Have the perfect summer with these top Aussie BBQs

Because an Aussie BBQ isn’t complete without a great grill.

There’s nothing quite like an Aussie BBQ. As thongs, shorts and singlets are donned, the backyard cricket begins and the snags start sizzling – now that’s an iconic Australian BBQ!

While the term barbecue comes from England, it came with the people on the First Fleet and became an Australian way of life.

Barbecue started becoming popular in language in 1903, and now it’s been adapted to the snappier BBQ, and is a staple on any nice day in summer.

An Aussie BBQ is all about fresh salads, sausages, steak and onions cooked to perfection. (Credit: Pexels)

What is the right occasion for a BBQ?

Any occasion is appropriate for an Aussie to throw a BBQ. Traditionally they’re held in summer or when the weather is warm. A BBQ only needs a couple of people to share a meal and good weather and then it’s a great day! Forget what you’ve heard about ‘shrimp on the barbie’, an Australian BBQ is all about fresh salads, sausages, steak, and onions cooked to perfection. Of course, there are no wrong or right foods to serve, it’s more about the spirit of sitting back and sharing food with your friends. 

Who invented the BBQ?

Inspired by outdoor kitchens, charcoal pits, and open fires, the first official BBQ was an outdoor gas grill invented in the early 1950s by Don McGlaughlin. From there the market exploded and they now come in gas-fuelled, charcoal, electric, single burner, or many burners, built-in or portable – there’s a BBQ for every occasion! 

Best BBQs in Australia

When shopping for a BBQ, there are a few things you should consider: what is your price range, what fuel do you want to burn, what size your BBQ needs to be (a portable one is good for campers or those with small balconies, while a large one is best suited to a backyard or big family), and if you need any extra features (such as a trolley, side burner for a wok, or a rotisserie). Your next step is to look at reviews and visit stores such as The Good Guys, Myer or BCF

6 Australian BBQs to buy

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BeefEater 1200 series black enamel 4 burner bbq, $1099 at The Good Guys 

For the ultimate bbq expert, this high quality barbeque will impress guests and host alike with its extra large surface area (perfect when entertaining large parties), cast iron cook plate and powerful burners. You can check in on your dinner without sacrificing heat through the viewing window and clean up has never been easier thanks to the excess oil channels. 
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BeefEater Bigg Bugg amber mobile BBQ, $836 (usually $999) at Appliances Online 

Super convenient and portable, this adorable bbq can travel with you. The Quartz Start Ignition will rapidly heat up the surface and can be independently controlled. Cook eggs on the hotplate or indulge in a steak on the grill. 
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Napolean Rouge 425 propane LPG, $1024 (usually $1499) at Appliances Online

Reliable and high quality at an affordable price, the Rogue 425 includes three burners, temperature control, searing capabilities and easy clean iron cooking grids and steel searing plates. Chic in an all black exterior, it makes a great addition to any outdoor space. 
Weber Original BBQ Kettle 57cm
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Weber Original BBQ Kettle 57cm, $389 at BCF

The Weber Original BBQ Kettle’s handles and leg couplings are welded in place before being sealed in porcelain enamel, ensuring durability and heat retention.

The aluminium, patented One-Touch cleaning system also ensures easy cleaning and a rust-free BBQ.



Blackstone Flat Top Gas Grill, $540.56, Amazon

With 470 square inches of flat top grilling, this griddle has you covered for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s also simple to use, easy to manoeuvre, and has plenty of storage space.



Everdure Furnace 3 Burner Hooded Gas BBQ, $1199, Myer

Be ready to cook in just five minutes with this gas BBQ’s fast ignition system. With a large 2915cm cooking area, independently controlled high-performance burners, and a soft close hood, it’s easy to see why this grill is well loved.


Want some more Aussie BBQ recipe ideas? Check out the recipe list below!

Epic summer salad

Garlic butter potatoes

Steak with peppercorn sauce

Herbed potato salad

Roasted parmesan and garlic potatoes 

Steak Sandwiches with Jalapeno Mayonnaise

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