The 7 Best Low-Cost Gas Grills to Buy in 2018

Score a cheap grill for less than $250

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If you've just moved into a new home or apartment and aren't looking to spend a bundle on a gas grill, we've got you covered. These grills do the job of cooking your burgers and dogs in a smaller and more affordable version then some of the big grills out there. A lot of these models come from top brands so you can expect to find some of their great features in them, but don't expect to find a lot of bells and whistles. These grills should hold up for a few years for when you are...MORE ready to move onto a bigger model for your family and beyond. Here, the best affordable gas grills for you. 

  • This compact, travel-ready grill is ready to cook in your backyard, or you can take it on the road with you. It has one 8500 BTU stainless steel burner with infinite temperature control, electronic ignition, and 189 square inches of cooking space for family dinners. The grates are porcelain enameled cast iron, so they retain heat but won’t rust. The cast aluminum lid and body reduce the weight, making it more portable. Ergonomic side handles make it easy to move.

    The split grate lets you use an...MORE optional griddle along with the grates, so you can cook breakfast on the grill.

    This is designed to use disposable 14.1 or 16.4 oz. LP cylinders, but an optional LP adapter hose is available so you can use a large 20-lb. tank at home. An optional cart is also available for this grill.

  • Char-Broil Quickset 26,500-BTU # 463666515

    Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill

    Char-Broil is known for providing affordable grills that get the job done. This Amazon-Choice provides you with 280-square inches of cooking space so enough to cook a few burgers and dogs for a few friends. You'll get an ignition startup button so you can fire up the grill quickly and two side shelves which should provide you with ample space to do prep work. This doesn't have a gas gauge meter so you'll have to keep in mind how long it will take you to run out of propane or have a...MORE spare tank at home.  

  • Char-Broil Quickset 3-Burner Model# 463742215

    Char-Broil Quickset 3-Burner Model# 463742215

    Quickset is the least expensive of Char-Broil's gas grills. This three burner model offers nothing more than a three burner gas grill. Simple, lightweight, and inexpensive this model is a reasonably good choice for the price. It is a disposable grill. It will not last more than a few years and the replacement parts are not really worth buying to fix a grill ​of this price. While there is a warranty it is pretty limited and odds are you are not going to be able to us it unless the grill is...MORE faulty out of the box.

  • Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill

    This small portable grill offers 145 square inches of grilling space and foldaway legs for easy storage. It has a single 5.500 BTU stainless steel burner and dishwasher-safe grates with a porcelain enamel coating. While this is small, it’s designed to be solid and durable and to cook evenly, just like a larger grill. Meanwhile, the compact design keeps the heat close to the cooking surface for maximum efficiency.

    This sets up easily and the lid locks for storage or for one-handed transportation...MORE using the briefcase-style carrying handle. This is available in several colors.

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  • Huntington 2-Burner Gas Grill Model# 30030HNT

    Huntington 2-Burner Gas Grill Model# 30030HNT

    Built with a cast aluminum body, this inexpensive gas grill will last a little longer and perform better than most of the cheap department store brands. 

  • Smoke Hollow 2-Burner Gas Grill Model# LS2016-2

    Smoke Hollow 2-Burner Gas Grill Model# LS2016-2

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    There are a number of inexpensive 2-burner gas grills on the market. Many companies make them and they are all lightweight, weak on power and uneven on the heating. Over the years I have argued that a person can choose between a bad gas grill or a very good charcoal grill in this price range, but I am fully aware that for many people, charcoal is not an option they are willing to go with. Cheap gas grills are cheap and that makes them attractive for the person who wants a...MORE quick and easy grill for quick and easy grilling. The Smoke Hollow 2-Burner Barrel grill is a cheap grill. It weights around 40 pounds, has a low heat output, and won't do much more than grill up some burgers and a mediocre steak. This is the price you pay for not paying a higher price. On the other hand, this isn't that bad of a grill when compared to a lot of models in this bottom end price range. 

  • Char-Broil Advantage 2-Burner Gas Grill Model# 463642116

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    For the last several years, Char-Broil has produced a line of small footprint gas grills. Sometimes called the "Urban" grill, these little two-burner grills come in a wide range of cooking systems and materials. This is the simplest and least expensive of this style of grill. With two burners and 300 square inches of primary grilling space, there isn't much here, but for under $200USD (typically) there shouldn't be. This is a pretty good combination of value,...MORE feature, and size. Unfortunately, this one is lacking in power as well as features.

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