The 7 Best High-End Gas Grills to Buy in 2018

Top of the line picks to perfect your grilling game

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If you think about it, a gas grill is very similar to a stove — but it’s built to withstand outdoor weather, and the cooking space might actually be larger than your kitchen stove. No wonder the price of a high-end gas grill can be the same as kitchen stove.

If cooking outdoors is your passion, or if you just prefer outdoor cooking in warm weather to keep the house cool, a high-quality gas grill can be a good investment since it will last a very long time. At this price point, the grills include thermometers to monitor cooking temperature as well as ignitions that make it easy to start the grills.

Many grills come with extras, like rotisseries or smoker boxes, to make them even more versatile. While many gas grills are built to run on propane, some run on natural gas, while others can be converted from one to the other.


  • 01 of 07

    Best Overall: Napoleon Prestige 825 Natural Gas Grill

    NAPOLEON Prestige 825 Natural Gas Grill
    Courtesy of Home Depot

    The shiny stainless steel exterior is highlighted with chrome for an elegant look and easy maintenance, while withstanding the harshest whether. When night grilling is on the menu, the control knobs turn red when the gas is on, so you’ll always know which burners are on and you won’t accidentally leave one on when cooking is done.

    The large main grill head offers plenty of space to cook for a crowd, and infrared ceramic rear and bottom burners offer more options for cooking low and slow, hot and fast, and everything in between. The two-stage side burner gives you space to simmer sauces or cook a side dish while you grill. The side burner grate can be reversed to become a cradle for wok cooking.

    The integrated smoker tube and smoker burner let you use this for smoking as well as grilling. This grill provides a total of 123,000 BTU of cooking power and has a total of 1245 inches of cooking space.

  • 02 of 07

    Best With Island: Cal Flame e3100 3 Piece Island with 4 Burner Natural Gas Grill

    More than just a stove, this is nearly a complete kitchen setup for outdoor cooking. The grill has four 15,000-BTU burners and a total of 800 square inches of cooking space along with a 15,000 BTU infrared back burner.

    This also includes two 15,000 BTU side burners which support wok cooking. A removable lid covers the burners when not in use.

    The full-sized rotisserie can hold up to 35 pounds, and the motor can be mounted on either the left or right. Heavy duty cooking grates are removable and dishwasher safe, for easy cleaning. A full-width removable drip tray makes it simple to dispose of cooking fats, and the full-with warming tray can be adjusted to two different positions.

    This also includes a 4.6 cubic foot refrigerator so you can keep your sauces handy and your drinks chilled, or store your slaw and potato salad until it’s time to serve. A beverage dispensing system makes it even more convenient.

    Cabinets and drawers make storage easy. Keep your barbecue tools near your cooking area, or store plates and flatware. Made from stainless steel, the cabinets and doors can withstand the weather and won’t rust or stain, so they’ll stay good looking for years. An integrated paper towel holder is a nice extra touch.

    The counter is a two-toned porcelain material and the base is covered with an Ameristone stucco with a foot rest and seating for six. This grill runs on natural gas.


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    Best Propane: Cal Flame Stainless Steel 4-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill

    Cal Flame Stainless Steel 4-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
    Courtesy of Lowe's

    Versatility is yours with this grill. There are four main burners plus a side burner, but you can also swap in a sear zone or a smoke tray to sear a steak or smoke some ribs.

    The grates are stainless steel that won’t rust or stain, while lip guards on the cast iron burners help keep the burners clean so they won’t clog. A full width drip tray makes it easy to remove cooking fats and helps keep the cooking area clean, and a warming rack keeps foods at the proper temperature for serving.

    This can be converted to run on natural gas with a conversion kit that is sold separately.

  • 04 of 07

    Best Multipurpose: Kokomo St. John BBQ Island 4-Burner Convertible Gas Grill

    St. John BBQ Island 4-Burner Convertible Gas Grill
    Courtesy of Wayfair

    This barbecue island is prewired with two electrical outlets, so you can bring your blender outdoors to make drinks or sauces, or plug in your coffee maker or any other kitchen appliance you like. Four prewired under-counter puck lights give you extra light for evening cooking.

    Four main burners offer a total of 60,000 BTUs of cooking power, to cook for the family. This island includes a stainless steel refrigerator and a stainless steel umbrella sleeve. It can run on either gas or propane.

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  • 05 of 07

    Best With Extras: Summerset Alturi Propane Gas Grill with Smoker

    Alturi Propane Gas Grill with Smoker
    Courtesy of Wayfair

    This grill will never let you down with flamethrower ignition plus a flash tube for manual ignition. It has an infrared back burner and includes a rotisserie kit for more versatility, and has dual interior halogen lights and from panel LED lights for evening grilling.

    The total 260,000 BTUs of cooking power includes red brass burners for cooking along with an integrated 7000 BTU smoker burner. Heat zone separators make it easy to sear steaks on one zone while cooking at a lower temperature in another zone.

    For easy storage, there’s a bracket to hold the rotisserie spit when it’s not in use. You can choose models that operate either on propane or natural gas.

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    Best With Charcoal Smoker: Fire Magic Echelon Diamond Portable Stand Alone Grill

    Echelon Diamond Portable Stand Alone Grill by Fire Magic
    Courtesy of Jet

    With this grill, you can check your cooking with the magic view window (not shown in the photo) without lifting the lid, just like peeking into your oven. A warming rack lets you hold food for serving or gently warm your burger buns. Heat zone separators let you sear steaks in one area while cooking slowly on another area.

    This grill offers a total of 96,000 BTUs of cooking power from three burners and runs on natural gas. It includes a rotisserie with a high-torque motor, a stainless steel spit, and a counter-balance to handle your favorite roasts. It includes an 8-foot extension cord to power the motor. The Quantum foam rotisserie back burner is 13,000 BTUs.

    A charcoal/smoker combo basket makes this even more versatile. Two storage drawers and two fold-down shelves offer storage space for your favorite barbecue tools and supplies. Backlit control knobs and halogen lamps make evening cooking easy.

  • 07 of 07

    Best Flat-Top: Commercial Pro Wheeled Cart Flattop Grill

    Commercial Pro Wheeled Cart Flattop Grill - Outdoor Gas Cooking Station
    Courtesy of Jet

    Perfect for cooks who want something a little different, this gas grill features a flat-top cooking surface that’s great for steaks and burger, but can also be used for cooking pancakes and bacon for a crowd. While you won’t get grill marks, you can still get a hard sear on the full surface of your steaks and burgers, and you won’t be losing vegetables through the grates or getting flare-ups from fat dripping on the burners.

    This has a 30-inch diameter round cooking surface and two gas-tube burners that can maintain temperatures from 225 to 700 degrees for slow or fast cooking. A stainless steel drip pan catches oil and juices so your food won’t be sitting in liquid, and it makes cleanup easy.

    At 166 pounds, this is a bit heavy to take everywhere, but the heavy duty wheels make it easy to move when you need to. This runs on propane.