Gas grills are a regular feature of backyards for one reason in particular: convenience. If you know how to use a stove, you know how to use a gas grill. Whereas charcoal grills and wood smokers require a good deal of babysitting, gas grills don’t. Turn a few knobs, wait 20 minutes, and the grill is heated to your desired temperature. In terms of preparing quick backyard dinners, they’re the ideal. It doesn’t hurt that gas grills are wildly versatile and able to cook a variety of foods without worry of walloping them with smoke, either.
But that doesn’t mean gas grills are all created equal. Not by a long shot. The best gas grill is the one that’s right for you, sure. Space constraints must be kept in mind, as should price. But most important are temperature management, heat distribution, and what features you really want. On this list, you’ll find our picks for some of the best grills across a variety of price points and styles. From powerhouse grills with every bell and whistle to more modest models that still pack a serious punch, there’s something here for every type of griller.
Serious about searing? Then the Rogue SE 625 belongs in your backyard. Pushing out 82,500 BTUs of burger-cooking power and large enough to fire up 38 patties at a time, it certainly has the oomph to satisfy any griller worthy of his spatula. But where it really succeeds is in the details. The stainless-steel cooking grates are not only rust resistant but also wave-shaped to provide even heat and, if you’re vain about your steaks, those classic sear marks. There’s an infrared rotisserie burner that provides both high heat for that restaurant-quality ribeye caramelization and the ideal space for low-and-slow spit roasting. Nice touches like integrated tool hooks, near-instant ignition, and a side bottle opener make it a great buy for anyone looking for a feature-packed gas grill meant for the long haul.
If you’re looking for a gas grill that can cook up a family meal but won’t cost more than a mortgage payment, the Char Broil 360 is an excellent choice. It has decent cook space (360 square inches) and an additional 170-square inches courtesy of a pop-up warming rack where you can rest hot-off-the-grill foods. The porcelain-coated steel lid keeps it safe in the elements, while 30,000 BTUs provide enough power for cooking steaks and burgers. Decent storage space and roll-away wheels make this a lot of grill for not a lot of price.
This portable grill can go places. There's a stainless steel body as well as simple knobs that control the twin burners. Locking latches and folding legs make it easy move. The twin 10,000 BTU burners offer plenty of heat in for such a small package, as the included dome thermometer will attest. Just know that some users have complained that the knobs aren't reliable, which is kind of imporant as they're the only controls on this thing.
You can count on Weber to produce solidly crafted grills that not only stand the test of time but also offer features you didn’t know you needed. Their Weber Spirit E-330 propane grill packs quite a lot of goodies into a relatively small package. It’s three burners push out a total of 30,000 BTUs and there’s 529 square inches of cooking space. There are six tool hooks as well as a flip-out side table for extra space, a nicely sized storage area, and porcelain enameled grill grates for superb searing.
We get it, it looks like a food dehydrator. But it's a grill and one hell of a powerful one. The slotted infrared top burner means this baby can get up to 1,500 degrees near-instantly. It also means short cook times and the ability to easily adjust how well you cook food by placing further or closer to the top of the grill. All of the interior compartments on this grill are made of stainless steel, so you can put the grill rack, grill plate, trays, and pull-out pan into the dishwasher for a painless cleanup. And again, it's amazingly powerful, so cooking large quantities is easy.
A traditional smoker needs to be largely babysat to ensure temperature is consistent. Otherwise, that pork-butt won't be worthwhile. If that level of neurosis isn't your style, this propane-fueled smoker might be the right call. It takes the act of constantly checking on the smoke levels and temperature nearly out of the equation. There's an adjustable gas supply to give you control over the amount of heat, and a rear vent can be opened or closed to regulate temperature and smoke levels. With 5.45 square feet of interior cooking space, there's enough for pretty much anything you want to fire up.
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