Devon Ferguson
Published by Devon Ferguson
Last Updated On: January 24, 2023

When I first decided to become a carnivore, I thought I'd get a simple-to-use grill and grill meat for most of my meals. I didn’t count on the number of grills for beginners, all claiming to be the best.

I spent years trying out many Weber grills, followed by Traeger, ZGrills, Char-Broil, and many others. I evaluated their cooking areas, BTUs, and ease of use for beginners.

Here are the eight best grills any beginner will love using.

8 Best Grills for Beginners

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1 - Weber Spirit II E-210 Gas Grill (Liquid Propane)

Weber Spirit II E-210

Weber Spirit II is my top choice because of its versatility. It has an electronic crossover ignition system, so you get a customizable BBQ session.

You can grill for a large number of people with this gas grill. It has 450 sq in of cast iron grates so that you can cook meat, veggies, and fish together.

Spirit II has two stainless steel burners with 26,500 BTU. This ensures the grill heats and reaches a high temperature quickly.

Thanks to the side shelves, you can hold plates and utensils. It’s great for BBQ beginners as it has plenty of accessories, such as a fuel gauge, tool hooks, and a grilling guide.

Finally, I loved how easy it is to start this grill. You turn on the burners using a push-start piezo igniter. Choose the temperature setting you want, and the built-in lid thermometer lets you know when to start grilling.

Pros
  • A built-in thermometer shows the temperature
  • Two burners for even heat distribution
  • Easy to use
  • Has a warming rack
Cons
  • You’ll need a smoker box for smoke-flavored food
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Quick Facts:

  • Dimensions : 57 x 48 x 26 in
  • Weight : 101 lbs
  • Cooking space : 450 sq in
  • BTU : 26,500
  • Fuel : gas
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2 - Z GRILLS-450A

Z GRILLS-450A

Z Grills 450A is a barrel-shaped pellet grill. It’s fueled by hardwood pellets, and its main advantage is it heats quickly, so you get delicious wood and smoke-flavored food in a blink.

450A can smoke, roast, barbecue, braise, and bake, so you’ll have excellent versatility. It has a large cooking area— 700 sq in over two cooking areas and 25,000 BTUs of power.

Speaking of beginner-friendliness, I found this grill super-easy to control due to its internal temperature control. The PID keeps the temperature stable in all weather conditions, and you don’t have to monitor the pellet grill constantly.

It’s made of stainless steel and covered in a high-temperature powder coat, so it’s durable and easy to clean.

Pros
  • Easy to ignite and use
  • Comes with meat probes
  • Provides a good smoky flavor
Cons
  • Can’t sear steaks
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Quick Facts:

  • Dimensions : 45 × 28 × 49
  • Weight : 84 lbs
  • Cooking space : 459 sq in
  • BTU : 25,000
  • Fuel : pellet
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3 - Char-Broil 2-Burner Gas Grill

Char-Broil 2-Burner Gas Grill

The next best grill for beginners is Char-Broil. It has 300 sq in of cooking capacity, which is enough for 16 burgers, 15 chicken breasts, or 8 steaks.

This is a powerful gas grill that reaches 20,000 BTU. It’s a great grill for beginners because it features SureFire electronic ignition. You can start this BBQ grill with a push of a button.

Char-Broil also has RU-Infrared technology that prevents flare-ups and cooks food evenly.

The infrared technology is essentially a metal plate located below the cooking grates, which traps the juices as the food cooks. The juices from the plate infuse the food with more flavor, and the plate prevents flare-ups.

The assembly is a breeze as Char-Broil gas grills have keyhole slots. All you need is common hardware to assemble the grill.

Finally, you can easily switch from liquid propane to natural gas by getting a conversion kit.

Pros
  • Easy start-up
  • Foldable for easy storage
  • Side shelves provide extra workspace
Cons
  • The flames don’t touch the food, so there’s no charred taste
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Quick Facts:

  • Dimensions : 22.5 x 47.2 x 46.8
  • Weight : 75.7 lbs
  • Cooking space : 325 sq in
  • BTU : 20,000
  • Fuel : gas
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4 - Original Weber Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill 22"

Original Weber Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill 22

If you want a grill with a compact design, Weber Original Kettle is a great choice. It has 363 sq in of cooking capacity, which can hold up to 13 burgers.

This charcoal grill has a 22-inch steel plated grate that you can use for meats, fish, or vegetables. The lid and bowl are porcelain-enameled, so they have excellent heat retention and are rust-proof.

My favorite part was the lid hook because I could place the lid on the ground while grilling. Moreover, the lid has a nylon handle with a heat shield, so it’s extremely durable, and you don’t have to worry about injuries.

The ash catcher provides easy cleanup. It holds enough debris for a few grilling sessions, so you don’t have to empty it too often.

Pros
  • Hinged grate allows easy charcoal restocking
  • Compact design
  • Stay-cool handle
Cons
  • Small under-grill storage
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Quick Facts:

  • Dimensions : 39.5 x 22.5 x 27 in
  • Weight : 32.3 lbs
  • Cooking space : 363 sq in
  • BTU : 40,000
  • Fuel : charcoal grill
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5 - Pit Boss Mahogany Series 440 Wood Pellet Grill

Pit Boss Mahogany Series 440 Wood Pellet Grill

Pit Boss Mahagony 440 is a pellet grill. It’s a good option for beginners because it has digital temperature control that makes sure the pellets burn evenly. This also ensures you have consistent grill and smoke temperatures.

The porcelain-coated grates are durable and easy to clean. You have 518 sq in of cooking capacity, which is enough for 19 burgers.

I liked that this is a high-tech pellet grill. It has WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, which means you can connect the grill to your smartphone. There’s no need to hover over the grill, but you can remotely set and adjust the temperature from your smart device.

Finally, you can smoke, bake, braise, roast, char-grill, sear, and braise on this pellet grill, which is excellent versatility.

Pros
  • Side shelf and tool hooks provide more prep space
  • Comes with a steel bucket for grease management
  • Hardwood pellets give food a smoky flavor
Cons
  • Only two wheels
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Quick Facts:

  • Dimensions : 50.2 x 24 x 39.8 in
  • Weight : 83.3 lbs
  • Cooking space : 518 sq in
  • BTU : 40,000
  • Fuel : pellet grill
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6 - Char-Griller E16620 Akorn Kamado Charcoal Grill

Char-Griller E16620 Akorn Kamado Charcoal Grill

A kamado grill is a great choice if you want a grill that can cook meat and also bake pizza. Char-Griller Akorn Kamado has both high-heat grilling and low and slow cooking, so this is a grill and smoker two-in-one.

Considering this is a compact grill, it has ample cooking area — 447 sq in, and it fits up to 27 burgers.

I liked that Akorn kamado is heavily insulated. It has a triple-walled insulated design, which means you’ll use less fuel than other models. It also means it can maintain the cooking temperature easily.

Finally, it has cast iron grates that are easy to clean and 8 in locking caster wheels, so it’s easy to move this grill around.

Pros
  • Plenty of grilling space
  • Top-notch heat insulation
  • Foldable side shelves and storage hooks
Cons
  • It’s difficult to add fuel
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Quick Facts:

  • Dimensions : 45 x 31 x 47 in
  • Weight : 97 lbs
  • Cooking space : 447 sq in
  • BTU : 90,000
  • Fuel : charcoal grill
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7 - Kamado Joe Classic Joe II

Kamado Joe Classic Joe II

Kamado Joe Classic Joe II has thick ceramic walls which provide excellent heat retention. Moreover, this means the grill can withstand temperatures up to 750 degrees.

You get plenty of accessories with this grill: a built-in thermometer, side shelves, a pull-out tray, and an ash-removal tool. The accessories make the use and the cleanup easy.

A two-tier grill grate lets you control the grilling. Same as other charcoal grills, you can use it to smoke at low temperatures or grill at high ones.

My favorite part was the seal around the lid which allowed me to soft close the charcoal grill. Also, the vent markings provide good temperature control and smoke levels.

Pros
  • A two-tier cooking system provides flexibility
  • Dome can be lifted with one finger
  • Comes with a grill cover
Cons
  • Has a learning curve
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Quick Facts:

  • Dimensions : 46.5 x 48 x 28 in
  • Weight : 232 lbs
  • Cooking space : up to 660 sq in
  • BTU : 8,000
  • Fuel : charcoal grill
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8 - Napoleon LEX 485 Built-In Grill

Napoleon LEX 485 Built-In Grill

If you already have some barbecuing experience and want to take your skills to the next level, Napoleon LEX 485 is for you.

This is a powerful built-in grill thanks to three 16,000 BTU burners. I like its infrared burners, which give my meat a perfect sear.

This gas grill has a backlit area, which you’ll love when grilling at night. It also comes with a smoker tube and a rotisserie kit. They are stainless steel, which makes them durable and resistant to rust.

LEX 485 has a charcoal tray or smoker tube when you want authentic smoke-flavored food. Finally, there’s a temperature gauge that accurately reads the temperature at all times.

Pros
  • Backlit controls
  • Large cooking capacity
  • Easy ignition system
Cons
  • You need a large outdoor area to fit this gas grill
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Quick Facts:

  • Dimensions : 29.7 x 21.5 x 7.5 in
  • Weight : 92 lbs
  • Cooking space : 675 sq in
  • BTU : 16,000 for each burner
  • Fuel : gas grill

Buyer’s Guide

Here’s everything to keep in mind when choosing the best grill for a BBQ newbie.

1. Grill Type

An image of a charcoal-grill ready for cooking

The most important consideration is what kind of grill you want. The main types of grills are pellet, charcoal, electric, and gas grills.

Electric grills and gas grills are the easiest to use as they have the least cleanup. But you’ll have to buy a propane tank (and carry it with you if you decide to grill outside your backyard).

Pellet and charcoal grills require more cleanup because there’s a lot of ash, but they give you authentic smoke-infused flavor, which propane grills don’t.

Charcoal grills also give you excellent sear on the meat, but it takes a while to get them going — sometimes around 45 minutes.

In terms of price, a gas grill costs more upfront, but it’s cheaper to run. You only have to swap the propane tank when it’s empty.

Charcoal and pellet grills are more affordable (especially charcoal), but you need to buy briquets, wood pellets, or lighter fluid substitutes to start the BBQ grill each time.

Finally, a gas or electric grill is easier to use. Pellet and charcoal have a higher learning curve.

2. BTUs

BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. For gas grills, this indicates the gas output and how much heat a grill can create.

The higher the BTU and the more burners a grill has, the higher its price.

My advice is to choose a grill with a large temperature control instead of a high BTU. Best models have burners that can go as high as 700 degrees or even more (for example, Kamado Joe Classic Joe II can go up to 750 degrees).

3. Burners

a picture of a man using the best grill for a beginner

You should also think about your cooking preferences. For example, do you want to bake a pizza and grill hot dogs at the same time? You should go for a grill with several burners. More burners give you better temperature control and even cooking.

Apart from quantity, check burner shape and material. H-style burners are popular because they can spread the heat evenly.

Stainless steel burners are durable and will last longer than other materials.

Also Read: Best 4-Burner Propane Grill

4. Grill Size

Choose a grill size based on how much food you cook and how much space you really have.

The more burners a grill has, the larger it’ll be, which means the more room you need to store it.

A good rule to follow is to have about 100 sq in per person in your family, which means 400 sq in if you’re a family of four. In this case, Sprint II is a good choice. If you entertain a lot of people often, go for a grill with a larger cooking surface. For example, Napoleon has over 600 sq in.

Also, think about where you’ll store your grill and how much space you have. Can you keep it on the patio or in the yard? If not, consider a portable grill. They are much smaller but can still create delicious food.

Overall, get a grill that’s appropriate for the space you have and the number of people you feed.

5. Build Quality

A close up image of a grill made of stainless steel

Grills can be made from various materials. You want to get one made from materials safe for food contact and durable.

Poor-quality grills quickly succumb to high temperatures, moisture, grease, and rust.

Materials to look for include stainless steel, heavy-duty steel, cast-iron grill grates, enameled porcelain, cast iron, and others.

Cast iron is extremely durable but also extremely heavy. It’s a good heat conductor and heats up fast. Stainless steel is easy to clean and can withstand harsh weather conditions. Enameled porcelain won’t get scratched, and you can use it in high temperatures.

A good tip is to check the warranty. The higher the warranty, the better the grill quality.

6. Features and Accessories

Accessories may not seem important, but they make the grilling experience smoother and easier, especially if you’re a beginner.

Some accessories to look for include side shelves for storing utensils and plates, shelves underneath the grill for storage, sturdy wheels for moving the grill, tank holders for a gas grill, and more. LED lights and digital screens make use easier.

Also, think about how you want to start the grill. I recommend going for a grill with an automatic starter and a removable upper cooking grate. This is ideal for indirect cooking (buns, veggies, and large meat cuts).

Overall, think about how you’ll use your grill the most, and then decide on the features.

7. Maintenance

An image of a person cleaning a grill with tissue cloth

The last thing to consider is maintenance. Nobody wants a long and difficult cleanup process.

Generally, gas and electric grills have an easier cleanup than charcoal and pellet because there’s no ash. Moreover, a gas grill can last up to 15 years with proper maintenance and cleanup [1].

However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider pellets and charcoal. If you love smoke-flavored food, get a pellet or charcoal grill that has ash catchers (for example, Weber Original Kettle) or a grease trap (for example, Pit Boss Mahagony 440).

Overall, no matter if you get an electric grill, pellet, or gas, make sure it’s easy to clean to save time in the long run.

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FAQs

What Kind of Grill is Best for Beginners?

A gas, pellet, or electric grill is best for beginners. They are easy to start and operate. A charcoal grill gives the best smoky flavor, but it’s difficult to ignite and takes a long time to heat up.

What is the Easiest Outdoor Grill to Use?

The easiest outdoor grill to use is a pellet grill. It’s easy to use and makes rich smoke-flavored food.

Are Cheap Grills Worth It?

No, cheap grills aren’t worth it. Their burners flare up easily, don’t distribute the heat evenly, and give little control over heat.

What’s the Best Grill for You?

If you’re new to the world of grilling, you want a grill that’s versatile, easy to operate, and provides an even temperature, so you don’t have to temper around it too much.

For this reason, my vote for the best grill for beginners goes to Weber Spirit II. It has the best versatility, and you can cook everything from meat to fish and vegetables.

Spirit II has 450 sq in, which is enough for a family of four, and it fits plenty of hot dogs and burgers. This is a powerful grill thanks to 26,500 BTUs. It heats quickly and can maintain high temperatures easily.

Finally, it has side shelves for storing your utensils, plates, or cooking accessories. Check it out, and get an easy-to-use grill for beginners that makes delicious food.

Weber Spirit II E-210 Gas Grill (Liquid Propane)

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