8 great grills to make the dad in your life flip

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Turn dad into the grillmaster he's always wanted to be. (Photo: Getty Images)
Turn dad into the grillmaster he's always wanted to be. (Photo: Getty Images)

Does that dad in your life love to grill? We can’t blame him — there’s something about the sizzle of a steak that just screams summer.

With that, it’s only natural that he’d want to up his grilling game. Before buying a grill, though, it’s important to figure out his needs, says world BBQ champion Melissa Cookston, owner of Memphis BBQ Company.

“Think about how you’ll use a grill—are you cooking mainly burgers, steaks and hot dogs, or do you want more versatility? Would you prefer gas or charcoal? Are you cooking just for the immediate family?” she says. “There are so many choices in grills today, it's easy to get drawn in by some fancy feature that you'll never need.” 

This might be tricky, but dad should also be honest about how advanced he is, says Jonathan Fox of Atlanta’s Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. “What is your skillset on a grill: novice, hold-your-own or the next great meat influencer? These are some great questions to ask,” he says. 

If he’s planning to use his grill for regular, weeknight cooking, he’ll probably want a gas grill that can fire up and be ready to go in five to 10 minutes, says Fox. If he likes a grill that doubles as a smoker, a ceramic grill is a nice option—but know that it’ll take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to heat up. Charcoal grills fall somewhere in between when it comes to heat-up time, but they can add a nice smoky flavor, says Fox.

You don’t need to run out and buy the most expensive grill, says Fox. But typically, more expensive grills tend to last longer. With that in mind, here are nine grills to whet dad’s appetite.

Traeger Pro Series 34 Pellet Grill

Traeger Pro Series 34 Pellet Grill
Traeger Pro Series 34 Pellet Grill

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Traeger grills lately, and with good reason—these pellet dynamos aren’t messing around. The Traeger Pro Series 34 infuses wood-fired flavor into foods with the help of wood pellets and is surprisingly versatile: He can grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise and BBQ. Thanks to all-terrain wheels, he can roll it over just about anything nature dishes out.

Weber Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill

Weber Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill
Weber Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill


Weber’s Spirit II is a no-frills gas grill that gets the job done. With two stainless steel burners, he can carve out hot and cold zones. We also like its easy-to-read gauge next to the gas tank that tells him how much fuel is left. Includes a 10-year warranty on all parts.

Nexgrill Deluxe 6-Burner Propane Gas Grill


Nexgrill Deluxe 6-Burner Propane Gas Grill
Nexgrill Deluxe 6-Burner Propane Gas Grill


This gas grill has six burners so he can cook for a crowd. It includes a rotisserie kit and ceramic searing side burner, allowing for all kinds of grilling. And it features an LED control panel, tank gauge and easy-to-clean porcelain cast iron cooking grates.

Dyna-Glo 2 Burner Propane Gas Grill

Dyna-Glo 2 Burner Propane Gas Grill
Dyna-Glo 2 Burner Propane Gas Grill


At $149, the Dyna-Glo two-burner gas grill is a great option for grillers on a budget. It features two stainless steel main burners and one side burner, so dad can have several things cooking at once. And its porcelain-coated cooking grates are a cinch to clean.

Weber Genesis II Propane Gas Grill

Weber Genesis II Propane Gas Grill
Weber Genesis II Propane Gas Grill

The three-burner Weber Genesis II has all kinds of cool features. It sports an extra burner to simmer sauce while dad cooks meat and veggies, plus a sear station, 10-year warranty and app-connected thermometer that monitors food from beginning to end and sends readings to his phone. Cool.

Char-Broil Patio Bistro Electric Grill

Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill (Photo: Amazon)
Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill (Photo: Amazon)

Does your dad have minimal outdoor space? This electric cutie has one burner, but don’t worry — he can cook plenty on it. Unlike gas or charcoal grills, you just plug in this grill and go. Its porcelain-coated cooking grates are rust-resistant and easy to clean.

RiverGrille Pioneer

RiverGrille Pioneer
RiverGrille Pioneer

Sometimes a simple grill is best, and that’s exactly what the RiverGrille Pioneer is. This charcoal version has a durable, porcelain-coated lid and firebox to help it survive the elements, and enough space to grill up to 21 hamburgers at once. Adjustable air vents allow for temperature control, while wheels help move the party at a moment’s notice.

Char-Griller Smokin Champ Charcoal Grill

Char-Griller Smokin Champ Charcoal Grill
Char-Griller Smokin Champ Charcoal Grill

This grill has an attached side firebox for indirect heat and smoking, and a large grilling area (1,238 square inches) with cast-iron cooking grates. The Smokin Champ is built to last thanks to its heavy-gauge steel construction.

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