Gas grills have the benefit of instant, no-fuss ignition. Charcoal grills impart more flavor. Luckily, you don't have to choose between the two, thanks to the Weber Performer Grill ($350). With Touch-N-Go gas ignition system, the Performer starts up in no-time, and offers a 363 sq. in. cooking surface, a heavy-duty metal cart with built-in charcoal storage container, a lid-mounted thermometer, a plated steel hinged cooking grate to make adding extra briquettes easier, two Char-Basket charcoal fuel holders, and a large thermoset work table to keep your tools, spices, and other necessities within arm's reach.
Nothing can kill a well-grilled piece of meat than flavors and char marks from patties past. Keep your grill in a state of perfect cleanliness with the Grand Grill Daddy ($60). Using a water reservoir inside the handle and a heated grill surface, it provides a steady stream of steam to loosen baked-on grit, while the stiff, stainless steel bristles scrub your grates clean. Granted, it's a little expensive, but it sure beats the elbow grease-powered alternatives.
It seems like everyone and their brother is cooking salmon on cedar planks these days, so why not try something similar with your burgers? These Red Oak Grilling Planks ($16-$24) come in packs of either four or eight planks, are scrubbable for use up to two times, and impart a savory smokey flavor to your already-scrumptious patties. Just don't get them too hot — word on the street is wooden planks are, you know, rather flammable.