If you want to purchase a grill for backyard entertaining, you’ll find you have several options. Choosing the right grill depends on several factors: preparation and clean-up, flavor, convenience, and price. From built-in grills to small, portable models, let’s take a look at types of grills for your backyard cookout.

Types of Gas Grills

The gas-powered grill is the most popular option for grilling outdoors. This grill can be powered by either propane or natural gas, however, natural gas makes the grill a more permanent fixture. The grill will be connected to the fuel source and you won’t be able to move it around your outdoor space. Gas grills are easy to power on and it’s simple to control the temperature.

If your gas grill uses propane, make sure you set up the grill away from the house and other structures. When grilling with gas, you won’t get the same smoky, grilled flavor that other options provide.


Charcoal grills burn charcoal briquettes as the fuel source. You won’t have to swap fuel tanks and charcoal provides a tasty grilled flavor. A charcoal grill is generally less expensive than other types of grills.

Charcoal takes a while to become hot enough to sear meat. You’ll need at least 20 – 30 minutes before you can begin cooking. The briquettes are costly, especially if you enjoy grilling often. You will also have to allow the grill to cool down completely before disposing of ashes.

Electric Grill

Electric grills are the easiest to start. Simply plug it in and you’re ready to cook. These can be used indoors or out and there are many portable options, including countertop models for grilling small portions.

An electric grill may not heat up enough to sear the food. However, the lower temperature sometimes means an electric grill can be used in places where other types of grills are not allowed.

Types of Grills: Pellet Grills

“Pellet” refers to the type of fuel this grill uses. The pellets are most often made from hardwood and they offer a unique grilling flavor. The temperature of the pellet grill is controlled by an electronic thermostat so you don’t have to be as attentive when cooking on this grill. However, you will need a power source.

Pellets can be expensive and are sometimes difficult to find, as these types of grills aren’t as popular as other options. A pellet grill can be pricey, costing as much as a high-end gas grill.

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