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It’s National BBQ Week, so if you haven't already been tempted to enjoy dinner al fresco, now is the time to do so.
If, like us, you don’t want to spend hundreds of pounds on a BBQ that, let’s face it, will only be used for a few months of the year. We’ve searched high and low for the most affordable and highly sought-after models that are still in stock.
One in particular that has been hugely popular with customers is Argos’ Charcoal Oil Drum BBQ, which is available for a bargain £50 - and comes complete with utensils.
Plus, we have charcoal, electric and gas options covered.
While classic charcoal BBQs provide that unbeatable smokey taste to your cuisine. If you’re looking for a BBQ to fire up quickly an electric or gas design may be the best choice.
Here’s proof that you don’t need to fork out a fortune to enjoy a great BBQ this summer.
Shop the top-rated affordable BBQs
Charcoal Oil Drum BBQ Cover & Utensils | £50 from Argos
The BBQ measures an overall height of 90cm, a width of 93 cm and depth of 64.5 cm, although the cooking size is slightly less at 35 x 71 cm.
The oil drum has adjustable height inside to grill food onto make sure it is cooked to perfection, a nifty chrome plated warming rack to ensure you won’t be sitting down to eat cold burgers, a removable ash tray and protective cover for when the winter months come.
Plus it is fitted with two wheels, so you can manoeuvre the BBQ around the garden or patio to suit you, as well as three utensil; tongs, a fork and spatula.
The BBQ boasts over 4,000 five-star reviews with 98% of customers saying they would recommend the product.
One top comment says: “Really great value for money. Sturdy for price. Large enough for family cooking.”
Argos Home 43cm Kettle Charcoal BBQ | £25 from Argos
Argos’ Kettle Charcoal BBQ is ideal for cooking four to six people. The diameter of the BBQ measures 43cm in diameter, and has a height of 74 cm.
The steel model has two additional racks to store any food or utensils, as well as two wheels to manoeuvre into your desired spot.
It has over 1,000 five-star reviews, many customers loving it’s simple design: “I was looking for a simple start up BBQ and this unit is perfect for that. Doesn’t look too big but works perfectly and completes the job at hand. “
Argos Home 2 Burner Gas BBQ with Side Burner | £75 from Argos
The 2 Burner Gas BBQ ticks all the boxes. Not only does the steel design have a main grill, it also has a side burner and a side table.
The gas model comes complete with a hose and regulator, plus it has wheels to make it easy for you to transport around your garden.
This Argos’ buy has received glowing reviews with over 700 five-star reviews and 94% saying they would recommend the product.
Many say it’s the “perfect family BBQ”, while others have noted how quick it is: “It’s really great to be able to turn on the grill and get cooking right away.”
Weber Compact 47cm Charcoal BBQ Black | £79.99 from Amazon
Weber - one of the leading BBQ companies - has created a compact BBQ, which is ideal to suit everyone’s needs.
This model boasts plated steel cooking grate, which measures 47cm in diameter, as well as a porcelain enamel lid and bowl, with a built-in thermometer to help you cook your food to perfection.
It also claims to have a one-touch cleaning system and rust-resistant ash catcher, to take the stress out of washing up after your slap up meal.
It has a 85% five-star rating, one review says: “Bought this Weber compact bbq and it was easy to use, extremely easy to clean and definitely did make a difference taste-wise compared to the gas BBQ. Delighted with my purchase.”
Cast Iron BBQ | £26.99 from Amazon
Landmann’s Cast Iron BBQ is a nifty barbecue design, as it has a cast iron grill and charcoal grid, as well as an air vent to control the heat, and wooden handles.
This model can be adjusted to different heights to suit your needs, so it is no surprise it has received glowing reviews from shoppers, with some buying more than one because they were so impressed.
One review reads: “I liked it so much I bought another one immediately”, another shared: “Great little barbecue, Authentic outdoor cooking!”