The 6 Best Natural Gas Grills of 2019

A convenient way to grill and sear food

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Weber Genesis II E-310 at Amazon

“This grill combines excellent quality with a price that won’t break the bank.”

Best for BBQ: Weber Summit S-670 Natural-Gas Grill at Amazon

“The smoker box lets you add delicious smoke flavor to your food.”

Best Built-In: Napoleon Built-in LEX 485 Natural Gas Grill at Home Depot

“Four burners offer 48,000 BTUs of cooking power.”

Best Under $500: Weber Spirit II E-310 NG Gas Grill at Amazon

“Has high-quality construction and all of the important features.”

Best Under $2,000: Napoleon Grills Prestige Natural Gas Grill at Amazon

“The included rotisserie kit gives you another option for cooking.”

Best for Pizza: Wood-Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven Hybrid at Amazon

“Can use either natural gas or wood as fuel for custom results.”

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    Best Overall: Weber Genesis II E-310

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    Excellent

    This grill combines the excellent quality of Weber grills with great options and a price that won’t break the bank. There are three high-quality stainless steel burners with Flavorizer bars that divert and vaporize drippings to create flavorful smoke while also reducing flare-ups.

    This gives you 513 square inches of cooking space on the main grates which are made from porcelain-coated cast iron for easy maintenance, along with 156 square inches of space on the warming rack. The warming rack tucks out of the way when not in use, giving you extra overhead space when you need it. Two stainless steel side tables give you easy-to-clean space for tools and sauces while you work. The integrated hooks let you hang tools so they’re easy to grab, and the open cart lets you store supplies within easy reach. Two large wheels plus two locking casters make this easy to move, then the casters can be locked to keep the grill from moving if it’s accidentally bumped.

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    Best for BBQ: Weber Summit S-670 Stainless-Steel Natural-Gas Grill

    This grill has it all and more, so it’s great for anyone who loves to cook for family, friends, and parties. It has main six burners plus a side burner, so you’ll have space to cook for a crowd on the 693 square inch main grates. The warming rack offers an additional 145 square inches for keeping your burger buns toasty or holding your wings at serving temperature. The grates are made from thick stainless steel rods that will never rust, chip, or corrode, and are easy to brush clean after cooking.

    The searing burner gives you an extra blast of heat for quickly searing steaks before moving them to a cooler part of the grill to continue cooking, and the smoker burner and smoker box let you add delicious smoke flavor to all of your food. This also includes an integrated rotisserie motor that drops down out of sight when not in use, along with a rotisserie burner for perfect cooking.

    The control knobs light up, making them easy to see when grilling after dark, and the lights on the large lid handle light up the grilling space for late-night cooking. The cart is made from stainless steel with doors that hide your supplies from sight. A grease management system sends grease and drippings to a collection tray for easy removal when cooking is done.

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    Best Built-In: Napoleon Built-in LEX 485 Natural Gas Grill

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    This built-in grill has the same stainless steel wave-shaped cooking rods as Napoleon’s standalone grills. That wave shape will keep your asparagus spears and other small foods from sliding between the grates, while also providing great grill marks on steaks and chops. The control knobs are backlit for an attractive look and better visibility at night and the lid is double-walled, to keep the heat in. Four burners offer 48,000 BTUs of cooking power on 675 square inches of cooking space.

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    Best Under $500: Weber 49010001 Spirit II E-310 NG Gas Grill

    This three-burner grill doesn’t have the bells and whistles of more expensive Weber grills, but it still has the high-quality construction and all of the important features. It will give you 529 square inches of cooking space on porcelain enameled cast iron cooking grates that are easy to maintain while providing easy cleaning, nonstick cooking, and great grill marks.

    Porcelain coated Flavorizer bars over the burners reduce the chance of flare-ups while creating delicious smoke from the food drippings. The grease management system collects any remaining drippings for easy cleaning when cooking is done.

    This has an open cart for convenient storage of supplies, and two large wheels that make this easy to move. Two stainless steel side trays give you space for your sauces and condiments while you grill, and tool hooks let you hang your tools nearby. The left table folds down to get out of the way when it’s not in use.

    Available in four different colors.

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    Best Under $2,000: Napoleon Grills Prestige 500 Natural Gas Grill

    This six-burner grill has unique wave-shaped stainless steel cooking grids that will create interesting and impressive grill marks on your burgers and steaks, and they also help prevent small foods from falling through the grates. The included rotisserie kit gives you another option for cooking chickens and roasts, using the infrared back burner while an infrared side burner gives you even more cooking space.

    The main cooking area is 500 square inches with four main burners of 12,000 BTUs providing excellent cooking power. For even more cooking options, the side burner is 14,000 BTUs and the back burner is 18,000 BTUs. This grill is made from stainless steel so it will look good for years to come. An interesting accessory is the charcoal and smoker tray, sold separately, that allows you to fill the tray with charcoal, light it with the gas burners, and cook over a charcoal fire right in your gas grill. A section of the tray is reserved for wood, so you can use it for smoking as well.

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    Best for Pizza: Chicago Brick Oven Americano Wood-Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven Hybrid

    Built for pizza, but excellent for steaks, roasts, vegetables, and more, this grill can use either natural gas or wood as fuel, so you’ll get exactly the results you want. The low dome keeps the heat in while funneling smoke out of the flue, so you won’t get a blast of smoke in your face when you check the food, and it’s designed to create temperatures up to 1000 degrees, for cooking pizzas in just a few minutes, or use lower temperatures for roasting and grilling.

    This gives you a total of 675 square inches of cooking space. A bottom shelf gives you storage space for supplies. This weighs 350 pounds and does not have wheels, so it’s meant to stay in place.

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How We Tested

Our reviewers spent 20 hours testing one of the most popular gas grills under $1000 on the market. To make sure we’re getting the most accurate feedback possible, we asked our testers to consider the most important features when using this gas grill, from what type of fuel it uses to its special features. We've outlined the most important takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Gas Grill Under $1000

Number of burners When you’re roasting a chicken and want to use indirect heat, it will be easier on a grill with more burners, since you can turn off the center burner (or burners) while leaving the outer burners on. Having more burners also means that you can cook at different temperatures, so your steaks can sear on high heat to start, then you can move them to a cooler part of the grill to finish. In short, more burners means more versatility.

Propane vs. natural gas Propane grills are more portable, but you’ll have to keep an eye on how much fuel you have or keep a spare tank on hand for quick swaps. Natural gas grills will never run out of fuel in the midst of cooking, but you’ll need to find a permanent spot for the grill, plus an available gas connection.

Special features Each grill has special features that make them more appealing than others – if you like those features. From side burners to helpful displays, to the material of the grill grates or burners, there are options galore. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to the extra features, so choose the ones that are useful for you.

Test Results: Weber Genesis II E-310

Excellent

What We Like

  • Powerful and effective

  • Sleek design

  • Many useful features

What We Don't Like

  • Pricier

Weber Genesis II E-310
Weber Genesis II E-310
Weber Genesis II E-310
Weber Genesis II E-310

This grill was beloved by our testers for delivering consistently cooked food, in addition to having “an extremely appealing aesthetic.” It also offers many more features than other comparable models. One reviewer even listed a few she loved, including “the Flavorizer bar, ceramic grill plates (which make clean-up easy and leave nice sear marks), and a gas gauge (a lot of budget models don’t have this).” The only real downside of this grill, according to our testers, was its price tag: “If you can't spend more than a few hundred dollars on a grill this is way out of your league,” said one reviewer, “but if price wasn’t an issue, I’d get this grill in a heartbeat.”