Get Grilling! 10 Best Grills Under $100

Nothing says summer quite like a backyard barbecue, but pricey outdoor cooking equipment leaves a bad taste in our mouths. That’s why we did our research to identify some of the best cheap grills on the market today—and just in time for grilling season. Whether you are looking for something compact and portable or something more substantial for some serious summer entertaining, one of these designs is sure to fit the bill. Best of all, each of these 10 top-rated grills retails for under $100. Time to get grilling!

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Weber 741001 One-Touch Silver Kettle Grill

This classic kettle charcoal grill features 363 inches of total cooking space and received 4.6 stars on Amazon. The grill measures 22-1/2 inches in diameter by 38-1/2 inches high, and features rust-resistant vents, an aluminum ash catcher, and One-Touch cleaning system. Amazon; $99.

Portable Char-Griller

This popular tabletop grill offers a total cooking area of 250 square inches and received 4.4 stars from Lowe’s shoppers. The unit was praised for its versatility—it can be used as an auxiliary firebox for larger Char-Griller models. Small in stature, the grill measures 16 by 17 inches. Available at Amazon; $69.

George Foreman Domed Grill

This apartment-friendly grill was rated “the best indoor/outdoor electric grill” on Consumer Search and was praised for its versatility. The unit features 240 square inches of cooking space, cool-touch handles, and a center channel for draining grease. Available at Amazon; $79.99.

Kingsford Outdoor Charcoal Kettle Grill

This sturdy charcoal grill’s 21-burger capacity and 354-square-inch cooking area garnered it 4.4 stars on Amazon and 4 stars from Walmart shoppers. The grill features durable steel construction with a heavy-duty porcelain coating. It comes with wheels for easy transport and a bottom rack for extra storage. An air vent on the lid allows for better temperature control. Amazon; $70.

Weber Smokey Joe Silver Charcoal Grill

This little charcoal grill is perfectly sized for “grilling on the go.” The unit earned 4.5 stars on Amazon and features a cooking area of 147 square inches. A glass-reinforced nylon handle allows for easy removal of the lid. Amazon; $29.99.

Cast-Iron Grill

This rugged cast-iron charcoal grill is preseasoned and weather-resistant. The Lodge Sportsman’s Grill features two adjustable heights and a flip-down door for easy access to coals. At 19 inches across, it’s the perfect size for tailgating, and a wire bail handle allows for easy transport. Walmart; $95.

Char-Griller Wrangler Charcoal Grill

A barrel-style charcoal grill, the Wrangler offers 600 square inches of cooking space and received 4.5 stars from Target shoppers, who praised its quality, durability, and “great cooking.” The unit features cast-iron grates with adjustable heights, a heat gauge, and warming rack. Target; $95.

BBQ Pro Square Tabletop Gas Grill

Perfect for the beach or the campsite, the BBQ Pro Square Tabletop Gas Grill serves up 293 square inches of cooking space and 11,000 BTUs of firepower. Garnering a 3.5 star rating from Sears shoppers, the grill is easily portable and designed with heat-resistant handles.  Available at Sears; $45.

Char-Broil American Gourmet

This barrel-style charcoal grill combines the functions of charcoal smoking, barbecuing, and grilling with 623 square inches of cooking space. The grill has cast-iron cooking grates for durability and is equipped with front, side, and bottom shelves for storage. Home Depot; $79.

Portable Gas Grill

Created by industrial designer Robert Brunner, the Fuego Element is a sleek, modern portable gas grill that packs a full-flavored cooking experience into a small, lightweight package. This tiny titan weighs just 15 pounds but boasts an 8,000-BTU stainless-steel burner and 159 square inches of cooking surface. Hayneedle; $89.


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Donna Boyle Schwartz

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Donna Boyle Schwartz is an avid writer with years of experience covering the home and garden beat in addition to out-of-home topics such as sports and local events. These days, she researches and writes editorial and advertising features on a vast range of home-related topics, including housewares, furniture, home fashions, flooring, remodeling, construction, antiques, art, garden, collectibles, and color/design trends.