What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Electric Barbecues?

What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Electric Barbecues?

Weber Q Electric Grill

No space for a gas or charcoal barbecue? Electric may be the answer


  • They can be used indoors.
  • They can usually be used in apartments and houses with restrictions on barbecuing. Check your lease first.
  • They are usually quite small and compact so are ideal if space is an issue.
  • Easy to clean.
  • There are no charcoal or gas fumes.
  • The temperature is controllable.

Weber Q Electric grill close-up


  • They are usually small so cooking for a large party could be a problem.
  • There is no authentic barbecue flavour.
  • They don’t reach the high temperatures needed to sear the meat; this can be possible with the grills which have sear marks on the lid.

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Angela Slater

Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas.