Types of BBQ Grills

In order to choose the best BBQ grill for your specific needs, you need to have a firm understanding of the different types of grills that are available. BBQ grills can be opened or closed, and they come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. There are four main types of BBQ grills, which include:

Each of these four types of BBQ grills offers different benefits. In order to find the best BBQ grill for your needs, it is important to understand these differences.

Here’s a more in-depth look at the different types of BBQ grills.

The Charcoal BBQ Grill

The charcoal BBQ grill is the most basic of all BBQ grills. They contain a vessel, which holds the charcoal. A rack is placed over the charcoal and is used to hold the food that is cooked on the grill. The charcoal is heated and cooks the food on the rack above it. Many grill masters love their charcoal grills because they provide a flavor that can’t be replicated by the gas models and they are easier to double as a smoker. Charcoal grills come in all kinds of shapes and sizes ranging from small portable grills to large commercial smoker grills. On the downside, the charcoal BBQ grill can be hard to keep hot in extremely cold temperatures and they take 30 minutes to get the charcoal lit before you can begin cooking. They are also more difficult to clean than other types of BBQ grills, as the charcoal needs to be emptied out, which can be a messy process.

The Gas BBQ Grill

The gas BBQ grill is highly regarded for its ability to quickly heat up. It doesn’t need to be filled and refilled with charcoal. They are also easier to operate than charcoal BBQ grills; just turn on the gas, press the ignition button and the grill will start to heat up. Many users also enjoy how easy they are to clean; there aren’t any charcoals to clean out. The temperature can also be easily controlled on the gas BBQ grill, as they have temperature controls. This means that you can achieve the idea temperature for your cooking needs. On the downside, you do need to make sure that your tank is full in order to operate this type of BBQ grill. Also, the burners do need to be replaced, as they can wear out with extended use. The gas BBQ grill also tends to be more expensive than the charcoal BBQ grill; however, they usually offer more features.

The Natural Gas BBQ Grill

The natural gas BBQ grill shares all of the features and benefits of a gas grill; the only difference is that they are usually built in to a structure, such as a deck or a patio, which means that they don’t offer the portability of a standard gas grill. The major advantage of the natural gas grill is that they do not have to be refilled, which means that you don’t have to worry about running out of fuel while you are cooking. A natural gas line is hooked straight into your grill, and it is billed to your monthly gas utility bill, which eliminates the need to make additional trips to the store.

The Electric Gas Grill

The electric gas grill is a new entry into the grilling world. Electric grills are powered by an electrical cord, which is plugged into a power outlet. The main advantage of the electric grill is that they provide fast and reliable heat. However, on the downside, they need to be plugged in, which can limit their portability.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a BBQ Grill

There are a number of factors that you should take into consideration when choosing a BBQ grill. By taking these factors into consideration, you will be able to find the best BBQ grill for your specific needs. Some of the primary factors that should be taken into consideration is the power source of the grill, the amount of heat they generate and the portability, among other things. To learn more about the factors that we think are the most important to take into consideration when choosing a BBQ grill, please keep on reading.

The Size of the Grill

The size of the grill is one of the most important factors to take into consideration. BBQ grills come in a wide range of sizes and you want to make sure that you are choosing one that will accommodate the amount of food that you want to cook. When determining the size of the grill, you should consider how many people you will be cooking for and the amount of food that you will be cooking. If you cook a large amount of food, you may want to look for a grill that offers a lot of grill space and that has different levels of racks.

The Heat Source

You should also consider what type of heat source you would prefer to power your BBQ grill. To have a better understanding of the types of fuel sources that are available and the benefits that they offer, please review the ‘types’ section of this buyer’s guide.

Heat Control

No matter what type of heat source you choose, the best type of BBQ grills offer you the ability to control the temperature. When you can control the temperature of the grill, you can better control the way the outcome of how the food will be cooked.

The Durability

The best BBQ grills are constructed of durable materials. The more durable the materials are that the BBQ grill is constructed of, the more reliable the grill will be and the longer the grill will last you.


You should also consider the portability of the grill. If you want to be able to move your grill around, you are going to want to look for one that offers portability. Gas and charcoal grills are the most portable.

The Cost

Another important factor that you should take into consideration is the cost of the BBQ grill. Grills can vary widely in price and you want to make sure that you don’t spend more than you want to. Typically, gas and natural gas grills are the most expensive. Additionally, the more features that a grill offers, the more expensive it will be.

The Features BBQ Grills Can Offer

There are a wide range of features that BB grills can offer. These features are intended to make the grill easier to use and make it more versatile. As mentioned above, the more features that a BBQ grill offers, the more expensive it will be. To determine whether you want or need certain features, it is important to have a full understanding of the different types of features that are available.

Here is a look at some of the most common features that BBQ grills can offer.

Side Burners

A handy feature a BBQ grill can offer is a side burner. If you want to cook other items, but don’t want to cook them on the grill, a side burner will allow you to do just that. You can boil a pot of water to make corn on the cob or make baked beans on a side burner, for example.

LCD Screens

Some BBQ grills feature LCD screens. These screens clearly display the temperature of the grill so that you can ensure it has reached the ideal temperature to cook your foods. It takes the guess work out of determining how hot your grill is.

A Rotisserie

If you enjoy rotisserie cooked meats, you will enjoy a BBQ grill that features a rotisserie. With this feature, you can easily roast a whole chicken or a turkey to perfection. Typically, this feature is only available for gas and natural gas grills. If you are considering a rotisserie, make sure that you choose one that has a sturdy motor and a counterweight to balance the load of the food you are cooking. Also, basket type rotisseries are easier to use than spear type rotisseries.

Built In Preparation Tables

With this feature, you will be able to easily prepare other food items or store other items that you may need to have close at hand while you are cooking.

Storage Shelves

Some BBQ grills also come equipped with storage shelves. With these shelves, you can easily store items that you commonly use while you are grilling, such as cleaning brushes, spatulas and tongs.


If portability is important to you, look for a BBQ grill that has wheels. With wheels, you will be able to easily move your BBQ grill to wherever you want to use it. Do make sure that the wheels are sturdy and made of durable materials so that they will be able to support the weight the grill and will be able to stand up to being moved around.

A Cover

Some BBQ grills come complete with a cover. When the grill is not in use, you can place the cover over it to protect it from the elements and extend its lifespan.

Night Lights

If you enjoy cooking when the sun goes down, look for a BBQ grill that comes equipped with a night light. With this feature, you will be able to see what you are cooking even after the sun goes down.

Drink Holders

If you want to have a place to conveniently store your drink while you are cooking, look for a BBQ grill that features a drink holder. You can place your drink right in the holder and have it close at hand.

A Bottle Opener

Another handy feature is a built in bottle opener. With this feature, you can open sealed bottles while you are cooking.

A Warranty

The best BB grills come complete with a warranty. A warranty will protect your investment. Should something happen to the grill during the span of the warranty, you will be able to have it repaired or replaced, or you may be able to have your money refunded. Do make sure that you read the details of your warranty so that you know exactly what it covers.

The Best BBQ Brands

There are several companies that manufacture BBQ grills, which can make it difficult to determine who makes the best one. We have tested several BBQ grills out and have read user reviews, and after doing so, have determined that the following brands are the best of the best.


Coleman is one of the most trusted names in outdoor equipment, including BBQ grills. They offer an array of grill types and various features. They are also extremely sturdy and durable.


Weber is another producer of high quality BBQ grills. We liked how many options they offered and how durable their grills were. We also liked the available features this company’s grills offered.