Tis a season of barbecues!
Just the name causes our mouths to water, and the soul craves for a juicy, tantalizing piece of meat. With the summers already here, most of us are all prepped for an adventurous outdoor cooking time. But before we embark on our outdoor cooking games, it is important to get your hands on the best barbecue grill available in the market.
Of course, you do not want to spend these summers fixing a malfunctioning barbecue maker or gas grill, do you? So we made sure you get your hands on the best one from this review.
We featured the best barbecues that were extra hot and trending in the years 2017 and 2018.
Getting started to buy the best barbecue grills in the UK!
Barbecue makers are an investment, hands down! If you invest in a decent one, they will provide you a lifetime of servitude and even to your future kids.
Before you rush to Amazon for your barbecue grill, it is important to know where you are putting your money and what you want from it.
For this, let’s have a look at the different varieties of barbecue grills that are available around town. You can differentiate between the categories into various ways; the fuel and the how they function.
For instance, we have barbeque makers that run on charcoal, gas, electricity, battery power, firewood, pellets and more.
And then we have others like Built-In Barbecues, Disposable Barbecues, Freestanding Barbecues, Picnic Barbecues and Tabletop Barbecues, etc
“So, which Barbecue is right for you?”- Gas, Charcoal, Electrical, Firewood or Natural Gas?
This has been subjected to the longest debate in the entire history of summer grilling and cooking; which fuel is the best?
Many people prefer barbecues that use charcoal as a fuel because of the delicious smoky flavor it imparts to the slow-grilled meat. But these come with one major drawback; they consume a lot of cooking time and patience.
Charcoal barbecues require a lot of prep time: where the coals must be stacked, the lighter fluid be sprayed and the coals to be lit till they are ready. And not to forget cleaning up the ash vestiges can be a hassle.
Gas barbeque and grills are an excellent choice when you do not want to wait long for your meat to cook. They are ideal for slow-cooking meats, as they allow you to maintain a steady temperature. They also save you the hassle of adding coals timely. You will need a propane tanker which can be heavy to move about but will be a more cost-effective alternative to charcoal fuel. A propane tanker will last you for months and months!
Barbecue grill that uses a natural gas line is a cheaper option provided you have a natural gas connection. But of course, natural gas as fuel does not allow for much mobility. And your barbecue maker or grill can only go far as the natural gas outlet allows. It means you will be limited to enjoy your cooking games indoors and not take your grill outdoors to a porch or picnic.
Electrical Barbecue makers become the last resorts for people who do not have access to an open flame. So if you are in a similar situation, you can invest in an electrical barbecue maker. And let’s say, there are quite a many trending out there. Perhaps the only downside to the electrical barbecue is that you get what your grill’s electric heating element and amperage can allow. Like charcoal or gas barbecue makers you cannot build a fire up to your meat cooking standards.
Firewood and pellets fuels are perhaps the cheapest barbecue grilling alternatives you have there. So if you do not wish to invest in a costly barbecue maker or are not just that much fond of it (which is unreal!) you can stick to wood-burning barbecues. Because at the end of the summer late noon, a barbecue is a barbecue no matter how you grill it!
Best Charcoal Barbecue UK
1) Weber Master-Touch – Charcoal BBQ
“It’s a Weber. Not much else to say.”
Definitely amongst the best charcoal barbeque makers of this year is the Weber Master Touch. It has been everyone’s favorite for such a long time that you can spot this resting outside most porches and backyards in the UK this summer.
Featuring the very efficient, quick and reliable cooking method, “kettle’ system, Weber Master-Touch is your best friend this summer in outdoor cooking. It has a durable enameled bowl lid that serves not just as a cover but helps in the barbecue’s cooking process, making sure that your meat cooks to perfection, just the way you like.
Weber Master Touch measures up to 57 cm and supports a lid holder, ash catcher and the trademark Weber’s ‘Gourmet’ cooking accessories.
Weber is the brand whose durability can be trusted upon blindly. With this classy model with 22 inches of grill size, you are making an investment that is bound to last you a cooking adventure for a good decade’s time. Despite the excellent performance this charcoal barbeque maker renders, you are not paying an outrageous amount for it.
“Beats the monopoly Webner has on charcoal BBQs.”
Ever heard of a dream charcoal barbecue maker? Yes, that would be Napoleon Charcoal Kettle.
It is that one barbecue grill that can beat Weber Master Touch’s great performance to the pulp. But the price may prove to be a deal breaker to some.
It features a heavy-duty 22-inch wavy-shaped cast iron grill that is adjustable. You can adjust the grill up to three different levels of height. This feature makes this charcoal barbecue a fantastic seller, and we know why. It is particularly handy in situations where your coals are on the verge of dying, and you still have some more barbecues to make. Or you need high temperature to sear your marinated steaks. The adjustable grills allow you to adjust meat according to your heat preference.
It also features accurate thermometer that is mounted on the lid and sits on four sturdy legs. It has a porcelain-enameled steel lid with offset hinges to help you handle it with added ease and grace. The model is robust, sturdy and an absolute onlooker. If it weren’t for its ridiculous price, it would be everyone’s preference.
“The professional’s choice..”
Big Green Egg Medium is the recommended choice of many chefs across the world. It does all wonders known to the world of cooking; it grills, bakes, smokes, seers and can be calibrated to provide the best cooking experience ever. You can count on this 38-inch grilling beast to stay hot for straight 10 hours on just a single hoard of charcoal.
Made of ceramic, this cooking beauty can cook, smoke or grill any meat you feed it, but it’s mainly good with barbecues. The size is medium, yet it can efficiently cook enough meat ideal for eight servings.
The heavyweight griller is not just a good-looking beast, but it’s reliable too. It is meant to be used with the lid on to ensure even cooking. The lid on serves another purpose to keep low unexpected flares and heating.
If you are a charcoal barbecue enthusiast, this one is for you.
Best Gas Barbecue in the UK
4) Char-Broil Stainless – 4 Burner Gas Barbecue
“Best BBQ maker around the UK right now..”
Perhaps the best gas barbecue grill of its league is the Char-Broil that heats up fairly quick. The electric lighter lights all the burners without much hassle. The heat can progressively burn to 500 degrees F effortlessly in just two minutes. This makes it hot enough to ensure that the meat cooks quickly, perhaps just not evenly. The only downside is that the grill often tends to overheat in the center, cooking less efficiently on the sides leading to the uneven cooking of meat. You may have to struggle just a bit here. The grates are stainless steel and very rust-resistant, so that’s another upside.
Char-Broil Stainless is a big beast grill providing ample space for cooking for a party. It can comfortably accommodate a large amount of meat on the grilling area of 480 square inches. The warming tray can accommodate up to ten meat patties, which is more than space few other gas grills have to offer. It also provides space to set aside dishes like sautéed vegetables you proceed with cooking your meat. Char-Broil also comes with a small side table for you to keep your salads, sauces and other cooking utensils.
5) Weber Spirit E-330 – Stainless Steel Gas Barbecue
“What a great product cooks absolutely beautiful…”
This is another one from the Spirit series that comes with an updated propane grill. The grill features a searing station that has a burner with 7,500 Btu that is ideal heat for searing your meat. With this searing station you can ensure that your meat is no longer overcooked; just quickly sear your meat with the shots from the burning searing station and then place it on a cooler spot on the grilling area. You may have trouble dealing with the inconsistency of the heat, but the grill can be counted upon to cook food thoroughly. The cast-iron grates are porcelain coated and work admirably in heat retention. Apart from the features, Weber Spirit E-330 is amongst the best and easy to use gas grills. Another great feature of this gas grill is that it has excellent ventilation; it gives out just enough smoke to add flavor to your meat. So every time you open the lid, you won’t be ambushed by a gust of smoke.
The Weber’s grill was designed with good precision and is very user-friendly. The cast-iron grates are very easy to clean; the grease is dripped into the removable grease tray to help clean quickly. Accessory hooks on the sides help you get organized with your utensils on hand.
“Another successful barbecue maker by the Weber..”
There is another Weber that you need to try out. It’s a bit pricey, but again it is the gas grill that will surely last you some good summers. Weber barbecues are known their extremely well-built bodies and high-quality. With Weber Genesis, you get something more in an outdoor barbecue. The 20 inches large grill is everything you need for your meat to cook finely. The gas grill is an ultimate rust beater; leaving it out in the cold and damp will not dampen your summer cooking nights. This typically new gas-fired barbecue by the good old Weber manufacturers features a porcelain-coated cast-iron grate; which is the real deal in heat retention. It also has two high-performance burners, a heating grill rack and two side tables and highly functional thermometer to render you a flare-free barbecue experience. For individuals who want something more professional and technical to their outdoor cooking nights, Genesis II comes with a new fandangled iGrill 3 Bluetooth-enabled thermometer systems that help users keep track of the mounting temperature to have the perfectly cooked meat.
Best Gas & Charcoal Barbecue
7) Char-Broil Gas2Coal – 3 Burner Gas & Coal Barbecue Grill
“Overall Gas2Coal is a sturdy, hybrid model that is well suited for all the fence sitters out there..”
Are you busy weighing the pros and cons of a charcoal barbecue maker and a gas barbecue maker? Get one that has both! Char-Broil Gas2coal has featured a two-in-one griller deal for those who are torn between the two types.
As the name goes by Char-Broil Gas2Coal efficiently switches from one heat sources to the other with minimum hassle to render you the perfect barbecuing experience of the two methods.
If you wish to grill your meat on gas, all you have to do is turn on the three burners, and you are good to get started with your cooking. If you wish you savor some good old charcoal flavored meat, you can have it easily on this mean barbecuing 24-inch grill. For the charcoal grill, you need to place the charcoal tray on top of the burners and add lump wood. The next step would be to switch on the gas burners to lighten up the charcoal with an electric lighter. You’re ready to roast your meat! You may not get the ultimate perfect and conventional charcoal barbecue experience, but in this one, you get the choice to revert to gas anytime.
Best Outdoor Electric Grills
Do not have access to gas or charcoal barbecue grill? Who says you cannot enjoy an outdoor party still? Have a look at these promising Outdoor Electric Barbecues:
8) Kenyon Electric City Grill
An electric grill is usually considered a compromise for those barbecue lovers who do not have access to open flame outdoors. And it’s often a compromise between size and heat as well. But this Kenyon Electric City Grill defies these odds and proves to be a fantastic outdoor electric barbecue grill. It gives out the high temperatures up to the 120-volt electric grill, relatively gives out very little smoke. This stainless steel mean machine 155 square inches stainless steel cooking grate and has 1300 watt electric heating element.
9) Char-Broil Patio Bistro 180 R – TRU-Infrared Single Burner Barbecue Gill
The most trending electric barbecue maker on the market is The Char-Broil Patio Bistro Electric Grill that allows you to cook food for up to 5 people and offers 320 square inches of grilling area. It is compact enough to fit perfectly in small balconies and terraces. Kudos to the infrared technology, the electric grill heats up evenly ensuring your barbecues are juicy and not over dried. It comes with an additionally removable cooking grill to expand your cooking capacity in case you’re cooking for a couple more people. Other features include a temperature gauge display, safe touch handles and most importantly porcelain coated grills for good heat up. Overall Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric is an excellent alternative for the charcoal and gas barbecue grills.
10) Livart LV-982 – Electric Barbecue Grill
“The Yakitori dream come true..”
Compact but full of power, Livart Electric Barbecue Grill is your savior for all those indoor and outdoor cooking sessions this summer season. Originally designed for Yakitori-style cooking but this versatile grill can offer much more. Furnished with a modern and authentic design, this open grill is ideal for small families or few friends. It has an adjustable grill height. The cooking grill is over 100 square inches which are enough to accommodate two burger patties at a time. The cooking area is ideal for cooking small pieces of meat, hence the Yakitori style. It still has enough space to guarantee hassle-free cooking for 2 to 3 people.
Best Table Top Barbecue Grills
11) George Foreman 22460 – Indoor and Outdoor Tabletop Grill
This electrical grill is designed and built like an outdoor electric grill but its also a great for the indoor cooking session. It is a good tabletop barbecue grill as well. George Foreman supports a separation of the 1600 Watt heating element and an excellent cooking surface. Much similar to the traditional George Foreman grills, grease is pushed through the middle of the cooking grate into a grease catcher that is nonstick. It may not be the best electrical barbecue grill out there but is cheaper. The grill has adjustable height and consumes ample amount of time in heating up, and the heat output isn’t too high. But you can quickly cook up to fifteen portions of the meal on it, and for the cost, it’s not that bad. You get what you’re paying for with this electrical outdoor barbecue grill.
12) Kbabe BBQ – Cheap Table Top Outdoor Barbecue Grill
“For the perfect picnic barbecue treat..”
Another good pick when it comes to tabletop barbecue grills is this one by Kbabe. Designed as an outdoor grill, it can still be used indoors. The grill has a portable, stainless steel design and is ideal for camping, traveling, and all the outdoor cooking sessions. It is for those individuals who have the taste buds for charcoal flavored meat. With Kbabe you can have your barbecues done quickly with the just small amount of charcoal.
The grill features a nonstick surface that requires very minimal oil which ensures that the food is not just healthier but full of flavor as well. It has an extra cooking area, allowing different food items to be cooked at the same time. The grill plates can be easily removed for ease of cleaning. The bottom of the smokeless grill has a box that holds the batteries. It has intelligent air rapid combustion and features secure control over the firepower. It is ideal for campers. It can quickly cook food for up to 5 to 6 persons.
Wood Burning Barbecue Grills (Camping and Garden)
13) Dunster House – Portable Outdoor Wood Burning BBQ
Most barbecues grills that run on gas, charcoal or electric power come with the biggest disadvantage of transportation. You cannot simply travel with a heavy barbecue grill and head to beaches, camping and more. If you are on the lookout for a grill that is easily transportable and portable, HopeStove Barbecue is ideal. This wood burning barbecue stove is portable cooker that requires wood or similar combustible material as fuel. It stands on three legs that are collapsible, and the body is painted with a special heat hesitant paint, which can resist heat up to over 600 degrees. It comes with a side warming plate to store food and a ½ barrel metal box to keep all your beverages hot. It just needs to be carried to your favorite location, unfold the legs and get the cooking started. The hot plate has a circular cut that can fit your saucepan directly over the fire to cook the perfect stews and more. The side warming plate keeps the food warm and your kettle hot.
14) Tusima 5 KW Garden – Wood Burning Stove Camping Barbecue
Looking for the perfect barbecue grill for your garden or patio? Or perhaps for a camping expedition? The stove is small yet very efficient and heats up fairly quickly. The small size aids in its transportability. It comes with an extra grill that can be used for all the summer barbecue sessions with friends and family. Of course, this grill cannot meet the performance and cooking speed of many high-end grills in this review. But if you want to go for a small barbecue grill, this shall do the job. The fuel that is to be used is wood, pellets or any other combustible material.
That’s it guys, we tried our best to cover all types of top-rated BBQ available in the UK. Hopefully, you’ve found your favorite and don’t forget to share your experience and which one you bought in the comment section below.