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The best part of summer is enjoying a BBQ in the sunshine. Whether you're an aspiring chef in charge of the grill, hosting friends, or you're just there to load up a plate, the right one can make all the difference.
Not all barbecues are made equal, however - there are gas, electric, charcoal and even portable designs at wildly different price points.
Some can set you back hundreds, while others are a bargain-friendly steal. If you love a classic burger or flavourful kebab skewers, vegan hot dogs or a rack of ribs, we can assure you there's something to meet your every need.
We've hand-picked the best, taking into account size, portability, weight, price and versatility, so you can get the best bang for your buck.
Best BBQs for al fresco dining
Gardenline Kamado Ceramic Egg BBQ | £399.99 from Aldi
Aldi is a must-visit for anyone shopping for a bargain and this BBQ doesn't disappoint. It boasts a powder-coated steel hinge, two grills, a chimney top, fire grate, temperature gauge and wooden side tables for impressing guests.
Neo Direct Large Charcoal Barrel Smoker Barbecue BBQ | £119.99 from Robert Dyas
This compact design is perfect if you want a sizeable BBQ for a smaller patio or balcony. There are 183 square inches of cooking space, an adjustable charcoal pan and a durable porcelain enamel cooking grate. Robert Dyas recommends using it to roast side dishes or smoking meats full of flavour.
John Lewis & Partners 6 Burner Gas BBQ | £699.99 from John Lewis
This impressive piece of outdoor cooking kit is for anyone looking to invest in a larger gas BBQ. It can cook for up to 12 people, making it ideal for garden parties and family get-togethers. The grills and griddles are cast iron with a porcelain coating, a lid thermometer, warming rack, and a grillstream that prevents flare-ups so there's less danger of burning yourself.
Outback Meteor 6-Burner Hybrid Gas & Charcoal BBQ | £729.99 (Was £799.99) from Robert Dyas
If you want to enjoy the benefits of both a gas and charcoal BBQ, look no further than this Robert Dyas design. Each burner has individual cooking controls across two surfaces, a side burner for cooking sauces or searing steaks and a roasting hood. What more do you need?
George Foreman Large Smokeless Indoor BBQ Grill | £69.99 (Was £89.99) from Very
If you like the classic George Foreman grill, you'll love this budget-friendly indoor BBQ for delicious dinners all year round. It's made with smokeless technology so there will be no lingering greasy smells filling your kitchen.
Cyprian 100cm Portable Charcoal BBQ | £169.99 from Wayfair
Whip up a summer feast with this portable charcoal BBQ. Made from stainless steel with added wheels for easy transportation, it's durable with a weather-resistant exterior. Start planning your recipes now.
Portable Folding Charcoal Barbecue Desk | £15.99 from Amazon
Amazon has many budget-friendly BBQ's but if you're limited on outdoor space, this one takes the cake. Needing no assembly, it has folding legs, weighs just 1.6kg, and is made from heat-resistant stainless steel.
Tower Charcoal BBQ Grill with Side Tables | £212.99 (Was £249.99) from Very
If you like laying out a barbecued feast buffet-style, invest in this Tower grill from Very. It boasts a 54cm cooking area, airflow vents, a heat-resistant powder-coated steel body, a shelf for condiments and even hanging hooks for your tongs.
Weber Master-Touch Premium E5770 Charcoal Gourmet System BBQ | £389 from John Lewis
Weber is the gold standard BBQ brand. This charcoal BBQ has a host of impressive features ranging from a rust and chip resistant bowl and lid, built-in thermometer, crack-proof wheels and cool-touch handles.
VonHaus 64 cm Charcoal Barbecue | £189.99 (Was £234.99) from Wayfair
If you're catering to guests with varying tastebuds, this VonHaus BBQ is one of the most versatile money can buy. It has a grill for cooking typical burgers, fish and veggies, as well as a wood smoker for deliciously smoked meats that will have people coming up for seconds and thirds.
George Foreman GFKTBBQ Charcoal BBQ | £79.99 from Amazon
The second George Foreman BBQ on our list is more traditional but very reasonably priced. One Amazon reviewer said: "plenty of room on the grill allowing you to have cooler areas for slower cooking." High-temperature and dust-resistant, it comes on wheels for easy transportation and storage.
Weber Spirit Classic E-310 3-Burner Gas BBQ | £579 from John Lewis
With 60 five-star reviews on John Lewis, one happy shopper said of this efficient gas BBQ: "An excellent bbq & great value. Cooking on it is very easy and, had the summer been better, I would have tried roasting a chicken in it. Plenty big enough for our family gatherings post lockdown. Highly recommend for a perfect bbq where the temperature can be controlled."