If you enjoy entertaining at your home, a gas grill will provide you with a way to cook tasty food to share with your friends and family. Using a gas grill at home can also be an excellent way to cook healthy meals for your family. Many gas grills are large enough to cook an entire meal on them at once. Some have several different burners that allow you to cook foods at different temperatures at the same time. Larger grills may also come with a heating rack that sits higher off the elements to keep foods warm and to toast bread or do other jobs that need little heat.
Top 10 Barbecue Grills
- Features 557 sq in total cooking surface (262 sq in charcoal and 295 sq in gas)
- 188 sq in total warming rack space (89 sq in charcoal and 99 sq in gas)
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- CONVENIENT STORAGE- With a heavy duty aluminum case, you can easily store this bbq set between uses and ensure...
- Easy assembly, and quick ignition button. You may receive a rear grease or a front grease drain.
- Griddle top is easily removable
- Holds up to 13 burgers made with a Weber burger press
- One-Touch cleaning system provides hassle-free ash cleanup
- 🍖 【Durable and Solid Steel Construction】This BBQ grill is mainly made of black coated steel which...
- 🍖【Safe Use】The top lid is assembled with a thermometer which is easy for you to read temperature....
- 205 sq. in. primary stainless steel cooking area 105 sq. in. chrome-plated warming rack
- 10,000 BTU stainless steel "U" burner
- PERFECT HEAT CONTROL&RETENTION: Rust-resistant adjustable aluminum air vent damper allows for heat control...
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Before You Buy
A basic gas grill is fine for cooking burgers and hot dogs, but if you also enjoy grilling fish and sizzling steaks with sear marks, look at the temperature-range score in our gas grill ratings. The higher the score, the better the grill is at cooking a variety of foods. If ribs or a roast is on the menu, you’ll want a grill that does well in our indirect-cooking tests.
Bringing the Heat
Btu/hr. (British thermal units per hour) tells you how much gas a grill uses and the heat it can create. But ignore it as a measure of how well a particular model might sear your steak or how fast the grill will heat up. Our tests found that more Btu doesn’t guarantee faster preheating or better cooking—instead, look for a model that scores well in our preheating test.
Keep in mind that for gas grills, burners are the most replaced part. Expect them to last two to 10 years. Burners with a warranty of 10 years should last longer than those with no guarantee. If you need to replace them, it’s a 10-minute job.
Lots of gas grills come with infrared burners, which are meant to use intense heat to sear steaks or chops. CR’s advice? Ignore these burners when shopping. Our tests have shown repeatedly that infrared burners don’t sear any better than typical gas burners. Instead, use our temperature-range score to guide you toward models that can reach high searing temperatures as well as low temps for indirect cooking.
Look for Solid Construction
When shopping, you’ll want to carefully look over the construction of the grill. Jostle the assembled grill from several points to test sturdiness; the more stable the better. Check the cart, wheels, lid, and firebox. Stainless steel carts with seamless construction and welded joints are usually sturdier than painted steel carts assembled with nuts and bolts.
Recipe for Safety
Sturdy grills aren’t just better poised to survive multiple grilling seasons; they’re safer, too. Grill stability is important because it can prevent tipping. Avoid grills with sharp metal corners and edges. Test the handle: Your knuckles or fingers shouldn’t be too close to the hot lid. And though some flame flare is normal, the greater the distance between the grates and the burners or flavorizer bars, the fewer the sustained flare-ups.
Advantages of Using a Gas Grill
Why might you want a gas grill instead of charcoal? Here are several reasons why gas is the go-to for many grillers.
Ease of Use – Little Learning Curve
If you know charcoal, or you’ve done some research already, you know it’s not the easiest stuff to work with. First, you have to choose what kind of charcoal to buy (Lump? Briquettes?Flavored?). Then you have to arrange and light the stuff. Will you try the charcoal snake? Do you want starter cubes? Or will you get a chimney for lighting up?
Don’t get us wrong – we love grilling over charcoal and part of the fun is in the details of lighting your coals. But, we also know it isn’t for everyone. Starting a gas grill is as easy as turning a knob or pushing a button. If you can work a kitchen stove, you can use a gas grill.
Propane and natural gas are not very expensive. A 20-pound tank will last a long time, and you’ll rarely find yourself needing to top up mid-cook. If you’re looking at just the fuel costs, propane is much less expensive than charcoal on a per-book basis, as numerous studies have shown.
Instant and Exact Temperature Control
To grill effectively, you need to hit your target temperature and hold it for the duration of the cook session. With charcoal, this means fiddling with vents and dampers to adjust the airflow as this is the only way to control how hot the charcoal burns.
With gas, all you do is light it and set your dials. You’ll be at the right temperature in short order and holding it is as easy as making slight adjustments to the burner. Before long, you’ll know exactly where to set your burners for every type of cooking.
Low Maintenance and Cleaning
Part of the appeal of charcoal grilling is the smoke that’s put out both by the charcoal itself and any flavor wood you might add. Unfortunately, smoke leaves a residue, including creosote. While it’s ok and even desirable to leave a bit of a patina behind, you’ll still need to scrape down the inside of your charcoal grill on occasion.