It may still be wintery, but if you’ve already started looking for the best gas barbecue for the patio, garden, campsite, caravan, RV or beach, stop right here because we’ve done all the hard work for you and created this tantalising list of the best gas barbies you can currently buy.
In this guide you’ll find gas barbecues of all shapes and sizes, from large garden models to patio-sized grills and even one to two balcony-friendly products. And just below this selection you’ll find a very handy guide on How to Choose a Gas Barbecue that we’ve lovingly put together so you don’t go into the blizzard blinded by choice.
Remember, though, that this guide is dedicated to the best gas BBQs on the market, while T3's main best barbecue buying guide includes charcoal, gas, pellet and electric varieties. In other words, you should check that guide out if you're unsure which fuel type you're looking for. And while you’re at it also check out our dedicated guide to the best small barbecues as well as our cracking guide to the best smokers.
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The best gas barbecues you can buy today in 2022
This mid-priced three-burner model has a large 61cm x 46cm porcelain-enamelled cast iron cooking grate that’s good for up to eight hungry gannets. 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 grill 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 then 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 could be 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.
This 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 a joy to use and it collapses with such a slow and satisfying damping action, you will almost certainly play around with it for some time before even attempting to start grilling on it.
The Traveler comes with a 2,065cm cast-iron grilling area which is big enough for about six guests or more if you’re just doing sausages and drumsticks. The gorgeously fashioned 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.
If you’re shopping for a small 6kW gas barbecue that can be easily collapsed for winter storage in the shed or taken away with you on a camping or caravan holiday, the Broil King Porta Chef 320 is a very reasonably priced option that ticks many boxes.
This grill has three burners and 426 square inches of grilling space on its pair of high-quality cast iron cooking grids. These are very decent specs for a barbecue that is ostensibly designed for portability because having three burners means you can have different temperatures across the grill so some items don’t cook as quickly as others. And when you’re finished, simply pull out the legs, clip them under the chassis and store it all in the shed.
For its sub-£400 asking price, the Porta Chef 320 is generally well built though the legs can be a bit wobbly if you don’t pull them outwards a bit when in situ. Despite the awful late winter weather, this writer still managed to grill up a succulent chicken wing feast that went down very well indeed. The two fold-out side shelves proved handy, too.
Refreshingly, the Porta Chef 320 is one of the easiest gas barbecues to build because most of it is factory assembled. All you have to do is clip in the four legs, attach the lid using the supplied grommets, screw in the handle and position the cast iron grates. A great easy-to-store choice for gas fans.
This 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 even cooking temperatures across the entire cooking surface. Amazingly, it also comes with a side sear burner which is perfect for caramelising steaks and, for added ambience, 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, we 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.
The three-burner Genesis II EX-335 GBS comes with a shedload 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 manacled 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Most seasoned chefs and barbecue aficionados will say that charcoal is a much better heat source for alfresco grilling than a gas flame. But gas fans will argue that it doesn’t really matter what the heat source is because the whole essence of a barbecued dish is the smokey flavour produced by meat fats dripping onto the heat below. Whether the heat source is hot charcoals or a metal heat shield above a gas flame shouldn’t make a great deal of difference to the flavour.
One thing’s for sure – gas barbecuing is a much more convenient way to grill than charcoal, even though the barbecues themselves are invariably more expensive to buy and a lot more hassle to assemble. Gas is a much more dependable way to grill, too, especially for novices who might still rue the day they lit the charcoal too late and started grilling before the charcoal was at optimum temperature. With a gas barbecue you’re ready to start cooking in about five minutes, flare-ups are easily dealt with by simply turning down the heat, and you can go on grilling for as long as there’s gas in the canister.
If gas is ultimately 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 as most non-portable barbies.
Some gas grills, like the Char-Broil Gas-2-Coal, deliver both gas and charcoal functionality in one product. 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 names in the gas BBQ world are Weber, Char-Broil, Broil King and Campingaz, 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.
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