Best BBQ for Summer 2018

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Summer is just right around the corner, and when it arrives, we know that you would want to bring out a BBQ grill for some serious outdoor cooking. So, we tested out a lot of grills during the cold season to give you ideas on what to get when the summer wave hits. We grilled everything that we can get our hands on – steak, sausage, fish, chicken, and more. You name it and we probably grilled it! So, if you are looking for a new grill that you can use to impress the family with your cooking skills (and perfect grill marks) or you just want to make an upgrade from your 5-year-old grill, here are some of the most dependable grills that gave us full bellies while testing them. We really cannot complain doing this test!

1. Zogin Portable Barbecue Grill

Zogin Portable Barbecue Grill Best BBQ for Summer 2018

When it comes to compact and portable BBQ grills, we like the Zogin Portable Barbecue Grill. This grill is easy to assemble and its capacity is enough to provide grilled food for three to five people at a time. So, for a small party, we think that this compact grill is a great choice. For a bigger party, a bigger grill might be better. Otherwise, people will have to wait a while longer to get a steak or a grilled chicken if this is the one used to grill food. Nonetheless, it is an amazing outdoor grill.

Since it is pretty small, this BBQ grill was easy to carry and move around the house. Its well-designed handles provided greater portability. We even brought it one time in the park. We had beers and grilled food, and this portable grill did wonders for us. We used to just bring packed food for a picnic before but with the Zogin Portable Barbecue Grill, now, we can have a hot meal fresh from the grill. We think we will be doing this more often with this grill.

We are amused by the minimalistic design of this grill. We also like that it folds for easier transport and storage. Due to this, we think that people who like to grill but only has a small space at home can make good use of this one. Then, after the cook-fest, they can simply fold it up and keep it in whatever space available for the next grill party.

After trying the Zogin Portable Barbecue Grill, we can say that it is designed efficiently to maximize the cooking area. It uses charcoal to fire up the grill. Although it is small, it is still quite reliable in feeding a small family or small party.

Even with a foldable design, we felt that this grill is very durable. Although its legs fold for easier transport and storage, we did not feel that they would break off easily. We felt that we can use this compact grill for many years to come.

Overall, the Zogin Portable Barbecue Grill provides great value for money in a space-saving grill.

8Expert Score
Portable Barbecue Grill by Zogin

Compact and portable grill with a foldable design

Design
9
Features
8
Performance
8
Quality
8
Price/Value
8
Capacity
7
PROS
  • Compact
  • Portable
  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to store
  • Relatively affordable
CONS
  • Small grilling capacity
  • No special add-ons
  • Thin material
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2. Campingaz 3 Series Adelaide Woody Flatbed Three Burner Barbecue BBQ

Campingaz 3 Series Adelaide Woody Flatbed Three Burner Barbecue BBQ Best BBQ for Summer 2018

Campingaz is one of the most trusted names when it comes to BBQ grills. With a quick look, we already fell in love with the design of the Campingaz Adelaide Woody Flatbed Barbecue Grill. The wooden trolley where the grill is placed adds a nice touch to the overall appeal of this barbecue grill. The wooden trolley is made of beautiful Beechwood, which allows the entire ensemble to complement the great outdoors. Therefore, in summer, we think that the garden is a perfect background while cooking on this grill.

After trying it out a few times, we can say that it is a great outdoor grill for a quick gathering with family and friends on a nice summer evening. It has a reasonable capacity to provide hot and freshly grilled food to up to 10 people or more. This grill is gas-powered and it has three burners that can be used simultaneously to cook steak, chicken, fish, and other meat. The three burners are made of cast iron to ensure proper distribution of high heat and help create a scrumptious steak meal every time. Grilling on this has made even the newbie cook in us look like a pro.

We liked that this outdoor grill has a cooking grid. This provided an additional guarantee that the heat is evenly distributed in the entire grill area. Therefore, all the food we prepared on it were cooked to perfection. The cooking grid also made sure that there is better heat retention, which is a cost-effective way to operate the grill. With it, we noticed that we used less gas than we normally did with other gas-powered grills.

This Campingaz BBQ grill is super easy to use. It has Piezo Ignition, which made firing up the grill super easy. We did not need to burn charcoal because we just turned the knob on the grill and the heat was on!

The wooden trolley is not just for aesthetic purposes. It has two side tables that came in handy while cooking on the grill. We used the side tables to keep plates, utensils, and seasonings nearby so we can grill food more efficiently.

We were really impressed how durable the Campingaz outdoor barbecue grill is. The trolley is truly tough and we were able to maximize it with the frequent barbecue parties we had. We cooked on it any meat we can get our hands on. We even grilled some corn and vegetables, and everything was delicious. We were really happy with all the food we made. Even our friends were happy with all the meals we shared with them.

So, for bigger parties, we would really like to cook again on the Campingaz BBQ grill. We also liked its iconic wooden trolley because it was perfect for our outdoor setup.

8.3Expert Score
Adelaide Woody Flatbed Three Burner Barbecue BBQ by Campingaz 3 Series

”Reliable

Design
9
Features
8
Performance
9
Quality
8
Price/Value
8
Capacity
8
PROS
  • High capacity
  • Has a wooden trolley
  • Has side tables for easy access
  • Has two year warranty
CONS
  • Expensive
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3. La Hacienda 58106 Camping Firebowl with Grill, Folding Legs and Carry Bag

La Hacienda 58106 Camping Firebowl with Grill, Folding Legs and Carry Bag Best BBQ for Summer 2018

 

The La Hacienda Camping Firebowl with Grill is a unique-looking grill. Unlike other outdoor grills that come with a rectangular shape that is built on a metal or wooden trolley, this one is circular in shape. Hence, it is an eye-catching piece of cooking equipment that was also a great talking point with other people who saw it aside from allowing us to provide amazing grilled food.

After using this grill for a while, we realized that it is a perfect cooking partner for people who want something that they can easily carry around and transport. This is a great grill for those who enjoy having a picnic in a park while grilling food. This grill comes with a carry bag for improved portability. Moreover, it has folding legs for better portability and easier storage even in a very limited space.

This grill uses charcoal as fuel. So cooking food using it adds a smoky flavor. We really liked that flavor and we felt it is a perfect taste to enjoy during summer. The grill has a mesh lid and wood grate for efficient grilling. The mesh lid provided great protection from sparks coming from the fire. We only made the tastiest food on this grill and everyone had a great time with the food we prepared.

Aside from grilling, the La Hacienda Camping Firebowl can also be used for the warmth that it produces. It is a great outdoor heater for people who cannot be stopped to go on camping even during autumn or at the start of winter. It is very effective in making the ambiance comfortable during the cold season.

We really liked that the La Hacienda grill is dual-purpose. Since it works as a cooking equipment and a heating equipment, it is a nifty device for people who love camping or going on big adventures in the great outdoors. Even if it has foldable legs, it felt pretty durable. We never worried that the legs might break or fall off when we folded them.

The only shortcoming on this grill is that it is small and quite limited. Due to its size, it can only hold a little coal at a time. We often had to refill it to keep grilling or getting heat from it. However, this is not much of a deal-breaker and we expected this since we wanted to try a compact firebowl and grill. Overall, it is a pretty capable cooking and heating equipment.

8.3Expert Score
58106 Camping Firebowl with Grill, Folding Legs and Carry Bag by La Hacienda

Reliable gas-powered grilled built on a great-looking wooden trolley

Design
9
Features
8
Performance
9
Quality
8
Price/Value
8
Capacity
8
PROS
  • High capacity
  • Has a wooden trolley
  • side tables for easy access
  • two year warranty
CONS
  • Expensive
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4. Portable Napoleon TravelQ TQ285 Gas Grill

Portable Napoleon TravelQ TQ285 Gas Grill Best BBQ for Summer 2018

People who are searching for a reliable gas grill but have limited space at home may consider the Portable Napoleon TravelQ TQ285 Gas Grill. This gas-powered outdoor grill is compact that it only has a small footprint even when open and in use. It is also relatively lightweight. The grill closes like a bag for easier transport and storage. With its size and foldable design, it is easy to carry even with just a single hand.

Although it is small, the TravelQ grill offers ample space for cooking. It has heavy cast iron cooking grates for amazing grill marks and grill quality all the time. Even if it is small, it is very capable due to its cooking design. The heavy cast iron cooking grates guarantee high heat and even distribution of that heat to ensure a nice grill all throughout the meat. Cooking steak on this grill was fun and it did not take more time compared to full-blown freestanding grills. The cooking time is almost the same and the quality is superb.

The grill has twin burners so we were able to cook a variety of food simultaneously. We were able to cook meat on one burner and vegetables on the other. Hence, we were able to serve a good plate without letting the meat or the vegetables wait it out. However, since it is a compact grill, it is still quite small if we were trying to feed a big party. That is the tradeoff for its compact design. For small gatherings with family and friends, this one is just right. Also, over other portable grills, we think this one has the advantage since it comes with two burners instead of just one.

Since it is small and lightweight, the material used for it is stamped steel. The drawback of this material is that it can get hot on the surface easily. Moreover, this material feels thin but is still durable. However, since it is thin, it is prone to getting dents. Therefore, it is very important to be careful when carrying it and moving it around. Another drawback is that the knobs on this grill are made of plastic, which somewhat made it look and feel cheap.

Overall, the biggest advantage of the Napoleon TravelQ grill is that it is not a heavy gas grill. It is compact, lightweight, has two burners, and has heavy cast iron cooking grates, which why it is still a great choice for people who want a portable gas-powered grill. Although it is made of stamped steel, it is the tradeoff for wanting a small and lightweight grill that offers utmost portability. Since it is a Napoleon, we can expect that it is a little expensive compared to other portable gas grills.

8Expert Score
Portable TravelQ TQ285 Gas Grill by Napoleon

Compact and portable gas grill with two burners

Design
9
Features
8
Performance
9
Quality
8
Price/Value
7
Capacity
7
PROS
  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Portable:Has two burners
  • Has heavy cast iron cooking grates
CONS
  • Expensive
  • Made of stamped steel
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5. Kamado Joe Classic 18-Inch Charcoal Grill

Kamado Joe Classic 18-Inch Charcoal Grill Best BBQ for Summer 2018

If you are familiar with the Big Green Egg grill, the Kamado Joe Classic 18-Inch Charcoal Grill has some similarities with it. On a quick look, most people will say that the two are just the same and that the Kamado Joe grill is just the Big Green Egg grill painted in red. However, upon closer inspection, we saw that the Kamado Joe charcoal grill is truly equipped. What used to be add-ons before became standard features on this grill. Therefore, it is a more capable outdoor grill than the older version and maybe than the Big Green Egg grill.

This grill comes with a ceramic shell that guarantees even distribution of heat. Due to this, the meat we grilled on it was always evenly cooked. It has superb ventilation that gave us ultimate control in terms of its heat. This also helped us cook amazing steak and other grilled food to perfection.

The Kamado Joe charcoal grill also works as a great smoker. We smoked a lot of meat in it and we were happy with every result. The meat we smoked always fell off from the bones. This grill and smoker in one have made us one of the best hosts for grilling parties.

What is new on this grill and a very welcome addition is its ash drawer. Before, grills from this brand required us to scoop the ash that came from the burned charcoal from the bottom of the grill. This was tedious and often messy. Now, we just needed to pull out the ash drawer and dump the ash out.

Another new and cool feature of this grill is its Divide and Conquer Flexible Cooking System. The name may sound funny but it is actually a very helpful feature. In the past, Kamado Joe grills just have a basic cooking setup where the cooking grate is positioned on top of the ceramic ring. Then, an add-on called a deflector plate can be placed on the grill for indirect cooking. This also lifts the cooking grate for a few inches. Now, with the new feature, they placed a special rack on top of the cooker. It can be placed on different levels depending on what is being cooked. Hence, this has made the new version more versatile. Cooking different food on it has become a lot easier.

We really enjoyed that we can do slow smoking on this grill. For instance, we just rubbed some herbs and spices on a slab of ribs and then we just smoked it. After a few hours, we got ribs that are beyond perfection and they fall off the bone!

The Kamado Joe grill is built with a stand and two polyethylene tables on either side. This allowed us to have quick access to the meat we plan to cook. We also used the tables to keep our utensils, herbs, and seasonings near us while grilling.

7.8Expert Score
Classic 18-Inch Charcoal Grill by Kamado Joe

Egg-like grill with Divide and Conquer Flexible Cooking System

Design
9
Features
8
Performance
8
Quality
8
Price/Value
7
Capacity
7
PROS
  • Compact
  • Has side tables
  • Divide and Conquer Flexible Cooking System
CONS
  • Expensive
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6. Broil King Baron 440 Gas Grill

Broil King Baron 440 Gas Grill Best BBQ for Summer 2018

 

For large barbecue parties, the Broil King Baron 440 Gas Grill is one of our best bets when it comes to grilling. This freestanding grill comes with a durable build. When we used it, we felt that it can last for many years while serving us in many amazing outdoor cookouts with family and friends. Since it is manufactured by one of the most trusted names in grilling, Broil King, we felt that everything that we cooked using it came out with superior quality.

The Broil King Baron 440 Gas Grill is equipped with four gas burners. Therefore, it has a spacious area for cooking. We were able to grill a lot of food at a time so we found it as the perfect grill for big parties. It has a small side burner near the spacious area for grilling. The main burners were designed using a special technology called Broil King Dual Tube. This technology implements the use of heavy-duty, high-quality stainless steel and then the burners were installed with two rows of flame per burner for optimal cooking. This also ensures even heat distribution in the entire cooking area.

The Broil King Dual Tube technology is an amazing feature of this brand. The burners maintain the same gas pressure so that heat is evenly distributed from front to rear. Standard tube burners usually have higher gas pressure on the front, which leads to uneven heat distribution. With this, food can be overcooked on one side and undercooked on the other. Broil King solved this problem with its implementation on the Baron 440 gas grill.

Another feature we liked on this grill is the linear flow control valves. This feature allowed us to accurately set the temperature on the grill. Its 180-degree Sensi-Touch control knobs ensure accurate gas flow for efficient and economical cooking.

Overall, this grill is truly what we call a top of the line product. After cooking with it several times, we can say that it is built to last. It has a high-quality construction that can stand the tests of time and the tests of many outdoor cookouts. People who like to play host for outdoor barbecue parties can get this grill because it is a good investment.

Almost everything on the Broil King Baron 440 Gas Grill is amazing. The only setback for us is that its side burner is just average. If we compared it to other grills, it is a bit of a setback at 10,000 BTUs only. Most of the time, we just used the side burner to warm our barbecue sauces. Although not a deal-breaker, we would have wanted the side burner to be more powerful since it is an integral part of the grill.

8.3Expert Score
Baron 440 Gas Grill by Broil King

Four-burner grill that is built to last for years

Design
9
Features
8
Performance
9
Quality
8
Price/Value
7
Capacity
9
PROS
  • Large capacity
  • Dual-tube burners
  • Uniform heating from front to back
  • Stainless steel side shelves
CONS
  • Expensive
  • Not so powerful side burner
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7. Weber Q2200 Gas BBQ Grill

Weber Q2200 Gas BBQ Grill Best BBQ for Summer 2018

The premium unit in the Weber Q line of portable grills is the Q2200 Gas BBQ Grill. This portable grill can be folded up and then transported almost anywhere. Due to its size, we were able to use it even in a limited garden space. When folded, it can fit easily even on the truck of a car. We were even able to bring it to a barbecue party at the park. Although it is compact for easy hand-carry, it offers ample grilling space at 280 square inches. This space is enough to grill a whole chicken at one time. It only has one burner but it is enough to offer versatility in cooking.

Aside from a whole chicken, we used this small gas barbecue grill to cook steak and burgers. It was the perfect grilling equipment when we just wanted to have a small outdoor dinner on the balcony with a few beers. We felt it was a good investment for a personal grill. Knowing that it is made by Weber, we were sure that it is one tough grill.

Even if the Weber Q2200 Gas BBQ Grill is a small grill, it is pretty powerful. We would like to bring it soon for camping. We believe it will be a great grill while enjoying the great outdoors. Since it can easily fit the trunk of our car, we have nothing to worry when we decide to bring it on a road trip.

Based on our test, this gas BBQ grill is enough to cook for three to four people at a time. If there are more people, there may be a significant wait time in between plates of grilled food. Although limited, we felt that it was a capable grill and we would like to bring it all the time if needed.

This barbecue grill has a cast aluminum shell to ensure even heat all over the grill area. The cooking grates on this grill are made of heavy porcelain coated cast iron, which further guarantees even heat distribution. With this setup, the food we grilled on it was cooked to perfection inside and outside.

The grill has an infinite control burner valve that allowed us to adjust the temperature accurately without much effort. Therefore, the heating capability of this grill is not limited to certain temperature levels only. There is a built-in thermometer on this barbecue grill that helped us monitor the temperature level correctly. This also helped us monitor the food we are cooking and avoid overcooking or undercooking it.

An additional feature on the Weber Q2200 Gas BBQ Grill is its two glass-reinforced tables located on each side. We used the tables to keep the food we were grilling close to us. This also gave us easy access to the herbs and spices that we needed to add to the food we were cooking. Moreover, the tables were a convenient space to put a few utensils on.

7.7Expert Score
Q2200 Gas BBQ Grill by Weber

Portable outdoor grill with two glass-reinforced tables

Design
8
Features
8
Performance
8
Quality
8
Price/Value
7
Capacity
7
PROS
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Has glass-reinforced tables
CONS
  • Expensive
  • Small capacity
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8. Fire Mountain Everest 4 Burner Gas Barbecue

Fire Mountain Everest 4 Burner Gas Barbecue Grill Best BBQ for Summer 2018

One of the most beautiful gas grills around ist the Fire Mountain Everest 4 Burner Gas Barbecue Grill. We gave this gas grill a try and we were truly impressed by it. Testing it was so wonderful that we can even remember the smell of the perfectly cooked barbecue we cooked using this equipment. Apparently, it is one of the best barbecue grills on the market today.

This grill is equipped with four gas burners that offer a huge space for cooking and grilling. Hence, it has a lot of room to cook food for the whole family. This is the ideal gas grill for huge parties because of its huge capacity.

The Fire Mountain Everest 4 Burner Gas Barbecue Grill is a durable grill. When we used it, we instantly felt that it was built to last. Even with frequent use, we knew that this grill will not easily break. It is clad in stainless steel all around, which ensures that it will not easily rust even with regular use outdoors. It is the perfect grill to install in the garden and it can survive the harsh weather condition outdoors even if it is just left there.

The powerful burners on this gas-powered grill are truly reliable. We cooked steak, chicken, sausage, and fish to perfection on these burners. It has tough cast iron grill that guarantees even heat distribution in the cooking area. Moreover, this material guarantees that they will last a long time even if we cook on it every day.

The Fire Mountain Everest 4 Burner Gas Barbecue Grill is equipped with a temperature gauge and Piezo ignition, which gave us total control of the grill. Adjusting the heat level on the gas grill was easy and we were able to do it accurately. Hence, we felt like professional cooks using this grill even if we were really newbies in grilling. The temperature gauge and Piezo ignition gave a premium feel when we were adjusting the controls of this outdoor grill. It comes with a 27mm clip on the gas regulator for ease of use of the grill.

Overall, we can say that the Fire Mountain Everest 4 Burner Gas Barbecue Grill is a great grill for big parties. It has a lot of nice features that can turn anyone into a professional outdoor cook. Moreover, there is no question of its durability and we know that it can survive the test of time, don’t forget to capture the moment.

8.3Expert Score
Everest 4 Burner Gas Barbecue Grill by Fire Mountain

Design
8
Features
8
Performance
9
Quality
9
Price/Value
7
Capacity
9
PROS
  • Huge capacity
  • Durable
  • Has tough cast iron grill
  • Has temperature gauge and Piezo ignition
CONS
  • Expensive