Last Updated on
Our Top Pick (If You Only Have A Moment)
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.
1. Best Overall: Weber 45020001 Spirit II E-310 Sapphire LP Outdoor Gas Grill
With three burners, the Spirit II might be the best propane grill for groups. Weber added knobs that control each burner and graphics that let you take a quick look down to see your temperature setting. You only need a slight touch to adjust the temperature for one or more burners at the same time.
With an assembly time of only three hours, the Spirit II can save you some time too. All the included instructions show you how to put the parts together and connect a propane tank. You can set this one up the same day that you cook for a crowd.
Between the grease management system and infinity ignition, using the grill is a breeze too. That ignition lets you send propane to the grill in seconds to cook faster, while the management system collects grease to prevent fires and flare-ups.
With the flavorizer bars, you can add more flavor to foods too. These bars sit inside the grill and right below the burner tubes to let you add more smoke. It also has an open design that gives you convenient access to all the grilling tools and supplies that you need.
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.
For family dinners and entertaining, you can’t go wrong with the 360 from Char-Broil, which features porcelain-coated grates. The grate found on the bottom offers 360 square inches of cooking space and places foods as close as possible to the heat source for fast and even heating. With the swing-a-way rack, you get an extra 170 square inches of cooking and warming space. That grate has a porcelain-coated surface too for easier cleaning.
Thanks to the three burners and control knobs, you can set up areas for different foods. This ensures that all foods come out perfectly cooked and lets you use more than one temperature as you grill. The control knobs are easy to reach as you stand next to the grill too.
Prepping for a cookout is easy thanks to the side shelves attached to the grill. Each shelf measures 12 by 13 inches and has a flat and level surface to keep bottles of marinades and other ingredients from falling over. Char-Broil used the same type of metal on the wheels as it did on the shelves. Those wheels make it easy to transport the grill to any spot in your yard or on your deck.
3. Best Outdoor Grill: Blackstone 1554 Propane Gas Burner Grill
A versatile and affordable outdoor range.
The best grill for making dishes that taste as they came from a professional restaurant kitchen is the 1554 Station from Blackstone. This looks just like the grills that you see on competition shows too. It offers tons of cooking space and lets you cook foods in different quadrants or all together.
One unique aspect of this grill is that it has a flat top rather than the grates found on other models. This creates a smooth and even surface that can accommodate all types of foods, including burgers and other traditional BBQ foods as well as the thin slices of meat and vegetables that are suitable for Mexican dishes.
As it comes loaded with storage, the Blackstone 1554 Station is the ultimate grill for entertaining too. Not only can you use the long shelf on the bottom for storage, but you can use the flat shelves on each side for prepping. It has attached wheels for easy moving of the grill too.
With four burners rather than three, the 1554 is a nice option for competitions. It lets you make meats and veggies and grill your buns at the same time.
4. Best Portable: Weber 51060001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill
The best you can get for camping with propane.
One of the best grills for those with small outdoor spaces is the Q1200 from Weber. It has a great design that lets you make all your favorite BBQ dishes without taking away space from your guests. Though the compact design makes this an easy grill to store, it gives you 189 square inches of cooking space.
Each side of the grill has a small table that is the perfect size for prepping veggies and other ingredients. Those shelves fold flat against the grill too when not in use. No matter where you want to store the grill, you’ll find that it can fit.
Fully assembled and ready to go right out of the box, this grill uses a simple AAA battery to run. It comes with cast iron cooking grates that have a porcelain enamel coating on top. That coating helps your food come away easily without sticking and makes the grates easy to clean.
Designed to work with small liquid propane cylinders, the Q1200 is a good grill for camping and tailgating too. You can take a few cylinders to make sure that you have enough gas to last for the weekend or more.
5. Best Grill For Camping: Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill
A great grill for use on campgrounds and tailgating.
You no longer need to spend a lot of money at restaurants when you take road trips because you can take this Coleman grill with you and cook anywhere you go. As one of the most portable grills, it weighs less than others and has a compact size that lets you store it in your trunk, the backseat or even on the roof of your car. It takes only minutes to set up when it’s time to cook.
With 285 square inches of cooking space and 20,000 BTUs, this grill lets you cook and start eating in less time than it would take to find a restaurant and place an order. It has three independent burners each controlled by a knob that lets you select the right temperature. There is also a push-button ignition start located between those knobs.
Thanks to the integrated thermometer, you can now test your meats without lifting the lid and letting the heat escape. It also has two side tables that you can use to keep your utensils nearby and for prepping. When cooking fatty cuts of meat, you’ll like that the water pan collects all that liquid for easy disposal.
We have the complete list of the best camping grills here.
6. Best Small Portable Grill: Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet
Extraordinarily light and portable.
The bright red color of this grill will catch the eye when tailgating and make others come over to see what you have on the grates. That bright red finish is durable enough for daily and regular use and won’t peel or chip away from the surface. It uses shades of both red and silver to give it a sleek look too.
Designed for use on the go, the 180T comes with folding legs that provide stability to the grill and fold out of the way for storage. Weighing less than 14 pounds, this grill is easy to move because it folds to the shape of a briefcase. You can even use the handle to carry it as you would a suitcase.
With a porcelain grate inside that offers 145 square inches of cooking space, this grill can make up to cook burgers, 10 pieces of chicken or eight steaks at the same time and can also accommodate a full four pounds of fish and seafood. The porcelain enamel coated grates keep the 5,000 BTUs close to your food to help it cook evenly and properly. It also features a locking lid that keeps the lid securely shut.
7. Under $200: Coleman Roadtrip 225 Portable Propane Grill
Small in price and size, but good value.
From tailgating in parking lots before the big game to cooking in campgrounds without power, this little Coleman grill can handle it all. It has a compact design that can fit into the trunk of your car but features all the cooking space that you need. When you lift the lid, you’ll see grates inside with 225 square inches of space for all your food.
Cooking for a crowd or a group is easy with this model because it features two burners that each have a control knob on the outside. Coleman added graphics that show you which way to turn each one to increase and decrease the heat. It also features a push ignition that brings the grill to life in seconds when you hook up a propane cylinder and press down on the button.
When it comes to cooking greasy and fatty foods, you’ll like the grease collection pan located on the base of the grill. All the grease and other liquids that fall off your foods will land in this pan. You can add some water to keep the grease from sticking and dump the pan when you finish cooking.
8. Under $300: Broil King Porta-Chef 320 Propane Gas Grill
Very interesting and uniquely designed portable grill.
One of the best grills for camping and tailgating comes from Porta-Chef. The 320 has three stainless steel burners and a total output of 18,000 BTUs, which makes it one of the strongest grills around. Thanks to the handy knobs on the front, you can easily increase and decrease the heat for each burner to cook multiple foods that all come out perfectly cooked at the same time.
Designed with portability in mind, this grill has legs that snap into place on the base. When you need to carry it, you can remove those legs, which will also reduce the overall size of the grill for convenient storage. The legs lock in place too when you set up the grill. Also included are metal shelves for prepping ingredients that fold flat.
Suitable for those who want to make amazing grilled dishes away from home, the 320 portable grill has six flames inside that provide heat to the grates through each of the three burners. It also features a linear flow valve that works in all weather conditions to keep the flames alive as the wind blows.
- 39.5 x 26.5 x 43.5 inches
- 45 lbs in weight out of package.
- 295 square inch grilling area.
- Portable Gas Grill, 1-Burner
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.
Still looking for something? Check out all the latest reviews of the best stainless steel, tabletop, camping and other type of gas grill appliances from SERIOUSLYSMOKED.COM
Also, we have buying guides here: https://www.seriouslysmoked.com/how-to-buy-a-gas-grill/