The Best Grills of 2020
We found the best grill for every kind of pitmaster. Don't forget to check out our ultimate guide to grilling, too.
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When it comes to grills, doing your research before you buy is essential. From fuel type to purpose to price, there are many types of grills, and not all of them are worth their price tag. Luckily, our Test Kitchen pros did extensive research and testing to find the best grill for every type of cook. Keep reading to get their expert opinions.
Best Gas Grill: Genesis II E-315 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill
This top-rated gas grill makes barbecuing a breeze. The grill features 513 square inches of cooking space over three burners. It also has a tuckaway warming rack that will keep your grilled goods toasty while you sneak in a round of cornhole—or one of these other fun outdoor games. What our Test Kitchen experts love most are the built-in hooks that create a designated space to hang spatulas, tongs and other favorite grilling tools.
Best Charcoal Grill: Weber Original Charcoal Grill
Love the flavor of cooking over charcoal? Then you need a classic Weber charcoal grill. It’s a top-rated charcoal grill that’s easy to use and easy to clean. If you’ve never cooked with one before, here’s how to use a charcoal grill.
Best Hybrid Grill: Char-Griller Gas and Charcoal Grill
If you can’t decide between purchasing a gas or a charcoal grill, then a hybrid grill could be your best bet. It has two separate grilling compartments that let you cook with charcoal and with gas at the same time. And if you love to smoke your meats, you can even add a side firebox for extra smoking space. Pretend you’re a pitmaster with one of these BBQ recipes.
Best Built-in Grill: KitchenAid 4-Burner Built-in Gas Island Grill
Build your dream outdoor kitchen with this built-in grill. It has four main stainless steel burners (with enough cooking space to grill up to 38 burgers at once!) and one ceramic rotisserie burner. Don’t forget to add these essential grill tools to your outdoor cooking space.
Best Smoker: Traeger Ironwood 650 TFB65BLE Grill
If you’re in search of an at-home smoker, look no further than Traeger’s Ironwood pellet grill. This grilling powerhouse has a loyal following for a reason: not only can it sear and smoke meats low-and-slow, but it’s virtually hands-off. The Ironwood is wifi enabled, meaning you can adjust the grill’s smoke levels and temperature, and monitor your food all from your smartphone. If you’re unfamiliar with wood pellet grills, this guide will get you up to speed.
Best Indoor Grill: KRUPS Precision Indoor Grill MG705
The Precision Indoor Grill from KRUPS might be one of the smartest grills on the market. Not only does this grill come with pre-programed cooking settings for paninis, chicken, burgers and more, but it also automatically adjusts the cooking time temperature by sensing the thickness of your food and can cook from frozen. Plus, the nonstick, removable grates make cleaning this grill a breeze.
(Here are the best smokeless indoor grills, according to our Test Kitchen.)
Best Camping Grill: Weber Q Series 1200 Propane Portable Grill
If you’re an avid camper or outdoors person, this portable grill is the perfect grill for you. While the grill’s compact size and lightweight frame make it easy to pack and unpack from the car, there’s still plenty of room to grill up burgers for a crowd. The grill’s porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates lock-in heat to give your food beautiful sear marks and cook it evenly. Check out these tasty camping meals you’ll want to make on your next trip.
Best Tailgating Grill: Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Grill
Cheer on the home team and whip up an amazing parking lot meal with Coleman’s portable stand-up propane grill. This stand-alone grill is one of the safest options for tailgating as you won’t have to set a hot grill on your truck bed, a plastic table or the ground. After using the spacious three-burner grill to cook up some brats and corn on the cob, let it cool down, fold in the side tables and wheeled legs and toss the now-compact grill in the trunk. Just as easy as any of these straight-forward tailgate recipes.
Best Tabletop Grill: Cuisinart CGG-306 Chef’s Style Propane Tabletop Grill
You don’t have to give up precious backyard space to accommodate a grill you’re only using every once in a while. With two independent burners, 275-square-inch grate and foldable legs, this tabletop grill from Cuisinart packs all the punch of a full-sized grill, without all the bulk. Plus, it’s easy to un- and reassemble! And remember: while burgers, steak and hot dogs are great, don’t forget about grilled desserts!
Best Budget-Friendly Grill: Kingsford 14″ Grill
This budget-friendly grill is a great entry-level grill for those looking to save a little money. It has enough cooking space to cook up a couple burgers—and a top rack for bun warming, too.