There are a few things to consider when purchasing a grill for your backyard. First, do you prefer gas, charcoal, or wood burning?
Gas grills are more efficient, cleaner, and easier to use than charcoal grills. Also, if you can hook up to a hard line of natural gas, there’s no need to ever replace propane tanks. However, some people enjoy the smoky flavor that comes with a wood-burning grill.
Second, grill size depends on how much food you’ll be cooking at once. If the answer is “a lot”, then you need a model with at least 1,000 square inches of total cooking area. If you’re only looking for something to cook a few hot dogs here and there, then a smaller two-burner grill should do the trick.
Third, which accessories will you actually use? Between side burners, cabinet storage, a rotisserie kit, fold down shelves and hooks, or even splurging for a pizza oven, the options can quickly increase pricing.
And that brings us to pricing. You can easily get a gas grill for $500, but if you’re looking for something that will actual last and not cover your deck with rust, your budget should be around $1000.
Best Built-In Natural Gas Grill – Napoleon LEX 730 Built-In Natural Gas Grill
Best High-End Freestanding Grill – Rockwell by Caliber from Williams Sonoma
Best Natural Gas Freestanding Grill – Napoleon Prestige
Best Affordable Gas Grill – Weber Spirit II E-310
Best Wood-Burning Grill – Traeger Timberline Series 1300 Pellet Grill
Best Built-In Outdoor Pizza Oven – Chicago Brick Oven CBO-1000 DIY Kit
Best Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven – Bella Ultra 40-Inch Outdoor Wood-Fired Pizza Oven
Best Natural Gas Pizza Oven – Lynx Professional 30-Inch Natural Gas Outdoor Pizza Oven