Best pre-Memorial Day deals on barbecue grills

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Out of all the weekends in the year, it’s Memorial Day weekend that really spurs people to head out to into the sun, officially kickstart the grilling season, and reclaim their outdoor living space. This year, you can enjoy better tasting, more evenly cooked food that’s prepared faster using a the latest, smartest outdoor barbecue grills.

So, if you’ve been planning to buy a new barbecue grill this season, now’s the time to do it. Many popular retailers, like Amazon and Walmart, have cooked up some great deals on grills from well-known brands, and we’re sharing some of the best ones with you right here.

If you’re looking for one of the newest and more advanced high-tech grills, be sure to check out our coverage of the six best smart grills for spring 2024. Our team of outdoor living experts has also curated a roundup of the five best charcoal grills for 2024, the five best propane grills for 2024 and the five best wood-pellet grills for 2024. And if you want to give your porch or patio a makeover, we have some great ideas on how to accomplished this, too.

Best deals on barbecue grills available right now

This season, barbecue grills that use wood pellets are all the rage; people love the taste of slow-cooked smoked meats and the woody flavors that only these grills can deliver. Grilling fans also appreciate that wood pellets offer a more even and consistent temperature, effortless startup and fewer flare-ups. However, you can also pick up a new barbecue grill that uses propane or charcoal. Whatever your cooking preference, there’s a barbecue grill that’s on sale and perfect for your deck, patio or yard.

Traeger Grills Ironwood 650 wood pellet grill and smoker: $1,100 (15% off)

Traeger Grills Ironwood 650 Electric Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker


Here’s your chance to save 15% on one of the latest electric, wood-pellet grills to hit the market. The Ironwood 650 is from Traeger Grills is on sale at Amazon for $1,100. This grill offers the ultimate way to create that classic wood fired taste as you barbecue your favorite foods at an adjustable temperature up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

This single grill can easily handle all of your outdoor grilling, smoking, baking, roasting and braising. It offers 650 square inches of cooking space, so it’s built to meet a family’s big appetite.

You can order 20-pound bags of Traeger’s Signature all-natural wood pellets from Amazon for $20 each. They’re also available in apple, cherry, hickory, mesquite, pecan or a barbecue select blend. 

Kamado Joe Classic Joe I Premium: $769 (30% off)

Kamado Joe Classic Joe I Premium


If the grill is red with an iconic round design, you know it’s a popular Kamado Joe charcoal grill and smoker. And this one, called the Classic Joe 1, is an 18-inch ceramic grill that comes with its own cart. It offers 250 square inches of cooking space divided into two tiers.

Thanks to its more compact design, the grill is ideal for smaller spaces. It measures 18 x 18 x 48 inches when shut and includes two side shelves to help with food preparation. Thanks to the grill’s tower top vents that allow you to control air flow, you can maintain a constant cooking temperature between 225 and 750 degrees Fahrenheit.

The included cooking grates are made from stainless steel and the lid has a built in thermometer. Although this is an older grill design, it’s designed to last for years. It offers a great value at this sale price.

Kamado Joe Classic Joe Series II: $1,710 (14% off)

Kamado Joe Classic Joe Series III


Following in the footsteps of its wildly popular predecessor, the Classic Joe I, the Classic Joe Series II is also an 18-inch charcoal grill and smoker that comes mounted on a wheeled cart with two side tables. 

This new design offers a three-tier cooking system with stainless steel grates. This was the first grill from Kamado Joe to offer the company’s SlōRoller Hyperbolic Smoke Chamber.  

According to the company, the grill’s design leverages Harvard science to transform it into one of the world’s most optimal smokers. It does this by distributing smoke and heat in rolling, recirculating waves, so it surrounds food in clouds of delicious smoke while evenly distributing heat. 

The result of this new smoker design is enhanced flavor and significantly reduced hot spots. And thanks to the tower top vents, you can maintain a constant cooking temperature between 225 and 750 degrees Fahrenheit, while taking full advantage of the grill’s 250 square inches of cooking space.

Right now, save 14% off this popular charcoal grill and smoker at Amazon. You’ll pay just $1,712 — which means you’ll save $289.

Kamado Joe Joe Jr. Premium: $440 (12% off)

Kamado Joe Joe Jr Premium


If you’ve been wanting a ceramic Kamado Joe charcoal grill, but thought you didn’t have the space or budget for one, think again. For just $440 (which is 12% off), you can add the portable Joe Junior Premium to your smaller size outdoor living space or pack it up and take it on your next camping trip or to a tailgating party.

You get all of the grilling conveniences of a Kamado Joe charcoal grill, but in a model that’s just 19.75 x 20.75 x 27 inches. This is a 13.5 inch grill that has a thick-walled, heat-resistant shell. It does an amazing job locking in smoke and moisture at any cooking temperature.

You get 150 square inches of cooking space. The grill has a cast iron shell. It comes with a stainless steel cooking grate and a built in temperature gauge. At this low price of $440, the grill offers an excellent value. It includes a lifetime warrantee on the ceramics and a five year warrantee on the metal parts.

Royal Gourmet CC1830 charcoal grill: $100 (23% off)

Royal Gourmet CC1830 charcoal grill


This old-school charcoal grill offers an impressive 442 square inches of cooking space that takes advantage of porcelain-enameled steel-wire cooking grates. There’s also a 184-square-inch, chrome-plated, steel-wire warming rack built into the grill. For added flexibility, you can choose between two heights for the grates.

The grill itself holds six pounds of charcoal, and the removable pan makes disposal of the ash and cleaning the grill easy. For a limited time, you can purchase this grill for just $100 on Amazon — 23% off its usual price of $130.

It measures 22.74 x 42.56 x 48.66 inches and has a bottom shelf for holding up to 20 pounds of accessories. There’s also a handy side shelf that provides space for food preparation.

Weber Spirit II E-210 liquid propane grill: $449 (18% off)

Weber Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gril


This two-burner, liquid propane barbecue grill from Weber is currently on sale on Amazon for just $449 — that’s 18% off. The grill measures 48 x 26 x 57 inches, so it’ll probably fit nicely on your porch or patio. And the built-in wheels make it easy to move around. Inside the grill, you’ll discover porcelain-enameled, cast-iron cooking grates.

The E-210 works with standard 20 pound LP propane gas tanks (sold separately). Integrated into the grill, you’ll find a fold-down table, fuel gauge, stainless steel heat deflector and a thermometer. There’s also a handy warming rack. In total, you get 450 square inches of cooking space.

If you love the design of this grill, but would prefer a three-burner model, you’re in luck. The Weber Spirit II E-310 is currently on sale for $569, which is 11% off on Amazon.

Weber Genesis E-435 natural gas grill: $1,399 (18% off)

Weber Genesis E-435 Natural Gas Grill


Perfect for a backyard or larger patio space, this Weber Genesis E-435 natural gas grill is basically an outdoor kitchen that can barbecue, sear, roast, bake, steam and even stir-fry. A variety of custom-fit grillware accessories (sold separately) are available to expand its capabilities even more.

The E-435 measures 27 x 68.5 x 48 inches and is primarily constructed using alloy steel. It comes with a 12-year limited warranty. One feature we love: Built into the grill is a handy side burner, so you can easily sauté veggies, boil corn or heat sauces. There’s also a sturdy side table for food preparation.

It total, there are four main burners, along with the side burner. There’s even a smartphone app that offers instructions for assembling and using the grill. Right now, you can get this grill for 18% off and pay $1,399 when you buy it from Amazon.

Z Grills wood pellet grill and smoker: $332 (save $107)

Z GRILLS 2024 Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker


For fans of wood-pellet grills, you can’t go wrong with this new, 2024 model from Z Grills. It’s a grill and smoker that has a wide temperature range — from 160 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit — so you can use it to barbecue, bake, grill, smoke, roast, braise, barbecue or char-grill your favorite foods.

The two tiers of grill rack offer 553 square inches of total cooking area, which is enough space to prepare food for four to five people at the same time. You can even remove the upper rack to have extra height for the grill’s main surface. The built-in hopper holds up to 10 pounds of wood pellets.

Walmart currently has this versatile grill on sale for just $332, which is a savings of $107 off its regular $439 price.

Weber original kettle charcoal grill: $119 (9% off)

Weber Original Kettle 18 Inch Charcoal Grill


Weber’s classic kettle charcoal grill is currently on sale at Amazon for 9% off, so you’ll pay just $119 to barbecue on your porch, patio or in your backyard. This is a circular, 18-inch grill that gives you precise heat control and enough cooking space to prepare up to nine burgers at once.

The grill offers a porcelain-enameled lid and bowl, so it’s designed to retain heat which makes it more efficient. Dampers allow you to easily control the temperature inside the grill. 

For a cooking surface, it’s equipped with plated steel cooking grates that are easy to clean.

KingChii wood pellet smoker and grill: $276 (save $124)

KingChii 456 sq. in Wood Pellet Smoker & Grill BBQ


For fans of wood-pellet grills and smokers, here’s another option that’s both affordable and handy. The KingChii wood-pellet smoker and grill offers 456 square inches of cooking space and features automatic temperature controls. It also has folding legs for convenient storage or transport. A rain cover for the grill is included.

Right now, Walmart has this grill on sale for $124 off, which brings the price down to just $276. What we love about this grill is its automated electric feed system. It maintains the heat for you, while producing the optimal amount of smoke. The grill is fueled using 100% all-natural hardwood pellets that infuse amazing wood-fired flavor into everything you cook. 

This grill can be used to barbecue, bake, roast, braise, smoke, grill, sear or char-grill. It offers a cooking temperature range between 180 and 420 degrees Fehrenheit.

Weber Summit S-470 liquid propane grill: $2,275 (24% off)

Weber Summit S-470 4-Burner Liquid Propane Grill


We’re huge fans of Weber grills, particularly the newest Weber Genesis SPX-435, which is the smart grill we ranked as one of the best in a recent roundup. However, if you don’t want technology interfering with your own skills as a barbecue master, we recommend the Summit S-470.

For a limited time, you can get this grill for 24% off at Amazon, so you’ll pay just $2,275 for this premium, four-burner grill that offers 580 square inches of stainless steel cooking space. Built into the grill is a side burner, tuck-away rotisserie system, LED fuel gauge and lighted control knobs. 

Whatever you plan to cook, this grill gives you 48,800 BTUs of power to feed up to 10 people at once. The grill is fueled using a 20 pound LP tank (sold separately). When closed, the S-470 measures 50.5 x 66 x 26.5 inches. Not only will it perform beyond your expectations for many years to come, it’ll also look great on your patio or in your back yard.

Weber Spirit S-315 liquid propane gas grill: $699 (18% off)

Weber Spirit S-315 Liquid Propane Gas Grill


The Spirit S-315 comes in either a liquid propane or natural gas option. Both are the same price and on sale at Amazon for 18% off, but only for a limited time. Offering enough cooking space to prepare a meal for the entire family, you can add this grill to your outdoor living space for $699.

For convenience, the three-burner grill is mounted on wheels and has an integrated storage cabinet. This is a stainless steel grill with porcelain-enameled cast iron grates. To get your cooking done faster, you can take advantage of up to 32,000 BTU of cooking power. Each of the burners can be set to a different cooking temperature when needed.

And thanks to its 529 square inches of cooking space, you can fit up to 15 burgers at once. The unit measures 49.5 x 45.5 a 24 inches when shut.

Weber Performer charcoal grill: $349 (9% off)

Weber Performer Charcoal Grill


When most people think about charcoal grills, the Weber brand comes to mind. Well, this classic charcoal grill design is on sale at Amazon for 9% off, which brings its price down to $349.

This is a 22-inch grill that provides 262 square inches of cooking space — enough to prepare up to 13 burgers at once. One nice feature: Built into the grill’s cart is a place to store the lid during the food prep process, so you don’t need to put it on the ground. And if you need to add more charcoal while grilling, the cooking grate is compatible with special inserts and is hinged.

There’s a handy thermometer built into the grill’s lid. When closed, the unit measures 43.5 x 42 x 29 inches. The cart-style base has wheels, so it’s easy to move around.

Kamado Joe Kettle Joe: $449 (save $100)

Kamado Joe Kettle Joe


Head over to Walmart to save $100 on this popular, 22-inch charcoal grill from Kamado Joe. It offers a hinged lid, is mounted on a built in cart and has two side shelves. Of course, it comes in Kamado Joe’s iconic red and black color scheme.

Enjoy 350 square inches of cooing space with included grates, along with a two-tier cooking space. And the integrated SloRoller Hyperbolic Smoke Chamber makes it easy to smoke your favorite meats at temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

For a limited time — and in plenty of time for Memorial Day — Walmart has this grill on sale for $449. With the $100 you save, you can stock up on charcoal.

To discover the best products and deals for your home and family, our home, kitchen and outdoor coverage is continuously being updated.

This post was originally published on CBS News

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