Whether you’re shopping for your first gas grill or you’re looking to replace your old grill and wondering what’s available, here are five gas grills from entry-level to master griller.
Nearly synonymous with grilling, Weber gas grills are what we think of oftentimes when we think about outdoor barbecues. I used to have the Weber Q Grill on the balcony of my apartment, but the optional rolling cart can be used as a caddy to transport the 60-pound grill for tailgaiting and other outdoor get-togethers. The disposable LP cylinders are available at hardware stores and are super lightweight.
The Weber Q Grill offers only 189 square inches of total cooking area, so it works best for single people, small families and quick meals.
If you’re looking to step up from a charcoal grill, but you’re not sure you can afford it, this 3-burner Ducane grill is your guy. For $299, you get 550 square inches of cooking area, 36,000 BTUs and electronic ignition.
The 2 built-in work surfaces (though I like to call them “counters”) work well for small backyards without a lot of furniture to prop plates and utensils on.
Most of my family own a Holland Grill. I got really nervous about grilling a bunch of burgers for a family get-together last summer, and my brother-in-law said, “It’s pretty hard to screw something up on the Holland.” That’s a pretty true endorsement, I’d say.
Because the drip pan is between the food and the flame, food can’t catch on fire (which is also why Holland offers its exclusive “no flareup” guarantee). Charcoal grill lovers will appreciate the distinct flavor Hollands give their food because the dripping sizzle and smoke in the drip pan, much like drippings on charcoal.
The Holland Epic gas grill, usually priced at $849, is on sale for $806. It’s definitely more of an investment, which is great for those ready to stop replacing their grill every few years. Plus, the cast-iron burner is guaranteed for the life of the grill. Who else does that?
For those looking to get called up to the major league of grills, this Vermont Castings gas grill has just about everything:
- 5 burners Huge cooking area (651 sq. in. of primary cooking area and 286 sq. in. of secondary cooking space)
- 15,000 BTU side burner
- 20,000 BTU infrared rotisserie burner and kit
- LED flex light for night grilling
- Stainless-steel sear plates (for restaurant-quality steaks)
- Stainless-steel smoker box
- Utensil hooks and condiment holders
Plus, this Vermont Castings grill is just plain attractive , with features like back-lit control knobs. That’s just cool.
The DCS BGB48 gas grill head can be built in for outdoor kitchen applications or combined with an optional stainless-steel cart for freestanding use. This DCS gas grill head is for those wanting the top-of-the line grill: four 25,000 BTU U-shaped burners, infrared rotisserie burner, warming rack, smoker tray — you name it.