We all love cooking up a storm in the great outdoors – the smoky aroma of a fired-up barbecue, the taste of seared meat and well-grilled veggie skewers. And with gardens set to be our main socialising venue in the months ahead, securing the best barbecue on the market (and at the right price!) is more important than ever.
So we’re sharing our pick for the best barbecues on sale in the UK right now, with choices for all budgets.
The best BBQs available in the UK this summer
Argos Home 4-burner gas barbecue with side burner, £150, Argos
Best for: Texas-style grilling
You struggled to find more control over your grilling at a better price! Comes with get four individual gas burners, which can be easily adjusted to different temperatures for cooking different foods to perfection. Handy features like a condiment rack, warming rack and a side burner for small dishes just add to the convenience.
It comes with a pre-installed regulator for propane gas, but it can also be fitted with a butane regulator if that’s your grilling preference!
Barrel Charcoal BBQ, £84.99, VonHaus
Best for: Burgers on a budget
Get summer started with this top-value BBQ. A 70 x 36cm grill tray provides plenty of room for cooking, aided by an easy-read thermometer dial and a warming rack to keep finished dishes piping hoy. All this adds up to BBQ that’s under £100 and capable of catering for a hungry family.
Fuelled by charcoal and with a deep barrel-style lid, this BBQ is also perfect for use as an American-style ‘smoker’.
Weber Q1200 Gas BBQ with Stand, £324.99, Leekes
Best for: Speedy grilling
Lightweight and easy to carry, with two folding side shelves, you can have this sturdy portable BBQ set up in a flash – and once you’re ready, you’ll only need to wait five minutes for the porcelain-coated cast iron grill to reach cooking temperature.
We love the curved design of the stand, letting the master griller get up close to monitor their feast. Plus, remove the stand and you can use the main body of the BBQ as a tabletop grill, too!
CosmoGrill Outdoor XXL, £299.99, Amazon.co.uk
Best for: Big parties
With its gargantuan 72 x 42cm grill, the CosmoGrill Outdoor XXL is the ultimate party BBQ. The main grill can be adjusted to be closer or further away from the flames for that perfect finish, while the lid contains a warming rakc
Finished in stylish powdered steel, the design also features a range-style door to add charcoal without lifting the lid if you want to use it as a smoker.
Order now for delivery in mid-April – just in time to take advantage of the easing of restrictions on outdoor gatherings.
GoodHome Rockwell charcoal and gas hybrid BBQ, £418, B&Q
Best for: Flexible cooking
If you’re a serious griller looking for complete control over your cooking, a dual fuel barbecue might be the solution. Use charcoal for that authentic deep smoky tang on your meat, fish and vegetables, or switch to gas if you prefer lighter, faster grilling suitable for a large group. You can even use both at the same time!
Comes with an integrated warming rack and storage space, as well as a side shelf to hold plates or condiments, three hooks for your implements, and even a handy bottle opener for a spot of mid-cooking refreshment!
Weber Smokey Joe premium charcoal BBQ, £79.00, GO Outdoors
Best for: Grilling on the go
Small (just 43 x 36 x 42cm) but perfectly formed, the Weber Smokey Joe charcoal BBQ is portable enough to make it great for days out – even if you’re only going as far as the bottom of the garden. With a lockable lid, a carrying handle and tripod legs, you can take it with you wherever you go and start cooking as soon as you arrive.
Argos Home Kettle Charcoal BBQ with Pizza Oven, £85, Argos
Best for: Culinary variety
By the end of summer, you’d be forgiven if you’d got a bit bored of burgers and sausages. Step in, the BBQ pizza oven! This ingenious twist on the traditional kettle charcoal barbecue is specially designed with a removable middle section that allows it to double up as a built-in pizza oven.
This clever hybrid appliance comes with a pizza stone to guarantee the perfect crunchy base, and a paddle for loading and unloading pizza like a pro.
Texas Starter Smoker & BBQ, £100, Homebase
Best for: Ultimate smoky flavour
If you want to try your hand at American-style barbecue, this smoker box and grill combo from Homebase is the ideal starter set.
The offset smoker box comes an adjustable vent to achieve the precise level of heat you need for a slow-cook beef brisket or rack of ribs, as well as a chimney stack to channel the smoke away from you while cooking. When not in use as a smoker, simply open the lid to use as a straightforward BBQ for easy grilling.