Choosing the Best Gas Grill
Looking for a budget friendly gas grill that is great for the beginner griller? Check out these popular gas grills!
1) Char-Broil Signature Gas Grill | 2) Char Broil Performance 475 Gas Grill | 3) Char-Broil Charcoal Gas Hybrid Grill | 4) Char-Broil 465133010 Portable Gas Grill | 5) Blackstone Dash Portable Grill | 6) Char Broil Performance 300 Gas Grill | 7) Durable Outdoor Gas/charcoal Grill Combo | 8) Cuisinart CPO-640 Alfrescamore Pizza | 9) Char-Broil Stainless Steel Gas Grill | 10) Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Grill2Go Gas Grill | 11) Solaire Anywhere Propane Gas Grill | 12) Cuisinart CGG-059 Gas Grill | 13) Dyna-Glo DGE Series Propane Grill | 14) Dyna-Glo DGE Series Propane Grill | 15) Camp Chef, Best Professional Grill | 16) Char-Griller 5050 Duo Gas-and-Charcoal Grill | 17) Char-Griller 3001 Gas Grill | 18) Weber 15501001 Charcoal Grill | 19) Smoke Hollow 4-in-1 LP Gas Charcoal Smoker | 20) Bayou Classic Portable Propane Griddle | 21) Broil King Signet 320 Natural Gas Grill | 22) Weber 65004001 Genesis Gas Grill | 23) Royal Gourmet Event Propane Gas Grill | 24) Dyna-Glo DGB390BNP-D Gas Grill | 25) Blackstone Portable Table Top Camp Griddle | 26) Cuisinart CGG-180T Tabletop Gas Grill | 27) Magma Products, A10-918-2GS Gas Grill | 28) Member’s Mark 8 Burner Event Grill | 29) Char-Broil Patio Bistro Gas Grill | 30) Char-Broil Classic 4-Burner Gas Grill | 31) Fuego Element F21SNG Stainless Steel Gas Grill | 32) Blackstone 28 inch Outdoor Gas Grill | 33) FUEGO FELG21C Element Gas Grill | 34) Dyna-Glo DGE Series Propane Grill | 35) Stok Gridiron Portable Gas Grill | 36) Royal Gourmet Propane Gas Grill | 37) Weber 68010001 Genesis II E-610 Gas Grill | 38) Weber 51080001 Q1200 Propane Grill | 39) Weber 51060001 Q1200 Propane Grill | 40) Weber 47100001 Spirit S210 Gas Grill |
Gas grills are efficient, easy-to-use, and ready to cook in minutes. Capable of much more than burgers and dogs, the best gas grills bring kitchen oven versatility and performance to your backyard.
However, with so many specs to consider, features to compare, and options to choose from, shopping for a gas grill can get confusing. Don’t despair, FireCraft can help. Before giving up and going with the same cheap grill you’ve replaced over and again, take a deep breath and read on.
3 Things to Look for in a Gas Grill
Choosing the best gas grill is as simple as knowing what to look for and which options matter to you. First, and perhaps most importantly, any gas grill you buy should have three basic qualities:
Even Heat Distribution
Every griller knows that hot-spots are the worst! A grill with really hot areas and some cooler areas makes cooking very difficult. Even heat distribution throughout the grill allows food to cook at the same rate. It also gives you the ability to use your grill like an oven and roast or bake food. You should be able to move your hand over a gas grill and not feel much of a difference in temperature throughout the grilling surface.
When shopping, look for grills with high-quality tube burners, a well-insulated hood that locks in heat and efficiently circulates air, and heavy-duty cooking grates that transfer heat well. Together, these elements help eliminate hot spots and provide consistent cooking temperatures.
Like a kitchen oven, a gas grill is an investment. A quality gas grill should last for many years, not just a few seasons. That means they should be built from heavy-gauge and corrosion-resistant materials like stainless steel and thick porcelain enameled steel.
Gas grills with better construction also retain heat better, which allows them to maintain an even cooking temperature, even in colder weather. Generally speaking, if a grill looks or feels like it is poorly-made then it probably is going to let you down within a year or two.
You should be able to use your gas grill with children nearby and not fear a gas leak or flare-up. This means the plumbing and fittings must be secure while fat and juices from your food must be directed away from the direct flames. It’s also important that electric starters be reliable—starting your gas grill manually with a lighter is both inconvenient and dangerous.
Although it’s often true that you get what you pay for, you don’t have to spend a lot for a high-quality grill. Weber, Napoleon, and Broil King all offer high-quality gas grills in a range of prices—from high-end grills for outdoor kitchens to small grills that are perfect for apartments and small patios or decks.
After narrowing your choices to high-quality gas grills that are built to perform well for years to come, you can begin to consider some of the common options and features available on many gas grills.
How Many Burners Do You Need?
We recommend gas grills with 3 or more burners. Why? It’s difficult to achieve even heat distribution with any fewer than 3 burners. Additionally, indirect grilling requires at least 3 burners. Unlike direct grilling–or grilling directly over the flames—indirect grilling is good for cooking food that requires more time.
By setting your gas grill up for indirect grilling, you can expand your outdoor cooking abilities to include slow-roasting a whole chicken or pork loin, smoking authentic BBQ, and even baking dessert. (Learn how to set up your grill for indirect cooking and smoking.)
It probably goes without saying, but grill size and the number of burners go hand-in-hand. If you’re interested in a larger gas grill (larger than 36 inches) then you’ll need at least 4 burners.
Grill burners should be made from tubular stainless steel, cast stainless steel, or cast brass. Generally speaking, only the highest quality grills have cast stainless steel or brass burners. We recommend avoiding cast iron burners, which are vulnerable to corrosion.