How to Replace a Broken Gas BBQ Igniter.

Replacing a BBQ igniter is two of my favourite things – cheap and easy. Plus of course, there’s nothing more satisfying than a push button so when it’s broken, life gets a little big sadder.


A few years ago reader Katherine asked me how to fix her gas grill igniter.  She had taken to lighting it with a regular lighter but was sick of having to search for the lighter every time she light the gas grill.  A new igniter (or ignitor as some people spell it) can be bought online or at your local big box store for less than $10 in the U.S. and around $15 in Canada.  It only takes 5 minutes to replace. 

 Sorry if the video is a bit long, but I wanted to show everyone from start to finish that this could be done in about 5 minutes. No fancy editing tricks here. It’s the real deal, tip to tail.

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How to Replace a Broken Gas BBQ Igniter.

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How to replace a push button BBQ igniter will cost around $10 and take just 5 minutes.


  • A Universal BBQ Igniter
  • AA battery


  • wrench


  1. Unscrew the ignition button of the starter. (the thing you push to start the bbq) Inside there will be a battery. Remove it and replace it with a new one. THIS little thing might just fix your igniter. If after installing a new battery the igniter still doesn't work, move on to Step 2.
  2. Unscrew the ignition button again and pull the entire starter out from the back of the front BBQ panel.
  3. Make note of how the grill wires enter the starter.
  4. Remove the wires by pulling them out of the old igniter.
  5. Install new igniter by plugging the wires into the same holes.
  6. Reattach new ignitor to the BBQ by pushing it through the back, slipping in the battery and then screwing on the push button.
  7. Test the igniter.
  8. Grill up a hot dog. Or whatever you like.


Before you buy your new igniter you'll need to check to see which kind to buy. There are 2 types of igniters, 2 wire and 4 wire. Just count how many wires there are running into your igniter. If it has 3 wires running into it you need a 2 wire igniter, if it has 5 wires running out of it, you'll need the 4 wire igniter.

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At this point I would like to ask you all to kindly send me pictures of YOUR filthy BBQ grates so I don’t feel quite so alarmed about mine.  I do clean them before I cook on them.  That disgusting crud you saw was the LAST dinner I made on them.  Steak if I remember correctly, with baked potatoes, corn in the husks and red peppers with goats cheese and a balsamic/honey dressing.  You’d think something so good would make for a better looking mess.

Materials you need to fix broken BBQ igniter:

New AA Battery

Some type of wrench for gripping nut (hee … I said nut)

Universal BBQ igniter kit

Possibly a drill and bit for drilling out metal on front of BBQ to house new, larger igniter.  Strong snips could also be used to do this. (if you do use a drill MAKE SURE YOU WEAR SAFETY GLASSES.  Men don’t dig girls in eye patches.)

If you like grilling you HAVE to try this Indian Street Corn. It’s basically as life changing as being able to start your BBQ with the push of a button.