Nothing says summer like the smell of barbeque in the air. And there’s nothing better than a backyard gathering of friends and family while the hamburgers, brats and ribs are smoking away. Grilling has become both a favorite pastime and a lifestyle for many, and with so many heating and fuel source options, it’s easy to see why.

As you plan for your next backyard gathering, here are three of the most popular types of grills you might want to consider.

Charcoal Grills

A longtime favorite, charcoal grills are easy to use, deliver a rich, smoky flavor and are typically less expensive. Many barbecue grill masters swear by them and won’t grill any other way. Charcoal grills can reach high temperatures and give your food a distinct flavor. This is also beneficial when cooking tougher cuts of meat for extended periods of time – allowing them to break down into tender meat with extremely pronounced flavors.

Pellet Grills

These are fast becoming one of the most popular methods of grilling. Most appealing is that they act as both a smoker and grill, which is ideal for many people. Fueled by wood pellets and easily adjusted electronically, pellet grills are super convenient, especially when cooking things like brisket, ribs and large roasts – allowing that you let the meat cook without much monitoring.

Gas and Propane

This type of grill operates with burners that fire on three, four or more burners to cook your food from below with either direct or indirect heat. Gas grills require the shortest amount of heating before you start grilling, making them one of the more popular options. With several sizes and styles to choose from, gas and propane grills are easy to use and cook food quickly, which makes them perfect for large barbeque parties.

Whatever type or method you prefer, you’ll have no shortage of backyard fun this summer. Grilling is a great way to create lasting summer memories while enjoying a perfectly cooked, juicy burger with your favorite people.