On this page we will take a look at the top five Gas Grills which cost between $250 and $500. If you have this budget for your new BBQ then these are the one you should be looking at. In this price range look for a basic grill that can cook and last around 5 to 10 years.
For more advice on gas grills in this price range see my Gas Grills between $250 and $500 Buyer’s Guide.
1.Weber Spirit E-210 Gourmet BBQ System
This is a fine Grill made by Weber-Stephen Products Company. Weber are experts in making BBQs and introducing innovation. The Spirit E-210 has a special porcelain coated cast iron cooking grate with a removable center piece. These can be swapped out for a large number of accessory cooking equipment including a pizza stone, chicken roaster, and the griddle that is included in this package. So it is really versatile.
How much room for cooking?
There is 450 sq. in. of total cooking area offering plenty of grilling space. This is made up of 360 sq. in. of primary cooking area and an additional 90 sq. in. of warming rack area
What about the grill burners?
There a two stainless steel burners, which are durable with 26,500 BTU’s/hour input main burners, delivering powerful heat and even cooking performance.
Is it easy to clean?
Yes indeed. There are Porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates designed to cook food evenly. They also feature unique, angled porcelain enameled flavorizer bars which smoke and sizzle when cooking juices drip down, adding flavor to your meal
Is it easy to lite?
Yes, there is an electronic crossover ignition system for quick, reliable startups
How do your know how hot it’s getting?
There is a front center-mounted thermometer showing temperature allowing you to have consistent cooking.
Is it easy to move?
There are two heavy-duty front locking swivel casters and two heavy-duty back swivel casters
Are there any other useful features?
There is a front access, porcelain-enameled grease tray with catch pan. A painted enclosed steel cabinet with a removable front panel for easy access to clean oils and grease. A fuel gauge shows you how much fuel is left, (LP only). A tank is not included with LP models.
Is there a customer service line?
Yes, you can ask questions regarding replacement parts or service inquiries using the Weber Customer Service line.
What fuel does it use?
It is fueled by propane.
Where to buy?
I recommend you check out amazon. They have excellent service and price tracking. This popular gas grill is currently scored at 4.6 out of 5 by Amazon customers. A real stamp of quality. The current cost is $399.00.
2.Char-Broil Commercial Infrared 3-Burner Model# 463242515
The Char-Broil TRU Infrared 3-Burner Gas Grill provides a wide temperature range. This allows you to bring variety to your BBQ cooking. You can perform intense searing at the cooking surface as well as slow-and-low barbecuing and rotisserie cooking.
How much cooking area does this grill have?
This grill features 660 total sq. in. of cooking surface. Its 3 stainless steel burners sear in flavor to help keep foods moist and juicy, plus the 3 grate level temperature gauges allow for precision heat control.
Any technical information I should know?
There are three stainless steel burners yield 30,000 BTUs with an additional 10,000 BTU lidded side burner. This means it gets very hot! It also features TRU Infrared technology. This helps delivers juicy results. The grill uses porcelain coated cast iron grate that holds and transfers heat much more efficiently and are easier to clean than those found on many other models.
Are is there a place to store plates?
There are large side shelve providing lots of work space
Is it easy to light?
This grill has the Char-Broil’s Sure Fire electronic ignition system.
This is a decent grill. On the plus side it provides High and even levels of heating and efficient design reduces fuel consumption. Compared with other gas grill materials are thin and some reviewers point out that the ‘infared’ cooking system requires extra maintenance
Where to buy?
I recommend you check out amazon. They have excellent service and price tracking. This popular gas grill is currently scored at 4.0 out of 5 by Amazon customers. A real stamp of quality. The current cost is $27.00.
3. Dyna-Glo DGP350SNP-D LP Gas Grill
Are you ready to take your grilling to the next level of performance? This Dyna-Glo grill will cost around $270. It will equip your patio or deck with a durable, high-performance BBQ that will last for years.
Tell me about the burners?
The Dyna-Power cooking system features a steel, double-wall firebox that houses two stainless steel, P-shaped burners. These deliver a total of 30,000 BTUs. These ensure a fast, high and consistent heat.
What is the cooking area?
There is 350 square-inch of primary cooking space and 547 square inch of total cooking space. The grill’s compact design and collapsible side tables make it perfect for smaller patios and decks where elbow room is at a premium.
Does it look good?
The grill’s sleek design is a cabinet assembly that includes a stainless steel, double-wall door with full-length, piano hinge for keeping the door in true alignment with the entire cabinet and firebox.
Is it easy to move around?
There are four multi-directional (two locking) casters. This allows you to move the gas grill in any direction.
Is it easy to lite?
There is an easy push button electronic ignition,
What is the fuel?
There is a cabinet assembly, an open slot for the fuel, propane (LP).
The collapsible side tables offers you more space when the grill is not in use. This grill has a compact design offers maximum cooking power with minimal footprint. Side tables, made of powder-coated steel, are perfect for resting plates and containers while you grill. Each side table supports up to 25 pounds. Integrated tool hooks and towel bars free up even more space.
Is it easy to clean?
There are cast iron grates which retain heat while the porcelain-enameled finish transfers the heat directly to the food. These grates are ideal for searing and locking in food’s natural juices. The high-gloss, black finish is easy to clean and maintain.
Checking the temperature?
There is a built-in, stainless thermometer for accurate temperature control and an easy-to-read gauge helps you achieve perfectly cooked foods.
Where to buy?
I recommend you check out amazon. They have excellent service and price tracking. This popular gas grill is currently scored at 4.0 out of 5 by Amazon customers. A real stamp of quality. The current cost is $270.00.
4. Char Griller Grillin Pro Model 3001
Char-Griller has developed a good reputation for making charcoal grills and smokers in the lower price range. In the past year they have started producing gas grills, built on the same design that actually work. As many low end gas grill manufacturers have moved to thin sheet metal bodies, this one has enough thickness to hold in heat and make a grill that can sear steaks and cook at high temperatures.
This somewhat unconventional looking gas grill is in fact a very conventional 3-burner gas grill with side burner. Of course you are paying less than $300 for this grill so you can’t expect high quality components or a long life for this grill, but if you don’t have a lot of money to spend this is a grill you should consider.
The Char-Griller #3001 Grillin’ Pro Gas Grill provides 438 square inches of primary grilling area and 192 square inches on the warming rack.
What temperatures does this grill reach?
The three stainless steel burner tubes generate a total of 40,800 BTU’s. Also includes a 12,000 BTU side burner.
What is it made of?
The grill features heavy-steel construction, porcelain coated cast iron grates, dual stacks for even heating.
Is there a thermometer?
Yes the Char Griller comes with a stainless steel thermometer. In addition there is a Stay Cool hood handle.
How do I lite it?
There is an electronic igniter probe on every burner.
I think if you really want a solid grill that lasts forever, get a Weber. For me paying $700+ for a similar Weber isn’t an option. You also should beware of the inexpensive stainless steel grills which is typical on any gas grill under $400. This grill ranks well in Consumer Reports.
A typical customer review
‘Once you get it together it’s pretty solid. It starts easily and heats up fast. For me in less than 5-10 min. on high the temperature gage was at 650 degrees (on a windy 70 degree day in Chicago). The grates are porcelain coated cast iron. That’s a feature you want to look for in a grill. You’ll see those on higher priced models. The grates have a side for ‘Searing’ and a side for ‘Grilling’. They clean up easily and give GREAT grill marks. Now mind you my last grill was a 12 year old ‘Char-Broil’ that was shot and I’ve only used this one twice. But from what I can tell unless you want to pay a ton for something better this is a great grill for the price.’
This is an inexpensive full feature grill with a heavy construction for the price you pay.
It’s still a great grill for the price $199.00
Where to buy?
I recommend you check out amazon. They have excellent service and price tracking. This popular gas grill is currently scored at 4.0 out of 5 by Amazon customers. A real stamp of quality. The current cost is $199.00.
5. Minden Master Gas Grill
This is the last of the Top 5 Gas Grills between $250 and $500 for 2015
The Minden Master Propane Gas Grill offers an alternative as it is a beautiful to look at gas grill BBQ. This one in black is sleek and almost looks like a work of art, engineered to an excellent standard. The grill comes standard with six intelligent features and gives you the opportunity to add various custom grill options.
The Minden Grill is designed as a full sized gas grill. It looks great with the design and engineering team putting together a good grill that breaks down for shipping and weighs in at only 110 pounds.
The Minden Grill is a reinvention, not only of the gas grill, but of how gas grills are sold, marketed, and accessorized. This 3-burner gas grill is small in size but a capable grill that can be shipped in a box small enough for UPS to send it. Although expensive the Minden is a basic grill.
The design offers a flip back lid that puts the cooking surface even with the side tables, similar to professional cooking equipment. The side tables are available with a number of accessories including a side burner.
What is the work area?
There is a 1,000-square-inch work area. This is made up of 536 inches total cooking surface. This is a 366-inch primary cooking area with a 170-inch warming rack
How is it lite?
There is a Push button electronic ignition
Are there any other features?
There is an easy-glide lid and a useful built-in temperature gauge. In addition there is a condiment tray and a dishwasher-safe cutting board
Does it only come in black?
It comes in black, blue, green, and red and has a series of upgrades possible.
Are there any add ons?
The basic unit is a good, straightforward grill with a number of customization extras like a side burner, griddle, ice bucket, and more.
Is it easy to assemble?
Because of the design the makers of this grill promise that you can complete the assembly and be cooking in 30 to 45 minutes.
As a basic gas grill this unit seems on the expensive side (around $470) especially for a grill that is small in size and has not stainless steel. However, it is a good quality grill that is durable and cooks very well offering a very even heat.
The interesting design feature of this grill is the continuous work space across the top. The cooking surface is level with the side tables and there is no interruption of this space from side to side. This is not the grill for someone who needs lots of space or wants to brag about the size of their grill. It is designed for someone who wants a smaller but perfectly formed grill. It is a perfect top quality gas grill for the small family.
Where to buy?
I recommend you check out Amazon.com. They have excellent service and price tracking. This is a BMW or Lexus type of product. The current cost is $470.00.
We hope this guide to the Top 5 Gas Grills between $250 and $500 for 2015.