Quicker and cleaner than charcoal alternatives, gas BBQs make grilling simple. They leave little mess, cook without smoke, and they often come with a range of bonus features to take your cooking to the next level.
Best gas BBQs at a glance
- Best Buy: Weber Genesis Series EPX-335
- Best Buy: Weber Q1200
- Best Buy: Napoleon Rogue 425 SIB
- Best Buy: Char-Broil Grill2Go
- Best Buy: Boss Grill Deluxe Portable Gas Barbecue
- Weber Spirit II E-220 GBS
- George Foreman GFSBBQ1 Single Burner
- Napoleon Freestyle 365
- Outback Magnum 3 Gas Charcoal Barbecue
- Boss Grill Georgia Classic
- Napoleon Phantom Prestige 500 RSIB
We’ve teamed up with our colleagues at BBC Good Food to ensure our tests were as accurate, fair, and useful as possible. With their culinary knowledge and our reviewing expertise we’ve found the best gas BBQs for every garden.
Each review has a detailed list of pros and cons for clarity and has been rated according to ease of use, handling, performance, and value for money. Only the standout gas BBQs have made our list, so you can buy with confidence.
For extra help with barbecuing, take a look at BBC Good Food’s guide to barbecuing safely, or their range of BBQ recipes, with delicious ideas for burgers, BBQ ribs, hot wings, and drinks, as well as vegetarian and vegan treats. If a gas grill isn’t for you, check out our tests of the best charcoal BBQs. For more, check out our guide to the best BBQ accessories and BBQ shelters.
- Should I choose a gas BBQ or a charcoal BBQ?
- Are gas BBQs safe?
- How to choose a gas BBQ
- How to use a gas BBQ
- Which gas do I need?
- The best gas BBQs to buy in 2022
- The best of the rest
- How we tested
Gas BBQs – Buyer’s Guide video
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The main considerations are how much and how often you want to barbecue. Gas BBQs tend to be better for feeding a crowd as they often have a larger cooking area, and a uniform temperature across the grill so you can be sure of a consistent cooking time wherever you’re cooking. They also heat up and get to cooking temperature fast – depending on the model, they can be ready to cook in just five minutes, compared to thirty or forty for a charcoal BBQ. This means you won’t be stuck at the grill and left out of the party. You can also get everyone’s portion to the table at once, or, if you have guests coming and going throughout the day, cook as and when you need to.
This speed also makes a gas BBQ great for everyday cooking. If you fancy a quick burger in the garden after work, there’s no need to bother with a messy bag of charcoal as if you’re getting ready for a big family get-together. Just switch on the gas and get grilling.
Gas BBQs are also ideal if you’re new to barbecuing. With a gas grill there won’t be any panic on the day as you light charcoal for the first time, which can take a few attempts. They’re easier to control, too. With charcoal, achieving the right temperature requires playing around with vents and learning the difference between direct and indirect heat so you don’t sear everything you’re trying to cook. On a gas BBQ, you can precisely control the temperature by simply turning the knob. They’re also safe, as you can just turn the BBQ out when you’re done, rather than having to keep an eye on hot coals as they cool.
They’re also a neighbourly way to cook, as they don’t produce smoke. The strong smell of a charcoal barbecue can be antisocial, especially if next door has washing out, and because they don’t smoke, gas BBQs are also cleaner to use, with no chance of getting charcoal dust on your hands and clothes. This in turn makes gas BBQs easier to clean, because there’s less charring on the grill.
However, a gas BBQ can’t quite match the smoky flavour of a charcoal BBQ, or at least not as much as manufacturers claim they can. On a charcoal barbecue, fats and oils from the food drip between the grill and vaporise on the hot coals, to create that unmistakable smoky flavour. This happens a little on a gas grill too, if oils drip onto the flames, but not to the same extent. Your food will still have that distinctive char-grilled caramelization, but it won’t be as smoky. If you want the best of both worlds there are also a few combination charcoal and gas BBQs on the market, such as the Outback Magnum 3 Gas Charcoal Barbecue tested below.
Used correctly, a gas barbecue is perfectly safe. Make sure you use the right gas for your barbecue and that the gas hose, regulator and canister are in good working order and connected correctly and securely. Don’t stand the canister in the storage area beneath the grill but well away from the cooking area and keep the gas canister away from high temperatures, cooking in an open area away from fire hazards like wooden fences, sheds, hedges and trees. Once finished be sure to turn the barbecue off and disconnect the gas.
- Size. Bigger isn’t always better. A small gas BBQ with one or two burners is all you need for entertaining a family of four. This is especially true with gas BBQs, which need somewhere to store propane too. If you’ll be entertaining a larger gathering of upwards of 6 people, opt for a gas BBQ with at least four burners. Height is also crucial here. You don’t want a barbecue that’s too high or low for you to use comfortably. Bigger barbecues also need more assembly time, so factor that in if you’re planning to build a barbecue on the same day you’re cooking.
- Special features. Some of the best gas BBQs come with extras as standard. Look out for warming racks to keep food hot until you’re all ready to eat, thermometers to gauge heat, and side burners for cooking extra bits like caramelised onions, corn on the cob or homemade BBQ sauce. You can even buy pizza oven attachments, as tested by the BBC Good Food team. Side tables and tool racks to keep spatulas, sauces and serving dishes to hand are also useful, as is built-in storage for the gas bottle. Make sure you have a drip tray for collecting waste fat and oils.
Gas barbecues are fuelled by a gas canister, which you need to buy separately. Most use propane (in a green canister and also sold as patio gas) or butane (in a blue canister), but smaller table top and portable BBQS use small bottles of camping gas. Make sure to check which type you need in the manual before you buy.
With current events affecting gas prices and availability, it’s important not to spend too much on fuel. Tabletop gas BBQs use small bottles of camping gas. For one- to three-burner gas BBQs, a 5kg bottle is all you need and should give you about ten BBQs’ worth of fuel. You need at least a 10kg bottle for bigger appliances with five or more burners, though 13kg is a common unit.
Gas is available through homeware and DIY shops like Homebase and B&Q, or directly from manufacturers like FloGas and Calor and you’ll pay a deposit the first time you buy one, plus the cost of the gas. After this you just pay to refill the canister and once you’ve finished with a canister it can be returned for a refund on the original deposit.
The gas is connected with a hose and regulator and although most barbecues come with these connected, you may have to attach them yourself or even buy them separately.
In every review we award the outstanding products our coveted Best Buy award. To see these and the others we recommend, browse our pick of the best gas BBQs below:
The best gas barbecues to buy in 2022
Weber Genesis Series EPX-335 Gas Barbecue
Our rating: 4.8/5
- Easy to load rotisserie arm
- Double width warming rack
- Side burner perfect for popping a skillet on
- Short power cord
Retailing at more than £2,000, the Weber Genesis Series EPX-335 Smart gas barbecue is a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy winner for the best premium gas barbecue. This three-burner barbecue is packed with features. Not only does it cater for a whopping 12 people, but it has a digital thermometer that lets you control the temperature to the very degree. It also sends step-by-step temperature alerts to your phone to guide you through cooking. There’s a large sear zone, as well as a side burner that’s perfect for pans and skillets and doubles up as an additional work surface with its lid down. The warming rack is double width, for extra snacks, and there’s even a rotisserie arm for cooking whole birds. We found even heat distribution across the whole barbecue. The combination of the sear zone and the side burner let us sear steaks on the right whilst cooking kebabs on the left and at the same time keep extras piping hot on the double-width warming rack. The steaks we cooked had well-defined char lines and a delicious flavour while remaining pink, tender and juicy in the middle. The rotisserie arm is easy to use and turned out two succulent roast chickens. There was no sticking with any of the ingredients and recipes on test and everything we cooked was delicious.
However, we can’t get around the cost. There’s a lot of functionality crammed into this barbecue, but £2,000 is a very hefty price tag, especially in the current climate. It also has a large footprint on a patio, so in small gardens it will dominate your space. You need to place it near a power socket too, as it has a short power cord to run the digital temperature gauge. We also can’t comment on how easy this barbecue is to assemble, because it was delivered to us fully built.
Weber Q1200 Gas Barbecue
Our rating: 4.8/5
By Cinead McTernan, Senior Reviews Writer, BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
- Easy to use
- Cooks well
- Portable and compact to store
- Non-stick coating disappointing
The Q1200 portable gas barbecue is a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy winner for the best portable gas barbecue. It’s easy-to-use and cooks well, albeit without the bells and whistles of larger models. Fuelled by a C500 gas cartridge, it heats efficiently, but the temperature does drop if the lid is opened for any length of time and it takes several minutes to regain heat, especially once the grill is covered with food. The compact grill makes this ideal for cooking a few steaks for a cosy gathering of four, rather than a prolonged burger-flipping session catering for a larger party. It cooks well and creates good char lines, but sections of the grill are solid, which reduces the areas where you can achieve this authentic barbecue texture. The non-stick coating isn’t always effective.
Clear instructions mean it’s easy to assemble, just make sure the plastic side tables don’t accidentally touch the hot grill as they are likely to scorch. This is a versatile barbecue that’s completely portable, whether you’re in the garden or on the beach, and it’s easy to store. It’s also available with a stand.
Napoleon Rogue 425 Gas Barbecue
Our rating: 4.5/5
- Good temperature control
- Excellent cooking results
- Thoughtful design
- Easy to move around and lock
- Non-stick coating disappointing
A BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy winner, the Napoleon Rogue 425 is the best all round gas barbecue. It’s quick to set up and simple to use, and thanks to slick lockable wheels, easy to move around the garden. It ignites easily and reaches temperature in 10 minutes, hitting a powerful 700°F (371°C) and has a large grill area at 46 x 59.5cm, with Napoleon’s iconic wavy grill lines. The grills are at the perfect distance from the burners to prevent burning and ensure even heat transfer, which also massively reduces hot and cool spots on this barbecue. All our test recipes turned out delicious, with golden caramelisation and crisp grill lines and we love the temperature gauge, which is clear to read in both Fahrenheit and Celsius and offers precise control. We also appreciate that your gas tucks away neatly on its own inbuilt shelf, so this sleek barbecue looks fantastic on a patio. However, the warming rack gets so hot that it can continue to cook your food and we also found the non-stick grill disappointing, as marinades often stuck to the grill. This is an expensive barbecue but it’s well thought out, with excellent cooking results and it comes with a 15 year warranty.
Char-Broil Grill2Go Gas Barbecue
Our rating: 4.5/5
- Easy to set up and use
- Compact and lightweight
- Cooks well
- Includes scraper
- Some flare-ups and cool spots
The Char-Broil Grill2Go gas barbecue is designed for use at home and on the move and won a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy award for small families and couples. A simple, single-burner gas barbecue, it’s almost ready to go from the box. You just need to plug in the regulator and add your gas. However, unless you shell out for a specialised propane gas regulator it only runs on threaded EN417 gas bottles with a mix of butane and propane. It gets to temperature in under five minutes, has a handy thermometer in the lid and when cooking, the most notable feature of this barbecue is its well-defined grill lines. Burgers will come off this barbecue looking picture-perfect, with precise grill lines. The Grill2Go is also excellent at retaining moisture, which can be tricky on a barbecue. Vegetable kebabs come off the grill with crisp, charred outsides and succulent insides. It’s small and lightweight, so though it has a relatively large 44 x 28cm cooking area, it’s easy to move around the garden and would be a great companion while camping. It also comes with a useful scraper for cleaning after use.
However, this barbecue suffers from the success of its char-lines, which can quickly blacken food even at lower temperatures, making it difficult to cook through larger ingredients. This is particularly tricky because of its temperature control, which is simple to use but doesn’t always react quickly. We spotted a few flare-ups, and the right half of the grill is also much hotter than the left, with a noticeable cool spot along the front of the barbecue. Nevertheless, we think this grill is excellent for couples and small families. Because it heats up so quickly, it’s just the thing for everyday grilling too.
Boss Grill Deluxe Portable Gas Barbecue
Our rating: 4.3/5
- Stylish, keep-cool handle
- Intuitive controls
- Generous cooking area
- Easy to move around
- Hose for gas is a little short
- Quite low and a little wobbly
This barbecue is a brilliant option if you’re after something that gets the basics of barbecuing right, so it won a BBC Gardeners World Magazine Best Buy for the best basic barbecue. It’s worth noting that while the majority of the build could be done by just one person, the quality of the manual is seriously lacking. On test, it left the builder to work out a considerable amount on their own, owing to the poor-quality images and the lack of text. It’s a little wobbly, and we also think the overall height of the barbecue is a little short – on our 5’5″ tester the grill sits just below the hips. This isn’t a barbecue for experts, rather it’s geared toward someone who wants a simple barbecue for basic dishes, but it’s all you need to get grilling.
It features a large, generous grilling area with a double burner and enough space to comfortably cook for four people. This model takes just five minutes to heat up and provides an even and consistent heat, right to the edges. It’s also particularly responsive to changes in temperature and overall, it cooks well, with wonderfully defined grill-lines and excellent sealing. The faux-leather handle is a particular hit, keeping the handle cool in style. Lightweight, it easily moves around thanks to the chunky wheels.
Although some models didn’t quite achieve a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy award, they still have great features that make them worth recommending. Browse our pick of the best of the rest on test.
Weber Spirit II E-220 GBS Gas Barbecue
Our rating: 4/5
- Great cooking results
- Long assembly time
- Bulky and hard to move around
This intuitive barbecue from Weber makes gas grilling a breeze. It’s easy to connect to your gas, and ignites on the first click every time, reaching cooking temperature in 15 minutes. With responsive temperature knobs, this barbecue is easy to control, too. However, you’ll need a rubber mallet, 7/16” spanner, and a Phillips head screwdriver to assemble this barbecue, and it’s tricky to move around. Though the side burner and side table are great additions, they get in the way when manoeuvring, and lack handles for you to push or drag the barbecue. Despite being a two-burner barbecue, it has quite a large patio footprint, so you might struggle to store it in a shed or a greenhouse.
On test, chicken wings and burgers cooked well thanks to excellent heat retention, and it gives sausages and halloumi wonderful grill lines. We especially like the versatile grill. The circular panel in the grill can be replaced with Weber accessories, like a wok, pizza stone, and even a waffle maker and the included thermometer is quick to respond and easy to read, and there are very few cool spots. Suiting both serious grill masters and casual barbecuers, it looks impressive, is simple to use, and turns out great dishes.
George Foreman GFSBBQ1 Single Burner Gas Barbecue
Our rating: 4/5
- Clear instructions
- Cooks well with even heat coverage
- Low price
- Basic – no extra features or functions
- Regulator assembly fiddly
- Some cold spots
The George Foreman GFSBBQ1 is a single burner barbecue for three people, but we think you could easily stretch this to four. It’s easy to assemble but needs a screwdriver for the lid and you have to screw in the thermometer too. Its biggest weakness is that you have to put together the regulator yourself, which is very fiddly as you need water to lubricate the hose in order to fit it, and you need to use small hose clamps to tighten everything. However, the instructions are simple and clear. Once you’re set up, it’s a dream to use. It gets to temperature in just five minutes and its temperature control is smooth and reacts quickly to any change. It has a couple of cool spots in the corners, but otherwise has even coverage, so you can cook everything at exactly the same rate no matter where it is on the grill. It produces good char-lines but other barbecues on test have better definition, and though everything tastes delicious it isn’t as quick or well-cooked as some of the other barbecues on test. Above all, what you see is what you get. There’s no extra functions or hidden storage, just a simple grill. It also feels a little flimsy, but that isn’t a surprise at this price. We also found that the 70cm width of this barbecue slightly defeats the point of a table-top barbecue, as it’s too big to comfortably sit on most patio or garden tables. We think this barbecue would best suit an unfussy family of four. You might not make gourmet grub on this grill, but it’s all you need for a few burgers on a sunny afternoon.
Napoleon Freestyle 365 SIB Gas Barbecue
Our rating: 4/5
- Quick to heat
- Cooks precisely and easy to control
- Effective side burner
- Generous warranty
- Long assembly
The Napoleon Freestyle 365 comes with a handy side burner, and our BBC Good Food colleagues love how well it cooks. However, before you get started, it’s worth noting that this barbecue is difficult to put together. You’ll need a Phillips screwdriver, as well as a set of spanners. Frustratingly, the diagrams are all over the place and demonstrate the assembly from odd angles, so it takes a little figuring out. All told it takes at least 2 hours to get everything together, so if you’re planning a big bank holiday barbecue you don’t want to be building this on the day. That said, we like the inclusion of spare parts, so there’s no panic if you lose a screw. Once it’s assembled it’s easy to ignite and quick to heat, offering remarkable evenness across the whole grill. The 51x45cm grilling area is a good size, offering lots of space for cooking without taking up the entire patio. However, the grates are wide, so smaller items like prawn skewers might struggle to cook or char evenly. That said, more substantial ingredients like chicken ended up with beautifully defined grill lines. We found the three burners and thermometer responsive, letting you precisely control the temperature of whatever you’re cooking, and the warming rack is suspended in just the right spot to keep kebabs and corn on the cob at the perfect temperature. However, it’s surprisingly noisy when it gets going.
The side burner is a hit, grilling an astonishing steak, and the bottle opener on this side burner is a lovely extra touch, making this barbecue a social focal point on a patio. All of its parts are robust, high-quality steel and aluminium, neatly stamped with Napoleon’s logo. This quality extends to the warranty, which covers you for an impressive ten years.
Outback Magnum 3 Gas Charcoal Barbecue
Our rating: 3.8 out of 5
By Kay Maguire, Reviews Editor, BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
- Well thought out instructions
- Good features
- Includes charcoal basket
- Some cool spots
- Grease tray requires sand layer
- Side burner close to ignition
The Magnum 3 is a well thought out gas barbecue with a lot of features for the price. It has a large cooking area, with a removable grill that can be swapped with a griddle or pizza stone for an additional cost and it also comes with a charcoal basket to fill with charcoal briquettes to get that traditional smokey charcoal flavour from the ease of a gas grill. There’s a detailed thermometer in the hood, with helpful markings for types of cooking and it has a side burner for sauces or charring aubergine, tool hooks, even a bottle opener.
It took about an hour to assemble this barbecue but the instructions were clear and it was just a slow methodical build that required two people towards the end. On the whole it cooked well in our test, there were some cool spots around the edges of the burners and it didn’t char or sear as well as others but it heated up quickly and for those new to gas barbecuing it’s versatile, and quick and easy to cook on. It’s also light with two wheels that make it easy to move around and in and out of storage, but it is quite large with no folding tables so it will take up a fair bit of room on the patio or in the shed over winter. It’s best for medium sized gardens.
Boss Grill Georgia Classic Gas Barbecue
Our rating: 3.5/5
- Useful accessories included
- Features Side burner and 2 plate styles on grill
- Poor instructions and assembly hard
- Flimsy materials
- Side burner hard to light
The Boss Grill Georgia Classic is a decent choice for a starter BBQ. This model comes with two different grilling plates to suit a range of meals and will fit easily into most mid-large sized gardens. With four burners for the main BBQ area and an additional side hob, it offers a lot of room to cook multiple foods at once. Although large, it’s lightweight and features wheels on the back, so you can move it around your garden with ease. It also comes with some handy accessories.
Some food cooked well on the barbecue, like skewers, aubergine and potato. Our potato slices were particularly great thanks to a griddle plate, which is great for flat, thin items like halloumi. However, this barbecue leaves courgette slices with poorly defined grill lines and unevenly toasted burger buns. The side burner was tricky to get going, and the build is tricky thanks to poor instructions.
Napoleon Phantom Prestige 500 RSIB Gas Barbecue
Our rating: 3.25/5
By Cinead McTernan, Senior Reviews Writer, BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
- Ample cooking space
- Comfortable cooking height
- Easy to read temperature dial
- Hard to ignite and see flames
- Awkward to reach rear burner cooking shelf
- Lid and handle get hot
The Phantom Prestige 500 is not for the faint-hearted. You need some real barbecuing expertise to get the best performance from it, and it has a massive patio footprint. However, if you’re confident wielding a pair of BBQ tongs, price isn’t an issue and you’re after a bit of kit that looks the part, it’s worth considering.
This medium-sized gas barbecue comes with a range of nifty features, as well as a comparatively hefty price tag to the others on test. Awkward to assemble, it requires two people to attach the sides and internal shelves, but once it’s built, it feels sturdy and the wheels lock securely. It’s tricky to ignite, and then hard to see the flames to check it has successfully fired-up, so if you’re not confident using gas, this might not be for you.
Once you’re up and running, this barbecue preheats quickly and retains heat well, and offers an impressive selection of cooking options, including a grilling and searing plate, rotisserie function (although you’ll need to buy this accessory) and rear burner.
Together with our colleagues at BBC Good Food, we tested a range of gas barbecues. Each barbecue was unpacked, assembled, used to cook a variety of dishes and then assessed according to specific criteria. BBC Good Food put particular emphasis on how well each barbecue cooked but at BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine we assessed the barbecues with emphasis on their garden context, including how easy they are to assemble, move around, and store.
They were assessed according to the following points with equal marks attributed to each:
- Setup and storage. Looked at the ease of assembly, clarity of instructions, warmup time and how easy the barbecue is to store.
- Handling. Focused on comfort and ease of use, adjustment, how easy it is to move around the garden, and how easy it is to control the temperature and cook.
- Cooking. We cooked a variety of common barbecue dishes to assess the non-stick ability of each grill, its grid-cooking capabilities, and how well it chars, softens, and seals food. We also checked for defined lines, even cooking, sticking and hot spots. Above all, we tested how long it took to cook each dish and how well each dish tasted.
- Value for Money. Considered all of the above as well as quality, design, warranty and price.
For more information on our testing process see How We Review.
This review was last updated in May 2022. We apologise if anything has changed in price or availability.