We’ve all seen it. The sun comes out over bank holiday weekend and our respective partners, parents or in-laws are in the garden firing up the barbecue before you’ve even had time to put on your sunglasses and apply SPF to your nose.
If last year's spring bank holiday taught us anything, it’s that it’s never too early for a cook off. Gas ones are easier to light and much quicker to heat up, which is exactly what you need during this meek and fickle spring weather.
We’ve found five of the best to invest in this year.
Weber Q 1200 with Stand
For those holidaying in Britain this summer, a portable barbecue is a must for al fresco dining. The Weber is easy to move around thanks to its light weight, built in handles and portable gas canisters. Heat up time is five minutes and the grill is large enough to cook comfortably for four people. Thanks to the control valve and thermometer, it’ll be easier to prevent the food from burning too. Robust and easy to set up, this will undoubtedly become a holiday essential.
£319, John Lewis, Buy it now
Landmann Grill Chef
At less than £90, this one is great for first time buyers who’ve already spent a fortune on furniture (not to mention a house). Though it won’t last a lifetime, it’s good enough quality to last your first few summers of outdoor entertaining. The grill heats up quickly and intensely and the viewing window in the hood will help you keep food warm without accidentally burning it to a crisp. It’s extremely lightweight too, so is really easy to move.
£84.99, Amazon, Buy it now
CADAC Citi Chef 48
If you have limited outdoor space, a compact style such as the CADAC would be the most convenient. The funnelling system helps to reduce the risk of flare ups and removable hot plates allow for easy cleaning. Although it’s easy to light, it does take a little longer to heat up than the others, so make sure to get it going early if you don’t want to go hungry. Attachments such as a pizza stone and paella dish can also be bought, so you’ll get good use out of it even if the weather isn’t great.
£139.99, Amazon, Buy it now
Grillstream Classic 3 Burner
For recently revamped gardens or those looking to invest, the Grillstream makes an excellent choice. Each of the three burners can be used separately, so you don’t have to light the entire thing every time you use it. The U shaped design encourages less fat drip-age, making it easier to clean and your meat much more tender. Four wheels and a sturdy structure make it easy to manoeuvre and store in the winter.
£319, BBQ World, Buy it now
Charbroil The Big Easy Smoker
Not satisfied with the average a-few-sausages-and-burgers barbecue fare? This one comes with a broiler, so you can actually cook an entire bird or joint of meat should it take your fancy. The Infrared heating system encourages even heating and reduces flame burn and the roasting cage allows you to cook without using oil, giving you the option to make lighter meals as well as the usual meat feast.
£279, B & Q, Buy it now