Best Gas Grill

We spent over 40 hours researching and testing 12 different brands of gas grills and found that primary cooking area, warranty, and BTUs were most important. The Weber Spirit Gas Grill scored high marks in every category and is our top pick. The control panel located on the front made it very easy to access. It has two steel tables that can be folded down for easy storage and can be opened for additional prep space. There is enough room in this grill to cook a 20 pound turkey. The grates are porcelain covered, cast iron and provide excellent heat retention.


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Top 10 Gas Grills

PictureGrillBurnersCooking Area
(Sq In)

Weber
2450

Dyna-Glo
2547

Char-Broil
3530

Weber Q1000
1189

Char-Broil 6215
4665

Dyna-Glo 390
3503

Char-Griller
2630
Char-Broil 3402465

Cuisinart
2240

Char-Broil 280
2280

1. Weber

Best Overall Gas Grill

5/5 Product Rating
There is a lot to love about the Weber Spirit E210. The convenient front located control panel means easy access and the two stainless steel tables that fold down allow for easy storage and flexibility when you need extra “prep” space.

If you have a small deck or patio that your grill is on, these fold down tables are a great extra.

The good news is that even though this is a compact grill, there is plenty of room to cook a 20 pound turkey, roasts, meats of all kinds and vegetables.

The porcelain enameled cast iron cooking grates provide heat retention and easy clean up. Even better, the porcelain will not fade, crack, rust or peel off. It also has porcelain-enameled flavorizer bars for extra flavor in your cooked food.

Lighting your grill is super easy with the electronic crossover ignition system that lights with the touch of a button.

A convenient fuel gauge keeps you aware of how much fuel is left so there are no surprise run outs. This model is not available in natural gas and you’ll need to provide a tank.

Sarah Lytle

2. Dyna-Glo

Best Overall Gas Grill – Runner Up

4.7/5 Product Rating
Enjoy grilling out every time with Dyna-Glo’s Black and Stainless Gas Grill. It has a steel, double-wall firebox that is the housing for two P-shaped burners that are made of durable stainless steel.

You get 30,000 BTUs that provide fast, high and consistent heat with 467 sq.in. of cooking space. The collapsible side table makes it a great choice for those who have a small deck or patio to work with.

Part of this grill’s sleek construction is the cabinet assembly that includes a stainless steel door that is double-walled with a full length hinge that keeps the door in line with the cabinet and the firebox.

You have 2 enameled, cast iron cooking grates, the two P-shaped burners and 2 enameled heat tents for cooking plenty of steak, fish, chicken or anything else your heart desires.

The four multi-directional casters make moving the grill from place to place easier than ever. Starting the grill is simple, just taking the push of a button and you’re minutes from having delicious foods ready to serve.

This is the perfect grill for anyone who loves cooking out and you’ll want to use it no matter what the temperature and weather is outside. The Char-Broil Grill comes with a one year warranty too.

Sarah Lytle

3. Char-Broil

Best Budget Gas Grill

4.5/5 Product Rating
Char-Broil is a well respected and known name in the grilling/cooking industry and this gas grill is no exception to their quality.

It has 36,000 BTUs, with 3 burners and an additional 12,000 BTUs on a side burner for cooking baked beans and other items that cook in a pot.

You will have 360 SQIN of cooking space for steaks, chicken, shish kebabs and other delicious meats and veggies.

The durable lid and firebox are made of durable porcelain steel. Metals shelves are convenient and provide extra space.

Assembly doesn’t get much easier than it is with the char-Broil Easy Assemble 3 Burner Gas Grill. You’ll be grilling in minutes from when you open the box.

Clean up is easy and there’s plenty of room to cook for a whole bunch of people.

This is a grill that is enjoyable to use no matter what time of year it is. You’ll need to get your own propane tank but attaching it is super easy. Customers love the easy assembly and spacious cooking area. Great for entertaining.

Sarah Lytle

Gas Grill Comparison


Weber
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Dyna-Glo
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Char-Broil
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Weber
Q1000
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Char-Broil
6215
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Dyna-Glo
390
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Char-Griller
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Char-Broil
340
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Cuisinart
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Char-Broil
280

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Ignition Type Electrical Electrical Piezo w/
(1) Main Burner
Electrode
& (1) Side Burner
Electrode
Manual ElectronicContinuous
Spark 
ElectronicSurefire w/
(2) Main
Burner
Electrodes
PiezoPiezo w/
(1) Main
Burner
Electrode
Burners 2231432222
BTU26,50030,00036,0008,50040,00036,00040,80020,00012,00026,500
Primary
Cooking
Area (Sq Inch)
360350360189480403438340190190
Warming
Cooking
Area (Sq Inch)
9019717001851001921255090
Total
Cooking
Area (Sq Inch)
450547530189665503630465240280
Warranty
(Years)
101510515535

 

Gas Grill Buying Guide

Gas Grill Reviews

What is a Gas Grill?

Gas grills can add a lot of versatility to your family’s meals. They have so many different varieties and styles of grills that you can now cook a full meal on one including the side dishes. The grills on the market today have many features that can make them even more enjoyable to use. When you’re in the market for a new gas grill, it may be difficult to choose among all the ones available. This buyer’s guide can help you learn a lot about them so you can find that perfect grill for your needs and preferences.

Gas Grills are Better than Charcoal Grills

Gas Grill1There are some grill lovers that say the only way to truly grill food properly is with a charcoal grill but gas grilling has grown in popularity due to many factors. Charcoal grills do produce a certain flavor in the food that is cooked over it, but the temperature of a charcoal grill is impossible to regulate which makes grilling certain foods a bit more challenging.

Gas grills are adjustable so you can alter the flame to fit what you need to grill. In addition to regulating the temperature, gas is also much cleaner to cook with than charcoal and doesn’t involve having to scoop out mounds of ashes. Some gas grills offer different grilling zones where you can cook different kinds of meat at the same time, all at different temperatures. You can’t get this kind of specific grilling capabilities with a charcoal grill.

Another big plus with a gas grill is that they are a cinch to get started. Instead of briquettes to get lit which as we all know, can be really challenging sometimes, starting a gas grill is literally done with the push of a button. In addition, the cost of running a gas grill, in the long term, comes out to be less expensive due to the rising cost of charcoal briquettes. The bags are getting smaller and the cost is getting larger, so grilling regularly can add quite a bit of cost to the situation.

Types of Gas Grills

There are two types of gas that a gas grill can use: propane and natural gas. The majority of grills sold in department stores are propane, although not all come with their own tank initially, when you are looking at different models, you will need to see if the grill you want can be both or if it designed as one type of gas grill. Propane gas grills are not able to be run off of natural gas and the same applies to natural gas grills.If a grill is a natural gas grill, an adapter can be purchased that will enable it to be used with propane.

Propane Gas – Propane tanks are the big white canisters that you see attached to the gas grill. They attach by means of a connector and hose and the grill usually has a rack of some kind underneath for the canister to sit. These canisters need to be switched out and there are several places that this can be done including grocery stores and gas stations. The way the exchange works is that you bring your empty canister to them and replace it with a full one for a specified price. Propane gas grills are more portable than natural gas grills and that makes them more popular.

Natural Gas – Natural gas grills are great but a lot less simple than propane gas grills. One of the biggest drawbacks to a natural gas grill is that it requires a permanent, in ground natural gas line. This means the grill can’t be moved once it is set up. This is a great choice for permanent outdoor kitchens where you won’t be moving anything or changing the location of the outdoor cooking area. Natural gas grills are cheaper to operate than propane because there are no tanks to keep having refilled. While you’ll have a bill, it is more expensive to replace propane tanks.

Price Point Categories for Grills

There are three basic price points that gas grills can fall into: Budget grills, Mid-Range and High End. Great grills can fall into all three categories but for the most part, you will find the better grills in the mid to high end categories.

Budget Grills – Unless you have uncovered a major deal, for the most part, budget grills are the smallest grill that you can get and are most often portable as well. The cooking space is usually good for one or two people and the cooking grates are thinner and smaller than on the higher grade grills. They are not bad grills at all. For one person or a couple who likes to grill out, they are a great choice.

Mid Range Grills – Most gas grills fall into the mid-range category. They accommodate a large grate to cook more food and larger cuts as well. They also offer more features including side burners or tables, grill tool kits and more. Mid-range grills are good for medium sized families and can be good for gatherings if they are not too large.

High-End Grills –High end grills are like mid range but they are usually bigger, grander and have a lot more cooking space, features and higher end materials that they are made of. They also have more storage space typically as well. High end grills are perfect for large families and frequent entertainers who have groups of people over on a regular basis.

Common Gas Grill Features

Most gas grills that are on the market offer features of some kind. Higher end grills will offer many more features on average. When you’re shopping for the right gas grill for you, be sure to take these features into consideration and look for grills that have the features you want and will use.

Burners – Many grills offer side burners on the wings of the grill. These burners are great for cooking things like baked beans, chili for hot dogs, and other things that are normally cooked in pots. Buns can also be heated on the side burners.They definitely come in handy and make a great additional feature.

Grill Materials – Pay attention to what materials your grill was made of. Stainless steel is one of the most popular and durable materials, much better than aluminum which can be quite flimsy. It also looks really good too. The better the materials are that are used to construct your grill, the longer it will last and stronger it will be.

Wheels for mobility –Most grills have wheels on at least one side so it can be maneuvered to other spots easily. Some newer models have casters on the bottom of the grill so it rolls easily on all four wheels. Wheels make moving the grill out from under the overhang of a house or if you are taking to the grill somewhere else much easier.

Ignition –Some of the older style grills need open flame such as a lighter or match to light the burners once the gas is turned on. Others have an ignition switch that is extremely convenient and much safer than using open flame.

Shelves – Some mid range and high end gas grills can have storage shelves on the bottom of the grill. Many even have a cabinet style set up. These shelves are perfect for storing grill tools and other supplies. Just don’t put anything flammable under there.

Fuel Gauge – Fuel gauges are very helpful when it comes to knowing how much propane you have in your tank. This gauge prevents you from accidental run outs in the middle of a cookout. If your grill doesn’t automatically have a gauge, you can buy one separately.

Pull Out Tray for Tank–No more tank struggles with this handy pull out tray. Turning the tank on or off and changing it becomes easy to do when the tank is within reach. Very convenient when it’s time to change the propane tank.

Gas Grill Cover –Having a nice grill cover protects your grill from the elements and helps it last longer. Some gas grills may come with covers included or they offer covers you can purchase separately. Make sure your cover has ventilation of some kind to prevent moisture build up.

Try Before You Buy

Gas Grill2You can get some incredible deals for gas grills online, but you aren’t able to really get your hands on a grill. If there are places close by that sell grills, take a trip there to look at some of the models that you’re interested in online. There are a few things that you want to look at when the grill is put together that you can’t answer from just the description. Keep in mind that you will almost always get a better price online but this will give you a great idea of what your gas grill will actually look like. Make sure that you visit somewhere they actually put the floor models together properly or this won’t be a very reliable test.

Stability –Stability in a gas grill is important for safety reasons. Push the grill from several angles to see if it is top heavy and easy to tip.

Sharp Edges – check the grill cart, firebox, lid and shelves for sharp corners and edges that can cause injuries.

Handle Location –Grip the handle the way you would if you were using it. Pay close attention to where your knuckles and fingers are in relation to the lid. Do they brush the lid? Are they super close to it? You want there to be space between your fingers and the lid so you don’t accidentally get burned. If the handle is too close, you could find yourself getting burned often.

Closeness of grates and burners – Flare ups are a normal part of grilling; one of the things that can minimize it is having a good bit of distance between the grates and burners or flavorizer bars.

Make notes of the models you look at in person that do well on this checklist above and that gives you a great working list to shop online with.

Proper Cooking Times and Temperatures for Meats

One of the great things about gas grills is the adjustable temperature capability. Most meats need to be cooked at different temperatures and a gas grill is very conducive to that. Below is a chart with the most common grilled foods and the recommended temperature settings and cooking times. Generally a low setting on a gas grill will be about 300 degrees; Medium is about 50 degrees and high is about 650 degrees. Most foods do not need to be cooked on high.

  • Hamburgers (1” thick) – medium setting for 7-10 minutes
  • Steak (1” thick) – Medium-hot setting – rare : 3- minutes, medium: 6 to 9 minutes, well done: 9 to 12 minutes
  • Pork Chops (1/2-inch thick) – Medium – 15-20 minutes
  • Ribs (about 5 lbs) – Low Medium – 90 Minutes
  • Chicken (halved or quartered) – Low – 40-60 minutes
  • Fish Fillet (6 oz. to 8 oz.) Medium-Hot 8-12 minutes

To be considered safe to eat, the food you’re grilling should reach a certain internal temperature. This will vary according to what you are grilling. You will need a meat thermometer to check the temperatures of your foods. We have listed these core temperatures below.

Beef – 130 degrees

Pork – 160 Degrees

Lamb – 135 Degrees

Chicken – 165 Degrees

Popular Grilling Tools

Grill accessories are a necessity when it comes to cooking the food safely and getting it off the grill safely and easily as well. Below are the common grilling accessories that many grillers get. Some of these may be offered with the gas grill you purchase or you might need to get them separately.

  • Grill Brush –To prevent old food particles from getting on fresh meats you’re grilling, use a grill brush to clean the grill either after grilling so it’s ready for the next time and/or right before adding fresh food to the grill. The best way to use a grill brush is to preheat the rack and burners for about 10-15 minutes on high. After it’s preheated, turn it off and then using the grill brush, scrub the racks and burners until they are smooth and clean.Brass bristles are less damaging to surfaces than steel are and do just as good a job of cleaning.
  • Long Handled, Large Spatula – This is a necessary tool for flipping burgers and removing fish fillets from the grill. The flat part of the spatula should be very large to get under the food with ease. Silicone and metal are the best materials to use. Don’t ever use plastic spatulas as they will melt.
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  • Long Handled Tongs –tongs are one of the most used grilling tools there are. You can remove foods such as hot dogs and chicken and corn on the cob and it allows you to do it without ever coming into contact with the hot food. Because piercing the food can release its juices, tongs are much better than a grilling fork.
  • Long HandledBasting Brush – Basting brushes are great for putting barbecue sauce on chicken or ribs, butter on corn on the cob and other things. Most basting brushes are not dishwasher safe and should not be cleaning in the dishwasher at all. Because they require hand washing, you need to take care to wash them properly or risk having bacteria present in the bristles. One way to prevent this is to periodically dip the brush in bleach and rinse thoroughly. A newer and more popular choice is the new silicone basting brush that IS dishwasher safe, heat safe and super easy to clean. They don’t hold as much liquid as the classic brushes do so you will need to dip it in the sauce more often.
  • Thermometer – This is a necessity to ensure that the meat you’re grilling is at the right serving temperature. There are many different styles of meat thermometers from analog to digital. Some even have wireless displays. To check the meat, insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat away from the bone to see if it has reached the desired temperature.

Gas Grill Safety Tips

These tips below will help keep your grilling safe and enjoyable and reduce the chance of accidents or injuries.

  • Propane cylinder should never be kept indoors or put in the garage. Keep them outside where plenty of air gets to them.
  • Never smoke while handling the propane cylinder or while grilling on the grill.
  • Never use matches or lighters to check for gas leaks. The results can be disastrous.
  • Don’t leave propane tanks in the trunk of the car
  • Children should never play with the propane tank or the gas grill at all.
  • Gas grill burner controls should be monitored to be turned off when not in use.
  • The gas grill needs to be shut off AND cooled down completely before covering it.

Conclusion

With all of the Information you have learned here about gas grills, you can narrow down your choices and decide on which one is the right one for your needs and preferences. There are many styles and types o gas grills on the market and it can look extremely difficult to find ONE that you will love.

Taking what you learned in this article and guide and using it to compare the models you’re interested in, you find a grill that will be a terrific addition to your cooking appliances.

Resources

  1. Weber – http://www.weber.com/
  2. Char Broil – http://www.sears.com/
  3. Dyna-Glo – http://www.lowes.com/