If you’re ready to take your outdoor cooking game up a notch, then there’s no better investment than a gas grill. Whereas charcoal grills require you to fuss around with the placement and heating of charcoals, gas grills can adjust their heat level with the turn of a knob. Lighting them is as simple as turning on a button and lighting a flame, and they’re not nearly as smoky or ashy as charcoal grills.
That said, gas grills likely will run you a bit more money than charcoal grills, and they typically don’t get as hot of a flame as the one you’d get from a charcoal grill. With so many grills of varying sizes, materials, and prices, it’s important to know what you’re looking for before buying a grill.
Here, the best high-end gas grill for all your outdoor cooking.
Weber Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill
Even heating surface and few flare-ups
Compatible with Weber’s iGrill 3
Grease management system makes it easy to clean
No side burner
Hood isn’t as deep as other models
The Weber Spirit II E-310 combines all of the durability and ease of use that you’re looking for in a grill. Plus, it's affordable and moderately sized. The three burners can accommodate enough food for an outdoor BBQ party for up to eight people, yet the grill itself is not so massive that it cannot fit on a humble porch or for backyard setups.
The cast aluminum firebox is sure to give you years, potentially decades, of use without rusting, breaking, or losing its ability to maintain heat. . This grill is designed with an open-cart style for added convenience and storage, plus the side table can fold down, which is great if you’re tight on space. We found that the ignition lit the up the grill every time and the temperature controls were spot-on. The grates were perfectly seasoned, with everything grilling up nicely, and cleaned easily.
Weber includes a 10-year warranty for any mishaps or broken parts. Sure, there are more aesthetically pleasing grills with more elaborate and chic designs, but if you want a grill that can perform at a high level for a moderate price, then this is your go-to.
Price at time of publish: $639
Dimensions: 52 x 27 x 44.5 inches | Total Cooking Area: 529 square inches | Fuel Type: Propane gas | Power: 30,000 BTUs/hour
"The easy-to-read fuel gauge is an unusual but welcome feature that makes this grill much easier for novices to navigate." — Angelica Leicht, Product Tester
Best Natural Gas
Blaze Premium LTE 32-Inch 4-Burner Built-In Natural Gas Grill
High quality stainless steel throughout grill
Stand not included
The Blaze Premium LTE 32-Inch natural gas grill is a high end grill with a 304-stainless-steel body that resists corrosion. The grill’s hood is double-lined stainless steel to prevent discoloration and the four burners are heavy-duty cast-stainless steel.
Starting the grill is never a problem with the reliable flame thrower ignition system. This grill also features a stainless steel flame-tamer system, which ensures that the burners heat evenly, while also vanquishing flare-ups. Each burner puts out a whopping 14,000 BTUs plus the grill includes triangle shaped searing rods to create those coveted grill marks. Knobs lit with LED lights and internal halogen lights enhance night time grilling.
The grill also includes a warming rack for added convenience, as well as heat zone separators that allow for direct and indirect cooking zones. Clean up is a snap with a removable full width drip tray. The grill comes with a lifetime warranty as well as exceptional customer service. The built-in style of the grill requires planning ahead when it comes to installation. It can be set into an outdoor kitchen or used as a standalone grill with the purchase of a cabinet.
Price at time of publish: $2,300
Dimensions: 32.5 x 25.75 x 21.25 inches | Total Cooking Area: 715 square inches | Fuel Type: Natural gas | Power: 56,000 BTUs/hour
Best for Rotisserie
Napoleon Grills Built-in Prestige 500 with Infrared Rear Burner Natural Gas Grill
Rotisserie capabilities and infrared side burner
Six high-power, stainless steel burners
Folding side shelves and ample storage space
If you want a grill that can do more than grilling, look for a model that offers rotisserie capabilities. This high-powered, 6-burner grill also offers rear infrared rotisserie burner and a rotisserie kit that allows you to slow roast food with restaurant-quality results. Say hello to the juiciest, most succulent meat of your life, right from the comfort of your outdoor cooking space. With 80,000 BTUs, this grill comes with a ton of power and 900 square inches of surface area so that you can cook plenty of food at once.
It also comes with a high-heat infrared side burner to sear food (like steak) at extremely high temperatures as you cook other dishes on the grill. The cart comes with folding side shelves with built-in utensil holders and double doors for storage. Napoleon has thought of everything. Although many of these added features may not be essential to successful summer grilling, they’re an additional benefit for all the grill enthusiasts out there.
Price at time of publish: $1,499
Dimensions: 32.5 x 25.5 x 22.25 inches | Total Cooking Area: 760 square inches | Fuel Type: Natural gas | Power: 48,000 BTUs/hour
Best for Entertaining
Camp Chef Apex 36 With Gas Kit
Pellet/gas grill combo with a large hopper
Massive amount of cooking space
Ingenious design features
Doesn't come with a cover
Anyone who throws a lot of backyard parties needs a lot from a grill. You need an ample amount of space to cook for everyone, enough fuel to keep the party going, the ability to cook a lot of different things, and effortless clean up. Camp Chef's Apex 36 with the gas kit (of course) satisfies all of these necessities with a few bonus additions.
This pellet/gas combination grill comes with a 663-square-inch bottom rack that sits over four 9,000-BTU gas burners, plus a top rack and a 28,000-BTU side burner. Add in the 30-pound hopper and you have the space and fuel for an all-day affair. The entire grill connects to the Camp Chef app so you can control the digital interface from your phone, and monitor the four included colored probes, which have their own storage on the front of the grill. Also on the front is the slide-out grease tray, with the ash pot easy to access underneath.
Other design features Camp Chef improved with this grill is the smoke ventilation. Instead of a smoke stack, this circulates smoke around the double-walled interior before exiting out a back vent. One catch here is you'll have to purchase any other accessories, whether it's the side-burner pizza oven or a simple grill cover. Additionally, unlike the other big grills on our list, Camp Chef only offers a 3-year warranty on its grills.
Price at time of publish: $2,400
Dimensions: 79.25 x 32 x 44.5 inches | Total Cooking Area: 1,236 square inches | Fuel Type: Propane gas | Power: 56,000 BTUs/hour | Hopper Capacity: 30 pounds
Fuego Element Hinged Propane Gas Grill
Compact size for small areas
Includes griddle and pizza stone kit
Easy to clean
Limited cooking area
If you’re tight on space or you don’t have the need to cook a lot of food at once, then you may be better suited for a 2-burner grill. If that’s the case, this model is the best one out there. With 22,000 BTUs, it's a smaller grill that certainly packs a powerful punch. It also comes with a whopping 346 square inches of cast-iron grilling grate with an optional griddle and pizza stone kit. The easy-to-clean residue removal system ensures that grease can drop straight through to the residue tray, making clean-up a breeze.
The propane tanks nest easily in the base of the grill for compact and efficient storage. The hinged lid design sits at a 45-degree angle, which helps to prevent the need to reach over a hot flame—and you no longer need to worry about the lid handle heating up.
Price at time of publish: $399
Dimensions: 21 x 21 x 46 inches | Total Cooking Area: 346 square inches | Fuel Type: Propane gas | Power: 23,000 BTUs/hour
You can't go wrong with the Weber Spirit II E-310 Gas Grill, a high-performing, three-burner option with a moderate price tag. If you're looking for even more functionality and want to splurge a bit, we recommend the Napoleon Built-In Prestige PRO, which features four high-power burners as well as rotisserie capabilities.
What to Look for in a High-End Gas Grill
How much food you typically grill at once and how much outdoor space you have for your grill will determine what size you need. You should know how many burners your grill has. It’s ideal to have at least three different burners so that you can control three different heat zones of temperature. For example, if you’ve got two proteins and a veggie, you’ll likely want three different flames for each.
Two burners can still create varying heat zones, but it can feel a little cramped, even for a casual dinner for four. Four burners, while incredibly spacious, might be more than the average home cook needs for a simple dinner. Some grills have six burners, a great option for a cook who is frequently entertaining or cooking in big batches. If outdoor cooking is something that you do a lot and you like to have lots of foods grilling at once, then you’re probably better off getting three or more burners.
The grill's material will indicate how durable it’s going to be, as well as the grill’s ability to maintain heat. A cast aluminum firebox will not only be rust-proof, but this material is going to last you a long time. It is more common for grills on the lower end of the price spectrum to be made of carbon steel. Although carbon steel is a decent material, it can be prone to rust and is not nearly as durable as cast aluminum. It’s also not efficient for maintaining high or even heat.
You can pay anywhere from $200 to $2,000 on a new gas grill, so setting a realistic budget is something to consider when purchasing. Cheaper grills are smaller in size, made of less durable material, and produce a weaker flame. If you’re new to gas grilling and want to test the waters, these could be a great place to start. If you’re a seasoned outdoor cook and need a high-performance grill with three or more burners for frequent, heavy-duty cooking, then opting for a grill on the higher end of the price spectrum will be a great investment for your outdoor kitchen. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars for a quality gas grill, but if you want an appliance with a sleek design and all the bells and whistles, the price tag will be more expensive.
Depending on what you’re looking for in a grill, it’s important to note any additional features that your grill might offer. Some are portable or come with a wheel and cart setup. Some have gliding drawers for storing cookware, utensils, and condiments and provide added convenience. Other features include pullout grease trays, which make clean-up easier.
How do you clean a gas grill?
"Outside of typical grill maintenance, the most important part to clean are the burners," says Mike Lang, founder of Another Pint Please. "Consult the owner’s manual for exact instructions, but the goal is to have an unobstructed clear flame. Obstructions, whether from food debris or insects, can make the difference between perfectly seared steaks and ordering carryout."
The best way to clean a gas grill is to turn all the flames on their highest level, close the lid, and let the grates reach the highest possible temperature for 10 to 15 minutes. This high temperature will help to remove any stuck-on food bits. After you’ve heated the grates, dip your wire brush in hot, soapy water, and use it against the grates to remove excess dirt and food. Then let the grates cool completely and soak them in a tub of warm, soapy water. This will remove any stubborn food bits. While the grates are off, use a vacuum to remove any food that has fallen through the grates. Wipe the exterior using stainless steel cleaner to clean up any excess oil or smoky bits. Put the grates back in place, and your grill will seem brand new.
What is a natural gas grill?
Natural gas grills are very similar to propane grills. However, they do offer some added benefits. Natural gas grills use hydrocarbon-based fuels as a heat source rather than charcoal or a propane tank, and it can be more cost-effective. They may cost you a bit more to purchase, install, and set up, but once you have your natural gas grill ready to go, you will be sure to save money from not having to buy propane or charcoal. Unfortunately, they are not portable, so if that is a priority in your next grill, opt for a charcoal or propane gas grill.
What are the advantages of a gas grill over a charcoal grill?
“The biggest advantage of a gas grill is convenience, but not necessarily the convenience of time," says Lang. "Whether the grill is charcoal or gas, it still takes upwards of 20 minutes to start both. A charcoal grill might take longer to come to temp, a gas grill takes longer to heat up. However, if the idea of stacking and starting charcoal sounds like a chore, the click of a gas grill’s knob is all the simplicity you need.”
Additionally, even though a gas grill is typically more expensive than a charcoal grill, propane is much cheaper than charcoals. Cooking with charcoals can be extremely smoky and ashy, so there’s much less cleanup involved when using a gas grill. It is much easier to control your flame with a gas grill because you can simply adjust a knob to increase or decrease the severity of your flame, whereas, with a charcoal grill, you’d have to move around the charcoals to accommodate your flame preferences.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Sara Tane is a private chef and has written nearly a dozen buying guides for The Spruce Eats. She has a thorough understanding of 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.
Rachel Knecht has been a writer with The Spruce Eats since 2022, and interviewed Mike Lang for this piece. Siobhan Wallace is a commerce editor on The Spruce Eats team, and has been covering our grills beat since 2022.