Gas grills have long been a popular option for outdoor cooking. They offer convenience by eliminating the need to use charcoal or wood pellets, and they deliver consistent heat every time you fire them up.
Plus, their easy-to-clean nature means that you can enjoy delicious grilled food without the hassle of scrubbing off the charred remains. The only downside with gas grills is that they’re usually more expensive than charcoal grills—unless you know where to look.
There are plenty of gas grills under 500 dollars available on the market today, if you know what to look for. Here are some things to think about when you’re searching for your next grill.
Our top gas grills picks under $500
Now that you are already familiar with the features and capabilities to look for in a gas grill, here are the top 11 best gas grills worthy of consideration. These gas grills ticked most, if not all, the features mentioned above.
Weber Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Natural Gas Grill
With a cooking surface of 529 sq. inches, the Weber Spirit II E-310 has three powerful burners with a 30,000 BTUs total power output. It has 424 sq. in. and 105 sq. in of primary cooking and warming rack area for your veggies and buns, respectively, giving you ample space to multitask. It uses a powerful GS4 grilling system and whether you cook meat or seafood, switching between thick and thin sear marks won’t be a problem because of its reversible cooking grate.
Indeed, This 100-pound, 52 in x 26 in x 57 inches natural gas grill is one of the best models you can buy under $500. It is also convenient to clean with its disposable drip tray which catches the drippings and can be disposed of easily. Its open cart design allows for space to keep your grilling utensils. In terms of space, it also has two side tables, one for accessory storage and the other is button-controlled foldable one with six tool hooks for added storage.
- Compatible with iGrill 3
- Has two large wheels for portability
- With grease management system for ease-of-cleaning
- Can be directly connected to your house’s natural gas line
- Has four system angled flavorizer bars for smokey flavored food
- Cast iron cooking grates are reversible and are porcelain-enameled
- Easy-to-start with its infinity ignition system with 10 -year warranty
- The lid is available in four stunning colors including classic black to sapphire.
- Hood depth needs improvement
- Its large size may not be suitable for limited spaces
Monument Grills 4-burner propane gas grill with rotisserie
This propane burner is made of stainless steel, making it one of the most durable and heavy-duty gas grills under 500 dollars. Its four main burners and one side burner are also made of stainless steel, giving a total of 60,000 BTUs total power output for the five burners. Moreover, its 12,000 BTU side burner has a lid which can be closed, and the cast-iron cooking grates have porcelain-coating for even heat distribution.
With a total cooking space of 723 sq. in, you get 513 sq and 210 sq inches primary cooking area and swing- away warming rack area respectively. Hence cooking and grilling is made faster with its ability to multitask.
- Ideal for large group
- Has four front locking swivel casters
- Comes with an attachable rotisserie
- With LED control knobs for night use
- Quick and easy to start with its electric ignition system
- Easy to clean with its sheet grease tray and removable catch pan
- Ample storage with its two stainless steel side shelves and six tool hooks
- With a built-in thermometer mounted at the center for temperature monitoring
- Its dimension of around 54 in x 31 in x 46 in may not be suitable to some areas
Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D smart space living 36,000 BTU 3-Burner LP gas grill
This is another gas grill with stainless steel burners that made our list. With its three commercial grade burners giving a 36,000 BTU total power output, you get evenly distributed heat thanks to the heavy-gauge steel heat tents. Even with its compact and elbow-space design at 76 pounds and 22.82 in x 49.14 in x 45.05 in, storage capacity is not compromised because it has a 507 sq. in. total cooking surface and integrated tool hooks. It has a primary cooking area of 309 sq. in. and a warming rack area of 117.sq. inches to keep your other food warm while you multitask.
For its less than 500-dollar price, the Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D is quite durable and a high-performer. You get better heat retention and better grilling flavor with its porcelain-enamel coating for its cast-iron grates.
- Reasonable price
- Has a stainless thermometer
- Easy to start with its push-button controlled electronic ignition system
- Double-wall lined hood lid for better heat retention and ease-of-opening
- With foldable powder-coated side tables which can hold up to 25 pounds of weight
- Rusting issues with the grease pan
Char-Broil classic 360 3-burner liquid propane gas grill
If you are willing to spend less than 500 dollars for an outdoor grill for a small group, the 51.2 in x 24.1 in x 43.5 in. Char-Broil classic 360 three-burner is the best model for you. Despite its very affordable price, the needed features for grilling are not compromised.
You get a total power output of 30,000 BTUs, a 360 sq. inches (26 in x 14 in) primary cooking area, and 170 sq. inches (24 in x 7 in) warming rack for your buns and veggies. The primary cooking surface has porcelain-coated grates and the warmings sack can be swung. Its in-line burners are made of stainless steel. It is also easy to clean because of its grates with porcelain coating which prevents sticking of food.
- Not expensive
- Push-button start with its piezo ignition system
- With two 12 in x 13.5 in metal side shelves for added storage
- Easy to transport with its two wheels of six inches diameter each
- Does not have temperature gauge
Royal Gourmet GB8000 8-burner gas grill
This 90.6 in x 24.2 in x 38.2, 8 burner gas grill is fit for large groups or families. With its large power output of 104,000 BTUs, and 117-pound weight, it is indeed the leader in power and performance. For less than 500 dollars, you get eight stainless steel burners with a power output of up to 13,000 BTUs each. Uneven flame won’t be a problem because you also get two sets of stable regulators. It has a large cooking space of 950 square inches (enough to handle 60 burgers at a time), but you may also opt to use just one or two burners for small groups.
With its bold frame design, it can withstand harsh and extreme weather conditions, making it fit for outdoor use. In terms of ease-of-cleaning, it has a grease management system consisting of two large removable grease cups and two drip pans to draw out the grease.
- Ideal for large groups
- With a durable and foldable side shelves
- Push-button start with its electronic ignition system
- Easy to transport with its four caster wheels that can be locked
- With an integrated folding windscreen for grill protection from wind
- Added flavor with its rust-resistant 1/4-inch diameter wire cooking grates made coated with porcelain
- Does not have a lid
Char-Griller duo black dual-function combo grill
This Char-Griller duo black dual-function combo grill is the best of both worlds. This 62 in x 28 in x 50 in model is both charcoal and gas-powered making it achieve both low and slow cooking by tinkering with the charcoal grate’s height, or you can also create hot sears. It has 580 sq. in and 438 sq. in primary cooking surface for charcoal and gas respectively, with warming racks for both. Added to that, the charcoal side has double bottom construction.
With its less than 160-pound weight, and 1,260 sq. in. of total cooking surface, it already has three gas burners available with 40,800 BTUs total power output and a 12 000 BTU side burner. The side burner is foldable and is very helpful when preparing sauces and side dishes.
- Two wheels for ease of moving
- Push-button electronic ignition system
- Easy-to-clean with its easy dump ash pan
- With a grate lifter for ease of lid lifting and adding charcoal
- With a condiment basket and underneath shelf for added storage
- Cast iron cook grates with porcelain coating for ease of cleaning and better heat retention
- More parts mean more maintenance required
Broil King signet 320 3-burner liquid propane gas grill
This 134-pound, 62.2 in x 23.2 in x 48.4 in, liquid propane gas grill is ideal for preparing meals for small groups with limited space. Despite its small and compact design, it has a total cooking power output of 40,000 BTUs and a total rea of 600 square inches, 400 sq. in of this is for the primary cooking area and the remaining 200 sq. inches for the warming rack.
Along with its three dual-tube burners made of stainless steel are cast-iron grates that are reversible. One side is for giving juicy flavor to food and the other is for searing and better heat retention. Better heat retention is also achieved through its thermal-cast making it fit for cooking large roasts.
- Ease-of-moving with its two wheels
- Addes storage with its two side shelves
- Lid and body are made of thin cast-aluminum
Blackstone 36” outdoor flat top gas grill griddle station
This 62.50 in x 22 in x 36 in is ideal for large groups and is among the best gas grills under 500 dollars. With its 120-pound weight, it comes with four adjustable stainless-steel burners with a power output of 15,000 BTU each. You may opt to use just one or two of these burners for small group meal predation. In terms of convenience, it has the new rear grease management system for ease-of cleaning, and even has a paper towel holder. You’ll have enough space to grill with its 720 square inches flat top with a black steel frame coated with powder. It has a massive 60 000 BTUs total power output for its griddle station, making it an impressive machine for preparing a wide variety of food ranging from potatoes to pancakes to grilled chicken.
- Rolled steel cooktop
- Grill stays in place with its two locking casters
- With a side and bottom shelf for added storage
- Easy-to-move with its four industrial strength caster wheels
- With push-button ignition system powered by battery for ease-of-starting
- Does not have a side burner
Char-Broil performance 475 4-Burner cart liquid propane gas grill
With a total 36000 BTU power-output and a main cooking area of 475 square inches, this propane gas grill is another large burner that made it to our list. It has four burners and a 175 square inches secondary swing-away rack. It also has durable grills because of its stainless-steel holders and porcelain coating. In terms of storage, it is easy to clean, thanks to its removable grease tray.
- Has temperature monitoring
- Has two large shelves on the side
- With large wheels for ease of moving
- With an allotted space for the LPG tanks
- Ease-of-start because of its electronic ignitions system
- Not pre-assembled
Why you need to own a gas grill
Gas grills have a lot of advantages over the pellet grill and traditional charcoal-powered ones. Here are some of the advantages
- Heats quickly. Can prepare barbecue in a few minutes
- Even heat distribution with a smokey flavor
- Easy-to-control temperature compared to the charcoal grill
- Propane tank usage means less messy grilling workplace
- Has enough space and various burner sizes and temperature range to fit your dish
- Versatile and provides for an ability to multi-task
- Most models come with side tables which can also be used as countertops
- Most models are portable with its built-in wheels
Features and factors to look for when buying a gas grill
BTU is common in grill product descriptions, as it refers to the power output your grill can generate, or how much heat it can produce. The power output can be influenced by the number of burners your gas grill has. Normally, the larger the grill, the greater the power output it requires because it needs greater heat to fully heat up.
Some of the best propane gas grills in terms of power output are the 60000 BTU Monument Grills four-burner propane gas grill, and the 40000 BTU Broil King signet 320 three-burner liquid propane gas grill.
Cooking surface and grill size
How big your group or family, and what recipes you frequently cook will dictate the area of cooking surface you need and the size of the grill required. The bigger the surface area the more recipes you can cook at the same time. The cooking surface area is composed of the side burner, the warming sack and the main burners. In terms of grill size, it can range from a tiny tabletop to having 6 burners.
If you like cooking big turkey, better choose one with a tall hood and bigger grilling size. If it fits your budget, better buy the larger one you can afford that settling with the smaller variants. Some great models with large cooking space are the 950 sq. inches Royal Gourmet GB8000 eight-burner gasm and the 723 sq. inches Monument Grills four-burner propane gas grill.
If you love preparing side dishes and sauces, then better opt for a gas grill with a side burner. A side burner enables you to multitask while your main grilling area is used for the main dishes. One gas grill that has a lidded side burner aside from its four main burners is the Monument Grills four-burner propane gas grill.
If you also love to multitask, you can choose a gas grill with a lot of burners so that you will also have freedom in choosing and controlling the temperatures. With this, you can also cook different recipes all at the same time. Products capable of these are the eight-burner Royal Gourmet GB8000 gas grill,the three-burner Broil King signet 320 liquid propane gas grill, and the three-burner The Weber Spirit II E-310 natural gas grill.
Storage (shelves, tables, and hooks)
A gas grill with shelves, tables, and hooks keeps your grilling space neat while also ensuring that the equipment, utensils, and tools you need are within an arm’s reach. One great example of a gas grill with side tables is the Dyna-Glo three-burner liquid propane gas grill. Its powder-coated steel left and right-side tables can be folded.
If you also love to move your gas grill, then you need to choose one that is portable. Unfortunately, most gas grills are heavy and not -that-portable, so if transportability is non-negotiable, you need to find one with wheels. You can also choose a model that is foldable so that it can perfectly fit in your RV for camping use.
Grill grate construction
The material your grill grate is constructed from will affect its durability. Here are some of the most common materials that grill grates are constructed from:
- Heats up quickly due to its thin diameter
- Poor heat retention
Cast iron cooking grates
- Great searing marks
- Better heat retention
- Long-lasting and heavy duty
- Better grasp on delicate food thanks to its thick surface
- Not resistant to corrosion
- Needs frequent maintenance
Porcelain coated grates
- Cast iron or steel grates are non-sticky surface due to enamel layer
- Chipping issues
- Prone to corrosion issues
- Tend to lose non-stick and anti-corrosive properties
Additional features to look for
These features are not a necessity but these can enhance your grilling experience. While gas grills with these features may be costlier than the basic ones, the convenience these offers are worth the investment.
Push-button electronic ignition system
This is better and more convenient that the older rotary versions
Allows for wood hip use for a more smokey-flavored food
For steady rotation giving you a juicy and flavorful food
This enables you to monitor your barbecue even at night or in areas with poor lighting conditions.
How to use a gas grill?
Here are the steps to start and use the gas grill.
- Open the propane tank valve all the way.
- Open the grill lid.
With an ignition system:
- Turn on the first burner button.
- Push the button
Without an ignition system
- Use a lighter or want to ignite it.
- Set the burners to high.
- Pre-heat by closing the oven
How do I use a smoker box on a gas grill?
- Soak the wood chip in water for at least 30 minutes
- Preheat grill for 10 to 15 minutes
- Use tongs to place the wood chips in the smoker box
- Do not forget to close the lids of the box and grill
- Wait until smoke is produced
- Once smoke is produced, start lowering the grill temperature
- Place the food directly above the unlit burners
Cleaning your gas grill
In order to maximize your gas grill’s longevity and durability, you must maintain and regularly clean it. Here are some of the steps to follow when cleaning your gas grill.
- Prepare your cleaning gear and equipment such as brushes, rugs, soap, water, gloves and paper towels
- Remove the grill gates and scrub it with a brush
- Clean the burners with a brush
- Lightly brush the burner tubes and its ports
- Brush or wipe off any grease from the grill bottom and the lid.
- Use soap and water to clean the grill’s exterior and the side tables
Check out our article on how to clean inside a stainless steel grill.
How to clean and maintain a gas grill?
It is a good practice to use a grill brush to clean your gas grill after every use. This is to ensure that the grease and food particles are still easy to remove because it has not hardened yet. For cast iron grates, putting some oil into it after cleaning is advisable. Do not forget to also clean the lid and sides after every use. Aside from these after-use aftercare, a once a month deep clean for the barrier on the top of the burner is also needed. An annual burner inspection and grill chamber clean-up using soap and water is also advisable.
How much BTUs does a gas grill produce?
A BTU range of 80 to 100 for every square inch of cooking area is the average one. Hence, you have around 16000 to 20000 for every 200-square inch you have. However, do not solely focus on the BTU. You must also consider its quality, and the maximum temperature it can handle.
What is the best temperature for cooking steaks using a gas grill?
A temperature of around 450 to 500 degrees is ideal for grilling steaks. If you want to create sear marks, the temperature should reach at least 500 degrees, making 10 to 15 minutes of pre-heating, a vital step.
Which is better—propane or natural gas model?
In terms of heating capacity, propane gas has a higher BTU rating, making it heat faster with lower fuel consumption compared to the natural model. That is why checking the BTU rating is essential before choosing which model to buy. After all, it depends on your needs and preferences.
Can I convert a propane grill to natural gas?
Before attempting to convert your propane grill to natural gas, you should first read the user’s manual as some models are not convertible. If you do it carelessly, it can be unsafe and you may also risk voiding your warranty. If the model is applicable for conversion, like the Char-Broil grills, better buy a conversion kit, ideally manufactured by the same company.
Even at a less than 500-dollar price, you can already purchase a good-quality and durable gas range. Owning a gas range is essential whether you love grilling barbecues in your home, or preparing hamburgers on camping tracks. Choosing a gas grill fit for you will highly depend whether you prioritize the number of burners, the storage, the portability, or the quality. The list above is collated to help you make wise decisions when buying a gas grill.
Last update on 2022-08-08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API