Spending some time in the great outdoors, kicking back with a cold beverage, grilling some delicious food, is there anything better? If you love outdoor cooking, the end of summer and into early Fall can be the best time of the year to find grill deals. Firing up a new grill is always a delightful thing to experience. Even though grilling is steadily becoming a year-round activity, especially with indoor options, early ordering and overestimating demand caught many retailers by surprise. So you win. Grilling is a great way to enjoy the scenery (no matter the season) while making a delicious meal. If you’re looking for a new outdoor grill, search no more, there are some particularly good deals this week, with lower prices on several Coleman grills and more. Inventories will likely be much lower and the deals not as good in another month, but if you shop now you’ll have a greater selection and lower prices. You’ll find all of our top picks, and more, below!
Bella Pro Series countertop indoor smokeless grill — $50, was $60
This indoor, smokeless electric grill offers 12 inches by 16 inches of cooking space and has a nonstick coating to make cleanup really easy. It’s dishwasher-safe and the parts that need to be cleaned can be disassembled. Precise temperature controls give you all the customization you need to cook your food right.
Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 indoor grill with 4-quart air fryer — $159, was $230
This 5-in-1 indoor grill also serves as an air fryer and supports cooking temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. It can prepare meals up to 4-quarts in size all at once. It’s easy to use, easy to clean, and great for frozen or pre-prepped foods. It can cook four 4-ounce burgers in about six minutes, for example. No smoke is released outside the unit.
Blackstone Adventure Ready 2-burner 28-inch griddle cooking station — $194, was $227
This highly-capable grill and griddle offers up to 524 square inches of cooking space, with an output of 34,000 BTUs. It has two variable cooking zones with a side shelf for easy prep and storage. The folding and locking legs mean it can be put away and takes up minimal space when not in use. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals. If you’ve never made breakfast on one of these before you’re in for a real treat!
Z Grills 7002B3E wood pellet grill and smoker — $399, was $530
Although when smoking foods you can technically set and forget, you’ll still want to keep an eye on whatever you’re cooking. You can, however, spend less time grilling with this beast, especially if you have guests over. It’s an 8-in-1 barbecue wood fire grill for roasting, baking, smoking, searing, you name it. It’s easy to use too thanks to a digital control board that ignites the grill burners quickly and allows you to maintain precise temperatures between 180 degrees and 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Blackstone 4-burner 36-inch griddle cooking station — $399
With 756 square inches of cooking space, across four burners, and thanks to an easy-ignite button, this griddle is ready to sear, cook, grill, and roast. It outputs 15,000 BTUs with each burner, for a total of 60,000 BTUs in low-to-high variations. High-strength caster wheels make it easy to move and lock to keep the griddle stable and in one place while you cook.
When it comes to choosing an outdoor grill, there are plenty of decisions to make — fuel type, number of burners, portable or stationary, and extra features such as smokers and extra burners. The choices are seemingly endless. We cover the basics so you can make an informed decision when choosing a cheap grill.
Gas grills are the most popular type of outdoor grill. Most are designed for use with propane, but some of them run on natural gas from your utility provider. Gas grills are best for quick and easy use — that is, they heat up much faster than charcoal grills and are way less messy. The main disadvantage of gas grills is they lack flavor when compared to charcoal grills.
Charcoal grills use briquettes as fuel, which means they take more time to heat up. Briquettes are also more expensive than propane. However, if you don’t mind the extra prep time, cost, and grill cleaning, the flavor that charcoal provides cannot be matched by a gas or electric grill. Also, charcoal burns at a higher temperature than gas, so you can achieve a great sear on meats with charcoal as a heat source.
Electric grills are powered by electricity and heat food using heated grill plates. Though not incredibly popular for cooking outside, electric grills are useful for people who live in apartments or other areas that prohibit gas or charcoal grills. Obviously, electric grills produce food that lacks that smoky flavor that charcoal grills provide. The upside? Electricity is cheaper than charcoal or propane. However, not all outdoor areas have an easily accessible outlet to plug in to.
Portable grills can be any of the above fuel types — charcoal, gas, or electric. The major upside of portable grills is that you can take them anywhere, so, they are great for camping, tailgating, trips to the park, and more. The major downside to portable grills is that, because they are generally small, you cannot cook food for a whole party on them. If you are cooking for a large crowd with a portable grill, you will have to cook in batches, which takes extra time and means some people have to wait longer for their food.