The 5 Best Gas Grills of 2023, Tested and Reviewed

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The Best Gas Grills, Tested and Reviewed

Food and Wine / Russell Kilgore

In the world of barbecuing, you’ll find an endless discussion over which type of grill is the best — for those in the scene, charcoal versus gas is even referred to as “The Great Debate.” The reality is that it all comes down to personal preference since both grills have pros that inspire passionate devotion on each side.

For gas grills, it’s hard to top their convenience. They’re simple to turn on and off, it’s easier to maintain a specific temperature on them, and you don’t have to fuss with the cleanup of coals. On top of all of that, gas grills are considered a more environment-friendly option, often come in larger sizes, and sometimes include side burners for multi-tasking.

Paying particular attention to size, construction, heat output, and special features, we spent a month testing more than a dozen gas grills to determine which ones are worth your while for achieving those delicious sears and even cooks. Keep reading to learn which gas grills passed our tests with flying colors.

Best Overall

Weber Genesis E-325s 3-Burner Gas Grill

Weber Genesis E-325s 3-Burner Gas Grill


Pros: This high-performing grill has useful features like an expandable top grate and plenty of space for prep and grilling.

Cons: You may need a higher heat setting than you think to get a pronounced char.

Earning high scores in every category, this grill was on top in both rounds of our tests. “It can cook well under many circumstances and overall provides quality cooked foods over a varied range of criteria,” one tester said. 

Spacious and comfortable to use, this grill provides plenty of space to prepare food for large groups. It has an expandable top grate that offers a second layer to work on, ample room on the side tables to set all your platters and tools, and a large sear zone that can handle multiple steaks in one go.

If you love a good char on your barbecued food, you may have to turn up the heat more to achieve those distinct grill marks as we discovered during our tests. But overall, this gas grill’s pros far outweigh any cons. “It is very well built, designed, sturdy, versatile, sleek, and performed very well,” said one tester. “I would feel comfortable recommending this grill to anyone looking to invest, and at this point in time, it is one of the best grills I have ever used.”

Price at time of publish: $1,049

  • Total Cooking Area: 787 square inches (about 20 burgers)
  • Number of Burners: 3
  • BTUs: 39,000

Best Value

Weber Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill

Weber Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill


Pros: You get durability, thoughtful design, and easy cleanability for a great price. 

Cons: The external lid thermometer isn’t so reliable. 

Sure, you can find cheaper gas grills, but the great value in this one comes from the level of performance you get for the price. One tester praised, “I would 100% buy this grill if I were in the market for a gas grill, with no hesitation or regrets due to the quality of the physical product, the ergonomics, the soft edges, and the quality of the results of the food.”

With its sturdy build and easy-to-open lid, this grill earned the highest scores possible for balance and construction. Also, we found that the grill was responsive and easy to regulate the temperature. That being said, we noticed that the measurement from the thermometer on the outside of the lid varied drastically from the temperature checks inside. If you choose this grill, it’s best to use your own thermometer as you grow accustomed to the heat levels of different settings.

The cherry on top for the grill is that it’s “exceedingly simple” to clean. We assessed that all the parts are easily removable, including the drip pan, and you’re left with plenty of space inside to get a thorough clean.

Price at time of publish: $639

  • Total Cooking Area: 529 square inches (about 15 burgers)
  • Number of Burners: 3
  • BTUs: 30,000

Best Value Large

Monument Grills Stainless 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill

Monument Grills Stainless 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill


Pros: Well-priced for performance, this highly responsive grill comes with a convenient side burner.

Cons: There are some cold spots towards the front of the grill.

If your springs and summers are jam-packed with barbecues, you need a grill that can handle all the food you want to make for all those guests. Not only does this gas grill have over 700 square inches of cooking area, but it also has a side burner in addition to four main burners. That means when it’s time to heat side dishes, you can stay at your trusty gas grill without running back and forth from the kitchen. “To get a grill with this much cooking surface, it can usually cost you double what the Monument sells for,” one of our testers said. 

We found that this grill was one of the most responsive in terms of adjusting the temperature and flame. While overall heat distribution proved good, there were some cold spots towards the front part of the grill, which affected the level of char on the food. However, you can always use the hot and cold areas to your advantage if you like indirect cooking.

Price at time of publish: $429

  • Total Cooking Area: 723 square inches
  • Number of Burners: 4 (plus 1 side burner)
  • BTUs: 60,000

Best Splurge

Weber Genesis EX-325S Propane Gas Smart Grill

Weber Genesis EX-325s Smart Gas Grill


Pros: Spend a little more and you can reap the benefits of this grill’s cool smart features, like temperature alerts.

Cons: Given its large size, it would be nice to have an additional sear burner.

This grill is the high-tech version of our best overall pick, so you already know things are starting from a solid foundation. What this one brings to the table is a suite of smart technology to take the guesswork out of barbecuing, such as various cooking programs, notifications for when to flip and serve, and recipes. Thanks to its intuitive connected app, we also enjoyed knowing the real-time temperature, even when away from the grill.

Though it can handle large amounts of food, we wish it had a side burner or one more sear burner to tackle more tasks at once. All in all, though, our testers said the smart features alone make it beginner-proof. “It's solidly constructed and gives you the amenities you are looking for in a gas grill.”

Price at time of publish: $1,279

  • Total Cooking Area: 787 square inches (about 20 burgers)
  • Number of Burners: 3
  • BTUs: 39,000

Best Small

Char-Broil 463630021 Performance Series 2-Burner Gas Grill

Char-Broil Performance Series 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill


Pros: Ideal for small patios, this compact grill is easy to use and provides consistent cooking results. 

Cons: There are hot spots around the edges of the grill, and there can be excessive smoking during use.

Don’t have much room in your yard or on your patio to set up a grilling station? With only two burners, this compact grill takes up minimal space but can still handle around 24 burgers at a time. It features four wheels (two of them lock in place) that make it sturdy and easy to move around, plus the side tables fold down to save space when not in use. The grill’s porcelain-coated, cast iron grates made it easy to flip burgers, steak, and onions and delivered evenly cooked foods with nice caramelization. We found that the temperature of the grates rises quickly, and the ambient temperature isn't too far behind, according to the built-in lid thermometer. The indirect heat was easy to cook with as the ambient temperature stayed consistent throughout the process.

One drawback was that the grill smoked excessively during preheating. However, after leaving the lid open for a minute, the smoke vanished. We also noticed hot spots around the edges, but once you get used to its design, they could work in your favor. 

Price at time of publish: $279

  • Total Cooking Area: 395 square inches (about 24 burgers)
  • Number of Burners: 2
  • BTUs: 20,000

Our Favorite

The Weber Genesis E-325s 3-Burner Gas Grill was our clear overall favorite because of its top-notch performance, great design, and useful features. As a close runner-up, we have the Weber Genesis EX-325s Smart Gas Grill, which upgrades our top pick with smart technology, like connectivity to a user-friendly app.

The Tests

Weber Genesis E-325s 3-Burner Gas Grill

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To determine the best gas grills, we tested top-rated models over two rounds. In the first round, we analyzed 13 grills, starting with their ease of assembly. Then, we checked how long it took to heat each grill to various temperatures, noting the full temperature range. Next, in separate trials, we grilled onion rounds at medium-high heat, beef burger patties at high heat, and burger buns at medium heat to evaluate heat distribution, cooking uniformity, and searing ability at different temperatures. Finally, we assessed how easy or not it was to clean the gas grill according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Throughout these tests, we paid close attention to overall ease of use, performance, design, and value.

For the second round of testing, we took the 10 best performers from the first round and put them through two more trials. First, we grilled skin-on, center-cut fish filets, checking for the grill’s nonstick ability and noting how well the gas grill handled a delicate protein. Next, we grilled strip steaks to check each grill’s performance with indirect heat grilling and searing. Our testers took note of overall performance (responsiveness of control knobs, the doneness of the food, etc.) and ease of cleaning after grilling.

Factors to Consider

Weber Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Gas Grill

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While it’s important to factor in the overall dimensions of a grill, you should also account for the number of burners and the measurement of its cooking area (noted in square inches). The more burners you have, the more temperature zones you can create, which is useful for indirect heat cooking and preparing different foods at the same time.

For the required amount of cooking area, you can estimate about 70 to 100 square inches per person. For an average-sized family, a gas grill with between 400 and 500 square inches of cooking space should work just fine. If you regularly host large barbecues, then you may want to go bigger than that, looking into 600 or 700 square inches of cooking area or more.  


When buying a gas grill, sturdy construction is crucial since you want something that won’t wobble during use and will stand the test of time. Additionally, a well-made lid is important since that’s what traps the heat inside, affecting how well and fast your food is cooked.

Another key area to look at is the grates. These may be made out of cast iron, porcelain-coated cast iron, stainless steel, or porcelain enamel-coated steel. Each material has its benefits: Cast iron is the most durable and gives a great sear, while steel is often the most affordable and easy to clean. What you prefer ultimately depends on what you like to cook and how much you’re willing to put in money and effort-wise.

Heat Output

The heat output of a grill is measured in BTUs or British Thermal Units. The overall BTU rating of a grill generally factors in all of the main burners, which is why you’ll see smaller gas grills with just two burners having a significantly lower BTU rating than larger grills with four or six units. In general, having a higher BTU rating or heat output means that a grill probably uses up more fuel. When buying a grill, don’t focus solely on scoring something with super high heat output. It’s necessary to consider what the overall temperature range is and how well the grill retains heat.


On the whole, gas grills offer more features than charcoal grills. These may be something simple like wheels so you can move your grill around or a removable grease tray so you don’t need to make your own out of foil to catch fat drippings. The features can also be more advanced like a built-in thermometer to ensure you’re grilling at just the right temperature or a side burner to prepare a side dish without having to run back into the house to use the stove. Other features you may or may not want in your gas grill include heat zone separators, built-in lights, and viewing windows. 


Gas grills can cost as little as $100 and can go up to the thousands. Remember that when you’re choosing a gas grill, think of it as an investment. Going for something of lower quality and on the cheap end may just mean you need to replace it sooner and more often, which can add up. When looking at a gas grill’s price, consider its size, construction quality, and special features to determine its overall value.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How much should I spend on a good gas grill?

    Gas grills generally cost more than charcoal grills, but you can find good ones within a wide price range. Some high-quality gas grills sit around $200 to $300, while others reach above $1,000. If you’re looking for something more basic or compact, it’ll be easier to find a gas grill with a lower price tag. If you want something larger, with higher heat output, or with special features like an extra side burner, prepare to invest more money.

  • What is the most popular gas grill size?

    Medium gas grills, which have around 450 to 500 square inches of cooking area, are a popular size option. These have between two to four burners, which offer greater flexibility when grilling different foods at the same time.

  • Do higher BTUs mean a hotter grill?

    A higher number of BTUs doesn’t necessarily mean a hotter grill. This is because you need to consider the correlation between the heat output and the size of the cooking surface, plus how well the grill’s material and construction retain heat. Some grills may have fewer BTUs, not because they’re any less hot but because they’re more fuel-efficient. Some grills also may have a higher BTU rating because the manufacturer includes the heat output of the side burner in the total.

  • How can you convert a propane grill to natural gas?

    First, check the manufacturer’s guide to see if it’s possible to run on both. You may see a note or a label specifying “dual fuel.” Many grills are capable of this conversion but not all of them. Then, you should confirm that you have access to a natural gas line. Once you’ve verified these two steps, you can purchase and install a conversion kit. There isn’t a universal conversion kit, so you’ll need to find one that’s compatible with your specific grill. Check with your grill’s manufacturer to see if it sells conversion kits directly.

Other Gas Grills We Tested

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Strong Contenders

Weber Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Gas Grill ($551 at Amazon)

This is a versatile, attractive grill with a fair price for the high quality results it delivers. However, its simplicity means that as someone becomes more experienced with grilling, they may want to move onto something with more space and advanced features. 

Char-Broil Performance Series 4-Burner Gas Grill ($330 at

While this gas grill is beginner-friendly and does a decent job at a very affordable price, there are concerns about how well the construction will hold up over time. It’s possible you’ll have to spend more money in the long run if this one breaks or needs replacing after a year or so.

Nexgrill 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner ($299 at Home Depot)

Given this grill’s price, we were impressed by its large size with four main burners, a side burner, and 562 square inches of cooking area. However, we noticed inconsistency, particularly with its heat output and distribution when trying to achieve a sear. 

Dyna-Glo Premier 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill ($334 at Amazon)

While grilling, our testers found the grill fairly accurate and easy to control with the lid closed, making it particularly suitable for those just starting out. This gas grill is on the lower end of the price spectrum, and that was clear in the quality of the materials. 

What Didn't Make the List

The other gas grills that we tested didn’t make our top list for a variety of reasons, including uneven heat distribution, lack of heat retention, and low-quality construction. Altogether, these qualities not only made it harder and less enjoyable to grill food properly but also decreased the overall value and potential longevity of the grill. 

One model that underperformed during our tests was the Char-Griller E3001 Grillin’ Pro 40,800-BTU Gas Grill. This gas grill was difficult to use due to its many hot and cold spots, which require more experience to manage and cook on.

Our Expertise

Cindy Brzostowski is a freelance writer and avid home cook who has previous experience in cookbook publishing (and has left more than her fair share of messes on the kitchen floor while cooking). Her writing has been featured in Allrecipes, Blue Apron, The Kitchn, and EatingWell among other publications. For this article, she analyzed insights from our in-house tests and conducted market research to determine which gas grills are worth buying.

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