The 8 Best Gas Grills Under $500 to Buy in 2018

Prepare for backyard season with one of these affordable options

Couple at the grill
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When the weather gets warmer, the general inclination is to spend more time outdoors and what better way to do just that than with a gas grill? A gas grill can be set up in a yard area to entertain guests with a Sunday barbecue or even just a quick dinner for two on a weeknight. Investing in a gas grill gives you more meal prep options and helps you enjoy cooking in nature rather than cooped up indoors.

Gas grills can range in price, but many are available right now for under $500. When choosing...MORE the best gas grill for you, it's important to consider how many square inches you need to grill on, if you want a side burner for more food preparation options, and how many BTUs are appropriate for the food and amount of food you'll be making.

Here, find the best gas grills under $500 you can purchase right now.

  • Broil King Signet 320

    Best Overall: Broil-King Signet 320

    This 3-burner grill from Broil King offers everything you need in one compact and affordable package. The superior burner design provides even heating and the heavy cast iron cooking grates give excellent heat transfer. What's more, the fire box design holds in heat for versatile cooking abilities. This grill is a fantastic value (it's less than $400) for anyone who wants to cook outdoors here and there but doesn't need to commit to an extra large sized grill.

    The 400 square inch...MORE cooking area is plenty for entertaining a few guests plus the 40,000 BTUs mean this grill is highly effective and producing the temperatures you need for your cookout food. Plus, side shelves make storing your tools and utensils a breeze.

  • DynaGlo

    Best Budget: Dyna-Glo Smart Space Living 2-Burner

    Small space grills started showing up a few years ago, marketed to people who simply don't want or don't have room for a traditional full-sized gas grill but still wanted full-sized grilling. This model from Dyna-Glo is a very basic gas grill with two burners that can handle 17 burgers at once. It has a quick start ignition which will help you get the grilled fired up but in terms of other features that is about it. If you are looking for a basic model that doesn't break the bank...MORE this is a great option. 

    Reviewers commented set up is easy and cleaning the grates is seamless. 

  • Best Infrared: Char-Broil Commercial Infrared 3-Burner Grill

    This redesigned Char-Broil Infrared is more than just a cosmetic redress. While still using the infrared technology that Char-Broil licensed a decade ago, this grill represents a serious rethink of the gas grill. Gone are the awkward stainless steel cooking grates that struggled to generate sear marks. Now this grill uses a heavier porcelain coated cast iron grate that holds and transfers heat much more efficiently. The pointless burner temperature gauges are gone also and the infrared emitter...MORE is stronger and made of a better class of stainless steel.

  • Best for Small Spaces: Weber Spirit E-310

    The basic 3-burner Spirit Gas Grill from Weber offers you a brand name at a bargain price. This Amazon Choice 32,000 BTUs in 424-square inch cooking space which is enough room for a family dinner. The grill turns on with the simple ignition button and there is a fuel gauge that will let you know how much propane you have on hand. Grease from burgers and fatty meats gets managed with the flavorizer bars that evaporate into smoke giving your meat a deeper flavor and whatever is left over flows...MORE into a collection tray that is far enough away to prevent grease fires. 

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  • Best with Rotisserie: Broil King Baron 320

    This is a 4-burner gas grill with small, low powered side burner, a fully enclosed cabinet, and plenty of grilling space all for less than $500. The main burners are Broil King's patented dual tube which provides more even heating.

    What sets this grill apart is its rotisserie function which uses 15,000 BTU and an included spit rod so you can cook juicy chickens and other meats in the comfort of your own backyard.

  • Best Large: Char-Broil Performance 5 Burner Gas Grill

    This large, 5-burner, 45,000 BTU grill includes a 10,000 BTU lidded side burner for more cooking options. The lid folds down when the burner isn’t in use, so you can use the area for extra workspace. The primary grates are porcelain-coated cast iron and offer 550 square inches of cooking space, and an additional 210 square inches of space is available on the swing-away rack.

    Heat tents over the stainless steel top-ported burners reduce flare-ups and provide even heat. A thermometer in the lid...MORE lets you monitor the interior temperature without lifting the lid.

    This has a stainless steel lid, handle and cabinet that will look good for years to come, and large metal side shelves provide extra work space and a place to set down your cooking tools and beverage. Electronic ignition offers reliable starts every time and a removable grease pan make cleaning easy when you’re done cooking.

    The cabinet has two doors for easy access to the storage space and the propane tank. If you need to move the grill, it has four casters; two of them lock to keep the grill from wandering if it’s accidentally bumped.

  • Best Griddle: Blackstone Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station

    When is a grill not a grill? When it’s an outdoor griddle! It operates like a traditional grill but has a flat cooking surface, so you’ll never need to worry about food falling through the grates or grease causing the flames to flare up dangerously. It’s more versatile than a traditional grill since you can cook eggs or pancakes on it, right next to your bacon. You can also use it for making stirfry, grilled cheese sandwiches, or hash browns, as well as burgers, steaks and sausages.

    This offers...MORE 720 square inches of cooking space, so you’ll have plenty of room for family dinners or parties. Electronic ignition with a push-button battery operated starter makes this easy to use, and since food won’t drip on the burners or ignition, it will remain reliable for many years. A bottom shelf and two side shelves give you extra work space and storage space to keep your cooking tools handy.

    This has a powder-coated black steel frame, four independently controlled, 15,000 BTU stainless steel burners, and a thick cold-rolled steel cooktop for professional quality cooking. When you need to store the grill, it has wheels to make it easy to roll. The legs fold up and the griddle top is removable, to make it easier to tuck away.

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    Best Mid-Sized: KitchenAid 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill

    This 3-burner, 51,000 BTU gas grill has a 15,000 BTU ceramic side sear burner for extra versatility. The main burners are stainless steel and offer 644 square inches of total cooking space so enough for a large family or small get together. The grids are wrapped with stainless steel for easy cleaning, and the even-heat system, angled flame tamers, and enhanced grates work together to create and distribute even heat across the grill surface, so you won’t overcook half of the steaks while you...MORE undercook the rest.

    This grill operates on propane, but can be converted to natural gas. It is available in multiple colors: black, slate, red, green and blue.

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