The 5 Best Gas Grills Between $1,000 and $2,000 in 2022

The Weber Genesis S-435 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill is our top pick

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With ample cooking space, a built-in searing feature, and a beautiful design, the Weber Genesis S-435 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill is our top choice. If you're looking for a kamado-style grill, go with the Vision Icon Hybrid Kamado Grill.

Purchasing a gas grill can be an expensive proposition, so you want one that’s going to get the job done and look good, too. The old saying that “you get what you pay for” is definitely true when it comes to gas grills. An inexpensive grill can definitely get the job done, but if you love to cook in the great outdoors, consider investing in a pricier grill. Typically, more expensive units will have more bells and whistles as well as a longer warranty (often 10 years or more on components).

Higher-end grills also have more BTUs for more flexibility in cooking. They include features, such as side burners, sear stations, or a rotisserie for roasting whole chickens. Plus, manufacturers have seriously boosted the style factor since we’ve all been spending more time in our backyards in recent years. Don’t forget that most gas grills require at least some assembly, so read the instructions carefully, set aside plenty of time to put it together, and enlist a helper so you can get grilling faster.

Here are the best gas grills between $1000 to $2000.

Best Overall: Weber Genesis II S-435 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill

Weber Genesis II

Home Depot

What We Like
  • Four burners

  • 10-year warranty on some components

  • Large cooking area

What We Don't Like
  • Grillware sold separately

If you love to grill, this one does it all with 994 inches of total cooking space. With four stainless steel burners and a side burner for everything from simmering sauces to steaming corn on the cob, this is the best option for serious cooks. A built-in searing feature allows you to put a beautiful sear on steaks and chops. With 48,000 BTUs, you can cook anything your heart desires in record time. Extra storage space underneath lets you stash tools where you need them, so you’ll make fewer trips to the kitchen, and a large side table gives you more prep space than previous models.

It’s available in propane or natural gas, so it works in a variety of outdoor kitchen settings. A special grate and frame kit insert allows you to use other Weber custom-fit grillware (sold separately) for different cooking methods, such as stir-frying or baking.

Price at time of publish: $1,799

Number of Main Burners: 4 | Max BTUs: 48,000 | Total Cooking Area: 994 Square inches | Primary Cooking Area: 646 square inches

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Napoleon Prestige 500 Propane Gas Grill

Napoleon Prestige 500 Propane Gas Grill

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Glowing knob safety feature

  • Large cooking area

  • 10-year warranty on some components

What We Don't Like
  • Difficult to monitor heat and prevent hot spots

With four burners and 900 square feet of grilling space, you can cook your entire meal on this handsome grill. The sear station doubles as a side burner for cooking other dishes, while an infrared burner in the back provides even roasting for the rotisserie feature. It includes an infrared rear and side burner and packs up to 80,000 BTUs for fast grilling. The best feature? You won’t forget to shut it off because the knobs glow, which indicates the burner is still on. It’s a major safety feature you didn’t even know you needed.

Price at time of publish: $1,499

Number of Main Burners: 4 | Max BTUs: 80,000 | Total Cooking Area: 900 square inches | Primary Cooking Area: 500 square inches

Best Built-In: KitchenAid 4-Burner Built-In Gas Grill Head

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Courtesy of Home Depot

What We Like
  • 10-year warranty on some components

  • Ample BTUs

What We Don't Like
  • Tiny secondary cooking area

  • Instructions printed around knobs

If you prefer the look of a built-in grill, this model packs up to 61,000 BTUs plus a 13,000-BTU rotisserie burner (though you’ll need to buy an additional kit to make it work) and sear station. The angled deflectors redirect drippings so that they’ll burn off and yield a smoky flavor to whatever you’re grilling. It’s designed for propane, but a natural gas conversion kit is included if you plan to have your plumber connect it to your home’s gas lines.

Price at time of publish: $1,198

Number of Main Burners: 4 | Max BTUs: 71,000 | Total Cooking Area: 931 square inches | Primary Cooking Area: 698 square inches

Best Kamado: Vision Icon Hybrid Kamado Grill, Carmine Red

Vision Icon Hybrid Kamado Grill

Williams Sonoma

What We Like
  • Stylish and colorful

  • Can be used as charcoal or gas

  • Side tables and locking wheels

What We Don't Like
  • Less cooking space

Not only does this kamado grill give you the option to ignite with charcoal or gas, but it’s also great for super high-temperature cooking as well as lower and slower cooking. The ceramic material retains heat well and makes it easy to cook your food to perfection. Air vents at the top and bottom make for extremely effective temperature control and there is a temperature gauge so you always know the exact reading of the grill.

The removable ash drawer is great for cleaning up, especially if you’re opting to use charcoal. Locking wheels make it a breeze to move the grill around within your patio setup. The added side shelves offer storage and prep space. While this grill might give you less surface area for cooking, there are plenty of handy design features of the kamado that make up for its comparatively smaller grate space.

Price at time of publish: $1,300

Number of Main Burners: 1 | Max BTUs: 25,000, with dual fuel (propane or charcoal) | Total Cooking Area: 604 square inches | Primary Cooking Area: 604 square inches

Best Smart: Weber Genesis EPX-335

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Homedepot

What We Like
  • Smart technology

  • Large sear zone

  • 10-year warranty on some components

What We Don't Like
  • Fewer BTUs than other grills at this price point

With many of the same features you love about most Weber grills, including three burners, a sear zone, and plenty of cooking area, this grill also includes smart food monitoring so you’ll never dry out another chicken breast or singe another pork chop. The Weber Connect smart technology sends real-time alerts directly to the grill or your phone so you will know when to flip and when food is done to perfection. Now you can become a master chef even if you’ve never grilled in your life.

Price at time of publish: $1,699

Number of Main Burners: 3 | Max BTUs: 39,000 | Total Cooking Area: 787 square inches | Primary Cooking Area: 513 square inches

Final Verdict

Our best overall choice is the Weber Genesis S-435 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill. It features plenty of cooking space as well as storage space and includes a built-in sear function. The Vision Icon Hybrid Kamado Grill is our top pick for kamado grills in this price range.

What to Look for in a High-End Gas Grill

Number of Burners/Size

One of the most important things to consider when purchasing a new grill is its size and how many different burners it offers. The more burners that you have access to will not only increase your grilling surface area, but you’ll have the ability to create a variety of heat zones. Having the ability to create low, medium, and high heat zones is ideal if you’re going to be cooking a variety of foods at one time, like burgers, hot dogs, and veggies, and keeping things warm as they’re done cooking.

Two burners still allow you to create two different heat zones, but it is more limiting than having three or more. You can buy a grill with upwards of six or eight burners, but just keep in mind that these grills start to become extremely large, so make sure that you have the outdoor space. Having this many burners would be great for outdoor entertaining and large parties, but could be excessive if you don’t cook for that many people.

Material

Not all grills are made of the same materials, and the material that a grill is made of will indicate not only its durability but how well it is able to maintain heat evenly. Cast aluminum fireboxes are ideal because they aren’t going to rust (which is especially common if you live in an area with lots of precipitation and the grill sits uncovered) and they’re extremely durable, lasting anywhere from 5-10 years. On the other hand, carbon steel grills can be prone to rust, thus making them far less durable than cast aluminum. On top of its durability issues, it is not as efficient in maintaining high heats.

Special Features

All grills come equipped with a different set of tools, designs, and features. You should make note of any wheels or cart options on the bottom of the grill, which is great if you plan to move the grill around. Also, look to see if there are any sliding tables or prep areas and storage cabinets or shelves under the grill. Always understand what the cleaning system entails. Is there a drainage system and grease tray that pulls out for easy cleanup? Keep an eye out for other features like an internal thermometer gauge and any other cooking accessories, like brushes, griddles, alternate grates, or pizza stones.

FAQS

How do you clean a gas grill?

Like most cleaning chores, it’s easier to keep up with this task and clean it after every use rather than waiting until stuff is caked on. Follow your manufacturer’s recommendations for best results (search online for your owner’s manual), but generally, you can clean the exterior with warm, soapy water for porcelain lids or stainless steel cleaner on stainless lids. Next, fire your grill up to full temperature for about 30 minutes to help any grease or sauces burn off. Then, use a stainless steel wire brush to scrape off residue. If it’s still icky, use a bit of degreasing soap, such as Dawn, in a bucket of warm water and dip the brush into the soapy water before scrubbing the grates. You also can use a wet/dry vac to clean out any big chunks—but only when the grill is cold.

Can you use your gas grill as a smoker?

Although the gaps around the lid and burners of a gas grill allow smoke to seep out, you can imbue food with a very mild smoky flavor on a gas grill, though it definitely won’t be as intense as what you can achieve with a dedicated smoker. Preheat your grill for about 10 minutes, and fill a smoker box or aluminum pan covered with foil (with holes poked in the foil) with wood chips that have been soaked in water for about 30 minutes; you want smoke, not flames, when you put the chips in your smoker box. Place the box in the grill, close the grill lid, and wait until smoke comes out of the grill. Now put your food in the grill, turn the burner under the smoker box on, and keep the lid closed as your food cooks. The closer the food is to the box, the smokier it will taste.

How do you light a gas grill?

Most gas grills come with a push-button ignitor. First, always keep the lid open when lighting a grill—this is the most important step so gas doesn’t build up. Turn all the burner knobs off. Now open the valve from your gas source (propane or natural gas), turn on one burner, wait 5 seconds for gas to get to the ignitor, and then press the ignitor button. You should hear a slight “whoosh” as the burner ignites. Turn on the remaining burner knobs. If the grill doesn’t light, wait 5 to 10 minutes before trying again so the gas does not build up. You also can check to see if the battery needs to be replaced behind the ignitor button.

What can you cook on a gas grill?

Actually, the question should be what can’t you cook on a gas grill? Basically, you can cook almost everything—don’t be afraid to experiment. Beyond steaks, hamburgers, and hotdogs, try grilling homemade pizzas directly on the grates, vegetables, such as broccoli, sweet potatoes, or endive, fruits, such as peaches or apples, and seafood, such as mussels and salmon. You can even lightly toast sturdy desserts, such as pound cake topped with grilled plums.  

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Sara Tane is a private chef and food writer and has written nearly a dozen buying guides for The Spruce Eats, understanding 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.

This roundup was updated by Arricca SanSone, who has been grilling since she owned her first tiny hibachi in college. She’ll grill anything, but her favorite food to grill is homemade pizza with veggies and herbs from her own garden. She is a health and lifestyle writer for Prevention, Country Living, Veranda, House Beautiful, PureWow, and many others.

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