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Grilling is hands down the best way to cook meat. Everybody has their own opinions on what kind of sauces to use (if any), how long to cook the meat, and even what kind of grill to use, but pretty much no matter what you do as long as you don’t burn the meat, it will turn out great.
In this case “what kind of grill” is the propane grill, which has a number of natural advantages and disadvantages over charcoal, wood, and even natural gas grills.
Our Top Pick (If You Only Have A Moment):
REASONS TO BUY
- 1 8+ Best Gas Grills Reviews for 2019
- 1.1 1. Best Overall: Weber 45020001 Spirit II E-310 Sapphire LP Outdoor Gas Grill
- 1.2 2. Best Char Broil: Char-Broil Classic 360 3-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
- 1.3 3. Best Outdoor Grill: Blackstone 1554 Propane Gas Burner Grill
- 1.4 4. Best Portable: Weber 51060001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill
- 1.5 5. Best Grill For Camping: Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill
- 1.6 6. Best Small Portable Grill: Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet
- 1.7 7. Under $200: Coleman Roadtrip 225 Portable Propane Grill
- 1.8 8. Under $300: Broil King Porta-Chef 320 Propane Gas Grill
- 2 By Brands
- 3 Final Verdict
- 4 What Am I Looking Out For In A Propane or Gas Grill?
- 5 Size
- 6 Heat
- 7 Accessories
8+ Best Gas Grills Reviews for 2019
1. Best Overall: Weber 45020001 Spirit II E-310 Sapphire LP Outdoor Gas Grill
Naturally, the best overall being the best under $500 too.
Rather than rehashing the exact specifications, a quick rundown of why this grill is good is in order. While there are some grills that do some things better than this Weber, it is one of the best overall packages on the market. It is sized perfectly for the majority of people, being neither too large nor too small.
It uses a reasonable amount of gas by not trying to sell you on more heat output than you really need. It’s constructed of sturdy, long lasting materials that you don’t have to worry about rusting or rotting away on your patio, while being small enough to wheel in and out of a garage for storage if circumstances demand it as well.
It has a fair amount of table space without extending the arms so far that storage becomes a pain or it becomes impossible to fit on smaller porches.In short, the Weber Spirit is the perfect grill for the average person, with everything you need and nothing you don’t, choosing instead to execute well on the fundamentals rather than trying to sell you on gimmicks and extras.
2. Best Char Broil: Char-Broil Classic 360 3-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
Small and cheap. A perfect starter grill.
3. Best Outdoor Grill: Blackstone 1554 Propane Gas Burner Grill
A versatile and affordable outdoor range.
4. Best Portable: Weber 51060001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill
The best you can get for camping with propane.
5. Best Grill For Camping: Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill
A great grill for use on campgrounds and tailgating.
6. Best Small Portable Grill: Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet
Extraordinarily light and portable.
7. Under $200: Coleman Roadtrip 225 Portable Propane Grill
Small in price and size, but good value.
8. Under $300: Broil King Porta-Chef 320 Propane Gas Grill
Very interesting and uniquely designed portable grill.
Broil King has very few products to choose from, so by default the Porta-Chef 320 is its best product. Thankfully that product is good, and fills a unique middle ground between small but weak portable grills and large but nearly immovable full size grills.
It’s functional enough to serve as your home grill, and is a great value for tailgating or camping on campgrounds or near a cabin (I wouldn’t lug one out into the woods, though).
The Porta-Chef is great for the person that just wants to buy one grill they can use in any circumstance, which is something you don’t see very often.
Char Broil is a mainstay brand in affordable grills. The Classic 360 is the perfect example of this: no frills, slightly cheap construction, but good and serviceable fundamental design. It cuts corners where it’s safe to in order to lower the price, but keeps the quality up where it matters (in the grill grates and burners).
The Classic 360 is perfect for amateur grillers who just want something they can turn on, occasionally throw a burger or a steak onto, and enjoy a home grilled meal once in a while. It’s less good for true grilling aficionados, but it isn’t made for them.
Weber in general makes very high quality grills and grill supplies and attachments, and are one of the only brands of this relative quality readily available from major retailers. This makes them stand out among the more name branded competition like Char Broil and Coleman.
The Spirit II is no exception, being head and shoulders above any other grill you can find on Amazon or most other places without going to browsing specific manufacturers like Traeger, and have a price point that would tempt all but the most hardcore grillers to lower their standards just a little bit for all the money they could save on a grill that will do the job just as well, except without some of the extras (like smokers and rotisserie devices).
These are all the propane grills we’re looking at today, but hopefully it gives a wide enough selection to allow everyone to make an informed choice no matter what your purpose.
We’ve got portable grills, home grills, and even grills that fall in between here, so there should be something for everyone. If you’re not sure what to get, the Spirit II is still your safest bet, being by far the highest quality here, but if you’ve got a specific preference anything here should do.
What Am I Looking Out For In A Propane or Gas Grill?
There’s really only three questions you need to ask yourself when buying a propane grill: how big, how hot, and how fancy do I want it?
How big you want your grill is going to vary by how big of a crowd you’re usually cooking for. For the average household of about four people, 450 to 500 square inches should work just fine. You also want to keep an eye out that your propane gas grill has enough burners to support whatever size you end up getting. You’re looking for three burners at that size, and an extra burner for about every 100 square inches you add to the size.
The standard measure for heat on most appliances is the British Thermal Unit (BTU). It’s especially important for cooking that you can hit and sustain the right number for your volume. Some might tell you bigger and hotter is always better, but like with anything it really depends on what you’re doing.
General rule of thumb is looking for 80-100 BTUs per square inch of space, per burner. Any more than that is overkill and risks burning your food, any less and you’ll find yourself cooking longer and often drying out your meal just getting it to the proper temperature.
This is where you ask yourself whether you want nice extras like a side burner for heating sauces, a smoker attachment, rotisserie, extra counter space, tool racks, and things of that nature.
Accessories are varied and usually optional, so it’s really up to what you think you’ll need. If an accessory comes included in the grill I’ll generally point it out as a plus, but keep in mind that it does add a bit to the price, so if you want to save a little money on something you don’t need, you can try to find the same grill in its most bare bones model.
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