A gas barbecue is an essential buy for the show-off summer cook. The BBC Good Food team bring you an expert review of our top outdoor gas grills. Discover our top product picks.
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A sturdy, reliable and efficient gas barbecue can transform your summer cooking. They usually come up to temperature in under 15 minutes, plus they provide the space and versatilily to cook a wide range of BBQ recipes.
When buying a gas barbecue, look for models made of heat-retaining materials (steel, enamel or cast iron, for instance) for the most consistent and easy-to-control results. However, do take into account the size and weight, and how easy it is to build. Think about the outdoor space you have and how likely you are to use and move the barbecue, as many models can be compacted for easy storage. A temperature gauge is always a bonus.
We teamed up with Gardeners' World to put two-burner gas barbecues to the test. We tested agaist set criteria which included versatility, efficiency, heat retention, cooking results and ease of assembly. Read on to discover our three favourite buys.
1. Wilko 2-burner gas BBQ black
Best value gas barbecue
High-street heavyweights Wilko set aside some of the industry’s leading barbecue specialists with this ridiculously affordable, functional and efficient gas grill.
The build itself is occasionally fiddly and time-consuming, but lightweight parts and simple tools, as well as exceptionally clear instructions and diagrams make up for the any frustrations, as does the price. You’re given a small screwdriver but a mallet or hammer will certainly help things along. The finished grill is easy to move around and store with foldable side tables.
When you’re ready to grill, simply attach the pre-installed regulator, ignite those burners and it’s up to temperature and ready to cook in around five minutes. Impressive! Overall, it produced some of the speediest and most consistent cooking of the multiple barbecue staples we grilled during our extensive tests. Read our full review of the Wilko 2-burner gas barbecue.
2. Napoleon Rogue® 365 gas grill
Best high-end gas barbecue
A wonderful all-rounder, the Napoleon Rogue 365 gas grill passed every cooking challenge with ease and surpassed its rivals in terms of quality. It provided extra-fast preheating and the best overall heat retention – a vital tool when you’re cooking for a crowd or slow cooking large cuts.
It was one of the simpler builds, having fewer, higher-quality parts (though this made the boxed and final product heavy to move, despite functional wheels) and clear instructions, with only the occasional confusing diagram. No extra tools were needed, but the provided screwdriver wasn’t perfectly suited to the task at hand. Despite having one of the largest overall grills, it folds down brilliantly (even the side hob can be tucked away) and won’t take up half your garden space.
It's also packed with functional and well-made extras (a side hob, storage shelf for condiments and tools, for example) which are the cherry on top of what overall feels like a robust, well-engineered and food-focused gas grill. Read our full review of the Napoleon Rogue 365 gas grill
3. Weber Genesis® II LX S-240 GBS gas grill
Best for a gas barbecue expert
Weber unsurprisingly don’t disappoint with this shiny, bells-and-whistles gas model that provides versatility and consistency when cooking fast or slow. It comes almost prebuilt, meaning you can start grilling straightaway, and it gives you the opportunity to add on tools (like a meat thermometer system). This is for the true BBQ geek.
Preheating takes just 10-15 minutes, and the grill works as well as you’d imagine, connecting and lighting with ease and retaining heat throughout cooking. The heat distribution is impressively consistent and equally adaptable, allowing you to cook large cuts with precision.
The barbecue really is a statement piece, taking up a lot of floor space and only allowing you to fold in one of the side shelves, which reduces its practicality for some. Read our full review of the Weber Genesis® II LX S-240 GBS gas grill.
What to look for in a gas barbecue
Versatility & efficiency
In terms of cooking, a two-sided grill that is a good few inches away from efficient gas burners is ideal – this will allow you to manage cooking at different temperatures and avoid burning the food. This will also let you grill large cuts as well as sear smaller produce. You’ll want something that keeps its temperature well and heats up quickly.
Simple & sturdy design
Practical design makes all the difference when you build a barbecue, and in the long term, a sturdy, waist-height model with easy-to-clean parts will make using the grill regularly more appealing, and help you to barbecue with confidence.
Consistent heat & retention
You’ll want a range built with strong and consistent heat-retaining materials (such as steel, cast iron or enamel) as these will allow you to easily adjust the overall temperature, reheat quickly and char food with ease. They’ll also extend the lifespan of your grill, being both hard-wearing and easy to clean.
How we tested gas barbecues
We timed the build of the barbecues to the minute, checking the quality of instructions and how quickly you can start cooking. We tested how simple it was to attach the gas, and how fast the barbecues came to temperature.
We cooked a variety of different barbecue staples (sausages, burgers, halloumi and veggie kebabs), testing how evenly the barbecues grilled each item, and how they adapted to cooking at different temperatures. Further, we checked how easily food could be removed and the grill could be cleaned after cooking.
Barbecues on test
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Behind the scenes photos: Sarah Cuttle