The best gas, charcoal, portable, and electric grills of 2017By Keith Barry
It’s grilling season! Is your old barbecue up to the job? If not, don’t worry: We’ve tested popular grills to find which one you should invite to your next cookout.
Whether you want gas, charcoal, or electric, we’ve found the perfect grills to fit your budget and your backyard. These are the best grills you can buy.
Updated May 17, 2017
The Best Gas Grill: Napoleon Rogue 425 in Stainless
The Napoleon Rogue 425 is our favorite gas grill, and serious outdoor chefs tend to agree. In our tests, we found that its four burners heated evenly at both high and low temperatures all across its 425-square-inch main grilling surface.
The 425 also offers a quick-to-boil infrared side burner and a surprisingly accurate built-in thermometer, and took only 90 minutes to put together. Features include sear plates to prevent flareups and folding stainless steel side shelves for easy storage. But the coolest trick by far is an optional tray that converts the grill into a charcoal pit.
The Napoleon brand has been building grills in Ontario, Canada since 1976, and has developed a reputation for quality and reliability that rivals better-known brands like Weber. It might be a little hard to track down, but the Rogue 425 can be found at select online retailers and at independent outdoor shops.
Where To Buy$99.00 Home Depot Buy
The Best Budget Gas Grill: Huntington 630114 2-Burner
If all you want is a basic grill, our recommendation is this spartan model from Huntington. On sale for just $99, it isn’t much: Just some aluminum, a burner, and one of those annoying “red button” piezoelectric starters. (If you want a side burner, get the 630124 for $129.)
But its simplicity is part of what makes it great. There’s almost nothing to go wrong—and if anything does, $99 isn’t a huge investment. We think it’s a great choice for a budget backyard barbecue or a vacation cottage on the lake or in the woods.
Unlike other inexpensive grills, it isn’t cheaply made. We’ve had good luck with Huntington grills in our tests, and this model comes with a 5-year warranty on the burners and a 10-year warranty on many other parts. The company behind Huntington is based in Canada and also makes Broil Mate and Broil King models, but even the low-cost Huntington line is made in the USA.
The Best Charcoal Grill: Weber Original Premium 22-inch Kettle Grill
There’s a reason so many people use the word “iconic” to describe Weber kettle grills. The Weber 22” Original Kettle grill has been in production since 1951, and more than 60 years later we think it still offers the best combination of price, convenience, and performance.
It's about as simple as they come, constructed from two curved sheets of steel, but the iconic kettle shape isn't just for looks: The lack of weld points also prevents unwanted heat loss.
The 22-inch Weber has a large 363-square-inch grilling surface, and the classic domed lid is large enough to accommodate large items. The Premium model adds a deluxe ash catcher and thermometer, which the $99 Original lacks. Quick to set up, quick to heat up, and impossible to break, this Weber is also covered by the company’s limited 10-year warranty.
Where To Buy$109.70 Amazon Buy
The Best Portable Gas Grill: Cuisinart Petit Gourmet
We tested a bunch of portable grills, and our favorite gas model is the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet. It weighs just under 20 pounds, which makes it perfect for camping, picnics, and tailgating.
We’re fans of the VersaStand foldable legs and easy-to-carry handle. Set it up, and it’ll have no problem with basic barbecue or more delicate recipes
Like all portable grills, it has issues reaching extremely high temperatures, and a one-pound propane canister won’t get you through multiple barbecues. The actual cooking area is only 145 square inches, which is smaller than you might think. It should go without saying, but don't expect to be able to grill enough food for a big family in one go.
The best portable charcoal grill: Weber Smokey Joe Premium
Even when it’s downsized enough for trips to the beach or a campsite, Weber’s kettle grill is still a winner.
The Weber Smokey Joe takes everything we loved about the 22" Original and crams it into a package small enough to bring anywhere. A handle wraps around the entire grill for easy storage and carrying, and our tests showed that the smaller kettle design is still ideal for quick preheats and even cooking.
Another perk: Despite its small size, Weber still backs it up with a full 10-year warranty. Just because a grill is small doesn’t mean it should be disposable, right?
The Best Electric Grill: George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Grill
By now, George Foreman is more famous for his eponymous line of indoor grills than his boxing record. Not content with conquering countertops, Foreman also makes an indoor/outdoor model that’s perfect for a patio or small balcony.
It’s not as robust as other electric models, and it doesn’t heat up as quickly—but for $85, this easy-to-store grill with an included stand is perfect if you can’t cook with gas or charcoal where you live. You can even bring it inside in the wintertime for grilled flavor no matter what the weather is like outside.