To me, nothing says ‘sit back and relax’ like the smell of burgers on a grill. I get a lot of use out of my gas grill since I live in a warm climate and can use it year round. In my house we cook all the usual things – steak, chicken, kabobs, burgers – plus pizzas, veggies, and even fruit. (Grilled pineapple is incredible, by the way.) If you’re looking to get your own grill, or replace your old one, check out my list to find the best gas grill for you. I’ve assembled a list of the very best grills to suit a wide range of budgets and lifestyles. Breathe deep, relax, and read on to find out which gas grill might be perfect for you.
Best Gas Grill for Small Spaces
If you are short on outdoor space, the Dyna-Glo Smart Space is a great choice for you. This isn’t the fanciest gas grill around. It’s a very basic two-burner with little else, but it gets the job done and is reliable. This grill heats up fast, and also cooks food very quickly, which in my house is a very good thing. It should take about an hour, maybe a little more, to assemble, but the instructions are easy to follow. You shouldn’t have any trouble with set-up.
What are some of the downfalls of this grill? Well, it’s not the sturdiest grill I’ve ever encountered. The base is plastic and can be a tad wobbly. For a very basic grill like this one, I wish the price point were a little lower. But it really is a nice little grill, and if you use it frequently like I do, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth in no time.
Best Gas Grill if You’re Looking to Upgrade
I’ve gone through a couple grills, and at a certain point I got sick of buying the cheaper option only to have to replace it a few years later. If you’re at this point, I would strongly suggest the Weber Genesis E-330. This grill is more expensive, but with this particular product, you get what you pay for and then some. The whole grill is extremely sturdy and durable, made of substantial materials that will withstand continued use and some exposure outdoors. Unlike the Dyna-Glo, this grill rolls across the patio very smoothly and doesn’t wobble or bend one bit.
In addition to being extremely high quality in terms of materials and construction, the Weber Genesis offers some unique and much appreciated features: porcelain coated iron plates underneath the burners to reflect heat up; very thick cast iron grates to retain heat; well insulated hood to trap heat; a searing burner that gets extra hot extra fast. Cooking on this grill is a dream. The heat retention is superb, and your food cooks faster and more evenly.
The catch? I can’t find any, except to say that this is a very heavy product (190 pounds in the box) and for that reason can be a bit of a bear to assemble. The instructions are great, the assembly is simple, but the parts are heavy and tightly packed in the box. Assembly takes about two hours. If you can get a helper for set-up, you should have smooth sailing, and soon be on your way to enjoying some delicious steaks.
Best Gas Grill for the Budget-Minded
If your first concern is price, I would look to this Weber Portable Grill instead of a less expensive full model. Why? Because this portable grill comes with the same excellent quality as other Weber grills, but for a quarter of the price and a little less cooking area. For regular use with this grill, you’ll either want to set it on a table or purchase a stand.
This grill uses a high-quality cast iron grate to ensure proper searing, even on this smaller grill. The heating is even, and food cooks quickly. This is a one-burner grill, however, and little space is available (if any) for indirect cooking. While this is a high-quality Weber product, the Q 100 Portable isn’t going to give you the same cooking experience as the Genesis E-330. In a strong breeze, the grill temperature drops, and you might have a few more maintenance issues with this smaller model.
The nice thing about the Q 100 is that you can also take it camping, to the park, to your friend’s house, or wherever. It’s sort of a two-in-one deal since it works just fine as a regular every day grill, too. I will caution you, however, that if you regularly cook for a big crowd, this grill is probably too small for you. In that case, I’d steer you towards the Dyna-Glo.
Best Luxury Gas Grill
Attention, BBQ connoisseurs. This pick is for you. I know you’re probably choking on the price right now, but I just had to include this grill in my list because Napoleon makes some of the best grills out there, and the Prestige is no exception. This grill is the only one you’ll ever need. With the high quality parts combined with excellent customer service, the Napoleon is sure to last you a very long time.
The special feature of this grill is the infrared side burner. Turn on the infrared, and the food cooks extremely fast and saves you some gas. It’s really great for searing steaks, as well. The Prestige is a four-burner model with 500 square inches of cooking space, so you have lots of room to cook for a crowd. I do have to point out that the Weber Genesis E-330 has more cooking area, but not by too much.
Why would you want the Napoleon Prestige over the Weber Genesis? The Weber is a good grill, but it’s not going to last you a lifetime. The Napoleon will. Also, the Napoleon has the cool infrared feature that gives you more flexibility with your cooking technique to get the perfect steak. If you’re just looking to cook some burgers and you don’t care about the fine precision heat this grill can provide, I’d probably save the money and go with the Weber.
With all this talk about steaks and burgers, are you drooling yet? If you’re new to grilling, remember to read the grilling guide that comes with the grill you purchase to ensure good results the first time around. What works for your friend might not work for you if you’re using different grills. And using even the best gas grill, you might need some practice to get the perfect steak. My number one tip for all you grill newbies out there is to get a timer and clip it to your shirt while grilling. The greatest enemy of a perfectly cooked steak is a distracted cook! The timer has saved my steaks many times. I hope you enjoy your new grill.