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 2018
- 2 Why Gas Grills?
- 3 Things to know while choosing a gas grill
- 4 Gas Grills Reviewed
- 4.1 Char-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Cart Gas Grill
- 4.2 Weber 46110001 Spirit E210 Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Black
- 4.3 Char-Broil Classic 360 3-Burner Gas Grill
- 4.4 Blackstone 36 inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station – 4-burner – Propane Fueled – Restaurant Grade – Professional Quality
- 4.5 Weber 61014001 Genesis II LX E-340 Liquid Propane Grill, Black
- 4.6 Weber 66004001 Genesis II LX S-340 Natural Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
- 4.7 Weber 61004001 Genesis II LX S-340 Liquid Propane Grill, Stainless Steel
- 4.8 Weber 65010001 Genesis II E-210 Natural Gas Grill, Black
- 4.9 Char-Broil Classic 4-Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner
- 4.10 Weber 62014001 Genesis II LX E-440 Liquid Propane Grill, Black
- 4.11 Royal Gourmet Mirage MG6001-R Two Split Lid 6-Burner Propane Infrared Burner Gas Grill, Side Burner, 96,000 BTU
- 4.12 Lion Premium Grills L75623 32″ Natural Gas Grill
- 4.13 Napoleon LEX605RSBINSS Natural Gas
- 4.14 Dyna-Glo DGB390BNP-D Smart Space Living 3 Burner LP Gas Grill
- 4.15 Weber 51010001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill, Black
- 4.16 Cuisinart CGG-240 All Foods Roll-Away Gas Grill
- 4.17 Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Gas Grill
- 4.18 Blackstone Portable Table Top Camp Griddle, Gas Grill for Outdoors, Camping, Tailgating
- 4.19 Char-Broil 240 Portable Gas Grill
- 4.20 Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel TableTop Propane Gas Grill, Perfect for tailgating,camping or any outdoor event
- 4.21 Char-Griller Grillin Pro 3001 Gas Grill
- 4.22 Dyna-Glo 3-Burner Gas Grill
- 4.23 Blackstone 36-Inch Gas Grill Griddle Station
- 4.24 Dyna-Glo 4 Burner Stainless LP Gas Grill
- 4.25 Napoleon Mirage LEX485RSIB
- 4.26 Weber 46510001 Spirit E310 Liquid Propane Gas Grill
- 4.27 Napoleon Grills Prestige 500 Natural Gas Grill
- 4.28 Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel Tabletop Propane Gas Grill
- 4.29 Napoleon TQ285X-BL Portable Propane Grill with Cart
- 4.30 Luxor Gas Grills 30 Inch Natural Gas Grill On Cart With Rotisserie Aht-30cv-fr-ng
- 4.31 Weber Summit S-470 Gas Grill
- 4.32 Hamilton Beach 84242R Grill Station 5-Burner Gas Grill
- 4.33 Char-Broil Portable Gas Grill
- 4.34 Weber Q 1000
- 4.35 Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Gas Grill
- 4.36 Broil King Signet 320 Cast-Aluminum 3 Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
- 4.37 Weber Genesis 6531001 E-330
- 4.38 Weber 61010001 Genesis II E-310 Liquid Propane Grill
- 4.39 Char Broil Performance 650 6-Burner Cabinet Gas Grill
- 4.40 Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Portable Grill2Go Gas Grill
Top Gas Grills of 2018
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-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Cart Gas Grill
Just looking at this baby from Char-Broil already gets our juice flowing. It looks pretty bad ass for a small thing. This propane gas grill features 4 burners (36,000 BTU), 475 square inches of primary cooking space provided by porcelain-coated cast iron grates, 175 square inches of secondary cooking space provided by a porcelain-coated swing-away rack, a stainless steel handle, removable grease pan, built-in temperature gauge on the lid, large metal side shelves, and electronic ignition. The entire cart/grill has a black-porcelain-coated finish.
So, what do we love about this grill aside from its look? First, it’s very easy to use even for a novice outdoor chef. Second, cast iron grates are the bomb. Heat retention at its finest. Third, each burner gets its own knob/controller so you can easily cook a variety of foods at a time. Heat tents ensure that the heat is radiated evenly and drips are less likely to fall on the fire. There’s a removable porcelain-coated grease pan makes cleanup a breeze. And the two side shelves provide you with loads of prep space. As an added bonus, assembly was easy as pie.
The only thing we don’t love about this grill is the fact that you may be playing a bit of Russian Roulette with the quality. Some buyers didn’t have any problems with theirs while others received grills with dents and scratches.
Weber 46110001 Spirit E210 Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Black
Weber may be the king of charcoal grills but that doesn’t mean their gas grills are anything to scoff at. And the Weber Spirit E-210 is definitely one of the best no frills, compact gas grills we’ve ever had the pleasure to use. Now, this is a very basic gas grill that was designed to take up a small amount of space. It has two 13,250 BTU stainless steel tubular burners, 360 square inches of primary cooking space with 90 square inches of secondary cooking space (warming rack). The cooking grates are made out of porcelain-coated cast iron. The grill itself is made out of porcelain-enameled steel and cast aluminum. Other features are fold down side tables, lid-mounted thermometer, propane tank gauge, 6 tool hooks, flavorizer bars, an Electronic Crossover ignition system, and an enclosed cart.
Because it’s a Weber, the construction is durable and the design is flawless. The price is a bit steep for a small grill, especially since there are no bells and whistles. As for performance, we noticed that it does take awhile to preheat the grill. But the cast iron grates do make up for it with its ability to retain a lot of heat and transfer it to your food, locking all that juice inside. Plus, despite the lack of space, you can still do a bit of indirect cooking, though in limited amounts. Then again, you may only have a small party to cook for so it evens out. All in all, it’s a small grill that will provide you with a full-size grilling experience, Weber-style.
Char-Broil Classic 360 3-Burner Gas Grill
If Weber is the gold standard for charcoal grills, Char-Broil is the innovator in the gas grill arena. So, it’s no wonder why we like this Classic 360 3-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill. This little gas grill comes with porcelain-coated wire grates – 360 square inches of primary cooking space (around 15 burgers) plus a swing-a-way rack with 170 square inches of space. The grill has three stainless steel in-line burners that produces 30,000 BTU’s and a Piezo ignition system that ensures you start up your grill with a push of a button. The lid and firebox are both porcelain-coated steel. And there are wheels for mobility and metal side shelves that give you room for prepping.
What we like about this grill is that it’s perfect for someone who wants to try out grilling with gas without making a big investment. It’s the perfect size for a smallish to medium-sized group. The grill also cooks very fast so we’re pretty sure your hungry horde won’t be complaining.
What don’t we like about this grill? The grates are not what we’d like in a grill. And you can’t buy a replacement for it from Char-Broil. Plus there’s no built-in temperature gauge. Now, those things aren’t actually accurate. But it does help give you an idea of how things are going inside, instead of opening the grill and sticking a thermometer each time you wanna know. In addition, heat isn’t distributed evenly which means uneven cooking results.
Blackstone 36 inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station – 4-burner – Propane Fueled – Restaurant Grade – Professional Quality
If you want more versatility to your outdoor cooking and your planning on feeding hungry hordes more often than not, then you better make room for the Blackstone 36 inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station. With a griddle station as large as this one (756 square inches of cooking space), you can cook a variety of foods that include burgers, hot dogs, chicken, veggies, stir-fry, pancakes, omelets, and more. The possibilities are endless… or so we’d love to think. This griddle station features 4 burners that each produces 15,000 BTU and can be controlled independently. This means that not only can you cook a wide variety of foods on this griddle station, you can do so at the same time! As an added bonus, you can turn off the burners that you don’t need whenever you’re planning on cooking just for you or for a small group.
There’s a lot to love about this griddle station. However, there are some things that could be better. The grease drain, for one, doesn’t do a good job of draining grease because some of it drips down the leg of the grill instead of into the cup, especially when the drain gets clogged up with bits of food. Also, the ignition system can be a hit and miss at times. But overall, we’d say this is one of the best griddle stations you’ll ever buy.
Weber 61014001 Genesis II LX E-340 Liquid Propane Grill, Black
So if you’re looking for a gas grill that will help you reach the pinnacle of outdoor cooking, then you’d better be prepared to shell out a lot of cash. That’s about the only thing we don’t like about this grill. But then again, you get what you pay for. And if you plan on getting the best, you need to pay up. Your stomach and your guests will be thanking you for making the investment.
Weber 66004001 Genesis II LX S-340 Natural Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
What we love about this top-of-the-line grill is that it comes with a 10-year warranty. And just like any Weber grill, it’s been built to last. The grill cooks food evenly and the High+ heat setting does produce consistent sear marks. The grill is iGrill 3 ready, perfect for those who want to invest in a Bluetooth thermometer.
What we don’t love about this grill is that while it’s built like a tank, it doesn’t have the same power as one. It takes awhile to heat up and has a hard time maintaining temp for indirect cooking. Also, you don’t have the option to convert your grill from LP to Natural Gas or vice versa. You’ll have to buy one or the other, or both.
Weber 61004001 Genesis II LX S-340 Liquid Propane Grill, Stainless Steel
This stainless steel tank of a grill is one of the high end gas grills offered by Weber. It’s a fully loaded grill with all the bells and whistles for the ultimate grilling experience. It features three stainless steel burners that produce 43,500 BTU maximum output and one 12,000 BTU flush-mounted side burner. So you can master your grilling and your sauces at the same time! This grill comes with stainless steel cooking grates that provide 513 square inches of cooking space plus a tuck-away warming rack with 156 square inches of cooking space. The Infinity Ignition featured in this grill ensures that you can fire up the grill anytime. A handle mounted grill light helps you see your food while you’re cooking. Other bells and whistles include the illuminated control panel, the High+ heat setting, the dual layer stainless steel hood, side tables with integrated hooks, and the iGrill ready feature. If that’s not enough to wow you, then this will: Weber gives its ignition system the longest warranty in the industry – 10 years! It’s already built like a tank and they have the warranty to back it up.
So, is there anything we don’t like? First, it’s non-convertible. You buy the Liquid Propane version, you stick with it. Second, the maximum heat output is not as high as we’d like. In fact, it lacks the power for something that’s offered in the luxury edition. Especially because the price will definitely be breaking some of our banks.
Weber 65010001 Genesis II E-210 Natural Gas Grill, Black
Size does not always matter when it comes to grill performance. And the Weber Genesis II E-210 proves that. This little gas grill features Weber’s GS4 Grilling System and its new Grease Management System. The GS4 grilling system is comprised of the push-button Infinity Ignition, two stainless steel high performance burners (26,000 BTUs), and stainless steel flavorizer bars. The Grease Management System ensures that any grease that is not vaporized by the Flavorizer bars will run down to the disposable drip tray. This ensures that flare-ups rarely, if ever, happen and makes clean up a breeze. It also lengthens the lifespan of your burners.
Now, we already mentioned that this is a small grill. It features porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates (perfect for heat transfer and retention) that provides 380 square inches of cooking space, good enough for 10-12 burgers. And there’s even a 114 square inch Tuck-Away warming rack. The stainless steel side shelves gives you loads of prep space and also features hanging storage hooks so you never have to go back and forth getting tools and ingredients. Like its high-end cousins, the Genesis II E-210 is iGrill3 ready.
What we absolutely love about this Weber is that it gives you a full grill experience without taking up too much space in your backyard. It might be a bit more expensive than others in its category but totally worth it. You know that it will last for a good long while. Just imagine all the deliciously grilled food you’ll be enjoying for years to come.
Char-Broil Classic 4-Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner
If you want an entry level gas grill that will feed a large family, you’re checking out the right choice. Char-Broil’s Classic 480 Gas Grill features four 12,000 BTU stainless steel tubular burners (48,000 BTU maximum output), a 10,000 BTU flush-mounted side burner, porcelain-coated cast iron grates, 480 square inches of primary cooking space, push-button electric ignition, and large metal side shelves. The lid, handle, control panel, and fascia are stainless steel.
Obviously, we love how this grill looks with its stainless and chrome finish. And the heat output is pretty decent. Expect even heat distribution, quick startup, and nice sear marks each and every time you use it. In addition, the grill comes with large wheels so it’s pretty portable, at least in your backyard. The removable grease tray works perfectly, making cleaning the grill easy-peasy. Assembly is the same. All you need is a beer and a screwdriver. While it can’t compare to a Weber, this grill gives you a lot of bang for your buck. It cooks fast and evenly. You get a lot of power at this price point. And it lasts for several years. If you don’t have enough money for a Weber, this should be your second choice.
Weber 62014001 Genesis II LX E-440 Liquid Propane Grill, Black
Got money to splurge on a really bad ass grill? Then you’re in for a treat with the Weber Genesis II LX E-440 Freestanding Propane Gas Grill. This luxury edition grill comes with four stainless steel high performance burners with 52,000 BTU maximum output. It also features a 12,000 BTU side burner, a push-to-turn Infinity ignition, stainless steel cooking grates, stainless steel Flavorizer bars, and stainless steel heat deflectors. It also comes with a center-mounted thermometer on its porcelain-enameled hood, lighted control knobs, and a handle-mounted light.
What’s so great about this grill is the fact that it’s got loads of bells and whistles that ensure you get a really great grilling experience every time. The quick startup, the powerful burners (including the side burner!), the even heat distribution, the beautiful aesthetics, and the easy cleanup. All of these things make this grill worth the money. The delicious food it produces is just an added bonus.
What we don’t like about this grill is the fact that it’s really, really expensive. You have to have deep pockets to get this thing. Then again, it’s a luxury edition grill. ‘Nuff said.
Royal Gourmet Mirage MG6001-R Two Split Lid 6-Burner Propane Infrared Burner Gas Grill, Side Burner, 96,000 BTU
There’s no doubt that this is one big ass grill. It features porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates that provide you with 697 square inches of primary cooking space and 264 square inches of secondary cooking space from the warming rack. It has 6 stainless steel tube burners with a brass side burner and an infrared rear burner. The maximum heat output is 96,000 BTU. The stainless steel side table has hanging hooks and the cart has stainless steel doors. Inside the cart is enough storage space for your propane tank plus BBQ tools and spices that you want to keep on hand. Aside from being the perfect tool for feeding large groups of people, there’s something else that really sets this grill apart. The cooking space is separated into two parts. This means that you have two porcelain-enamel coated fireboxes each with its own heavy duty stainless steel lid, cast aluminum end caps, built-in thermometers, and stainless steel handle. This not only enables you to heat up parts of the grill quickly but also gives you more flexibility when you’re cooking. You can do indirect cooking in one while flipping steaks or burgers in the other. The only thing we don’t like about this grill is that it can be quite difficult to assemble. Remember to invite someone over to help and maybe make sure that you have 3 hours to spare setting this baby up.
Lion Premium Grills L75623 32″ Natural Gas Grill
Built-in gas grill more your style? Then you need to check out this premium gas grill from Lion. Lion builds their grills to last using 304-16 gauge commercial grade stainless steel. The company also offers a lifetime warranty on cast burners. Aside from the durability of Lion products, this baby has several things we love. It features 4 cast stainless steel burners with a maximum output of 75,000 BTUs. It also has a double layer seamless welded stainless steel smoker head, premium solid stainless steel cooking grates, 830 square inches of cooking space, an infrared rotisserie back burner, stainless steel light switch, two interior lights, and 5 commercial size push-to-turn knobs. Aside from all these delicious features, the grill comes with a cover, a rotisserie, a smoker box, a griddle, and a griddle remover plus bottle opener.
When it comes to performance, we love that it’s so easy to use and the double insulated hood retains heat so well. Heat distribution is fantastically even. The griddle works great for doing a bit of stir-fry if you’re craving for some and the LED lights ensure you never miss a thing while you’re cooking your food at night. Fish, shrimp, even pizza on a stone come out delicious. One thing you should probably take note is that some customers have commented on the knobs getting hot. We haven’t experienced that yet but it’s something to consider when opting for this grill.
Napoleon LEX605RSBINSS Natural Gas
This right here is where you can get the ultimate grilling experience. The Napoleon LEX605RSBINSS Natural Gas, with all of its features, is a standalone cooking station. And let us tell you why. First, it has 6 main burners and a range side burner. It also has a rear infrared burner and an infrared Sizzle Zone bottom burner. The maximum heat output is 90,500 BTU’s. Talk about power and versatility. Not only are you provided searing heat for locking in those juices, you can have a lot of flexibility in what you can cook at the same time. Second, you get stainless steel wave cooking grids that provide 920 square inches of cooking space. Whether your hosting a family reunion or entertaining a large group of friends, you’ll have enough space to feed all of them in no time. Third, if you like to switch things up a bit and provide some flavor to your meal, why not add a charcoal or smoker tray inside the main grill? This way, you get the best of both worlds. And the icing on the cake? The left side shelf can be used as an ice bucket to store some beer. That way you can really enjoy your time in front of the fire. How about that?
Dyna-Glo DGB390BNP-D Smart Space Living 3 Burner LP Gas Grill
Not everyone has a large patio or backyard to accommodate a large grill. Which is why Dyna-Glo offers its Smart Space Living 3-Burner LP gas grill. It features three commercial grade stainless steel burners with a total output of 36,00 BTUs housed in a porcelain-enameled steel firebox. The collapsible side tables provide you with a lot of prep space only when you need them. Integrated tool hooks and towel bars on the side tables provide you with more space for tools that you need while grilling. The porcelain-enameled heavy gauge steel heat tents ensure any drippings either get vaporized for flavor or flow straight to the removable tray where the grease cup is located, protecting the burners from damage. The porcelain-coated cast iron grates provide excellent heat transfer and retention. The entire cooking surface is 507 square inches, big enough to feed a horde. Naturally, not all is right with the grill, just like any product. The heat tents and drip pan are prone to rust as well as some of the screws. Heat distribution isn’t even; there are some cold spots. And flare-ups still happen. But for the money, this is a very decent grill that will feed you deliciously grilled food for a couple of years.
Weber 51010001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill, Black
You want deliciously grilled food anytime, anywhere? Weber’s portable gas grill is just the thing. This little baby has a cast aluminum cookbox that houses the 8500 BTU-per-hour burner tube made out of one piece of stainless steel that provides 189 square inches of cooking space, the porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates, and the grease management system. The lid has a built-in thermometer. The grill also features sturdy front and rear cradles, ergonomic side handles, and an infinite burner control valve. There are a lot of things we love about this little grill. It comes fully assembled so you can start grilling right out of the box. The grates are split so you can change out half of it with a griddle for more versatile cooking (sold separately, of course). It’s compatible with the Weber Q cart if you don’t want to place it on top of a table. It travels well and can be used to cook more than just burgers, hot dogs, and steaks. You can roast racks of lambs on this little guy. The only thing you’ll regret about this grill is that you didn’t buy it sooner.
Cuisinart CGG-240 All Foods Roll-Away Gas Grill
Who doesn’t love Cuisinart? A lot of top quality kitchen appliances that we love come from Cuisinart. But will we love their gas grill? Well, here are some of the features: a 304 stainless steel singular loop burner with 12,000 BTU maximum output, a 430 stainless hood and large fold-out side tables, a porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grate with 240 square inches of cooking space, and a piezoelectric igniter.
Obviously, the design isn’t unique. But that’s not what matters anyway. What we love about this grill is the fact that it’s pretty good at heat distribution. And that’s saying something considering a lot of portable grills can’t say the same. The side tables are a bit flimsy but prep space is sacred, especially if you’re cooking outdoors. The heat output is good enough for a small grill. Coupled with the cast iron grates, you get excellent heat transfer which equals to good grill marks. The drip pan makes cleanup easy.
So, what don’t we like about this grill? For a portable grill, it’s pretty heavy at 40 pounds. While the grill does heat up well, it will have a hard time when it’s windy. Flare-ups do happen on this grill so it’s never going to be a set-it-and-forget-it kind of cooking. And it can be prone to rust.
Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Gas Grill
The Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Gas Grill features porcelain-coated wire grates that provide 280 square inches of cooking space, a maximum output of 26,500 BTU, plastic side shelves, porcelain-coated steel lid and firebox, tool hooks, and a piezo ignition system.
Before we get to performance and durability, let’s start with assembly. This is not easy to set up. Better instructions and a lot of patience are required. Next, durability. At this price, the quality of the build and materials used are good. It feels sturdy enough to withstand a bit of abuse. As for size, the grill is perfect for a single guy, maybe a couple, but no more than that. It’s also very basic, no bells and whistles at all, but that’s what you get at this price point. Now, for performance. This little grill heats up good and retains it well too. For a cheap little grill, it’s surprisingly good at turning out delicious food. Just remember to keep the grill clean after every use to ensure it lasts several years.
Blackstone Portable Table Top Camp Griddle, Gas Grill for Outdoors, Camping, Tailgating
Camping just got better with Blackstone’s 17-inch portable griddle. It has a 12,000 BTU H-Shaped stainless steel burner, 260 square inches of cooking space, a cold rolled steel cooking surface, a black powder-coated and stainless steel body, a built-in grease catcher, an electric ignition, and 1 zone heating control.
So, why does this make camping better? For one, it’s incredible portable – only 25 pounds. A great deal lighter than your average small grill. However, we do wish it came with a carrying case instead of just a cover. And yes, it does require seasoning but that’s not hard at all. A quick Google search for those who are not familiar with the process. As for performance, it heats up really well and as even as we would like. The versatility this griddle offers is just amazing. You can cook burgers, stir-fry veggies, omelets, pancakes, French toast, bacon, etc. It’s easy to use and just as easy to clean. And it’s built pretty sturdily so you know it’s going to last you a good long while. For less than $100, this little griddle brings a lot of value for your money.
Char-Broil 240 Portable Gas Grill
Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel TableTop Propane Gas Grill, Perfect for tailgating,camping or any outdoor event
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.
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?