Outdoor grill reviews I do are based on reading many customer experiences on a variety of websites, forums, and consumer sites. I also use my experience with using high-quality kitchen equipment to come to a fact-based, unbiased conclusion.
There are many outdoor grill brands and types of outdoor grills. I looked at many of them. From charcoal to liquid propane and natural gas grills. I also looked at the newest electric and pellet grills. I tried to find alternatives for balconies and patios if charcoal or gas is not allowed.
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- Outdoor Grill reviews we have finished
- Camp Chef
- Char Broil
- Expert Grills
- PK Grills
- Rec Tec
- Z Grills
- Pellet Grills
- Electric grills
- Flat Top Grills
- Portable gas grills
- Kamado Grills
- Mini Charcoal grills
- Grill safety tips
- Outdoor Grill Reviews – FAQ
Outdoor Grill reviews we have finished
Finding the best outdoor grills can be very time-consuming. With the help of my outdoor grill reviews, you save a lot of time. Here you can find all the categories and brands I reviewed.
Camp Chef is becoming a very popular brand and I have read some great things about all the models. Click on the link to see all Camp Chef pellet grills.
No website about grilling and cooking outdoors can leave out talking about CharBroil infrared grills and the benefits.
Click here to see all models.
One thing I like to mention is the Turkey fryers from this brand.
Don’t forget to have a look at the Big easy turkey fryers.
Not so well known as other brands but they have some nice models that are affordable.
You can have a look at the Expert grill reviews here.
the Fuego grill was designed by an apple company designer and you can tell by the way it looks. You can read my Fuego grill review here.
Kenyon grills are also called boating grills because of their rust-free design.
Click on this link to see the Kenyon grill reviews
When you say grills and add the word quality you automatically see the word, Napoleon.
Their grills are high priced but also high quality. You can read all Napoleon grill reviews here.
Pk grills are in my opinion a walk down memory lane. Their design had not changed much but the quality also remained the same. Read my PK Grill reviews for you.
I will make a separate list of pellet grills, but Rec Tec I would like to give its own place here.
I believe that their quality is great and not yet equaled by any other brand.
I did a full Rec Tec grill review here.
Who has not heard of Traeger? I guess we all know that brand. They make very nice pellet grills and are a top-selling brand.
I did Traeger grill reviews here on this page.
Weber grills are still one of the most selling grills. Little higher priced but in most cases, you get what you pay for.
We looked at the most popular models in our outdoor grill reviews and had a good look at them for you. I try answers to questions like What is the best Weber grill to buy and how many years does a Weber grill last in our Weber grill reviews
Not very well known yet, but I think that will change fast. They are moving up in the market some people claim they are the same as Traeger but then a little nicer prices.
I let you be the judge of that in my Z-grills reviews
Although I mentioned a few brands already above, I made a separate page where you can see all the brands and models there.
Read my pellet grill reviews
In some situations like apartment buildings, you can not use an open flame grill like charcoal or gas.
Electric grills are in that situation the way to go. There are however a few things you have to keep in mind and you can read what they are in my electric grill reviews
Flat Top Grills
There are backyard grillers that say that a flat top grill will add a whole arsenal of the option to outdoor cooking.
I thought, after reading that, adding some flat top grill reviews would add more options to my website.
Portable gas grills
For camping, RV, or tailgating a portable gas grill is the best thing to have.
Not only are they portable but can also most of the time be used at home.
There are more and more models added to my portable gas grill reviews page.
Although Kamado grills have been around for a long time they finally starting to gain popularity. Reason enough to do Kamado Grill reviews and have a look at all the available brands.
Mini Charcoal grills
Many people look for this type of grills. Reason for me to have a good look at the best mini charcoal grills to help you choose the one you need.
Grill safety tips
It does not matter if you use a gas grill, charcoal, or any other type of grill outside. Safety should always be your first concern. There are a few easy steps to make your grill area a safe place with no chance of catching anything on fire.
here are our outdoor grill safety tips we found on: https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/seasonal-fires/grilling/outdoor-cooking-with-portable-grills.
- Propane and charcoal should only be used outdoors
- Place the grill away from your home, railings, leaves, and tree branches
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away
- Always keep your grill clean and grease-free
- Never leave your grill unattended
- Open your lid before lightning a gas grill
- Make sure the grill is off after using it
- Keep a spray bottle of water ready
- Keep a fire extinguisher at hand
Charcoal grill safety tips
- Use a charcoal starter, electric charcoal starter, or a chimney starter
- Use a good extension cord for electric charcoal starters
- If you use starter fluid only use charcoal starter fluid
- Never add starter fluid to a fire
- Let the grill completely cool before disposing of charcoal that is left
Gas grill safety tips
Propane or even natural gas can be very dangerous and has been the cause of many fires. With the right precautions, you can prevent dangerous situations.
- Never leave your gas grill unattended
- Check for leaks every time you use it
- When you smell gas turn the gas off immediately
- Check your hoses and connectors with water and soap
Electric Grill Safety tips
Electricity and water do not get along too well, we all know that. Electric grills can be great to use in places where it is not allowed to use charcoal or propane gas. A place like balconies, apartment buildings, and more.
By using our tips you can use your electric outdoor grill safe.
- Don’t use it in the rain
- Use a Quality extension cord
- Use a GFI outlet
- Keep the extension cord out of the way
By following these outdoor grill safety tips, which are mostly common sense, you can prevent becoming a statistic in one of the fires that got started by using any type of outdoor grill in the wrong way.
Outdoor Grill Reviews – FAQ
There are many questions to be asked before buying a grill and I am finished with a step by step guide to help you with that but for now, I just try to answer a few questions here that we found while doing our outdoor grill reviews but you can also read our how to buy a grill guide here.
What is the best gas grill to buy?
The question of what is the best gas grill is one of the hardest to answer questions you can ask me. My first response is to say that you should buy the best grill you can afford.
But then you also have to make sure it is the size that fits the number of people in your family. The average size is about 70 square inches per person if you also cook things like vegetables on it.
Since most of the time, we only use it for meat you can get away with less space and save money in that way. You can read more in the section of our grill buying guide where we discuss how to choose a propane gas grill.
How many years does a gas grill last?
This is like asking how long a car will last. It all depends on the quality of the grill and how you take care of it. Cleaning and storing it after you have used it and keep it covered with a good quality grill cover is in my opinion the two most important steps to take for keeping your grill in shape for many years.
Are infrared grills any better?
This is very personal, but in our outdoor grill reviews, we found that they are becoming very popular. I personally love my small Char-Broil infrared grill.
Fewer flare-ups and faster cooking are the plus point. Harder to clean is a con point in my experience. I love to grill burgers on it because of the lack of flare-ups I always have on my charcoal grill. For flavor, and when I have more time available, I prefer my charcoal grill.
Should I use a grill cover?
My simple answer would be yes!. Maybe if you keep your grill in the garage every time you use it is not a necessity, but I still advise it.
Keeping your grill outside even on a covered patio or porch still exposes it to the weather. Using a good quality grill cover can make your grill last many years longer.
You can find all the grill covers we reviewed here: https://bettergrills.com/grill-cover-reviews/
What are the different types of grills?
I think we covered many types of grills in our outdoor grill reviews but if I find more they will be added to it. Basically, there are grills that run on charcoal or gas.
There are Propane grills that are portable or have multiple burners. The same basic scenario for infrared grills.
Some grills are just to grill and others can also be used for smoking. There is in my opinion a grill available for any type of outdoor cooking you can think of. It is just a matter of finding what fits your budget and way of cooking.
Can grill grates go in the dishwasher
In my opinion, you can use the dishwasher to clean most grill grates. The only exception is cast iron grill grates. Thew will rust fast. Better is to clean them and after that coat them with oil. I never use the dishwasher to clean my grill grates because I use a high-quality grill brush and my porcelain-coated grates are very easy to clean.
We hope our outdoor grill reviews helped you in your search for the best outdoor grill and BBQ for your type of situation.
Eddie van Aken
Eddie van Aken has run his own full-service restaurant for many years. Before that, he worked as a grill and buffet cook in some of the mainstream restaurants. With his experience using professional kitchen equipment, he is able to write expert reviews. You can read more about Eddie van Aken here.