The best gas grill for you and your family really depends on your needs. When shopping for BBQ grills you can opt for top brands like Char-Broil, Weber, Dyna-Glo, Lynx, and Napoleon which can be built into your home with natural gas options. Some prefer budget gas grills for under $500 or even $300. These portable gas grills come with propane gas tanks and can still fit large grill areas for impressive summer cookouts.
Small gas grills come with fewer square inches of grill space. Our top portable option, the Weber Q1200, has 189 square inches which is suitable for smaller gatherings and families. On the other hand our largest gas grill, the Lynx L30TRF Professional, comes with 600 square inches which can fit nearly 40 burgers at any one time. Other important factors to consider include easy ignition, warranty, and number of burners. Some gas grills come with ignition buttons, meaning all you need to do is get the gas running and press a button to light your gas grill up. There are also twist and electric ignition options to choose from. The number of burners is also important to consider when buying a gas grill - top rated BBQ grills can come with anything from one to four burners.
The best gas grills should also be easily maintained and cleaned, which is why we wrote a guide on how to clean your barbecue grill. To find the best gas grill for you and your family, just keep reading.
1. Napoleon Prestige 500: Best gas grill for lifetime warranty quality
The Napoleon Prestige 500 Gas Grill is our top pick as an all round superb grill. The big appeal here is a lifetime warranty - yup, this is made to last. It's large with four burners each with 12,000 BTU of power, and 500 square inches of grill room that can house about 31 burgers. Light up gas knobs make grilling safe and clear and the electric ignition makes starting easy.
Dual-level stainless steel sear plates help to distribute heat evenly across the grill for perfect cooking every time. The addition of the Accu-probe thermometer on the easy lift lid also helps you with the cooking process. Extras like infrared grills and a rotisserie make this a real top-end performer. This isn't the cheapest grill of its size out there but when you consider that lifetime warranty, it could really be worth the cost.
2. Weber Spirit II E-310: Best gas grill for easy ignition
The Weber Spirit II E-310 Gas Grill is a superb sized barbecue that works for a family meal or for a large party thanks to that 20 burger capacity cook space and three burners churning out 30,000 BTU. Being Weber, this is built to a high standard with a long 10 year warranty. The porcelain-enameled Flavorizer bars are great for distributing heat evenly as well as catching drips for smokey flavor, plus they're easy to clean and protect the burners.
Since this is Weber this will work with lots of official accessories including the iGrill 3 Bluetooth thermometer. That said, the easy lift lid does have a more standard thermometer built in. Not the cheapest gas grill but worth the extra money for build quality and consistent performance.
3. Lynx L30TRF Professional: Best gas grill for large parties
The Lynx L30TRF Professional is the most premium grill on this list and, as such, packs in the most high-quality features and performance while also offering the largest cooking space at 600 square inches. This is heated with ceramic burners which are covered to never rust - for life. Above them are ceramic briquettes which heat to evenly distribute the heat for perfectly even cooking. Ignition is super smart and even the knobs are LED lit for clarity. The infrared rear burner is great for searing or rotisserie cooking of larger meats. This is the perfect gas grill for a party.
4. Char-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner: Best budget gas grill for large cook areas
The Char-Broil Performance Series 4-Burner Gas Grill offers a huge cooking space with decent quality build and lots of features for a reasonable price. You even get a dedicated side burner with 10,000 BTU, which is great at this price. The main cook space should hold 20 burger patties easily on the porcelain-coated cast iron grill. Heat consistency is superb on this grill, getting right back up to temperature - shown on the thermometer - each time you close the lid. This is a great performer with lots of features for the price, just don't expect as decent a warranty as the more expensive competition.
5. Weber Q1200: Best portable gas grill
The Weber Q1200 Gas Grill is the best portable propane barbecue you can buy in terms of build quality and performance. Despite being small enough to take in your car or RV, this packs in 189 square inches of grill space, a stainless steel burner ring for 8,500 BTU of power and a lid with thermometer that blocks any wind. The result is consistent heat for your food and you even have side tables so you don't feel cramped. This is great for a couple or family that want to save space or stay mobile. It's not the cheapest but does have a decent warranty and is easy to clean too.
- Read our Weber Q1200 Gas Grill review
6. RevoAce 4-Burner: Best large gas grill on a budget
The RevoAce 4-Burner Gas Grill is an affordable way to get a really large grill with a side burner and lots of power. You get a total of 480 square inches of cook space powered by a whopping 48,000 BTU. The push button ignition makes it easy to get going, the built-in thermometer lets you know how you're doing and the side shelves and side burner make for easy large scale cooking. Then clean up is easy thanks to porcelain coated grills and easy clean finishes. Not built to last like the high-end brands but plenty big and powerful enough for a decent price.
- Read our RevoAce 4-Burner Gas Grill review
7. Dyna-Glo 4-Burner: Best budget gas grill
The Dyna-Glo 4-Burner Gas Grill is large with four 12,000 BTU burners offering 461 square inches of cook space, aka 24 burgers, plus 136 square inches of warmer rack space, yet this is super affordable for that size. There's a built-in thermometer, two side tables, sliding grease pan for easier cleaning and twist ignition. Even the rack is porcelain-enameled, a nice easy-clean feature for the price. All that, plus a built-in bottle opener make this a great grill for the price – just don't expect it to last half as long as the competition, since it's less than half the price.
- Read our Dyna-Glo 4-Burner Gas Grill review
Gas grills: Experts view
Top Ten Reviews acquires as many products as possible for side-by-side testing. During each test on gas grills, we record our personal experience with each grill, what we liked and disliked, as well as noting each model’s strengths and weaknesses. In other words, our conclusions are based on our own real-life experiences.
Our evaluation team included four members with years of experience grilling meals for large and small occasions. On top of that, we reached out to grilling experts and others who use gas grills regularly, asking what they look for when they buy a new grill. Antonio Lexerot of Salt Lake City is a member of a Utah outdoors club. He has catered their bi-annual summer camp for more than a decade – grilling food for dozens of people at a time. He owns several different types of grills, including charcoal, smokers, gas and infrared models.
Speaking about gas versus charcoal grills, Lexerot noted that gas grills give you even, long-lasting heat, whereas charcoal grills get hot quickly then “peter out over time.” His advice: “If you’re doing something quick, charcoal is fine, but if you are doing a larger project you need the indirect heat that gas grills provide.”
When asked about what he looks for in a good gas grill he said, “You want one that has some kind of flare-up control, so if you drip some grease it doesn’t turn into a tire fire and ruin your food – especially chicken.” The most important point Lexerot stressed was, “If you’re going to get a grill that you plan on using regularly, get a sturdy grill that has ample features, is easy to use and that will hold up over time. Make sure to get a gas grill that’s going to hold up, big enough for your needs, has a warming rack.”
However, not all grillers make gas grills their first choice. Jesse Johnson of the Utah BBQ Association is a pitmaster for a competitive barbeque team. At the time of publication, he owned 14 grills. He generally uses wood-burning grills because they create the Maillard reaction, which imparts more flavor to your meat. But he will use gas grills to create a reverse sear on steaks. His preference for wood-burning grills means that his 16-year-old Weber Platinum mostly gathers dust. However, he’s still a fan of the brand. “They make some of the best products before you get into the crazy money,” Johnson told us. “Weber is probably the biggest name in grilling out there.”
Although he favors wood-burning grills, he says it’s all a matter of personal preference: “If someone is just looking to cook hamburgers and hot dogs, a gas grill will work just fine. But when I’m cooking for the family I like to slow everything down. The environment of cooking with the family is more important than blasting meat on a gas grill.” And he said that while a wood-burning grill imparts more flavor, you can get a similar experience with a gas grill. “If you can cook, you can cook on anything. The biggest thing is that you get high-quality meat and proper seasoning. Those two things will increase the quality of the final product.”
Key features to look for when buying a gas grill
If you looking to buy a gas grill, we've rounded up the key features and things you need to look out for so you come away with the best gas grill for you.
Think about how much food you are going to prepare and purchase your model accordingly. The biggest grills we reviewed can cook up to 12 hamburgers at the same time, which may be perfect for some but overkill for others. Smaller grills we reviewed can fit three to eight burgers, which is probably enough for the average family.
An unevenly heated grill can lead to inconsistent results. You may end up with one burger or steak burned, while the others are undercooked. Make sure you get a model that distributes heat evenly across the entire cooking space. However, if you do run into problems with heat distribution, you can probably confine your cooking to the center of the burner, where the heat will have the most uniformity.
Most of the grills we reviewed have stainless steel exteriors. When maintained and cleaned properly, most of these grills can stand up to weather, wear, tear and rust. The best grills have grates that are made of cast iron, which delivers a better cooking experience and is easier to clean than stainless steel.
When you buy a gas grill, you should consider what you’ll be using it for and how much you intend to move it. If it’s going to sit on your patio for years, you can probably get a bigger, heavier model like the Nexgrill or Char-Broil Performance. Most of the grills we reviewed have roller wheels, so you can move them around a bit.
But if you take your grill on the road with you, it's important to be able to move it around easily. Medium-size grills, such as the Weber Spirit II, have larger wheels and fit nicely into a truck bed. However, if space is tight, we recommend smaller models, such as the Coleman RoadTrip X-cursion, and tabletop models like the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet. They fit easily in a trunk or even the back seat of a car.
How much does a good gas grill cost?
You can potentially spend thousands of dollars on a gas grill. However, there are lots of good options anywhere from $150 to $500. These are all good models that will get your food cooked with almost no problems.
Reinventing the Original Traeger Grill
When Traeger released its original wood-pellet grill in 1987, it was a landmark innovation in the world of home-grilling. The company recently announced a reinvented version of its classic model. This next-generation of grills improves on the past with the D2 direct drive technology. This is a drivetrain that features a 20-volt brushless motor with a one-piece direct mounted auger. It represents a major change to how Traeger grills deliver fuel to the fire, which results in more even temperatures because it ramps up and down based on the fuel need.
Each line of Traeger grills has all-new models. The new Pro Series grills have added two inches of cooking space and replaced their circular design with an oval one that raises the grill so you can cook more food. Traeger has also added its WiFire technology to this line, which allows you to control and monitor your grill remotely through the Traeger app.
Traeger’s flagship line, the Timberline, has everything you need for wood-pellet grilling. The one big improvement is its pellet-sensing technology that notifies you, through the app, when your pellets get low.
There's also an all-new line of grills – the Ironwood. This is a model that sits between the Pro Series and the Timberline. It includes an adjustable two-tier grate system and a double side-wall, which makes it more versatile than the Pro Series. It also replaces the traditional chimney for downdraft technology that improves its smoking capabilities. Unfortunately, it has limited availability and is only sold at the top Traeger retailers.
How to clean a gas grill
Cleaning your gas grill doesn't have to take ages! Instead, check out our handy hacks on how to clean your barbecue grill without much effort.