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BBQ season is nearly upon us. With summer sun and balmy nights just around the corner (fingers crossed), the idea of firing up the coals and dining al fresco is increasingly irresistible. But if you haven’t yet invested in a barbecue, where’s best to start before the heatwave hits?
Forget about picking up one of those horrid disposable BBQ trays on the way home. The good news is there are great grilling options for both newbie BBQers (“Alexa, how do you BBQ chicken?”) and charcoal experts alike, that won’t break the bank.
We’ve selected three BBQ Best Buys, all of which are portable or transportable, so you won’t have to leave them in the garden all year long...
Compact and easy to store when not in use, this portable grill is just the job for a convivial cook-out. It runs off propane gas for rapid heating and has an integrated thermostat, making it very difficult to get things wrong.
Small enough to take on a camping trip, the GFSBBQ1’s design incorporates elevating feet so you can use it on a variety of surfaces, and there’s a handy Piezo ignition system, so you don’t have to mess about with matches.
Buy it: George Foreman GFSBBQ1 Portable Grill Gas BBQ | £99.99 from Currys
Feeling hungry? The 50 x 37.5cm grill area allows you to BBQ three portions at once. We reckon it’s a knockout...
Tower’s retro-style kettle charcoal BBQ fire pit isn’t just for cooking, it’s also a warming centerpiece for your next patio party.
Buy it: Tower T978512 Portable Kettle Charcoal BBQ | £159.99 from Currys PC World
Easy to move around and store, the kettle is powder-coated steel for longevity and its 360 degree grilling area is perfect for bangers, burgers and broccoli.
If you’re burning to buy a premium gas barbecue for larger family gatherings, then this sturdy offering from Heston Blumenthal will really fit the bill.
Beautifully designed, and available in orange, mint or graphite finishes, it features a large cooking area and two independently controlled burners - ideal for handling fish, fowl and larger cuts of meat.
Buy it: Everdure By Heston Blumenthal FORCE 2 Burner Gas BBQ | £649 from John Lewis
Propane powered, it reaches cooking temperature in just five minutes, and there’s adjustable flame control, so your inner Masterchef can really barbecue to impress. There’s even a hood for convection cooking, perfect for a smoky flavoured turkey leg or two.
The Force 2 is more transportable than portable. It features castors (lockable of course) so you can wheel it around, while a rust proof construction and die-cast aluminium body will give service for years to come. For ease of cleaning, it boasts a vitreous enamel coated hood and grill plates. Just to be clear, cleaning is not your job. Someone else can do that…
Watch: Fish comes to life on the grill