in stock, ready and waiting.

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Best BBQ 2022

Weber BBQ with tri-stand with two wheels

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1. Weber Master Touch GBS Premium E-5770

Best BBQ overall

Specifications

Type of BBQ: Charcoal
Cooking area: 57cm diameter
Weight: 24kg

Reasons to buy

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For that smokey charcoal BBQ taste
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Compact and easy to transport
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Made to last

Reasons to avoid

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Won't cater to large crowds

Weber has shown how it earned the crown, as king of the kettle charcoal barbeques, with the Master-Touch GBS Premium. Essentially it gives you a lot of the control and quality you'd expect from gas, but with all the smokey flavour you'd want from charcoal.

The porcelain enamelled char ring and stainless steel diffuser plate help to distribute the heat efficiently for steady cooking without burning. Add an iGrill accessory and you can monitor internal food temperatures, making it even easier to cook to perfection (from a distance while you socialise) – or at least to have fewer excuses to get it wrong.

That GBS name stands for Gourmet BBQ System which is essentially a selection of cooking grates to suit your food, from the included Sear Grate for steaks to a pizza stone, wok, griddle pan, poultry roaster and more. Even if you never use any of those it's nice to have the option.

Everdure FORCE 2 Burner Gas Grill

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2. Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Force 2 Burner Gas BBQ

Best high-end gas BBQ

Specifications

Type of BBQ: Gas
Cooking area: 2358cm²
Weight: 33kg

Reasons to buy

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Comes in three beautiful colours
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Capable cooking for large groups
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Accessories included
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High hood for convection cooking

Reasons to avoid

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No side burner

The Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Force 2 Burner Gas BBQ has Heston's approval, and it's got lots of home chef-approved elements such as the high hood that can accommodate a whole turkey for cooking slow and low. This gas BBQ can be removed from the stand, making it portable for tabletop use, and the servery drops down for more easy transportation.

Other things we love include the enamel-coated grates and hood that can be cleaned easily and are rust-proof. Although it has a large cooking area it is powered by only two burners, which is less than some of the other BBQs in our guide. This smaller size does mean it's perfect for heating up fast, and it's ready to cook only five minutes after ignition.

When we tested this BBQ we really enjoyed its high lid, which left us space to cook a whole roast chicken. It's a delight aesthetically, but perhaps a little simple when compared to alternatives you can buy from Weber at a similar price.  

Weber Genesis II EX-335 GBS Smart Barbecue

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3. Weber Genesis II EX-335 GBS Smart Barbecue

Best BBQ for the grilling perfectionist

Specifications

Type of BBQ: Gas
Cooking area: 5,077cm²
Weight: 76.2kg

Reasons to buy

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A mighty grill designed for entertaining
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GBS cooking grates
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Insulated lid
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Can be used for smoking

Reasons to avoid

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That high price point!

When it comes to barbecues, many perfectionists go for a Weber. This company’s barbecues are made to a very high standard and just work very well. While the company’s kettle charcoal barbecues get the most fame, its gas systems are brilliant too. And especially the Weber Genesis II EX-335 GBS Smart Barbecue, which is brand new for 2022.

The smart features come in incredibly handy, with temperature alerts and timers that you can set and track from your phone, even if you're prepping a side salad from the kitchen while the BBQ does its thing. This comes in particularly useful for steak, but the arrangeable grill stations mean you can fit a grilling basket, a griddle, or a criss-crossed sear insert depending on what you're cooking. You will have to pay extra for these though. 

This isn’t a small barbecue so be ready to offer it a chunk of your home’s space to live. But with extras like a Grease Management System to make cleaning a doddle, you’ll be glad you welcomed this new edition.

Char-Broil Gas2Coal Hybrid Grill

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4. Char-Broil Gas2Coal Hybrid Grill

Best hybrid BBQ

Specifications

Type of BBQ: Hybrid
Cooking area: 8337cm²
Weight: 47kg

Reasons to buy

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Can cook on gas or coal
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Easily portable
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Side burner and electric ignition
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Comes in a range of sizes

Reasons to avoid

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Side burner isn't great in windy weather

The Char-Broil Gas2Coal Hybrid Grill stands out to us as a brilliant value BBQ, with a range of burner sizes to choose from (we tested the 3-burner model) and a side burner to cook up sauces or veggies while you do your grilling.   is immensely portable thanks to its fold-down arms and modest grill size. 

This gas BBQ ignites easily and the heat can be adjusted using the dials on the front of the grill, which adjust the amount of gas that's released. You also use these to ignite a charcoal BBQ, but then can turn them off and allow the smokey flavours to come out in your meat or veggies. The wheels are large enough for easy transportation, and it's a sturdy machine. 

The lid is cast aluminium and contains a thermometer to allow you to preheat the oven and prevent heat from escaping as you grill. There's also a warming grate, which will allow you to cook for a crowd.

Red Kamado BBQ on 4-wheels with side trays

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5. Kamado Joe KJ23RH Classic I

Best kamado grill 

Specifications

Type of BBQ: Charcoal
Cooking area: 18 inches diameter
Weight: 53kg

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous design
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Built to last forever
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Flexible cooking system

Reasons to avoid

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It’s hefty
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There’s a knack to kamado cooking

Odds are, you’ve seen the Kamado Joe before. Whether it’s on Instagram or in a glossy magazine, this is one stylish BBQ that’s designed to catch your attention. The blaze red exterior coats an insulated ceramic egg design, with two tiers for adjustable cooking styles.

The Kamado Joe Classic I is the most iconic in the line, and it’s also a great value kamado grill. You can use the cast iron air vent to smoke your food or release heat, and the slide-out ash tray should make cleaning easy. There’s also two side trays for keeping side dishes and plates close by, as well as hooks to hang utensils on.

The grill weighs 53kg, so it’s by no means portable. Luckily though, you’ll probably want to keep it on display in your garden.

Black Traeger BBQ with Ideal Home Approved stamp

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6. Traeger PRO 575 Pellet Grill

Best smoker BBQ 

Specifications

Type of BBQ: Pellet
Cooking area: 3709 cm²
Weight: 58kg

Reasons to buy

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Smart-enabled
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A whole new kind of barbecuing
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Automatically tops up on pellets

Reasons to avoid

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Takes getting used to
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Pellets are harder to source than charcoal

Boy did we love testing the Traeger PRO 575 Pellet Grill. It’s smart, easy to clean, and surprisingly versatile. While Traeger is a well-known brand in the States (they love a smoker grill) it’s been making strides in the UK this summer with a range of accessible grills to make smoker cooking easy. 

You power the Traeger with pellets, which add extra smokiness and are very easy to ignite and use. The drum-shaped grill has a hopper and controls to the side, which are digital and can even be paired with a smartphone. This adds more pellets as and when is needed. 

Everdure Cube BBQ in black with white lid and bamboo lid

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Best portable BBQ

Specifications

Type of BBQ: Charcoal
Cooking area: 670cm²
Weight: 8.1kg

Reasons to buy

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Comes with lid and chopping board
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Easy storage
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We love the look
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Very portable

Reasons to avoid

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Cleaning is tricky

If you want a barbecue that isn’t consigned to your garden alone then the Everdure Cube BBQ could be just the one for you. This combines quality craftsmanship and cooking ability with portability that lets you turn any park, field or beach into a bbq party. We love the look of this BBQ, and it comes in a range of colours. Seeing as this one will likely be best for those without much storage space, it's nice to know you can display it when not in use.

We really liked the chopping board-slash-lid, but it is a shame that there's no lid to use when cooking, because a lot of heat could escape from this portable grill when in use. The shiny orange interior is very pretty, and did wipe clean, but we were scared to scrub it in case we scratched the paint off. 

The 670cm² cooking area of the Everdure Cube BBQ is a nice balance between portability and space which is enough for around three people. But if you want to do more just crack open another bag and coals and keep cooking. We wouldn't recommend leaving this one out in the elements, but it's so easy to store that that's not an issue for us. 

Black Weber BBQ with 2-wheels and Ideal Home Approved stamp

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8. Weber One Touch E4710

Best charcoal BBQ on a budget

Specifications

Type of BBQ: Charcoal
Cooking area: 47cm diameter
Weight: 15kg

Reasons to buy

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A classic Weber grill
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One of the cheapest on the market
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Easy cleaning system

Reasons to avoid

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Lacking a sturdy frame

The Weber One Touch E4710 is an iconic charcoal BBQ that delivers big flavour without the high price. When it's in stock it's always a fast seller, with shoppers easy to pick up a BBQ with the Weber name that will fit in even small gardens.

Reasons to love include the ash catcher, rust-resistant design and all-weather wheels. The Weber One Touch E4710 also has an in-built thermometer and can be used for smoking thanks to the high lid and heat-resistant handles that will hold up well over time.

The kettle offers a hinged stainless steel lid for easy access to check and turn your food. In real-world use that means a hand free rather than holding the lid while you sort the grill – invaluable stuff. Close that down and you've got a thermometer to keep an eye on the cooking heat so you stay in control throughout the process.

Argos BBQ with chrome finish and wood storage shelf until cooking area

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9. Argos Home Deluxe 3 Burner Outdoor Kitchen Gas BBQ

Best value BBQ

Specifications

Type of BBQ: Gas
Type of BBQ: Gas Cooking area: 60 x 41cm
Weight: 45kg

Reasons to buy

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Perfect for large family's
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Generous cooking area
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Fab selection of extras

Reasons to avoid

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Bit of hassle to assemble

Argos has packed a lot of value into its own-brand Deluxe 3 Burner Outdoor Kitchen Gas BBQ. This BBQ comes on four wheels, with a base that makes it look built-in to any outdoor space. It has three burners and a side burner, which is great for boiling corn on the cob or frying off any extras that may fall through the grate. There's an in-built space for the gas tank and the cooking area is 60 x 41cm, making it one of the largest BBQs you can buy. All great value for money when you consider that this BBQ is under £250.

Other extras we love include a drip tray and the trusty warming rack to keep your hot dogs hot. It does come flat packed and can be a hassle to assemble, but grab a family member and set aside some time ahead of use and you can reward yourself with a delicious grilled meal when it's over.

Big Green Egg BBQ with wooden side trays and Ideal Home Approved stamp

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10. Big Green Egg Large

Best BBQ for professional-level cooks

Specifications

Type of BBQ: Charcoal
Cooking area: 46cm diameter
Weight: 86kg

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly stylish
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Designed to last
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Great for smoking or charcoal cooking
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Easy to clean

Reasons to avoid

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So expensive
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Only one fuel option

This is one very stylish yet practical way to cook thanks to the Big Green Egg's ceramic build which maintains a steady heat for even and predictable cooking results. It also looks brilliant. 

The air-flow tech will have this up to temperature in no time and will allow you to easily keep it within a few degrees throughout cooking. Once finished, the leftover fats and oils are cooked down by the heat of the egg meaning all that's left is an easily swept away ash, leaving you ready to cook again the next time. It's deep though so you may want to roll your sleeves up before diving into the ash pile. 

The fact it grills, bakes, sears and stays hot for up to 10 hours is just a bonus and is probably why this is the grill of choice for many professionals. One of the most forgiving barbeques out there right now, with a price to reflect that.


How we chose the best BBQ

The Cube BBQ in action with burgers and buns cooking, salads on the side

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We think that the best way to rate our products is to try them hands-on, which is why we have reviewed a lot of the BBQs in our guide (those with a star rating), and we're working on reviewing many more. We have still included a few BBQs that we've not yet been able to try hands-on, but that receive rave reviews from existing users online. 

When we test a BBQ we take into account the assembly process, how well it cooks both large and small cuts of meat, and the user experience from quality of build to durability. Some of the BBQs in this guide were tested in the last few years, meaning they've received years of use and have proven themselves to be very rust-resistant and long-lasting. 

How to buy the best BBQ for you

The most major priority is price, so start out with a rough idea of what you want to spend. Once you know this, it’s easier to narrow down the rest and fit in what you need with what you can afford. Next up is fuel.

This subject is an area of debate. Some claim that charcoals offer the very best flavour, while others claim gas gives the same result. Then, to make it more complicated, there are gas barbecues that use gas flames to heat charcoals.

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Essentially it boils down to this – if you’re cooking meat, it’s the juices hitting the coals which create a smoke which adds flavour to the meat. Lose the coals and you lose this extra flavour.

So if you want authentic flavour, coals can be the best way to cook. Then there are the smokers which take this idea to the next level and offer slow cooking which not only packs in the smokey flavour but also allows you to give the perfect tenderness to joints of meat.

The problem with gas and charcoal is that you need to buy the fuels, which can be a hassle. That’s where electric barbecues come in. They're a great way ta grill without worrying about anything aside from plugging in the barbecue. Of course, many will argue this is akin to cooking indoors. But with a lid for trapping in flavour you’re still going to get a great experience.

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Why do I need a BBQ?

Champagne chilling in rose gold ice bucket with two glasses next to built-in BBQ in backyard

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If you want to enjoy alfresco dining properly during the summer then a barbecue is a must. Sure you could slave away in the kitchen, but if you’re having guests over, it’s nice to all be together outside for the experience, right?

Portable barbecues are more varied than ever, so taking the grilling with you is also an option. It will certainly turn a picnic into a proper event.

For those that love that smokey barbecue flavour, or just enjoy cooking outside, a barbecue is a year-round option that’s only really limited by the rain. But with a bit of cover and a jacket to keep warm there’s nothing stopping you enjoying bbq flavours all year round.

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How much should I spend on a BBQ?

This is the question that’s a tough one to nail down since the range of prices is so broad. You can spend very little on a portable barbecue, or you can stretch to a professional level beast with multiple functions and heat sources priced in the thousands.

Most people find somewhere in the middle suits. So spending just over a hundred or a few hundred will generally get you a barbecue fit for most purposes.

Take a look at fuel costs, too, as gas and coal varies. You'll want to factor this in, especially if you’re planning to use the barbecue a lot.

What other key questions do I need to ask about BBQs?

Roma BBQ gazebo over black and silver BBQ in backyard next to flowers

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Size is an issue for areas of limited space, so a smaller barbecue can often be easier for storage. That said, if you’re having parties with lots of people, a larger cooking area is always a welcome addition.

Splashing out a bit more on a cover is another factor to consider if you plan to keep your barbecue outside. Especially in countries where it’s cold and wet in the winter months, it's a necessity if you can’t find an indoor storage location.

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie Fender is the Small Appliance and Cookware Editor. She joined Ideal Home as an Ecommerce Editor in 2021, covering all of the site's small appliance and cookware shopping content. Millie formerly worked at Top Ten Reviews, another Future site, where she produced review and buying guides across a range of home products, from fridges to blenders. As an e-commerce editor, her job is to test all the wackiest product launches, whether they're air fryers, bread makers, or juicers, and give you her honest experience.