It's grilling season again, the time of year when folks start to think about getting a new grill. To get you started, or upgrade your current set up, we reviewed and evaluated some of the best propane and charcoal grills available. Our editors selected these 10 gas grills to fit a variety of needs and budgets, so get your propane ready and start grilling.
If you're looking for grills, you have mostly two options (propane gas or charcoal). Each has its place, but for safety, convenience, and time saved, gas usually wins out. Charcoal can offer better flavor, but it takes longer to heat, more experience to get the temperature just right, and you have to deal with messy ashes afterward.
One of the biggest advantages of a gas grill is the speed at which it reaches cooking temperatures—no fanning the flames, waiting for the charcoal to get hot enough. Easier heat management is another reason people choose a gas grill, turning heat up or down is simple and quick, with a twist of a knob. And, when you’re done cooking, clean-up is simpler on a gas grill—you still have to clean the grates, but there are no ashes to deal with. Think of it this way, gas grills are like point-and-click cameras—easier faster, and almost as capable as a pro-level DSLR model.
Every grill on this list has been thoroughly evaluated and vetted by our team of test editors. We research the market, survey user reviews, speak with product managers and designers, and use our own experience barbecuing with these grills or similar models to determine the best options. We evaluated these grills on performance, value, durability, aesthetics and appeal to come up with these top models. Here are 10 awesome grills to fit any budget and fill any need.
Char-Broil‘s TRU-Infrared emitter plates help distribute heat evenly, making better use of the cooking area—the design also keeps the heat closer to the food being cooked. Other features include, a thermometer built in to the top, side shelves that fold down for easy storage, and—our favorite—a gas gauge built into the regulator.
Monument’s ClearView six-burner, stainless-steel grill boasts a whopping 72,000 BTUs, 900 (total) square inches of cooking area, and additional burners on each side (one standard and a ceramic one for searing). Burner controls are accented with blue LED lights, and there is a side-mounted work light to help you see what you’re cooking when it gets dark.
This stylish tabletop grill features two 10,000 BTU burners for great cooking control, and a 275 square inch cooking surface. It’s size and portability make it ideal for smaller spaces where you might not have room for a grill, or for taking the cook-out with you. The entire grill is stainless steel—even the cooking grates— so it’s easy to keep looking great.
The new Spirit II E-310 LP gas grill has all the essential features a griller could want in an affordable package. The grill uses two-stainless-steel tables which are great for food prep and loading, and the grill surface is large enough to cook a 20-pound turkey plus veggies. Other goodies include an electronic starter and a helpful fuel gauge to measure the amount of LP in the tank.
This grill is like a full outdoor kitchen. It features four main burners, one infrared rear burner, and one infrared side burner. You can feed an entire little league team as it grills up to 30 burgers on the main grill and eight more on the side burner.
This two-burner grill delivers 24,000 BTU’s of heat across the 300 square inches of cooking surface. The porcelain-coated cast iron grates are rust-resistant and help prevent food from sticking and are easy to clean. It has two metal side shelves for added workspace, which can also fold down when not needed or for storing.
While not quite entry-level, this sleek stainless grill from Broil King is well-built and powerful enough to be appreciated by the veteran grill-master. It's also worth noting that Broil King offers a limited-lifetime warranty on its burners.
Weber BBQ grills remain some of the best-rated options. High-quality materials, an output of 48,000 BTU from four burners, and the option of a color other than plain brushed stainless steel all add to this Weber's overall appeal.
For those who want a compact and affordable grill without giving up on quality, this is a solid choice. It has features you often find only on more expensive grills— we like the 36,000 total BTUs, electronic ignition, and 507 square inches of cooking space.
Kenmore has been producing quality kitchen appliances for years, including its BBQ grills. This grill pumps out 10,000 BTUs on the main cooking surface and 12,000 on the side searing burner. It's only available in one color—a head-turning fire-engine red.