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Best Outdoor Grills 2017 (Updated)

 

The last thing you need when you’re out tailgating or camping, is food that’s not up to the standard you expect. But which grill is going to help you produce those culinary masterpieces? Amongst the hundreds on offer, which grill is your key to outstanding meats steaks and hotdogs? Commercials and online descriptions often make this decision even more difficult; blasting you with facts and figures, and overwhelming your mind with huge amounts of information, that is almost always biased towards a particular product. Well, I wanted to tear down these barriers, so in this article I’m going to let you know what the top five best outdoor grills currently on the market are.

 

1. Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker

Char-Griller 16620 Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker, Black

Heavy ceramics have been used in cooking for thousands of years, and anyone who has tasted the food at restaurants with commercial ceramic grills, will know well, how wonderful and authentic the results are. Recently, grill manufacturers brought this taste to the general public, with ultra high-priced Ceramic Kamado’s that created outstanding meals, but most people couldn’t afford them. Enter Char-Griller, whose Akorn Kamado Kooker, fundamentally changed the game, by replacing ceramics with a lightweight steel-egg design, which produces the flavour of traditional ceramic cooking for a very low price. What you get is something that can grill or smoke in the ceramic style; it’s large enough to cook whole turkeys in, and the double insulated walls, allow buyers to produce pizza’s like they came out of a clay oven. Steaks and ribs are phenomenal, with the key to this being the Kamado’s numbered dampers, provided precise control over temperature, and an accurate temperature gauge. You get 306 inches of space, a 165 inch removable warming rack, and while buyers used have to drag around heavy grills to get that outrageously good ceramic taste; the Akorn Kamado weighs only 95 pounds. This is one amazingly good grill, and with it you’ll be serving food at restaurant standards. Read Full Review…

 

2. Char-Broil TRU Infrared Patio Bistro Grill

Char-Broil TRU Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill Review

At number two is another grill, that brings something to buyers they won’t have experienced before; the traditional steakhouse flavor. Commercial steakhouse grills, come at a high-cost, and meats taste great because of the application of massive amounts of heat, all at once. The TRU infrared, limits air-flow in the same way as these, and generates this impressive heat of commercial steakhouse grills, by placing an infrared surface beneath the grates. There are other infrared grills on the market, that attempt the same thing, but this is clearly the best one, and comes at an excellent price. Speaking of price; infrared grills like this used to cost thousands, and recently that came down to below $500, but the TRU Patio Bistro is available for under $150 and for me, this is worthy of a number two spot on it’s own. Some advice for buyers who might think 13,000 BTU’s a hour is a little low for a 240 inch cooking surface, is that essentially you’re right. But, the usual rules don’t apply because Char-Broils infrared surface radiates the heat outwards, and increases the heat exponentially for wonderfully fast steaks and ribs that seem like they came from the kitchen of your local steakhouse. Read Full Review…

 

3. George Foreman GFO240S Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill

George Foreman GFO240S Indoor-Outdoor Electric Grill Review

The GFO240S makes the list at number three, because it does everything right, and it represents a simple option for buyers who don’t like the hassle of changing out charcoal, or hooking grills up to propane tanks. The GFO240S ticks all boxes; weighing in at only 9kg, it has a very professional looking, durable design, with some excellent grates, which slope downwards enough to disperse juices, so it’s also a healthier option. There’s no flare-ups, like with charcoal products, so it’s much safer to use around children, and the taste it produces is to a very high standard indeed. The GFO240S is an incredibly versatile grill, and this is what buyers want these days. Being rounded in shape, it will cook excellent pizza’s, but it will also evenly grill steaks, ribs, vegetables, fish and crepes. You can expect it to reach maximum heat in a shorter time than most grills, and it will maintain an even heat throughout the grilling experience. It doesn’t have the ‘Wow Factor’ of the other grills on this list, but it does all things to a good standard, and is very simple to operate, so should be an excellent option for buyers. Read Full Review…

 

4. Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill

Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill

The Go-Anywhere is being sold at $50, which means it’s the cheapest grill on the list, but it wouldn’t be included if it wasn’t also, amazingly good. Its rather odd design looks like a small suicase turned on its side and placed upon four legs, but don’t let that fool you; there’s nothing odd about the results it delivers. In fact, the meats and vegetables on this are so great that many people might see the price, and wonder why it’s not number 1 on this list. Well, I just couldn’t raise it higher, because it doesn’t have the impossibly good taste of the top three, and it is smaller at 160 square inches, but it’s still a pretty great grill. What you won’t find on the side of the box (but perhaps you should), is that Weber managed to create great meats for a $50 price, by intelligently cutting costs. For example, they replaced cast iron grates, with nickel plated grates, which usually don’t perform as good, but these are triple nickel plated for extra heat absorption, and they work incredibly well. They also used fine grade steel, which is cheap yet durable, and has the extra benefit of being lightweight for increased portability. so buyers are getting to deal of a lifetime here. Read Full Review…

 

5. Cuisinart CGG-200 All-Foods portable Propane Grill

Cuisinart CGG-200 All-Foods Portable Propane Grill Review

The Cuisinart, didn’t just make it into the top five for its exquisite design; it’s also a terrific grill. It has a 12,000 BTU an hour burner, and excellent grates that cook food, quickly and evenly, but the big headline surrounding the CGG-200 was that it would break the 500 degree heat barrier, and it certainly does that. Most affordable grills max out at 450-470 degree’s, so this is pretty impressive. It’s also futuristic, in the sense that if infrared technology where applied to a grill like the CGG-200, which already heats at 500 degree’s. what you’d have is the greatest grill ever made. Infrared is the future, and it’s what everyone in grilling is talking about at the moment, and one day soon, when 500 degree grilling becomes the norm, someone’s going to add infrared technology and change the world of grilling. As for now, the CGG-200 is certainly a step forward in outdoor grilling as an easy to clean, highly efficient, incredibly fast and very portable grill. Read Full Review…

 

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for an outdoor grill, whether it be for the back garden, a camping trip, or a tailgating party, any one of these would be a fine purchase, For ultra-fast cooking look no further than the TRU Infrared, or the CGG-200; for that relaxing, simple cooking experience with top results, the George Forman is what you need; For amazing meats at low cost, choose the Weber; but personally, I think the Akorn Kamado is an exceptional piece of equipment, and head and shoulders above anything out there at the moment.

 

Updated: October 4, 2017 — 7:55 am

The Author

Chris

Chris

I've enjoyed grilling and outdoor cooking since I first discovered them. Some of my first food memories are meals at neighborhood barbecue parties. I enjoy writing about grilling food and that's what I do on this site :)

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