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The best grills for 2024, according to BBQ champions and grill masters

Get fired up with the best gas, charcoal, pellet and electric grills from Weber, Blackstone and beyond.

A Traeger smoker, Char-Broil electric grill and Weber gas grill are shown lined up for Yahoo Life's guide to the best grills.
The best grills serve up flavor for every budget, space and cooking style. (Traeger, Char-Broil, Weber)

Warmer weather is right around the corner, meaning it’s almost time for backyard barbecues and baseball tailgates surrounded by friends and family. And what better way to rally a crowd — and rouse up an appetite — than with the best grills for 2024, including propane, electric or charcoal grills that will help you embrace warmer weather while perfecting your summer delicacies?

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Different fuel types require different setups and yield different flavors, so we asked experts for tips on choosing the type of grill that suits your skill level, outdoor space and personal preferences. Additionally, we scoured thousands of customer reviews for some of the hottest (read: high-powered and top-rated) models to determine which grills deserved a spot on our list.

If you scroll down, you’ll also find a few smokers and pizza ovens for those who are happy with their grill setup but may be looking to evolve their cooking chops or outdoor collections. Prefer to keep things indoors? Consider a convenient air fryer or versatile multicooker that won’t take up much room in your kitchen.

Weber’s Spirit II E-210 is a compact, no-frills gas grill that gets the job done — and then some. With two stainless steel burners, it can carve out hot and cold zones for more targeted results (i.e., less wait time and more consistency). The grill works with a 20-pound propane tank and is easy to set up, plus it comes with a two-year warranty.

$112 at Lowe's
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$419 at Wayfair$449 at Amazon

This extra-large, splurgeworthy gas grill from Weber has enough cooking surface space for larger parties — there’s even a second layer of cooking area that acts as a warming rack with indirect heat for roasts and more. Among its bells and whistles are an extra burner for simmering sauces, a searing station and an app-connected thermometer that monitors food from start to finish.

$1,099 at Weber

When it comes to scoring a great gas grill on a budget, Char-Broil’s Performance Series 4-Burner is the one to beat, with a huge grilling surface — 435 square inches, with an additional 130 square inches of secondary cooking space — for serving up a sizable feast (includes a five-year burner warranty).

$259 at Char-Broil

If you’re looking to invest in a flat-top grill, Blackstone’s are some of the biggest in the game. And this popular model offers a 756-square-inch grilling space and two variable cooking zones for whipping up breakfast, lunch and dinner in no time. 

$297 at Walmart

This flat-top from Weber is another common pick among grill masters for its fast, even heat distribution reaching over 500°F. Sear your burgers, sausages and the occasional salmon to perfection with the flip of a wrist (it doubles as a slick omelet station for hearty brunches and overnight crews).

$579 at Amazon
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$579 at Lowe's$579 at Weber USA

Want a serious smoker sans the sticker shock? Consider this compact wood pellet grill and smoker from Pit Boss. It’s constructed of durable stainless steel with a 465-square-inch cooking surface — large enough for 20 burgers — and a 5-pound hopper capacity.

$350 at Amazon
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$450 at Wayfair$350 at Tractor Supply

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Traeger grills — and for good reason, as these dynamos don’t mess around. This roomy model has over 1,500 five-star ratings on Amazon and features an ultraprecise temperature controller that allows for 15-degree adjustments so your meats come out just right. Plus, the bronze finish adds a certain polish to any backyard or patio.

$700 at Amazon

Recteq’s Flagship 1100 Wood Pellet Grill is another heavy-duty, stainless steel smoker with a hearty following, described by the brand and many of its enthusiasts as “the definition of gold standard in pellet grilling.” When factoring in the second shelf, you’re looking at a 1,100-square-inch grilling surface — the largest in this category — which can be used to bake, sear, smoke, grill, dehydrate and more. 

$1,104 at Amazon

This small but mighty number from Char-Broil turns a basic patio into a backyard burger bistro — just plug it in and you’re good to go. As reinforced by fans of the grill (it has over 2,000 on Amazon alone), the porcelain-coated cooking grates also stand up to rust and other signs of wear over time.

$199 at Lowe's
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$217 at Amazon$235 at Macy's

Weber's top-rated, portable electric grill is a great option for those looking for the ease of electric in a compact, table- and counter-friendly frame. It's racked up over 1,000 five-star ratings from reviewers who’ve come to rely on it for its easy setup, quick — and even — heat distribution and sufficient grilling space (fits six burgers comfortably).

$299 at Amazon
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$299 at Lowe's$329 at Wayfair

Looking to plug in at a low price tag? Check out this versatile pick from Hamilton Beach, which goes on triple duty as a full grill, full griddle or grill-griddle hybrid in one. Just switch up the aluminum plates — there’s enough room to serve eight — according to the menu and occasion. 

$63 at Amazon
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$63 at Walmart$70 at Lowe's

It just doesn’t get any more classic than this Weber standby. Backed by over 8,000 five-star ratings, the portable (and dare we say adorable?) grill has a small, campsite- and patio-friendly design and boasts wheels for easy maneuvering. A lid hook keeps the cover from blowing or rolling away.

$139 at Amazon

Prepare up to 13 burgers at a time, then let the one-touch cleaning system on this sleek charcoal grill from Weber handle all the dirty work. The cooking grate is hinged and there’s a built-in lid thermometer, plus a removable backlit LCD cook timer, for added convenience.

$499 at Amazon

This trattoria-worthy oven reaches a sizzling 800°F and can bake up pizzas to perfection in a matter of minutes (less than two, to be exact). Consider expanding your outdoor offerings with the addition of a BakerStone cooking grate or griddle.

$330 at Amazon

For an OG pizza oven with a retro yet somehow also futuristic feel, we — and more than 1,500 raving reviewers — can’t get enough of this high-powered hub from Gozney. Described by the brand as “the pizza oven that started a revolution,” the gas-fueled contraption reaches a temperature of 950°F and cooks up a crispy, bubbly pie in 60 seconds flat. 

$399 at Amazon

Really want to treat yourself? Consider the Ooni Karu 16, a popular choice among backyard pizzaiolos for its cutting-edge design (Ooni’s most innovative to date), durability (encased in a carbon steel shell) and ability to pack some serious heat (up to 950°F).

$639 at Backcountry
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$639 at Amazon$799 at Sur La Table

Intended use: With so many options, you’ll want to zero in on a grill that’s practical for your space and cooking taste. “There are so many choices in grills today, it’s easy to get drawn in by some fancy feature that you’ll never need,” notes world barbecue champion Melissa Cookston, owner of Memphis BBQ Co. “Are you cooking mainly burgers, steaks and hot dogs, or do you want more versatility? Would you prefer gas or charcoal? Are you cooking just for the immediate family?”

Type of fuel: If you’re planning to use your grill for regular, weeknight cooking, Fox advises going for a gas grill that connects to a propane tank and can be ready to go in five to 10 minutes. If you dream of a grill that doubles as a smoker, often requiring wood, a ceramic grill is a great option — but know that it’ll take 45 minutes to an hour to heat up (not great on a weeknight), says Jonathan Fox of Atlanta’s Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. Charcoal grills fall somewhere in the middle for heat-up time and can add a unique smoky flavor to veggies and meats.

Experience level: Before you go out and buy the most expensive option with all the bells and whistles, get real about your skill set in the kitchen, er, backyard. Says Fox: “What is your skill set on a grill: novice, hold-your-own or the next great meat influencer? These are some great questions to ask.”

Price point: You don’t have to break the bank to make a great meal on the grill. But price will likely be a major factor as you shop. With that in mind, Fox says a higher price tag isn’t always better or necessary, but more expensive grills do tend to last longer.

Propane and charcoal differ primarily in their method of combustion. Propane provides consistent heat and is easy to ignite, while charcoal creates a smokier flavor and reaches higher cooking temperatures. Keep in mind that charcoal grills require much more prep and cleanup time.

Pellet grills burn wood pellets (essentially pieces of compressed hardwood). Wood pellets are typically moved from a hopper to a fire pot (via an auger) — where they're then ignited — and typically rely on a precise system that regulates their heat output for a consistent cooking experience and a natural woodsmoke taste.

It all depends! Griddles and grills serve different purposes, so you’ll want to figure out which types of foods you plan to cook primarily. Griddles are ideal for pancakes and eggs given their flat surface, while grills lend a smoky flavor — and those signature grill marks — that a griddle can’t achieve.