If you' need something with cooking space and power in abundance, then a built-in gas grill will make a great addition to your back yard or patio.
This guide will show you 11 of the very best built-in gas grills the BBQ world has to offer, as well as key tips on what to look out for, and how your hard-earned money is best spent.
As you can no doubt tell from the name, built-in grills are fixed to a cooking surface in your garden or patio. They're pretty intimidating units, but what they lack in mobility they more than make up for in their power.
They offer you superior performance to traditional models. They are for serious grillers, but they are perfect for barbecue parties.
If you're a serious BBQ enthusiast, then this could be the missing piece of the puzzle.
They're not just big for big's sake though. Because they're fixed in place, they can be linked to a natural gas line, giving you a convenient, cheaper supply of fuel in constant supply
Gas grills might have their detractors, but when they're as powerful as these units they are more than capable of creating beautiful barbecued food.
If you're looking to make the step up to an outdoor kitchen to brag about, then a built-in gas grill will prove to be an excellent investment.
Here are the 11 grills that we'll be taking a close look at today
Napoleon LEX 605
Lion Premium Grills L75623
Weber Summit S-460
Bull Outdoor Products 26039 Outlaw
Memphis Grills Elite
Diamondback 4 Burner Propane LP
Blaze Natural Gas 32-Inch
Barbeques Galore Turbo
Napoleon BIPRO665RBNSS-3 Burner
Blaze Grills 40" 5-Burner
Napoleon LEX 605 Built-In Propane Grill
We kick off our list with simply the very best fixed unit grill out there: The Napoleon LEX
This propane-powered grill comes with an incredible 850 square inches of cooking space, giving you more than enough room to really get stuck into it.
It can come as a stand alone model as well as built-in, giving you the choice and flexibility depending on what best suits your current home setup.
The LEX comes fully equipped with Napoleon's uniquely designed stainless steel wave grids, which are designed to provide a larger contact area to cook your food. This makes it far more energy efficient than a lot of its counterparts.
Another innovation that I'm a huge fan of is its sear plates. These high-heat discs are designed to rapidly vaporize any drippings or run-off from your meat, which helps reduce flare-ups and improves the overall cleanliness of your grill.
The grill's excellent performance is largely helped by its excellent infrared burners, housed in the main drum of the grill.
The infrared burner located at the bottom ensures you get perfect searing. It also has I-GLOW backlit knob that ensures you continue cooking even when darkness sets in.
It's packed with other little bonuses that you expect to see in an elite level unit, like a pre-installed temperature gauge, easy-lift lid, and detachable drip pan.
All of these come together to form an easy to use, high performance grill.
A must have.
850 SQ INCHES
Lion Premium Grills L75623
In at a very close second is this impressive unit from Lion Premium Grills. It's one of the best BBQ gas grills you can find, and at a very reasonable price.
This grill packs in 4 burners totalling an incredible combined BTU output of 75,000. Its endurance and caliber is that of a commercial grade 304-16 gauge stainless steel burner.
In fact, it's such a fantastic performer that it's been widely used in commercial kitchen and food trucks, as well as homes and backyards.
This isn't just a grill though. It also has a smoker feature, so you make use of smoking meats for beautiful low and slow cooking.
It doesn't have side burners, but the upside of this is that it then means you have even more grilling surface to use.
It's an extremely durable unit, and is made with commercial grade stainless steel. Testament to its resilience is the fact that Lion Premium Grills have provided a lifetime warranty with it.
It also features a huge cooking and warming space that is very sturdy. It also has an XL temperature gauge that ensures that your food gets completely cooked without burning. Other features include five huge knobs that should be pushed in order to turn, a warming rack that can be adjusted, and Quick Lite valves.
Weber Summit S-460
This grill comes with 4 stainless steel burners and its type is the insert kind. Be absolutely sure the grill will fit in its intended space in your kitchen before buying it. You can use it for cooking various foods since it has a great temperature control to ensure whatever you are preparing is thoroughly cooked.
It is easy to set up this grill and it gets to heat very fast. The rotisseries retain all the juices to make sure you don’t end up with dry food. It also has properly made covers.
At the back, it has a full kit of independent rotisserie burner that has infrared set with an input of 10,600 BTU. Its design is roll-in-place, which is different from the most drop-in built-in grills.
The grill is also very easy to clean and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. It comes with a sturdy motor and a snap-jet self-standing burner ignition system. The cooking grates are 3/8 inches wide and it uses natural gas to cook food.
The grill has received a lot of positive reviews from satisfied customers although others felt that it was challenging to set it up at first but once they were done, they loved the taste of the food they cooked with it.
One of the best natural gas grills out there at the moment.
Bull Outdoor Products Outlaw Drop-In Grill
The Bull Outdoor grill is made of 16 gauge steel of the stainless type. Note that this grade is the finest of the metal of this type that you will find out there. For a grill, this is, by far, the industry’s thickest material. Buying such a product reassures you that you are getting something that resistant to rust and corrosion, and that it will serve you for many years.
It has a double hood with 1-piece construction to ensure it doesn’t have any loose screws or seams, which can lead to structural failure. This double hood is to ensure the heat is kept inside where it is evenly distributed while the outside remains cool. With such a model, you are guaranteed that heat will not discolour your grill and so, it will remain shiny for years to come.
The grates are made of stainless steel too to enhance better heat distribution inside the grill. Each burner has Piezo Igniters, which tend to be independent systems. Every igniter is protected by a stainless steel compartment that ensures that drippings do not end up ruining the spark ignition. The four-bar burners are coated with porcelain, making this grill one of the best built-ins on the market.
Memphis Grills Elite 39-inch
This is a built-in that is in its own class as it comes with Wi-Fi controlled Intelligent Temperature Control, meaning you can control your cooking process from anywhere. It is a product of the United States, which makes it a trusted model.
Memphis grill uses pellets and has a double convention fan with a dual wall make that ensures that the heat inside the grill is evenly distributed. Compared to all gas, charcoal, or pellet grills, this is by far the best of Wi-Fi grill you will ever find due to its capabilities.
The Wi-Fi feature allows you to use their mobile App to help you adjust the heat if needed without having to physically walk to the kitchen. You will be able to see what is happening and know when your food is ready using this App. Cooking has never been this easy. The smoker also allows you to smoke your fresh fish so that it can last you longer.
The grill uses a 10-foot wire that used to connect the product to the Intelligent Temperature Control (ITC). As soon as the temperature reaches the required point, the ITC will automatically lower it to the warm setting.
One great thing about this feature is that it reads different temperatures according to what you are cooking and so, you can prepare different dishes evenly at the same time without burning some.
Another great feature is you can easily personalise the system to text you or send emails as you go about your other chores. Such a capability will let you know your food is cooked. This gives you the freedom of multitasking, knowing that your food will neither get overcooked nor burnt.
Power and BTU
BTU is shorthand for British Thermal Unit, and is the unit of measurement used to quantify the maximum power output of your grill.
Quite often these are expressed per burner in your grill, as well as a total output number. So it's not uncommon to see a grill listed as 3x 16,000 BTUs, and also 48,000.
I recommend going high when choosing your built-in grill. This isn't just vanity metric however. Higher BTUs tend to mean quicker startup time, as well as a greater range of temperature available to you when you cook.
Also keep a look out for infrared burners. These beauties work by converting the heat from a standard gas burner into infrared energy, which is far hotter and consistent, and doesn't lead to flare-ups.
This makes infrared burners perfect for the searing and caramelizing methods that we all associate with good barbecue.
I've written a lot before about the importance of maintaining good grill temperature. This is just as true for charcoal grilling as it is gas.
A grill that leaks heat is useless, and it doesn't matter if it cost ten dollars or ten thousand. The moment it loses heat levels, it's useless.
Pay close attention to two things: Heat retention and heat distribution.
Having a unit with excellent insulation will ensure good heat retention and that your chamber's ambient temperatures are able to stay stable for as long as you need them. Look out for models that are listed as double walled, as these tend to be especially strong at retaining heat.
Good heat distribution will provide even temperatures across the surface of your grill gates. Flare-ups are far more common in gas grills, but luckily the introduction of infrared burners and porcelain grates are helping to combat this.
Aesthetics and Cooking Space
Any good built-in grill should come with ample cooking space. More space gives you the opportunity not just to cook more, but also to cook faster. It also gives you the opportunity to take on more advanced gas grilling skills, like indirect grilling.
Opinions will vary, but for me the ideal cooking area for a drop in unit is anywhere between 500 and 900 square inches.
Another factor to consider is the grill’s appearance. This might seem frivolous, but just because you will be using the unit to prepare food doesn’t mean it should be hideous. A huge and weird-looking grill will stick out as an eyesore on your patio.
Choose a smart grill that comes with an impeccable design and modern layout. A grill should complement your patio, not the other way round.
One of gas grills' biggest selling points is how easy and quick it is to get them going. Where charcoal can take the best part of half an hour, gas systems can be done in an instant. This is thank to their ignition systems.
Not every system is the same however, and there are in fact three main types of ignition system.
The Piezo Electric Ignition System is the most widely used, and is built with a simply starter button. If you've ever pressed an ignition button and heard a click then chances are that you've used a Piezo.
Far less common are the hot surface system, which is a high-end function that uses rods to light the burners, and electronic systems that rely on batteries to operate.
Neither of these are ideal. Hot surface systems are far too prone to faltering, and electronics require new batteries routinely, which can easily build up costs and derail your barbecue.
The five reviewed built-in grills are the best you will find on the market and each has its own great unique features. However, the Lion L75623 Premium Grill tops the list. This is a grill worth buying due to its numerous benefits. It is sturdy, long-lasting and still, you will find it at a pocket-friendly price. Besides, it has ample cooking space to prepare food for a multitude of people. The 75,000 BTUs coupled with the high-grade stainless steel grates will definitely meet all your cooking needs.