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The best outdoor grills to get ready for the summer

Grilling is a time-honored outdoor activity. If the warm weather has you thinking of outdoor cooking then you need to find the right gas or charcoal grill for you this summer. The grill that’s right for your home and garden depends a bit on what you plan on cooking on it — pizza, hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie skewers — as well as where you plan on keeping it.

A small grill can be the perfect thing to cook for one or two people; however, if you plan on hosting cookouts for large groups of friends you might want to instead spring for a larger model. You’ll also have to decide between charcoal and propane, both of which offer distinctive advantages. Here’s our list of some of the best outdoor grills to help you be the queen or king of your neighborhood cookout. Our picks have options for compact spaces and are sure to provide efficient cooking with durable materials. They’re designed for the long haul, no matter how big your outdoor space. Check them out below.

At A Glance:

  • Best overall: Blackstone 1554 Grill Station
  • Best portable: Weber Liquid Propane Grill
  • Best heat control: Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill
  • Best budget: Char-Griller Akorn Jr

Blackstone 1554 Grill Station

Best-selling, large 4-burner, premium option

Weber Liquid Propane Grill

Propane, portable

You don’t need an insanely expensive grill or the biggest one on the block. The Webster portable grill packs a powerful punch in a compact body. It features the even, reliable heating of propane with a body that can fit just about anywhere. It uses a stainless steel burner with porcelain enameled cast iron grates and push-button ignition. It’s easy to clean and uses durable materials. The propane valve is infinitely controllable, and the entire system comes fully assembled right out of the box.

Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill

Mounted Timer, precision heat control

The Weber charcoal grill is a well-designed system with convenient storage and durable, attractive finishes. It features a 22-inch diameter porcelain-coated bowl with space to catch ashes and a one-touch gas ignition button. It features an LCD cook timer and a built-in lid thermometer to help keep tabs on cooking times and temperatures. The all-in-one cleaning system safely catches castoff, and the aluminum bucket is a cinch to remove.

Char-Griller Akorn Jr

Kamado style grill, durable, affordable

The Char-griller offers a kamado-style grilling option with 153 square inches of cooking space and nice, even heat. Top and bottom air dampers allow you complete control over the temperature, and triple wall steel with insulation keeps temperatures even. It uses less charcoal than standard grills while remaining lightweight and more comfortable to move. It even features carrying handles for easier transport.

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