10 Best Gas Grills Tested & Compared
Backyard grilling has come along way from sixty years ago when we simply threw burgers on some charcoal and lit a match. Nowadays, we grill as a simple way to get together and bond with friends and family over some steaks or we participate in intense competition grilling. More than a decade ago, gas grills were extremely expensive but weren’t designed for long-lasting use. They rusted and failed early on. Designs have changed, prices have become more family-friendly and the industry has expanded. There are more models under the $200 price mark that truly are quality builds that many people would be happy with. But just as the lower-end of the price spectrum expanded, so did the higher-end. Luxury grills are appearing and becoming more flashy and exotic. We compiled a list of the 10 Best Gas Grills discussing grills on both end of the spectrum so all buyers will find the right grill to suit their needs. Read on and see if one of these is right for you.
- Napoleon LEX485
- Excellent power output
- Napoleon Prestige Pro 500
- High quality construction
- Napoleon Rogue 425
- Terrific grate design
10 Best Gas Grills
The grill comes with 29 1/2 inch grill on a wheeled cart. It comes with 485 square inches of main cooking space and 190 square inches of warming area for a total 675 square inches of cooking area.
Four stainless steel tube burners provide up to 48,000 BTUs. Each burner can be started individually with the option to light them all simultaneously. Just as the other Napoleon models, this one comes with the standard wave-design cooking grids for their iconic sear lines. The grill comes with self-cleaning sear plates that vaporize drippings and return the moisture back into the food while simultaneously controlling flare-ups. The rear infrared burner comes with 13,500 BTUs is excellent for roasting, and a 12,500 BTU ceramic infrared side burner can reach up to 1,800 degrees and is great for searing and sauces. The double-insulated hood includes an Accu-Probe temperature gauge and retains heat for oven-like performance.
The grill also features an integrated ice bucket and cutting board for a terrific prep space and entertainment features. It also comes with a condiment tray, wrap-around shelves and a double-door storage space.
The four main burners have up to 48,000 BTUs. The rear infrared burner has up to 13,500 BTUs. The side burner has up to 12,500 BTUs.
Napoleon offers a 2-year, 5-year and 25-year limited warranty, depending on the part.
- Excellent power output in all three cooking spaces
- Ice bucket for entertainment
- Hood features oven-like heat retention
- Warming area excellent for keeping food warm while the rest of the meal finishes cooking
- No natural gas version available
Napoleon Prestige Pro 500
The Napoleon Prestige Pro 500 Gas Grill comes with 500 square inches of main cooking space, plus 260 square inches of warming area for a total 760 square inches of cooking area.
The four stainless steel tube burners with up to 48,000 BTUs. Each burner can be lit either individually or all at once with a reliable ignition. The stainless steel wave cooking grate provide excellent sear lines for restaurant-quality food. The grill also comes with a stainless steel rear infrared burner with 18,000 BTUs that can function as both a smoker for smoking or roasting with the rotisserie kit discussed below.
Another of the Napoleon line, this grill also has a "Sizzle Zone" side grill. It can reach over 1000 degrees and sears two steaks very well. Unlike some infrared grills, the temperature on this one can be reduced which is a great feature for sauces. The Sizzle Zone has a heavy cast iron grate, just like the Rogue, which can burn the meat prematurely. Reviewers replaced this heavy grate with a wire metal grate which slows the cooking time. By flipping the meat often, buyers can produce restaurant-quality steaks with no problem.
There are four stainless steel burners over the main burners, plus three more in between the burners to reduce hot spots and providing more surface area for juices to vaporize on. One unfortunate side note is that the heat still seems to remain hotter towards the back of the grill.
The stainless steel rotisserie burner comes with a rotisserie motor, spear, counterweight and two forks. A basket is available for purchase that will wrap around the spear, plus an available attachment that will hold kebab skewers on the rotisserie itself.
The main burners have 12,000 BTUs, the rotisserie burner has 18,000 BTUs and the infrared side burner has 14,000 BTUs. The grill comes with plenty of high quality 304 stainless still, including the grilling grates, plus in the roll-top lid. The lid comes with a second layer of stainless steel to help trap heat.
This is an excellent mid-level grill with plenty of functionality. With grilling, smoking, searing and rotisserie options, this a fantastic go-to grill for all outdoor grilling needs. And at a great price, buyers can't go wrong. It does have a higher price tag, but the grill is designed to last, so buyers will get their money's worth time and time again.
- Composed of high-quality stainless steel
- Plenty of excellent rotisserie attachments
- Sizzle Zone is great for searing and sauces alike
- Smoker included in the rear of the grill
- High-powered main burners
- Grill stays hotter towards the back of the grill
- Warming rack warps if left attached while using rotisserie
- cast iron grates in Sizzle Zone can burn meat prematurely
Napoleon Rogue 425
The Napoleon Rogue 425 Gas Grill comes with 425 square inches of main grilling space, plus 200 square inches side searing space for a total 625 square inches of total grilling area.
The grates are made of long-lasting, high-quality 7.5mm stainless steel rods with Napoleon's iconic wave pattern. It also comes with five stainless steel heat tents which cover each burner and the spaces between them. This helps sizzle any drippings for enhanced flavor by transferring the moisture back into the meat. The heat tents also help disperse the heat evenly across the grill.
Napoleon also included their "Sizzle Zone," generally known as a sear burner, a 9,000 BTU infrared burner included in the left side shelf. Most gas grills include these sear burners in the main cooking area. But this setup provides two separate cooking areas that can be used at the same time. This is great for meats that will need two distinct temperatures for proper cooking (reverse sear steaks, for example). One setback, however, is that the sear burner is made of cast iron which makes definitive grill marks that strongly contrast with the rest of the meat: this means that a lot of the meat will be left undeveloped.
Each of the three main burners are 12,000 BTUs each. The "Sizzle Zone" consists of 9,000 BTUs and is located in the left side shelf.
This is a great grill for the price. The lid is designed to retain and hold heat well. It provides multiple grilling-style options with plenty of cook space to feed a whole family at once. The price is at the higher end, but for good reasons. It's a high-performance grill set to deliver.
- Terrific grate design
- "Sizzle Zone" for added cooking space
- Double-walled hood for heat retention
- "Sizzle Zone" is comprised of cast iron grates which cooks food unevenly
Weber Spirit E-310
The Weber Spirit E-310 3-Burner is the largest in the Spirit line with 424 square inches of primary cooking space, plus a 105 square-inch warming rack.
The 2013 model reconfigured the burner layout. Burners used to connect from left to right with control knobs on the right, but the new Spirit burners organized them from back to front with control knobs on the front. This frees up work space on the side shelf, plus creates greater performance for cooking indirectly or two-zone.
The grill also includes black porcelain-enameled grates, flavorizer bars, housing and a single door storage cart with a stainless steel work surface. It does a great job at cooking perfectly-prepared hamburgers and outdoes others on barbecue chicken and whole-roasted chickens.
It's small size is perfectly designed for any patio or deck space while providing a perfectly large cooking space for plenty of food. It's firebox is rustproof and cast-aluminum which means it will last for years--solving a common problem for many gas grills.
The grill is made with three stainless steel burners for total output of 32,000 BTUs. The burners are organized back to front rather than past methods of left to right for better heat distribution.
The Weber Spirit E-310 3-Burner may have a higher price than other entry-level gas grills on the market, but buyers know the Weber name means quality. It provides terrific food for plenty of people and its design is built for longevity.
- Cooks food perfectly
- Rust-proof design
- Reconfigured burner orientation for proper heat distribution
- Compact size
- Plenty of cooking space for a whole family
- Higher price than other entry-level models
Broil King Baron 440
The Broil King Baron 440 Propane Gas Grill is 444 square inches of primary cooking space with a total area of 644 square inches. Its design allows for maximum cooking space while occupying very little real estate. It's available in black and silver. A conversion kit is available for purchase if buyers prefer natural gas over propane.
The grill comes with four main burners, a low-powered side burner and a fully-enclosed storage cabinet. The main burners consist of dual tubes for more even heating. They equalize the gas pressure inside the burner making the heat flow evenly from front to back. For comparison, standard tubular burners usually have higher pressure in the front of the burner creating an uneven heat distribution. In addition, the control valves have an even, highly precise gas flow giving buyers a terrific level of heat control. Mixed with the four burners, the grill allows users to pick an exact temperature from extremely high to incredibly low.
The side burner comes with 10,000 BTUs and is a bit weak. However, they're generally not frequently used, so this may not be an issue. But since they're becoming a standard feature, the energy could be higher. It's capped with brass under a flush cover and can be folded down when not in use.
The Broil King Baron 440 Propane Gas Grill also includes two rack levels so cooked food can still stay warm while the rest of the meal is prepared. The cooking surfaces are reversible so different foods can be grilled with the same tools. This allows a plethora of food to be cooked at once.
The main burners put out 40,000 BTUs and the side burner includes 10,000 BTU's. The grill is made with porcelain steel and aluminum-cast end caps. The hood is double-layered for great insulation. The control panel and side tables are made of stainless steel. The cooking grates area porcelain-coated cast iron.
This is a great grill with an excellent price. Broil King added as many quality features as they could within the small space available. The grill may take a bit to warm up, but once ready, it creates perfectly cooked food with excellent grill marks. The manufacturer also provides a two year warranty, with 10 years on the burners for added reassurance.
- Dual-tube, stainless steel burners
- Linear flow control valves
- Reversible cooking surfaces
- Two rack levels to keep food warm
- Weak side burner
Weber Q 2200
The Weber Q 2200 Portable Gas Grill weighs 42 pounds which is a little heavy for a portable grill. It includes 280 square inches of cooking space which is plenty for multiple people. The grill can convert to allow for full-sized propane tanks.
The tubular stainless steel burners are made with 12,000 BTUs and can accommodate over four people. The two-piece cooking grate is porcelain-coated cast iron and the hood is cast aluminum, which holds heat very well compared to many portable gas grills which are often lacking in power. They come with an optional griddle section which can work for breakfast or searing, which is great for added cooking variety. With the two-piece design and griddle option together, the grill can be split it in half with the grate on one side and the griddle on the other. The large hood is designed for room to cook a whole chicken and includes a hood-mounted thermometer to accurately gauge cooking temperatures.
The grill heats up quickly rather well and can reach 550 degrees easily. It maintains temperature very well, as long as the hood isn't opened or closed too often. The two side work tables are double-sided for versatility in a small space, and they fold in under the lid for storage.
12,000 BTU stainless steel burners. The lid and body consist of cast aluminum and the cooking grate is made of porcelain-coated cast iron for great heat retention.
Setting aside the relatively heavy weight of the travel grill, the Weber Q 2200 Portable Gas Grill is a terrific option with an intuitive design. The durable build and ease of use make this a terrific option for those who need a go-to grill when on the move.
- Plenty of cooking space
- Versatile design
- Holds heat well
- Large hood for a full chicken
- One of the more expensive portable grills
Char Broil Performance 475
The Char Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Cart Gas Grill comes with 475 square inches of cooking space, plus it includes 175 square inches on the Swing-Away Rack available above the main cooking area. The whole grill weighs approximately 104 pounds which is relatively light for a gas grill.
With four burners included in the grill, the Char Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Cart Gas Grill only puts out 36,000 BTUs across four 9000 BTU burners. For proper cooking, grills need 47,000 BTUs (100 BTUs needed for every square inch of cooking space). Therefore, the grill is lacking in energy output which can cause unevenly cooked food.
The grates with this grill are terrific. They're made out of high-quality cast iron at just the right thickness to help disperse the lacking heat. The cast iron retains heat better than stainless steel and disperses it across the surface much faster and more efficiently. With the grates filling in for the lacak of heat, food comes out tasting great. The side burner puts out 10,000 BTUs, but it is made with the same high-quality grates and has a smaller surface area. This means there's a better power-ratio so it can also cook steaks.
The Swing-Away Rack can be used as a warming rack or it can fold away into the lid for storage. It can also be detached if you want it completely out of the way.
The grill itself is made with 430-grade stainless steel which is typically reserved for the infrared model showing this grill was built for durability. However, the cart is made out of thinner steel in order to cut costs which should be kept in mind.
The main four burners put out a total of 36,000 BTUs which traditionally is not enough. They should put out at least 47,000. The side burner puts out 10,000 BTUs which isn't much, but it's made of the same grates as the main burners and has a smaller surface area to make up for the lack of power.
Even though the power output was lacking, the grates make up for the heat dispersal issue by retaining heat and spreading it evenly over the main cooking area so food is cooked appropriately and evenly. Everything else on the grill is great, and for the price, this grill is a great deal.
- Terrific grate design
- Easy to clean
- Great side burner
- Lacking proepr BTU output
Weber Genesis II SE-410 Special Edition
The Weber Genesis II SE-410 Special Edition contains 646 square inches of cooking area. THe warming rack adds an additional 198 square inches for a total cooking space of 844 square inches.
The grill includes four stainless steel, high-performance burners, each with 12,000 BTU output with a total 48,000 BTUs. It comes with 7mm stainless steel cooking grates and heat deflectors which hold and distribute heat evenly over the cooking surface. The hood is double-layered to help retain heat for efficient grilling.
Just like the Weber Genesis II LX S-240 grill, the Weber Genesis II SE-410 Special Edition comes with the new GS4 system: infinity iginition, stainless steel high-performance burners, Flavorizer bars with a flame viewing window and a grease management system. It comes with iGrill capability so you can manage your grill on a mobile device. The open cart grill also comes with two storage shelves and two side shelves for proper prepping space, the propane is stored to the side and has a sight shield. The grill includes two large wheels and locking casters.
Four stainless steel, high-quality 12,000 BTU burners with 48,000 BTUs total output. Propane or natural gas grill options, not convertible
This is a great entry-level grill with serious, high-quality features. It's priced appropriately with the competition, and it's built to cook excellent, restaurant-quality food with four high-performance burners and a GS4 system. For peace of mind, Weber provides a 2-year and 10-year warranty, depending on the parts.
- Even heat flow
- iGrill capable
- Dual-layered hood
- low heat output for size
Weber Genesis II LX S-240
The Weber Genesis II LX S-240 Gas Grill main grilling area has 380 square inches of cooking space, plus a second grilling area with 114 square inches of additional space.
The grill consits of the new GS4 system which includes an infinity ignition, brand new stainles steel high-performance burners, revolutionized flavorizer bars with a flame-view window and a grease management system. It comes with two stainless steel, high-performance burners with 29000 BTUs. The grill includes 7mm stainless steel cooking grates as well as stainless steel heat deflectors that retain and distribute heat evenly for proper grilling.
The side burner comes with 12,000 BTUs of power which is more than many side burners on this list. This is plenty for cooking additional steaks or burgers. The included warming rack inside the main grilling area adds an extra 114 square inches for a total 494 square inches of cooking space. This space can also help keep food warm while the rest of the food is prepared. The grease management system is a minor side note but a terrific feature as it directs grease away from burners for easy clean-up.
The cabinet comes with two interior shelves for storage, and the propane grill is stored on the side of the grill which frees up interior space. There are an additional two shelves on the side for adequate prep space, plus the left shelve folds down for storage. It also comes with iGrill capability so you can manage your grill on a mobile device.
The main two burners come with 29,000 BTUs and the side burner includes 12,000 BTUs. The warming rack adds additional 114 square inches inside the main grilling area. Two side tables add proper space for prep.
The Weber Genesis II LX S-240 Gas Grill is a great entry-level grill that provides dependability. It doesn't have any extra bells or whistles, but it cooks great food evenly and quickly. It may have a higher price tag, but with the price comes great quality. It also comes with a limited 2-year and 10-year warranty, depending on the part, for added peace of mind.
- Designed with GS4 grilling system for functionality
- Dependable infinity ignition
- Grease system directs grease away from burners
- Plenty of storage space
- temperature gauge in hood may be too high for an accurate read
Broil King Regal S490 Pro
Four main burners provide 500 square inches of cooking space, plus the side burner includes an additional 196 square inches for a total of 695 square inches of cooking area.
This grill features four 12, 250 BTU dual-tube, stainless steel burners. They have a maximum output of 49,000 BTUs. The main burners come with a dual-tube, stainless steel design which equalize pressure inside the burner providing even heat flow from front to back. The control valves are designed with an even, highly precise flow which gives the buyer extreme control over the heat settings. With four burners, this gives complete control over the exact temperature from very low to very high.
The grill comes with a full rotisserie kit with a rear mounted burner. It works as well as most infrared burners, but has the durability of a high-quality stainless steel burner. The brass-capped side burner puts out 10,000 BTUs and is mounted in the left side table with a flush-mounted cover. It's strong enough to heat a small skillet or sauce pan.
Four dual tube stainless steel burners with 12,250 BTUs each for a total of 49,000 total BTU output. The brass-capped side burner provides 10,000 BTUs. The stainless steel rotisserie provides 15,000 BTUs.
The Broil King Regal S490 Pro 4-Burner Gas Grill is a great grill for those who are looking for a dependable grill. Its power output is lacking for those who want to host large parties, but it's great for those wanting a weekend grill out. It provides dependable, even heating for quality food. The grill gives the buyer complete control over heat settings, and is equipped with a full rotisserie kit so that grillers have versatile cooking options.
- Dual-tube burner design
- Rotisserie kit
- Linear-flow control valves
- Even cooking
- Power output can be lacking
The Criteria We Used to Find the Best Gas Grills
The size will determine if it will fit your grilling needs. If you have a family of six, a gas grill with a very little cooking space won’t suit your needs and you’ll have to grill food in shifts. Finding the right grill size is one of the most important features to consider.
The grill’s features will tell you if it will meet your grilling needs. If you plan to mainly cook steaks, does it have a searer that will deliver? This is an up-and-coming feature that is becoming quite popular, so this is a feature you may consider. If you want a number of different cooking style options, consider one that can roast and includes a rotisserie kit. If you’re instead looking for a grill to mainly cook burgers, you may not need all of the flashy features which could save you some money while still finding a quality grill that will deliver.
The power output is extremely important, especially when considering how many people you want to feed at once. If it has limited BTUs, it won’t cook as quickly, especially with more food on the grill or denser meats, like whole chickens or roasts. Consider what your cooking needs are and determine if it’s right for you.
We’ll summarize the previous sub-topics to help you decide if the grill will meet your cooking needs and advise you if there’s a warranty included from the manufacturer. Some of the grills are entry-level while others are mid-level or luxury, and that differing classes will be mentioned in this group. If you only need an entry-level grill, the luxury line may have too many unnecessary bells and whistles and considering other grills will save you money while still providing an excellent grilling experience.
Other Important Factors to Consider
Is this grill portable?
Does the design make it easy to move it around your deck or patio or completely take with you? It may have wheels, but some grills are easy to move around than others. Consider if your grill will be staying in place or if you’ll need to move it with ease, especially when in use.
How many people do you need to feed?
If you’re cooking for more than a few people, you will probably need a grill that includes around four burners. Two or three burners is best for a small family, but more than that and there won’t be enough power to evenly and properly cook your food.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the benefit of infrared heat versus gas heat?
A. Infrared technology uses an electric or gas element to heat a solid surface and then radiates infrared waves into the food. Temperatures can get higher which means faster cooking. Convection cooking with gas heats the air around the heating element which rises and circulates around the food.
Q. What’s the best way to store the grill?
A. Many grills come with grill covers you can use to store your grill if you need to leave it outside, but some grillers choose to bring their grill inside when not in use or during the cold season which may be the prime method of maintaining your grill’s integrity.
Q. How do we monitor food temperatures?
A. Some grills come with hood thermometers to gauge food temperature, but sometimes these are too far away from the heating element or food to properly gauge temperature. An external or hand-held thermometer may be the best way to go if you’re unsure.
Q. How do you clean a gas grill?
A. Sometimes, depending what was cooked, simply scrubbing your grates with a grill brush will be enough, but usually you will want to deep clean your grill at least once or twice a year, maybe more depending on frequency. Always ensure that your grill is unplugged while cleaning and follow the instructions provided from the manufacturer to ensure safety and that you do not damage your grill.
Q. What is the best affordable grill?
A. This depends on your budget and what you’re looking for in a gas grill. Decide which features you need and/or want and this will help you determine which grill is right for you.
Q. Can gas grills travel in a car?
A. Many gas grills will fit in a large SUV or truck in order to take it home, but beyond that, you’ll want to be careful transporting it so that you don’t damage the components. We did include a travel gas grill on this list if you’re looking for a grill that you can take to different locations for use.
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