BBQ season is here: 15 best grills under $250, $500 & $1,000 according to reviewers

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Grilling season is upon us: Shop 15 affordable BBQs for your next backyard cookout (Photo via Getty)

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The start of BBQ season is just around the corner, which means it's prime time to pick up a new grill.

Whether you're in the market for a gas grill, an electric grill, a charcoal grill or a smoker, there's a lot to consider when deciding on a make and model.

Different BBQ energy types to consider

With thousands of barbecues to choose from, shoppers can narrow their search by selecting their preferred energy type: charcoal, gas or electric.

  • Charcoal grills: A time-tested cooking method, charcoal grills typically use lumps of charcoal or briquettes for firepower. A charcoal BBQ lends a delicious smoky flavour to your food, which is why they're so popular. While charcoal grills tend to be more affordable than their electric or gas counterparts, they come with their own unique set of quirks. Lighting the briquettes can take more time than firing up a gas grill, and they may not be as precise as other options.

  • Gas grills: As one of the most popular grilling methods, you've likely tinkered with a gas-powered BBQ in the past. There are two types of gas grills to choose from: propane-powered and natural gas-powered, the latter of which is dependent on your home's natural gas supply line. With a gas grill, users have more control over the heat and its distribution. However, it can be difficult to achieve the same smoky flavour as you would with a charcoal grill, and many condo buildings prohibit the use of gas-powered barbecues.

  • Electric grills: Electric barbecues are a practical choice for condo-dwellers and urbanites. As they don't require charcoal or gas burners, electric grills are safe for both indoor and outdoor use. While convenient, electric grills take longer to heat up, and your food likely won't take on the same smoky flavour as it would with a gas or charcoal grill.

two women standing at black BBQ putting food on grill in front of wooden house
The 15 best BBQs under $250, $500 and $1,000 in 2022, according to reviewers (Photo via Getty)

With so many grills to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide on the one that's right for you. To help narrow down your search, we looked at 15 grills from Amazon, Best Buy Canada, Canadian Tire, The Home Depot and Wayfair to find the BBQs reviewers swear by. To shop the best loved-and-tested barbecues under $250, $500 and $1,000 in 2022, scroll below.

Best BBQs in Canada under $250

King-Griller by Char-Griller

King-Griller by Char-Griller with one side panel and two black wheels (Photo via Amazon)
King-Griller by Char-Griller (Photo via Amazon)

$178 $191 at Amazon

Average rating: 4.6 stars

A small outdoor space is no problem for this budget-friendly grill. The charcoal grill is equipped with cast iron grates and easy-to-use damper controls so that you can grill, smoke and sear with ease. It's the "best bang for your buck," says one five-star reviewer. It's the "perfect" size for small get-togethers and family gatherings, they say.

Dyna-Glo 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill

Dyna-Glo 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill with three burners and two side panels (Photo via The Home Depot)
Dyna-Glo 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill (Photo via The Home Depot)

$199 at The Home Depot

Average rating: 4.2 stars

This budget-friendly gas grill features three 8,000 BTU stainless steel burners and a total cooking area of 449 square inches. Its porcelain enamel warming rack provides an additional 139 square inches of space and the BBQ's two large side tables lend extra food preparation space. It's "extremely easy to assemble," according to one Home Depot shopper, who adds that It "works amazing."

Weber Charcoal Go-Anywhere BBQ Grill

Weber Charcoal Go-Anywhere BBQ Grill in black with stainless steel accents (Photo via Amazon)
Weber Charcoal Go-Anywhere BBQ Grill (Photo via Amazon)

$100 at Amazon

Average rating: 4.7 stars

Small but mighty, this portable Weber grill is made for adventures. The unit's rectangular plated steel cooking grate provides 160 sq. inches of grilling surface area. Measuring 12.2 (length) by 21 (width) x 14.5 (height) inches, the grill is perfect for camping, fishing trips and weekend-long adventures. It's a purchase "you won't regret," according to one Amazon shopper. It's "unbelievably sturdy" and "doesn't rattle, move or wobble," they write.

Martin Portable Propane BBQ Gas Grill

Martin Portable Propane BBQ Gas Grill in stainless steel silver and black inside (Photo via Amazon)
Martin Portable Propane BBQ Gas Grill (Photo via Amazon)

$150 at Amazon

Average rating: 4.4 stars

This "Amazon's Choice" BBQ comes backed by more than 700 reviews and an average rating of 4.4 stars. Its U-shaped burner offers 14,000 BTUs, and its folding support legs make for an easy pack-and-go experience. According to one reviewer, the Martin unit is the "best portable BBQ on Amazon."

NexGrill 29-Inch Barrel Charcoal Smoker & BBQ

NexGrill 29-inch Barrel Charcoal Smoker & BBQ in matte black (Photo via The Home Depot)
NexGrill 29-inch Barrel Charcoal Smoker & BBQ (Photo via The Home Depot)

$248 at The Home Depot

Average rating: 4.0 stars

This 29-inch barrel charcoal grill offers the versatility of grilling and smoking in one stylish package. The unit features 741 square inches of total cooking space and multiple charcoal tray positions for optimal temperature control. According to one Home Depot shopper, it delivers "delicious, mouth-watering" meals.

Best BBQs in Canada under $500

Weber Master-Touch Charcoal BBQ

Weber Master-Touch Charcoal BBQ in shiny black with two wheels (Photo via Best Buy Canada)
Weber Master-Touch Charcoal BBQ (Photo via Best Buy Canada)

$360 at Best Buy Canada

Average rating: 4.7 stars

Take your summer grill-outs up a notch with the Weber Master-Touch BBQ. The barbeque is equipped with a large cooking space and includes an additional warming area, so food stays hot until you're ready to chow down. The Weber Master-Touch has earned more than 1,800 reviews and an average rating of 4.7 stars from Best Buy Canada shoppers. It's the "best purchase I have ever made," says one enthusiastic reviewer. "I have smoked multiple beef briskets, ribs [and] pork butts with this little sweetheart and could not be happier with my grill."

American Gourmet Char-Broil 3 Gas Grill

American Gourmet Char-Broil 3 Gas Grill in black on light grey background (Photo via Wayfair)
American Gourmet Char-Broil 3 Gas Grill (Photo via Wayfair)

$331 at Wayfair

Average rating: 4.6 stars

Become the grill master of your friend group with help from this American Gourmet 3-Burner 30,000 BTU Gas Grill. The grill features 360 square inches of primary cooking space on porcelain-coated grates and 170 square inches of secondary cooking space on the swing-a-way warming rack. "For a basic grill, this thing is awesome," raves one Wayfair shopper. "A tank of propane lasts forever."

Dyna-Glo 5-Burner Propane Gas Grill

Dyna-Glo 5-Burner Propane Gas Grill  in black with red dial (Photo via The Home Depot)
Dyna-Glo 5-Burner Propane Gas Grill (Photo via The Home Depot)

$278 at The Home Depot

Average rating: 4.4 stars

This five-burner propane gas grill can sear, grill and smoke with steakhouse-level quality. The unit features a removable smoker box that fits perfectly between two standard burners, and its 473 square inches of cooking space can accommodate up to 23 burger patties at once. "We grill almost every day," writes one fan. "It's the bee's knees."

Dyna-Glo Signature Series Heavy-Duty Compact Barrel Charcoal BBQ

Dyna-Glo Signature Series Heavy-Duty Compact Barrel Charcoal BBQ in matte black (Photo via The Home Depot)
Dyna-Glo Signature Series Heavy-Duty Compact Barrel Charcoal BBQ (Photo via The Home Depot)

$295 at The Home Depot

Average rating: 4.6 stars

This fan-favourite Dyna-Glo barrel charcoal BBQ features a collapsible steel front workstation which provides even more space to play with. The unit has a total cooking area of 443 square inches and is constructed from heavy-gauge steel. "This smokes well and doesn't really need the smoker attachment to do a good job of smoking," says one reviewer.

Char-Broil Performance TRU-INfrared 34000 BTU Propane BBQ

Char-Broil Performance TRU-INfrared 34000 BTU Propane BBQ  with stainless steel top and black bottom (Photo via Best Buy Canada)
Char-Broil Performance TRU-INfrared 34000 BTU Propane BBQ (Photo via Best Buy Canada)

$450 at Best Buy Canada

Average rating: 4.5 stars

The Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared BBQ is powered by 34,000 BTUs and features three stainless-steel burners and porcelain-coated cast-iron grates for the perfect sear. Its large cooking area of 450 square inches has room for up to 37 patties, and its three stainless steel burners give users even more room to play around with.

Best BBQs in Canada under $1,000

Vision Grills Kamado Professional Ceramic Charcoal BBQ

Vision Grills Kamado Professional Ceramic Charcoal BBQ in Chilli Red with black legs and wooden sides (Photo via The Home Depot)
Vision Grills Kamado Professional Ceramic Charcoal BBQ in Chilli Red (Photo via The Home Depot)

$999 at The Home Depot

Average rating: 4.7 stars

This top-rated Vision Grills BBQ replicates wood oven cooking, allowing you to grill, sear and smoke meats and vegetables, bake pizzas and more. With over 650 reviews and an impressive average rating of 4.7 stars, The Home Depot shoppers say you can't go wrong with this eye-catching charcoal BBQ. "Overall, this has been the best grill my partner and I have had," writes one reviewer. The charcoal and wood chips add a "nice smoked flavour to whatever we are cooking."

Weber Spirit 3-Burner Propane Gas BBQ Grill

Weber Spirit 3-Burner Propane Gas BBQ Grill with silver metal sides and black body (Photo via Canadian Tire)
Weber Spirit 3-Burner Propane Gas BBQ Grill (Photo via Canadian Tire)

$800 at Canadian Tire

Average rating: 4.6 stars

A Canadian Tire shoper-favourite, this Weber Spirit 3-Burner Propane BBQ will instantly upgrade your summer dining experience. The BBQ features an electronic crossover ignition system, porcelain-enamelled flavorizer bars and cast iron cooking grates. With over 1,800 five-star reviews singing its praises, users say it's the "best grill" they've ever tried. "There is definitely a difference" when you buy a Weber grill "that is well worth the price difference," writes one reviewer.

Z GRILLS Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker 8-in-1 BBQ

Z GRILLS Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker 8-in-1 BBQ in black on white background (Photo via Best Buy Canada)
Z GRILLS Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker 8-in-1 BBQ (Photo via Best Buy Canada)

$859 at Best Buy Canada

Average rating: 4.8 stars

The ultimate grill for any backyard chef, this 8-in-1 unit barbeques, bakes, roasts, braises, smokes, grills, sears and char-broils for endless dining possibilities. It uses 100 per cent natural BBQ wood pellets to infuse your food with deep, rich flavour and comes with a waterproof heavy-duty grill cover. The 8-in-1 grill is the "best upgrade [I've] ever made," writes one Best Buy Canada shopper. "Every brisket, pork shoulder, rack of ribs and even vegetables have turned out amazing."

Napoleon Freestyle 365 Propane Gas BBQ

Napoleon Freestyle 365 Propane Gas BBQ in dark grey with three dials and two wheels (Photo via The Home Depot)
Napoleon Freestyle 365 Propane Gas BBQ (Photo via The Home Depot)

$649 at The Home Depot

Average rating: 4.8 stars

This fan-favourite Napoleon BBQ features an easy-to-use ignition system that shoots a flame to each gas burner individually for quick start-ups. The unit comes backed by dozens of five-star reviews and an overall average rating of 4.8 stars. "I love the rack being so heavy-duty," writes one reviewer. "It allowed me to get some nice grill marks on anything I made."

Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal BBQ

Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal BBQ with black bbq and grey working area (Photo via Best Buy Canada)
Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal BBQ (Photo via Best Buy Canada)

$690 at Best Buy Canada

Average rating: 4.7 stars

When you want to cook for a crowd, there's no better option than this Weber charcoal BBQ. The unit features a spacious surface for meal prep and has 363 square inches of cooking space, large enough for 22 patties. With over 1,000 five-star reviews behind it, Best Buy Canada shoppers call the Weber a "fantastic grill." The grill is "very versatile," according to one reviewer. "Charcoal is the only way to go."

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