For food lovers, sunny weather means one thing - fire up the barbecue. Dining outdoors is a summer treat that's guaranteed to create a buzz amongst your family and friends. Everyone loves to eat al fresco when the sun is shining and the weather is warm.
From extra large gas BBQs to feed a party of people to compact and portable charcoal options to take camping, we've got a barbecue to suit. We’re here to help you find the best BBQ for cooking up a delicious feast, from tasty grilled burgers and sausages to scrumptious smoked fish.
When choosing your barbecue, it can help to better understand how you'll be using it by considering a few questions.
Are you going to be doing the majority of your cooking in your own garden? Think about the size of your garden, courtyard or balcony, and the space available. Make the most of your garden furniture and save floor space by opting for a table top BBQ. Or if you’ve got plenty of room go for a larger barbecue. Many in our range come with handles and wheels so you can easily move them around and store them away when not in use.
Are you after a barbeque that you can take with you for picnics and camping? Look for something that's easy to transport. Consider the size and weight of your barbecue and how you'll be getting it in and out of your car. We offer a number of compact options, so wherever you're heading, there's a barbecue to suit your needs.
If you live in a flat or apartment with a balcony, you may not be allowed to have a gas or charcoal barbecue. Check with your property management or landlord to find out. However, you may still be allowed to have an electric BBQ, so you can still enjoy cooking and dining outdoors.
When deciding where to place your barbecue, make sure there are no low-hanging plants or tree branches close by. And remember that they're not recommended to be placed on artificial grass.
Almost all of our barbecues are designed to cater for four people or more, so don't be shy when inviting friends and family over to sample your grilled goodies. Size does matter though, and the bigger the grill size, the easier it will be to cater for bigger groups or parties.
And if you expect to be hosting large numbers of hungry people, look for additional extras that help you cook up more food. Many in our range come with handy side areas for prepping food and serving up.
Barbecues are categorised based on the fuel they use and we offer three types – gas, charcoal and electric.
For complete control over the temperature, as well as the ease of being able to start cooking with one click, choose a gas barbecue. Unlike a charcoal option, they're ready to start cooking almost immediately. Gas barbecues have a generous cooking area making them ideal when cooking for larger groups and they’re easy to clean afterwards.
We offer two kinds of gas barbecue – the traditional type and plancha grills.
Our traditional gas barbecues:
Planchas are hot plate-style grills that offer a flat surface with evenly distributed heat. With no grill bars, food doesn’t slip through – perfect for cooking fish, vegetables, and smaller, delicate foods. Plancha grills heat up quickly and any fat is drawn away from the cooking food thanks to the grease-collecting mug for healthier cooking.
Compact in size, they’re ideal for smaller outdoor spaces with the flat bottom enabling you to use it on appropriate surfaces. Alternatively, look for models with a trolley and side tables for extra food preparation space.
For the authentic barbecue experience and flavour, opt for a charcoal barbecue. While they take a little more time to be ready – the ritual of getting one going is what outdoor cooking is all about and they can be a cost-effective choice. Charcoal barbecues can be used to smoke food, such as fish, meat or cheese. The fuel is inexpensive to buy and replace, but they do require more maintenance. You’ll need to clean the grill and remove the ash every time you use it.
We offer two kinds of charcoal barbecue – the classic, portable option and masonry barbecues.
Our portable charcoal barbecues:
For a permanent option, explore our masonry barbecues. They're ideal if you want to enjoy as much outdoor cooking as possible and help create the feel of an outdoor kitchen. Masonry barbecues can double up as an outdoor heater in colder weather and can create a year-long garden feature.
Our range is available exclusively online.
Our masonry barbecues:
Forget burgers and sausages, if pizza is more your thing then a pizza oven is the perfect match for you. Our Blooma Maipo Pizza Oven will cook the perfect pizza on a pizza stone in the top oven, above the charcoal-fuelled fire in the bottom oven. But the Maipo is not just for pizza – you can also smoke meat, fish and vegetables for a delicious barbecue feast.
Our pizza oven features:
Electric barbecues are powered through a power socket, like most other electrical items. This makes them an easy and versatile choice - simply plug them in and wait a few minutes for the element to heat up before you start cooking. Whilst they don’t add the same chargrilled flavour as a gas or charcoal barbecue, they produce an even heat and don’t require any ventilation. They are an ideal solution for flats and apartments with balconies or small gardens, where gas or charcoal BBQs are not permitted. They’re also great for caravans and camping on powered campsites.
Our electric barbecues:
When choosing your new barbecue, look for extra features that make outdoor grilling easier and the results all the tastier. Below we’ve listed some of these exciting qualities for both gas and charcoal barbecues - though they aren’t available across all models, so do be sure to check before you buy.
Our gas barbecues can feature:
Our charcoal barbecues can feature:
In addition to your BBQ you’ll need extras like fuel and cooking tools. We’ll also suggest some other items to consider, to make the most of your barbecue.
Make sure your barbecue doesn’t burn out halfway through cooking your sausages by having fuel on hand. Stock up on charcoal or gas dependent on your barbecue's fuel type. Pop into one of our stores to get your gas bottles and refills.
Charcoal models also need firelighters and a flame lighter.
And always be sure that any extra fuel is kept a good distance away from your barbecue when it's lit.
Prepare delicious food on your barbecue with the help of our wide range of cooking accessories. From smokers to tongs, grill baskets to thermometer forks, we have plenty of cooking tools to help you look and feel like a professional chef.
Turn your gas or charcoal barbecue into a pizza oven for a delicious alternative to the usual hamburgers and hot dogs. Simply pop the La Hacienda Firebox on top of the barbecue grill and wait for it to heat up before putting in your prepared pizza.
And for your pizza oven, we have a range of cooking tools including pizza peels, to get the pizza in and out of the oven, as well as spatulas and pizza cutters.
Keep your grill sparkling by cleaning after every use with warm soapy water and brush. We also offer some barbecue cleaner sprays that can help with the post-barbecue clean up.
If being stored outside, shield your barbecue from the elements with a barbecue cover. Choose the right one to suit the shape and size of your barbecue and look for those made from material that is water and tear-resistant for extra protection.
You can never count on the British weather, but don’t let rain stop play. Our Blooma Coburg Barbecue Gazebo is the ideal solution for barbecuing in all weathers. It provides shelter for both you and the BBQ and avoids damp charcoal and soggy food. What’s more, it comes with two bar tables for ketchup, condiments and serving up.
Don’t forget the drinks to go with your yummy BBQ feast. And what better way to serve up drinks to your guests than from your very own bar? Our Aland Drinks Cabinet Bar is perfect for playing host. It has plenty of space for serving and storing drinks and folds up neatly when not in use. Or treat your guests by serving them up drinks and snacks from the Denia Wooden Garden Trolley (pictured), which can be easily wheeled around.
You and your guests will need picnicware for eating the feast you prepare on your barbecue. Our range includes picnic bags, plastic plates and cups, great for a BBQ on the beach or at the park. Or for entertaining at home, decorate your garden furniture with our colourful table cloths and placemats.