Summer is well and truly on the way! Most people would agree that of all our summertime traditions, not much beats a lazy, sunny afternoon in the company of friends, drink(s) and most importantly, a freshly cooked burger/sausage/favourite BBQ food of choice in hand.
While there are many different choices when it comes to picking the barbecue for you, there can be no denying that gas barbecues are among the most convenient options. These types are renowned for heating up quickly, without any fiddling around trying to set up, and can be finished with and cleaned up just as quickly.
With this in mind, read on and take a look at our reviews for the very best in gas bbq units for the perfect summer BBQ. We’ve covered a range to suit all needs and budgets, so you’ll find the one for you, guaranteed.
|Gas BBQ||Cooking Area|
|Char-Broil Performance Series T22G||50 x 80 cm|
|Cadac Carri Chef 2 BBQ & Chef Pan||47 cm diameter|
|CosmoGrill 6+1 Gas Burn Grill BBQ||74 x 41 cm|
|FirePlus 4+1 Gas Burner Grill||61 x 42 cm|
|CosmoGrill 6+1 Deluxe Gas Burner||77 x 42 cm|
|Everest 4 Burner Gas Barbecue||77 x 42 cm|
|Master Cook Platinum 600 Deluxe||71 x 49 cm|
|Elbrus 4 Burner Gas Barbecue||77 x 42 cm|
|Fuego F21C Barbecue||12 cm diameter|
|CosmoGrill 4+1 Gas Burner Grill||61 x 32 cm|
|Embermann Modena 4||77 x 41 cm|
|Landmann 12375 BBQ||48 x 37 cm|
Product Quick Links
- 1. Char-Broil Performance Series T22G
- 2. Cadac Carri Chef 2 BBQ & Chef Pan
- 3. CosmoGrill 6+1 Gas Burn Grill BBQ
- 4. FirePlus 4+1 Gas Burner Grill
- 5. CosmoGrill 6+1 Deluxe Gas Burner
- 6. Everest 4 Burner Gas Barbecue
- 7. Master Cook Platinum 600 Deluxe
- 8. Elbrus 4 Burner Gas Barbecue
- 9. Fuego F21C Barbecue
- 10. CosmoGrill 4+1 Gas Burner Grill
- 11. Embermann Modena 4
- 12. Landmann 12375 BBQ
- Which Gas Barbecue is for me?
- Gas Barbecue Buying Guide
Char-Broil’s offering strikes a very modern pose; with a sleek, brushed stainless-steel finish paired with some advanced features, this is a serious consideration for barbecue lovers. Prime among these features is the infrared cooking system, which promises to cook food evenly and prevents flare-ups. In turn, your food (which you can keep warm using its warming rack) comes out of the grill up to 50% juicier.
It’s also very economical with gas, using up to 30% less than comparable models, and is intuitively designed to make cooking easy. An electronic starter button starts all the burners at once, and you’re also able to adjust the temperature of each burner.
This versatile offering from Cadac is perfect for those looking for a straightforward, no-nonsense piece of kit. At only 47cm in diameter and less than a metre tall, it’s an ideal portable choice whether you’re in the garden or camping, as it ships complete with carry bags. It also uses the size efficiently, with a generous cooking area that cooks food to perfection, thanks in no small part to the grill’s non-stick coating.
The dome lid is also designed with the user in mind, with a heatproof handle for ease of access, as well as a thermometer so you can keep track of how your food’s cooking. The dome also acts as both windshield and splash protector by clipping to the back of the unit.
When it comes to entertaining, look no further than CosmoGrill’s 6+1. As the name implies, you have 6 primary stainless steel burners, each of which can be ignited individually, as well as one side-burner which comes with a lid. The two supplied cooking grills also feature a smart stamped enamel finish, ensuring a clean cook and easy washing.
The convenient design also extends to a number of user-friendly features. These include a fully-removable grease tray, thermometer to monitor food, layered hood for ideal heat retention, and excellent storage options from the cupboard and side table. It additionally has two wheels, making it a mobile option to boot.
Ease of use is a feature at the heart of FirePlus’ 4+1 barbecue. Priding itself on being a ‘light and go’ machine, all it takes is quickly hooking up the hose to a gas bottle and away you go. With 5 individually-lighting burners in total; 4 in the main section, and one side burner; you’ll have more than enough room to cook up a storm for parties and family get-togethers. These burners each have their own temperature regulation knobs too, ensuring an even cook for everything.
Complete with 4 wheels for extra mobility, there’s ample storage space from the attached side, the 4+1 marries a relatively compact overall size with useful features that make it a great choice.
If you’re looking for a serious bit of barbecuing kit, then enter stage left for the CosmoGrill Deluxe. Boasting 6 main burners and an external side burner complete with lid, and you have something capable of feeding an entire party. Among the largest of CosmoGrill’s barbecues, it is nonetheless remarkably mobile with 4 wheels, 2 of which feature brakes, and a side handle to aid movement.
Individual controls for each burner ensure that monitoring food is a deft process, which in turn is aided by the built in temperature gauge. Add to that ample cupboard storage underneath, storage shelves on either side and a wire rack to keep food warm, and you have the whole high-quality package.
When you’re looking for a large, high-quality bit of barbecue kit for handling lots of hungry guests, the Everest 4 Burner might just be the answer. Counting four durable cast-iron burners as well as a grill plate and griddle, this BBQ has proven versatility. The warming shelf ensures a useful place for cooked goods, and the stainless steel hood works to keep the heat in effectively.
It’s built to last, thanks to the heavy-duty stainless steel construction and long-life burners. The side shelves provided add a degree of functional surface space, and also come with the nifty addition of utensil hooks on the front of the shelves.
Master Cook’s Platinum 600 Deluxe takes modern looks and makes it almost space-age, with its gorgeous brushed stainless steel finish. Add to that a generous cooking area, with the bonus features of an extra side burner with a sliding cover, and an additional searing burner, and you have a fantastic premium product which can cook for the whole family and more.
The four burners can each be regulated directly with the high-quality controls, and when you’re done, the stainless steel finish cleans off easily. It also ships with a made-to-measure cover, ensuring it’ll stay looking clean and modern even after multiple uses.
The Elbrus barbecue is likely to be one of the best-looking products you come across, thanks to a stylish green steel finish and a wooden frame/side shelves. These work together to lend it a modern yet rustic look. The 4 burners themselves are a durable stainless steel, while the supplied grill plate and griddle are fashioned from cast-iron, with proven long life.
To aid with the ease of use, a temperature gauge is built-in to the hood of the BBQ, and each of the 4 burners are ignited safely and individually from their respective dials, with temperature regulation simple to control.
With plenty of underneath storage, the two shelves on either side, and a wire warming rack at the back of the grill, this classy-looking unit ticks all the boxes.
Something that wouldn’t look out of place in a science-fiction movie set, the innovative design of Fuego’s barbecue blends great features with an affordable price tag. Engineered with the user firmly in mind, one of the stand-out elements is the heating process. Efficiently using the fuel supply, the Fuego can reach 250˚C in a mere 5 minutes, while also evenly heating the porcelain-coated cast-iron cooking surface.
Despite a compact size, all the space is used economically – gas bottles fit snugly in the main body, while the cooking surface is enough to cook for families and larger gatherings alike. The drip tray beneath the grill surface slides out for straightforward cleaning, and the temperature gauge-quipped lid doubles up as a splash guard/windshield when clipped to the side.
Far from just being a smaller version of the brand’s 6+1 grill, also featured in this article, the 4+1 has plenty of features proving it can hold its own. A lightweight machine for the size, the stainless steel build of the body and frame not only looks good, but is also sturdy and reliable. The burners are also fashioned from the same material, ensuring longevity and quality heating.
With the addition of plenty of storage underneath, you’re sure to have all the space you need for food preparation and extras. Ticking the rest of the essential boxes, a clear temperature display and grease tray make this a great pick.
The eye-catching design of Embermann’s 4 burner offering is a superb blend of form and function. Thanks to a variety of materials, the whole package brings together a quality cooking surface, featuring a tough cast-iron grill and hot plate with a solid construction of hardwood and stainless steel.
Flanked by wood-edged metal shelves, perfectly suited for prep and featuring useful utensil hooks, the central cooking area is where this really shines. Separated into two parts for versatile usage, one side has a more traditional open flame burner with a grid, while the other side is a large hot plate. So, if large cuts of meat or a fried breakfast are more your thing, then you’re all set here. The burners also utilise a neat integrated flame-taming technology, resulting in char-free food.
A great budget option for the budding barbecue enthusiast, Landmann’s barbecue unit features 2 burners that can handle cooking all manner of BBQ food, from meat to fruit, veg and everything in-between. Despite the low price, there is no skimping on quality – modern materials, lending a simple lightweight construction, and with a few nifty extra features on top.
Foremost is the window in the grill’s lid, allowing you to keep a closer eye on your food’s progress without risking heat loss when opening the lid. Most notable as well is the supplied ‘lava rocks’ which act as a substitute for charcoal, even with gas power. Utilising these will lend the food a more authentic smoky taste, more akin to charcoal BBQs, and have a long life.
Which Gas Barbecue is for me?
Best quality & features – Fuego’s F21C is the pick for quality here. Unparalleled quirky design meets some carefully considered features. Specifically engineered to get up to temperature quickly and efficiently, it also utilises a cooking grate that maximises its surface area for the best burger to grill ratio around. Careful choice of material (heavy-duty porcelain enamelled cast-iron) ensures even heat distribution on the grill, and a generally user-friendly design completes the set.
On a budget – Without a doubt, the Landmann 12375 stands as the best budget option. Giving you change from £100 even at full price, the no-nonsense approach from Landmann is perfect. It does everything that is needed but still cooks food to a standard beyond the low price tag.
The lightest option – Cadac’s Carri Chef 2 is a remarkable piece of equipment considering its size. Aluminium legs keep the weight down to a paltry 13kg, meaning that if camping or casual back-garden barbecuing is your game, then the Carri Chef 2 is the answer. It’s compact as well as lightweight, and the supplied carry bags make it a breeze to move.
Cooking for a crowd – CosmoGrill’s 6+1 Deluxe model is a cinch when you’re catering for a large number of people. The sheer size of the cooking surface, with its 7 burners in total, means that you’ll never be short of room. With an ample warming rack to the rear of the unit, there’s room for all your finished food, and the side shelves and cupboard storage underneath ensure you’ve got all the space you’re ever likely to need.
Best quality cooking – The advanced technology of the Char-Broil Performance Series T22G work effectively to make sure that food is cooked to the highest standard. By utilising an infrared cooking system, food gets cooked more evenly. This also means that flare-ups are a thing of the past, so one part of your food doesn’t end up charred and overcooked while the other half is fine. All of this results in a claimed 50% increase in the juiciness of the finished food.
For the die-hard BBQ chef – The Master Cook Platinum 600 Deluxe very much lives up to its name. As a money-no-object shopping choice, the premium features are sure to satisfy even the most serious barbecue-ers. As well as the capacity to cook food to perfection, it comes complete with a massive cooking area, slick stainless steel finish and ample storage and preparation room The high-quality materials and finish will also last a lifetime, so while it’s a serious initial investment, it will undoubtedly pay off in the long run.
Gas Barbecue Buying Guide
When you’re investing in a gas barbecue, you’ve got a fairly large range to choose from. What you pick hinges on several things, key among them being your budget and how you plan to use it. If you’re the type to entertain, throwing lavish garden parties for friends and family, your requirements are going to be a far cry from the casual grill pundit. As such, considering the size and relative grilling capacity is a key point. If you’re not looking for the type of barbecue that is as much a home extension as it is something more mobile, for instance for the purposes of camping or less regular barbecuing, then you again need to think carefully about your purchase.
As such, to give you as much information as possible for your most informed decision, read on below for our definitive buying guide.
How much can it cook?
Barbecues are frequently held as the bastion of summer garden parties. Hanging out in the sun behind someone’s house is one thing, but the event is elevated when freshly grilled burgers, sausages, veg, wings and so on come to the fore. If you regularly host big parties, more is (for the most part, anyway) more.
Bearing that in mind, the number of burners and the surface area of those burners, as well as those which come with grill pans, hot plates etc, is important. For the most part, the more people you have, the larger amount of cooking surface area you will need. However, it’s not always the case, as even some smaller units utilise their grill pan efficiently. Therefore, finding the balance between how much you need to cook, and how much physical space you have at home is vital.
The clue is naturally in the name; gas barbecues run on gas bottles, usually available in an array of different sizes. Consequently, the appropriate gas bottle size is often an important thing to keep in mind, and not simply an afterthought – you’ll, of course, need to factor in buying gas into your budget as well.
A lot of different models feature storage space for their gas bottles. Whether this is a more standard open cupboard space underneath the grill, or a specifically designed compartment, all will have a limit on the maximum size of bottle that it can fit. Few gas barbecues ship with any bottles, but an extra thought is on the attachments for gas bottles.
All gas supplies need both a hose and a regulator, to link the barbecue to the bottle. Some may have non-standard sizes as well, which they often do not supply either. Bear that in mind when you’re picking your BBQ, and be prepared for the potential extra cost of ordering the hose and regulator, or even a trip to your local outdoors store.
What’s it made of?
The build of a barbecue, for the most part, is held up of stainless steel. The long life, rust-proofing, strength and relative ease of cleaning for this material ensure that it tends to be the number one choice. However, this is not always the case, as steel does not completely monopolise the world of barbecues.
Cast-iron is another relatively common choice. Favoured for its increased durability over stainless steel, another key property is the way it retains heat. As a result, cast iron grills tend to cook a little more evenly than their steel counterparts, but are also more likely to give food that classic blackened sear marks on food, synonymous with quality barbecuing.
The trade-off, however, is weight, and to a lesser extent the ease of cleaning. Even on smaller units, cast-iron lends a huge weight increase which might affect how easily you can move your BBQ around, but even affects more common processes like assembly. With regards to cleaning, this can also be more difficult, as stainless steel is usually dishwasher safe but iron is not.
Wood is another choice that some brands go for, giving a more rustic feel to the products. The obvious thought is that wood is far more flammable, but you can expect this to be less of a pressing issue as the wood will be treated first. Wood is, however, more prone to damp, so if you buy a wood-framed barbecue and store it outside, be sure to keep it covered. The same goes for cast-iron construction, naturally; keep it clean and covered to prevent rust.
So, there you have it – barbecues are many varied things, so knowing where to start looking can be tricky. But, with the right know-how in terms of build, potential usage and the other variables covered here, making that decision on what to purchase can be as simple as eating that perfectly grilled slice of barbecue food.
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