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Best BBQ Grills In Boston For 2020 (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  March 28, 2020  |  8 Min. Read

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Every year, this article changes drastically. We change grill lines every year depending on product availability.

In 2020, you will see both.

In this article, you will learn the best grills to buy whether you like to smoke, sear, rotisserie, or simply throw a couple of burgers on a grill.

Best BBQ Grills For 2020:

  1. Best Grill For the Occasional Griller: Weber Spirit
  2. Best Professional Grill For the Gourmet Griller: Kalamazoo
  3. Best Professional Grills: Lynx and Hestan
  4. Best Less Expensive Pro Grill: Hestan Aspire
  5. Most Popular Grill: Weber Genesis II
  6. Best Charcoal Grill: Weber Charcoal Summit
  7. Best Pellet Grill: Weber SmokeFire

I will also show you the differences between pellet, charcoal, gas, and pro grills. You will see a chart comparing the BTU outputs (or power) of different grills as well.

Then you will see some models you should consider.

There is a lot to learn. Let's get to it.

The first question is, how would you like to cook?

Types Of Grills

Unless you are buying a Kalamazoo, there is no “best” grill. Each type has its strengths and drawbacks.

Pellet Grills

weber-pellet-grill-2Weber Pellet Grill

 

Pro: Pellet grills give you flavor from indirect convection heat without flare-ups. You can also customize the taste with different types of flavored pellets.

Cons: They cannot reach the heat of gas at 500-600 degrees. You can’t throw a few burgers on your grill and cook for a few minutes. You have to add pellets every time you cook and clean as well.

Pellet grills are both loved and reviled. If you like to smoke or slowly cook, you may like a pellet grill. Pellets cannot “grill” per se.

Charcoal Grills

Weber-Charcoal-GrillWeber Charcoal Grill 

 

Pro: Charcoal adds flavor and texture with the temperature of gas

Con: Grilling with charcoal can be a chore. You have to add charcoal and remove the ash

Charcoal is for true BBQ lovers. However, there is time and aggravation when using f a charcoal grill.

Gas Grills

Weber-Spirit-Series-GrillWeber Spirit Gas Grill 

 

Pro: The gas grill reaches 900 degrees when you turn on the knob. It is fast, hot, and easy to clean.

Con: It lacks the flavor and texture of either grill. What does gas taste like?

Hybrid Grills

Professional BBQ Grills - Yale Appliance in FraminghamKalamazoo Professional Grill at Yale Appliance in Framingham

 

Pro: One of my friends is a professional BBQer. He competes in state bbq competitions. His BBQ is custom for charcoal and gas for speed, flavor, and texture.

Kalamazoo is the closest to a grill of this caliber. Without question, this is the best grill you can buy.

Con: Without question, this is the most expensive grill sold starting at $14,000

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BTU Differences in Grills

As I said, you'll read a lot about great grills. They are made with similar materials with almost strikingly similar BTU outputs.

The chart below does not include wood pellet or charcoal grills (Traeger and the Weber Summit Charcoal grills).

 

 Hestan

Kalamazoo

Lynx

Weber Genesis II

 Weber Summit

Fuel Type

Natural Gas (NG) or Liquid Propane (LP)

Natural Gas (NG) or Liquid Propane (LP)

Natural Gas (NG) or Liquid Propane (LP)

Natural Gas (NG) or Liquid Propane (LP)

Natural Gas (NG) or Liquid Propane (LP)

Grill Type

Built-In or Freestanding

 Built-In or Freestanding

Built-In or Freestanding

 Freestanding

 Built-In or Freestanding 

BTU Output

 Up to a total of 118,000 BTU

Up to a total of 110,000 BTU

 Up to a total of 69,000 

 Up to a total of 48,000 

Up to a total of 60,000

Smoking Capabilities

No

 Yes

Yes 

No

Yes 

Rotisserie

 Yes

 Yes

Yes 

No 

Yes

Infrared

 Yes

Yes

Yes

No 

Yes

Side Station

 Yes

Yes 

 Yes

Yes 

Yes

Finish

12 Designer Color Options 

Stainless steel or marine-grade steel

Stainless Steel 

Stainless Steel with 4 color options 

 Stainless Steel with 1 color option

Warranty

1 year parts and labor

2 years parts and labor

1 year parts and labor 

10 year parts

10 year parts

 
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Many of the outputs are the same in the pro category. However, the construction is a bit different and each has its strengths.

Hestan has its diamond-cut grates with the ability to hold a sear. Lynx has its variable sear burner and all-weather ceramic burner.

What's The Difference Between A Professional Grill And Regular Gas Grill?

Weber Summit Grills vs Hestan Professional Grill - 3

As you may have guessed, pro grills are more well-constructed. However, the two most important features are burner output and sear elements.

You look at a Weber Summit and perhaps a smaller Lynx. The BTUs look similar at 50 Vs 60,000 BTU. There is a huge difference in performance

Weber Summit and a smaller Lynx have similar BTU output at 50K and 60K respectively, but that is a huge difference in performance.

A Lynx professional grill has 25,000 BTU elements vs 10,000 for a Weber Summit grill, so the pro will cook faster.

Searing: Sear elements are important as well. Infrared is the best because it is more direct and intense heat. You want those lines on your food? Use an infrared.

Many other sears and sear zones are just an additional row of gas burners. Gas sear zones are less direct than infrared.

Price: The best Weber is less than $3,000 whereas you will spend twice that on a professional grill.

 

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Best Charcoal Grill: Weber Charcoal Summit

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▶️ Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Features Video

I used to cook on the Weber Charcoal Smokey Joe. The food was incredibly flavorful, but it was slow and small.

The Weber Summit Charcoal Grill is a larger charcoal grill and has a small propane tank for quick ignition.

The downside to a charcoal grill is filling the grill with charcoal, removing the ash, and a longer wait for your food.

 

Most Popular Grill: Weber Genesis II

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Genesis II models:

Weber completely redesigned its popular Genesis line two years ago with the GS4. This includes a new first-strike ignition, Flavorizer bars, and better grease management.

Last year, Weber relaunched the Genesis as a 3 and 4 burner grill exclusively.

Of all the grills sold by us in the last 5 years, and there have been many, Weber is by far the most reliable and consistent in terms of cooking.

The differences between the Genesis II are the side burners, stainless steel vs porcelain grates, and flavorizer bars as well as a finished bottom cabinet.

Weber FlavorizerWeber Flavorizer Bars

 

Best Grill For The Occasional Griller: Weber Spirit II

Weber Spirit II 310

We have tried every competitive grill brand over the last 15 years. Weber works, is reliable and lasts. This Spirit is the least expensive starting at $379.

Best Professional Grill: Lynx 

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Lynx started the whole professional grill segment.

Lynx is known for their powerful trident-shaped burners.

Their sear element is variable from 300-1000 degrees, so you can easily sear more delicate items like fruits and veggies as well as meats.

Honorable Mention: Lynx All Sear Grill

Lynx-All-Sear-Grill

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Some people love this grill, but it is not for everyone. An all sear grill is made of all infrared burners instead of regular gas.

Lynx IR burners

Lynx Infrared Burners

Lynx’s regular gas grills will have one infrared burner for searing.

We have written posts comparing the two. Briefly, infrared is a more intense, direct heat whereas the regular gas burner diffuses the heat.

You'll be able to cook faster on an infrared, but you can burn your food more easily. You can set up an appointment with our chef if you want to see both in action.

  

Second Best Professional Grill: Hestan

Hestan-Grill

The giant commercial supplier, Meyer, is behind the Hestan grill. It already is the best-looking grill available in 12 designer finishes.

Hestan boasts a BTU output of 25,000 BTU per burner, plus 25,000 just for searing, so it's very powerful.

It has the rotisserie system holding 50 pounds of meat with a variable infrared burner of 12-18,000 BTU.

You can evenly cook the meat on your rotisserie or on the top shelf, which can cook quickly as well for a good secondary quick sear burner.

Hestan-Grill-RotisserieHestan Rotisserie

 

The hood will stop wherever you want, so you can open it slightly to cool down your grill. Hestan has thicker diamond cut grates. They retain heat better, so you can effectively sear on every inch of their grills.

Best Less Expensive Pro Grill: Hestan Aspire

You have to be careful about buying a product advertised as less expensive but with pro-style performance.

Most of the time, grills have the less expensive part, but the “Pro” part is lacking. You have to look at the fit, finish, burners, and grates before you buy.

That said, the Hestan aspire is similar to the regular line. The burners are 23,000 BTU only 2,000 BTU less than their regular line with the same sear burner of 25,000 BTU.

It doesn’t have the diamond grates or as many color choices as well. 

Hestan-Aspire

  • EAB30-LP - $2,899
  • EMBR36-LP - $3,899
  • EMBR42-NG - $4,599

The Aspire is similar to Hestan’s regular line, but with less power per burner and not as powerful infrared burners.

Hestan Aspire Grills

▶️ Hestan Aspire Grill Features Video  

Best Professional Grill For the Gourmet Griller: Kalamazoo

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Kalamazoo Grills [VIDEO]

▶️ Kalamazoo Grill Features Video

Every manufacturer and retail store will concede Kalamazoo is the best grill.

Kalamazoo is made to order only. The grill is deeper than any other on the market, providing a natural convection system for more evenly cooked food.

The other main difference is the hybrid drawer, so you can use charcoal or wood along with the speed of gas.

kalamazoo grillsKalamazoo Wood and Charcoal Drawer

 

Kalamazoo is the only grill with the speed of professional gas, and the flavor and texture of charcoal and wood. If you really love to grill, this is the best on the market.

You can even customize the grates based on the food you're grilling. It is also available in marine-grade steel. If you live by the ocean, this is the only grill designed to withstand the elements.

Kalamazoo-1Kalamazoo Grill And Outdoor Stainless Steel Kitchen at Yale Appliance in Framingham

 

Note about Marine-Grade Stainless Steel: Type 316L stainless can rust a bit. The industry term is called “tea staining.”

The only issue with this grill is the premium price starting at roughly $14,000, and you have to wait 4-8 weeks.

Best Pellet Grill: Weber SmokeFire EX6 Wood-Fired Pellet Grill

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This is a surprise. Weber is new to pellet grills. The construction is better allowing it to attain a higher temperature of 600 degrees versus 500 for Traeger.

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