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The Best Grills For The Perfect BBQ

About Grills

In the world of grilling, bbq ribs may have taken the spotlight, but they are not the only delicacy worth a try. From simple cooking methods to complex marinades and dry rubs, it can be hard to choose the best barbecue grill. With that in mind, we at GiftWonk have compiled a list of some of our favorite choices for barbecue smokers and grills so you can enjoy your perfect meal without breaking the bank or your back.

AT A GLANCE – OUR TOP 5 BEST GRILLS FOR THE PERFECT BBQ
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1. THE BUDGET OPTION: Char-Broil Performance TRU
2. GETS THE JOB DONE: Cuisinart CGG-7400 Propane
3. THE COOK FOR THE BLOCK: Royal Gourmet 8-Burner

4. THE BEST ALL AROUND: Monument Grills  4-Burner

5. THE ALL-IN-ONE: Z GRILLS ZPG-450A 2020 

1. THE BUDGET OPTION: Char-Broil Performance TRU

SPECIFICATIONS

? 310 square inches of primary cooking space on durable porcelain-coated, rust-resistant and easy-to-clean steel grates, plus a 95 square inch warming rack ideal for sides and buns
 

? TRU-Infrared cooking technology prevents flare-ups, delivers even-heat and cooks up to 50% juicier food.
 

? Exclusive metallic gray finish for increased style and durabilty. Single-door cabinet design offers storage space for propane tank, grilling tools and accessories.
 

? Electronic ignition for fast and reliable burner lighting at the push of a buttom. Convenient side shelves offer added work and prep space, and are Gear Trax enabled. When not in use, the side shelves fold down to save space and for storage.
 

? Powered by propane, (LP), gas, the stainless steel burners offer long-lasting performance ad emit flames from the top for even heat with no hot or cold spots.
 

? Lid-mounted temperature gauge to easily monitor the inside temperature of your grill and durable porcelain-coated grease pan which can be removed for easy cleaning.
 

? Simplified design with standardized hardware for quick and easy assembly. Includes a custom-cleaning tool with SAFER red nylon bristles. Sits on four heavy-duty casters, (2 of which lock), for easy mobility around your deck or patio.
 

? Assembled dimensions: 44.5-inches wide x 22.4-inches deep x 45.3-inches high.

WHAT WE THINK:

Let's get the most important fact (though we don't believe it's the best) out of the way first: this grill is not the fastest grill on the block. But that doesn't mean it isn't worth every bit of its $260 price tag. It's a classy performer that can easily handle large amounts of food and has some features that make it ideal for serving large parties.


The big draw with this charcoal barbecue is its massive cooking area, which measures a whopping 44.5-inches wide x 22.4-inches deep x 45.3-inches high inches. That's huge enough to feed a small family, but there are plenty of good reasons to consider spending money on a grilling option with more versatility than this charcoal model has in spades.

WHAT CUSTOMERS THINK:

“Perfect size for two or a smaller patio. Assembled in less than an hour. Instructions were easy to follow. Works great. Came with a grate cleaning brush.”


“This grill is perfect for our patio. Easy to assemble ( it took 30 min ) and the fold down sides are fantastic for storage space. After assembled, it fired up right away with the electric start and the grill fit 8 sausage and 6 hotdogs . I highly recommend this grill, it is a great value for the price.”


“Love this grill. Cooks evenly and cleaned up nice. The drip pan and tray help with clean up.

Woukd definitely recommend this grill”


PROS

✅ small size makes it perfect for small areas


✅ foldable side shelves 


✅ no hot or cold spots

CONS

❌ smaller cooking area so grilling bigger quantities of food will take a while


❌ grate can be difficult to clean if used often

2. GETS THE JOB DONE: Cuisinart CGG-7400 Propane

SPECIFICATIONS

? COOKING POWER: Four 11, 000 BTU burners provide a total 44, 000 BTUs of ? cooking power
 

? COOKING SPACE: The grill is equipped with 443 square inch of cooking space with an additional 167 square inch warming rack
 

? CAST IRON GRATES: Heavy-duty cast iron cooking grates are great for retaining heat
 

? PREP SPACE: Two 18" x 13" side tables provide ample space for food prep
 

? CONSTRUCTION: Stainless Steel lid and control panel. Actual product may vary from images shown due to product enhancement.
 

? INCLUDED FEATURES: Grill utilizes drip tray to collect grease and drippings. 4-foot LP hose to connect the grill and the 20lb propane tank (propane not included).
 

? WARRANTY: 3-year limited warranty

WHAT WE THINK:

This trusted grilling model from Cuisinart is the perfect barbecue for those looking to take on a few small projects. Its classic appeal is a nice touch, and the large grilling surface makes it easy to cook for a crowd of friends. If you're looking to make this more than just an occasional event, spend the extra $100 on this full-size propane model and enjoy your food with all the ambiance of a bbq party minus the hassle.

WHAT CUSTOMERS THINK:

“I was hesitant at first because I had never heard of a cuisanart brand grill but for the price and research, it seemed like it was worth trying. I received grill without any issues and no damages. It was simple to assemble in less than 45 minutes. Used it about a dozen times and cooks evenly and heats up fast. It is also easy to clean compared to other grills I've had in the past so that was a nice experience. Perfect product at this price point and would definitely purchase again. I'm receiving a free scraper for this review. I would still give it five stars without a scraper.”


“Ordered in nov for Christmas present for my hub but really wanted for myself! No problem putting it together just took time. Used yesterday to make a big batch of meatballs for the freezer. Started right up and I am glad I can cook bacon or hamburger with out stinking my kitchen up. Just a little worried about the finish on the grill I would imagine steel tools are a no no I think it could scratch off easily but great to use so far.”

PROS

✅ Wheels to move around easily


✅ Side shelves 


✅ Built in warming rack, bottle opener and thermometer 

CONS

❌ can rust easily if not covered or cleaned properly


❌ comes completely disassembled and might be difficult for those not very handy


❌ no cabinet for storage

3. THE COOK FOR THE BLOCK: Royal Gourmet 8-Burner

SPECIFICATIONS

? 8 stainless steel tube burners with 13,000 BTU each, total 104,000 BTU cooking power; supporting gas system includes 2 sets of regulators for stable, even flame
 
? 950 sq. in. cooking surface with 1/4" diameter porcelain wire cooking grates, grill more than 60 burgers or 120 hot dogs at once; Feature integrated folding windscreen to protect grilling
 
? Electronic ignition system offers a reliable spark with every push; 2 large capacity grease cups underneath firebox help grilling last long, draw-out oil catch pan for easy cleaning
 
? 2 folding side tables offer additional prep and work space; 2 levels of heavy duty shelves provide sufficient storage space; 4" lockable caster wheels for easy moving
 
? Ideal for big events in Company, Church, School, Restaurant, or other commercial use (LP tanks are not included). Ignition Type-Electrical

WHAT WE THINK:

Everyone loves the idea of having a smoker in the backyard, but most of those appliances don't come with built-in grilling surfaces. This Royal Gourmet model from Australia is one of the few that do, and it makes a great option for both of those tasks. Plus, it's one of the more affordable 8-burner models on our list thanks to its $380 price tag.

WHAT CUSTOMERS THINK:

“We used this for our American Legion Memorial Day Brat Fry and it preformed fabulously. We were able to cook 500 brats and 300 hamburgers and it did not have "hot spots". It was perfect.”



“Fantastic product! We purchased in April 2020 and absolutely love it! Great quality and cooks very evenly. We clean it after each use and no rust at all on the cooking grates. We had a little rust show up on the burners and royal gourmet was super quick to send out replacements! Great customer service!!! Excellent choice if you love cooking for large groups!! This is the only grill I will ever purchase and the only company I will ever purchase one from!! 10 stars!!!!”


It is expensive, and that is a difficult hill to climb for many. But as an EDC item that is going to see a lot of pocket time, and with the protection it brings, it has been worth the investment.”


“Love my new grill! fast shipping,well packaged and no damage. easy to assemble. do a great job to cook many different foods at the same time. I would highly recommend this awesome grill to everyone.


Last week I use this grill for my son's party, we grilled some stuffed veggies,chicken,sausages,shrimp,steak,and fish, and it turned out wonderful! cooking on this grill was fun and easy. Since it's a gas grill I suggest you keep an eye on your food because it cooks so fast, but the end result were well worth it. Of course, Kids enjoyed the food.


Overall,the grill had great quality,durability and was also affordable.”

PROS

✅ Great for cooking for large groups


✅ Wheels to move around easily


✅ Foldable side shelves


✅ Extra storage space below

CONS

❌ Stock regulator needs to be replaced for heavy duty grilling


❌ No lid


❌ Can be tricky to assemble

4. THE BEST ALL AROUND: Monument Grills  4-Burner

SPECIFICATIONS

? STAINLESS STEEL BURNERS-- four main 304 stainless steel burners, one side burner, and one side sear burner with 72,000 total BTUs deliver powerful heat and performance
 

? LARGE COOKING AREA-- 723 square inches of total cooking area offers plenty of grilling space; 513 square inches of primary cooking area and 210 square inches of warming rack area
 

? CAST IRON COOKING GRATES-- Porcelain coated, cast iron cooking grates designed for even cooking
 

? STAINLESS STEEL FLAME TAMERS-- Stainless flame tamers insure even heat delivering great flavors
 

? LED LIGHTS-- LED Control Knobs for increased visibility at night

WHAT WE THINK:

This four-burner gas grill from Monument Grills is one of the leading models in the industry and a great option for those with limited space. Its sagging price tag will shock you, but it's definitely worth every penny that goes into making this titan of the grilling world one of the industry's best.

WHAT CUSTOMERS THINK:

“The features of this Monument Grill are way more than I expected. I'm so happy I held out for this model and understand know why its so popular. Super easy to put together and well packaged. All in all a great purchase.”


“We bought these for gifts and they loved them! They work great. Well made, even cooking. Would recommend.”


“I got a great deal on this grill and I can’t be happier that I splurged for a higher end grill. It doesn’t disappoint. I love it.”

PROS

✅ Large cooking area


✅ LED control knobs for easy visibility at night


✅ Sear side burner


✅ Lidded side burner


✅ Wheels to move around easily

CONS

❌ Expensive 


❌ Can begin to rust if not covered or cleaned properly

5. THE ALL-IN-ONE: Z GRILLS ZPG-450A 2020 

SPECIFICATIONS

? ULTIMATE 8-IN-1 (Cover included): Barbecue wood fire pellet grill: bbq✓bake✓roast✓braise✓smoke✓grill✓sear✓char-grill
 

? Pellet Grill Technology: There isn't an easier way to get wood-smoked flavors than with a pellet grill. Try it, and you'll taste the difference from a GAS or CHARCOAL grill
 

?  Set the Temperature, Relax, and Enjoy: Z Grills pellet grills will do all the work for you once you set the temperature. No labor-intensive start-up. No babysitting the grill. Enjoy the cooking!
 

? Consistent Results Every Time: The PID technology holds the tightest temperature possible throughout your cooking for consistent results.
 

? Smoke, Grill, and Everything in Between: With its 180° to 450° F temperature range, this pellet grill has 8-in-1 versatility to grill, smoke, bake, roast, sear, braise, barbecue, and char-grill with incredible hardwood flavor.
 

? Designed for Small Families, yet Big on Flavor: Perfectly sized for small households, the 450A features 452 sq. in of cooking space while infusing big flavors into your food.
 

? Built to Last: Sturdy steel construction with a high-temperature powder coating finish makes the pellet grill long-lasting, bringing you years of ultimate wood-fired grilling experience.
 

? Less Pellet Filling, More Smoking: The 15 lbs large-capacity pellet hopper offers longer cooking time, eliminating the need to refill the hopper constantly.

WHAT WE THINK:

If you're looking for the ultimate in grilling versatility and convenience, look no further than the Z GRILLS ZPG-450A. It's a fantastic grill that can handle all kinds of meat in all kinds of settings. Just set the temperature and get ready for some truly excellent food. Best of all, you don't need to be a grilling master to make this do what it does so well. Adding wood pellets or chips is one of its easiest tasks, and its Smokey Mountain Pellet Grill system takes care of everything else while you focus on turning all your food into absolute gold. If you want to buy just one grill ever again, this is definitely one of our top recommendations.

WHAT CUSTOMERS THINK:

“I’ve only had this a little over a week, but I have to say how happy I am with this smoker/grill! I was reluctant to buy a smoker...I had purchased a Traeger about five years ago through Costco, but did not like that it just couldn’t get hot enough to cook meat the way I liked, so I returned it. I received this one as a birthday present, so I had to keep it! Put it together the day I got it. It is no “easy” snap together job, but the instructions are clear, the packaging is, if anything, over done. In fact removing all the parts from packaging was probably the most difficult part of assembly! As a novice “smoker” the startup procedure and the precautions were a bit concerning and intimidating, but I gathered the patience and followed them closely. In the end, everything went very smoothly, all pieces fit perfectly, there was exactly one extra screw, as promised. By the third time I used it, all was second nature. The best part is the food! I bought a 20 pound bag of Oak pellets from ZGrills. That is the only type I have used so far, but I see no reason that any flavor wood would not work. I plan to use other types next. The first thing I smoked was a ham for Easter.!”


“I've had smokers propane and electric. I did a alot of research before purchase. 3 year warranty and for 21.00 more I got 4 more? 7 years! I cook brisket, chicken, sausage, ribs and burgers with this thing . I can't wait to smoke a turkey. Its big enough as far as square per inch for plenty. Some things you need to seer, but if you already know that, you already know. Buy it and don't look back.”


“The grill came promptly and in good condition. I have some assembly experience so putting it together was not hard; having two people is a big help. The instruction are clear with lots of pictures and all the hard ware is clearly labeled and the grill came with all the tools needed to put it together. This is my first pellet grill so I cannot compare it to others but my cooking experiences have been very positive. Cooking the meat low and slow along with a good level of smoke has made for delicious meals. I have kept a close eye on the temperature the swings are easily within ten degrees. I have found that stepping up the temperature in increment works best. For reference I put a full untrimmed rack of pork ribs and two 1.5 lb ropes of sausage on the grill and it was full. ( 540 sq in grill size) The grill is built well and easy to use I would buy another Z Grill. The only frustration I found was there is no hole for a meat probe so I took a 3/16 drill bit and made my own. Hope I did not void my warranty of increase the risk of rust where I drilled.”

PROS

✅ 8-in-1 cooking
Bbq
Bake
Roast
Braise
Smoke
Grill
Sear
Char-grill


✅ Large grilling area


✅ Built in smoker


✅ Wheels to move around easily

CONS

❌ expensive 


❌ temperature control unit is not so accurate sometimes 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I clean my barbecue grill?

While you can’t expect to take your barbecue grill in for a cleaning every day, it is necessary to use a brush and soapy water to wash off any dirt that crusted onto the surface of the grill. Washing the grills with soap and water can help loosen up any dried-on food but will not remove dirt or grease deep in grooves or around handles and knobs. Also, refrain from scrubbing too hard with steel wool or sandpaper as they can scratch the metal of the grill.

2. How often should you clean my grill?

Most manufacturers give guidelines on what frequency you should clean your grill whenever it starts to look dirty or smoky. For example, the gas-powered stainless steel models should be cleaned every few months. The charcoal models can be cleaned on a regular basis but sometimes you may need to do it more often. Make sure that you’re cleaning your barbecue grill as recommended so that it will continue working properly.

3. How do I clean my grill brushes?

Most manufacturers recommend using special brushes to clean the grills, but in some cases, you may just want to use a good old-fashioned kitchen sponge with soap and water. The best thing about using a brush is that they’re often easier to clean than sponges, and they won’t scratch or bend the metal of the grill like a sponge can. However, the cost of grill brushes can add up if you’re cleaning a lot. Some manufacturers recommend using regular household sponges without the detergents that are often used to clean dishes or pots and pans.

4. What is the difference between propane grills and charcoal grills?

The basic difference between propane- and charcoal-powered grills is that the former uses a pressurized tank of gas, while the latter uses charcoal or briquettes to produce heat. Propane grills are more popular than coal-fired models mainly because they’re more convenient, but there are also some people who prefer using them because of their cleaner taste. Coal has some advantages as well, such as being a healthier alternative for those who are sensitive to smoky flavors.

5. How many BTUs (British Thermal Units) does a gas grill have?

This depends on the size of the grill as well as its specific features. A 3,000 BTU gas grill designed for small families would be a perfect size, whereas a 5,000 BTU model for a large family would be ideal. Although most gas grills claim to have at least 4,000 BTUs, this is only a general estimate.

6. What are some of the features of pellet or wood-burning grills?

Some of the features that make these types of grills so versatile are that they have different heat levels (like on/off buttons), and they’re made of either steel or cast iron. These grills are commonly used for smoking food or other recipes. On top of that, pellet grills can use wood chips and pellets (as opposed to charcoal) to produce heat. This is a very popular way of cooking on these types of grills because it eliminates the need for matches and log holders, and it produces highly flavored foods that are perfect for barbecues.

7. What are some features to look for in a grill?

Compatible with gas or charcoal – as previously mentioned, most gas grills use natural gas or propane, while the charcoal models use briquettes or wood pellets. The conversion between types of fuel isn’t difficult, but you’ll need the proper parts to make it happen.

Ability to adjust heat and smoke – some high-end grills have this great feature built-in. Not only can you control how hot the grill gets, but you can also adjust the amount of smoke produced on a pellet grill.

Temperature control – some high-end grills allow you to set the temperature and the grill will maintain that level of heat. This is a great feature when you’re smoking different types of food at the same time using different heat levels.

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