There’s no question that buying a grill is a very big deal. There’s so many to choose from that it can be very overwhelming for anyone, whether you’re a first-time griller or a seasoned master. Before you get bowled over by the fancy features, cool gadgets, and badass looks, you should always keep in mind that not all grills are created equal. This just means that the quantities of features do not equate to the quality. This is the main reason why you need to do your research before you even think about stepping through a store’s front doors.
Table of Contents
- 1 Top Gas Grills of 2017
- 2 Why Gas Grills?
- 3 Things to know while choosing a gas grill
- 4 Gas Grills Reviewed
- 4.1 Char-Griller Grillin Pro 3001 Gas Grill
- 4.2 Dyna-Glo 3-Burner Gas Grill
- 4.3 Blackstone 36-Inch Gas Grill Griddle Station
- 4.4 Dyna-Glo 4 Burner Stainless LP Gas Grill
- 4.5 Napoleon Mirage LEX485RSIB
- 4.6 Weber 46510001 Spirit E310 Liquid Propane Gas Grill
- 4.7 Napoleon Grills Prestige 500 Natural Gas Grill
- 4.8 Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel Tabletop Propane Gas Grill
- 4.9 Napoleon TQ285X-BL Portable Propane Grill with Cart
- 4.10 Luxor Gas Grills 30 Inch Natural Gas Grill On Cart With Rotisserie Aht-30cv-fr-ng
- 4.11 Weber Summit S-470 Gas Grill
- 4.12 Hamilton Beach 84242R Grill Station 5-Burner Gas Grill
- 4.13 Char-Broil Portable Gas Grill
- 4.14 Weber Q 1000
- 4.15 Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Gas Grill
- 4.16 Huntington 24025 Liquid Propane Gas Grill
- 4.17 Broil King Signet 320 Cast-Aluminum 3 Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
- 4.18 Weber Genesis 6531001 E-330
- 4.19 Weber 61010001 Genesis II E-310 Liquid Propane Grill
- 4.20 Char Broil Performance 650 6-Burner Cabinet Gas Grill
- 4.21 Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Portable Grill2Go Gas Grill
Top Gas Grills of 2017
Why Gas Grills?
No muss, no fuss.
Obviously, we all want something that’s easy to use. With a push of a button or a turn of a knob, you’ve got your grill turned on and starting to heat really fast. No need to stack your briquettes just right, lighting them up, then waiting for the coals to reach the right temperature before grilling your meat or veggies. And because they’re so easy to use, they don’t need as much attention as the charcoal grill. You can relax with a beer while the grill does all the work for you. Just don’t forget to flip your food at the right time.
As a bonus, gas grills are extremely easy to clean. Who’d want to deal with an ashy mess after a long, hard day? If you’re looking for a quick and convenient way to get a deliciously grilled meal, gas grills are definitely the way to go.
Constant and consistent heat control
One of the best things about a gas grill is the fact that you can set the temperature to what you want AND expect the heat to be evenly distributed the entire time you’re grilling. Instead of having to adjust your food around the grill because of uneven heat distribution of the burning coals, you just leave them where they lay. YOU are in control instead of the grill controlling you.
Whatever type of grill you have won’t last long if you don’t take care of it. A well-maintained grill = a long-lasting one. Now, the beauty of a gas grill is the fact that it doesn’t require as much effort to clean after each use compared to a charcoal grill. And we all know how convenience and maintenance go hand-in-hand for most of us.
So the advantages of using a gas grill are pretty clear, now let’s get down to business – how to buy the gas grill that’s perfect for you. To answer this all-important question, you’ll need to be aware of five important things you must consider when buying a gas grill. What are they? Let’s begin …
Things to know while choosing a gas grill
Yes, it’s true. Size does matter. Why? First, you’ll need to consider how much real estate your grill will be occupying without sacrificing safety or convenience. There should be a minimum of 2 feet of clearance on each side of your grill. Second, you’ll need to consider the amount of cooking you’ll want to be able to do on your grill at any given time. Third, you’ll also need to think about the type of foods you’re going to be cooking. Are you thinking about grilling just a couple of burgers and hot dogs or a large turkey along with various foods for a party of 20 or so (think 4th of July)?
So, what sizes are available? For small decks and patios (including your tiny apartment balcony), you’ll want a portable gas grill. Not only will it fit in your small space, it is easy to set up, clean, and store compared to the larger grills in the market. An added bonus? Have grill, will travel. This is the perfect choice if you love a good barbecue at the park, beach, or anywhere else (tailgate party, anyone?).
If you’re looking for something a bit bigger than the portable grill, the next size up is the small grill which can cook a maximum of 18 burgers at once using the primary cooking area. These are compact and sometimes even less expensive than a portable one. Also, a lot of small grills feature fold-down shelves which means that it doesn’t take as much space in storage. Mid-sized grills, the most popular choice, are able to cook a maximum of 28 burgers at once. The largest sized grills, obviously, can cook more than 28 burgers at once.
The price of a gas grill depends on a lot of factors such as the size, the material it’s made of, how souped-up it is, and all the other extra features it might have. The good thing about gas grills is the fact that there are plenty of them in the market, with prices ranging from around $150 – $3,000. There’s no question that you’ll be able to find something that fits your needs perfectly while staying within your budget. Just remember that a high price does not mean better quality. And just like cars, the more “grill frills” it has, the more expensive it will be. Examples of these extra features are storage space, a pull-out grease tray, side burners, a pullout tray for your propane tank, and illuminated control panels.
There are two types of fuel for gas grills – natural gas and liquid propane. Obviously, you’ll need a gas line where your grill is at if you choose to go with natural gas. One good thing about this is that you’ll never have to worry about running out of fuel while cooking, saving you trips to the store whenever you need refills. That is unless you forget to pay your gas bill. Another benefit is that natural gas is cheaper (typically 20% of the cost of propane). Unfortunately, having a pipeline of gas attached makes your grill stick in the same place, so you can’t move it around. Also, you’ll need a professional to install it for you which is another extra hassle. Liquid propane also has some benefits. One, you can move your grill around because it isn’t tied down by your gas pipeline. Two, you use up lesser energy to raise the temperature of your grill compared to natural gas. Unfortunately, you’ll always have to make sure that you have a backup tank somewhere in case you run out while you’re in the middle of grilling. The main benefit of both types of fuel is the fact that they’re more environmentally friendly than charcoal.
It’s important to note that you can’t run a natural gas grill on propane or vice versa. Some propane grills can be run using natural gas if you have a conversion kit which costs extra.
We talked about the size a few paragraphs ago and it should be quite obvious that the more burners your grill have, the more space it will eat up. But let’s say space isn’t really an issue for you. How do you decide how many burners you’ll need? Well, it depends on. The amount of cooking you’ll be doing on the grill is one factor. A more important consideration is this: the more burners you have, the more versatile your cooking can be. With multiple burners, you can cook your burgers on direct heat while you slow cook your chicken or turkey using indirect heat on the other side of the grill.
The type of grate material your grill has will affect how well your grill cooks and how long it will last. Stainless steel grids are typically the ones that last longest because they’re more resistant to rust. They’re also the most expensive. If you’re going for this type of grate material, make sure to choose a grill that has a thicker grid because it will retain heat better (even in cool windy weather) and will give you a better sear. Porcelain-coated cast iron grates are the next best thing to stainless steel. It also retains heat pretty well. It does eventually rust when the porcelain chips here and there but it takes a few years for that to happen. Porcelain coated steel grids, on the other hand, look really cool but are prone to chipping (which leads to rust) and aren’t as good at heat retention as the other two.
Safety & Warranty
Safety is an important consideration when buying a grill. After all, you’ll be “playing” with fire. One factor you should consider is the grill’s stability because you don’t want it tipping over ever. You should also be on the lookout for sharp edges. You don’t want to bump into them and injure yourself while grilling. If your grill has a lid, make sure that there’s enough space between the handle and the hood so that it remains cool to touch even when the grill is at its hottest. And if your grill has wheels, make sure that they’re well made and have casters to ensure that your grill doesn’t move when you don’t want it to.
When buying a grill, you’ll need to be on the lookout for one that has a good warranty, especially for the burners. Burners are the most replaced parts of a grill. A 10-year burner warranty should be good enough. Some brands even offer a lifetime warranty and a guarantee to cover the cost of labor when the burners are replaced.
Gas Grills Reviewed
Char-Griller Grillin Pro 3001 Gas Grill
If charcoal isn’t your thing, Char-Griller also offers a small-sized gas grill that’s of great value – the Grillin Pro.
There’s a great deal to love about this gas grill from Char-Griller. In a surprisingly unconventional move, Char-Griller created a gas grill using a charcoal grill’s body and it worked out perfectly. With it’s barrel-shaped design, the Char-Griller Grillin Pro is able to distribute heat evenly. And because of its heavy steel body as well as its porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates, the gas grill is able to reach high temperatures fast and hold the heat well. One nice feature that the grill has is the individual temperature controls for each burner, giving you more versatility. The side burner can also be used as an extra grill or for cooking sauces, etc. Basically, what you want from any grill is
Dyna-Glo 3-Burner Gas Grill
There are plenty of people who want to enjoy the benefits of a full-sized grill but simply can’t because their patio or deck has limited space. With this grill, Dyna-Glo is trying to blend two worlds together – a small living space and full-sized grilling. This compact gas grill has 390 square inches of primary cooking space which can fit around 16 burgers and 117 square inches of secondary cooking space (warming rack) which can fit around 4 buns. It doesn’t seem like much but that’s pretty good for a small grill. The grill also has fold down side tables which allows you to easily store the grill when not in use and ensures that the grill will fit into tight spaces. Two swivel casters enable you to move the grill around (from storage and back) and lock the grill in place whenever you’re using it.
So, what else does this grill have going for it? It’s a pretty basic grill, no extras at all except for the fact that it has six hooks placed on the side table for hanging your grill accessories. This is a convenience that a lot of brands charge extra for. Another great thing about this grill is that it heats up quickly, taking less than four minutes to reach a target temp of 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Aside from getting hot fast, the grill also retains heat pretty well due to its porcelain-coated cast-iron grates.
Blackstone 36-Inch Gas Grill Griddle Station
There’s a reason why the #1 grill griddle in Amazon is Blackstone’s 36-inch Griddle Cooking Station. It’s the perfect outdoor grill for breakfast, lunch, and dinner whether you’re hosting a party of two or twenty. How is that possible?
The Blackstone 36-inch Gas Griddle Station has 4 independently controlled stainless steel burners with low to high temperature settings, enabling any outdoor chef to cook various types of food all at the same time on its 720-square inch cast iron cooking surface. You can cook hotdogs, burgers, steaks, eggs, stir fry veggies, pancakes, etc. This grill griddle heats up fast and pretty evenly. And it seasons pretty well. The more you cook on it, the better the flavor it has. The best part? It’s pretty sturdy for something sold on Amazon. The only drawback is the grease drain which is a bit small and doesn’t line up properly with the grease tray.
Dyna-Glo 4 Burner Stainless LP Gas Grill
If you’re looking for a quality grill but can’t afford to shell out a lot of cash for a Weber, this might be a great option for you.
Looking over the grill’s specs, it’s easy to see that you’ve got yourself a quality grill for its price. It may not be a fantastic one but it does the job well enough. The grill does heat up nicely and distributes the heat evenly. You get plenty of cooking space (total of 646 square inches) so you can easily hold barbecue parties for your family and friends. There’s a gap at the back that prevents the grill from going past 500 degrees Fahrenheit but is easily remedied by screwing on an aluminum push plate (or something similar) to close it out. All in all, this is a competent grill that (with some modification) definitely delivers.
Napoleon Mirage LEX485RSIB
One of the best multipurpose gas grills in the market today is the Napoleon Mirage LEX485. The grill uses either propane or natural gas as a fuel source and is a serious contender to the Weber Genesis.
Looking at all the things this grill can do plus all the extra features you never thought could be part of a grill at this price makes the Napoleon LEX485 a real steal. It’s a very versatile grill that can be made even more versatile with the additional options that Napoleon offers. It’s powerful and large enough to cook your favorite foods and feed your hungry horde. And you know it’ll last a long time. If it doesn’t, the warranty is the best you’ll find and the customer service can’t be beat. There’s no question that this grill is definitely a winner.
Weber 46510001 Spirit E310 Liquid Propane Gas Grill
If charcoal isn’t your thing, then you’re pretty lucky that the gold standard of grills, Weber, also offers gas grills. Now, any Weber grill is worth its salt and the Spirit E-310 LP gas grill is no different. You get porcelain-enameled, cast-iron cooking grates that provide you with 424 square inches of cooking space, three stainless steel burners, an electronic crossover ignition system, a 105-square inch warming rack, 6 tool hooks, porcelain-enameled Flavorizer bars, and a center-mounted thermometer. Simple features for a no-frills grill.
Obviously, the features are great. But does it perform well? Yes, it does. It heats up quickly and cooks very evenly. The temperature control is pretty accurate. And like all Weber grills, it is built to last. There are cons, of course. The price is nothing to scoff at. The grill isn’t as versatile as others in this price range. And you only have a limited workspace. Then again, this is a Weber grill.
Napoleon Grills Prestige 500 Natural Gas Grill
This grill possibly has everything you’ll ever need to make your outdoor cooking an amazing experience. It has a lot of similar features with the LEX485 but with a whole lot of space and power.
Everything you’ll need for a complete outdoor cooking experience is provided by this grill. The fit and finish, as mentioned, is perfect. This powerful grill will ensure that you’ll never have to look for another one again in your lifetime. If you’re looking for a grill that will cause “grill envy” among your neighbors and friends, then this is the one for you.
Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel Tabletop Propane Gas Grill
A good portable gas grill doesn’t have to break the bank and Smoke Hollow proves that. This 205 stainless steel LP grill has 305 square inches of cooking space which is big enough for 9 burgers; a pretty big output for a portable grill. Smoke Hollow’s tabletop grill comes with foldable legs and a hood that locks so owners can transport it with ease from the trunk of your car to a picnic table.Outwardly, the grill looks very simple with its minimalist design. But this 20-lb portable grill wasn’t built to look good. All the effort was put into ensuring it was built to last and produced good food. And it does. The 12,000 BTU stainless steel “U” burner heats up quickly and produces a mostly even heat. The “U” design does make one side of the grill hotter than the other so one needs to watch out for that. And the ignition lighter doesn’t always work right away. But for an $80 grill that can produce deliciously grilled food anywhere, anytime? Yes, this is a pretty good one.
Napoleon TQ285X-BL Portable Propane Grill with Cart
If you’re looking for a portable gasser with some innovative features, you might want to check out this grill from Napoleon.
The Napoleon TravelQ 285X is quite possibly the best portable grill you’ll ever find. It has solid construction and the scissor cart isn’t flimsy at all. It has two burners that can be individually lit for direct and indirect cooking. You have loads of workspace plus towel and tool holders. You got all-terrain wheels. And you get a windscreen for windy days in the park or at the beach. Literally everything you’ll ever need in a portable grill is here and they all come together to make a perfect portable gasser. So if you want a grill to accompany you in your travels, you’d best be sure you’ve got the TravelQ 285X with you.
Luxor Gas Grills 30 Inch Natural Gas Grill On Cart With Rotisserie Aht-30cv-fr-ng
If you think charcoal is messy and just don’t like going through the trouble of lighting up the grill, then you might want to take a peek at this particular gas grill. For just a couple of hundred dollars more, you’ll get a lot of the same features plus a few extras.
This Luxor gas grill is available in natural gas or liquid propane so you can opt for whichever fuel type is more convenient for you. And if you’re worried about using a gas grill because you’ve never handled one, don’t. This one is pretty easy to use – just push the ignitor, reach your target temp, and throw in your food. There’s nothing too technical about this stylish grill. It performs pretty well and enhances the overall look of your outdoor kitchen. What more could you ask for?
Weber Summit S-470 Gas Grill
The Summit Gas Grill series is Weber’s top-of-the-line in gas grills. The S-470 is the lowest model featuring 468 square inches of primary cooking space + 112 square inch warming rack, four main burners, a side burner, a dedicated sear burner, a smoker burner, and an infrared rotisserie burner. Along with these features, the grill also has 8 lighted control knobs, a built-in fuel gauge, and a built-in thermometer located on the hood. So what’s so great and not-so-great about this particular grill?
Overall, the Weber Summit S-470 is an excellent gas grill. You get even, high heat, efficient fuel consumption, versatility, large capacity cooking, and durability – all factors that contribute to an amazing grilling experience. While the cost may seem too much for some, there’s still no question that you get a lot of bang for your buck with this one. If you’re still undecided, here’s a thought: the cost is merely an investment that will pay off through the hundreds of memorable cookouts you will be enjoying in the years to come.
Hamilton Beach 84242R Grill Station 5-Burner Gas Grill
If you want something bigger and better than an indoor tabletop electric grill, Hamilton Beach also offers outdoor gas grills. The GrillStation 5-Burner is Hamilton Beach’s first foray into the gas grill business and it shows.
While the GrillStation 5-Burner is able to grill various types of food pretty well, it doesn’t really stand out much in terms of cooking performance among other gas grills in the same price range. Despite the added frills (interchangeable grill surfaces and a dedicated smoker box with burner), the uneven heat distribution, flare-ups, and other drawbacks makes it more of a decent grill rather than an outstanding one. It certainly isn’t a bad grill especially at this price point but there are so many others you can choose from that may meet your requirements more.
Char-Broil Portable Gas Grill
If you’re looking for a decent tabletop gas grill, Char-Broil has one that you might be interested in. For less than $30, you get a 10-lb portable gas grill with a 11,000 BTU burner, 187 square inches of cooking surface, an easy-to-clean chrome-plated cooking grid, heat resistant handles, and foldable legs. Now for a grill on the go, you don’t really need a lot of frills. You get everything you need for some straight-up BBQ for a party of one to four people with this grill. Other things you should know about this grill is that it’s quick to start up (just push the button), heats pretty fast, and the temperature is easy to control. Food cooks pretty evenly though the flame does blow out if the wind is breezy. If you need a grill for your camping trips, tailgate parties, or your college kid’s really small balcony, then you should definitely bump this portable grill to the top of your to-buy list. It ain’t fancy but it sure gets the job done.
Weber Q 1000
Despite being the smallest Weber gas grill in the market, the Weber Q1000 makes a big impact. Similar to its bigger brothers in this series, the Baby Q (as it was originally called) has porcelain-enameled cast iron grates, cast aluminum lid and body, glass-reinforced nylon frame, and a removable grease pan. The stainless steel 8,500 BTU-per-hour burner can heat up the 189-square inch cooking surface pretty quickly. And within minutes after that, you’ll be able to serve 8 perfectly cooked, regularly sized burgers. The lid and body of the grill does a great job distributing the heat evenly while the cast iron grates create really good sears. At 26 lbs, it is a bit on the hefty side but you will need the exercise from all that eating anyway, right? Added to the weight, the grill is very stable and sturdy so no worries on it toppling over during a windy day or around a boisterous crowd. And last but not the least, the split grates mean you can replace half with a griddle (sold separately) which increases the versatility of your cooking.
Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Gas Grill
If you’re looking for a quality gas grill at an affordable price, Char-Broil has several on the market. One of them is the Classic 280 2-Burner Gas Grill. For just a little over a hundred bucks, you can get a gas grill that has a porcelain-coated steel lid and firebox, 280 square inches of cooking space, porcelain-coated wire grates, 2 plastic side shelves, side hooks, 2 stainless steel burners, a detachable drip tray, a Piezo ignition system, 2 wheels for mobility, and 2 locking casters for stability. All that doesn’t seem like a lot of bang for your buck. But there’s more. Despite being a stand-alone unit, this grill is compact, lightweight, and portable. While it can’t feed no more than 5 people at a time, it does preheat pretty quickly so you’re sure that your select number of friends get fed right away. At the end of your party, cleaning up the grill is easy with minimal scrubbing and brushing required. Everything about this grill is great once you have it up and running. The only problem is assembly. You might need a lot of extra hands or expert help to put it all together.
Huntington 24025 Liquid Propane Gas Grill
If you’re looking for an old style grill that’s sold at an affordable price, you might want to take a peek at Huntingdon’s 24025 Liquid Propane Gas Grill. Just like grills made back in the early ’60s, this gas grill has a cast aluminum housing instead of the stainless or coated steel found in most of today’s grills. While Huntingdon’s housing is much thinner than how they used to make it back then, its aluminum firebox and lid retain heat really well with even heat distribution. It has a 25,000 BTU stainless steel dual control burner that is covered by a big heat tent which helps even heat distribution as well. Now, the grates (all 240 square inches of them) are made up of porcelain coated wire. It could be better but it definitely does the job – cooking not searing, that is. Other features in this very basic grill include side shelves, a single push-button piezoelectric igniter, and a heat resistant front mounted handle.
Broil King Signet 320 Cast-Aluminum 3 Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
If you’re in the market for a beginner’s level gas grill that is a budget-friendly alternative to Weber’s expensive Spirit line, then Broil King’s Signet 320 Gas Grill may just be what you’re looking for. This modestly-priced 3-burner has cast aluminum housing and Flav-R-Wave heat tents which ensures that the grill retains heat really well and distributes it evenly. The grates are coated cast iron providing you with 400 square inches of cooking space. You also get a 135-square inch porcelain-coated warming rack that folds in when the lid is up, providing you with an all-access pass to the entire cooking surface. And you also have foldable side tables for additional workspace. But what really sets this gas apart from others in its price range is how powerful it is. You can crank up the heat and almost reach 800 degrees! And it does that pretty fast. Good design, sturdy build, and lots of power under the hood makes Broil King’s Signet 320 well worth your money.
Weber Genesis 6531001 E-330
When it comes to grills, nobody does it quite like Weber. And their Genesis E-330 is a testament to that. This 3-burner gas grill has 507 square inches of primary cooking space plus 130 square inches of secondary cooking space. It comes with 3 stainless steel burners, a sear burner, and a side burner, giving you a great deal of versatility in your grilling. The porcelain-enamel cast iron cooking grates, the cast aluminum firebox, and the Flavorizer® bars all help ensure that the grill retains heat and distributes it evenly. Of course, the bars also assure you that flare-ups will rarely happen, with most of the grease going into the pan. When it comes to performance, the Genesis E-330 heats up fast and cooks food evenly on any part of its large cooking surface. Aside from performance, Weber also ensures you get a lot of bang for your buck by making the grill easy to clean and maintain. And being a Weber grill, its durability is never in question. You’ll be sure that it will last for a long, long time.
Weber 61010001 Genesis II E-310 Liquid Propane Grill
Weber’s Genesis line underwent a revamp last year including the Genesis II E-310. And there’s a great deal of improvement in the newer version. The grill still has 3 stainless steel burners but they now have a tapered-quadrangle shape rather than the old tube shape to ensure even heat distribution to the entire 513 square inches of primary cooking space. The new E-310 also has a tuck-away warming rack (156 square inches) that folds down. The porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates, porcelain-enameled Flavorizer bars, and the stainless steel heat deflectors enable the grill to retain heat really well as well as distribute it evenly. The new grease management system includes an easy-to-detach drip tray located right below the firebox. The Genesis II E-310 also comes with a center-mounted thermometer on the lid and a “Precision Fuel Gauge” which lets you know your approximate fuel level. Last, but certainly never the least, this grill is iGrill3 ready which will allow you to use the iGrill 3 digital Bluetooth® thermometer to monitor your food, showing you real-time temperature.
Char Broil Performance 650 6-Burner Cabinet Gas Grill
A big ass grill doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. Char-Broil’s Performance 650 6-Burner Gas Grill is proof of that. For a little over $300, you get 6 stainless steel top-ported burners that produce 60,000 BTUs of heat plus a 10,000 BTU lid-covered side burner. You also get 650 square inches of primary cooking space (perfect for a big family and friends) with a swing-away rack that has 280 square inches of cooking space. The porcelain-coated cast iron grates are perfect for retaining heat and ensuring your food never sticks to your grill. Most of the grill is made up of stainless steel including the cabinet, control panel, handle, and lid which means durable construction, capable of withstanding any type of weather. And you even have ample storage in the cabinet below for your LP tank, utensils, and other grilling accessories you want to keep on hand. So, you don’t have a Weber. Big deal. For a gas grill that can feed you and your extremely large family delicious food, this one gives you a lot of value for your money.
Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Portable Grill2Go Gas Grill
Your tailgate parties will never be the same with the Char-Broil Grill2Go X200. For a tabletop gas grill, it’s in a league of its own. Char-Broil makes use of its innovative TRU-Infrared design to produce searing temperatures with no flare-ups. This enables you to cook delicious, evenly cooked food that’s tender and juicy. The grill only has one burner but the stainless steel cooking grate (all 200 square inches of it) radiates the heat from the burner which then enables the grill to reach the desired temperature without consuming too much fuel. Since it’s a portable grill, the lid features two latches in the front to ensure that the grate stays in place while you lug the grill to and from the car. Of course, like any grill, there are slight drawbacks. The grate can be quite a pain to clean after your party. Another drawback is that you can’t really cook delicate meats on this grill because the infrared burner has difficulty maintaining low temps. Then again, you’re at a tailgate party. Who wants fish, right?