Grilling food outdoors has a special something that is hard to replicate on your kitchen stove. Not only does it taste amazing but it also feels like a summer barbeque when eating it. With warm weather getting closer now is a great time to get ready for some summer grilling this year. The best place to start is to make sure you have a good working grill to cook on. To make sure you make the best choice we have found the “objective” best outdoor grills in a number of different categories depending on your needs.


Best Grill & Smoker Combo

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Traeger Pro Series 575 Gen II

Price: $799.00

Rating: 9.6/10 based on 400+ reviews

Pros

  • Offers 6 different ways to cook.
  • Built-in meat probe.
  • Connects with Amazon Alexa for full voice control.
  • Easy to use controls.
  • App functionality.
  • Large cooking space.
  • Wood pellet grill is efficient and consistent.

Cons

  • Does not come with a cover to protect it from the elements.
  • Has to be plugged into an outlet.
  • The wireless antenna does not have much range so it will have to be near the router or an extender.

Best Charcoal Grill

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Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill

Price: $174.99

Rating: 9.6/10 based on 2,800+ reviews

Pros

  • Built-in lid thermometer.
  • Rust resistant.
  • Lid hook to avoid placing the lid on the ground while cooking.
  • Hinged cooking grate allows for easy charcoal adding mid grill.
  • Precision heat control with valve.
  • Able to withstand high temperatures.
  • Easy to clean out ashes.

Cons

  • Assembly is difficult.
  • Reported to need oiling before first use.

Best Electric Grill

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George Foreman Outdoor Electric Grill

Price: $118.95

Rating: 9.25/10 based on 10,100+ reviews

Pros

  • Nonstick grill top.
  • Indoor/Outdoor removable stand allowing you to cook outside or on your countertop.
  • 5 different heat settings.
  • Anti-flare up technology makes it apartment approved.
  • No need to purchase charcoal or gas to grill.

Cons

  • Needs to be plugged in and the cord can be too short for some setups.
  • Lacks the signature grill flavor you get with charcoal or gas.
  • The stand is not that sturdy and can be easily knocked over if not paying attention.

Best Budget Grill

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Weber 10020 Smokey Joe

Price: $39.99

Rating: 9.25/10 based on 4,000+ reviews

Pros

  • Affordable.
  • Compact and low weight allowing you to take the grill with you.
  • Rust resistant.
  • Damper to allow grill temperature control.
  • Ash catcher try for easy cleaning.

Cons

  • Less cooking space than other grills.
  • The rack has no handle so adding charcoal once hot is very difficult.
  • Hard to clean.

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