The 6 Best Grills in 2023
The 6 Best Grills in 2022
With a gas grill on your patio or terrace, you can make dinner outdoors on a weeknight, as quickly and easily as you can boil pasta on your stovetop. Come the weekend, a gas grill can help you entertain or experiment with recipes like slow-cooked pork or grilled Caesar salad. But figuring out which model to buy can be a challenge. Even the least expensive ones will set you back a few hundred dollars and many are priced upwards of $1,000. Regardless of how much you’re prepared to spend and whether your idea of a barbecue is grilling a hot dog, searing a thick sirloin, or smoking a turkey breast, we’re here to help you find the best one for your backyard.
What To Know About Gas Grills
Almost as easy to light as your indoor range, gas grills are super convenient to use, making them great for after work grilling, even in the winter months.
Easy Pre-Heat: They only take about 10 minutes to preheat and you control the heat with the turn of a knob to produce a steak that’s crusty on the outside and rare on the inside or chicken quarters burnished to a golden brown yet thoroughly cooked.
Maintenance: Gas grill maintenance is minimal. After cooking, the grates need a quick once-over with a brush and the drip pan has to be emptied.
Propane or Natural Gas: The one thing you do have to do is make sure you have a tank of liquid propane gas hooked up to the grill and check it after cooking so if the gas is running low, you can replace it before your next cookout. If your kitchen range is fueled by a propane tank in your backyard, you can have your grill connected to it, to give you a constant supply of gas. Another option to consider is a model that can that can access the natural gas line to your home. Many of the models we picked come in propane gas and natural gas designs.
Things to Consider When Buying a Gas Grill
BTUS: Don’t be overly concerned about BTU ratings. They indicate how much gas the grill uses, but more BTUs doesn’t necessarily mean higher heat or better cooking.
Construction: Look for a gas grill that’s made of thick metal or rust resistant stainless steel. The thicker and heavier the grill, the more heat it will hold in and the more resistant it will be to being easily knocked down or even blown over.
Wheels or Casters: At least two wheels on a grill make it easy to move it from place to place. Ones that are made of stainless steel or bronze will hold up better and won’t rust.
Lid: It should fit tightly to hold in heat.
Removable Grease Pan: There should be a pan or cup for the grease to drip down into. As you’ll want to empty it frequently, it should be easy to access and remove.
Other Features: Check how convenient it is to hook up the tank. Decide whether you need a side burner to heat up sauce or baked peans or sauté onions. Tool hooks give you a place to hang your tongs and basting brush when you’re not using them. Although they’re not precise, thermometers in the lid and fuel gauges on gas models are helpful.