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Best Grills On Amazon
This summer heat is killing me! We are running around having fun and it has completely thrown me off of our normal meal schedule. Sometimes that means that when we get home, I don’t have a dinner plan and everyone is starving. What do you do when three kids are staring you down, but the frozen meals that you forget to throw in the crockpot need cooked somehow? Starting the oven is the last thing that you want to do in the summer heat, right? Well, that is when you turn to your trusty barbeque grill instead.
Having a barbeque grill is an absolute essential for anyone that plans to spend a lot of time in their home through the summer. Not only can you host an amazing backyard party with pretty minimal effort, but using a grill instead of the oven is a really great way to avoid heating up your home in the summer heat! Using a grill is fast, easy, and will save you money on air conditioning and electricity.
If you don’t have a grill yet, now is a great time to buy. There are a ton of different options available, but I have picked out my favorite grills on Amazon that are super affordable. I looked for the best grills under $300 or so. Chances are one of these will fit the bill.
There are a few things that you need to consider before you buy a grill. Ask yourself these questions and then find the grill that suits your situation best!
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What kind of fuel do you want to use? There are pros and cons to both, but the most common fuel types are propane and charcoal briquettes.
Using charcoal is a slow process, with the briquettes taking about half an hour to reach medium heat, and even longer to reach the searing heat of up to a thousand degrees. Ultimately, you can expect the charcoal to reach higher temperatures than a gas powered grill which means that you can get some really great searing on steaks and such. The people that love using charcoal are typically huge fans because of how they give the food a smoky flavor. If you love smoked food, a charcoal grill may be the grill for you!
Using a gas grill is a really quick process. Most grills will heat up in about five minutes, and clean-up is much easier than with briquettes because there isn’t any ash to remove after cooking. Propane is readily available and pretty affordable after you purchase your first tank(the first tank is about $45, then refills run for $20 here in Idaho). All you have to do is trade it in your empty tank for a filled tank, and hook it up to the hose on your grill. While researching, I found out that one tank of propane for the grill can last about 18-20 hours. This means that if you are using a refilled tank you will only be paying about a dollar an hour!
I think it is clear that I always choose convenience whenever I can, but both fuel types are acceptable options and will give you the benefits that I was talking about earlier, so follow your gut and get what you will love!
Just like any other appliance, you will need to decide where you will be using your grill. I have tried to find the best grill in each category, so regardless of which type of fuel you want, you should be able to find exactly what you need in this list.
Some people love tailgating, so they want something portable that can fold up and be taken anywhere with ease. If this is you, you are in luck!
Even if you don’t plan on taking your grill along with you for the summer, adding another large item to your patio scheme and storage space is a big part of deciding which grill to buy. If you have a large backyard space, then this might not be much of an issue and a traditional cart style grill could be exactly what you need. If you are space poor take a look at the compact grills that I have chosen.
Also, make sure to have a plan for the offseason. A grill can be stored outside with a cover, or put away in a shed or garage, but keeping it out of the weather in some way will make it last for much, much longer.
Taking the time to plan for space is one of the best changes I have made to make my home feel cohesive and put together. Don’t skip this step!
Gas BBQ Grills
Compact Propane Gas Grill:
This compact grill has really great reviews. It is designed to fit into small spaces like a balcony or small porch, with the side tables folding down to make it even smaller if necessary. It has three stainless steel burners over cast iron ceramic coated plates. This means that the heat will be high and stay consistent, reaching up to 36,000 BTUs. This grill has a push button start which makes firing the grill up a super simple job. The designers of this grill even threw in a few little perks like towel bars and hooks. One person has even suggested that I buy two of these grills and put them side by side in order to cook different types of meat at the same time. Brilliant!
Full Sized Propane Grill:
This full sized propane grill is also a really great option, especially if you have enough space. The price is actually lower than it’s compact competitor but this grill boasts many of the same features including ceramic coated plates and high heat reaching 36,000 BTUs. This grill is no joke when it comes to cooking. It even includes a side burner so that you can do it all from the comfort of your patio. The stainless steel lid gives it an attractive appearance, and includes a temperature gauge for even more convenience! With an electric start button, this grill has everything you could want at a price you can afford!
Anyone that loves smoked food should be looking for a barrel grill like this one! With a huge cooking area(675 square inches!), this grill will get it all done in one fell swoop. Also called a smoker, this barrel grill can be used with either charcoal briquettes or wood chips so it is very versatile! If you are cooking for a party this grill is a great option.
This slow-cooking barrel smoker deserves a spot on this list for one reason: minimal hassle. This style of vertical cooking dates back centuries and produces amazingly tender smoked meat because of its low heat and slow performance. The reviews on this barrel smoker consistently compared it to an offset barrel smoker and said that it was much easier to manage the temperature and that no more fussing with vents was a game-changer. This barrel has removable racks and hooks so that you can grill up whatever you please, from burgers to ribs, and clean-up is a breeze. If you are looking for a set it and forget it charcoal barbeque, the Pit Barrel is for you.
Gas and Charcoal Grill Combo
If you just can’t decide on whether you want gas or charcoal, that is okay, too. This barrel grill has a compartment for each! The gas side is a three burner, and the charcoal side has an easy clean-up tray. It also offers a side burner and boasts an electric push-button start making it a very convenient and affordable bbq grill to suit all tastes.
If you are needing a grill that is a bit more compact, this double grill will do the job. With a unique steel body, this grill offers 303 square inches for each gas and charcoal.
Tailgating and Portable Grills
This is the classic grill that you grew up with. This tabletop charcoal grill is a super affordable way to take your barbeque on the road!
This Coleman grill is the ultimate in portable grills. It is designed specifically for tailgating and portable grilling and comes with all of the bells and whistles to make it a convenient cooking area. The two gas burners offer 20,000 BTU’s across the 285 square inches of cooking surface. The really crazy part? This grill fits into mosr car trunks, so no matter what you drive you can get your barbeque on.
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The Best Affordable Barbeques
After hours of researching, these are the best grills for $300 or so that I have found on Amazon. Regardless of what your plans are, something in this list should fit your situation and your budget!