Choosing the Best Outdoor Grill - Top Gas, Charcoal, and Pellet Grill Reviews

by Jolly Green Products on January 28, 2020

Choosing the Best Outdoor Grill

Looking at buying an outdoor grill but stuck deciding which one to choose? When selecting between a gas, charcoal, and pellet outdoor grill, there are a few things you need to know — what each grill does, how it’s best used, and what kind of food it’s best for. What’s more, you need to know exactly which grills are at the top of their category.

Today, we’re breaking down the basics of these three primary types of grills. Then, we’ll walk you through this year’s top products, telling you why exactly they’ve graced our list, and give you our best possible grilling advice.

Let’s get started.


Basic Facts on Each Type of Grill

Gas grills, otherwise known as propane grills, are the most common type of outdoor grill. This is because they are easy to operate and control via knobs on the burners. They ignite and heat up relatively quickly and the cleaning process is incredibly simple. If you’re planning on barbecuing often, a propane grill may be the way to go. They have incredibly long lives when they are cared for properly. Just keep in mind, because an LP gas grill is operated by propane, you will need to either invest in a propane tank (or a few, for when it runs out!) or a natural gas line.

Charcoal grills are very similar to a propane gas grill, only you need charcoal to ignite it instead of using a propane tank, as the name suggests. It takes a bit longer to warm up and use the charcoal grill, but the flavor from charcoal grills usually tops the flavor from gas grills. They’re smokier and taste more like they’ve come out of a barbecue. If taste is super important to you and if you’re willing to put in some extra work, a charcoal grill is a great choice.

Pellet grills are admittedly not very popular. This is perhaps due to their higher cost when compared to a gas or charcoal grill. Instead of being heated by charcoal or propane, pellet grills are heated by wooden pellets. So, why should you invest in a pellet grill? Easy — the wooden chips can infuse your food with a delicious, authentic smoky flavor which makes this a great choice for a BBQ grill. 

Here are some things to consider when you’re selecting between different types of grills for your outdoor kitchen: 

  1. Where will your grill be placed or stored and do you need a grill cover?
  2. How much space do you have?
  3. What are the dimensions of the grill that would best suit you?
  4. How often will you be using your grill?
  5. Do you need something with caster wheels?
  6. What kind of flavor are you looking to get out of your grill?
  7. Any specific wooden or smokey taste?

Our Top Gas Grill Picks 

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1. Weber 62006001 Genesis II S-435 4-Burner Liquid Propane Grill

Our first two gas selections come from Weber, and it’s no surprise that this brand is as chart-topping as it is. Their products are very highly rated by users and extremely well recommended by cooks across the country. This particular model is equipped with the powerful GS4 High Performance Grilling System, measuring 47 H x 65 W x 29 square inches for its primary cooking area. There’s a side burner, too, so you can gill and simmer vegetables, sauces, or other sides and a 7mm stainless steel rod cooking grates provide superior heat retention.


2.  Weber 45010001 Spirit II E-310

The Weber Spirit II E-10 is, simply put, one of the best grills out there right now. The GS4 grilling system is nicely boosted with infinity ignition, Glamorizer Bars that are porcelain enameled, and a grease management system. The grates included in this model are porcelain enameled and cast in iron. This Weber grill gives you three burners with 529 Square inches of cooking space and is designed like an open cart with six tool hooks and two large caster wheels.


Our Top Charcoal Grill Picks 

3. Weber 15501001 Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill

Surprise, surprise! Another Weber model. This time, it’s the Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill, which includes a 22-inch diameter porcelain-enameled bowl and lid that has a cooking area of 363 square inches. It comes with an electronic “touch-n-go” gas ignition system to make the system much easier for users and a One-Touch aluminized steel cleaning system with a high-capacity removable aluminum ash catcher. It also includes a removable LCD cook timer and a built-in lid thermometer.


4. Royal Gourmet BBQ Charcoal Grill and Offset Smoker

Next up, we’ve got this Royal Gourmet model, a traditional charcoal grill with an offset smoker combination for a great dual barbecuing experience. The grill includes porcelain-coated cooking grates which are designed to retain heat evenly, helping ock in juices and make your meat more tender. They’re also super easy to clean! This model has a lot of interesting and useful features for you to experiment with.


Our Top Pellet Grill Picks 

5. PIT BOSS 71820FB PB820FB BBQ Pellet Grill and Smoker

This grill model includes a frame broiler for open-flame searing, an 820 square inch cooking surface with porcelain-coated, cast-iron main grids and dial-in temperature control with an LED readout. This machine has a temperature from 180 to 500F and cooks a variety of food with ease.


6. Z Grills ZPG-450A 2019 Upgrade Model Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker

Last but not least, we have this absolute beast of a pellet cooker. It’s got seven distinct modes, all wrapped up in one model — perfect for barbecuing, baking, roasting, braising, smoking, and more! It cooks with a fan-forced convection method and utilizes precise temperature control via an automated electric feed system. The grilling area is huge, measuring 450 square inches, and the model is praised for its easiness to use and clean.

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