The public’s love affair with barbecue is as staggering as it’s long-lived. According to estimates by CNN, 75% of Americans own an outdoor grill or smoker. In addition, over 79 million grill out in a 12-month period. There’s a reason to love barbecue. The most-commonly grilled item is the hamburger, constituting a significant majority of cookouts. While grills for barbecuing range from charcoal-fuelled to gas-grilled, there are some advantages that might cause you to opt for gas powered. Perhaps the most important is the cost of fuel, which tends to be lower for gas than for charcoal, for example. Now, with these standout gar grills under $500, you can have family cookouts without breaking the bank.
Weber 45010001 Spirit II E-310
The Spirit II E-310 by Weber comes from a pedigree of high performance grilling and it’s no exception. This grill boasts a thermal power output of 30,000 BTUs (British Thermal Units). This is a great rating for a gas grill that costs around $400-$450. While its power might be impressive, the Spirit II E-310 combines this with three burners for easy multi-tasking. Seperate controls mean you can cook each serving to perfection. The grill comes with Infinity Ignition, which is guaranteed to start fail-safe and fast.
Blackstone 36 Inch Outdoor Flat Top Griddle Station
With a generous 720 square inches of cooking area, the Blackstone 36 Inch Outdoor Flat Top is a great bargain. You’d need to combine two grills to get the simultaneous cooking capacity of this grill for the $250-$300 price. The grill has an impressive, sturdy design, with the flat top grilling surface making cooking easy to manage. Its four burners come with 60,000 BTUs of power. Each burner has its own dial control.
Dyna-Glo DGB515SDP-D 5 Burner Open Cart Propane Gas Grill
The $290-$320 Dyna-Glo 5 Burner Open Cart is a compelling mix of value for money. With its 60,000 BTUs and five burners, it will easily power all but the biggest barbecue parties. It comes in an elegant design that includes the standard carting wheels for moving around but throws in a full 688 square inches of cooking area. The warmer is in the back of the grill on a rack slightly above the cooking surface. To make sure your food is seared to perfection, the grill comes with porcelain-coated cast-iron grids that are good at retaining heat.
Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
The Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Grill proves you don’t need to spend big to get a good gas grill. This model costs between $75 and $120, but boasts a complete feature set for the barbecue lover. It comes with 280 square inches of cooking surface, which compares well to more expensive gas grills. Two burners provide up to 20,000 BTUs of heat. Two Piezo igniters make controlling the heat simple and precise. You can easily move the grill and wheel it around on its 6-inch wheels.
To Consider Before Your Purchase
Ultimately, the design and efficiency of the grill can outweigh raw power. Consider carefully the quality of craftsmanship, and err on the side of buying a brand-name gas grill rather than one by an unproven upstart. Also take your grilling frequency into account. If you grill often, you can afford to spend a bit more than if you will use the grill only occasionally.
- Weber 45010001 Spirit II E-310: Comes with Weber’s GS4 high performance grilling system and Flavorizer bars.
- Blackstone 36 Inch Outdoor Flat Top: A matching, weather-resistant, Blackstone 1528 Heavy Duty Grill Cover is available for $24-$26 extra charge.
- Dyna-Glo DGB515SDP-D 5 Burner: It includes a 12,000 BTU side burner for extra cooking flexibility.
- Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner: Storage space is available in the form of two shelves on the sides, measuring 12-inches wide by 13-inches long.
What Do They Say on Other Sites
“AMAZING! This grill is simply awesome. It is literally SIMPLE and AWESOME! No gimmicks, just good old fashioned BTU's and cast iron grates. I love the quality and a 10 year warranty is perfect to keep things cooking for a while!” (Steph at The Home Depot)
“Grill was missing parts, I called HomeDeport support, it took forever to get an agent on the phone, they then said I had to go though Weber to get the missing parts. I then was left to deal with Weber, which was not a good experience and then I had to wait 10 days to get the missing part.” (Jared at The Home Depot)