Best BBQ Grills in Boston for 2021 (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  March 19, 2021  |  10 Min. Read

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Every year, this article changes drastically depending on product availability.

In 2021, availability will be bad. I spoke to a few grill executives, and they already forewarned me about short supply.

Those conversations were in February. My best advice for you is to buy your grill early to be safe.

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

Smart grills, or Wi-Fi enabled, have become popular.

We installed one of the first Lynx Smart Grills in 2016, and the category has just evolved. You will see a few choices for smart grills.

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

Lastly, if you're considering an outdoor space with a grill, cabinets, and other options, we will show you how to design your space step-by-step.

Reimagining a space is fun when you have the template.

Overall, there is a lot to learn. You will have plenty of videos to walk you through. I will be happy to answer any questions you ask in the comments below.

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How to Buy an Outdoor BBQ Grill

Premium-Weber-Spirit-Gas-GrillWeber Premium Spirit Gas Grill 

 

You may ask why we only sell five lines of BBQ grills. We have tried almost every grill on the market.

There are a few decent grills we do not sell. DCS is a good brand, for example, but we no longer sell it.

Most of the time, however, a grill has failed to perform.

Last year, our chef placed her hand in the middle of a grill at the high output burner to demonstrate a cold spot.

That's not a grill you want to buy.

Other times, brands are not durable enough to last outdoors in New England weather of freezing for four months out of the year.

In Arizona or Vegas, the weather is not an issue. It's different in New England.

If you are buying an unknown brand, see a demonstration and read reviews.

However, your very first question should be, how do you like to grill? Knowing how you like to grill will determine what type of grill is right for you.

Unless you are buying a Kalamazoo (starting at about $12,000), there is no "best" grill. Each type has its strengths and drawbacks. Let’s look at the different types of grills.

Types of Outdoor BBQ Grills

Pellet Grills

Traeger-Timberline-3Traeger Wood Pellet Grill 

 

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

Pellet grills are perfect for people who like the low and slow type of cooking. Smoking is perfect for a brisket cooked over 6 hours at low temperatures.

Wi-Fi is advanced so that you can control a pellet on your phone through an app.

Cons: They cannot reach the heat of the gas at 500-600 degrees. It's an oven designed for the outdoors.

You can't throw a few burgers on your grill and cook for a few minutes. You also have to add pellets every time you cook and clean as well.

Pellet grills are both loved and hated. If you like to smoke or slow cook, you may like a pellet grill.

Do not buy a pellet for speed.

Charcoal Grills

Weber-Charcoal-Grill_1Weber Charcoal Grill

 

Pro: Charcoal adds flavor and texture because you can reach higher temperatures like a gas grill. You can sear and char as well.

Cons: Grilling with charcoal can be a chore. It's not instantly hot like gas and takes significantly longer to heat.

You have to add charcoal and remove the ash. It's not as easy to control as a gas grill or as precise.

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

Gas Grills

weber-genesis-II-gas-grillWeber Genesis II Gas Grill

 

Pro: Gas grills can reach 900 degrees. Gas grills are fast, hot, and easy to clean. Nine hundred degrees is also self-cleaning.

You have infrared sear zones on many grills to precisely sear your meats. The rotisserie is even and easy on a gas grill.

Con: It lacks the flavor and texture of either charcoal or pellet.

Hybrid Grills

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

 

Pro: One of my friends is a professional grill master. 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: Despite being the best, it’s also the most expensive grill sold, starting at $12,000.

Burner Output 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 148,000 BTU

Up to a total of 179,800 BTU

 Up to a total of 112,000 

 Up to a total of 48,800 

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

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?

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

Burner Output

Weber-Summit-BurnersWeber Summit Gas Burners

 

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

A Lynx professional grill has fewer than 25,000 BTU elements vs. six 10,000 BTU elements for a Weber Summit grill. Thus, a professional grill cooks faster.

Searing

Lynx Infrared BurnerLynx BBQ Grill Infrared Burners

 

Sear elements are important as well. Infrared is the best because it is more direct and intense heat.

Do you want those lines on your food? Use infrared (shown above).

Many other sears and sear zones are just an additional row of gas burners. Gas sear zones spread the flame and the heat further and are not as intense.

Price

The best Weber is less than $3,000, whereas you will spend $3,749 for a Lynx Sedona.

Best BBQ Grills in Boston for 2021

Best Grill for the Occasional Griller: Weber Spirit Series Grills

Weber-Spirit-Series-Gas-Grill-SP-335

Models:

We have tried every competitive grill brand over the last 15 years. Weber's works are reliable and last. This Spirit is the least expensive, starting at $429.

The Weber Spirit series is the only Weber grill with two burners to fit into smaller spaces. The side tables on the non-side burner models can also fold down for more accessible storage.

Best Professional Grill for the Gourmet Griller: Kalamazoo Freestanding Hybrid Fire Grill K500HS - $21,995

k500hs-freestanding-grill-with-side-burner

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, where you can use charcoal or wood.

Kalamazoo is the only grill with the speed of professional gas and the flavor and texture of charcoal and wood.

If you 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.

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

Of course, the marine grade is a retail term, not actual steel.

The only issue with this grill is the premium price starting at roughly $12,000 and $22,000 for a marine-grade, and you have to wait 4-8 weeks.

Most Popular Grill: Weber Genesis II Series Grills

Weber-Genesis-II-Series-E-435-Grill

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.

Two years ago, Weber relaunched the Genesis as a 3 and 4 burner grill exclusively.

Of all the grills sold by us in the last five years, and there have been many,

Weber is by far the most reliable and consistent in terms of cooking from $400-$1,999.

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

You can buy different finishes in certain models as well.

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Best Professional Grills: Lynx and Hestan Pro BBQ Grills

Lynx 42" Freestanding Grill L42TRF - $7,819

L42ATRF

Models:

Lynx started the whole professional grill segment.

Lynx is known for its powerful trident-shaped burners. A year ago, they changed their burner from solid cast brass to a weatherproof ceramic burner.

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

Honorable Mention: Lynx 30" All Trident w/ Rotisserie Freestanding Grill L30ATRF-LP - $4,769

Lynx freestanding grill L30ATRF-LP

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's regular gas grills will have one infrared burner for searing unless you buy it without a sear.

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

You'll be able to cook faster on infrared, but you can burn your food more easily.

You can set up a virtual appointment with our chef if you want to see both in action.

Hestan 42" Freestanding Grill GMBR42CX2-LP-OR - $12,638

Hestan-BBQ-Grill-in-Orange-GMBR42CX2-LP-OR

Models:

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

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

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

Budget Pick Pro Grills: Aspire by Hestan and Lynx Sedona

Aspire 36" Built-In Grill in Black EMBR36-LP-BK - $3,798

Aspire-built-in-bbq-grill-in-black-EMBR36-LP-BK

Models:

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 Aspire by Hestan 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 diamond grates. It also only has nine signature colors instead of 12.

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

Lynx Sedona 42" Freestanding Grill L700PSFR - $4,759

lynx-sedona-bbq-grill-L700PSFR

I like these lower-level professional grills. You only lose 2,000 BTU in output. The sear and rotisserie are basic, but the price is much less high, starting at $3,429 for the Lynx Sedona 42" Built-In Grill.

Best Charcoal Grill: Weber Summit 24" Charcoal Grill 18501001 - $1,999

Weber-Summit-Charcoal-1

I used to cook on the Weber Charcoal Smokey Joe. The food was incredibly flavorful, but it was small. You also have to rearrange the food due to its smaller size. Lighting a charcoal grill can be challenging as well.

However, charcoal should be a consideration because of its unique taste.

The Weber Summit Charcoal Grill is a large 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. You also have to be more mindful when cooking with charcoal.

But the flavor is amazing.

Best Pellet Grill: Traeger Timberline 1300 Wood Fire Pellet Grill TFB01WLE - $1,999

Traeger-Timberline-1300-Wood-Pellet-Grill-TFB01WLE

The only debate worse than Democrats versus Republicans is the intense like and dislike of pellet grills.

Grilling with wood-fired pellets are suitable for low and slow cooking with the ability to add flavor.

They are advertised as grills, so the expectation is fast, which at 500 degrees max is not possible in a pellet type grill.

The Timberlane 1300 has better construction, so you don't lose a ton of heat when opened like their less expensive models.

Their WiFIRE Wi-Fi system allows you to monitor your grill through an app on your phone.

Traeger is a popular, fast-growing company, so sometimes their customer service is a bit lacking.

You may want to consider buying it from a retailer (I rarely say this). In this one instance, you can see a demo, talk to someone, and quickly deal with problems.

Smart Grills

Smart grills do more than tell you when to flip your burger. App-driven grilling has been around since 2015 and has evolved since then.

You can access recipes, then grill to that recipe automatically.

Lynx and Weber are at the forefront of Smart technology. Both use different systems.

Let's look at both.

Best Smart Grill: Lynx SmartGrill

Lynx-SmartGrill-talking-grill

As I said, Lynx was the first. Their MyChef operates by using temperature sensors and gas control valves to keep temperature levels constant.

MyChef will send you a text alert when the food is cooked or when you need the burger flipped.

Have a favorite recipe? My chef will remember and cook it automatically.

The grill will automatically shut off after 30 minutes of inactivity.

Best Value Smart Grill: Weber Genesis II EX Smart Grill 61016601 - $1,199

Weber-Genesis-II-EX-Smart-Grill-61016601

Models:

The EX Smart grills are similar to the iGrill functionality launched in 2018. They work off wireless probes to set temperature. You have alerts to flip your burger and to remove your food as well.

How to Plan Your Outdoor Kitchen

hestan-outdoor-built-in-grill-and-kitchen-in-stainless-steel-and-purpleHestan Built-In Grill and Outdoor Kitchen

 

You want to plan a grill in your outdoor kitchen.

Who does it? The architect? The builder? The landscape architect? Your landscaper? Your contractor? Cabinet shop? Appliance store?

How do you know whether the cabinets can weather the elements?

That's the challenge to creating an outdoor space. However, you can plan most of it yourself.

There are plenty of DIY (do it yourself) options. Just be careful. You want to ensure it can withstand the beating of a New England winter.

The best DIY is Hestan.

It's a beautiful piece of stainless steel designed for a Hestan grill. The starting price is $18,000.

The most versatile is Urban Bonfire. They manufacture exclusively outdoor cabinets in Montreal of all places.

Their designs start at $7,000 and can support any grill.

If you want to learn how to plan your outdoor space, click this link for the step-by-step blog article or feel free to watch the video below from our latest webinar. 

Key Takeaways

First, you cannot buy the "best" grill.

That said, what is your style of grilling?

Do you like cooking for long periods? Do you want speed, texture, and flavor?

Each grill type has its advantages and drawbacks. Buy the grill best suited to your style, whether it's a gas, pellet, or charcoal grill.

And yes, you can plan your own outdoor kitchen.

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