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 on the market for all budgets, tastes, and needs.
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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 eventually want to make the switch to natural gas, 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 altogether, 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 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.
Napoleon Prestige 500
The Napoleon Prestige 500 is a great grill for people who want a high-end North American product that's built to last and packed full with raw grilling power.
I love Napoleon grills. They just ooze class, but are durable and powerful enough to show that they are not just style over substance.
It's a fantastic 4-burner grill that comes with infrared burners, a side burner, and rotisserie to give you plenty of options when it's time for you to grill.
What really sets this grill apart though is its unique wave-like grate design. These are designed to help spread cooking temperatures more effectively, and reduce the appearance of any unwanted grill marks (don't worry if you like these masks - that's what the side burner is for).
Its control dashboard is backlit, so you know exactly which burners are in use at all times.
Napoleon grills are built to last, and this is proved with the incredible 10-year warranty offered by the brand. If the brand are that confident in the Prestige then you should be too.
Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared
Also available as a 4-burner model, and also available with an added side burner.
Long time fans of Char-Broil might remember the Quantum grill series, which this is an much needed update on.
The Tru-Infrared series has gotten rid of the weak burners and unreliable cooking grates, and instead replaced them with sleek infrared bars and a much more robust porcelain coated grill area.
Between the two of these updates alone, the grill burns far more efficiently and evenly. The bars have practically eliminated the cold spots we saw with the Quantum, and the porcelain enamel holds and transfer heat at a far great rate.
So what exactly does this propane grill offer? It has three main 8,500 BTU burners, giving a total 25,500 BTUs of maximum main grilling power.
If this sounds weak, it might be when compared to elite grill models, but I wouldn't be too concerned. When in an enclosed grill setting and in the the form of infrared burners, these actually create an excellent level of heat.
These sit beneath a grill area of 525 square inches, which when coupled with the side burner totals about 725 square inches of total cooking space.
All of this is cased within a stainless-steel and painted steel hybrid construction.
Because of how infrared burners are set up, the grill will require a little more maintenance than others.
Another frustrating point is that it can take a little while to preheat given its more timid burner power. It's certainly a more efficient grill than previous models, but perhaps not one that burns hotter.
Char-Broil Performance 4-Burner
Another entry from Char Broil, this 4-burner propane grill offers a solid amount of power within its modestly sized frame.
So how does this budget-friendly grill compared to the others on this list?
The Performance has 36,000 BTUs of power across its four main burners, all of which sits beneath a 425-square-inch cooking space.
For me personally, this cooking space is a little bit disappointing. We see larger spaces afforded to grills with fewer burners (see Char Broil's own Tru Infrared 3-Burner as an example).
This by no means is to say that you'll be short on space, but it's hard to shake the feeling that this was a missed opportunity for Char Broil.
Its construction also feels a little bit cheap. While the main casing of the grill is constructed in stainless steel build, the rest of the grill can feel flimsy at the best of times.
That said, its actual performance is excellent. And this is perhaps what justifies its smaller build, as it can concentrate its cooking heat within its frame at greater effect. It manages to generate and maintain cooking temperatures impressively.
Not only this, but its ability to keep flare-ups at a minimum is equally impressive.
Any bonuses? It comes with a 10,000 BTU side burner, which is a nice touch for a budget level grill.
Weber Genesis II S-435
Weber's Genesis II is perfect for people wanting a stylish, classic grill from an iconic BBQ brand.
The Genesis is a classic grill from perhaps the world's most famous BBQ brand. With the Genesis II, they've upgraded the range, and have built it to be compatible with their iGrill temperature control series.
Like all their current rage of propane grills, the Genesis II has Weber's trusted Weber Cooking System which acts to distribute heat evenly across its cooking surface while also minimizing the risk of flare-ups.
The burners are thinner towards the rear of the grill, which is a design that helps guarantee more consistent heat across the grill, as higher temperatures tend to naturally linger towards the rear of your grill's cooking area.
Its cooking grates are porcelain enameled, which is always the finish I look for on grill grates. It practically guarantees a nice even cook without any weird cold spots.
The flavorizer bars help catch run-off from your food and recycle into smoke, which adds a brilliant nuanced level of flavor to your meat.
The grill comes in a 3-burner model, and also a 4-burner offering. Each burner has about 12,000 BTUs of cooking power.
Something that I've found concerning, and is a common problem with Weber's outdoor propane grills, is that its maximum BTU output is lower than a lot of its rivals. As a result, maximum temperature levels are quite low for a gas grill.
This shouldn't be a problem in most scenarios, but you might find it frustrating if you start to experiment with searing your food.
And don't worry if the silver finish isn't to your liking. The grill comes in black, crimson and copper color too.
Dyna-Glo Smart Space 3-Burner
This grill is great for anyone looking to make the most out of their apartment balcony or small garden. It's modestly size, but still packs excellent performance and flexibility for most types of grilling.
It has three 12,000 BTU burners, giving you a total raw cooking power of 36,000 BTUs. These sit beneath 390 inches of grilling space, with a 117-square inch warming rack sitting above.
While this isn't massive, the cooking power that this sits above is impressive given the compact size of the grill.
Broil King Regal S590
Broil King's Regal range is great for anyone wanting American-made grills that are packed full of added features, but all at an affordable price.
The Regal range joins Broil King's Imperial series as the brand's most top of the line offering.
Despite this, both ranges have continued to sit within an affordable price range.
The Broil King Regal fits in an awful lot considering this. From side burners and extra rotisseries, to control knob lights and pull-out tank drawers, the grill has the feeling of a utility belt in barbecue form.
But central to the grill's success is its performance. It has high BTU dual tube burners underneath its cooking grates. Sharing the heat power across two lines of burners helps the grill cook more evenly and efficiently, and helps reduce the presence of hot spots or flare-ups.
The Regal has Broil King's Flav-R-Wave flame tamers that help shield the grill grates from the raw flame of the burners, while also helping to spread cooking temperatures evenly.
The grill comes in the choice of four, five, or six burner options.
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.
What are BTUs?
British Thermal Units (BTU) are used to express heat power, and in the context of grilling denote the maximum power output of a BBQ grill.
Broadly speaking, each propane burner in a grill has a BTU number, and a gas grill's overall power is expressed as the total of each burner's BTU output.
So broadly speaking, the higher the BTU on a grill the more powerful it is.
This doesn't always mean better performance however. A grill's ability to retain and distribute are just as important.
After all, a high BTU is worthless if your grill can't retain heat.
It's also imperative that heat levels are maintained consistently. A high BTU count is no good if your grill practically haemorrhages heat.
A good rule of thumb for seeking out a BTU unit for you is to go by 80-100 BTUs per square inch of space. Anything over that is a waste of energy and money, and could even ruin your food.
Anything less than this means that your grill will far longer to preheat, and will dry your food out by cooking it for longer periods of time.
What are infrared burners?
Infrared burners are becoming increasingly commonplace among propane gas grills thanks to their searing capacity and heat distribution.
They've widely been regonized at helping to encourage the Maillard Reaction, which is a process that helps the sugars and proteins on the surface of meat brown and create greater flavor and aroma.
They can also start up quickly, sometimes even registering 600°F in as little as 4 minutes.
Infrared burners create more radiant heat, whereby rather than warming the air they create heat waves through the grill chamber. This helps keep temperatures more consistent, but also helps meat retain its moisture.
Where 'hot spots' were a common complaint with older models of grill, infrared burners help to reduce these by cooking far more evenly.
Where older models might have spots that differ in temperature by up to 50°F, infrared burners have minimized this to a variance of close to 10°F.
They also use much less energy, and are able to reduce cooking times by up to 50% with only one-third of the same amount of propane fuel.
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.