Summer cookouts are great. But let’s be honest: it’s no fun standing over a scorching-hot BBQ when it’s 90 degrees out. Autumn, on the other hand, provides primo grilling weather. The game’s on, the leaves are changing, and you don’t have to worry about marinating the tops of your burgers with forehead sweat.

You picked up a new flat screen last year. This season, stock your backyard or patio with one of these conversation-starting beauties. You could settle for the reliable (and boring) model from your local Home Depot. But the less conventional BBQs on this list will both heat your meat and impress your friends when you step outside during halftime.


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CHAR-GRILLER GAS 3001 GRILLIN’ PRO
$185, amazon.com
Most sub-$200 grills rust or fall apart after a few seasons. Not this matte-black bad boy, which is made of solid cast iron. Not only does it look slick, but it also provides even heating for perfectly seared pork tenderloin and sausages.

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FUEGO ELEMENT GAS GRILL
$299, fuego.com
Designed by a former Apple bigwig, this grill was made for super-consistent cooking. It m may look like R2D2’s weird cousin, but it’ll serve up a perfect porterhouse or salmon without that unsightly white albumin.

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WEBER “ORIGINAL KETTLE” COPPER FINISH CHARCOAL GRILL
$149, amazon.com
Weber’s kettle grill has been the American standard for decades for a reason: at this price, it’s tough to beat the Weber for heat, consistency, and durability. Throw in this cool new copper finish, and you can’t lose.

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CHAR-BROIL CHARCOAL GRILL
$290, amazon.com
A step up from the Weber in size, price, and functionality, the Char-Broil is for a guy who wants more control. You can raise and lower the porcelain-coated cooking grates. And the front-loader charcoal door allows you to tweak or replenish the heat without moving your meat.

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DYNA-GLO DUAL FUEL COMBO GRILL
$660, amazon.com
You want it all. Charcoal for lazy Sundays when you have time to imbue you strip steak with smoke and flavor. Gas for weekday nights when you just want a quick burger or chicken kebob. It’s stainless steel burners and ample surface space means it’ll handle jobs big and small with aplomb.

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BIG GREEN EGG
$650, biggreenegg.com
Legendary looks aside, the Egg’s super-heavy ceramic construction acts like a vault for heat and smoke. Using charcoal and strategically arranged vents and doors, it can reach 700 degrees in a matter of minutes for your porterhouse, or smoke meat low and slow for hours without any oversight on your part. (Not sold online. You have to go to a local dealer to get one, and prices vary.)

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BULL ANGUS GAS GRILL
$2,400, amazon.com
The perfect outdoor complement to your twin Sub-Zeros and Viking range, the Bull is a made-in-the-USA work of grilling art. High-grade stainless steel (and everything else) ensures long-lasting performance. It also cranks out 75,000 BTUs. We don’t know exactly what that means, but we know it’s a lot.


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