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Weber Genesis II E-410 Gas Grill
There’s a reason the name Weber is synonymous with grilling, though you will pay a premium for it. With 48,000 BTUs (translation: really, really hot), this gas grill, which works with a propane tank or a natural gas hookup, is great for making anything from perfectly juicy meats to beautifully tender vegetables and crispy thin-crust pizza. It’s also huge: With four burners and 844 square inches of cooking surface, let’s just say you’ll be able to host the block party this year.
$1,049, weber.com for where to buy
Masterbuilt 25-Inch Digital Electric Smoker
Smoking food may sound intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. And it’s not just for meat! Veggies, fish and even fruit would benefit from a stint in this push-button smoker. Just plug in, set the temperature and time, load it up with food (with four racks, it fits a lot), place some wood chips in the drawer, and let it smoke. It’s like a slow cooker, only yummier.
Big Green Egg Charcoal Grill
One reason this distinctively shaped charcoal grill is a cult favorite is that it gives you exceptional temperature control; no matter if you’re going low and slow or hot and fast, you’ll get the results you’re looking for. It even holds its heat when the weather is chilly. And it fits a fair amount: The large size (shown) can fit eight steaks or six whole chickens, so no one will go hungry.
$859, biggreenegg.com for where to buy
George Foreman Camp and Tailgate Portable Propane Grill
Camping is hungry business, but this roomy portable propane grill is up to the challenge. It comes with a strap and is fairly lightweight, making it easy to stow in a car or carry to the park. Helpfully, the nonstick grill pan flips over to reveal a flat griddle – perfect for making eggs the next morning. It’s a moveable feast!
Excelvan Portable 1350W Electric Barbecue Grill with 5 Temperature Settings
Beginner grillers, apartment dwellers and people who entertain will all find something to love about this portable electric grill. Roomy enough to feed a small crowd, it can also be used indoors, which will come in handy once cooler weather rolls around. It has a removable, washable plate, and there’s no fussing with propane tanks or charcoal – just plug it in and go.