With England in the World Cup semi-finals and the temperatures due to stay high, it doesn’t take the genius of Gareth Southgate to know that hosting a barbecue is a great idea.
This might be the starting whistle you need to run out and get the grill you’ve always wanted. We’ve tested and reviewed gleaming barbecues of all shapes and sizes to find the best out there. And while our reviews ignore price, we’ve got grills that will suit your budget better than a waistcoat suits a certain football manager.
So whether you are cooking up for die-hard football fans or friends who have just come along for the food, these barbecues are sure to please a crowd.
Barbecue reviews – see all our in-depth verdicts to find the perfect grill for entertaining this summer.
Best charcoal BBQs for your World Cup gathering
A charcoal barbecue takes longer than a gas grill to heat and cook. It’s perfect for slow-cooking food – you could even put your meat on before the big game and it will be ready for you by the final whistle (or penalties, if you haven’t lost your appetite by then).
Landmann Tennessee Broiler charcoal BBQ, £210
This large charcoal barbecue is made with slow and low (temperature) American-style cooking in mind. The crank on the front allows you to raise and lower the charcoal in order to control the amount of heat your food is getting.
On the label it says it can cook for up to 10 people but we reckon you could grill for a full team on the 57.5 x 42cm grill grate.
At around £210, this grill is quite a bargain. Read our full Landmann Tennessee Broiler charcoal barbecue review to see if this American-style model qualifies for your consideration.
Napoleon PRO22K-LEG-2 charcoal BBQ, £270
If space is at a premium in your garden, you might consider the PRO22K. While it looks considerably smaller than the other two charcoal grills featured here, its 54cm grill diameter is large enough to cook for about a dozen people – or eleven hungry first-team players.
It takes about 25 minutes for this grill to heat up, so even if you start it after kick off it will still be ready for your food by half time.
At £270, it is quite affordable. Check out our full Napoleon PRO22K-LEG-2 review to see what our pundits thought of its grilling ability.
Heston Blumenthal Everdure Hub charcoal electric BBQ, £1,500
This grill was made with the help of possibly one of the greatest bald English icons since Bobby Charlton – and its stylish design will shine in your garden, like the Jules Rimet World Cup trophy did in his hands.
It has a massive 88 x 42cm grill area and a rotisserie that can hold, quite literally, the whole hog (as long as your hog is 40kg or less).
The electric start makes it quick to get your charcoal heated, so you can get your grill ready to cook at half time.
However, the eye-watering price tag means you’ll want to be sure that you’re getting a world-class grill before letting it come home. Read our breakdown of this grill’s barbecue game in our Heston Blumenthal Everdure Hub review.
Best gas BBQs for your World Cup gathering
Gas barbecues give instant gratification. They are quick, easy to use and make you feel like a champ when you’re using one.
Most gas grills are quick to heat up (about 10 minutes) and quick to cook (about 15 minutes), making them a much faster option than charcoal grills. The trade off is that you don’t end up with that classic smokey charcoal taste or finish.
Outback Jupiter 4 burner gas BBQ, £500
With a beer opener on the chassis, hooks for grilling tools and a side burner for barbecue extras, this Outback grill seems to have more tricks than Neymar.
The four burners should be enough to cook for about seven people and the hood and warming rack will help to keep your food warm.
This grill isn’t cheap, but it’s certainly less expensive than some of its competitors. Take a look at our full Outback 4 burner gas barbecue review.
Weber Genesis II E-310 gas BBQ, £800
Weber is to barbecues what Brazil is to the World Cup championships (although not this year). With a reputation for making great grills, you wouldn’t want to leave this one off your list of potential winners.
The high-quality build includes a high-quality cooking grate, flavorizer bars and an easy-to-empty drip collection tray. Even the knobs feel premium and the enameled hood keeps relatively cool so you won’t burn yourself if you accidentally touch it. It’s these small details that give this grill its overall premium feel.
At nearly £800, the price reflects the high quality. But it’s not good enough to just look great; a grill needs to cook great, too. See what we thought of its formation in our in-depth Weber Genesis II’s 3-burner review.