Best BBQs 2021: Top gas and charcoal barbecues to buy now

Maisie Bovingdon
·Shopping writer
·6 min read
BBQ season is upon us, and we have found the best barbecues to buy now.  (Getty Images)
BBQ season is upon us, and we have found the best barbecues to buy now. (Getty Images)

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Over the Easter weekend the UK had a taster of what it felt like to have a touch of sun on their skin, and sun's rays shining through the windows. 

The little taster of summer had some dusting off their deckchairs and firing up the BBQs, or their Ooni Pizza Oven, to enjoy dinner al fresco in the glorious weather. 

For others, it was a reminder to invest in a BBQ, or upgrade their existing outdoor grill, so we have gone on the hunt to find the top-rated outdoor cooking appliances. 

Weber gas and charcoal barbecues and John Lewis & Partner's Big Green Egg are among the most popular BBQ designs shoppers are flocking to buy. 

Whether you are on a tight budget, stuck for space, or looking to blow the budget, we have found a whole host of gas and coal fired barbecues to suit your needs.

Summer - we are ready for you!

Shop our top BBQ picks

Big Green Egg MiniMax BBQ with ConvEGGtor | £780 from John Lewis & Partners

Big Green Egg MiniMax BBQ with ConvEGGtor
Big Green Egg MiniMax BBQ with ConvEGGtor

The Big Green Egg MiniMax BBQ may be a bit of a higher price point than most barbecues, but it is well worth it. 

This chic design homes a stainless steel cooking grid, fire box, fire ring and fire grate, as well as snuffer cap on the top, for insulation and moisture saturation. 

It also features a thermometer gauge on top, so you can ensure your food is cooked to perfection.

Weber Genesis II E-310 3-Burner Gas BBQ | £979 from Weber

Weber Genesis II E-310 3-Burner Gas BBQ
Weber Genesis II E-310 3-Burner Gas BBQ

Weber is one of the leading BBQ brands, and for those who are looking to splash out and treat themselves to a barbecue with all the bells and whistles, this is it. 

The Genisis II gas BBQ is fitted with high performance burners, as well as stainless steel flavouriser bars, and a grease management system, as well as a built in thermometer, so you can be sure your food will tingle everyone's tastebuds this summer. 

Shoppers can't get enough of this number, as one review read: "Good substantial and robust. Fairly straightforward assembly, and a dream to grill on."

Weber Smokey Joe Premium Kettle Charcoal BBQ | £84.99 from John Lewis & Partners

Weber Smokey Joe Premium Kettle Charcoal BBQ
Weber Smokey Joe Premium Kettle Charcoal BBQ

For those looking for an affordable, yet high spec barbecue this summer, look no further than the Weber Smokey Joe Premium Kettle Charcoal BBQ

This design is a traditional charcoal style, with a plated steel cooking grate, which is compact enough to transport to your garden, or take on trips too. 

UTTORA Barbecue Grill | £22.99 from Amazon

UTTORA Barbecue Grill
UTTORA Barbecue Grill

The UTTORA Barbecue Grill is ideal for those looking for a basic grill, that is compact and easy to take on the go, as well as affordable. 

This design is made from stainless steel, which is rust-proof, heat resistant and sturdy. It is lightweight, has foldable legs, and also features arms on the sides, which makes it easy to turn into a portable barbecue. 

George Foreman Portable Kettle Charcoal BBQ | £70.99 (Was £81.99) from Currys

George Foreman Portable Kettle Charcoal BBQ
George Foreman Portable Kettle Charcoal BBQ

George Foreman appliances are well known in the cooking department, both inside and outside of the home.  

This charcoal bbq is a practical design, as it is made from sturdy stainless steel, which is heat resistant and rust proof. But it also features two wheels so it is easy to transport onto the decking or into the garden.

This sleek design also features a ventilation spout in the lid to help cook your food to perfection.

Argos Home Charcoal Oil Drum BBQ Cover & Utensils | £50 from Argos 

Argos Home Charcoal Oil Drum BBQ Cover & Utensils
Argos Home Charcoal Oil Drum BBQ Cover & Utensils

For those looking for a slightly bigger barbecue, especially if hosting for a big group, Argos' Charcoal Oil Drum is just the ticket. 

The drum, which measures 35 x 71cm, can fit enough food to feed up to 10 people. Like most BBQs this design is made from sturdy steel, it also features a chrome plated warming rack, to ensure everything is served at the perfect hot temperature, as well as a removable ash tray for easy cleaning. 

Not only does it have an adjustable height for the grill, but it also features two wheels to make it easy to manoeuvre. 

Argos Home 2 Burner Gas BBQ with Side Burner | £75 from Argos

Argos Home 2 Burner Gas BBQ with Side Burner
Argos Home 2 Burner Gas BBQ with Side Burner

Gas barbies are preferred by some shoppers because they are quick and easy to set up, and you do not need to wait for the coals to heat up. 

The 2 Burner Gas BBQ can be used with both propane and butane gas, although only the propane gas regulator is included in this purchase. This model boasts two burners, a side burner, as well as a side table to help with preparations or to move food once it is cooked. 

Cuba 2 Burner Gas BBQ with Side Shelves | £199.99 from Robert Dyas

Cuba 2 Burner Gas BBQ with Side Shelves
Cuba 2 Burner Gas BBQ with Side Shelves

The Cuba 2 Burner Gas BBQ is a modern gas barbecue, that will be the talking point come any garden party because of the sleek design. 

This creation is made from porcelain coated steel, features two burners with an enamel cooking grill, as well as a warming rack and flame tamers. 

The cooking hood has a built in temperature gauge and stainless steel handle. While the main programming is on the front of the BBQ, which includes a push ignition. 

Party BBQ | £119.99 from Very 

Party BBQ
Party BBQ

The Party BBQ has a large grill space so you can rustle up a full feast, plus it features a lot of storage space, including two side shelves, as well as another shelf at the bottom. It also boasts two wheels to make transporting easy. 

Bargains Galore Square Fire Pit BBQ | £64.95 from Amazon

Bargains Galore Square Fire Pit BBQ (Amazon)
Bargains Galore Square Fire Pit BBQ (Amazon)

Amazon's Bargains Galore Square Fire Pit BBQ is sure to be any garden's centre piece. Not only is it a BBQ, but it also doubles up as a firepit, which is ideal for those channelling the Love Island villa vibes. 

The BBQ boasts a durable steel construction, features a mesh safety lid, and has a grate for you to cook directly on the charcoal grill. 

Gardenline Dual Fuel BBQ | £149.99 from Aldi

Gardenline Dual Fuel BBQ
Gardenline Dual Fuel BBQ

Aldi never fails to impress with its outdoor furniture and home accessories, as the store's popular Egg Chair sold out on a number of occasions, and we predict the same will happen with this BBQ. 

This design is made from durable powder-coated steel frame. It features gas burners, but also can be used with charcoal, for those wanting the full flavour. The dual barbecue is split with two cooking grids for charcoal, and two for gas. 

It also features a foldable shelf, thermometers on the lid and two wheels for easy manoeuvre. But what we love is the extra attention to detail, as this design also has a bottle opener, as well as hooks for tools.

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