No outdoor cooking space is complete without a quality grill. If you’re on the market for a gas grill to churn out burgers, hot dogs, and veggies galore, there are plenty of models on the market that might be right for you. While charcoal grills are known for their unmistakable smoky flavor, gas grills are much easier to use and you have much more control over the heat once they’re lit. Not to mention, when it comes time to clean up, you don’t have to worry about the dusty, ashy charcoals and the inevitable mess that they make.
Gas grills are typically a bit more expensive than charcoal grills, but there are also a ton of budget-friendly options that can get your grilling job done easily. "When purchasing a gas grill I look for a durable grill that will create good flavor and that will last for a number of years," recommends D'Andre Carter, executive chef of Soul & Smoke in Chicago. "I always choose a gas grill that has cast iron grates, heavy duty radiant covers and is made in America so just in case I need a replacement part it won't cost an arm and a leg to get the part shipped." Other factors to consider as you shop include the number of burners, size, and any special features. We took all of these elements into account when testing the top gas grills in our Lab—here are our findings.
Weber Genesis EX-325S Propane Gas Smart Grill
Ample amount of cooking space
Easy to regulate temperature
Great grill for beginners and experts alike
Can't control the burners from the app
Though Weber is known for its classic charcoal grills, it's definitely also at the front of the pack with gas grill. The Weber Genesis EX-325S gives you 39,000 BTUs of power spread over its 513-square-inch primary cooking space and the 274-square-inch warming rack above. And after spending two full weeks testing gas grills, we felt this outmatched the others and is worth the hefty price tag.
When you look at the EX-325S, you'll notice all the bells and whistles like the digital control panel that connects to the two included probe thermometers, the middle sear zone, and the extra-large side table. Beyond that is improved burners, which were exceptionally responsive to a change in temperature and gave us a stunningly even performance across the grill grates. In fact, the only heated spots (not entirely hot spots) were directly above the burners, as can be expected. Our steaks and burgers cooked beautifully and the only flare-up we experienced was when lightly oiling the grates before tossing on vegetables.
We also explored the Weber Connect smartphone app. You can set temperature alerts and browse recipes, plus it has detailed instructions for set-up and maintenance, making this an easy grill to care for even if you're a beginner. We found the Bluetooth range was about 30 yards before disconnecting, and we felt you should be able to control the individual burners from the app. We also tested an EX-325S without smart technology, and it gave us an equally amazing performance.
Price at time of publish: $1,179
Dimensions: 61.5 x 27 x 48.5 inches | Cooking Area: 787 square inches | Burners: 3 | Power: 39,000 BTUs/hour | Warranty: 3 years (Weber Connect); 10 years (cooking grates, burner tubes, Flavorizer bars); 12 years (lid, cookbox); 5 years (all other parts)
Best for Large Parties
Monument Grills Stainless 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill
Great performance at high heats
Good for beginner and expert grillers
Extremely easy to assemble despite size
Some uneven temperatures across the grates
Slight learning curve to get consistent temperatures
If you're regularly grilling more than a few people, you need a grill with different heat zones and ample room. This 4-burner grill from Monument Grills fits the bill—we thoroughly enjoyed cooking up burgers and steaks on it—and it comes at a great price.
We were impressed with this grill from start to finish. After effortless lighting, you have enough temperature settings, and responsive enough burners, to set the temperature exactly where you want it. We did have to get over a slight learning curve, especially at lower temperatures when the grill benefits from a preheat. We also experienced higher heat towards the back of the grill, which makes the front area great for indirect cooking. This does excel at high-heat cooking; not only is it more accurate when it comes to temperature, it also produces a great sear and well-defined grill marks.
While many grills this size are an annoyance to put together, this was so shockingly easy that even a first-time griller can handle it. Just be sure to oil the porcelain-coated cast-iron grates, and you'll be good to go!
Price at time of publish: $429
Dimensions: 54 x 19 x 46 inches | Cooking Area: 723 square inches | Burners: 4 | Power: 60,000 BTUs/hour | Warranty: 8 years (burners); 1 year (all other parts)
"Try using grapeseed oil to oil the grates. Grapeseed oil has a high smoke point and allows rubs and marinades to stay on the product vs coming off on the grill." — D'Andre Carter, Executive Chef of Soul & Smoke
Char-Broil 463630021 Performance Series 2-Burner Gas Grill
Consistently accurate in temperature
Great for beginners
Extremely easy to assemble
Hot spots around edges of grates
We've tried out a lot of inexpensive grills, but this Char-Broil Performance Series model is one of the better ones. The 395-square-inch cooking space is one on the smaller side, but we enjoyed how evenly it cooked throughout our testing. One reason for this is the close-to-accurate built-in thermometer—it was less than 20 degrees off whenever we read the ambient temperature—and the extremely responsive dials.
Since this is small, you will need to turn the heat up and down during your cookouts. The smaller enclosed area means the air heats up faster when the lid is closed, so you'll need to monitor that thermometer. You'll also need to keep an eye on food around the edges of the grates, as that's where we repeatedly observed hot spots. Yet, this is easy to put together, easy to clean, and a great barbecue for new grillers to learn on.
Price at time of publish: $249
Dimensions: 44.5 x 22.4 x 45.3 inches | Cooking Area: 395 square inches | Burners: 2 | Power: 20,000 BTUs/hour | Warranty: 2 years (firebox, lid); 5 years (burners); 1 year (all other parts)
Best Natural Gas
Weber Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Natural Gas Grill
Even heating surface
Quality construction and compact design
Compatible with Weber’s iGrill 3
Easy to clean
No side burner
Hood isn’t as deep as other models
Inaccurate built-in themometer
We love this grill for its durability, ease of use, approachable price point, and ideal size. With three burners, the Weber Spirit II E-310 can accommodate larger groups and a good amount of food at once, yet it’s not so large that it’d be excessive for a family of four with a humble backyard set up.
All three times we've tested this, we found that the grill excelled at maintaining a consistent temperature. It's incredibly responsive to you turning the heat dial up or down, and while we did have a couple of intense flare-ups, none affected our burgers at all. The biggest downside to this grill, though, is the built-in thermometer. We experienced inaccurate temperatures multiple times, to the point that we highly suggest you pick up a separate grill thermometer.
The Spirit II E-310 is equipped with a cast-aluminum firebox that doesn’t rust and should last a long time, even with heavy use. The externally mounted propane tank is easy to replace and leaves room for you to use the under-grill shelf for other storage needs. With a moderate price tag, we love that anyone can have such a quality grill right in their backyard, and it doesn't hurt that it comes with a 10-year warranty, as well.
Price at time of publish: $639
Dimensions: 52 x 27 x 44.5 inches | Cooking Area: 529 square inches | Burners: 3 | Power: 30,000 BTUs/hour | Warranty: 10 years
Char-Broil Signature Series Amplifire 2-Burner Gas Grill
Infrared plates perform excellently
Very efficient at heat retention
Great for beginners
Infrared plates can cause more smoke
Does need regular deep cleanings
Being in the market for a small grill doesn't mean having to compromise on performance, as evidenced by this 2-burner grill from Char-Broil. This grill series comes with infrared burners that live up to their promise of distributing heat evenly across the grates and preventing flare-ups. When we tested this grill, it displayed some of the most consistent cooking we observed, complete with great grill marks on the finished meal.
If you're nervous about controlling the temperature on an infrared grill, don't be. Since they're efficient with heat, you'll need less heat than normal and this grill's controls made it easy to regulate that heat. Once the grill heats up—we did notice a longer than normal amount of time when preheating—even beginners can master this Char-Broil. The infrared plates have some effects on cleanup though.
Since drippings collect on the plates, there can be a lot of smoke in-between cleanings. Additionally, you need to regularly take out the plates for cleaning, and we found removing them to be a bit cumbersome.
Price at time of publish: $500
Dimensions: 46.8 x 22.5 x 47.2 inches | Cooking Area: 445 square inches | Burners: 2 | Power: 20,000 BTUs/hour | Warranty: 3 years (grates, firebox); 10 years (burner); 1 year (all other parts)
"I find the best way to get the most flavor out of a gas grill is to always preheat the grill. There’s nothing like putting a steak on the grill and hearing it sizzle! By preheating the gas grill you are able to create good looking grill marks and that’s where the flavor is." — D'Andre Carter, Executive Chef of Soul & Smoke
Weber Traveler Portable Gas Grill
Large cooking surface
Effective nonstick coating
Expensive for its size
Uneven heating, especially with lid open
Difficult to clean
With 320 square inches, or enough room for 15 burgers, the Weber Traveler offers nearly as much cooking space as most of the non-mobile grills on this list, but it’s built into a clever base that folds almost completely flat for easy storage. It can fit in the trunk of a car, and you can wheel it to pretty much wherever you need it with hardly any effort.
We found that this grill performed admirably, yielding nicely cooked fish that was easy to remove from the non-stick grate and a steak that was cooked rare with nice grill marks after 10 minutes (and plenty of room form more doneness without burning the outside). Its single burner puts out 13,000 BTUs—which is on the weak side for a full-size grill but the strong side for a portable one—but managed to get the temperature of the cast-iron grate all the way up to 660 degrees. Our tip for high-temperature cooking is to keep the lid closed as much as possible: Opening the grill frequently led to uneven temperatures from one side to the other.
Price at time of publish: $419
Dimensions: 43.6 x 23 x 37.2 inches | Cooking Area: 320 square inches | Burners: 1 | Power: 13,000 BTU/hour | Warranty: 2 years (plastic components); 3 years (burner tubes, cooking grates); 5 years (cookbox, lid assembly); 1 year (all other parts)
Best Flat Top
Camp Chef 4-Burner Flat Top Propane Gas Grill
Versatility with interchangeable grates
Individual burner heat control
Convenient grease cup
The Camp Chef Flat Top Grill 600 has four robust stainless -teel burners for heating the heavy-duty cast-iron flat top grill. The griddle is pre-seasoned with a plant-based nonstick coating and is ready to use once assembled. Rust and warp resistant, the cast-iron griddle heats evenly and doesn’t create hot spots.
Unlike other flat top grills, this includes grill grates underneath the griddle so that it can be used like a traditional grill, though with slightly less cooking surface (500 square feet versus the griddle’s 600 square feet). Each burner has an output of 12,000 BTUs and can be individually adjusted from low, medium, and high for the ultimate heat control. This grill has plenty of storage with two open shelves below the grill and two side tables that fold when not in use. Whether cooking bacon or burgers, excess grease drains into a cup that is positioned conveniently on the side of the griddle. The stainless-steel body wipes down easily and the cast iron griddle requires little upkeep. This grill is best used in a single location and doesn’t fold down for easy transporting or storage.
Price at time of publish: $399
Dimensions: 62.5 x 20.5 x 19.5 inches | Cooking Area: 604 square inches | Burners: 4 | Power: 48,000 BTUs/hour | Warranty: 1 year
The Weber Genesis EX-325S Propane Gas Smart Grill earned high marks from us for its excellent performance and ample size. The more budget-friendly Char-Broil Performance Series 2-Burner Gas Grill is on the smaller side, but still grills up food to perfection.
How We Tested
We've tested these gas grills directly to the homes of our expert food writers and to our Lab. Our testers grilled and seared burgers, steak, salmon, and onions on each grill to thoroughly analyze every feature and the grill's performance. The grills were then rated on heat control and retention, size, features, performance, ease of cleaning, and overall value. Our home reviewers spent weeks using them in their backyards to see how the stood up to everyday cooking and cleaning. They were also able to offer additional insights including how easy they were to set up and store, and using these during typical weather conditions. After testing, our writers submitted their feedback on what they liked and didn't like.
The Spruce Eats Team Tests Gas Grills
Other Options We Tested
- Char-Broil Performance 4-Burner Cart-Style: When we tested this Char-Broil grill, we appreciated how responsive the controls were, how lightweight it was, and that it was incredibly easy to light, but that's about it. The built-in thermometer was consistently inaccurate, sometimes by more than 100 degrees and we experienced significant hot spots on the grates. Add to that a difficult cleaning session, and we think you can find better inexpensive grills.
- American Gourmet 3-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill: This budget grill left a lot to be desired after our testing. Assembling it was tedious and difficult, there is no built-in thermometer, the grates are made of metal, and the heat was wildly uneven across the entire surface. We experienced a lot of flare-ups and undercooked food, plus it got very dirty very quickly.
What to Look for in a Gas Grill
by Sara Tane
Number of Burners and Size
The size of your grill is going to indicate how much food you’re able to cook at once. If you are typically entertaining or cooking for large groups at a time, you’ll probably want a gas grill with a lot of cooking surface area and no less than three burners. With three or more burners, you’ll also have the ability to create several different heat zones, which is ideal if you’re cooking a variety of different foods at once. Two burners can create two different heat zones, which is ideal for smaller cooking projects, but if you have a range of different proteins and veggies, having the option to have three or more heat zones is great.
Grills can have up to six or eight burners, which is only necessary for large parties and gatherings. If you typically just cook for four or fewer people, this amount of burners will likely be excessive.
Not all grills are made of the same materials, and the material that a grill is made of will indicate not only its durability but how well it is able to maintain heat evenly. Cast aluminum fireboxes are ideal because they aren’t going to rust (which is especially common if you live in an area with lots of precipitation and the grill sits uncovered) and they’re extremely durable, lasting anywhere from 5 to 10 years. On the other hand, carbon steel grills can be prone to rust, thus making them far less durable than cast aluminum. On top of its durability issues, it is not as efficient in maintaining high heats.
Each grill will provide a different offering of features and design choices. You should look out for any wheels or cart options on the bottom of the grill, which is great if you plan to move the grill around. Also, make note of any sliding tables or prep areas and storage cabinets or shelves under the grill. Checking out the cleaning system is a good thing to note ahead of time. Is there a drainage system and pullout grease tray? Look for other features like an internal thermometer and any other accessories, like griddles or pizza stones.
How do you clean a gas grill?
Cleaning your grill semi-annually or annually (depending on how frequently you use it) is imperative to maintaining a safe, efficient grill that will last you a long time. Before and after each use, you should always use a grill brush to scrub the grates and remove caked-on food. Oiling hot grates is also a great way to avoid food-sticking issues. The build-up of grease, oils, and food can cause flareups and can impart unwanted flavors and aromas to your food.
To clean your grill, start by ensuring that the grill is off (you can unplug the propane to be safe). Remove the grill grates and scrub them first, and then soak them in hot, soapy water. Clean the burners and burner tubes with a clean, damp rag and clean the grease collection tray with hot, soapy water. Wipe down the outside of the grill with soap and water, as well. Remove the grates from the hot water and place them back in the grill.
How do you light a gas grill?
To light a gas grill, make sure that the grill is hooked up properly and securely to a propane tank or a line for natural gas. Turn the circular valve knob on the grill to release propane and then press the ignite button to create a spark and start a flame. Every grill has different knobs and setup, so always check with the user manual before lighting.
How do you convert a propane grill to natural gas?
In order to convert your propane grill to natural gas, you first need to make sure that your grill can support natural gas hookups, as not all gas grills have that capability. You will need to purchase a corresponding conversion kit that fits with your grill model, and once the kit is installed you will be able to hook up your natural gas line to the grill.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
This roundup was written by the Spruce Eats Editor Siobhan Wallace and The Spruce Eats Commerce Writer Jason Horn, who both compiled testing data from our in-house Lab as well as insights from our home testers' full product reviews.
This article was originally written by Sara Tane is a personal chef and food writer, and has written nearly a dozen buying guides for The Spruce Eats, understanding what consumers and cooks need to consider before making a new purchase for their culinary adventures. After researching gas grills, charcoal grills, budget grills, and portable grills, she can help you find the best outdoor cooking setup for your home.
This article was updated by Alyssa Langer, Rachel Knecht, and Camryn Rabideau, a freelance writer and product tester, who spoke with Chef D'Andre Carter of Soul & Smoke for tips on selecting a great gas grill and using your grill to its full potential.