With outdoor dining and entertaining shaping up to be a major part of the summer, a reliable BBQ can be a huge asset for your family’s (socially distant) social life. But with as many grill options as there are flavours of BBQ sauce, it can be hard to know where to start. The answer? Start here! We’ve rounded up eight of the best BBQs available from Walmart Canada, comparing all their bells and whistles, so you can save your energy for more important choices—like what you’re going to grill first.
What are the main types of BBQs?
- Natural gas: A natural gas grill connects to your home’s existing natural gas line. If you’re already using natural gas (if you get regular bills for it, then you are), setup is relatively simple.
- Propane: Propane BBQs are fuelled by gas from a portable tank. Tanks usually provide around 25 hours of grilling time before needing to be replaced.
- Charcoal: Using charcoal briquettes or lumps as fuel, charcoal grills are the most affordable style of BBQ. It can take some trial and error to learn how to use them, but enthusiasts say the smoky flavour can’t be beat.
- Electric: Electric grills are great if you live in a building or area that doesn’t allow gas or charcoal BBQs. For this option, all you need is a nearby electrical outlet.
- Wood pellet: If you’re looking for the ease of electric plus rich, smoky flavour, a wood pellet option is it. Powered by electricity, wood-pellet burning grills allow you to experiment with different varieties of wood for different flavours.
- Kamado: Fueled by charcoal, kamado grills serve as BBQs and smokers. Their elongated bodies allow for excellent heat circulation for barbequing at high temperatures and for smoking low and slow.
Need more info on what to look for in a BBQ? Check out our guide on how to choose the BBQ that’s right for you.
What type of BBQ are you looking for?
Best Portable BBQ
Cooking area: 10 burgers | Weight: 20 lb. | Burners: 1 | Warranty: 1 year limited
Whether you’re tailgating or camping, this powerful portable BBQ is ready. Boasting 10,000 BTUs, a sizeable cooking surface and a sleek design, it packs away into a compact and easy-to-store unit. (Want to learn more about BTUs and other important BBQ specs? Our BBQ buying guide can help.)
|Propane-fuelled and easy to set up, this grill is perfect for picnics and beach BBQs.||It can take practice to cook on a smaller BBQ if you’re used to a larger one.|
|It is known for even, consistent cooking.||There isn’t much clearance around the warming rack, limiting its use when the lid is closed.|
|Pop-out legs elevate the cooking surface, allowing for airflow and ease of use.|
This portable grill is sturdy and reliable. [It] cooks evenly and is easy to clean. After continually buying cheap grills, I decided to get something better and I am glad I did!
This grill gets hot and I found the only way to regulate the temp is with a spacer holding the lid partly open, [but] I think it will work great for years to come. I’m still a charcoal griller but for a quick grilled meal, it’s perfect. Just prop the lid.
Best Budget BBQ
Cooking area: 14 burgers | Weight: 28.2 lb. | Burners: 2 | Warranty: 1 year limited
At less than $100, this small-but-mighty propane grill delivers serious bang for your buck! With two burners, a tool holder and side shelves, a decent-sized cooking space and a warming rack, this BBQ covers all the basics and will help you to deliver a summer of delicious meals.
|At just 22.5 in. deep by 18.5 in., it easily fits into small spaces.||It’s lightweight, so may need to be secured ahead of extreme weather.|
|Comes with wheels for easy maneuverability.||Some reviewers have noted difficulty with assembly, saying parts didn’t always match up evenly.|
|Features push button ignition for fast and easy startup.|
Great little BBQ. [I’ve] used it almost every day since I got it three weeks ago. [It’s] very compact and cooks really well
[Bought] last year and one burner stopped working…better pay extra and buy [a] good grill.
Best Electric BBQ
Cooking area: 8 burgers | Weight: 18.9 lb. | Burners: 1 | Warranty: 3 years
For BBQ lovers who aren’t allowed to have BBQs at their condo or apartment buildings, this pick is a great way to get a taste of the grill. This electric BBQ heats evenly and reaches temps high enough to sear to perfection, plus setup, takedown and storage could not be any easier.
|Adjustable, telescoping legs make it easy to transition from storage to tabletop to standing use.||It features considerably lower BTUs than many full-size options, but you will still be able to grill most standard BBQ eats.|
|No setup routine required: just plug it into a standard household outlet and you’re ready to grill.||It has a relatively small cooking surface, so it may not work for larger gatherings.|
|It’s easy to clean—just wash the grates and empty the removable ash catcher.|
Great for my balcony. I can put a few hamburgers and a steak on at the same time. Easy to clean.
I love it. [I] just wish it was a little bigger.
Best Charcoal BBQ
Cooking area: 24 burgers | Weight: 79 lb. | Burners: 0 | Warranty: 1 year
This sleek charcoal BBQ looks as good as it works. With two cooking levels and an adjustable flue for temperature control, you can easily make a meal to suit everyone’s tastes. It’s also easy to clean both the grill and grill parts with just mild soap and water.
|Don’t be scared by the number of parts—this one is easy to assemble.||Some reviewers report that the structure is made from thinner metal, which can make it feel less sturdy.|
|With a generous cooking area across two platforms, you can cook multiple items simultaneously.||With only one set of wheels, it can take some effort to move.|
|It features good ventilation to help provide even, consistent cooking.||The ash pan is reported to be somewhat shallow, requiring more frequent emptying.|
Easy assembly, looks great and even has a bottle opener! This grill is [the] perfect size as it is not too small, and big enough for almost any occasion. I love the ability to adjust the temp by raising and lowering the coal bed, and the thermometer is a must. Did I mention it has a bottle opener?!
[The] metal is a little thin overall but this grill works great for backyard burgers, hot dogs, chops, etc. Assembly is easy, took me about an hour and was able to do it myself. Comes packed in cheap styrofoam that breaks and little pieces fly all over so be careful unpacking.
Best Natural Gas BBQ
Cooking area: 23 burgers | Weight: 98.99 lb. | Burners: 4 | Warranty: 1 year limited
This natural gas BBQ is a grillmaster or grillmistress’s dream. With a total of 60,000 BTUs between the primary cooking surface and the handy side burner, you’ll have more than enough power to pull off a multi-course meal straight from the backyard.
|A 10-foot natural gas hose is provided with the BBQ for easy hookup to your natural gas line.||It may require more than one person to assemble.|
|Achieve restaurant-quality grill marks with the cast iron grates (just sit back and wait for the compliments!).||Although it includes under-cart storage, it lacks shelving.|
|Quick-start integrated ignition gets you grilling faster while tool and towel hooks keep you organized.|
Many of the natural gas grills are really expensive, but this one was well-priced and had the side burner we wanted. We have already grilled burgers, steaks and chicken and have prepared old-fashioned fried potatoes on the side burner.
I prefer electronic ignition instead of this one that clicks when you turn the handle…[and] it takes a while to assemble but most do. I don’t like the stainless steel. Looks dirty too soon.
Best Propane BBQ
Cooking area: 28 burgers | Weight: 103.62 lb. | Burners: 4 | Warranty: 15 year limited
If a propane BBQ is your pick, look no further: this option has everything a grill chef needs, from 42,000 BTUs across two cooking surfaces to a side burner to an independent burner ignition to a temperature gauge plus window, so you can monitor grilling progress without lifting the lid and losing heat.
|This BBQ’s streamlined design makes it a stylish addition to a deck or patio.||Some reviewers say that it can take some patience to get all four burners to ignite at once.|
|Assembly is easy and requires only a couple of tools.||This BBQ can be converted, but the natural gas conversion kit is sold separately.|
|With so many smart and functional features, this BBQ offers excellent value for price.|
This is probably the best grill we have ever owned. It has lots of features our other ones never had. We love the fact that it has four caster wheels for easy movement on the deck. Looking forward to many happy years of grilling.
Putting it together was harder than I thought, and some of the pieces did not live up to my expectations. Securing the propane tank is really awkward. However, the function of the controls, the burners, and the thermometer were excellent!
Best Wood Pellet BBQ
Cooking area: 52 burgers | Weight: 183 lb. | Burners: 1 | Warranty: 5 year limited
This wood pellet grill is the real deal: not only is it beautiful with its two-tone finish, but it’s powerful too. With an impressive amount of cooking space and 40,000 BTUs, you can easily grill, roast or smoke for a crowd. Extra details like the tool holder, side shelf and side table with removable serving tray will make you wonder how you ever used another BBQ.
|It uses natural hardwood pellets to deliver a smoky flavour your family and friends will love.||It can take time to assemble and to troubleshoot the many features.|
|With heavy-duty steel construction, it is built to last.||It’s very heavy, so while it does come with four rolling castors, you may need extra hands to move it.|
|Starting and stopping the BBQ and monitoring meat temperature is easy with LED controls and included meat probes.|
[You] can’t go wrong with this grill. Tons of cooking space. So easy to use and cleanup is a breeze! It took about an hour to assemble but [it was] so worth it. We love it and look forward to many wonderful meals!
You really have to get the grill ripping hot for grilling, since there’s a hotspot right over the burner pot. [You need it to be] hotter than you would think—all the way up. Once you have that part figured out, it cooks well.
Best Kamado BBQ
Cooking area: 3 to 4 burgers | Weight: 86 lb. | Burners: 0 | Warranty: Limited
The versatility of this charcoal kamado grill is something else—the temperature range (it can go up to 750 F) means you can grill, smoke, broil and even bake. Developed from an ancient style of cooking, this BBQ retains heat no matter the outside temp, so you can continue grilling and smoking in the middle of winter, if you’d like.
|Egg shape ensures good heat circulation and even cooking.||The cooking surface is small, so it’s best for single people or small families.|
|It is somewhat portable (it may just require two people to carry it!), and includes a stand.||As with all kamado grills, it can take time to learn how to harness and adjust the heat.|
|The foldable grill side allows you to easily add more charcoal while cooking.|
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