The Best Grills to Buy at Walmart Right Now
Find the perfect grill for your family and outdoor space with our expert appliance guide.
If you're looking for a grill, it can feel like quite the undertaking. With all the different types of grills out there, it's difficult to figure out which one will be perfect for you and your household. Below, we break down the types of grills that suit your every need, from limited outdoor space (or no outdoor space) to those who want that perfect sear or aim for low and slow. Everyone from beginners to experts can find their perfect grill — guaranteed. All of the options can fit every budget and need, but all promise one thing — you're going to have delicious meals all summer long.
Start Here: How to Choose the Right Grill
First, gas or charcoal? Gas grills are convenient, they ignite at the push of a button and allow you to control the heat with the turn of a knob. Charcoal grills burn hotter than gas grills and you can burn wood to impart a natural, smoky flavor to your foods. But with a charcoal grill, it's more difficult to control the temperature, you have to stoke the fire constantly and at the end of cooking, you're left with a mess of ashes. Not sure which grill is best for you? Try both: a gas grill for everyday grilling and a charcoal grill for more occasional barbecuing. Or if your budget is ample, look for a grill that offers both options in one unit. Electric grills are another choice and might be the only option for apartment or condo dwellers, but they don't impart a real barbecue flavor.
If you've settled on a gas grill, you'll have a few more decisions to make, including materials, size, power and accessories (like side burners and a built-in temperature gauge — the bells and whistles).
If you prefer a charcoal grill, keep in mind that there are more types of charcoal grills than gas grills. You'll find kettle grills, portable grills, hibachis, barrel smokers, water smokers and ceramic cookers, all of which use charcoal to grill or barbecue foods. The right one for you will depend on how you like to cook.
Perfect for families and beginners, because you can use it quickly and without fuss.
Gas grills are convenient and offer more control than other kinds of grills. They require either a propane tank or a natural gas line (natural gas grills need to connect to your home's gas line, but you'll never have to refill a tank) to work, they light up instantly and can be heated to exact temperatures, making them easier to use for beginner cooks. Heat them up to a high temperature to get the sear without the smoky flavor, or let things cook low and slow. This has a large surface area for bigger meals, and the burners ensure easy, even cooking.
This Char-Broil gas grill features a sleek cart design and stainless-steel burners that emit flame from the top for even cooking and added durability. This grill is made to last with rust-resistant, porcelain-coated, cast-iron grates for easy cleaning and a porcelain-coated steel swing-a-way warming rack. It also comes with a lid-mounted temperature gauge, removable porcelain-coated grease pan, two locking wheels, large metal side shelves and an electronic igniter.
Perfect for patio spaces and those who want high heat and classic, smoky flavors.
Charcoal grills are your classic choice; they burn with charcoal briquettes or lump charcoal and require lighter fluid, an electric starter or instant lighting charcoal to begin working. Charcoal grills don’t have temperature dials, so you can’t control the heat to an exact temperature, but you can achieve higher heat with these over any other grill type. This means you’ll get that perfect sear on proteins like steak or veggies without overcooking them. You’ll also get that classic smoke flavor in everything you cook on this. This is the perfect grill if you’re looking for a simple, affordable option that doesn’t have a ton of bells and whistles — just smoky goodness. They're best suited for patio spaces and not the best for small balconies because of the embers that can float up. You'll need to keep a close watch on your food, as the coals don't always burn evenly.
The Cuisinart Charcoal Grill offers the perfect solution for all your on-the-go grilling needs. This compact grill is lightweight and easy to transport but still offers more than 150-square-inches of grilling space. The firebox is enamel coated, giving it strength and durability to survive the harshest grilling conditions. The dual-venting system helps control the heat so you can cook slow and low or up at searing hot temperatures. For added convenience, the lid is secured by three durable locks and the ashtray is accessible for easy cleanup.
Perfect for smoky flavor with a little more control over temperature.
Another subtype of charcoal grills are Kamado grills. They're egg-shaped so they have more internal temperature control, and the grates are typically ceramic so they’ll ensure more even cooking (but still not as even as gas). They still require charcoal, but the temperature is a little easier to control because of the lid.
This portable Kamado grill features a 117-square-inch cooking surface utilizing a stainless-steel grate. Four cooking styles allow you to make anything from pizza to barbecue. This versatile grill can smoke, sear, roast and bake. The chic shell is constructed from high-grade, temperature-resistant ceramic with two adjustable vent controls. This affordable grill set also comes with a ceramic stone, an electric starter, a cast-iron stand and an outdoor cover for year-round protection.
Perfect for those who can't choose between charcoal and gas grills and love certain elements of both.
Combo — or hybrid — grills are exactly what they sound like: they're a combination of gas and charcoal grills (or other types of grills). If you want the ease of a gas grill to get a big meal done with precise temperature control but you still want the option of a high-heat, smoky steak or shrimp dinner, this is the easiest way to never have to choose between one or the other.
With the Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill and Smoker by Masterbuilt, you can smoke, grill, sear, bake, roast and so much more. Set the temperature on the digital control panel or your smart device, and the DigitalFan maintains the desired cooking temperature. The GravityFed charcoal hopper holds more than 12 hours of charcoal, and gravity ensures you have constant fuel to the fire. The reversible cast-iron grates are perfect for smoking or searing, and in just 13 minutes this grill can reach 700-degrees Fahrenheit.
Perfect for small households and apartment balconies. The indoor grills are great for those without outdoor space.
Electric grills are the only type of grill that can be used indoors — as long as you buy an indoor model — because all it needs is a simple outlet to work. They're a fun, easy way to make a few burgers or chicken breasts when you're bored with your stovetop, but they're not going to have the same sear and versatility as other kinds of grills. However, this is the one for you if you don't have significant outdoor space or you're a household of one.
With five separate cooking options, this electric grill handles everything from pancakes and sausages to grilled cheese to steaks, hamburgers and Panini sandwiches. It features a floating cover and dual temperature controls and a selector switch to operate the grill and griddle independently. It also uses removable dishwasher-safe nonstick cooking plates for easy meals and cleanup.
Perfect for the family that wants to barbecue in addition to grilling their food and love to experiment.
Pellet grills are basically a combination of smokers and grills, and they require wood chips to get to work. This is the grill for you if you love barbecue and you're willing to spend a little more to get the versatility of using different kinds of wood pellets for different kinds of flavors. Use applewood or cherry for a sweet smoke, or try out maple or hickory for something different. The pellets sit in a storage container on the side and are fed into the cooking chamber and heated up. There's also an element of temperature control that you don't see in charcoal grills, so you can use high heat for searing or low and slow for real-deal barbecue.
This classic, modern pellet grill has 700-square-inches of cooking surface — along with an upper rack — and a flame broiler for direct flame cooking. It's perfect for grilling, smoking, chargrilling and barbecuing. There's an LED control board, and the grates are made from powder-coated steel.