The Best Gas Grills for Every Budget

Grilling season is coming in hot! Find out which gas grill is the best fit for your space, and discover important details to look for before buying.

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April 03, 2023

In theory, charcoal grills are pretty charming. They give you the true hands-on experience of cooking over an open flame, allow you to sear your food to perfection and provide that quintessentially smoky flavor you want when barbecuing. (The cheap price tags don't hurt either.)

In practice, though? Charcoal grills usually take a while to heat up, which isn't super convenient for weeknights. Sometimes, you want to switch on the grill and have dinner roasted and ready to eat in minutes. And when that time comes, it pays to have a gas grill on deck. Below, we're sharing 12 gas grills that we love and breaking down everything that you need to know about buying one.


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Choosing the Best Gas Grill

Shopping for gas grills can be overwhelming if you're not familiar with the terminology. So we'll walk you through the basics. To start, you need to know that there are actually two different types: propane and natural. Propane gas grills are the more popular option that you typically see in stores, and they require a propane tank to work. (These usually cost about $20-$40.) Meanwhile, natural gas grills need to be hooked up to a direct natural gas line from your house. Natural gas grills never really run out of fuel, but they do need to be installed by a professional and they can't be moved around.

Other important details to keep in mind? Ignition switches, burners and primary cooking surface. Gas grills use either electric igniters, which run on batteries, or piezo igniters, which produce their own sparks. Both are reliable, but piezos understandably tend to last longer. As far as burners go, a grill with one to three burners is generally considered a good fit for single families, while a grill with four or more burners is ideal for multiple courses or large gatherings. And as a general rule, 300- to 400-square-inch primary cooking surfaces will get you a decent medium-sized grill.

Best Overall Gas Grill

With three high-performance burners, easy-to-use dials and a tricked-out open-cart design from a name brand you can trust, the Weber Spirit II E-310 is the total package. We love how the layout is intuitive for beginners and experts alike. When you step up to the 424-square-inch cooking area, you immediately have a built-in thermometer, two handy side tables and six hooks for tools at your disposal (plus a lower shelf for extra storage). Meanwhile, an integrated grease management system provides a virtually effortless cleanup. All in all, it's an amazing value for the price.

Best Budget-Friendly Gas Grill

If you're looking for more of an introductory grill that's less than $200, then check out the Char-Broil American Gourmet Classic Gas Grill. At $170, it's one of the most budget-friendly gas grills on the market, and it still gets you a lot of bang for your buck. Think 360 square inches of primary cooking surface, three burners, two small side tables and a convenient rolling cart design. Reviewers love the easy assembly of the grill as well as the heavy-duty construction.

Best Griddle-Style Gas Grill

If you've been on social media at all in the last few years, especially TikTok, then you've probably heard of the Blackstone Gas Griddle Cooking Station. Perfect for families who are big on brunch, the unit looks like a standard grill with its cart design and caster wheels, but it has a flat cooking surface for pancakes, bacon, eggs and other breakfast essentials. (And yep! You can whip up hamburgers, hot dogs, hibachi and more on the gas griddle as well.) The griddle is built to last a long time, with a powder-coated steel frame, four stainless steel burners and a thick, cold-rolled steel cooktop.

Best Gas Grill for Apartments

The reviews don't lie: Renters love the Char-Broil Performance Series Two-Burner Gas Grill. It's easy to assemble, boasts a 300-square-inch cooking surface that's perfect for up to four people, and it's incredibly compact, with a sleek central cabinet and two side tables that fold out of the way. The gas grill also features four caster wheels, so you can move it around your patio or balcony. If you're looking for a reliable gas grill with a smaller footprint, this is it.

Best Smart Gas Grill

Life can get pretty busy, so it's nice to have a grill that lets you monitor your food's temperature and cooking time from anywhere in the house. Our top choice for smart gas grills is the Weber Spirit EX-315 because it's just so conducive to entertaining. The generous, 424-square-inch primary cooking surface fits up to 15 burgers, while the integrated smart grilling technology sends real-time alerts to your phone so you can chat or catch the game.

Best Gas Grill With Storage

If you're looking for a grill with plenty of heat and plenty of room for your propane tank and tools, then try the Weber Genesis E-435 Gas Grill. This powerhouse of a unit has four main burners, an extra-large "sear station" burner, a side burner and an expandable top grate that further increases your grilling capacity. But here's the cherry on top: The Weber Genesis E-435 also comes equipped with two large prep tables, a deep cabinet and a grill locker for your tools, accessories and spices.

Best Natural Gas Grill

When it comes to quality, performance and price (under $1,600), the Napoleon Prestige 500 is one of the best natural gas grills on the market. The sleek stainless steel unit is built to last and boasts a 500-square-inch primary cooking surface, four burners, one side burner and a rear infrared rotisserie burner, thus giving you a ton of grilling options. The natural gas grill also includes a built-in temperature gauge, foldable shelves with four utensil holders, deep cabinets and a removable drip pan. Needless to say, it exceeds reviewers' expectations.

Best Charcoal and Gas Grill Combo

Because some nights you want the flavor of charcoal and other nights you want the convenience of gas, but you never want two grills sitting in storage. We get it, and we've found the perfect solution: the Char-Griller E5030. This unique dual-function grill combines your charcoal and gas into one cohesive and compact unit. On the left, you have two main burners for gas, and on the right, you have an easy-dump ash pan for charcoal. The right side is also firebox compatible, so you can get that true smokehouse flavor.

Best Kamado Gas Grill

Some people swear by kamado grills, insisting that the ceramic egg-shaped units hold in heat and use charcoal more efficiently. And thanks to the Vision C-Series Ceramic Kamado Grill, you can finally see what the fuss is about. Unlike other models, the C-Series features a Quickchange insert so you can cook with either gas or charcoal. (That means you can enjoy smoking and slow-cooking when you want and opt for quick searing on busy weeknights.) The main cooking surface is 604 square inches, and the unit is mounted on two caster wheels for extra convenience.

Best Tabletop Gas Grill

If you don't need much but want something a little more powerful than a classic George Foreman, try the Char-Broil Deluxe Tabletop Gas Grill. This stainless steel unit is as compact as they come (so you can easily stash it in the cupboard or under the kitchen sink) but boasts a 200-square-inch cooking surface and 10,000 BTU of power. The grill can fit on practically any flat surface and includes a grease tray for easy clean-up.

Best Gas Grill for Camping and Tailgating

Whether you're camping or tailgating, you need a grill that's portable, easy to set up and capable of cooking for at least a few people. And this Coleman RoadTrip 285 Gas Grill delivers on all fronts. In seconds, the unit converts into a sturdy, freestanding cook station, with two pull-out tables and three independent burners. The cooktop is also customizable, so you can swap the grill for a griddle (sold separately) if desired. Meanwhile, a telescoping handle and two wheels make it easy to break the grill down and roll it back to your car.

Best Gas Grill for RVs and Road Trips

When you're on the road, you can't guarantee that there will be a picnic table nearby — so a portable gas grill with legs is essential. We love the Cuisinart Petit Gas Grill With VeraStand because it weighs just 17 pounds, it's extremely compact and it converts into a freestanding grill. The 160-square-inch cooking surface is also ideal if you're traveling by yourself or with one other person.

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