Our Top Picks
Best Propane Insert: Stainless Steel Propane Gas Grill at Home Depot
"Has porcelain-coated cast iron burners for superior heat distribution."
Best Mid-Sized: Fire Magic Aurora A540i at Amazon
"A complete grill with side burner and rotisserie kit."
Best Commercial: BeefEater 5 Burner Built-In Gas Grill at Amazon
"Five solid stainless steel burners that provide a total of 90,000 BTUs."
Best Splurge: Blaze 34-Inch 3-Burner at Amazon
"Excellent power, solid construction, and a wide range of options."
Best Durable: Artisan Classic 36-Inch at Amazon
"Comes from one of the best of the high-end stainless steel grill makers."
Best Value: Bull Brahma 5-Burner Built In at Amazon
"Reasonably priced and offers cast stainless burners."
Best Natural Gas: Napoleon Grills Built-in Natural Gas Grill at Amazon
"You’ll never need to worry about running out of propane while cooking."
01 of 07
Best Propane Insert: Cal Flame Gourmet Series 5-Burner Built-In Stainless Steel Propane Gas Grill
This insert has porcelain-coated cast iron burners for superior heat distribution and proprietary v-grates that help prevent food from falling through the grates. The easy-start ignition will get you cooking safely and easily.
The grill has five burners and 1000 square inches of cooking space, with 75,000 total BTUs of cooking power. Each burner has its own control knob so you can easily adjust the heat to cook different foods at different temperatures.
The grates are made from 3/8" stainless steel that won’t rust or corrode, and the body is also made from stainless steel that is double-welded for a seamless surface that holds the heat in. For easy cleaning, a full-width drip tray pulls out so you can dispose of any cooking debris.
The upper warming rack can be adjusted to two different positions to toast your hot dog buns or keep food warm for serving. There is an optional rotisserie that can be added to this unit.
02 of 07
Best Mid-Sized: Fire Magic Aurora A540i
Fire magic makes some of the best gas grills on the market. This mid-sized grill offers all the quality construction and great features of a Fire Magic. The best and most important feature of this grill, like all Fire Magic units, is the solid, welded construction. Made with every attention to detail from high-quality stainless steel this grill is built to last a lifetime and to cook like a dream. The cast stainless steel burners put out plenty of heat and offer a wide range of grilling temperatures. This unit is a complete grill with side burner and rotisserie kit.
03 of 07
Best Commercial: BeefEater Signature Series Stainless Steel 5 Burner Built-In Gas Grill
This five-burner grill has pressed 304 stainless steel burners with 10mm rods that are easy to keep clean. The quarts-start ignition will never require batteries, so you’ll never need to worry about starting the fire. The stainless steel vaporizer grid reduces flare-ups and vaporizes drippings to create smoky flavor for all your grilled foods.
The commercial-quality construction is durable and easy to maintain, while the removable grill hood is angled to provide a convection effect so food will cook evenly without drying out. A glass window in the lid lets you check the food without lifting the lid and letting heat escape.
This has five solid stainless steel burners that provide a total of 90,000 BTUs of heat for professional performance. This also includes a 1/4" thick griddle that can replace one section of grates.
A rotisserie is available as an option.
04 of 07
Best Splurge: Blaze 34-Inch 3-Burner
Gas Grill inserts can cost a lot of money, but this one manages to beat the prices of most and still be a good gas grill. Imported by the same people behind the largest online store for barbecue products, this stainless steel insert has excellent power, solid construction, and a wide range of options (including a full rotisserie system). Available for under $4,000, the Blaze 3-Burner is a good choice for that custom grill island to perfectly cook your meat.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Best Durable: Artisan Classic 36-Inch
Many of the highest end grill manufacturer's have been introducing more moderately priced product lines in recent years. The Artisan grill comes from Alfresco grills, one of the best of the high-end stainless steel grill makers. With many of the same features, this grill has lost a few of Alfresco's details to bring down the price. While a powerful grill, this one doesn't stand out from the pack and tends to be a little more expensive than some of the other lower priced gas grill inserts. This isn't to say that it isn't a great grill. It is, especially for the price.
06 of 07
Best Value: Bull Brahma 5-Burner Built In
Bull Outdoor Products started making grills more than a decade ago to complete their line of grill islands. This large stainless steel insert is reasonably priced (it rings in under $3,000) and offers cast stainless burners and a full rotisserie system. Powerful and well featured, this is a good choice for a lower cost gas grill insert.
07 of 07
Best Natural Gas: Napoleon Grills Built-in Prestige 500 Natural Gas Grill
Made from stainless steel, this grill will look great in your outdoor kitchen area, and it will also perform with great style. It has reversible cast iron wave cooking grids that provide even heat and produce professional-looking grill marks.
Using this grill couldn’t be easier. The ignition system is designed to start the fire the first time, every time, and you’ll get a total of 66,000 BTUs from the five stainless steel tube burners. The large 760 square inch cooking surface gives you plenty of room to cook an entire meal for the family, or a whole lot of burgers for a party.
At the back of the grill is an integrated infrared burner for rotisserie cooking. For even more options, there’s an optional charcoal tray that can be used for grilling and smoking (available for purchase at an additional cost).
This runs on natural gas, so you’ll never need to worry about running out of propane in the middle of cooking.
What to Look for in a Gas Grill Insert Under $4,000
Size When you’re installing a semi-permanent fixture in your yard, size is an important consideration—both the overall size of the grill as well as its amount of cooking space. If you choose a grill that’s too large for your space, you won’t have as much room for counters or a sink. But if you choose a grill that doesn’t have enough cooking space, you’ll be pulling out the rusty charcoal grill when you have a party.
Special features Like standalone grills, built-in grills have a variety of extra features that go beyond the ability to put grill marks on a steak. If you love the idea of rotisserie chicken or you want to smoke brisket, select a grill with these options.
Cleaning Take a look at the grill’s configuration ahead of time and think about how easy it'll be to clean. Is there a pull-out-tray, or will you need to reach into or under the grill? Are the grill grates easy to clean in place, or will you have to remove them to clean in your sink? Select an option that best fits your needs.