Buying a gas grill can be a huge decision, much like picking a name for your firstborn or choosing a career path. OK, it’s not all that serious, but you should consider the vast differences in quality, performance, and features across gas grills when it comes time to purchase one. Typically, grills can be fit into four distinct categories – Luxury, Premium, Practical and Economy. Here’s three reliable grills that you can purchase for less than $500.
Built on the award-winning Fuego Element design, the Fuego Professional adds even more user-friendly features. With its small footprint, it still provides an ideal grilling solution for small spaces and tailgating. The Fuego Pro offers 415 square-inches of primary cooking space as well as a 110 square-inch, stainless steel warming rack. The combined grilling area is 525 square-inches along with 9-inches of vertical grilling height with the lid closed. This grill has enough room to cook 20 burgers or several beer can chickens at once! A new 26,500 BTU stainless steel, dual-zone burner system ignites at the push of a button, reaching 500 degrees Fahrenheit in just 5 minutes. A heavy-duty, 15-pound porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grate ensures even heat distribution. With no hot spots, you can get great sear marks from anywhere on the grill! From grilling to slow cooking, use the single dial control knob to fully control the burner rings.
For the person who has more to cook than what they can fit on their stove, or the grill master who wants an egg on their burger, the Camp Chef 600 Flat Top Grill is the versatile and ideal solution for any outdoor cooking event. The 604 square inch, pre-seasoned, cold-rolled steel cooking surface features a splash guard to keep food on the griddle and is evenly heated by four 12,000 BTU stainless steel burners. The burners sit in a powder coated steel burner box and are independently controlled by four knobs on the front of the grill. As you cook, drippings will flow into the grease tray at the edge of the griddle top, and then funnel into the grease catch bucket. Two large, powder coated steel folding side shelves provide extra prep space, and two powder coated steel shelves under the grill provide storage space for tools or utensils. Micro-adjust griddle levelers and adjustable leg levelers ensure that you always have an even surface to cook on. Serve up grilled burgers, steaks, chicken and more using a full set of grill grates below the griddle plate. A hose, regulator, and holding bracket are included for a 20-pound propane tank (tank not included).
Stand up and stand out with a Weber Q 3200 BBQ grill! Compact Weber Q gas grills are perfect for tailgating or small spaces like apartment balconies. This larger version of the popular Weber Q gas grill offers 462 square inches of total cooking space, including 69 square inches on a warming rack. With the push of a button, the grill lights the two durable stainless steel burners to produce an amazing 21,700 BTUs. The infinite control burner valves allow you to set the precise temperature you need with the easy-to-use knobs. This Weber propane gas grill has a tall cast aluminum lid for larger items and has a built-in thermometer to monitor the cooking temperatures. The sturdy cart features two removable folding worktables, each with convenient tool hooks, so you have space to spread out and work and it comes with a grill out handle light so you can grill at night. The Weber Q 3200 also features a two large capacity porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates, a cast aluminum body with drip ducts and a sturdy glass-reinforced nylon frame and handle. This Weber Q includes a removable grease catch pan for easy cleaning and a hose and regulator for a refillable 20 lb. propane tank (tank sold separately). The Weber Q recipe booklet is also included.