With the midsummer holiday right around the corner and more summer time ahead, now is a great time to consider replacing that old grill. Having a new grill opens up a range of cooking options for your backyard and depending on the grill model can add delicious tasting food to camping and tailgating.
Regardless of your specific grilled passion, there is a quality grill that can make your grill experience better and well received. So whether you have an old grill rusting away in the back or are just starting grilling, there is a number of well-made grills on the market for your to choose from.
Getting To Know Your Grill
Most people don’t put much thought into the mechanics of a quality grill and that is understandable. However, to find the best grill for your cooking needs, a basic understanding of these mechanics or characteristics will help you get the right one. There are three main characteristics concerning grills and they all surround heat.
Unless specified, both charcoal and gas grills use convection heating to cook the food. For convection heating to cook at the utmost efficiency, the three characteristics have to be in balance. These are heat production, heat distribution, and heat retention. Heat production is the amount of heat produced from the fuel.
It can be increased or decreased based on the shape of the even where the fuel source resides. Heat distribution is how even the heating is spread across the cooking space and heat retention is how well the heat is retained by the materials of the grill while it performs the cooking.
If they are out of balance your grill will not perform. You will have hot and cold spots on the grill. Food takes longer to cook and it will seem like your grill just doesn’t heat well. So when looking for a new grill, take these into consideration.
Five Great Grills In the $400 Price Point
Multi-Purpose Grill for your Backyard
The Char-Griller Model #16620 Akorn Series Grill is a Kamado style grill that can roast, smoke, bake, grill and more. The unique shape offers an excellent balance between all the heat characteristics and this specific model uses charcoal as a fuel source. The lid has a built-in temperature gauge and the lower cart is steady and it has two side shelves.
This grill offers over 300 square inches of cooking space and the vents and dampeners make temperature control easy. People who have an use this grill love the excellent heating and how fast this unit gets up to temp, even when compared to other charcoal grills.
Best Flat Grill for the Money
Flat grills are making a comeback in a big way. The reason is they are versatile, fast cookers and are easy to clean and reuse time and time gain. This Camp Chef Flat Top Series Grill from Camp Chef offers a flip side, interchangeable grill/griddle set up heated by four high-quality burners.
The griddle side offers over 600 square inches of cooking space while the grill side offers over 500 square inches of cooking space. The lower cart has multiple open shelves and there are dual wheels for mobility. People who use this flat top grill speak very highly of the excellent performance for both the grill and griddle sides.
Top of the Range Portable Grill
A newcomer to the grilling market, the Rosle Model #25004GWP/1 Grill is a solid performer in the mid range levels. This is a 24 inch kettle style grill that offers great heat characteristics across the board and it comes with a Rose chicken roaster.
The unique cart design allows for easy access to the cleaning system and it has dual wheels for mobility. The large lid can be stored out of the way and the cooking grates are hinged for easy access to the fire area. Tool storage is around the main body for more easy access. People who use this grill love the solid construction and how easy this unit rolls.
Highly Efficient Infrared Grill to Buy
Infrared grilling seals in the juices while preventing different cooking levels in the food. This Char-Broil Professional Model TRU Infrared Grill is a professional series and as such is all heavy gauge stainless steel for longevity. The burners are also high grade stainless and it uses an electric push button ignition for faster starting.
The grates are porcelain coated cast iron for superior heat distribution and the lower cart is enclosed by cabinet style doors.
There is an additional side/sear burner and a side shelf for more prep space. People who have this grill love the attractive look and the solid construction and how fast this unit heats.
Best Performance Kettle-Style Grill
Weber is the leading manufacturer of grills and this Weber Performer Series Model #15501001 Grill model represents the top of the kettle style lines. The kettle style offers some of the best heat characteristics and this model is packed with features. It is a charcoal grill with an easy to use electic gas ignition and the cart also has a removable LED timer.
The grill lid has a built in temperature gauge and the grill body features a one touch cleaning system. This is a premium grill for any backyard. People who have this grill love the excellent cooking and delicious results and how well this unit starts and heats.
To protect your grill, use a quality grill cover to keep your grill from the elements. For the best way to clean your grill, check your manual that came with the grill.