This definitive guide to the best gas grills of 2021 explores everything you need to know to find a gas grill best suited to your needs, including features to look for, materials, looks and price.

Best Gas Grills for the Money

    Best High-End Gas Grills


      Convenience, ease of use and superior temperature regulation are why you buy gas over charcoal or pellet. And though grilling enthusiasts often see this as a strike against America’s favorite grill type, gas grills are not just burger, hot dogs and half-seared steaks. Not the good ones, at least. The grills on this list reach near-charcoal temperatures, offer plenty of versatility with low-and-slow cooking and prioritize endurance over shiny stainless steel for the sake of it. From a $199 grill that out-cooks $1,000 grills to one of the best-designed products, let alone grills, money can buy, these are the 10 best gas grills for your money.

      Testing Notes: What to Look for in a Gas Grill

      BTWho?: BTUs are an outdated and easily manipulated measurement of grill power. The numbers grillmakers provide are calculated on per hour measurements, and are derived from data on how much fuel the grill burns, not its temperature levels. A bigger grill that chews through more gas could have a sky-high BTU figure and not breach the 500 degree barrier, which should be the absolute bare minimum. Ignore BTUs and look for max temperature output, which is a better (albeit imperfect) gauge of a grill's power.

      Want steaks? Go infrared: Infrared burners get dramatically hotter than standard gas burners. Using standard burners, most gas grills will struggle to exceed 600 to 700 degrees, and won't develop a browned crust on a steak before you've overcooked it; the infrared burner solves this issue by channeling heat from a burner into a ceramic tile, which converts that convective heat into infrared heat, dramatically increasing its intensity. You need an infrared burner to brown a steak properly. It won't matter how long you let the grill warm up with the lid down if the grill's max temperature is meh. Note: some companies (like Weber) give infrared burners a branded name like Sear Zone or something in that vein.

      Mind the Grate: Standard grates can be made of cast iron, enameled cast iron, cast aluminum, stainless steel, nickel-plated and a number of other materials. For gas grills, we like stainless steel or aluminum. This may come as a surprise given so many recommended grill manufacturers rely on cast iron or enameled cast iron grates to get the job done; there's a reason for this. Cast iron grates are heavy, absorb heat and are great for developing grill marks, but you don't want grill marks.

      Grill marks are a visual cue that you've only seared a small percentage of what you're cooking. You want that steak, pork chop or half-chicken to be covered in maillard, not drawn up like a football field. While not always the case, many grills are equipped with cast iron grates to give the illusion of searing power. Stainless steel is easier to clean, more durable and what you should look for.

      Two-plus burners or bust: Most gas grills nowadays have two burners at minimum, but it’s important to know before buying. The number of burners and grill space will dictate the space you have for two-zone grilling, a technique that allows you to cook low-and-slow foods like pork butt or ribs. More burners also means more and more consistent heat. Unless you're shopping for a very small grill, if a manufacturer suggests they can get by with just two burners, know that you'll be battling hot and cold spots every time you use it.

      Heat diffusers are your friend: Heat diffusers go by many names, but they’re just metal or ceramic shields fixed over a burner. As counterintuitive as it sounds, by absorbing and redistributing the heat directly from the flame, they create more even temperatures at grate level, cutting back on hot spots. Plus, because diffusers float over the burner, you're far less likely to experience flare-ups or grease fires. Don't buy a gas grill without them.

      Best Overall Gas Grill, Best Under $1,000

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      Weber Genesis II E-330
      Weber homedepot.com
      $899.00

      • Sturdy build
      • High-heat infrared burner
      • Strong warranty + customer service

      • Heavy-gauge steel grates are preferred to Weber-standard iron grates
      Cooking Space: 669 square inches
      Gas Type: Propane or Natural Gas
      Max Temperature: ~800° F

      There are cheaper grills with most of the features and cheaper grills with comparable build quality and cheaper grills supported by healthy warranties and strong customer service; but there is no grill that matches the Weber’s Genesis E-330 complete package.

      Other than a mess of heavy-gauge, enamel-coated steel, plenty of storage, a side burner, foldaway warming racks and north of 500 square inches of cooking space, it’s also a part of a rare class of gas grills that can climb temperatures above 800 degrees, thanks to a built-in infrared burner that effectively double the heat potential of the grill. There’s enough cooking space and burners to successfully employ the two-zone grilling technique, which effectively makes any grill a smoker, or at least close to it. It’s an all-around grill and a specialty grill in one.

      Our only qualm is the use of enameled cast iron grates. In testing, the grill reached 650 degrees over the standard burners and nearly 900 degrees over the infrared "Sear Zone" burner. This is plenty of heat; the grill doesn't need tedious, heavy cast iron grates. If you're up for it, we recommend replacing them with GrillGrates' anodized aluminum set, which bring greater heat balance, increase grate-level temperatures and further reduce flare-ups.

      Best Gas Grill Under $500

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      Char-Broil Signature Series Tru-Infrared
      Char-Broil wayfair.com
      $329.99

      • Excellent temperature range
      • Infrared burner
      • Stainless steel grill vibes

      • Wheels feel a little cheap

      Cooking Space: 450 square inchesz
      Gas Type: Propane
      Max Temperature: ~725° F

      Char-Broil’s mid-sized, mid-market grill is an all-arounder. You get the shiny, stainless look of the high-end grills in the $1,000-plus market for half the price, plus plenty of storage and a sauce burner on the side. Plus, it comes with all-important infrared tech, which raises its temperature ceiling substantially. The budget infrared grill uses perforated steel sheets over the super-charged burners to increase the max temperature to around 725 degrees. The biggest downsides are assembly, which is a bit of a buzzkill at worst, and, again, cast iron grates that aren't necessary at all. The grill hits the 600 degree mark before turning on the infrared burner; that's plenty of heat to achieve a brown crust before overcooking a piece of meat. The wheels also felt cheap, though they could likely be replaced without much issue.

      Best Cheap Gas Grill, Best Under $300

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      3-Burner Propane Gas Grill
      Char-Griller homedepot.com
      $209.94

      • Stupid-good price
      • Excellent vent placement & airflow
      • Maxes out around 650 degrees

      • Unquestionably a cheap product
      • More grill space would be nice
      Cooking Space: 630 square inches
      Gas Type: Propane
      Max Temperature: ~600° F

      There is serious firepower inside what looks like you’re run-of-the-mill grill that sits on the curb at Home Depot. The three-burner, multi-vent, barrel-style grill reaches temperatures in excess of 600 degrees without the use of an infrared burner, a necessary tool for most non-premium grills to hit temps that high. At 600 degrees, you’re able to put a proper sear on anything, not just grill marks (which, for reasons that take too long to explain here, are not what you want). This power is aided by the addition of heat diffusers over the burners — upside-down, V-shaped steel shields that even out heat distribution — and good airflow. As with any frugal-minded grill, you shouldn’t expect it to stay in top shape for too long, but you won’t find a cheap grill packing this much ordinance. In testing

      Best Gas Grill Under $250

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      Huntington Cast 30040
      Huntington amazon.com
      $225.53

      • Burners + heat diffusers a rarity with inexpensive grills
      • Grills like it costs twice as much

      • Built-in thermometer is useless
      • Goes out of stock somewhat regularly
      Cooking Space: 430 square inches
      Gas Type: Propane
      Max Temperature: ~600° F

      If you just want to cook and don’t give a damn about looks, this is the gas grill you want. Its exterior is cheap-looking, but its guts are equivalent to high-dollar competition. The interior is rust-proof cast aluminum and its fitted with H-shaped burners instead of the usual straight-line design, a change that delivers more heat to more areas of the grill, and improves its capacity for low heat cooks. As with most grills, ignore the built-in temperature reader completely — it’s always wrong.

      Best Small Gas Grill

      Fuego Element Hinged 2-Burner
      Fuego acmetools.com
      $349.00

      • Tiny footprint
      • Impressive temperature range

      • Wheels feel like an afterthought
      Cooking Space: 346 square inches
      Gas Type: Propane
      Max Temperature: ~625° F

      This grill’s design takes up as little space on your patio or porch as possible. And considering it can pull temperatures north of 500 degrees in 5 minutes or less (with max temps upward of 625), you’ve got a solid space-cost-firepower ratio brewing. It comes with enameled cast-iron grates standard and a cleverly offset lid handle, so opening and closing don’t threaten your arm hair. The Fuego can effectively grill about 15 burgers at a time, and, if it matters to you, was designed by a former chief computer designer at Apple, Robert Brunner.

      Best Portable Gas Grill

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      Weber Q 1200 Portable Propane Gas Grill
      Weber bbqguys.com
      $219.00

      • Cast-aluminum body is weather-proof
      • Folds away and fits in a trunk with ease

      • At 30+ pounds, it's not light
      • Fold-out prep counters are cute, but I'd rather have a few more inches of grill
      Cooking Space: 189 square inches
      Gas Type: Propane
      Max Temperature: ~475° F

      A rule of thumb: if you want a portable or small grill, odds are you want a Weber. It couldn’t be more different than the iconic Smokey Joe, but its strength and value are just as clear. At first glance, it looks chintzy — it is not. A cast-aluminum body and lid provide balanced heat inside the grill, and complete rust-resistance. There’s space for about 10 burgers, and it gets hot enough (low 500 degrees range) to char them without overcooking. It’s ready to grill out of the box, and it’s about as good as truly portable grills get. Our only qualm lies with the fold-out prep counters on the sides. While useful in theory, they're not quite big enough to use for most cooking tasks and the truth is we'd prefer Weber eek out a few more inches of grill space in their place.

      Another Recommended Portable Gas Grill

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      Portable Propane Gas Grill
      NOMADIQ amazon.com
      $399.99
      $299.99 (25% off)

      • Up to 500 degrees is pretty solid for a portable gasser
      • More grill space than most portable grills
      • At 12 pounds, it's light as hell

      • Body stays extremely hot for a while after grilling
      • Base was slightly wobbly
      Cooking Space: 226 square inches
      Gas Type: Propane
      Max Temperature: ~375° F

      The Nomadiq Mini is a lighter, more spacious portable gas grill than the Weber Q-series. Its temperature range is similar (up to 500 degrees or thereabouts), it almost one-third what the Weber does and it boasts more cooking space (226 square-inches vs. 189 square-inches). It's the perfect day-at-the-park or car camping grill, though still not light enough to warrant carrying on a hike.

      We have one main quibble with it. While forgivable given the price and portability, the flip-out base isn't quite as sturdy as you'd like it to be and will wobble if you don't balance where you're putting meat on it.

      Best High-End Gas Grills

      Best Upgrade Gas Grill

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      Napoleon Prestige Pro 500
      Napoleon bbqguys.com
      $2,199.00

      • Probably the best standard grates in the game
      • Completely made of 304 stainless steel
      • Classic, shiny gas grill look
      • Rotisserie is incredibly satisfying

      • Given how luxe the rest of the grill is, the wheels feel rickety
      Cooking Space: 500 square inches
      Gas Type: Propane or Natural Gas ($50 upcharge)
      Max Temperature: ~700° F

      Napoleon is a major player at the top of the mid-market grilling space and through the ultra-premium categories. This particular grill is in the middle of the pack in Napoleon terms, but it’s the quintessential shiny stainless gas grill. Above all else, you are paying for build quality and cooking payload. Most of the grill is made of sturdy 304 stainless steel and the firebox is ultra-durable cast aluminum. There are four primary burners, each with a heat diffuser, as well as a rotisserie burner and an infrared side burner. And though Napoleon’s trademark wavy grates can be frustrating to clean at times, the brand gets the materials right (9.5mm stainless steel). The infrared burner is a step above those from Weber and other more budget-focused brands. Recorded with an IR gun, the burner was pushing 1,100 degrees. That is charcoal-level heat, available in seconds.

      Throw in some quality-of-life features like LED indicators for control dials, interior lights for night grilling and plenty of storage and you’ve got a category-leading product.

      Landman Ardor Series 5-Burner Gas Grill

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      Landmann Ardor 5-Burner Built-In Propane Gas Grill
      Landmann wayfair.com
      $2,184.60

      • Ideal stainless steel grates
      • Pre-infrared max temp above 700 degrees
      • Generous 650+ square-inch grill space
      • Comes with natural gas conversion kit standard

      • Mostly worthless built-in thermometer

      Cooking Space: 662 square inches
      Gas Type: Propane
      Max Temperature: ~750° F

      Landman's Ardor Series 5-Burner is a well-built grill. Made out of 304 stainless steel, it gets all the little things right: heat diffusers, stainless steel grates, high max temperature (a little over 700 degrees), storage, straightforward assembly and nice warranties. Because it's a 5-burner grill and boasts more than 650 square inches of cooking space, it's also a flexible gas grill. Want to try your hand at smoking on a gas grill? Drop some dry-rubbed ribs on the left section of the grill, turn the middle section on low and the right section on medium (consider a water pan and wood chips as well). Thanks to a frankly absurd 70,000 BTU input and clever under-grate design, this grill is also powerful enough — even without the infrared burner — to sear meat properly. A final cherry on top: the grill comes with a natural gas conversion kit, should you change fuel sources after purchasing.

      Aspire by Hestan 36-Inch Propane Gas Grill

      Hestan
      Aspire By Hestan 36-Inch Propane Gas Grill
      Hestan bbqguys.com
      $4,398.00

      • Extremely even heat distribution
      • Lifetime warranty
      • Spring-assisted hood is a nice touch
      • Ceramic heat distributors flip outward for easy cleaning

      Cooking Space: 889 square inches
      Gas Type: Propane or Natural Gas
      Max Temperature: 1,000° F (and up)

      This is a grown man’s grill. Hestans come in many, many configurations, but most share a few key attributes: luxe materials, clever fixes to common gas grill issues and wicked looks. This configuration sports two primary burners that, instead of a typical tent-like diffuser, are covered by a ceramic and stainless plate that provides wildly even, hot temperature control that are designed in such a way that, when dirty, can be flipped completely over to burn off on direct heat. This is accompanied by optional an rotisserie burner, uber-powerful infrared burner and a slew of color options, which is extremely rare outside of the Webers of the world. Instead of cast-iron grates, the Hestan’s grates are thick-as-hell stainless steel, which are less prone to over-browning and easier to clean. It has no weak points.

      Kalamazoo Gourmet K500 Hybrid Fire

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      Kalamazoo Gourmet K500 Hybrid Fire
      Kalamazoo kalamazoogourmet.com
      $16,695.00

      • Capable of grilling with gas, charcoal or wood
      • Made by hand in the U.S.
      • Obscenely high-end burners
      • Grates are thick steel with narrow slots cut into them, so food doesn't fall through

      • Objectively a wildly expensive product

      Cooking Space: 506 square inches
      Gas Type: Propane or Natural Gas (and charcoal + wood)
      Max Temperature: 1,000° F (and up)

      Kalamazoo’s grills are made to order in Kalamazoo, Michigan under the watchful eye of its Chief Designer, Head of Product and total gear nerd Russ Faulk. The price tag its grills demand means you’re not buying a summer cookout machine — you’re buying another kitchen. Thankfully, its functionality backs that up.

      A fact: there is no grill like the Hybrid Fire grill. It can cook with gas, yes, but it can also cook with wood, charcoal and even pellets. The build quality is such that it feels like it was made out of aircraft parts. The gas burners are cut from cast bronze for goodness sake. If you’re in a place to comfortably spend nearly twenty grand on a gas grill, you buy this and you don’t look back.