Our Review of the 6 Best Starter Barbecues

It’s the obvious choice to decide to buy a barbecue. What’s maybe not so obvious once you get down to actually going about buying a barbecue is choosing which one on the market will serve you best. There are so many things to consider. One of the first things to ask yourself is what you plan to use your barbecue for. Wanting a barbecue to take camping versus wanting a barbecue for elaborate cookouts for the extended family will lead you in very different directions. Another thing to consider is what fuel you’d like to be using. That may depend again on your intended barbecuing style. Some types of barbecues lend themselves better to methods of cooking than others. Once you have an idea of these things knowing your budget will help you narrow down your options.

We’ve put together this list of some of the top barbecues on the market to help get you on the right track to finding your ideal grill. With a range of capabilities that cater to different cooking styles these barbecues can give you a good idea of your options.

As a quick note most gas barbecues are designed to run off of propane fuel but can easily be modified to use the natural gas from your utilities.


Coleman Roadtrip Grill LXE

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Fuel Type: Propane Ignition: Electric igniter
Dimensions: 47 x 19 x 34” Cooking Power: 20 000 BTU
Cooking Area: 285 sq in., oblong Warranty: 3 Years, Limited
# Of Burners: 2, Independently adjustable
Grill: Porcelain-coated cast iron grate

This portable grill is the perfect barbecue to take with you on all your camping trips. The collapsible stand folds underneath the grill making it easy to pack and smaller for storage while the wheels make it even easier to transport.

In terms of cooking, the two burners make it easy to use the two zone cooking method to create the perfect grilled meals. Broaden your camping trip menu by swapping out the interchangeable side of the grill with the other cooktops that are available for purchase separately. These include a griddle, a full size griddle, and a stove grate. Two side tables slide out from under the grill to provide convenient workspace while you barbecue and then slide back for compact travel and storage. These tables also provide tool hooks so that your cooking utensils are always close at hand. A removable grease tray makes cleaning up a breeze.


Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel Tabletop Grill

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Fuel Type: Propane Ignition: Electric igniter
Dimensions: 27 x 17 x 12” Cooking Power: 12 000 BTU
Cooking Area: 305 sq in Warranty: 1 Year
# Of Burners: 1
Grill: Stainless steel grid

If you’re just looking for a simple, lightweight barbecue to take camping or to a picnic then this is your model. While the single burner won’t give you as much finesse for grilling elaborate meals on the 205 sq in cooking grill, it will let you make delicious burgers and hot dogs while he temperature gage on the lid tells you how hot the grill is without you having to open it. This tabletop grill comes with a convenient chrome plated 100 sq in warming rack that brings the total cooking area to 305 sq in. The grease pan makes cleaning up simple while the legs fold under for compact travel and storage.


Char-Broil Classic 2 Burner Grill

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Fuel Type: Propane Ignition: Electric igniter
Dimensions: 19 x 42 x 46” Cooking Power: 20 000 BTU
Cooking Area: 280 sq in Warranty: 5 year for burners, 2 year for firebox, 1 year for other parts
# Of Burners: 2, Independently adjustable
Grill: Porcelain-coated wire

This model is great for a smaller patio or deck. The two wheels make it easy to adjust move away from the building during use and then to bring back against the wall after for some protection from the elements. The two independent burners are great for cooking using the two-heat zones method while the lid lets you use convection for indirect cooking. The barbecue even comes with two side tables for some convenient workspace.


Char-Broil Performance 4 Burner Cart Gas Grill

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Fuel Type: Propane Ignition: Electric igniter
Dimensions: 26 x 45 x 53” Cooking Power: 36 000 BTU
Cooking Area: 475 sq in Warranty: 5 year for burners, 2 year for firebox, 1 year for other parts
# Of Burners: 4, Independently adjustable, stainless steel with stainless steel tents
Grill: Porcelain-coated cast iron grates

This model is fantastic for entertaining. The porcelain-coated warming rack provides an extra 175 sq in of space while the temperature gage equipped lid allows for convection cooking. On one side of the grill is a burner for extra cook space that comes equipped with a cover. On the other side of the grill is an additional side shelf to provide more prep space. Stainless steel tents protect the burners from falling grease, help to prevent flare ups, and help to disperse heat more evenly around the barbecue. The removable porcelain-coated grease pan provides easy clean up.


Char-Griller Patio Pro Charcoal Grill 1515

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Fuel Type: Charcoal Warranty: 1 Year
Dimensions: 21 x 31 x 44”
Cooking Area: 350 sq in
Grill: Cast Iron

This durable barbecue is quite versatile by nature of the charcoal and well suited for smaller patios and decks. A sliding side drawer allows for easy access to the coals and a fire grate holds the coals off the bottom of the barbecue to allow for improved heat distribution. Side vents allow you to easily control airflow to regulate heat and smoke. A side shelf provides valuable prep and workspace as well. The ash pan can be taken out through the sliding side drawer to be cleaned out. A pair of wheels makes this heavy steel barbecue mobile around your patio.


George Forman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Grill

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Fuel Type: Electric Power: 1440 W
Dimensions: 13 x 21 x 22” Warranty: 1 Year
Cooking Area: 240 sq in, round
Grill: Double non stick coating

This grill is the perfect solution for barbecue lovers living where a propane or charcoal barbecue is not allowed. While it comes with a stand for outdoor or floor use, the stand can be removed and the grill set on the table or counter during use.  With five heat settings and a dome lid you have the freedom to cook food at a variety of temperatures with direct and convection heat. The barbecue features a sloping grate that diverts excess grease down a center channel drain. The removable grill plate is immersible for quick, easy cleaning.

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