Backyard Grills

Backyard Grills

Backyard Grills: Popular Types for Grilling

Cooking up a meal on the backyard grill is a popular summertime activity.  Whether you are grilling hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken or steak, here are some top backyard grills to consider.


Types of Backyard Grills 

Propane and charcoal grills are the focus of much debate.  Some prefer the flavor charcoal grills bring out, while others like the convenience of propane.  Here are the pros and cons of each.

Propane Grills

Propane grills light up right away, and it takes only a few minutes to cook food.  They are also very versatile as they have multiple burners and accessories.  A control knob adjusts the temperature of each burner.  Propane grills are also easy to clean.

On the flip side, food prepared on propane grills typically has less flavor than with charcoal.  The propane that fuels the grill can also suddenly run out during cooking and will need to be refilled.   Propane grills are also more expensive and take up space.

Charcoal Grills

Food cooked on a charcoal grill is tasty and has a smoky flavor.  It’s great for people who want to take the time to grill a perfect steak.  They are less expensive than propane grills and charcoal is easy to find.  Charcoal grills are one of the most prevalent ones found in America.

However, charcoal grills take 20-30 minutes to heat up and are less convenient than propane grills.


Other Types of Backyard Grills

Below are a few other types of grills that are on the market.

Pellet Grills

This grill type is fed by small, flavored wood pellets.  Food automatically takes on the flavor of the pellets you use.  This allows you to somewhat customize your meat flavoring. The most popular pellets include mesquite, hickory, maple, apple, cherry and pecan.  Most major brands of pellet grills are technologically advanced and the settings can be adjusted from a cell phone.

Kamado Grills

These are basically a regular charcoal grill, but with a unique twist. Kamado grills originated in China and their designs date back to over 3,000 years ago. If you use one, you are following an ancient tradition.  Kamado grills are made of ceramic and use lump wood charcoal.

Natural Gas Grills

Natural gas grills are growing in popularity. A natural gas line connected to your house can be used for your outdoor grill.  There’s also an endless supply of it. Although you’ll use more of it for cooking, the cost of natural gas is much less than liquid propane.  Natural gas burns cleaner than liquid propane and is environmentally friendly.

Electric Grills

These grills are versatile and can be used indoors or out.  They don’t smoke like other grills. If you see smoke, stop using it immediately.  Electric grills are typically smaller than gas, wood and charcoal ones.


Buying a Grill

Ask yourself what you want in a grill before you invest in one.  Do you prefer a real barbeque experience packed full of flavor? Or, if you have a family, is a quick and easy grilling method more your style? Decide what qualities are most important to you in a grill and how much you want to pay.   There are plenty of types on the market to choose from.


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