Best gas barbecue 2021: the gas grill shortlist for summer

The best large and portable gas barbecues for gardens, patios, balconies, camping and picnics

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Looking for the best gas barbecue for the patio, garden, campsite, Caravan, RV or beach? Look no more, because we’ve just made it a lot easier for you by selecting five top gas guzzlers from our current full-length barbecue guides. Dip in, the sausages are well and truly sizzling.

Remember, though, this guide is dedicated to the best gas BBQs on the market, while T3's main best barbecue buying guide includes gas, charcoal, pellet and electric varieties. As such, you should check that guide out if you're unsure which fuel type you're looking for.

We also have a dedicated guide to the best small barbecues as well as one for the best smokers, so be sure to check those out if they fit your needs. Oh, and our list of the best meat thermometers should come in handy, too, if you're planning on cooking various meats outdoors.

The best Black Friday deals often include barbecues, which aren't big sellers at this time of year: many retailers would rather have cash now than sit on their stock until Spring, so the period around Black Friday can be a really good time to bag a BBQ bargain.

The best gas barbecues you can buy today

Campingaz 3 Series Premium S gas barbecueT3 Best Buy Award badge

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The best gas barbecue for features and innovation

Specifications
Grill size: 61cm x 46cm
Burners: 3
For: Garden & patio
Reasons to buy
+Excellent performer+Innovative cleaning system+Dual grill grate+Keen price
Reasons to avoid
-Tricky to assemble

This keenly-priced three-burner model has a large 61cm x 46cm porcelain-enamelled cast iron cooking grate that’s good for up to eight hungry guests. Rather cleverly, the grate is divided into two sections: a large cast-iron section with a removable centre to accommodate a range of Campingaz’s Culinary Modular cooking accessories, and a two-way flat/ribbed griddle plate for fish, prawns, halloumi, vegetables and breakfast fry-ups. It’s also equipped with a right-hand side burner for pot-based boiling and a large shelf on the left.

This model’s main grilling grate is designed with several solid sections that are placed directly above each burner. These sections protect the burners from dripping fats while allowing naked flames to kiss the food for authentic charcoal-style flavour and texture. Its innovative cleaning system is an especially cool, time-saving feature. In essence, a water tray beneath the barbecue catches all the fats which basically float on the water. All you do is remove the tray and pour away the fatty water.

If you’re after a reasonably priced and very versatile three-burner gas barbecue that excels in a myriad of ways, then this is the model for you. Just be prepared to spend a few hours assembling it.

For even more information on this top BBQ be sure to read T3's Campingaz 3 Series Premium S review and, also, our Campingaz 3 Series Premium S vs Char-Broil Professional Pro S3 comparison feature.

Weber Traveler BBQ gas barbecueT3 Approved badge

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2. Weber Traveler

The best portable gas barbecue for balconies and camping

Specifications
Grill size: 2,065 square cm
Burners: 1
For: Balcony, patio & camping
Reasons to buy
+Weber build quality+Folds and unfolds easily+Reasonably priced+Very portable and easy to store
Reasons to avoid
-Obviously, it's not massive in terms of cooking plate capacity

This brand new portable folding model from Weber is the perfect barbecue for both home and away. And because it folds in a thrice and can be stored on its end, you can simply pop it in the shed at the end of the season. Granted, the Traveler is large for a portable – and heavy, too – but its big wheels and shopping trolley design make it really easy to move it around.

The Weber Traveler’s folding mechanism is an absolute joy to use and we adore the way it collapses with a really slow and satisfying damping action that you will almost certainly play around with before even attempting to grill on it.

The Traveler comes with a 2,065cm cast-iron grilling area which is big enough for about six guests or more if just doing sausages and drumsticks. The gorgeous porcelain-enamelled lid, meanwhile, provides reliable indirect grilling without any flare ups.

The Weber Traveler is designed to work with disposable gas canisters of the screw-top camping variety but it can also be easily adapted to work with a standard Patio Gas propane bottle if using it mostly at home.

This model could well turn out to be one of Weber’s biggest sellers. It’s not too expensive, it’s extremely practical and it grills like a trojan. Hotly recommended.

You can compare this gas BBW to a highly-rated designer model in T3's Weber Traveler vs Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Force comparison feature.

Char-Broil Professional Pro S2 gas barbecueT3 Approved badge

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3. Char-Broil Professional Pro S2

A classy stainless-steel gas BBQ with TRU-Infared technology

Specifications
Grill size: 47.8cm x 44.5cm
Burners: 2
For: Garden & patio
Reasons to buy
+Excellent griller+Comes with a sear burner for steaks+Great size for patios
Reasons to avoid
-Stainless steel requires regular cleaning

This smart-looking stainless-steel model comes with a 47.8 x 44.5cm porcelain-coated, cast-iron grate and uses Char-Broil’s renowned ‘TRU-infrared’ technology – essentially a couple of perforated corrugated steel sheets above the two burners – to ensure an cooking temperatures across the entire cooking surface. Amazingly, it also comes with a side sear burner which is perfect for caramelising steaks. For added ambience, it also features illuminated dials in bright red for night-time use.

Like most gas barbecues, the Char-Broil Professional Pro S2 fires off a 5kg Patio Gas bottle (refills around £30) which tucks away in a cupboard underneath. This is a cracking gas barbecue that grills exceptionally well though it does take a few hours to assemble. If you have a large family and need a grill grate with a bigger surface area, I would advise giving this model's larger stablemate, the equally excellent Char-Broil Professional Pro S3, a gander.

To see how the Pro S2 compares to a top competitor from rival firm Weber, be sure to check out T3's Weber Genesis II EX-335 GBS Smart Barbecue vs Char-Broil Professional Pro S2 comparison feature.

WEBER GENESIS II EX-335 GBS SMART GAS BARBECUET3 Approved badge

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4. Weber Genesis II EX-335 GBS Smart Barbecue

A brilliant high-end gas barbie with oodles of tech

Specifications
Grill size: 68cm x 48cm
Burners: 3
For: Large patios & gardens
Reasons to buy
+Smart monitoring system+Huge grill grate+Tremendous performer+Looks the business
Reasons to avoid
-Enormous size-Takes a while to assemble

The three-burner Genesis II EX-335 GBS comes with a host of smart tech that monitors your cooking using the Weber Connect app. It’s a great system for novice chefs and for those who would rather not be chained to the grill.

The Genesis II is equipped with three main gas burners, a Sear Station burner sandwiched between the two right-hand burners, and a side burner for boiling stuff and warming sauces. Its heavy-duty 68cm x 48cm porcelain-enamelled cast iron grill grate provides ample space for up to 10 guests and can also be used with a range of accessories from Weber’s Gourmet BBQ System. For night-time use, it comes with bright red back-lit burner knobs and a clever clip-on LED grill lamp that automatically switches on when you raise the lid.

If you’re a big entertainer who hates having to stand by the grill while everyone else is shooting the breeze, then consider this premium bells-and-whistles model.

Char-Broil All-Star gas barbecueT3 Approved badge

The Char-Broil All-Star 120 is a great, medium-size gas BBQ.

The best gas barbecue for all-round versatility

Specifications
Grill size: 18 inches
Burners: 1
For: Balcony & patio
Reasons to buy
+Grills evenly+Portable+Stylish look+Can be used with charcoal, too
Reasons to avoid
-Compact size means larger gas cylinders don't fit in the allotted space

It's not a 'big' gas barbecue, unlike some of the monsters here, but the Char-broil All-Star is more than adequate for most nuclear families and a few neighbourly visitors.  It is about as compact as a grill can get without being more of a portable, camping type BBQ. 

Assembly is a little fiddly and the smaller size means that larger gas cylinders can't fit  in the recess underneath. That doesn't mean you can't use larger canisters however; just seat them on the ground instead. 

Overall we love this Char-Broil grill. You can find out more by reading our five-star Char-Broil All-Star review.

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal FORCE 2 Burner gas BBQT3 Approved badge

If you've got serious money to spend then the Heston Blumenthal FORCE 2 Burner is a great choice.

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6. Everdure by Heston Blumenthal FORCE 2 Burner

The best premium gas barbecue

Specifications
Grill size: 365 inches sq
Burners: 2
For: Garden & patio
Reasons to buy
+Superbly built+Grills evenly+Accurate control dials
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey

This aesthetically spot-on two-burner gas model from food sorcerer Heston Blumenthal is built almost entirely out of rust-free die-cast aluminium so you can expect it to last for years. It also comes with the most accurate control dials in the business, a top-quality cast-iron grate with integrated flame tamers and a collapsible side table. Needless to say, it grills meat and veg to perfection – every time. You might struggle to do Heston's signature snail porridge in it, but feel free to try.

Weber Genesis II E-310 gas BBQT3 Approved badge

The Weber Genesis II E-310 is a great gas grill from a premium barbecue maker.

7. Weber Genesis II E-310

Another great gas barbecue grill

Specifications
Grill size: 26 inches
Burners: 3
For: Garden & patio
Reasons to buy
+Top build quality+Integrated gas bottle hook+Works with an app
Reasons to avoid
-Weber, so it's expensive

This stylish open-cart Weber comes equipped with three high-performance burners, a large heavy-duty cast-iron cooking grate, a warming rack above the main grill, a gorgeously smooth porcelain-enamelled hinged lid with integral thermometer, reliable flame ignition, two side tables and space on the side for a Patio gas bottle. It’s also compatible with Weber’s optional iGrill 3 Bluetooth-enabled thermometer probe system. A top choice for al fresco connoisseurs.

PRIMUS KUCHOMA portable gas barbecueT3 Approved badge

8. Primus Kuchoma

The best lightweight portable gas grill for picnics and camping

Specifications
Grill size: 16 inches
Burners: 1
For: Picnics & balconies
Reasons to buy
+Decent size grill for size+Compact build with carry handle+Uses camping gas canister
Reasons to avoid
-Obviously, comparatively small cooking plate to larger BBQs

Off on a camping trip, a picnic on the beach or a trip into the tundra? Or perhaps you're in the market for an über cool table-top barbie for the balcony, patio or boat? If yes to either question, make an instant bee-line for this lightweight portable that comes with a 16-inch non-stick cooking grate, a lid high enough to accommodate a whole chicken and an integral carry handle. Simply screw on a disposable camping gas cylinder and fire away.

Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 gas bbqT3 Approved badge

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9. Char-Broil Grill2Go X200

The best small gas BBQ for tailgating, off-road adventure and RVs

Specifications
Grill size: 200 square inches
Burners: 1
For: Balconies & camping
Reasons to buy
+As rugged as a Humvee+TRU Infrared cooking technology+Portable enough for short strolls
Reasons to avoid
-Looks like you should keep uranium in it

This rugged portable gas barbie uses camping gas-style canisters so it’s perfect for campers, caravaners and boaters. It’s also a prime little two-person model for balcony and patio use.

The great thing about this particular gas model is that it features what Char-Broil calls TRU Infrared technology. In a nutshell, a perforated corrugated sheet of metal above the burner and just beneath the cooking grate radiates heat right across the entire cooking surface.

And that means fewer cool spots, an anomaly with many gas barbecues. The infrared system works a treat though it does require regular cleaning. The X200 is quite bulky to carry single handedly so perhaps enrol another pair of hands if your chosen barbecue spot involves a lengthy stroll.

How to choose the best gas BBQ for you

First of all you really want to ask yourself if you actually want a gas BBQ. Gas barbecues are brilliant cooking tools, allowing you to very quickly get cooking outside. They deliver a get home from work and spontaneously decide you're going to eat outdoors experience, with grill plates heated up in a matter of minutes.

With a gas barbecue you don't have to wait for coals to heat up and get white, which takes time, which is what a lot of people today don't have.

On the flip side, though, gas BBQs do tend to be more expensive to buy than charcoal variants (but not pellet grills), and some swear that food cooked on charcoal tastes better (although how much truth there is in that is up for debate). You also have to spend more out of the gate in terms of fuel, as a medium size gas canister will set you back about fifty notes.

If gas is your bag, then you need to decide next what size of gas grill you need. There's portable, single, dual and even triple burner models on the market, which allow you to cook everything from a handful of sausages and a few burgers, right up to industrial levels of chops, steaks, sausages, burgers, vegetables, fish and tofu. Most families will be fine with just a single-burner gas grill, but larger families or those that entertain a lot should scope out a dual burner at the minimum.

Portable BBQs can be a great shout, too, as they of course can be used on patios and balconies for example at home, as well as on road trips, picnics or camping trips. Again, the obvious downside with these grills is that they don't tend to have as large a cooking plate than most non-portable barbies.

Some home gas grills, like the Char-Broil All-Star, deliver both gas and charcoal functionality in one product though, and also might offer the ability to have their cooking drum detach from their legs. These sorts of grills are the last word in versatility, as they can be used on gas at home, or on charcoal while sat on the ground near a picnic hamper.

In terms of brands, the big three names in the gas BBQ world are Weber, Traeger and Char-Broil, so expect to pay a premium for grills made by them. These brands have been making BBQs for years, though, and they've got serious pedigree in the field, so you can expect quality.