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Grill Like a Pro: Choosing the Right Barbecue for Your Garden

During the warmer months of summer, the allure of cooking outdoors can become irresistible. For many, an outdoor cooking facility is a quintessential addition to any garden, offering the perfect opportunity to grill delicious meals while enjoying the fresh air. Typically, this means investing in a barbecue. However, choosing the right type can be a daunting task with so many options available. 

Before diving into the specifics of different barbecues on the market today, it's important to assess your grilling needs. Consider how often you plan to use the barbecue, the number of people you typically cook for and your preferred cooking style.

Do you enjoy slow-cooked meats or quick sears? Are you looking for convenience or a more traditional grilling experience? Answering these questions will help you narrow down the options and choose a barbecue that fits your lifestyle.

Choosing the Right Barbecue for Your Garden

Gas Barbecues

Gas barbecues are popular for their convenience and ease of use. They heat up quickly, allowing you to start cooking almost immediately and offer precise temperature control. This makes them ideal for a wide range of cooking styles, from searing steaks to slow-roasting vegetables.


  • Little waiting time before you can start cooking

  • Easy to control the temperature

  • Generally require less cleaning than charcoal grills


  • Typically more expensive than charcoal grills

  • Some argue they lack the traditional smoky flavour of barbecues

Gas barbecues are perfect for those who grill frequently and value convenience. They often come with additional features like side burners and warming racks, which can enhance your cooking experience.

Charcoal Barbecues

Charcoal barbecues are beloved by purists for the unique, smoky flavour they impart to food. Cooking with charcoal can be more of an art, requiring patience and practice to master. However, many grill enthusiasts find this process rewarding and enjoyable.


  • Provides an authentic smoky flavour

  • Generally more affordable than other options

  • Portable options available


  • Takes longer to heat up

  • More difficult to control the temperature while cooking

  • Requires more cleaning

Charcoal barbecues are ideal for those who enjoy the traditional aspects of grilling and don’t mind a bit of extra effort for that classic barbecue taste.

Choosing the Right Barbecue for Your Garden

Electric Barbecues

Electric barbecues are a great option for those with limited space or where open flames are not allowed, such as balconies or apartments. They are easy to use, simply plug them in and they are ready to go.


  • Easy to use and clean

  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use

  • No need for fuel storage


  • They lack the smoky flavour of charcoal

  • Typically smaller cooking surface

  • Requires access to electricity

Electric barbecues are perfect for urban dwellers or those who want a hassle-free grilling option.

Portable Barbecues

If you enjoy camping, picnicking or simply want the flexibility to move your grill around, a portable barbecue might be the best choice. These grills come in both gas and charcoal varieties and are designed to be lightweight and compact.


  • Easy to transport

  • Great for small spaces and travel

  • Available in both gas and charcoal options


  • Smaller cooking surface

  • Limited features compared to larger models

Portable barbecues are ideal for those who need a versatile grilling option that can go wherever they do.

Kamado Grills

Often made of ceramic, these kettle-style grills are versatile cookers that can grill, smoke, roast and bake. They are known for their excellent heat retention and the ability to maintain consistent temperatures over long periods.


  • Excellent heat retention and fuel efficiency

  • Versatile cooking options

  • Provides a rich, smoky flavour


  • Can be expensive

  • Heavier and less portable

Kamado grills are perfect for serious grill enthusiasts who want a versatile and high-quality cooking experience.

Choosing the Right Barbecue for Your Garden

Pellet Grills

Pellet grills use wood pellets as fuel and are known for their ability to provide a consistent cooking temperature and a rich smoky flavour. They often come with digital controls, making them easier to cook with than other types of barbecue.


  • Consistent temperature control

  • Rich, smoky flavour

  • Can be used for grilling, smoking and baking


  • More expensive than other types

  • Requires electricity to operate

Pellet grills are ideal for those who want the flavour of wood-smoked food with the convenience of modern technology.


Choosing the right barbecue for your garden depends on your cooking preferences, budget and space considerations. Overall, you should choose an option that will not only fit in with your garden but also your lifestyle, not to mention the sort of food you want to prepare in it.

With the right choice, you’ll enjoy al fresco dining with friends and family throughout the year.


Jenny Kakoudakis

Jenny Kakoudakis likes to blog about interiors. She launched award-winning Seasons in Colour in 2014. When she is not chasing criminals out of the financial system (her day job), she gets creative by redecorating her own home.

Download her free bathroom renovation guide here.


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