The Great American Grill: A Buying Guide

Imagine the still-sizzling steak, perfectly patterned with sear-lines. Or fish, aromatic and lightly charred, ready to drizzle with salsa and slip into a waiting taco shell. Now imagine all of it happening right in your own backyard—a fiesta of food prepared by none other than you.

An essential when it comes to outdoor entertaining, a great grill with updated technology and savvy features can make even a basic cook look pretty masterful. Whether you’re grilling for four or 40, the first step is to evaluate the options and choose a grill that meets your needs perfectly.

Gas Grills

By far the most popular option, gas grills are designed to ignite quickly and provide greater temperature control—which in turn opens up a world of outdoor cooking possibilities. And thanks to individually controlled cooking zones, a wide variety of foods such as steaks, shrimp and vegetables can be prepared simultaneously on the same grill, even though they require different levels of heat.

Fueled by either liquid propane or natural gas, some gas grills include multiple side burners for preparing sauces and side dishes along with your main course, eliminating the need to constantly run back and forth to your kitchen.

Ever wanted to prepare whole chickens, turkeys or a large roast outdoors? Then select a grill with an automatic rotisserie and dedicated side burner and enjoy the succulent flavors that only slow-roasting can create.

Besides versatility, one of the biggest advantages of gas grills is convenience. With the turn of a knob, you have a highly adjustable cooking vessel that heats up quickly and is easy to maintain. When you’re finished cooking, simply turn off the burners, rub a grill brush over the grates, and cleanup is done.

Caliber Thermashell Pro Grill with Cart and Side Shelves

Charcoal Grills

Now if you’re more of a traditionalist, then a charcoal grill could be just what you’re looking for.

There’s nothing quite like cooking directly over glowing coals. However, we’ve come a long way from the small, flimsy grills of the past. Many of today’s charcoal grills are deluxe cooking vessels that are well-insulated for exceptional heat retention and feature adjustable vents that allow for better temperature control compared to grills of the past.

While less convenient and slower to heat up than their gas-fueled counterparts, charcoal grills do boast a few advantages. For one, charcoal burns at a higher temperature than gas, which allows you to easily sear meat. This is crucial if you want your filets to rival those of the finest steakhouses. The second big advantage is flavor. You simply can’t replicate that traditional smoky taste you grew up with on a gas grill.

Pizza Ovens and Smokers

Looking to take your outdoor kitchen to a whole new level? With a wood-fired pizza oven, you can bake bubbly wood-fired pizzas, and slow-cook ribs, brisket and more—all with the incomparable flavor that only cooking over real hardwood can deliver.

These restaurant-style ovens often feature spacious cooking chambers and also double as smokers, so you can infuse meat with that irresistible flavor found only in the legendary barbecue joints of Kansas City and Memphis.


No matter which type of grill you choose, Frontgate also has the toolscookware, and other accessories you need to ignite your passion for outdoor cooking. First on our list? A grill brush, to guarantee a clean surface before and after cooking. The Grill Daddy brush is unique because its built-in water reservoir releases water onto your hot grill and creates steam that melts away stubborn particles other grill brushes leave behind. We also recommend a thermometer, outdoor prep cart and anti-fatigue mat for relief during all-day barbecues. For those looking to take their grilling expertise to the next level, add a mesh grill basket, cooking stones, roasters and rotisseries to your arsenal.

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