Barbecue season has officially begun with the honoring of Memorial Day, so it’s time to sweep off your patio and start planning your summer backyard barbecue parties. If you don’t have the perfect grill yet, don’t worry, because there are tons of great grills on the market for every need and every price range. Whether you’re looking for a simple budget-friendly grill, a high-end deluxe gas grill or a backyard smoker, there are a lot of different options on the market. So, as you plan your trip to the store to pick up the grill of your dreams, here are five different options with prices for all budgets. Start small or go big, but either way, you can’t go wrong with one of these great grills.
Lynx 36” Built-In All Sear Grill with Rotisserie
When it comes to high-end gas grills, Lynx has quite a few luxurious options. This 36-inch grill comes with two burners and a built-in rotisserie, so you’ll have no end to the cooking options this grill provides. Sure, the price is on the high side, so this is the grill for those looking to make a big splash with the neighbors. You’ll also love the large capacity smoker box that will help you add lots of unique flavors to your foods, and it has a sleek-looking LED control knob so it really lights up at night. With cast brass burners, which are less likely to corrode and radiate heat better, you’ll have a luxurious grill that will help you make the best burgers, steaks, chicken, veggies, or anything else you can think of, with style. If high-end is what you seek, then check out Lynx Grills to find the perfect fit for you.
Napoleon Prestige 500
Napoleon also makes some truly impressive grills, so if gas is what you seek, you may find something a little closer to your price range here. Don’t let the lower price deter you, because this great grill comes with four burners, including infrared rear and side burners that let this bad boy cook your food eight different ways. You’ll like the stainless steel look, which will complement any outdoor décor or party space, and it comes with seven stainless steel plates to capture food drippings for easy cleanup. You’ll also love the stainless steel WAVE rod cooking grids and the warming rack, which all help make cooking with this grill a total breeze. For less than $1500, you won’t find a grill with as many options as this Napoleon Prestige.
PK Cast Aluminum Charcoal Grill and Smoker
Sometimes you just need a smaller charcoal grill that will add tons of flavor without totally busting the bank. This cast aluminum charcoal grill has four adjustable vents so you can control the temperature easily, and a detachable oven to make cleanup a breeze. There aren’t a ton of bells and whistles to this one, but it has a sleek and simple design with options for roasting and smoking as well as grilling. For this price, you can’t find a better charcoal option that will inject as much flavor as this one. Plus, the cast aluminum construction means it won’t rust and the food will cook more evenly without a need to re-position it to find the hot spots on the grill. With an easy-to-transport cart and a sleek and stylish look, this is a great grill to complement any backyard.
Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker
You no longer have to seek out your favorite barbecue joint to get the packed flavor of perfectly smoked meats. There are lots of great at-home smokers on the market, like this one from Weber. It has adjustable vents to make it easy to control the air flow and temperature inside the smoker, and an easy-access aluminum door to add fuel while you’re cooking without letting out all the smoke. The included cover protects your food and it’s large enough to handle a full-sized turkey, yet powerful enough to smoke ribs and other smaller meats. When low and slow is what you seek, you’ll want a great smoker to truly impress all your friends and family. This Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker is the perfect choice for anyone looking to learn more about smoking their meat at home.
Weber Original Kettle Grill
Whether you are just starting out on the grill or you are a seasoned pro that likes the classic performance of a traditional kettle grill, this one is a time-honored classic for a reason. This is the original charcoal grill that started it all. With the same bowl and lid with adjustable vents, you’ll know this grill as soon as you see it. The iconic grill is easy to clean and has an ash catcher so you won’t be sweeping up coal ashes after your backyard barbecue. The Weber Grill is rust resistant and comes on wheels, so you can move it around your patio with ease, plus it has nylon handles that make it safe to touch, even when the grill is in use. Simple to use and just as simple to transport, this is the perfect grill for anyone looking to learn more about the art of grilling, or to head to their next tailgating party.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.