The calendar says it's officially summer, and you know what that means: It's time to take a cold hard look at your grill. If it's served you for many seasons but achieved a level of buildup that no human could scrub away, it may be time to say "thanks for the memories" and make a move. After all, an easy, breezy, efficient, smooth-running grill is the center of summer fun. And we're all in need (and deserving) of heaping helpings of joy right now.
Whether you're a gas-griller or a fan of classic charcoal models, we've got you covered, with tasty extended July 4th discounts from an array of online retailers. If you can manage to swiftly choose among the gems below, then you may even have your new grill in time for the big day — fireworks not included (but the culinary accolades will be). So don't hesitate — scroll, pick, click, and cook up some excitement this summer!
Weber Spirit 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill
This small-scale propane grill from the name you know, Weber, still feeds an army. The 360-square inch surface is large enough to fit a dozen hamburgers at one time. What's not small? The 33% discount— saving you a whopping $200. This balcony favorite fits in tight spots but doesn't skimp on the barbie. Porcelain enamel-coated cast-iron grates allow for full flavor, while the propane-powered grill is outfitted for safety with a convenient drip pan that's simple to empty.
Says a happy wife, "I got this grill for my hub for Fathers Day! We’ve always had a big grill, & decided we had no reason to not 'go smaller!' This grill is more powerful than our old 5-burner grill! He (& I!) love it!"
Pro Series 22 Pellet Grill
Traeger may well be the other name you know from the grill world. They know what they're doing; because of that, you will, too. This grill uses hardwood pellets and features a 572-square-inch grilling surface — enough for 28 burgers (works for me, but what are you guys gonna have?) It's made of steel with a powder coat finish, and how 'bout that retro-cool stovepipe? Keep the temp low and you've got an at-home smoker; kick it up and char away!
"This is hands-down the best smoker/grill you’ll ever find," said one carnivorous consumer. "I’ve had mine since 2010... and we use it weekly if not daily. We have smoked turkeys, ham, pork loins, pork chops, briskets, steaks, deer [and] elk on it, you name it.... It does the work for you, no need to be a master."
Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill
Experienced campers will actually refer to their alfresco cookers as "Coleman grills," whatever the make — that's how ubiquitous this brand is when it comes to outdoor meal-making. With this compact yet powerful unit, you won't feel you're "roughing it" no matter how remote your location. Its 285 square inch cooking surface is heated by eight adjustable burners powered by up to 20,000 BTUs. When it's time to head back to civilization, just fold it up and wheel it away.
"This is one heck of a nice grill!" said one five-star fan. "I've used it several times and it cooks better than my larger one.... The design is excellent, and it folds for rolling and storage easily."
Blackstone Adventure Ready 22" Griddle with Stand and Adapter Hose
This Blackstone Adventure griddle can be set tabletop or on the foldable stand, making it an anywhere grill. It comes with an adapter hose, so you can link it to a one-pound tank or 20-pounds, depending on how light you need to travel. Ideal for camping and fishing trips, this is the outdoorsy person's grill. 361 square inches fits a dozen burgers, without any unnecessary bulk.
Says a fan, "Love this griddle... The added stand and lid are a great bonus. They are pretty expensive if bought separately. Unpacked, assembled, seasoned griddle, and was cooking fajitas in little over an hour. Griddle does get very hot, so great for searing meat. Clean-up is relatively simple. Breaks down and fits in my RV storage compartment perfectly."
Cuisinart Portable 14 in Charcoal Grill
You can't go wrong with a classic can-do charcoal grill, and this Cuisinart is so manageable, you'll be taking it everywhere. At 14-inches wide, and only two pounds, any novice can grill on this little baby. With 150 square inches at-the-ready for grilling, it can sit tabletop at your next backyard BBQ. The best part? You save 36%, which knocks it down to an ultra-affordable $25.
With over 9,500 perfect ratings, this bestseller is a no-brainer. Says one of its many admirers, "Great grill! If all you wanna do is cook up a few burgers and dogs, you can't go wrong: this is a great choice. It's basically a copy of the venerable Smokie Joe; same size, works about the same, but the Cuisinart was MUCH cheaper... We've cooked all kinds of goodies on it... Great starter grill (you can even grill/smoke a whole chicken and other 'big' things in it with a bit of prep beforehand), it's a good fit for apartment porches & balconies and just about perfect for a couple. Highly recommended!"
Char-Broil Performance Series 5-Burner Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner
Char Broil's 5 burner grill combines the ease of liquid propane with all of the bells and whistles you want in your family's bar-b-que. It's got an easy electric ignite switch, adjustable flame, built-in thermometer and side burner for that extra dish. Plus it comes with a chef's tray for those delicate veggies. Sides are compatible with Gear Trax organizers, and it fits three dozen burgers to boot. Plus, it's pretty as a picture in this gleaming silver. Save $50 on this beautiful grill.
Says a happy user, "I love everything about this grill... Years ago I owned a Char-Broil gas grill and it was great. I found this 4-burner LP grill at Lowes at a very decent price and jumped on the opportunity. It heats quickly and evenly. Moving it is easy. I've used it a few times so far and it's performed remarkably. I highly recommend this grill."
Cuisinart Four Burner Dual Fuel Gas Grill
With 42,000 BTUs of cooking power and over 600 square inches of grilling space (to grill up to 28 burgers!) plus an appliance-grade viewing window that allows chefs to check on their meals while retaining all that precious heat within the firebox, this Cuisinart performs. A 12,000 BTU side burner is perfect for side dishes. Save $50 on this grill and grab at an unarguably reasonable $347.
This pleased purchaser calls it "the best BBQ you'll ever own", adding "This is my second Cuisinart bbq! I bought one last year and it was my favorite bbq! So I brought that one to the campground and got the exact one for home. It was out of stock for a long time so I did without a bbq. I was not caving and getting a different one!"
Weber Q3200 Liquid Propane Grill
We're closing out this survey with another Weber partly because, well, we just love the look of this. Of course, we can afford to be a bit shallow given this propane-fueled grill's performance. Its dual stainless steel burners produces 21,700 BTU-per-hour, enough to sear, sizzle or slow-roast just about any dang thing you want. Its cast-iron grates are enameled in porcelain to help equally distribute heat and prevent sticking. Nice bonus: a hood light that allows you to keep grilling well into the night.
One longtime fan's really taken a shine to this model: "I have had a charcoal Weber for over 30 years. This is my first gas Weber. I like the shape, doesn’t take up so much space like a boxy grill, perfect for a small porch, but able to cook for a large group. Easy to cook on and use. Weber is always the best."
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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