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The Best Grills for Airbnb, Vrbo, and Vacation Rentals 

Create a five-star experience for your guests by adding a grill to your vacation rental property  

Last Updated: June 5, 2024

Adding a grill to your vacation rental patio — or better yet, a custom outdoor kitchen — allows your guests to enjoy fresh barbecue without leaving the property.

Many travelers like having the flexibility to cook their own meals on vacation, instead of dining out every night. Having a grill also entices your guests to spend more time outside and make the most of your entire property, especially if you have a pool or lounge area. 

Guests appreciate extra amenities that make their stay more convenient. By providing a grill as an included amenity, you'll stand out from the competition, gain more positive reviews from satisfied guests, and attract more bookings. Plus, guests who have already stayed at your rental home are more likely to return or recommend it to their friends. 

Below, we’ve listed the best grills for Airbnb, Vrbo, and other vacation rental properties to help you create an incredible, five-star experience for your renters!

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Why Buy a Grill for Your Vacation Rental?

Gathering outside for fresh barbecue embodies the spirit of vacation. Having a grill or full outdoor dining area creates a fun and memorable experience for your renters. 

Purchasing a grill also helps your guests save money during their vacations. Ordering takeout or having food delivered every night can be expensive. Having the option to cook and dine at home is a budget-saver for guests, especially if they have large families.  

With so many Airbnb and Vrbo homes available to book, upgrading your property with a nice grill or outdoor cooking area can place you at the top of renters’ wish lists. 

What to Consider Before Buying a Grill  

When choosing a grill for your rental property, consider the size of your outdoor space, what fuel you want to use, how much storage is needed, and what kind of meals your guests might want to make.  

Grill Size

Find a grill that’s appropriate for your maximum occupancy and fits comfortably in your designated grilling area.  

For example, if you have a small, one-bedroom rental property with minimal yard space, consider a 30-inch, cart-mount grill that can be moved around with ease. On the other hand, if you have a massive, multi-room home with a spacious patio, look for a 50-inch grill with built-in storage.  

Fuel Type

Charcoal and pellet grills deliver that delicious, smokey flavor many barbecue-lovers crave. However, they’re messier and require more maintenance than Propane grills. Charcoal and pellet grills also require some experience to operate safely.  

Propane models offer easy upkeep, have fewer safety hazards, and don’t require restocking charcoal or wood chips.  

Keep in mind, if you get a Propane grill, you’ll also need a Propane gauge to keep track of the gas level.  

Safety Features

Protect your guests and your rental home from potential fire hazards by purchasing a grill with modern safety features.  

Many high-end, commercial-grade grills come with emergency stop buttons that shut down the grill instantly. You can also look for a grill with an automatic shutoff timer, which turns off the gas after an hour of inactivity.  

Cooking Accessories

Set your guests up for successful meals by stocking your grilling station with convenient cooking accessories.  

Some helpful accessories to consider include: 

  • Temperature gauge 
  • Meat thermometer 
  • Removable drip tray 
  • Tongs  
  • Spatula 
  • Cleaning brush 
  • Basting brush 
  • BBQ gloves 
  • Extra Propane, charcoal, or pellets 
  • Grill cover 

To make cooking even more convenient for your guests, consider adding these items to your pantry:  

  • Carving knives 
  • Cutting boards 
  • Mixing bowls 
  • Cookware 
  • Dishes 
  • Glassware 
  • Utensils 
  • Basic seasonings and spices  
  • Cooking spray  
  • Olive Oil  
  • Vegetable Oil  
  • Paper Towels 

Most likely, the grill in your vacation rental will be used more than a personal home grill. Be sure to replace these items as needed when they get scratched, bent, or worn.  

Guest Instructions

Leave simple instructions for your guests that tell them how to use the grill, where your grilling supplies are, and any safety tips.  

We also recommend placing a sign near the grill reminding your guests to turn off the gas when they’re done cooking. 

Our Top Grills for Vacation Rental Homes

Best Grills for 1-3 Bedroom Rentals

  • Portable, wheeled base 
  • 540-sq.-in. cooking surface 
  • Two burners 
  • Propane tank storage 
  • Folding side shelves 
  • Instant ignition 

This portable, cart-mount grill features a roll-top, stainless steel grill head and matching cooking grids measuring 540 square inches. Two access doors conceal your Propane tank, while folding side-shelves provide extra prep space. The Legacy’s spark electronic ignition and easy-turn knobs fire up two powerful burners on the first try, which deliver up to 50,000 BTUs of raw cooking power.  

Make the Legacy even more versatile with luxurious upgrades, including a rotisserie kit, a small beverage center, and a stainless steel Caddy to hold utensils and other supplies.

#2 Estate Cart-Mount Gas Grill – 30” by American Made Grills 

  • 304 stainless steel design 
  • Portable, wheeled base 
  • 755-sq.-in. cooking surface 
  • Propane tank storage 
  • Rotisserie kit  
  • Smoker tray 
  • Temperature gauge 
  • Interior and exterior lighting 
  • Stays cool to the touch 

The Estate’s top-of-the-line design includes a 755-square-inch surface, a built-in rotisserie kit, and a smoker, giving your guests endless meal options. It’s made of rustproof, 304 stainless steel to outlast the elements in any climate, even humid or salty coastal regions. The spring-assisted, double-lined hood keeps the Estate cool to the touch, eliminating any accidents for families with children.  

Interior and exterior halogen lighting allows your guests to grill in the evenings, while a built-in temperature gauge monitors the heat for precisely cooked food. The Estate also includes a spacious storage area for your Propane tank and a condiment tray on the inside of the access doors. 

#3 Alturi Cart-Mount Grill – 30” by Summerset Professional Grills 

  • 304 stainless steel design 
  • Portable, wheeled base 
  • 810-sq.-in. cooking surface 
  • 9-mm cooking grates 
  • Heat zone separator  
  • Temperature gauge 
  • Rotisserie Kit  
  • LED knobs and interior lighting  
  • Built-in side shelves 
  • Propane Tank storage 

The ultra-versatile Alturi Cart-Mount Grill from Summerset comes with an 810-square-inch surface, 9-mm cooking grates, a heat zone separator, a temperature gauge, and a rotisserie kit. You can also add a smoker tray, a sear burner, and a Summerset griddle plate for breakfast foods. LED backlit knobs and interior halogen lighting make it easy for your guests to satisfy their cravings day or night.  

The Alturi’s 304 stainless steel design features two access doors and a large storage area for your Propane tank. It also has two small side shelves to hold utensils, plates, ingredients, condiments, and more.  

Best Grills for 4-6 Bedroom Rentals

  • 304 stainless steel design  
  • Portable, wheeled base 
  • 720-sq.-in. cooking surface 
  • Automatic gas shutoff timer 
  • Anti-theft knobs 
  • Side-mounted heat indicator 
  • Battery powered electronic ignition 
  • Folding side shelves 
  • Propane storage 

Designed specifically for commercial spaces, T-Series grills from PGS provide maximum safety for your guests and rental property. This 39-inch model comes with a battery powered electronic ignition, anti-theft knobs, a side-mounted heat indicator, and an automatic shutoff timer. After an hour of inactivity, the timer turns off the gas, ensuring your grill is never left running while guests are away. For even more protection, you can add an Emergency Stop button. 

The T-Series features a portable, 304 stainless steel design, a 720-square-inch cooking surface, two side shelves, Propane storage, and two stainless steel access doors. You can also add a Lift Assist handle for guests with mobility impairments, along with a small beverage center to store drinks and ice. 

#2 Sizzler Cart Mount Grill – 40” by Summerset Professional Grills 

  • 304 and 443 stainless steel design  
  • Portable, wheeled base 
  • 985-sq.-in. cooking surface 
  • Five burners 
  • Stays cool to the touch  
  • Built-in side shelves 
  • Propane tank storage 

 This powerful grill can prepare up to 27 burgers at once! It has a 985-square-inch cooking surface and five U-tube burners that deliver up to 60,000 BTUs of heat. The double-lined hood traps heat inside, while keeping the outside of the grill cool. It also features two large stainless steel access doors and a storage area for your Propane tank. With a durable, 304 and 443 stainless steel design and a limited lifetime warranty, the Sizzler is the first and last vacation rental grill you’ll ever have to buy.  

Let your guests add even more to their outdoor menus with a variety of versatile upgrades. Add a rotisserie kit for larger cuts of meat, like chicken, brisket, tenderloins, and ribs, along with a smoker tray to experiment with flavor. You can also add a Sizzler Double Side Burner, which allows your guests to cook side dishes and simmer sauces.  

#3 Ranch Pro Cart Mount Gas Grill – 42” by Wildfire Outdoor Living

  • Black, 304 stainless steel design 
  • Portable, wheeled base 
  • 982-sq.-in. cooking surface 
  • Cast stainless steel grates
  • Four burners 
  • LED knobs and interior lighting 
  • Built-in side shelves 
  • Propane storage 

The Ranch Pro exudes luxury with its black, 304 stainless steel design, seamlessly welded lid, rounded edges, LED knob bezels, and interior lighting. Thick, cast stainless steel grates with Wildfire’s signature emblem span 982 square inches, giving your guests ample room to unleash their culinary creativity. The Ranch Pro has four main burners and offers an optional, 10,000-BTU rotisserie burner.  

Internal lighting and LED knob bezels illuminate the Ranch Pro for late-night grilling, while two built-in side shelves provide more prep space. Protect your investment from harsh elements and debris with an optional weatherproof cover. 

Best Grills for 7+ Bedroom Rentals

  • 304 stainless steel design 
  • Portable, wheeled base 
  • 960-sq.-in. cooking surface 
  • Automatic gas shutoff timer 
  • Anti-theft knobs  
  • Side-mounted heat indicator 
  • Battery powered electronic ignition 
  • Side shelves
  • Two large storage compartments
  • Two pull-out drawers 
  • Propane storage 

This 51-inch, commercial-grade grill is one of the best options for large groups. It has a 960-square-inch cooking surface, two side shelves, two access doors, and two pull-out storage drawers for all your cooking utensils, dishware, cleaning materials, and more. You can also add a Lift Assist handle for guests with mobility impairments and a small beverage center to hold ice and drinks. 

The T-Series was designed with convenience and safety in mind. It comes with an easy-to-start, battery powered electronic ignition system, anti-theft knobs, and a one-hour automatic shutoff timer. It’s easy for guests to get distracted when they’re hosting a party or cooking for a lot of people. Having a gas shutoff timer prevents your grill from being left on by accident. For even more protection, you can add an Emergency Stop button, which will shut off the gas in an instant.  

#2 Encore Cart-Mount Hybrid Grill – 54” by American Made Grills  

  • 304 stainless steel design 
  • Portable, wheeled base 
  • 1,687-sq.-in. cooking surface 
  • Uses Propane, charcoal, or pellets 
  • Two large storage compartments 
  • Three soft-close drawers 
  • Eight burners 
  • Drop-in infrared sear burner 
  • Rotisserie Kit  
  • Stainless steel griddle 
  • Propane storage 

Choosing between Propane and charcoal can be tough. Gas grills offer convenience, while charcoal models create amazing flavor. The 54-inch Encore Hybrid grill from American Made Grills gives your guests the best of both worlds. It works with Propane, charcoal, lump charcoal, wood chunks, and pellets. The innovative Multi-Fuel Tray System makes it easy to swap or combine fuel types.  

The Encore features a commercial-grade, 304 stainless steel design with a 1,687-square-inch surface, three soft-close storage drawers, two large storage doors, and a pull-out drawer for your Propane tank. It also has a built-in folding shelf, cutting board, and towel holder. Eight powerful burners deliver up to 110,000 BTUs of power, while a drop-in infrared sear burner, rotisserie kit, and griddle allow your guests to prepare every dish they can dream of. 

  • 16-gauge stainless steel design 
  • Portable, wheeled base 
  • 1,555-sq.-in. cooking surface 
  • LED backlit controls & interior lighting 
  • Built-in temperature gauge 
  • Three ceramic burners 
  • Trident infrared sear burner 
  • Three-speed, dual rotisserie kit 
  • Premium smoker box 
  • Two large storage compartments 
  • Two pull-out drawers 
  • Propane tank storage 

This professional-grade grill sets your guests up for successful meals with an insulated, 16-gauge stainless steel design, 1,555-square-inch cooking surface, LED backlit control knobs, and internal lighting. Three ceramic burners and one Trident infrared sear burner provide up to 98,000 BTUs of power, while the built-in temperature gauge ensures every dish is cooked precisely. It also has a dual rotisserie kit powered by a three-speed motor and a premium smoker box.  

Two spacious side shelves provide a spot for ingredients, plates, and garnishes, while two large storage compartments and two pull-out drawers house essential utensils, cookware, cleaning materials, and more. 

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