Hot Stuff: The Best BBQs

Loosen your belt and throw on an apron: Barbecue season is here. But first, you’ll need a grill that can take the heat. Herewith, the season’s best BBQs.

Put your eco-conscience at ease with the natural gas-burning Broil King 54K. Lose the propane tank and plug right into your home’s direct gas line. Porcelain-coated cast iron grids offer supreme heat retention. $499.99. Burger Capacity (4” burgers): 20.

Offering ample space, stainless steel burners and a heat-distributing flavourizer bar, the Weber Genesis Ep-310 allows you to maximize flavour and minimize clean up. Propane, $999.99; Natural gas, $1049.99. Burger Capacity: 30.

You might have to sell your car to afford the Fire Magic Echelon Grill 1060, but with this 200,500 BTU beast in your yard, your friends will be coming to you. Thanks to internal halogen lights, a remote-controlled power hood, an infrared sear zone – perfect for steaks or tuna – and a rear rotisserie burner, you’ll never cook indoors again.

For charcoal traditionalists, there’s the Napoleon Charcoal Barbecue M605RBCSS. With cooking options ranging from indirect to rotisserie to smoking, this ain’t your father’s barbecue. Achieve smoky perfection with reversible cooking grids and an optional smoker tube. $899.99. Burger Capacity: 25.

The Weber Summit S-650 offers six burners of grill space in a slick, double-layered stainless steel casing, which offers extra insulation. Plus: A dedicated smoker box and infrared rear-mounted rotisserie. $2,649.99. Burger Capacity: 40.

(Photo courtesy of D’Arcy Norman)

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