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Be it a sunny weekend or holiday afternoon, beautiful weather is nature's call for a barbecue. With friends and family, a barbecue is a time for building bonds and having an amazing time!
For more classical flavors, you can get coal fired barbecues. But with advancements in technology, gas powered barbecues do as good a job as their counterparts.
The top gas barbecue grills on the market represent the finest craftsmanship, top-notch durability, style and precision cooking that delivers just the right amount of juice and smoky flavor.
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We have found the barbecue grills in our product matrix above to be among the best models in their class and, hence, our top picks.
Note: The above product recommendations were updated July 2017. The products below were our original choices and have yet to be updated.
All gas grills come with a British Thermal Unit (BTU) rating. BTU is simply a measurement representing the amount of heat the grill gives off. Many buyers believe that the higher the BTU rating, the better the model is. However, the BTU has to be measured against the size of the cooking area. Ideally, you want to look for a grill that has around 100 BTUs for every square inch of usable cooking surface. Also keep in mind that a higher BTU translates to faster fuel consumption, so it is recommended that you get a grill with just enough BTUs needed to get the job done.
Side burners are one of the most basic features of a grill and are typically used for preparing side dishes such as corn on the cob or shish kabobs while the meat is cooking. Other features include side shelves, electronic ignition, and individual thermometers for each burner.
This consideration is probably not a major concern if you only plan on limiting the grill to backyard use. However, if you are planning a barbecue at a park or another venue, consider how easy it would be to haul the unit into your van or truck. Would it even fit? Other portability factors include the unit’s weight, maneuverability, and whether the side shelves are collapsible.
Barbecue grills can range in price from under $100 to over $400. Typically, more expensive models come with sturdier and more heavy-duty construction, a larger cooking surface, a higher BTU rating, and multiple burners and side burners. We'll tell you which features are worth the extra price, and which grills over the best value per dollar.
When you see BTUs under a grill description, they stand for the amount of heat the grill gives off. Typically look for a grill with about 100 BTUs per square inch of cooking surface.
The Char-Griller 3001 is a 40,800 BTU grill with 630 square inches of total cooking surface and three burners. It is constructed of heavy-duty steel with a durable grate and tight fitting lid, both of which are essential components for heat retention. This is a great grill for preparing classic barbecue favorites such as poultry, ribs and hamburger meat. Many of the owners that we surveyed commented on its quickness and efficiency, noting that it was one of the speedier grills they had ever cooked on.
The Weber Spirit delivers 26,500 BTUs spread over two stainless steel burners and 360 square inches of cooking surface with a 90 square inch warming rack. The cast-iron grates and porcelain-enamel lid also provides superb heat retention. Owners of this grill consistently praise it for its ability to maintain a constant temperature even under cold and windy conditions.
Always be careful when working with propane. Gas leaks or tanks accidentally left open can be dangerous fire hazards.
With the Dyna-Glo DGE530BSP-D, users can grill up to 28 hamburgers over the 708 square inch cooking space powered by 62,000 BTUs. Coupled with its bronze metallic finish, the Dyna-Glo features sturdy construction and is one of the best models for a large barbecue. With its five burners, your favorite meats can be prepared in large batches to feed a hungry party.
The Char-Broil TRU Infrared utilizes 20,000 BTUs over a 465 square inch cooking surface with two burners, each with its own thermometer gauge. What makes this grill different from the rest is that it uses patented TRU-Infrared technology to produce radiant and infrared heat. This helps the meat retain its moisture and natural juices. Users have also reported considerably quicker cooking times compared to previous models that they owned.
When grilling meat, always use a meat thermometer to check the inner temperature. Even if your grill reads the right temperature, your meat might not be cooked all the way through.
A battery-operated electronic ignition makes the Char-Griller 3001 very easy to use. The hood-mounted thermometer also makes it easy to keep track of the cooking temperature. The 12,000 BTU side burners and 192 square inch warming rack also provide additional cooking space for preparing side items. The propane tank compartment, though, is quite small, and it can be quite difficult especially for bigger individuals to fit their hands to switch the valve on and off.
The Weber Spirit is known for its patented Flavorizer Bars. These bars are specifically designed to catch the grease drippings whose resulting vapor gives the meat that much sought-after smoky flavor. Furthermore, a cookbox houses the unit’s main components, such as the grates, grease management system, and burner tubes. Many owners rave about how this grill actually leaves behind solid sear marks, giving the food the hallmark appearance of grilled barbecued meat that will really impress your guests.
Always cover your grill after you’re done using it and it has cooled down. This prevents rusting and wear from the elements.
The Dyna-Glo DGE530BSP-D is incredibly easy to operate and maintain. Its two-door, cabinet-style construction features an easy-pullout slot for inserting and removing the propane tank. Its side burner burns at 12,000 BTU and is great for preparing grilled vegetables and other side items. Another neat design feature is that there is sufficient spacing between the burner and warming rack located above, making it easy to flip and turn over the meat.
The Char-Broiler TRU Infrared comes with a 125 square inch side burner, perfect for slow cooking or keeping foods warm. Unlike other grills, this one has a flame shield positioned just above the burner. This is part of the TRU Infrared technology that aids in the moisture retention of the meat and also prevents flare-ups caused by grease dripping into the fire. A few owners have noted, however, that this feature also results in meat with a little slightly less smoky flavor and charbroiled taste.
Weighing 80 pounds and measuring 50 by 25 by 42 inches, the Char-Griller 3001 is a lightweight among grills. Its two wheels make the unit easy to transport without requiring a lot of muscle power. The single side shelf isn’t collapsible, but the unit as a whole is small enough so that this is not a serious issue. Several customers did, however, comment that the grill is difficult to put together right out of the box, and the instructions are quite vague. If assembling things are not your forte, consider purchasing the grill preassembled.
In terms of portability, the Weber Spirit isn’t exactly the most travel-friendly grill. With dimensions of 63 by 60 by 32 inches and weighing 123 pounds, the grill is designed primarily for home use. However, the wheels do make the grill quite mobile, and the two side shelves are collapsible, ensuring that it doesn’t take up a whole lot of space when stored away in the backyard.
Wrap vegetables in foil to place on the grill so they don’t fall between the grates but still get the delicious smoky flavor.
The Dyna-Glo DGE530BSP-D has a measurement of 53 by 46 by 23 inches and weighs 122 pounds. While the wheels make the unit glide effortlessly, it is a bit bulky, and the shelves are not collapsible. Its size and weight, however, are not a problem as long as you don’t plan on transporting the grill beyond the patio.
The Char-Broil TRU Infrared is designed with portability in mind. It weighs in at just 77 pounds with dimensions of 22 by 46 by 45 inches, making it easily portable for a barbecue fiesta away from home. Furthermore, the side shelves are also collapsible, and the caster wheels make the unit easily transportable with a locking mechanism that secures the grill steadily in place.
In case of fire, shut the hood of the grill immediately. This will cut off the flow of oxygen and hopefully extinguish the fire.
At just $199, the Char-Griller 3001 is a very affordable grill that comes with most of the features that you can expect to find in more expensive models. Most users who have purchased this model reported that it performed to the same standards as a more expensive model they previously owned.
The Weber Spirit comes in at $399, making it the most expensive model on our shortlist. However, anyone who has ever owned a barbecue grill has likely heard of Weber. The brand is one of the most recognized names in its industry, and buyers can be sure that they are paying for a top-quality product that will last for many years. We found the superior performance and unparalleled feature set of this grill to be well worth the few extra dollars that you would save by going with a lower priced model.
Try to avoid opening the hood of the grill too often when cooking. This lowers the temperature suddenly and can affect the cooking time of food.
With a price tag of $306, the Dyna-Glo DGE530BSP-D is one of the more expensive models. The higher cost is due to the model’s high BTU, large cooking surface, multiple burners and rust-resistant stainless steel construction. This model is truly worth the cost for homeowners who frequently host barbecue luaus with a high guest turnout, but we didn't find it to offer that much more for the average user. If you're going to spend this much money, we definitely recommend going with the Weber.
The Char-Broil TRU Infrared costs $248, putting it squarely in the middle of the price scale. For the price, you get patented infrared cooking technology not available in other models. This enables your food to retain juice and moisture – a feature lacking even in grills costing $400 and above. If this is high on your wish list, we'd recommend investing in this grill – it's a solid, dependable grill for a very reasonable price.
The Weber Spirit earns its spot as the best of the best. This recognition isn’t simply due to the reputation of the manufacturer. The model tops the list because it is truly designed for the barbecue-loving, apron-clad chef in mind. The addition of the Flavorizer Bars is an ingenious feature that gives the meat that smoky flavor often found in meals prepared by traditional charcoal grills. In addition, the grill's cast-iron and porcelain-enameled steel rods leave behind sear marks that are the trademark of meat that is flame-broiled to perfection. It is hands down the best available barbecue on the market, and it gets our highest recommendation.
The Weber Spirit’s unparalleled cast iron construction also allows for easy cleaning with no rusting, peeling, or fading.
Despite being just $199, the Char-Griller 3001 performs on par with its more pricey counterparts. Its 40,800 BTU delivers solid cooking while its porcelain-coated cast-iron lid and grates allow for sufficient heat retention. The overall design is simple yet sturdy, with durable parts that hold up even with prolonged use and under adverse weather conditions.
Buyers who bring this model home and use it for the first time are often amazed that they did not pay more for it, and we were equally impressed when we first turned it on.
All in all, the Char-Griller provides the best value for your money out of any barbecue grill on the market.
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