The process of buying a new grill can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some things to look for when considering a new grill:
Gas or charcoal?
First, decide between a gas or charcoal grill. Gas grills, which are typically fueled by propane, are a little more expensive, but they are easy to use and they heat up quickly. They also require very little clean-up: simply turn off the gas and run a grill brush over the grates.
Charcoal grills, on the other hand, take more prep time before they can be used. You need the build a fire yourself and allow it to heat up for at least 20-30 minutes before you can start cooking. It also takes more time to clean up after grilling on charcoal, as you’ll need to dispose of the ashes. However, charcoal grills are generally cheaper and more portable.
The cooking grates.
If you plan on using your grill regularly, look for a grill with a durable cooking grate. Heavy-duty enameled, stainless steel or cast-iron cooking grates will be the most sturdy and long-lasting.
Make sure the grill has a drip pan or ash catcher to collect fat and juices, which will cut back on mess and prevent fiery flare-ups.
Indirect grilling, or grilling food for a long time over a lower temperature, requires a grill with a lid. If you think you might ever want to make traditional barbecue, a whole grill-roasted chicken, or a large, tough cut of meat, you want to make sure you can close the lid.
Some grills are sold with a side burner, which can be great for cooking sauces or side dishes. A grill with a side burner will cost you a bit more.