The 9 Best Gas Grills Under $500 to Buy in 2018

The Best Lower Cost Gas Grills on the Market

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The top 10 gas grills between $250 and $500 on the market for 2018. If you are looking to purchase a new grill for between $250 and $500 (based on typical selling price) then these are the one you should be looking at. In this price range look for a basic grill that can cook and last around 5 years.

For more advice on gas grills in this price range see my Gas Grills between $250 and $500 Buyer's Guide.

  • Broil King Signet 320

    Broil-King Signet 320

    There are a lot of 3-burner gas grills on the market for under $500USD these days. Most are not well made or designed. The Broil King Signet is not one of these grills. The superior burner design provides even heating, the heavy cast iron cooking grates give excellent heat transfer, and the fire box design holds in heat for versatile cooking abilities. Now available at Lowe's for $400USD, this grill is a fantastic value.

  • Weber Spirit E-310

    The basic 3-burner Spirit Gas Grill from Weber runs around $600USD and offers little more than a cookout, but is it worth it. The Spirit line gas grills are made in China by Weber, use inferior stainless steel, and are very basic. So why is this better than the same sized and featured grill at most any store for half the price? Good question. I would argue that this grill is better built than those and that Weber's warranty and support are much better. Aside from this, it really is a very...MORE close call.

  • Char-Broil Commercial Infrared 3-Burner Model# 463242516

    Redesigned for 2015, this Char-Broil Infrared (formerly TRU-Infrared (formerly Quantum)) 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...MORE temperature gauges are gone also and the infrared emitter is stronger and made of a better class of stainless steel.

  • 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 that will run you around $500. The main burners are Broil King's dual tube which provides more even heating.

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  • Char-Broil Performance 650 6-Burner Cabinet Gas Grill

    This large, 6-burner, 60,000 BTU grill includes a 10,000 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 650 square inches of cooking space, and an additional 280 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. One of the six burners is a sear...MORE burner, for great grill marks. A thermometer in the lid 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.

  • DynaGlo

    Dyna-Glo Smart Space Living 2-Burner Model# DGP350SNP-D

    The 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 and pretty much nothing else. Sold at various locations, including Lowe's, Home Depot, and Walmart, this gas grill is designed to give you the impression of quality and while it isn't a bad grill, it is typical of the...MORE mass market grills we have seen too much of in recent years.

  • 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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    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. 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 undercook the rest.

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

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  • Nexgrill Evolution 5-Burner 720-0882A Gas Grill Review

    Read the full review here.

    Home Depot and Char-Broil parted ways a few years back and while this obviously hurt Char-Broil more than it hurt Home Depot, it left a hole on the showroom floor. The biggest part of that hole is in the area of an inexpensive infrared gas grill. Char-Broil has been the only manufacturer to offer this style of grilling, and while its true merits are debatable, there certainly is a demand for this technology. Enter Nexgrill, always willing to provide grills to large box...MORE stores, with a unique "infrared" gas grill. In fact, this grill has the unique feature of being convertible between conventional cooking and infrared. The big question is, however, whether or not this is a real infrared grill and how well it actually works. 

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