Barbecues have become increasingly popular these days. Barbecuing is one of the most popular pastimes in the world right now because it provides a perfect opportunity to eat extra delicious food, bond with family and friends and enjoy your free time. Depending on your needs and desires, different types of barbecues are suitable for you. With our grills test 2021 we want to help you find the right grill for you. We have compared charcoal grills, gas grills and electric grills with each other and created a list with the respective advantages and disadvantages. This should enable you to make the right decision.
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- 2 Summary
- 3 The Best Grill: Our Picks
- 4 Buying and evaluation criteria for barbecues
- 5 Decision: What types of barbecues are there and which one is right for me?
- 6 Guide: Frequently asked questions about barbecues answered in detail
- Grilling is an original method of cooking food and you don't need any cooking utensils, just a grill. Grills allow you to prepare healthy food because the food retains its nutrients due to its short cooking time.
- There are three different types of grills in terms of heat source: charcoal grills, gas grills and electric grills, each of which has advantages and disadvantages.
- If you are a grill beginner or professional, a different variety of grills will suit you. Your needs and the frequency you will use the grill also play a big role in making the right purchase decision.
The Best Grill: Our Picks
Buying and evaluation criteria for barbecues
In the following section we show you which aspects you should think about when buying a barbecue. The criteria with which you can compare the grills with each other include:
Below we explain what is important for each of the above criteria.
You can easily determine the grate size when you think about how many people you want to cook for frequently. The more people you have, the larger the grill size you need. For two to three people, a grill surface of about 100 to 200 cm² is suitable. Four to six people need a grill surface of about 450 to 500 cm². If you want to cook for many friends and a large family, you should opt for a grill surface of approx. 550 - 600 cm².
|2 - 3||approx. 100 - 200 cm²|
|4 - 6||approx. 450 to 500 cm²|
|over 6||approx. 550 - 600 cm²|
It is important to emphasise that you will have difficulty grilling if you put all the food on the grill surface at once. Space for turning and turning over the grilled food is necessary. We also recommend that you keep a space in the grill area where you can move food around to keep it at a high temperature. If you want to grill potatoes or vegetables on the side with your fish or meat, you should take into account that you need an extra space. This way you don't have to get your indoor kitchen dirty.
A grill grate can be made of several materials. But the two most common materials are stainless steel and cast iron. Both have advantages and disadvantages during use. Let's start with stainless steel first. The two most important advantages of stainless steel are that it can withstand high temperatures and does not rust. For these reasons, you can use it for a very long time. In addition, stainless steel is very easy to clean with water and detergent.
|Stainless steel||withstood high temperatures, does not rust, easy to clean||high price, little retention of heat|
|Cast iron||efficient retention of heat, low price||difficult to clean, rusts, unsuitable for indirect grilling|
On the other hand, a major disadvantage of the stainless steel grate is its price, which is higher compared to other materials. A second disadvantage is that it cannot store heat so well. However, this can be avoided by choosing thick bars (at least 5 mm in diameter) in the grill grate. In contrast to the stainless steel grill grate, a cast iron grill grate allows the food to stay warm faster and longer because it stores the heat more efficiently. Cast iron is also cheaper than stainless steel. Let's look at the disadvantages of cast iron. You must not clean the cast iron grill with washing-up liquid, because this would destroy the patina, cause corrosion and break the grill. If you also use this grate a lot, it will rust quickly. Finally, the cast iron grate is unsuitable for people who want to grill indirectly, because the grate stores heat very quickly and for a long time. Our recommendation would be to buy a stainless steel grill if you can afford it. It costs more compared to the cast iron grate but it is worth the money because it is durable and rustproof.
The size of the grill again depends on your needs. If you need a grill to take with you wherever you go, then a portable grill that is easily transportable is the best solution for you. You should also know that it is required that the barbecue is placed 2 to 3 feet away from the house and other materials that are easily combustible. So if you have a balcony, the barbecue should fit the size of the balcony. A large grill would be ideal for those who have a lot of space for it.
There is a rich variety regarding the accessories of the barbecue. But this variety makes it difficult to decide which accessories you actually need. Some of these extras are perfect for the professionals but the beginners have difficulties to use them. There are many grills that do not include the extras, yet they grill very well and at a reasonable price. For this reason, you should consider what accessories you actually need.
Decision: What types of barbecues are there and which one is right for me?
If you want to buy a barbecue, there are three types of products you can choose from:
|Charcoal grill||authentic smoky taste, mobile||time-consuming firing, heavy smoke|
|Gas grill||indirect grilling, little smoke||no authentic taste, immobile|
|Electric grill||healthy preparation, grilling indoors and outdoors, low price||no BBQ atmosphere, immobile _COPY0|
These three types of grills have advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your needs and which factor you consider important, a different type is suitable for you. In the following section we hope to help you decide.
Guide: Frequently asked questions about barbecues answered in detail
How much does a barbecue cost?
|Charcoal grills||approx. 10-5000 €|
|Gas grills||approx. 150-9000 €|
|Electric grills||approx. 20-1500 €|
Gas gr ills are generally more expensive than charcoal grills. The price list starts at 150 euros but can reach 9,000 euros. The inexpensive units - up to 500 euros - have a small grilling surface but they are perfect for the person who wants to grill on the balcony. If you want to buy a useful, robust gas barbecue with perfect functionality, you should pay 1000 - 1500 Euros. Above 1500 euros you can find all the luxury models.
Like any type of grills, electric grills also come in a wide price range. While you can buy a small electric table grill with few accessories from 20 euros, even a luxurious electric grill can cost up to 1500 euros. With the cheapest model, you can grill the usual sausages without any problems, but grilling thick meat such as steaks is not possible. If you want to grill thick meat, you should buy expensive models up to about 400 euros. The most expensive models have more accessories and you can also grill indirectly.
What are the alternatives to a grill?
|Grill with undercarriage / trolley||You can easily move the trolley on the balcony and store it in the cellar in winter.|
|Table grill||The table grill can be placed effortlessly on the dining table and everyone can grill their own food.|
|Built-in gas barbecue||The built-in barbecue can be installed in the outdoor kitchen and with the right accessories you can replace the indoor kitchen.|
How do I turn on a barbecue?
How do I clean a grill properly?
Fortunately, both gas and electric grills are very easy to clean if you let them burn out. All you have to do is close the lid and set the temperature to maximum. When you see no more smoke, the grill is clean. If you have an electric grill, unplug it and wait until it gets cold. Then use a stainless steel brush to remove any residue and wipe the grill grate.
Which oil should I use for a grill?
- Olive oil
- Avocado oil
- Rapeseed oil
- Peanut oil
- Grape seed oil
- Sunflower oil
- Maize germ oil
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