Weber Q1200The Weber Q1200 is compact and light. This one gets the job done almost entirely through conduction—its single burner provides heat to a porcelain-coated cast-iron cooking grid. Narrow slots in the grid provide a path for drippings. With the lid down, you get reliable convection cooking as hot air circulates over the grid. But because you can’t control heat as well, you’ll need to either carefully monitor your food or save this one for burgers. For added convenience, Weber sells a separate stand–a nice accessory when you don’t have a picnic table on which to set the grill.
Char-Broil Perfomance The Char-Broil Stainless grill offers a 475-square-inch primary cooking area. That’s enough to cook 12 burgers simultaneously and it comes with a side burner, so you can cook the non-meat portions of your meal as well. You can expect to have a nice, even grilling experience with no hot or cold spots, so all your food cooks at the same rate. While this grill is superior to our top pick in some ways, such as the addition of a side burner, more Btu and the price, the Weber Spirit II is simply better at grilling overall.
Weber Spirit II E-210If burgers are the mainstay of your cookouts, this Weber Spirit II E-210 grill is a great choice. Weber's 10-year warranty applies to all its grill parts, so you'll be set for years to come, even with heavy use. Its consistent performance in our testing delivered burgers with a good char and a slightly pink center. The Spirit II E-210 is also one of Weber's iGrill compatible models, an additional accessory line that includes Bluetooth temperature probes you can monitor via a companion app. If you'll be preparing dishes that require more time on the grill, the iGrill system will help you keep an eye on things from a distance.
Monument ClearView 6-BurnerThe Monument ClearView 6-Burner cuts an impressive swath through the field of mid-priced gas grills. Here’s the tradeoff. You assemble this big hunk of grill yourself, which may take at least two, maybe three, hours, there are that many fasteners. It cooks well once it’s assembled. Our bread test revealed the best heat distribution among the full-size grills. And you’ve got more than enough control over its heat output with all those burner. You can mix and match their setting to get what you need. Night grilling, anyone? This grill’s knobs light up in blue LED lights.
Royal Gourmet (GG3201)The Royal Gourmet is one of the budget friendly grills. You'll get a grill with 413 square inches of primary cooking space, 36,000 BTUs and a side burner. You'll also get a good-looking temperature gauge on the hood, cabinet doors to hide a propane tank, and the option for a powder-coated or stainless steel finish. The Royal Gourmet GG3201 does well with low and slow cooking. However, burgers on high heat can be extremely well done. If you purchase this grill, be sure to keep a close eye on anything grilled above medium heat, as it tends to run hot.
Cuisinart CGG-306The dual-burner Cuisinart CGG-306 is a small gas grill, delivering nearly perfect heat distribution across its surface, which is quite large for a portable appliance. Its two burners are precisely controlled, and versatile since one burner can be set on high and one on low for indirect cooking or to prepare different foods. Since the grill is fired from a full-size 20-gallon propane container, it has substantial firepower at its disposal: 20,000 BTU output. The larger fuel supply is more ideal than a smaller one when cooking for a group, because it makes it less likely that you’ll have to swap out the fuel container before you’re finished cooking.
Coleman RoadTrip X-cursionThe Coleman Roadtrip X-Cursion Gas Grill is awesome if your are always up for an outdoor trip. The grill is fairly small and can easily fit in the backseat of your car. It is also really easy to set up when you need to use it, and stands very firmly once its assembled. It is also very easy to clean up once you are done, and you can quickly fold it back up and store away for your next trip. The grill has ceramic coated cast iron grates and a solid cooking area in its centre where you can prepare anything from a chunk of meat to breakfast pancakes.
Dyna-Glo Smart Space Living 3-burnerDyna-Glo proved itself once again when it came to low and slow cooking. The Smart Space Living three-burner was the winner of our rib taste tests every time. Chicken on this Dyna-Glo model was average in cooking time, but was worth it for the crispy skin and tender meat. This model might not do as well with burgers as it does with chicken and ribs, but if you're looking to cook larger cuts of meat, you won't be disappointed. It's also a small three-burner gas grill at just 77 pounds. This Dyna-Glo is great for someone who wants the easy indirect heat option of a three-burner grill.
Camp Chef PG100The Camp Chef PG100 single-burner grill is built to handle the rugged conditions of travel cooking, with steel-rod fold-out legs and two substantial clasps securing its stainless-steel lid. Camp Chef claims it puts out 12,000 BTU, owing to the coverage of one burner. Otherwise, that’s a lot of heat available to a relatively small grill surface. It’s good for quick heating of simple foods, say hot dogs or thin hamburger patties. But it can be too much for thicker cuts. If all you want is a rugged, well-built grill to sear some dogs and frozen burgers at tailgates and picnics, this one is an all-star.
Dyna-Glo 4-burnerThe Dyna-Glo 4 burner is one of the top picks according to most reviewers. In addition to 40,000 BTUs across the main burners, there's also a 12,000-BTU side burner, perfect for heating up sauces or side dishes. This grill also had one of my favorite thoughtful extras: a sliding liquid propane tank drawer inside the cabinet for easy access. It isn't the most affordable grill we tested or the most expensive, but you can find it at very affordable rates which favor your wallet. The warranty is nothing to write home about, either.