Best Gas BBQs

There’s nothing quite like an Aussie summer barbie, and a gas bbq can help you get sizzling. But do you know whether you want a portable bbq or a freestanding model? Would you prefer an LPG bottle or natural gas? We're here to help answer all your burning questions. Continue reading...

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Based on 2,610 reviews
Crossray Infrared

Crossray Infrared 🏆 2024

4.7  (134)
 Summary
  • TypeBuilt-In and Freestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 2 to 4
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Dave
Dave
  4-Burner Built-In
Best '4 burner' everGreat BBQ. Even heat and hot. Works excellently direct on grill or indirect on the high racks for a slow roast. I've had regular 4 burners over the years and a weber Q200. This is far superior and its built to last. Show details
Weber Family Q Series

Weber Family Q Series

4.5  (374)
 Summary
  • TypeFreestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 2
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Tony L.
Tony L.3 posts
  Family Q Premium
Weber Baby Q Series

Weber Baby Q Series

4.4  (478)
 Summary
  • TypePortable
  • Number of Burners/Zones 1
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Gabriel M.
Gabriel M.NSWSydney Surrounds, NSW
  Premium
Lost a lot of time with other BBQaGrills well, easy to clean, good quality! Just loved it. Show details
Weber Q Series

Weber Q Series 🏆 2024

4.4  (484)
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  • TypePortable
  • Number of Burners/Zones 1
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williekellick
williekellick
  Q Premium
Not the bestOk, a lot of hype however. Don’t produce a lot of heat. I’ve also come across 3 that have had regulator problems too, apparently common. Wouldn’t buy another one but not throwing it in the dump. Show details
Ziegler & Brown Ziggy Twin Grill

Ziegler & Brown Ziggy Twin Grill

4.2  (186)
 Summary
  • TypePortable
  • Number of Burners/Zones 2
Mike B.
Mike B.
  LP Gas
Everdure by Heston Blumenthal FORCE

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal FORCE

4.5  (37)
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  • TypeFreestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 2
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daywolf
daywolfVICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC21 posts
  Ambassador Review Gen 2
Replaced by Weber Genesis II Series  4.0 (25)
Weber Genesis

Weber Genesis

4.5  (34)
 Summary
  • TypeFreestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 3
Vince R.
Vince R.NSWSydney, NSW8 posts
  Verified E-325s LPG
Jumbuck Stardom BBQ

Jumbuck Stardom BBQ

3.7  (64)
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  • TypeFreestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 2 to 6
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Patricia M.
Patricia M.NSWSydney Surrounds, NSW7 posts
  2 Burner
STOV Portable Gas BBQ

STOV Portable Gas BBQ

5.0  (16)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $319
  • TypePortable
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Lisa M.
Lisa M.NSWSydney, NSW
 
Ziegler & Brown Triple Grill

Ziegler & Brown Triple Grill

3.5  (66)
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  • TypePortable
  • Number of Burners/Zones 3
Rob J.
Rob J.
  LP Gas
Awesome.. flexible grillsOk.. the grills are reversible and can be placed at different heights.. and the burners are hot!., awesome heat control.. hears the cooking area fast!.. very impressive. Cart is light and manageable and the bbq can separate easily for portability should you want to take it on a picnic Show details
Weber Summit Series Gas

Weber Summit Series Gas

4.4  (21)
 Summary
  • TypeBuilt-In and Freestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 4 to 6
ozN
ozNNSWSydney Surrounds, NSW14 posts
  Summit Series Gas
BEST PRODUCT. BEST COMPANYI have used Webers since I started with a barbeque. The product quality is superb and their customer service is the best of any company I have dealt with.
Makes the buying decision so easy.
Now going to buy a baby q for travelling and wont look at any other brand. Show details ·  1
Everdure by Heston Blumenthal FURNACE

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal FURNACE

3.4  (78)
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  • TypeFreestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 3
$1,399Bing Lee
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Ron S.
Ron S.2 posts
  Gen 1
Everdure by Heston Blumenthal
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BeefEater Bugg

BeefEater Bugg

3.4  (77)
 Summary
  • TypePortable
  • Number of Burners/Zones 0 to 2
$599Bing Lee
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Pete
PeteSAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA5 posts
  BB9920
Ziegler & Brown Portable Grill

Ziegler & Brown Portable Grill

3.4  (53)
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  • Price (RRP) $399
  • TypePortable
  • Number of Burners/Zones 1
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Svenlem
SvenlemNSWSydney, NSW
  Verified
Hood paint bubbled on first useThe BBQ seems to work well. Set it up lit first go had hood closed to pre heat and opened at 180 deg. It cooked steaks (plates set low) was very happy. Went to cook again second day and as I went to open it I noticed bubbles about the size of a 50cent piece sized in the middle section of the hood… not happy at all. Show details
Weber Genesis II Series

Weber Genesis II Series

4.0  (25)
 Summary
  • TypeFreestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 3 to 4
PeteB
PeteBNSWHunter Region, NSW7 posts
  Genesis II E-455 Premium LPG
Great bbqBeing my first Weber it’s a little hard to get used preheating and lid down cooking, however results are great. Only downside is it’s a bit hard to keep clean due to the draining system and steaks are a bit harder to cook than on a normal bbq. After sales service has been top notch. Show details
Ziegler & Brown Turbo Elite BBQ (on Cart)

Ziegler & Brown Turbo Elite BBQ (on Cart)

3.1  (78)
 Summary
  • TypeBuilt-In and Freestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 2 to 6
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Billy
BillyNSWSydney, NSW2 posts
  3 Burner on Cart
Weber Spirit II Series

Weber Spirit II Series

4.7  (12)
 Summary
  • TypeFreestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 3
Alice C.
Alice C.NSWIllawarra, NSW5 posts
  Fair Incentive Spirit II E-310 LPG
Matador Titan

Matador Titan

3.4  (21)
 Summary
  • TypeFreestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 4 to 6
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Dave
Dave6 posts
  Titan 2
Gasmate Voyager BQ1075

Gasmate Voyager BQ1075

3.5  (17)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $119
  • TypePortable
  • Number of Burners/Zones 1
Steely
SteelyWAPerth, WA5 posts
 
Masport Supreme Plus RBW 210

Masport Supreme Plus RBW 210

3.4  (16)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,299
  • TypeFreestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 6
Stuart I.
Stuart I.WAPerth, WA6 posts
 
Cooks well, but rusts betterWe had a Masport Supreme Plus for about 8 or so years. It cooks well, has nice features… buuut it’s a rust bucket. Even covered, it’s completely rusted through - as in, the base has rusted clean off.

Also not the easiest BBQ to clean.

I would not recommend. Show details

Alfresco BBQ with Side Burner

Alfresco BBQ with Side Burner

4.1  (10)
 Summary
  • TypeFreestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 4 to 6
PattyB
PattyBNoraville4 posts
  4 Burner
Modern and Party CentrepieceI purchased one of the Alfresco 4 from Barbecues Galore a year ago and have been impressed with it's performance. Good all round heat with a hood which allows you to slow cook roasts on a Sunday arvo. Cleaning and upkeep is a must as the stainless steel bar grills do brown and darken over time. A good purchase for the price I paid.

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  • TypeFreestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 2 to 6
Rino S.
Rino S.WAPerth, WA
  Turbo Elite
I've owned this Bbq fir almost 3 years now and ts brilliant. I have owned a weber too but this is next levelCooks food very well hood or down the QRT burner make it easy to clean and no flare us Show details
Downunder Hotplate

Downunder Hotplate

4.2  (9)
 Summary
  • TypeFreestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 2 to 4
Sunbird
SunbirdDaintree14 posts
  Verified 2 Burner
Gasmate Odyssey Range

Gasmate Odyssey Range

2.5  (44)
 Summary
  • TypeFreestanding and Portable
  • Number of Burners/Zones 1 to 3
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Dtalon.
Dtalon.
  1
It's one of the worst BBQs on the marketForget rocking out a big breakfast. The hot plate is awkward and even with all three burners going it was barely able to get the bacon sizzling. Definitely won't be buying any BBQs from gasmate ever again.
Gasmate, if you can't stand the heat stay out of the kitchen. Show details
Jumbuck Portland BBQ 4 Burner

Jumbuck Portland BBQ 4 Burner

3.0  (17)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199
  • TypeFreestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 4
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Genie
GenieSAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA2 posts
  Verified
Aussie barbieVery good bbq cooks food delicious was very easy to assemble a quick wipe when it is finished got it clean stayed alight even though it was very windy Show details
BeefEater Signature Mobile

BeefEater Signature Mobile

2.9  (17)
 Summary
  • TypeFreestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 4 to 5
Ex Barina Fan
Ex Barina FanSYDNEY23 posts
  Signature
Poor Quality and consumablesBought in August 2020. This BBQ is used most days of the week. The hood stainless steel is stained from smoke 'leaking" from the glass. The hood right hand pivot screw has to be tightened at least once a week or the hood jams. The drip trays are not readily available Show details
BeefEater Signature Built In

BeefEater Signature Built In

2.7  (19)
 Summary
  • TypeBuilt-In
  • Number of Burners/Zones 4 to 5
$1,499Bing Lee
Disgruntled
Disgruntled10 posts
  BS12350
Overpriced with lots of issuesI bought this brand thinking it was a "premium" brand, only to find out it can't even compare to my previous Matador I bought from Bunnings. The burners keep turning off, and all the print around the knobs and on the front fascia is coming off. It is also difficult to keep clean. I will never purchase another Beefeater or let anyone I know get one. Show details
Gasmate Rio

Gasmate Rio

4.1  (7)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $219.95
  • TypeFreestanding
Ecca
Ecca
 
Hark Gas Smoker

Hark Gas Smoker

3.6  (8)
 Summary
  • TypeFreestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 1 to 2
Steve
SteveNSWSydney, NSW10 posts
  Big Boss
Gasmate Specialist / Vega II Series

Gasmate Specialist / Vega II Series

3.1  (8)
 Summary
  • TypeFreestanding
  • Number of Burners/Zones 4 to 6
Daniel
DanielNSWSydney, NSW17 posts
  Specialist / Vega II Series
Pretty good BBQ overallI've had this since before Xmas. It does a pretty good job. Much harder to put together than I'd expected and the finish isn't excellent (sides don't line up perfectly). It does cook evenly and the slide out gas bottle holder is a nice touch. Feels a little cheap for the price. Fairly easy to clean. The 240V lights are good for cooking at night. Show details
A couple barbequing in garden on a sunny day
Image credit: Weber.

Are gas bbqs any good?

There are a few striking advantages of cooking outdoors with a gas bbq. They are quick to heat up, so you won’t waste time waiting around for your bbq to pre-heat. This makes gas bbqs just as handy and functional for weeknight dinners as it does for an Australian Day barbeque – just slap a quick patty on.

Gas bbqs also offer good temperature control, letting you easily adjust the heat to suit your cooking requirements. An included temperature gauge helps with this. With the hood closed, the circulating heat cooks food evenly and consistently.

What is the best gas for a bbq?

Swap'n'Go

LPG

Also known as propane, you slot these gas bottles into your bbq via a supplied hose. You'll need to remember to refill the bottle so you don't run out of juice when everyone is waiting for snags. You can do this using Swap ‘n’ Go at your local service station - an 8.5kg gas bottle costs $25-40, depending on your area.

If your bbq is designed for dual fuel, you may be able to convert your gas type. However, fuel conversion can void some warranties, so it’s better to know which kind of gas you prefer at the start.

Natural gas

If you don’t have a natural gas connection in your home (and natural gas is available in your local area) you’ll need to hire a licensed professional to set it up. Installation can be expensive, but a natural gas bbq is cheaper to run in the long term.

Types of Gas BBQs

Portable Gas BBQs · See All

Weber Baby Q Standard
Weber Baby Q Standard

If you’re planning to venture beyond your backyard to barbeque, portable gas bbqs are a great choice. You can take them picnicking, camping or to the beach on a sunny day.

They’re lightweight and easy to carry to and from the car, which makes portable bbqs highly functional. Some feature folding side shelves and detachable stands.

Since portable bbqs are small in size, they have fewer gas burners. This means food can take longer to cook; not ideal for a hungry bunch of picnickers. They may also be equipped with less cooking features than their freestanding counterparts.

Best Portable Gas BBQ 2020: Weber Baby Q - ProductReview.com.au Award Winner 2017, 2019, 2020

Freestanding BBQs · See All

These popular gas bbqs are an Aussie backyard favourite. They're like the lovechild of a portable bbq and a built-in model. With their trolley-style set-up, you can move them around in your backyard on wheels, but they're heavier and more durable than a portable barbeque. Freestanding barbeques can either be flat-top or hooded.

Weber Family Q
Weber Family Q
  • Hooded bbqs: (pictured, left) Equipped with a drop-down lid, this bbq traps heat for cooking. It will let you bake, roast and smoke foods. Hooded bbqs are ideal for passionate home chefs who use their bbq for more than just special occasions. Just make sure your bbq lets you cook with the hood down, as on some models it's just a barbeque cover.

  • Flat top bbqs: This is the type of bbq you'd see at weekend matches at your local football club. Typecast for sausage sizzles, they're a solid choice if you're using them to grill food, whether meat or veggies.

Best Freestanding Gas BBQ 2021: Weber Family Q - ProductReview.com.au Award Winner 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021

Built-in BBQs · See All

Crossray 4-Burner Built-in
Crossray 4-Burner Built-In

If you’re addicted to alfresco dining done in premium style, a built-in bbq might be worth it. With their larger hotplate and grill sizes, built-in bbqs are a great match for those who love to frequently entertain plenty of guests.

Often part of an outdoor kitchen set-up, these bbqs are built into your cabinetry. This makes them aesthetically pleasing, and you can select coordinating features like a mini bar fridge, access doors and side burners.

Best Built-In Gas BBQ 2021: Crossray 4-Burner Built-In - ProductReview.com.au Award Winner 2021

What to consider before buying a Gas BBQ

How much space do you have?

If you have limited outdoor space or a balcony, a small bbq or a portable barbeque will be best. If you’re grilling on a balcony, check your apartment complex’s by-laws first. Not all of them permit using a gas bbq on a balcony for safety reasons.

If you have plenty of space, you can opt for a freestanding barbeque or a built-in bbq. The larger the bbq, the more features there are to choose from. However, it is possible to find smaller bbqs with convenient cooking aids. For example, the Ziegler & Brown Twin Grill LP Gas Bbq is equipped with a hood and warming rack.

How many people do you usually cook for?

Since no one enjoys waiting for food, it’s important to select a barbeque with the right number of burners. Consider the number of people you normally cook for, as well as any guests you might normally have over for meals.

  • 2-3 burners: A good size if you’re mainly cooking for a couple, with the occasional couple of guests dropping by.
  • 4 burners: This is a popular choice, as it’s suitable for a family of four, or around 4-6 people. 5 burners is the happy medium between 4 and 6 burners.
  • 6 burners: These are more often found on freestanding and built-in bbqs. If you frequently entertain or have a family of 6+, a 6-burner bbq should meet your needs.
  • 8 burners: While you’ll see these on some built-in bbqs, they’re not really neccessary for domestic use.

What’s your cooking style?

It makes sense to buy a bbq that will complement your personal cooking preferences. Gas barbeques are versatile, and many models can do more than just grill or cook on a hotplate. Here are some examples:

  • Grill: This refers to cooking with the lid up, on the grill section of your barbeque.
  • Searing: You can sear most meats on a grill for 2-3 minutes on high heat. Some gas bbqs even have infrared searing zones, which is even more down-to-business.
  • Hotplate: Perfect for cooking food that would otherwise slip between the grates of a grill. For example, you can barbeque diced-up veggies, onions and sausages - if you don’t mind them without the chargrilled flavour.
  • Indirect cooking: While direct cooking refers to using a grill and hotplate with all burners lit, indirect cooking is gentler. If you have a 2-burner bbq, light up one burner but sit food above the unlit burner, and close the hood. Heat generated by the gas will evenly cook your food rather than burning it.
  • Roast/bake: The hot air circulating in your gas bbq with the hood down works like a convection oven, letting you roast or bake anything from a traditional roast to pizza, casseroles, and cakes.
  • Wok/side burner: This is handy if you cook a lot of stir-fries, and is available in many larger freestanding bbqs and built-in bbqs.
  • Smoker: If you prefer low-and-slow smoking this is doable on most gas bbqs. However if that smoky flavour is your kryptonite, you might prefer a charcoal bbq, since smoke sometimes escapes under a gas bbq's lid.
  • Rotisserie: This can either be in-built or removable, but it’s an optional feature, so look out for it.

How easy is it to use your barbeque?

Ease of assembly

Freestanding bbqs can be fiddly to assemble as they contain many parts – sometimes the retailer will deliver the barbeque fully assembled for a small fee, which will save you time and hassle.

Ignition

There are two options – piezo or electronic ignition. Piezo ignition uses a a small hammer inside the ignitor to strike a quartz crystal, which creates a spark. They last about 10 years, after which time you’ll have to replace the ignitor. Electronic ignition bbqs are battery powered, so you’ll have to replace the batteries periodically.

Movability

If you have a portable bbq, consider how easy it is to pick up and carry. If you have a freestanding bbq, you’ll need one that uses bottled gas for it to be movable, as the unit slots into the bbq. Four castor wheels should make the bbq easy to move. Smaller models often have two wheels, with a handle on the other side to allow you to push or pull the bbq.

To avoid moving around a freestanding bbq too much, you can have its default position under shelter and close to your kitchen, if possible.

Cleaning

Gas bbqs require some special attention when it comes to cleaning, due to their intricate parts. For example, you’ll need to clean the ignition rod, as it often gets covered in food residue.

Look for handy features that make cleaning easier, such as fat drip trays, and tight grills, as this helps stop smaller food from slipping through the cracks and onto the burners.

How durable is the bbq?

Since your bbq will need to weather the elements and last you several years, it should feature a solid construction.

  • Cooking plate/ grill material: Stainless steel is the most durable material you can get. It retains heat the best. Combined with thick grids on your grill, this ensures food becomes properly cooked and caramelised. Cast iron grills are also good quality. Just make sure you season the grill first to remove any oils or contaminants, and allow for non-stick cooking.

  • Frame finish: Again, a stainless steel finish is a heavy duty choice, and looks sophisticated to boot. However keep in mind that it shows fingerprints and smudges easily, so may require regularly polishing. Painted finishes can chip off or scratch, so are less durable.

Price

Entry-level bbqs, which are small or portable, start at around $100-300. They’ll usually have 1-2 burners. Mid-range bbqs can cost between $500-$1000. They’ll be more sturdily built, with a wider range of extra features to choose from. A large freestanding bbq or built-in bbq can set you back anywhere between $1000-$10, 000.

Barbeques will be the most expensive to buy during the hotter months, so if you can wait until the end of summer, you’re more likely to snap up a bargain.

The bottom line

Overall, gas bbqs can be a great addition to your home if you enjoy cooking outdoors. Before buying, make sure a gas BBQ suits your space, lifestyle, cooking style and budget - while having good build quality. Do this, and you're sure to find a barbeque that helps you make many meals in the sunshine with family and friends.

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