Outdoor gas grilling is a great way to get the beauty of barbecue at home, quickly and easily. Here are 11 of the very best gas grills out there online for all budgets, tastes, and needs.
Here's a quick view of the 11 gas grills we'll be looking at today...
Weber Genesis II E-310
For anyone who has ever owned a Weber gas grill, the Genesis II E-310 featuring in this list should come as no surprise.
To anyone who owns this exact grill, it ranking at number is a given.
Straight out the box this thing is a beauty. It's big, it's sleek, and it's sturdy.
This glorious gas grill comes as either propane or natural gas. Should you get the propane version but want to eventually make the switch to natural gas then you can make use of one of Weber's purpose-built conversion kits.
This grill offers three main burners, which is enough to give you a good temperature range for cooking and also allow you to make full use of more advanced grilling methods like 2-zone cooking or reverse searing. This gives you superb grilling flexibility, as you can slow roast chicken or grill sear burgers all on one station.
Key to the Genesis' excellent performance is its superb heat retention and distribution, provided by the grill's flavorizer bars and porcelain coated grates.
Weber's signature flavorizer bars help vaporize any run-off, which helps infuse your cooked meat with even more flavor. Any drippings that aren't vaporized are funnelled into the grill's drip tray, which can be easily removed after use for quick clean-up.
The porcelain coated grates help conduct heat, spreading it across the surface of your grill grates. This greatly reduces the risk of cold spots or flare-ups, giving you perfectly grilled meat while also making the grill extremely fuel-efficient.
Weber Spirit II E-310
That's right, it's another Weber.
Not to be confused with the Genesis, the Spirit II E-310 is part of a different range by Weber, which aims to offer similar features but at a slightly more affordable price.
I'm glad to say though that this doesn't mean a massive compromise in quality or performance.
It boasts 30,000 BTUs across its cooking surface, giving you than enough power to work with.
The Spirit is still built upon three high-grade burners to allow you excellent grilling flexibility, while it also has the same flavorizer bars to help enhance your food and keep the chamber clean.
It wouldn't be unreasonable to expect a cheaper model to shaky, but the Spirit feels just as robust out of the box. Its built with stainless steel and has a strong frame at its core. Plus, Weber have always been known for durable builds, so you know exactly what you're getting.
The more recent models are also iGrill3 compliant, which is Weber's own brand smart thermometer system.
It's available in a few colors, so if red isn't your thing then don't worry. It also comes in black, white, and blue.
It doesn't have a side burner for searing, which is a shame because side burners are becoming increasingly commonplace for a lot of modern gas grills. However you can easily set up your main grill for searing as a workaround, so it's not a huge loss.
Char-Broil Performance 300
Char-Broil have perfectly toed the line between affordable and high-quality for years. It's what they've built their success upon, and there aren't many brands out there who do it as well as they do.
So if you're shopping on a budget then the Performance 300 could be the perfect fit.
Despite its price point the grill hood is built with stainless steel, and the cooking surface features beautiful porcelain-enamelled cast iron grates. The cooking surface is built for excellent performance and maximum durability.
There's also a lot to be said for the placement of its ignition button, which sits perfectly between the burner control knobs. Nothing like a bit of symmetry to satisfy by obsessive need for aesthetics.
The grill only has two burners, which is what explains the budget entry point. However, two burners is still workable for creating dual heat zones and should be more than up to the job for newcomers or casual grillers.
It features a removable drip bowl to help with easy cleaning, and it has storage and resting space by the bucketload.
Weber Spirit II E-210
Demand for large garden space is huge, but the reality is that a lot of us have a small outdoor space to work with. In some cases this only goes as far as an apartment balcony.
Thankfully, grill manufacturers do offer small grill options that allow you to get the very most out of whatever outdoor space you have.
Compact-sized 2-burner grills are perfect for this. They can easily fit in smaller spaces, but still give you enough to work with for good grilling.
The Weber Spirit E-210 is one of the best for this.
It's a no-frills, stripped back grill that simply gives you exactly what you need: A strong gas grill that doesn't dominate your living space.
Despite being more modest in build, it still makes the best of what it does have to give you a really good BBQ grill.
Its grill grates retain and transfer heat really well, and has the temperature range to allow you to sear steaks and burgers to your liking.
Its main body is enamelled steel, which isn't as robust as stainless steel but is still up to the job.
Royal Gourmet GG2101 2-Burner
This is one of the best value-for-money grills out there at the moment.
This is another stripped back 2-burner gas grill that helps save on space, but with 24,000 BTUs it offers a bit more kick to it than the Weber Spirit E-210.
Unlike a lot of other 2-burner grills, it also has a 96-square-inch warming rack to help provide more cooking space for you to work with.
Its coated cast iron is remarkably strong, making it not just durable but ridiculously easy to clean.
While many purists might turn their noses up at gas grills, they do have their advantages.
Sure, they lack the authenticity of traditional charcoal grills, and don't allow you the same scope to do proper BBQ smoking.
But hear me out.
There are some convincing reasons to make your next grill purchase a gas one.
Gas grill usability
The thing that makes charcoal grilling so daunting to newbies is undoubtedly the skill required to do it.
From airflow control to getting to grips with temperature fluctuations, to even lighting the thing, there's a very steep learning curve.
And while a lot of users love the challenge involved (and more power to you), it's understandable that a lot of people want to cut through that and get on with the grilling.
Gas grills offer an easy way in. One-touch ignition systems allow you to get going right away, and burners make it far easier to tweak temperatures to your needs.
Gas grill fuel costs
The ongoing costs of propane grills tend to be cheaper than charcoal in the long run. While you do still need to buy new fuel, a 20-pound propane tank will last far longer than a bag of lump charcoal.
Accurate temperature control
Good barbecue is all about proper temperature control, and where so many people go wrong is by failing to keep on top of factors that can disrupt the heat levels in their grill chamber.
It's a big factor in what makes charcoal grilling so difficult.
Gas grills do away with this challenge though, and allow you to easily tweak the grill's temperatures in line with what you want.
You simply just press your grill's ignition button, and then set it to cook at your target temperature.
This responsive and accurate design makes it far easier to adapt to any temperature fluctuations, and operate your grill in a way that's similar to a conventional oven.
Propane vs natural gas
While gas grills are often lumped into one broad category, they tend to actually come under two sub-categories: Propane and natural gas.
Propane grills tend to run off a 20-pound gas canister that needs to be either replaced or refilled frequently.
Natural gas on the other hands is linked up to a gas source and runs off that. This makes natural gas far more cost-efficient in the long term.