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The Best Grills of 2022

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Abt's Best Grills of 2022

Grilling isn't just for hot summer days. Adding a great grill to your backyard or outdoor kitchen is the perfect way to entertain. Heat things up on cool winter days until the summer sunshine makes an appearance. Whether you're an apartment dweller or live in a home with a sprawling yard, we think everyone deserves to enjoy BBQ goodness. We've rounded up our best grills of 2022 from built-ins to flat-top models.

Best Built-In Grill

Hestan 36" Steeletto Built-In Natural Gas Grill - GMBR36-NG

Hestan Steeletto Built-In Natural Gas Grill
Abt's best built-in grill of 2022 is the stunning Hestan Steeleto built-in natural gas grill. If you're looking for a top-of-the-line outdoor appliance, this Hestan BBQ is a great option. With clean lines and a sleek stainless steel finish, it looks as good as it cooks. Every element of this natural gas grill screams luxury; with spring-assisted hinges on the hood, the cooker opens and closes smoothly. The patented Halogen Stadium Lights™ evenly illuminate the cooking surface so you can see what you're doing any time of day. The DiamondCut™ grill grates and warming rack offer ample space for your whole meal. The infrared top burner sits above the included rotisserie and produces the ideal searing temperature. To get started, press the button on the one-push automatic ignition system. With both incredible cooking power and convenience, it's no wonder that this Hestan Steeleto grill is our best built-in grill of 2022.

Best Flat Top Grill

Lynx Asado Built-In Natural Gas Cooktop - L30AG-NG

Lynx Asado Built-In Natural Gas Cooktop
Maybe traditional grilling doesn't interest you. How about a griddle? Our best flat top grill of 2022 is the Lynx Asado natural gas cooktop. Composed of aluminum sandwiched between stainless steel, this flat top offers ample cooking space. The two Trident™ infrared burners underneath the surface offer power and precision so your food cooks evenly. As the burners are independently controlled, you can create cooking zones on the griddle to prepare two different dishes at the same time. The control knobs are backlit so you can see what you're doing even after the sun goes down. Flat top griddles are great for a variety of foods that can't be cooked on a traditional grill, like eggs or pancakes. Of course, you can do much more than make breakfast on our best flat top grill of 2022. With 495 square inches of cooking surface, load it up with burgers or steaks to feed the whole family.

Best Natural Gas Grill

Weber GENESIS SL-S-435 Natural Gas Grill - 38403601

Weber GENESIS SL-S-435 Natural Gas Grill
If you're seeking a classic, reliable grill, look no further than the Weber Genesis SL-S-435 natural gas grill. Weber is known for its high-quality products and this is no exception. Sear your steaks in the sear zone while you sauté veggies on the side burner. We love this grill because it enables you to prep, cook and serve your meal from start to finish in one place. The prep table is great for seasoning meat or chopping veggies before throwing them on the hot grates; it can also be used as a serving station when your food is done cooking. From corn on the cob to grilled peaches, the proprietary PureBlu burners will cook them with an even flame and precise heat. The SL-S-435 is also compatible with the new Weber CRAFTED cookware system, which consists of custom grillware for roasting, baking and more on your Weber grill.

Best Liquid Propane Grill

Broil King Baron™ S 490 Pro Infrared Liquid Propane Gas Grill - 875944

Broil King Baron™ S 490 Pro Infrared Liquid Propane Gas Grill
If liquid propane is your fuel source of choice, the Broil King Baron™ S 490 Pro Infrared grill is our top recommendation. With its stainless steel cooking grids and Flav-R-Wave™ cooking system, this Broil King BBQ was an obvious choice for our best liquid propane grill of 2022. The Flav-R-Wave™ system features wavy stainless steel inserts that not only protect the burners below but help vaporize fat drippings to infuse food with flavor. A powerful infrared side burner offers greater flexibility, giving you space to simmer your signature homemade barbecue sauce or prepare a side dish while steaks sizzle on the main cooking surface. If you're preparing several rounds of food, the stainless steel warming rack above offers a convenient spot to keep your dish ready to serve while you finish. This Broil King grill also includes the Accu-Temp™ thermometer so you can ensure your steaks are perfectly cooked with a seared outside and medium-rare center.

Best Pellet Grill

Traeger Ironwood 885 Pellet Grill - TFB89BLF

Traeger Ironwood 885 Pellet Grill
As the originator of the pellet grill, it's no surprise that we've chosen a Traeger for our best pellet grill of 2022. The Traeger Ironwood 885 pellet grill delivers wood-fired smoky flavor in a sleek package. To get started, load your wood pellets of choice into the hopper—Traeger makes their own that work great. Their high-tech hopper has a sensor that lets you know when you're running low on fuel so you can smoke your food without interruption. The D2 controller features a digital display, making it easy to set the grill temperature and the Downdraft Exhaust® system keeps the smoke flowing inside the pellet grill for the most flavorful meals possible. If you like your food extra smoky, press the Super Smoke Mode button to intensify the smoke production and the flavor. With convenient wheels, you can easily position your Traeger Ironwood 885 anywhere in your yard or wheel it out of the way for a large event.

Best Portable Grill

Weber Traveler Portable Gas Grill - 9010001

Weber Traveler Portable Gas Grill
Taking your BBQ on the go? You might want to check out Abt's best portable grill of 2022, the Weber Traveler portable gas grill. This grill on wheels is great for tailgating, camping or living spaces that don't have room for a full-sized grill. Take the powerful, reliable cooking of a Weber grill on the go with the Traveler, whose grill cart can fold down to fit in the back of your vehicle when it's time to head home. The porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates heat evenly to cook food evenly as well. The ample side table offers room to store food when it's done cooking or keep ingredients handy while you're cooking. Although this grill is portable, that doesn't mean it lacks grilling area: 320 square inches of cooking space can hold up to 15 burgers. Don't forget your favorite spatula; the Traveler also features convenient tool hooks for your favorite grill cookware.

Q&A Summary

What is the Best Steak to Make on the Grill?

The best steak to make on the grill is always the one you have on hand: no matter what you're cooking, a good grill will be able to make a fresh steak taste its best. But if you're heading to your local butcher and are planning a romantic dinner or small family barbecue, consider cuts like the classic ribeye, T-bone or even a tenderloin cut. For the larger pieces, look for something that's perfectly marbled; the searing fats will add unbeatable flavor to your meal. Whatever you're cooking, you'll want to see those beloved sear marks—they'll make your meal look perfect as you plate it.

Are There Charcoal and Gas Grill Combos?

There are charcoal and gas grill combos available, and they're often elegant. They'll be extra-wide and feature two hoods, one for each fuel type. Look for phrases like dual fuel and combo. However, some normal gas grills allow you to use accessories like charcoal baskets. These are common in barbecues made by Napoleon.

What Are the Best Grills for Camping?

In search of the best grills for camping? Whether you travel to the forest preserve nearby or a national park on the other side of the country, you'll want to bring an easy-to-use gourmet cooker. First, check your campground's rules and regulations— some outlaw charcoal cooking (or even propane) during wildfire season. But a liquid propane grill is likely your best bet. Make sure your liquid propane grill has enough space to feed whoever you bring along. Keep in mind that a single burger patty takes up about 20 square inches (four inches on all sides with a half-inch in between each patty). That can be a good judge of how much space you'll need on your camping barbecue.

What is the Best Way to Clean a Grill?

The best way to clean a grill is to keep it in good condition after each barbecue session. Don't wait until your grates are crusty and covered with grease—instead, once you're finished frying your first burgers of the season, wait for the grate to cool until it's warm and pull out your wire grill brush. Then start scraping off any residue you can see, covering the entire grate. It'll fall below into the drip tray or cookbox. When it's time to do your seasonal deep clean, check out our article that dives deep into the best way to clean a grill.

What's the Best Electric Outdoor Grill?

Brands like Coyote craft luxury-style electric grills along with stands to place them on, while Weber's popular portable Q series comes in an electric variant. Look for one with enough space for all the entertaining you need to do, whether you enjoy a date-night steak every now and then or are cooking for the family.

In Summary

From laid-back family barbecues to all-night festivities with friends, Abt's best grills of 2022 have something for everyone. Whether you like sticking to the classics like burgers and brats or want your grill to do the work of an entire kitchen, we're confident you'll find something you love at Abt. If you need more assistance with a purchase decision, check out our outdoor grill buying guide. You can also call 800-860-3577 to speak with an Abt BBQ expert about any of these products.