To me, nothing says ‘sit back and relax’ like the smell of burgers on a grill. I get a lot of use out of my gas grill since I live in a warm climate and can use it year round. In my house we cook all the usual things – steak, chicken, kabobs, burgers – plus pizzas, veggies, and even fruit. (Grilled pineapple is incredible, by the way.) If you’re looking to get your own grill, or replace your old one, check out my list to find the best gas grill for you. I’ve assembled a list of the top 5 best gas grills to suit a wide range of budgets and lifestyles. Breathe deep, relax, and read on to find out which gas grill might be perfect for you.
Dyna-Glo DGP350NP-D Smart Space Living Two-Burner LP Gas Grill
If you are short on outdoor space, the Dyna-Glo Smart Space is a great choice for you. This isn’t the fanciest gas grill around. It’s a very basic two-burner with little else, but it gets the job done and is reliable. This grill heats up fast, and also cooks food very quickly, which in my house is a very good thing. It should take about an hour, maybe a little more, to assemble, but the instructions are easy to follow. You shouldn’t have any trouble with set-up.
What are some of the downfalls of this grill? Well, it’s not the sturdiest grill I’ve ever encountered. The base is plastic and can be a tad wobbly. For a very basic grill like this one, I wish the price point were a little lower. But it really is a nice little grill, and if you use it frequently like I do, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth in no time.
Weber Genesis E-330 637-Square-Inch Grill
I’ve gone through a couple grills, and at a certain point I got sick of buying the cheaper option only to have to replace it a few years later. If you’re at this point, I would strongly suggest the Weber Genesis E-330. This grill is more expensive, but with this particular product, you get what you pay for and then some. The whole grill is extremely sturdy and durable, made of substantial materials that will withstand continued use and some exposure outdoors. Unlike the Dyna-Glo, this grill rolls across the patio very smoothly and doesn’t wobble or bend one bit.
In addition to being extremely high quality in terms of materials and construction, the Weber Genesis offers some unique and much appreciated features: porcelain coated iron plates underneath the burners to reflect heat up; very thick cast iron grates to retain heat; well insulated hood to trap heat; a searing burner that gets extra hot extra fast. Cooking on this grill is a dream. The heat retention is superb, and your food cooks faster and more evenly.
The catch? I can’t find any, except to say that this is a very heavy product (190 pounds in the box) and for that reason can be a bit of a bear to assemble. The instructions are great, the assembly is simple, but the parts are heavy and tightly packed in the box. Assembly takes about two hours. If you can get a helper for set-up, you should have smooth sailing, and soon be on your way to enjoying some delicious steaks.
Weber Q 100 Gas Grill
If your first concern is price, I would look to this Weber Portable Grill instead of a less expensive full model. Why? Because this portable grill comes with the same excellent quality as other Weber grills, but for a quarter of the price and a little less cooking area. For regular use with this grill, you’ll either want to set it on a table or purchase a stand.
This grill uses a high-quality cast iron grate to ensure proper searing, even on this smaller grill. The heating is even, and food cooks quickly. This is a one-burner grill, however, and little space is available (if any) for indirect cooking. While this is a high-quality Weber product, the Q 100 Portable isn’t going to give you the same cooking experience as the Genesis E-330. In a strong breeze, the grill temperature drops, and you might have a few more maintenance issues with this smaller model.
The nice thing about the Q 100 is that you can also take it camping, to the park, to your friend’s house, or wherever. It’s sort of a two-in-one deal since it works just fine as a regular every day grill, too. I will caution you, however, that if you regularly cook for a big crowd, this grill is probably too small for you. In that case, I’d steer you towards the Dyna-Glo.
Napoleon Prestige P500RSIB Grill
Attention, BBQ connoisseurs. This pick is for you. I know you’re probably choking on the price right now, but I just had to include this grill in my list because Napoleon makes some of the best grills out there, and the Prestige is no exception. This grill is the only one you’ll ever need. With the high quality parts combined with excellent customer service, the Napoleon is sure to last you a very long time.
The special feature of this grill is the infrared side burner. Turn on the infrared, and the food cooks extremely fast and saves you some gas. It’s really great for searing steaks, as well. The Prestige is a four-burner model with 500 square inches of cooking space, so you have lots of room to cook for a crowd. I do have to point out that the Weber Genesis E-330 has more cooking area, but not by too much.
Why would you want the Napoleon Prestige over the Weber Genesis? The Weber is a good grill, but it’s not going to last you a lifetime. The Napoleon will. Also, the Napoleon has the cool infrared feature that gives you more flexibility with your cooking technique to get the perfect steak. If you’re just looking to cook some burgers and you don’t care about the fine precision heat this grill can provide, I’d probably save the money and go with the Weber.
Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill
The last one I would like to recommend is this Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill. It is very affordable and very popular. It is amazing that so many people have purchased it. On amazon, there are over 1,400 customer reviews and the average rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars. And the prices are generally under $200. I don’t want to say much about it. If you only need a basic one and the price is your only consideration, this is your best choice.
With all this talk about steaks and burgers, are you drooling yet? If you’re new to grilling, remember to read the grilling guide that comes with the grill you purchase to ensure good results the first time around. What works for your friend might not work for you if you’re using different grills. And using even the best gas grill, you might need some practice to get the perfect steak. My number one tip for all you grill newbies out there is to get a timer and clip it to your shirt while grilling. The greatest enemy of a perfectly cooked steak is a distracted cook! The timer has saved my steaks many times. I hope you enjoy your new grill.
Best Gas Grill Buying Guides and Tips
The process of purchasing a gas grill is often challenging and time consuming. Different features can sound good on paper but if you aren’t familiar with gas grills it can be a long and unsuccessful experience. Electric grills can make things much easier by following main ideas to make your decision much easier.
This gas grill buying guide will give you important aspects to consider when buying a grill. This guide below will help you find the best options and what you should look for.
First, you need to think about what you want to cook on the grill and what your style is. Do you want to be able to grill your meat quickly or would you rather leave it on the grill and walk away?
If you’re a rookie and don’t have experience with the terminology check out Gas Grills 101 to get more familiar.
1. Research the manufacturer’s warranty
No one wants to spend more money than they need to on appliances, and most good companies will offer you maintenance or a few years to replace it if you have problems with functioning.
2. Make sure the gas grill is proportional to the size of the grill itself
A lot of grill manufacturers make a large, flashing looking grill with inadequate burners that will result in inconsistent hot and cold spots. When researching the cooking performance, make sure there’s more to it than just the overall amount of burners. It should have a great distribution across the surface as well as good BTU numbers.
3. Make sure the entire burning surface can be covered by flame taming devices
Grills can be very dangerous if salt and grease manage to damage the grill or get deep into the model. The more exposed and worn the burner is the quicker it runs out. The flame tamer should be directly over the burners and not on the side. You should be able to get maximum vaporization by evenly distributed heat across the surface. Grills that have lava rocks are generally not good quality as the heat is poorly distributed and oddly shaped.
4. Examine the materials used in the cooking grids
Most will work properly if you clean them well and are commonly stainless steel, porcelain coated and iron casted. Porcelain coated grills may tell you to clean when hot, but it isn’t a good idea as the material is more fragile the hotter it gets. By brushing or cleaning grills made of porcelain could chip, rust, and ultimately may cause the quality to diminish quickly.
5. Most grill housings and frames are long lasting and durable
Quality of construction goes hand in hand with its welding and high quality grills have fully welded, highly polished seams that are typically double lined. These commercial grade 304 stainless hoods are quality, durable, and long lasting. Your climate and environment will be a big factor in the durability of your grill and if you live on the coast and you don’t buy copper, the weather is sure to give your grill a hard time. The weather will get to every grill eventually, even stainless steel (it just takes longer), and that’s why you should invest in a good warranty. If your location gets a lot of heat and humidity a thick aluminum grill or stainless steel grill usually works better.
Your meat preference will have a huge impact on the type of grill you need to get. If you want to be able to cook steak the grill will need to be able to reach 600 degrees Fahrenheit at least. The higher quality grill you get the more likely it is that it can reach higher temperatures. Steak needs to be on and off the grill as quickly as possible and it will dry out if it’s on for too long, and the better quality grill will be able to control low temperatures as well to minimize flaring.
7. Product Reviews
Shopping for a grill is very time consuming and you shouldn’t do it all on your own. Look for key features, and read up on the most popular models to get an idea of what is popular and performing well. View some on our Gas Grill Reviews page.