How To Shop For an Outdoor Grill
It’s Grilling Week on The Kitchn, and we know some of you might be in the market for a new outdoor grill. Beyond the well-worn charcoal versus gas debate, there are other considerations to take into account when shopping for an outdoor cooker — here’s a brief guide to help you find the best grill for you.
Charcoal, Gas, or Electric?
There’s a lot of debate between hard-core backyard barbecuers about the merits of charcoal versus gas, and we won’t attempt to sort it all out here. We’ll just clarify that charcoal grills favor the “low and slow” method of cooking which provides a smokey flavor, gas grills usually have a higher flame with less smoke, and electric grills are the fastest of the three with very little flavor added through the grill itself. The kind of grill you buy may also depend on your city code — many urban areas don’t allow propane grills, for example.
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Fuego: Spearheaded by Alex Siow and Robert Brunner — the former Director of Design at Apple and partner at Pentagram — Fuego is a new company that’s positioned itself at the forefront of high-style gas grilling. Shown: Fuego EG02AMG Element 21-Inch Dual-Zone Gas Grill, $500.
What Do You Want to Cook?
For hamburgers and hot dogs, a classic kettle grill is fine. If you want to cook a whole bird or roast, you might want a model with a rotisserie. For someone who’s into searing and cooking side dishes on the grill, consider an option with a griddle.
Lodge: If you’re cooking a small meal, Lodge makes heavy-duty camp grills with two adjustable heights for cooking over charcoal. These are simple, classic designs that use heavy cast iron walls to retain even, consistent heat. Shown: Lodge Logic Sportsman’s Grill, $107.
Grillworks, Inc: The Grillery Standard is a handmade charcoal grill that includes a cast aluminum crankwheel, which lets the grill-master adjust the height of the food over the flame. Designed for gourmet grillers, it sells for $2,475.
How Much Space Have You Got?
If you’ve got a tiny apartment with a balcony, a gas grill might not be the best option, since gas can flare up and isn’t safe in a tight urban space. If you’ve got a big backyard, your options are broader. If you’ve got no outdoor space at all, a portable grill that you can take to the park or the beach might be your best choice.
Crate and Barrel: One of the most popular portable charcoal grills is Weber’s Smokey Joe, a tabletop model that’s small enough for a beach or a balcony. Shown: Bodum Fyrkat Green Grill, $59.95.
What’s Your Budget?
In general, the higher the grill’s price, the more bells and whistles it includes and the more likely it is to be made from higher-end materials like stainless steel. A basic charcoal kettle grill might be cheaper than a propane grill with a rotisserie and side burners, but for someone who prefers that classic smoky charcoal flavor, it’s a better buy.
Viking: If you really want to shell out some cash on a shiny new grill, Viking makes some beautiful stainless steel outdoor ranges equipped with rotisseries and seamless finishes. Shown: 41″ Ultra-Premium T-Series Grill with TruSear Infrared Burner, $4,880.
– Originally written and posted by Sarah Coffey for Apartment Therapy Marketplace
(Top image: Fuego Element Grill)