Updated November 2018

Best Gas Grills

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Best Gas Grills Updated November 2018

Conclusion

Pros

Cons

Weber

Spirit E310 Liquid Propane
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The biggest and best gas grill on our list. If you don’t love it, it’s covered under a 10-year warranty.
It has 529 square inches of cooking space. The 3 burners heat quickly, the Flavorizer Bars catch and vaporize juices for a smokey flavor, and the disposable drip pan catches grease for an easy cleanup
The instructions aren’t particularly helpful, which means assembly may take several hours.

Coleman

RoadTrip LXE Propane
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A foldable design that’s easy to pack in the car and take to tailgates or picnics.
Interchangeable grate system for griddle, stove, and grill grates. It’s very portable and the side tables are a nice touch.
It has only 2 burners which are located close to the grates. This creates hot spots that will burn your food if you’re not paying attention

Char-Broil

Performance TRU Infrared 500 3-Burner
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A solid mid-sized grill with plenty of power—10k BTU—and modest cooking space (180 square inches).
The infrared system heats quickly, maintains temperature, and evenly distributes heat. The small side burner has a fold-down lid to store seasonings and sauces when it’s not in use.
Grates are porcelain-coated and difficult to clean. The metal brush that’s included seems counterproductive since it peels the porcelain.

Dyna-Glo

Smart Space Living, 3-Burner LP
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Customers say the price is right. It’s perfect for small spaces.
This thing gets hot (36k BTU). The double-walled stainless steel lid and heat tents provide insulation so heat doesn’t escape.
The grill comes with unclear instructions but assembly is pretty straightforward on its own. Some flare-ups have been reported.

Smoke Hollow

Portable Stainless Steel
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A portable gas grill for renters, campers, and city slickers who are limited on space.
Pack power wherever you go with this small gas grill that boasts 10k BTU. It has foldable stainless steel legs and operates on a small 1-pound propane cylinder.
Although powerful, the temperature is limited and naturally affected by ambient temperature.

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These gas-powered machines are often big and bulky and require some know-how to assemble, operate, and maintain. Before your search for the best gas grill goes up in smoke, take a look at our product comparison above and comprehensive buyer’s guide below. We’ve found the top five gas grills and turned our research into a three-part handbook that’s easy to digest. With our help, you’ll be cooking with gas in no time at all.

Gas Grill Reviews Guide

A grill is a staple of the American home, with cookouts often signaling the beginning of summer and continuing throughout the fall and winter. There’s just something enjoyable about a chilly spring breeze, an ice cold beer, and the smoky scent of barbecue.

If you’re already something of a BBQ hero, scroll up to find the best gas grills on the market. If you’re new to cooking al fresco, continue reading our guide to gas grills below. We pored over thousands of gas grill reviews and consulted with verified customers to determine what makes a gas grill the best of the best.

 

A gas grill is a happy medium between charcoal and electric grills. It heats quickly, it’s easy to control and affordable to maintain, and the balanced flavor is somewhere between clean and smokey.”

5 Major factors to consider

Size

Size is a defining factor that even manufacturers use to describe gas grills. The number of burners might give you a clue as to how heavy-duty a grill is. The Weber, Char-Broil, and Dyna-Glo all have three burners. The Coleman has two burners and the Smoke Hollow has one.

The size of the cooking surface is most telling. Measured in square inches, the cooking surface size will tell you how much meat you can grill at once. For example, the Smoke Hollow has 205 square inches of cooking surface, which is enough to grill eight burger patties.

Fuel

Most gas grills are fueled by propane. All five of the gas grills we featured use propane. These tanks are available at grocery stores and hardware stores where you can exchange your tank for a refill at a discounted price. Always keep propane tanks outside, even if you store your grill inside a shed or garage.

Propane yields a “cleaner” taste than natural gas grills. Connecting a line of natural gas from your home to your grill is expensive, but you’ll have a greater ROI in the long-run than refilling propane tanks. Propane tanks typically last around 18–20 hours of grilling.

BTU

British Thermal Unit (BTU) is a measurement of energy. In relation to gas grills, BTUs refer to the level of heat output per hour. This is calculated by the fuel consumption of each burner. The higher the BTU, the hotter the grill gets, but this doesn’t necessarily mean the gas grill is fuel efficient.

Smoker capabilities

Note that grills don’t have smoker capabilities. You’ll get a nice grill flavor and those mouthwatering sear marks, but you won’t get an intense woodsy flavor that you do with charcoal grills. Some gas grills are compatible with smoker boxes which can be purchased separately at local hardware or big-box stores.

Maintenance

A dirty grill can affect performance and the taste of your barbecue. To avoid a nasty build up and a lot of elbow grease at the end of grilling season, it’s wise to clean your grill throughout the year. Some grills have drip pans and a special coating on the grates to make cleanup easier. The Weber Spirit II is a great example of this: it has a grease maintenance system with a disposable drip pan that you can replace as often as needed.

Turn the burners to high for 10–20 minutes, then brush the residue off the grates after each use.”

How to use a gas grill

We’ve searched the Internet from the BBQ Guys to Martha Stewart to compile the following list of tips that are applicable to all grilling occasions.

  1. Connect the propane tank to the grill and turn the gas flow on by twisting the valve.
  2. Open the lid, turn one burner to “light,” and use the ignition button to fire up the grill. If your grill doesn’t have an auto-light button, use a long match to light the burner closest to the manual lighting hole (this can be found on the side of the grill).
  3. Close the lid and allow the grill to preheat for 15 minutes. If you’re having guests over, perform this step 10 to 15 minutes before guests arrive.
  4. Once the grill is ready to go, position your food directly over the flame and cook it until it reaches a tasty char or caramelization. This direct heat is best for thinly sliced meat and fish that take 20 minutes or less to cook.
  5. Use indirect heat (similar to using a convection oven) to finish off your food—this can be done by moving the meat off the flame until it’s tender. You can also use the top rack of your gas grill to melt cheese on burgers or lightly grill sandwiches.
  6. Wait to brush sauce onto the food until the final five to 10 minutes of grill time. Sugar found in sweet BBQ sauces or marinades can burn easily and quickly.
  7. Collect your barbecued bounty off the grill with long, stainless steel tongs. Wrap it in foil and let it marinate in all of its grilled goodness for a few minutes before serving.
  8. After you’re done cooking, make sure you turn off the gas and the burners.

Let food reach room temperature before throwing it on the grill. Cold cuts won’t cook as evenly as room temperature meat.”

Frequently asked questions

What is the best outdoor gas grill?

A large cooking surface, multiple burners, and an industry-leading warranty make the Weber Spirit II the best gas grill. You’ll be working with 529 square inches of cooking space across three burners at 30,000 BTU. This a powerful, fuel-efficient propane grill. You can serve five to seven hungry mouths at a time. It also comes with an open cart design that has six tool hooks and folding side tables, so it makes good use of the space it takes up.

What type of grill is best?

Here are some pros and cons of some of the best grills available.

Gas grills

  • Pros—They heat quickly, they’re easy to use, and most models have side tables and hooks for utensil and spice storage.
  • Cons—They’re big, bulky, and require propane or natural gas.

Charcoal grills

  • Pros—They produce authentic, smoky flavors and don’t take up a lot of space.
  • Cons—Charcoal can be expensive and it takes some time to start and maintain a flame.

Electric grills

  • Pros—Electric grills are the healthiest method of grilling minus gas fumes and charcoal combustion. They’re also the safest bet for apartment dwellers with strict city ordinances against gas grills.
  • Cons—A clean taste doesn’t always add up to the true flavor of BBQ. Many electric grills don’t reach a high heat like gas and charcoal grills can.
How many years does a gas grill last?

A grill should be built to last for five to 10 years and should be covered under a decent warranty. Grates will need to be replaced every three to five years. Burners should last at least five years and are often worth replacing once before buying a new grill altogether. A gas grill’s lifespan will depend on how well you maintain it and how often you use it.

The team that worked on this review

Kelsey Roadruck
Writer
Kealia Reynolds
Editor
Rebekah Sedaca
Product Researcher
John Morgan
Producer

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