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A gas grill doesn’t have to demolish your budget – there are plenty of options in the $500 to $1000 range that provide excellent performance and even a few fancy features. To make sure you’re spending your money wisely, we rounded up the best gas grill models available and tested out a popular one for ourselves by flipping burgers, grilling steaks, skewering vegetables, and even taking a pizza or two to the outdoors. Our testers might be a little full right now, but we’re okay with that.
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Weber Genesis II E-310
Equipped with the proprietary GS4 Grilling System, this grill was designed to be easy to use with excellent grilling results, no matter how much grilling experience you have. The Infinity Ignition guarantees reliable starting every time, just by turning the knob for the burner you choose.
Porcelain-enameled Flavorizer bars over the burners reduce flare-ups and create the smoky flavors you desire, while also spreading the heat so the entire grid heats evenly and food cooks consistently with no hot or cold spots. Any drippings that don’t sizzle and burn are funneled into the grease management system for easy cleanup when cooking is done.
This grill has three stainless steel burners that operate independently, so you can sear over one burner while cooking at a lower temperature on another part of the grill. With a total of 513 square inches of primary cooking space and another 156 square inches on the warming rack, you’ll have plenty of room for ribs, brats and burgers, while buns and side dishes stay warm and out of the way.
Two stainless steel side trays give you plenty of space for sauces, plates and snacks while hanging hooks give you the perfect place for your tools. This grill uses propane; it is also available for use with natural gas.
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The Holland Liberty Gas Grill is currently the least expensive of the Holland Grills, with a list price well under $800USD. Like all Holland Grills, the Liberty has a single cast iron burner under a metal deflector plate that separates the fire from the cooking chamber. Critics will say that this is just a large metal oven, but fans of this grill (which there are many) will say that this is one of the most versatile gas grills on the market and that it will never have a flare-up.
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Broil King Baron 5-Burner 540-S
You’ll be able to cook an entire meal on this grill, with ease. The dual-tube burners provide a total of 50,000 BTUs and the side burner provides an additional 10,000 BTUs so you can cook side dishes or simmer sauces. There is a total of 555 square inches of primary cooking space, plus an additional 250 square inches of space on a warming rack where you can keep your food at serving temperature or heat your hot dog buns before serving.
The temperature control knobs turn 180 degrees, making it easy to set the perfect temperature for searing steaks, grilling burgers and cooking delicate fish. Stainless steel side shelves give you the space you need to hold sauces, condiments, plates and tools, then they fold down neatly to take less space when not in use.
The body of the grill is coated with porcelain and has aluminum end caps, so it will look good for many years. Solid stainless steel cooking rods are easy to keep clean and will never rust or corrode, and they also provide even heat distribution and impressive grill marks.
The proprietary Flav-R-Wave cooking system is made from stainless steel and fills the entire cooking box where it catches and vaporizes grease and drippings. This creates the smoky flavor you’re looking for when you grill.
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Kitchenaid 5-Burner Gas Grill Model# 720-0893
KitchenAid might be best known for stand mixers, but they also make a wide variety of large and small cooking equipment, including high-end grills like this one. This has five main stainless steel tube burners that provide 11,000 BTUs each, and 825 square inches of cooking space on heavy duty stainless steel cooking grates. There are three grates, so they’re easy to remove one at a time for cleaning when cooking is done.
Besides the main cooking area, there are two side burners. One burner is stainless steel and brass and provides 12,000 BTUs of heat. The second burner is a ceramic infrared burner that provides 15,000 BTUs for perfect searing and professional grill marks every time.
The proprietary Even-Heat Cooking System in the cooking box is designed to spread the heat throughout the cooking area, so you won’t have hot or cold spots. Flame tamers help reduce flare-ups caused by dripping juices and grease, while they also produce the smoky flavor you look for when grilling.
The control panel is made from tempered glass for durability and is backlit so you can see it easily, day or night, in any weather. The continuous-spark ignition ensures a reliable start every time.
A built-in thermometer lets you check the grill temperature at a glance and heavy-duty casters let you position the grill to the perfect spot for cooking. A grill cover is included, so you can protect the grill from dust and weather. This runs on propane but can be converted to natural gas using a kit that is sold separately.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Modern Home Products (MHP) JNR 4
Modern Home Products, or MHP, is one of the oldest makers of gas grills, and many of the features they have relied on for decades are still used in this grill. From the cast aluminum body to the ceramic briquette barrier and the single piece H-type burner, this grill is from a very different era. To the consumer accustomed to multiple burner lightweight grills, this might seem different, but built to last, this grill really is one that deserves consideration.
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NexgrillvDeluxe 6-Burner Propane Gas Grill
Night grilling is easier with this grill because of the LED control panel that lets you see the controls in the dark, and it’s just as good on a bright or a dim day. The six burners and the body of this grill are stainless steel that will look good for many years. The grates are cast iron coated with porcelain enamel, so they won’t rust or corrode, while an even-heat system is designed to provide the same amount heat all across the grilling surface.
The large grilling surface, over 563 square inches, is large enough for at least two dozen average burgers for your next backyard barbecue. A 15,000 BTU side searing burner sears meat quickly, before you move on to regular grilling. Flame tamers deflect heat deflect heat, prevent flare-ups, and vaporize drippings to create the smoky flavor you want.
A ceramic rotisserie burner and the included rotisserie kit will have you turning out juicy, flavorful, and perfectly browned chickens, and an upper-level warming rack is just what you need for warming burger buns or keeping cooked foods warm until serving time.
This can use either propane or natural gas and has electronic ignition for easy starts.
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
What We Like
Powerful and effective
Many useful features
What We Don't Like
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.”