The 7 Best Gas Grills Under $500 to Buy in 2018

Prepare for backyard season with one of these affordable options

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When the weather gets warmer, the general inclination is to spend more time outdoors and what better way to do just that than with a gas grill? A gas grill can be set up in a yard area to entertain guests with a Sunday barbecue or even just a quick dinner for two on a weeknight. Investing in a gas...MORE grill gives you more meal prep options and helps you enjoy cooking in nature rather than cooped up indoors.

Gas grills can range in price, but many are available right now for under $500. When choosing the best gas grill for you, it's important to consider how many square inches you need to grill on, if you want a side burner for more food preparation options, and how many BTUs are appropriate for the food and amount of food you'll be making.

Here, find the best gas grills under $500 you can purchase right now.

  • Broil King Signet 320

    Best Overall: Broil-King Signet 320

    This 3-burner grill from Broil King offers everything you need in one compact and affordable package. The superior burner design provides even heating and the heavy cast iron cooking grates give excellent heat transfer. What's more, the fire box design holds in heat for versatile cooking abilities. This grill is a fantastic value (it's less than $400) for anyone who wants to cook outdoors here and there but doesn't need to commit to an extra large sized grill.

    The 400 square inch cooking area is plenty for entertaining a few guests plus the 40,000 BTUs mean this grill is highly effective and producing the temperatures you need for your cookout food. Plus, side shelves make storing your tools and utensils a breeze.

  • DynaGlo

    Best Budget: Dyna-Glo Smart Space Living 2-Burner

    Small space grills started showing up a few years ago, marketed to people who simply don't want or don't have room for a traditional full-sized gas grill but still wanted full-sized grilling. This model from Dyna-Glo is a very basic gas grill with two burners that can handle 17 burgers at once. It has a quick start ignition which will help you get the grilled fired up but in terms of other features that is about it. If you are looking for a basic model that doesn't break the bank this is a great option. 

    Reviewers commented set up is easy and cleaning the grates is seamless. 

  • Weber Spirit E-310

    Best for Small Spaces: Weber Spirit E-310

    The basic 3-burner Spirit Gas Grill from Weber offers you a brand name at a bargain price. This Amazon Choice 32,000 BTUs in 424-square inch cooking space which is enough room for a family dinner. The grill turns on with the simple ignition button and there is a fuel gauge that will let you know how much propane you have on hand. Grease from burgers and fatty meats gets managed with the flavorizer bars that evaporate into smoke giving your meat a deeper flavor and whatever is left over flows into a collection tray that is far enough away to prevent grease fires. 

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    Best Large: Char-Broil Performance 5 Burner Gas Grill

    This large, 5-burner, 45,000 BTU grill includes a 10,000 BTU lidded side burner for more cooking options. The lid folds down when the burner isn’t in use, so you can use the area for extra workspace. The primary grates are porcelain-coated cast iron and offer 550 square inches of cooking space, and an additional 210 square inches of space is available on the swing-away rack.

    Heat tents over the stainless steel top-ported burners reduce flare-ups and provide even heat. A thermometer in the lid lets you monitor the interior temperature without lifting the lid.

    This has a stainless steel lid, handle and cabinet that will look good for years to come, and large metal side shelves provide extra work space and a place to set down your cooking tools and beverage. Electronic ignition offers reliable starts every time and a removable grease pan make cleaning easy when you’re done cooking.

    The cabinet has two doors for easy access to the storage space and the propane tank. If you need to move the grill, it has four casters; two of them lock to keep the grill from wandering if it’s accidentally bumped.

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    Best Mid-Sized: Weber Genesis E-410 Grill

    Sometimes, you need a grill that can offers just the right amount of space without taking up an entire patio. While we may all dream of having that large backyard to host massive BBQ parties, that isn’t always a realistic dream. Thankfully, you don’t have to give up on a great grilling experience or the ability to dazzle guests with your grilling skills. The right mid-sized grill is the perfect option for smaller yards and patios when you want to grill without limits.

    The Weber Genesis E-410 is the middle child of the company’s grilling lineup. Coming with four burners and a propane gas hookup, this grill offers the same quality as larger options. The cooking surface uses cast-iron grates that are easy to clean. The sides provide plenty of space for food preparation, additional dishes and grilling accessories. Overall, the grill is simple to use and maintain.

  • Blackstone Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station

    Best Griddle: Blackstone Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station

    When is a grill not a grill? When it’s an outdoor griddle! It operates like a traditional grill but has a flat cooking surface, so you’ll never need to worry about food falling through the grates or grease causing the flames to flare up dangerously. It’s more versatile than a traditional grill since you can cook eggs or pancakes on it, right next to your bacon. You can also use it for making stirfry, grilled cheese sandwiches, or hash browns, as well as burgers, steaks and sausages.

    This offers 720 square inches of cooking space, so you’ll have plenty of room for family dinners or parties. Electronic ignition with a push-button battery operated starter makes this easy to use, and since food won’t drip on the burners or ignition, it will remain reliable for many years. A bottom shelf and two side shelves give you extra work space and storage space to keep your cooking tools handy.

    This has a powder-coated black steel frame, four independently controlled, 15,000 BTU stainless steel burners, and a thick cold-rolled steel cooktop for professional quality cooking. When you need to store the grill, it has wheels to make it easy to roll. The legs fold up and the griddle top is removable, to make it easier to tuck away.

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    Best With Rotisserie: Monument Grills Propane Gas Grill

    This grill has it all, including a rotisserie, so you can make the best chickens and roasts that baste themselves and cook evenly as they spin on the spit.

    For normal grill cooking, there are four main burners as well as a side burner with electronic ignition for fast, easy, reliable starting every time. The grill produces a total of 60,000 BTUs of heat, and you’ll have plenty of space for grilling with 513 square inches of primary cooking space. There is an additional 210 square inches on the warming rack, so you can keep food at serving temperature or warm buns for your burgers while you cook.

    The exterior is stainless steel that will never rust and is easy to maintain, and the cooking grates are porcelain-coated cast iron for easy maintenance and great grill marks.

    This grill includes an integrated thermometer so you can check the interior temperature at a glance. For evening cooking, the control knobs are backlit with LEDs, so you won’t need a flashlight to make adjustments. If you need to move the grill, there are four casters that lock when you’ve found the perfect spot for cooking.