Best Rated Gas Grills Under $300
You’ve got your heart set on a gas grill but you just can’t afford to shell out any more than 300 bucks. Does this sound like you? We feel for you, we really do. We’ve been there ourselves. Gas grills can be pretty awesome. Unfortunately with all the extra technology and bells and whistles and stuff, the prices asked for a good quality one are going to be much higher than your run-of-the-mill kettle barbecue grill.
But don’t despair. There are a few choices to be had in the sub-300 dollar range of the gas grill market. First thing you should do is take a look at portable gas grills. Why? Truthfully you’ll likely get a better grill that will last longer if you buy a portable gas grill as opposed to a full size gas grill in this price range. Simple as that. Smaller, sure. But it will do the job.
Which leads us to the second point – forego all the bells and whistles and get yourself a gas grill that does one thing well – cook. Get something with decent heat made by a respected manufacturer with a warranty for a couple of years. Look past all the stainless steel, the rotisseries, the infrared, the this and the that. Just get a grill that cooks well.
If you can, of course, try bumping up your budget a couple of hundred bucks to the $500 dollar range. If you can’t, we understand. Times are tough, wallets are tight. But just the extra couple hundred bucks will open up a few more choices. Even an extra 100 will take you up to the Weber Spirit E210, Weber’s lowest priced freestanding gas grill. If you can’t swing that, then read on friend.
With those things in mind, here’s a few of the best rated grills under $300 that we found. Happy hunting.
Char-Griller 3001 Grillin’ Pro Gas Grill
This grill wins our award for the Best Named Gas Grill Under $300. If we had an award for that. Come on – it’s the Grillin’ Pro! What does this grill bring to the table other than an awesome name? How about 3 burners pumping out 40,000 BTUs? How about 438 sq. inches of primary grilling space backed up with a 192 sq. inch warming rack. How about a 12,000 BTU side burner? Sound good? Wait, it gets better. Electronic ignition, porcelain coated cast-iron grates, plus a pair of awesome looking smoke-stacks on top of the hood. Some of the reviews on Amazon say it is hard to put together, some say it’s no problem. Just keep it in mind. As an added bonus, if you go to Char-Griller’s website, you get to see their stock photo of this grill surrounded by a yellow glow of holy awesomeness. At least that’s what we’re calling it here. You can almost hear the angels singing. All kidding aside, this looks like a great little grill from a decent company.
Char-Broil 36,000 BTU 3-Burner Gas Grill
This is a decent little grill with a number of nice features from Char-Broil. Its three burners have independent controls and push out 36,000 BTUs, as the name so proudly exclaims. 545 sq. inches of cooking surface divided into a 380 sq. inch primary cooking surface and a raised 174 sq. inch warming rack. It also has a 12,000 BTU side burner for keeping sauces warm or any other thing you feel inclined to do with a side burner. Piezo push button ignition and porcelain coated wire grates round out this well-reviewed little grill on wheels.
Broil-Mate 155154 Liquid Propane Gas Grill
While the name does not impress, this grill may. Comes with Broil-Mate’s Dual-H burner system that pumps out 40,000 BTUs over a 700 sq. inch cooking area (400sq. inch primary and 300 sq. inch warming rack) Cast iron cooking grids, their Sure-Lite™ electronic ignition system and a thermometer built into the hood round it out. No, this isn’t a top-of-the-line grill with lots of fancy parts and side-burners and all that. But for the money, it’ll likely cook up what you need to cook. Reviews at Amazon are running abuot a 4.0 out of 5, so not bad considering the price. Broil-Mate has a decent warranty on this grill (Limited lifetime on the oven, 5 years on the burners and 2 years on everything else) so it’s probably not going to be garbage in a year or so.
Char-Broil TRU Infrared Patio Bistro Infrared Gas Grill
And runner-up for our name contest that doesn’t exist is the TRU Infrared – props to Char-Broil for not only going with all caps, but dropping the unnecessary “e”. Again, kidding aside this is a nice little grill that actually looks pretty great. Not something that looks bargain basement priced at all. Kinda fancy. But the real question – how does it cook? Well, 240 sq. inches of primary and 80 sq. inches of (including the little warming rack on top) starts us off. Then we get to the infrared part of the concept – if you’re looking for a budget infrared grill, this is probably going to be one of your top choices. If you’re not sure of the benefits of infrared grilling – then either do some research or keep walking. The burner pumps out 13,000 BTUs, which isn’t much, but apparently is fine for heating with infrared. While the reviews are plentiful and positive and the price is nice, some have raised questions about the durability of this little grill. If you’re looking for a compact, smart-looking grill that cooks with infrared heating and is cheap, then this is likely for you.
So there you have it – 4 gas grills that run under 300 bucks but aren’t going to fall apart on you in a month or so. If you’re ready to bump up to the next price level, then go ahead and check out our Best Gas Grills Under $500 article, or maybe go back to our gigantic Best Rated Gas Grills article. Heck, check out Portable Gas Grills just for kicks. Or even drop us a line or leave a comment below.