The Best Propane Grills Under $500 (Year 2019)

Outdoor camping is so much fun if you have the proper gears. Most of us anticipate the summer holidays as we anticipate a pregnant woman’s delivery.

However, when it is time, we would want everything to be in place to make our holidays, picnic or camping to be much more fun.

No doubt moments of cooking and eating both indoors and outdoors are great moments for togetherness for both family and friends. That is why the presence of excellently working propane grills for both home and outdoors, is a necessity.

Gone are the days where you need to go through the hassle of breaking and load charcoal for grilling purposes. With the propane grill, you are just one button-push away from having a great cooking time and enjoying yourself with family and friends.

However, the prospect might sound expensive, but it is not.

Weber Spirit E-310

Weber Spirit E-310

Yes, there are high-end grills that are very expensive, but you should not sweat it. If you are on a low budget, there are grills that you can get at a price of just under $500, still have the excellent grill features, and enjoy great cooking.

Getting a grill that gives value for your money requires guides as some of us are either new to it or have bought a problematic grill in the past and may wish to research just to find something better. You are right in the right place! I love grilling and researching about grills!

I put this review together to help buyers know and find the best among low-cost gas grills before parting with those hard-earned bucks.

Best Propane Grills Under 500 Dollars Reviews

1. Char-Broil Performance 650 6-Burner Cabinet Gas Grill Review

This excellent product from the stables of Char-Broil is a stunning 6-burner grill that has heat power of 70,000BTUs! The main burners produce 60,000BTUs while its side burner produces the other 10,000. Despite the massive heat produced, it is evenly distributed, and that is an awesome feature that makes this grill outstanding.

It’s insanely huge working space, 930 square inch precisely, makes this grill look like an outdoor kitchen and less like a grill. It is made with a stainless steel all over, and this is to ensure its durability! So much for such little price.

The Performance 650 also has a lid on which is mounted a gauge for checking and controlling the heat in the electronically ignited system. It also boasts of porcelain-coated iron grates for easy maintenance after cooking.

Pros and Cons

The Performance 650 is the best budget grill you can get. High power, durable components, large working space, easy maintenance and choice lighting for saving gas, budget grill could never have been better.

2. Weber Spirit E-310 Review

Weber Spirit E-310

Weber Spirit E-310

Produced by Weber-Stephen, one of the most respected BBQ equipment producers in the world, this grill has features that are easy to use and effective. This grill is equipped with three stainless steel burners. These burners together have a power of 32,000BTUs.

It has a cooking space of about 530 square inches, 425 square inches being the primary cooking space that can hold approximately 20 burgers. The secondary space holds an approximately 100 square inch warming rack. Its iron grates are coated with porcelain.

Its ignition system is electrically powered with a single push of a button. It also comes with a feature known as flavorizers. These flavorizers capture the spices that leave the food while cooking and re-channels it back into the food through the smoke vapor.

On the front of the grill’s lid, there is mounted a thermometer that displays the temperature of the heating. On the side are two tables for food preparation.

Pros and Cons

The grill has a decent cooking space and a decent amount of power but doesn’t have a sear station. The Spirit E-30 side tables are not foldable and hence might be in the way when not in use.

Asides that, this grill is very sturdy and takes about 10minutes to heat up. However, the downside is that this grill is difficult to put together as some might need help and also the propane canisters is a little awkward to fit because of the limited storage space.

3. Broil King Signet 320 Review

These days, a lot of low-cost gas grills are in the market, and most of them are cheaply designed to cut cost. However, with this grill, you do not have to worry about poor design or grill materials. It has 40,000BTUs with three main burners. It has a large cooking space of 635 square inches. With knobs that ignite the electrical circuits.

The Broil King has heavy cast iron cooking grates and a body that is coated with aluminum and stainless steel components. It also has foldable side tables that can be folded down to keep it out of the way when not in use. The dual-tube burners that are built into the grill enable gas flow both front and back.

Pros and Cons

This gas has marvelous cooking space and great power. It heats food fast. The Sears gotten from its heavy grates are longer lasting, and you can control the temperature of the grill easily.

With a good warranty and an evolutionary build, there is not much to worry about after the purchase of this grill except getting a good cover.

4. Dyna-Glo Black and Stainless Premium 2-Burner Gas Grill Review

With a cooking space of 547 square inches, this wonder from Dyna-Glo is making waves in the market scene.

However, judging by its 2-burners, it cannot be said to be as powerful as the other grills with more burners. It is a moveable grill and can be used in small spaces and is a perfect pick for apartment dwellers.

It has a lid that is double-walled to check heat distribution and ensures it is evenly distributed and can retain the heat in cooked foods.

The two gas burners that are shaped like the letter ‘p’ produce a huge 30,000BTUs, and the grill’s  iron grates are coated with porcelain.

Pros and Cons

The Dyna-Glo 2-burner is a grill with an excellent cooking area and can be stored away in small space. However, due to its size, it cannot grill food that will go round a large number of people in one session.

5. Char-Broil Commercial Infrared 3-Burner Gas Grill Review

Ignited by an electronic system, this model of Char-Broil’s was designed two years ago and still uses the infrared technology that was licensed by Char-Broil about ten years ago. The temperature gauges that are used on most grills are absent on this grill and is replaced by the infrared emitter that is made of a stronger class of stainless steel material.

This grill’s tubular burners are mounted on infrared diffusers, and the burners each produce a BTU of 8,500 amounting to 25,500 from the machine’s main burners. The grill grates are made of iron and coated with porcelain to ensure retaining of heat and easy cleaning after usage. It also has a cooking space of 575 square inches that makes for a semi-large meal.

It should be noted here that the Commercial Infrared 3-burner has undergone lots of changes from the manufacturers and it has improved much better than its old model.

Pros and Cons

Preheat time of this grill can be longer than for other grills. The infrared that this grill works with is the normal infrared that works more like a standard grill. However, due to the infrared, this grill saves more fuel. Its overall efficiency is improved but not its heat.

6. Weber Spirit E-210 LP Gas Grill Review

Another wonder from the Weber E-series, this grill is a 2-burner wonder that kicks out 26,500BTUs per hour. It has porcelain-coated iron grates and a total cooking area of 450 square inches.

It’s electric ignition system comes to life immediately with the push of a button and the inbuilt fuel gauge gives reliable information. It also includes six grill hooks on its side shelves where you can hang most tools and it comes with the unusual flavorizer bar.

Pros and Cons

With the Weber Spirit E-210, cleaning and maintenance are easy. Its heat retention is high due to the porcelain-coated grates. Note also that this machine does not come assembled as assembly may prove to be awkward except you go for expert assembly.  

Its primary cooking space is enough to roast meat and cook vegetables at the same time. It is easy to keep out of the way when not in use because of its foldable side shelves and is a good choice for people who live in a place with smaller patios and lack much space but these shelves are made of steel and can become hot when the grill is in use.

Due to the presence of the flavorizer bar, expect meals cooked by this grill to taste spicier than the ones cooked on other grills.

7. Char Griller Grilling Pro Gas Grill Review

This grill was built and modified from the body of a charcoal grill. That was what the company used to be known for, charcoal grills.

The Char Griller kicks out a total of 40,800BTUs from its main burners and about 12,000BTU from its flanked burner. It has a cooking area of 630 square inches with an AA battery electronic igniters. It also has iron grates that are coated with porcelain for easy maintenance, and a thermometer mounted on its hood to control and check the heat in the system. However, its propane tank and cover are sold separately.

Pros and Cons

This grill is a full feature grill, and it is inexpensive at its price. It is also heavily constructed. However, it has weak plastic wheels that may give way anytime, and some of its inner components are made with low-quality materials. Assembling it is also going to be a problem, and you may need to buy it assembled.

This grill can produce great heat and retain it basically because of its porcelain-coated heavy grates and steel body.

The heat capacity of 40,800 produced by this system seems to be inadequate for its 498 square inches primary space. But the side burner of this machine can do a decent cooking.

8. Cadac Stratos 3-Burner Stainless Steel Propane Gas Grill Review

For the records, Cadac is a South African company that came into the limelight a few years ago, although they have been around for more than a decade. The design of this grill is quite well thought of, sleek and beautiful but it is a lightweight grill that has a capacity that is amazing for its size.

The grill has three burners that each produces 13,000 BTU amounting to 39,000BTU from the main burners and 11,000BTU from the side burner. It has a primary cooking space of 390 square inches and a total cooking space of 637 square inches.

It has side tables that you can fold down to make it easy to stash away when not in use. It also has porcelain-coated iron grates and dual lid cover, and unlike most other grills, its ignition system is piezoelectric.

Pros and Cons

This grill has a powerful heating output and heavy duty grates that will give years easily. It can also perfectly fit into small spaces. However, we noticed that the body is made of low grades of stainless steel throughout and the side burner may not produce an adequate amount of heat, especially in the wind. We also noticed that the side tables are weak and do not support a lot of weight and the general construction is lightweight, which goes a long way in determining its durability.

The lid of this appliance is double- layered, and that is good for heat retention. The primary parts of this machine are made with quality materials though and have accessories like warming rack and griddle.

Conclusion

The experience of grilling (indoors and outdoors inclusive) is to be enjoyed and not endured. Even if you are on a tight budget, funds of just under $500 can hand you the opportunity of great grilling while enjoying other accessories for easy cleaning, compatibility, and style on your grill.

The above-mentioned grills are unarguably the best grills you can obtain at that price though personally, I think number one to three just too good to be true!

The Best Propane Grill Under $300 (2019 Updated)

Propane grills are one of the most used outdoors appliances today. The feeling of tossing your meatloaf onto the grill and watching it turn brown and fill the air with a smell of burning fat and flavors and having those new sears is second to none. Whether you are going for a summer camping or an outdoors cooking picnic, leaving without your beloved grill is an act that you are bound to wish you never did. Outdoors cooking is fun!

Propane grills are easily replacing the manual charcoal and wood grill as they are easier to use and save more time and energy while helping you deliver your cooking in style. With a propane grill, you do not have to worry about the hassle of loading charcoals and stirring ashes. You do not have to worry about the somewhat uncontrollable heat or the cleanup required. All you may worry about is the refill of the portable propane gas tank of the grill. On worst conditions, all you may have to do is replace the tank for an imperturbable enjoyment of cooking outdoors.

Finding an excellently working propane grill can be somewhat challenging. If you are on a limited budget, the challenge could get worse.

The reason I put together this article is to help buyers to discover some decent propane gas grills that they can afford at a price of $300 or less. On this page, you will discover the best propane grills for just under $300.

Whether you are on a tight budget, you can still get a propane grill and enjoy great outdoor cooking, durability, and utility on it. The list ranges from the best (my recommendation due to firsthand experience) to the least.

Top 7 Best Propane Grill Under 300 Reviews

1. FUEGO Element Carbon Steel Gas Grill Review

This gas grill is most famous for its designer, Roberts Brunner, who happens to a designer with the renowned Apple Corporation. Roberts’ collaboration with business person Alex Siow, resulted in the design and production of the FUEGO element carbon steel gas grill.

Produced in California, this grill is an award winning gas grill as it won the Vesta’s Best Gas BBQ and Spark Design Award.

One advantage of this grill over the others is its much less fuel consumption. One of its two fuel tanks, when filled, can last up to 20hours of cooking with its double burners. It takes as little as five minutes to heat up from 0-500ºF.

The grill has porcelain iron grates for making lasting sear marks and these iron grates weigh almost 15-pounds.

FUEGO, with a high power of 21000 BTUs and 346sq.in of cooking space, can cook food that will satisfy a starving family in one session. However, this grill was not designed like the traditional grill, but it has a more sleek, and modern look (almost looking like a space ship) which makes it a mixture of style and efficiency. Hinged doors protect the fuel storage tank.

Pros and Cons of the FUEGO grill

FUEGO grill is highly portable and space friendly as it is built to be used even in the smallest of space, with lock wheels that check tilting, and a less fuel consumption ability, this grill defines style and efficiency.

However, when it comes to power, it is just 21,000 BTUs whereas other grills have more. The several holes in the lid, however, may need covering when it rains. Hassle!

2. Char-Broil Performance 4-Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner Review

This grill is one of the best grills you can find on such a low budget. It has a newer version; the Char-Broil Classic that works as great as the older version.

The Char-Broil Performance is sizeable with almost 700 square inch cooking space, 480 square inches being the primary cooking space and the other 180 square inch being the secondary space used by the external swing-out cooking surface area.

This grill has a power of 36,000 BTUs for the main burners and an additional 10,000 BTUs for its side burners.

With its improved iron grates, you can cook consistently, and the swing-out feature is perfect for the barbeque of appetizers.

It has an electric button which responds to the first touch and lights up the grill in half a second. The heat produced is automatically tuned and will save you the task of setting it manually.

Char-Broil Performance grill has big metal side shelves that provide enough space to hold the stuff you intend to cook with like spices, sauces, baked potatoes, veggies, etc.

After cooking, you do not need to worry about grease stains as the grill has trays that are smooth and coated to make the most stubborn grease stains go off in one swipe.

Customers cannot help but drool over the Char-Broil’s makeup that comprises a stainless steel lid, handle, control panel and fascia support.

Pros and Cons

The Char-Broil grill is less portable than the FEUGO. It requires larger cooking space but has more power than the latter. It has large side bars that hold stuff ensures convenience as you do not have to move around for cooking tools.

3. Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D SM Space Living Review

This grilling king has a power of 36,000 and a cooking space of 503sq.in.

Dyna-Glo makes cooking hassle-free and fast. It is excellent for barbeques too. Due to its build, it is very portable and can be used in small space.

The Dyna-Glo grill has foldable side tables and can be stored easily. It is a dream grill for grillers who love camping too!

This grill’s firebox is made of fine porcelain and coated with top quality stainless steel. The firebox protects the grill’s high-quality stainless steel burners.

It has a stainless steel double walled temperature gauge at the lid and ensures maximum detainments of heat in grilled foods. The grill burners are held in place by steel heat tents pinned around them.

Dyna-Glo grill is also fitted with a removable tray that has removable grease cups that aids easy maintenance.

Pros and Cons

The Dyna-Glo grill is made with high-quality materials and is fitted with control valves which enable grillers to control the temperature of cooking. It is more portable than the Char-Broil but has side shelves for holding towels and cooking tools and saves you the stress of running around for cooking tools.

4. Weber Q 2200 Gas Grill Review

A rather smaller grill, the Weber Q2200 gas grill is small enough to fit in any patio but can be used to grill a full meal. It is very portable because of its light weight.

With a total cooking space of 280 square inches, this grill has a single burner and has a power of 12,000 BTUs. The grill has side shelves that can hold light weight stuff while you’re cooking.

It comprises a stainless steel burner, porcelain-coated iron grates, cast aluminum lid and body and it was finished with a titanium finish. It has a rib rack and disposable drip pan for easy cleaning and maintenance.

Pros and Cons

The Weber grill is a portable grill that requires little cooking space and has foldable work shelves that can hold cooking tools. The inbuilt thermometer helps heat control, but its low power may not make it a good cooker for all recipes. It has disposable trays which aid easy cleaning. The titanium finish ensures it does not corrode easily and has a long lasting spark. The small disposable propane cylinder that fuels the grill is tantamount to less burning time.

5. Master Cook Professional 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill Review

This grill is the definition of efficient. It’s a 2-burner machine that puts out 32,000BTUs every hour. For a 2-burner machine, that is great. It has cooking space of about 312 square inches for primary cooking and the other 87.75 square inches is for warming rack. Due to this massive space, the grill can have burgers for a large number of people in a single session as it can prepare more than 20 burgers at the same time.

It has heavy cast iron grates that are porcelain-coated. Unlike most grills, this grill has a piezoelectric ignition system that powers up the grill at a single button push. There are also wheel casters which make it easy to push around.

Pros and Cons

The Master Cook Professional has two side shelves that are foldable and hence can make it easy to be kept out of the way when not in use. It is a good choice if you are cooking for many people and the tool rack saves you the task of running around during cooking.

However, the wheel casters support materials are not durable and may give way soon. Some body parts of this machine are made with thin sheet material, which may speak volumes on its durability.

6. The Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Gas Grill Review

This relatively cheap gas grill has lots of features that will make you think you’re getting it cheaply. As a newer version of the Char-Broil series, the Classic 280 2-Burner gas grill has side burner suitable placing your coffee pot on or boiling some eggs if you want.

The main burner of this grill generates 20,000 BTUs while its side burner generates 8,000BTUs. This grill has porcelain firebox and is powered by a piezo ignition system, unlike several other grills which are powered by electronic ignition systems. Well, it’s reliable, and that’s what matters.

The total cooking space of this grill is 450 square inch as its primary cooking space is 280 square inch while its secondary cooking space is 170 square inch.

The Char-Broil Classic’s side shelf is made of plastic and has a built-in handle and tool hooks.

Pros and Cons

With a high power, it can be effective for most grilling needs. Its lightweight makes it movable and relatively portable, but the shelves do not fold downwards, and this may be a sort of inconvenience.

Most of its parts are made of plastic, which may mean easy damage to these plastic parts.

7. The Char-Broil Quickset 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill Review

This is another low-cost hardcore grill from the stables of Char-Broil. The Char-Broil Quickset grill is produced with a piezoelectric ignition system with nice-looking knobs to control the heat in the system.

It has porcelain-coated cast iron grills and some other lighter sear grill crates and has the beautiful finish of black. The three burners have 12,000BTUs respectively resulting in a total of 36,000BTUs.

Its side shelves can hold cooking tools, and it has a warming area for anything that you like to keep warm. It also has a secondary cooking space of 175 square inches and 370 square inches of primary cooking space.

Pros and Cons

The Char-Broil Advantage grill is made with lightweight materials that may mean the grill isn’t very durable. It has a low heat output because of the materials it is made of, and this makes the grill to take longer to heat up and sometimes when there is the wind, it takes even longer.

A higher heat amount may lead to fast damage of these materials hence it is fitted with low-quality burners. The grill may have trouble holding on to heat, however, if you need to prepare burgers or hot dog, this is arguably the best choice you can make.

An additional advantage is the grill is lightweight which means it can be transported easily during camping and summer outings.

Conclusion

There are lots of grill machines available today, from high-end to medium to low-end machines. However, you do not have to punch a hole in your wallet to enjoy great grilling with efficiency and style. Even on a tight budget as low as $300 and below, you can get high-quality grills with decent workability and nice production materials.

Due to experience, I think the necessities of grilling are not bells and alarms, though they may be nice to have on grills but workspace, heating power, and durability.

If these three necessities can be gotten at such low cost, then I think I am totally fine!

The Best Propane Grill Under $200 (Year 2019)

The Best Propane Grill Under $200 Reviews

Times have changed, and the way we do things must also experience some differences.  The act of cooking, steaming, boiling or raising the temperature of food substances has also encountered massive developments and improvements. The early humans made their food by setting stones and wood to make fire.  But, all that is a stalled concept and no longer in vogue.

In this text, we will focus our attention on propane grills. We will be reviewing some of the best products under the $200 mark.

Propane (LP) is a member of the family of alkanes. It is a class that also comprises of methane (natural gas), butane, ethane, etc. All these chemical compounds are known for their combustible properties.

Hence, it is no surprise that propane is the fuelling agent for this innovative method of grilling, steaming, cooking, and distributing heat.

Propane grills are an inventive way of making barbeque. There is also the charcoal-fuelled grill which is not as neat or clean as the propane grill. Propane grills come in various forms, shapes, and sizes.

In fact, we have industrial size gas grills while there are some other types made for domestic use only.It’s time for us to discuss some of the best products under the $200 price range. Let’s get started!

Best Propane Grill Under 200 

1. THE NXT LITE PROPANE GRILL BY COLEMAN Review

This is another excellent unit. This grill is a must-have for lovers of burger and vegetables. The unit is beautiful, and it has a lovely appearance. The distributive heat property of this grill is impeccable, and the entire item is sturdy.

ESSENTIAL FEATURES

  • This item weighs 20 pounds.
  • The shipping weight of the product is 20.2 pounds.
  • It has a product dimension of 18.2 x 16 x 12.2 inches.
  • It has a burner of 8,500 BTU.
  • It features a heat core technology that enhances thermal efficiency.
  • The grease management tray is removable and can be detached.
  • Grill space is sufficient enough. It is estimated to be about 168 sq. in.

Pros

  • It is portable and does not take up too much space.
  • Cleaning and maintaining the unit is straightforward and seamless.
  • It is made from long-lasting materials.
  • Great cooking and grilling power.
  • It has a dial for temperature control and regulation.
  • It is very easy to assemble and put together.

Cons

  • The grill does not come with a recommendation or instructional guide.
  • The grilling surface is small and gets sticky.

2. THE Q1000 PROPANE GRILL BY WEBER Review

This is a good unit, and it comes at a decent price. Although sturdy and strongly built, this product is not made for marine use and this explains why it cannot be mounted on a railing.

ESSENTIAL FEATURES

  • It heats up immediately it is lit.
  • 8500BTU stainless steel burner.
  • It has an item weight of 26.6 pounds.
  • It has a shipping weight of 26.6 pounds.
  • It has a product dimension of 20.5 x 27 x 23.5.
  • The lid and body are made of quality aluminum.

Pros

  • It is good for the price.
  • It does not take up too much space.
  • It is very easy to maintain, manage, use and transport.
  • It is durable and long-lasting.
  • It is ideal for your chicken, bugger, fishes, and sausages.

Cons

  • It has only one burner.
  • It is small. It is also not ideal if you are cooking for a large group.

3. THE PORTABLE TABLETOP GAS GRILL BY BLACKSTONE Review

This one ticks all the boxes of a top, quality gas grill. It is easy to operate, and it doesn’t take too much space. It has enough space for cooking and heating. Also, cleaning up this item is a breeze and hassle free.

In fact, you would not have to break a sweat. This grill from the stables of Blackstone is both durable and versatile. The heat distribution quality of this item is also very impressive.

ESSENTIAL FEATURES

  • Cooking space of about 260 square inches.
  • The weight of this item is just about 21 pounds.
  • The shipping weight of this product is 25.9 pounds.
  • The dimension of this product is 17.3 x 16 x 18.5 inches
  • It is made from top quality metal cast iron.
  • It has a 12000 BTU, H-shaped burner which provides evenly distributed heat
  • It uses propane for fuel.

Pros

  • It is a space saver.
  • This grill can be used with a bulk tank adapter.
  • It is very affordable.
  • It is very durable and long-lasting.
  • It works well for burgers, french toast, and vegetables.
  • It is easy to use, assemble and install.

Cons

  • It is greasy and sticky.
  • There is a risk of flare up.
  • The top gets rusts quickly.
  • The griddle warps after frequent use.

4. THE CUISINART CGG-059 PROPANE GRILL Review

This propane grill is one of a kind. Its design is sleek and top-notch. It is also portable, lightweight, easy to store and carry about. The ability of this grill to distribute heat is second to none.

With this propane grill, you are sure to enjoy your burger, steak, vegetables, chicken, and seafood. It’s portable and exclusive design also make it easy to store even in balconies and decks. This item is also useful for sporting events and in the beach.

ESSENTIAL FEATURES

  • It has an 8000 BTU burner.
  • It also features a porcelain enamel cooking grate that helps in the even and effective distribution of heat.
  • The legs can be folded for easy storage of the item.
  • It uses a 1lb. Propane tank.
  • The push button ignition mechanism makes it easy to switch on the item
  • It also features a 126 square inch dishwasher safe.
  • It has an item weight of 10 pounds.

Pros

  • It is very easy to clean and maintain after use.
  • It is portable and does not take up too much space.
  • It has a handsome look, and it is easy to carry around.
  • It is made from good and quality steel material.
  • The performance level is impressive.
  • It is pretty easy to assemble. In fact, this can be done under 5 minutes.

Cons

  • The risk of leaks.
  • The grease catcher is small. Hence, you may not be able to make as many hot dogs as you want at a time.
  • There are also chances of a flare up.

5. THE CHEFS’ STYLE STAINLESS TABLETOP GRILL BY CUISINART Review

For the price, this is brilliant. It is both beautiful and durable. The effectiveness of this grill is top notch, and the design is very attractive. The Cuisinart-produced grill is made from good steel, and it is also strong and sturdy. This unit also has impeccable heat distribution and control properties. It is made for outdoor use.

ESSENTIAL FEATURES

  • Made from quality stainless steel.
  • It features a thermometer and a burner knob for easy and efficient heat control.
  • 2 BTU burners that add up to 20,000
  • Included in the package is a 42″ long hose.
  • The weight of the unit is 22 pounds.
  • The unit has a shipping weight of 28.1 pounds.
  • The legs are foldable for ease of storage and movement from place to place.

Pros

  • It is not expensive. In fact, it is good value for the price.
  • It is easy to assemble, install and maintain.
  • It has a temperature gauge that allows you enjoy your grilling experience.
  • It uses a 20-pound propane tank as its source of fuel.

Cons

  • The top plate gets rusts easily.
  • There is a risk of flare-up
  • The pop rivets may not last for long.

6. THE CGG-180T PORTABLE GAS GRILL BY CUISINART Review

CGG-180T

Cuisinart is known for producing good products, and this is no exception. It is elegant and has a handsome look. Whether it is fish, bugger, vegetables or any sauce, this will do the job. The heat distribution is brilliant, and its temperature control is impeccable.

ESSENTIAL FEATURES

  • It is compact.
  • It has an item weight of 2.2 pounds
  • The shipping weight of this product is 18 pounds.
  • It has a product dimension of 16 x 16.5 x 13 inches.
  • Top-quality steel was used for the fabrication and construction.
  • It has a powerful burner of 5500BTU.
  • The legs of this grill can be folded.

Pros

  • It can effectively grill about eight burgers, steaks a sizeable number of chicken breasts and fish.
  • You can grill or cook even with the lid down.
  • It can be folded for easy storage.
  • It is easy to clean and use.
  • The grates can be removed.
  • It is strong, sturdy and ideal for camping.

Cons

  • It does not come with a cover.
  • The lock button is not well designed.

7. THE SMOKE HOLLOW GRILL Review

This is a unique item. Its features are impeccable, and it is very much affordable too. This propane-fuelled grill is perfect for outdoor use such as camping, tailgating, or boating. Interestingly, this product has received rave reviews from barbeque lovers. It is a very clean way of grilling, and the fact that it has a stainless construction means it doesn’t rust easily.

ESSENTIAL FEATURES

  • Its legs can be folded, and it has a handle which makes it easier to carry.
  • It is made from long-lasting stainless steel material
  • It has a locking lid that adds to its portability.
  • It works on a one-pound propane cylinder.
  • The design is very compact.
  • It has a 10,000 BTU U-shaped burner which is made from stainless steel.
  • It has an item weight of 20.4 pounds

Pros

  • It is inexpensive
  • It is compact and portable
  • The locking hood makes it easy to store and carry about.
  • It is ideal for outdoor use.
  • It is made from good and quality stainless steel material.
  • It has a temperature gauge.

Cons

  • There is a possibility of a flare up.
  • One could encounter some issues with the ignition cable.
  • It could be noisy.

Conclusion

Yes, there used to be the burdensome charcoal grills used in outdoor cooking, but it involved many strenuous activities like regularly loading coals and stirring of ash.

However, with the advent of propane gas grills, you will enjoy clean and fast cooking and still have that mouth watering and eye catching sear marks on your meat.

Getting a nice grill does not have to blast a hole through your wallet. There are high-end, mid-range and low-end grills. If you are on a budget and cannot splash $1000 on a grill, you do not have to worry.

With just under $300, you can get grills that offer style, durability, and excellent cooking and still have your wallet smiling.

The Best Grills Under $500 (Year 2019)

Aside from having a watch and a car, the very next important item a man owns is a grill.

Grills are superb for entertaining. You can’t have a great house party with Barbeque without a grill in your backyard. It is usually a gathering place where you have great conversation. They are very useful. A friend once cooked meals for his family for days on their grill after a terrible storm cut their power supply.

As important as grills are, they have different features which you wouldn’t want to miss out of. Now, what if you do not have basic knowledge on gas grills?

How can you purchase the best grill with your budget?

Fortunately for you, we have listed and reviewed the best seven grills under $500. Study the reviews and you won’t have to worry about purchasing the best grill that suits your needs.

Top 7 Best Grills Under 500 Dollars

1. WEBER 46510001 SPIRIT E310 Review

Weber Spirit E-310

This Weber Spirit E310 Natural Gas model comes with every feature needed to get your grilling done in no time. This version has the control panel at the front.

Whether it is the patio or back deck, this outdoor grill is always ready to serve you for a long period which makes it a family necessity.

Performance

This grill provides an input of 32000 BTU per hr, from three high-grade burners on a 529 sq inches cooking area partitioned – 424 sq inches being the cooking area and 104 sq inches being the warming area.

This grill has a capacity that can roast a 22-pound chicken, roast other meats, and vegetables simultaneously. That’s what I call performance!

Design

This Weber grill has a simple design which provides everything that other bigger grills offer. This Weber model has a user-friendly control panel on the front for the optimal convenience of the user.

There is improved space utilization and increased comfort from the grill’s side burner down to the extendable workspace made of stainless steel with six hooks.

FEATURES

  • Fuel Gauge: This helps always to monitor the quantity of fuel (Models that use Liquid Propane)
  • Thermometer Center-Mounted: This is installed and mounted on the hood and meant for actual temperature feedback.
  • Grease Tray: This protects your grill from dirt for some specified time.
  • Electric Ignition System:  This ignites the three burners almost at the same time.
  • Porcelain-coated Flavorizer Bars: this prevents sizzle and smoke.

Pros

  • Great system for grease management
  • Enough cooking space
  • A great size for an average family.

Cons

  • The grill is too basic for its price.

2. WEBER Q3200 Review

The Weber Q-3200 is the best gas grill. With this, you don’t have to ever worry about your fuel being exhausted. The portable size of this grill makes it easy to be moved around your patio or lower and top decks of the house.

Performance

The Weber Q-3200 grill produces a total of 21700 BTU/hr from 2 burners, which is spread through a 393 sq inches cooking area.

It also has a warming rack which adds another sixty-nine square inch to ensure your food is warm.

The cooking grates are made porcelain-enameled and the lid and body made of aluminum, to ensure long life and durability.

Design

The Weber Q-3200 has a design that makes it usable in many places in a house. With this design, you can do a fold down which ensures convenience and flexibility for the users.

The body of the grill has a decent outlook with a black finish. It is fixed on a sturdy cart with wheels for mobility.

FEATURES

  • Burner Valve: The grill is designed for ease of use and provides endless control on the settings of the burner valve.
  • Ignition System: This grill has an easy-to-start ignition system that ensures fast start-up.
  • Tool Hooks: The grill comes with three tool hooks meant for hanging essential cooking utensils.
  • Handle Light: It has a handle light function that provides light in low light situations.
  • Thermometer: The grill has an inbuilt thermometer which shows the exact temperature reading.

Pros

  • Can easily be connected to the natural gas line.
  • Trendy product among customers.
  • Great cooking results and performance.
  • Size is small for convenience and easy handling.

Cons

3. CHAR-BROIL TRU INFRARED 3-BURNER Review

Charbroil products are popular since they aren’t costly, yet they’ve got good customer service.

Performance

Though this grill takes a longer time to heat and warm food because of the TRU-infrared specs, it’s also great as it makes sure that there is an even distribution of heat on the food without any flare-ups.

The heat from the infrared makes cooking faster, consumes less gas and prevents hot and cold spots on the cooking surface.

Its major cooking area measures 420 sq inches while the warming rack measures 155 sq inches. To provide 25,500 BTU searing power, controlled temperature and performance that last long, three stainless steel burners are just enough. Side burner provides 13000 BTU for warming up your side dishes and after folding can still be used for more space.

Design

This grill is designed to allow stability and mobility as it sits on four casters. You can lock 2 of them to increase the stability. The racks and lid are porcelain coated to allow it to withstand the weather.

There is a large space inside the steel doors for storage of cooking utensils, gas tank, and any related tools. The porcelain coating makes the grates easy to clean and rust resistant.

FEATURES

  • Temperature gauge: The temperature gauge is on the lid and helps to control heat and monitor the temperature.
  • Electronic ignition system:  Every burner gets a quick spark at the push of the button.
  • Side shelves: These stainless steel shelves provide more work space.

Pros

  • Supports propane tank of 20 lbs
  • Offers great customer support and warranty time
  • Compatible for dual-fuel (can easily convert from natural gas to propane)
  • Porcelain coated grates and TRU-infrared tech

Cons

  • For outdoor use only
  • Hard to assemble.

4. DYNA GLO DGE Review

Without a doubt, the size of the Dyna Glo DGE grill is its best feature.

Performance

The grill provides up to 62000 BTU per hour over a cooking area of 708 square inches. This is no doubt the most powerful model we have reviewed on this list. With five burners, it has a control valve with infinite adjustability. Its high BTU rate with the cooking area makes this grill the best for catering for large groups.

This grill features cooking grates which are made of stainless steel. You will have no need worrying about mess or rust on the grates, which is fantastic after using the large cooking space measuring 708 inches.

The grill also features a side burner which produces 12000 BTU per hour; the best from our review. With this high BTU rate at disposal, this side burner does not just heat up the sauce, but will also double as an effective additional cooking space.

Design

The entire body of the Dyna Glo grill is made of stainless steel. Hence, it can be stored outdoors at any period and under any climatic condition. With quality construction, it has a great size for convenience.

FEATURES

  • Its entire design is made of stainless steel including cooking grates, warming rack, side shelves, heat tents, etc.
  • Thermometer hood mounted.
  • Control valve infinitely adjustable.
  • 12,000 BTU/hour side burner.

Pros

  • The side burner can be used with frying pan, to sear and grill simultaneously.
  • It is very powerful.
  • It can be stored outdoor or indoor.
  • If you need a versatile and durable grill designed with high-quality construction, this Dyna Glo DGE is a perfect choice.

Cons

  • No cons found

5. FUEGO FELG21C ELEMENT Review

This Fuego FELG21C grill has a unique look with a distinct cooking system. Though small, the grill is capable of heating up to about 500 degrees within five minutes, and 700 degrees if important. It has a single burner which conserves fuel despite its cooking temperature.

Performance

It has a unique burner which provides two cooking areas of 346 square inches with 21000 BTU per hour. The one in the inner area brings instant and intense heat used for searing (burgers and steaks), while the outer area gives slow and constant heat used for convection cooking (BBQ and roasts). The Fuego can accomplish this by offering the option to use the control valve to operate each burner area separately.

Design

The Fuego grill is among the most mobile and compact grills ranking. It has a circular design and wheels for easy storage and movement. Though this model doesn’t have features like side shelves and warming rack, its fast heat time, high temperature, portability and compact size rank it among the most powerful and efficient grills on our review list.

FEATURES

  • Burner (Dual zone)
  • Propane tank store
  • Distinct circular design and tilt lock wheels
  • Electric ignition
  • Single fifteen-pound porcelain-coated grate
  • Residue tray easy to clean

Pros

  • It is very powerful.
  • It is easy to clean.
  • It can be moved around conveniently.

Cons

  • It does not have a warming rack.
  • It does not come with side shelves.

6. CHARBROIL 280 Review

This grill is that is very common for most homeowners. It has a simple design and is easy to operate with no complex usage and features.

Performance

For all your simple Barbecuing needs, the CharBoil 280 will perform excellently. It has two burners which both produce a total of 26500 BTU, spread over 280 sq inches area of cooking space with grates that are porcelain-coated.

Design

The metal is painted overtone in deep black for convenience and simplicity. There is a control panel placed at the front to help in using it easily. It also has side shelves with inbuilt tool hooks and handles for additional work space.

FEATURES

  • Piezo Ignition: The Charbroil 280 grill features a piezo system on the control panel in front, for quick spark with just a push of the button.
  • Grates (Porcelain-coated): This allows for easy cleaning and prevents food sticking.
  • Porcelain-coated Firebox and Steel Lid: This is designed for protection against extreme cooking temperature.
  • Wheels: It comes with a pair of 6 inches wheels for easy movement.

Pros

  • Not difficult with complex functions and gizmos.
  • It comes with an Ignition system (Piezo).
  • Simple to operate and setup.

Cons

  • Side shelves are flimsy and do not fold down.
  • No inbuilt thermometer.

7. CHAR BROIL PERFORMANCE 475 4-BURNER Review

The Charbroil 4 grill is great for large cookouts, as it has the perfect balance of performance and features to meet all grilling needs.

Performance

The Charbroil 4 grill delivers great results with four stainless steel burners which produce a combined total of 36000 BTU with another side burner of 10000 BTU. It spreads the whole heat over a 475 sq inches major cooking area with porcelain-coated grates.

Design

It is designed in a way that makes the grill to provide convenience without compromise on performance and style.

The lid, control panel, handles, and fascia is constructed with a stainless steel metal. It also has big painted side shelves made of metal to provide additional practicality.

FEATURES

  • Temperature Gauge: The grill has an inbuilt temperature gauge mounted on the lid for quick and easy temperature monitoring.
  • Cooking Grates: The cooking grates are porcelain-coated for easy cleaning and to prevent rust.
  • Type: The Charbroil 4 grill is a model designed in a cart style with wheels for easy movement around.
  • Ignition System: It features an electronic system of ignition in which just a button push will provide the required spark.

Pros

  • Great cooking performance
  • A fair balance between medium and large charbroils grills.
  • Cost effective and setup is easy.

Cons

  • It has a grease catcher that is not big enough and does not catch plenty grease.

CONCLUSION

Purchasing a grill is a crucial decision, one that needs to be right.

Without basic knowledge of the features, performance, pros, cons, and the design, you might choose the wrong grill. After studying this review of the seven best grills under $500, you will not have a problem with buying the right grill that suits your needs. Good luck!

Best Camping Grill of 2019 & Buying Guide

Cooking out is part of the fun of camping.  There’s nothing better than hot food on a cool night, surrounded by nature and a few good friends—but it isn’t always convenient to cook over your main fire, whether you’re on your own or feeding a crowd.  

Camping grills are a smart solution to a kitchen-free vacation, or for people permanently living in RVs who don’t want lingering heat and food smells in their home on wheels.

In this buyer’s guide, we’ll take a look at why camping grills are a great investment for your next trip into the woods—and evaluate some of the most popular models on today’s market.

Buyer’s Guide:

1. What makes a camping grill different from a regular one?  Why can’t I just cook over an open fire while camping?

In general, camping grills are lighter and easier to transport.  They almost always run on propane; while a few charcoal and wood pellet models exist, it’s not exactly convenient for traveling (or cleaning).  Camping grills can be set up and taken down fairly quickly, and stowed in a bag or case until the next time you need it.  Like regular grills, they can withstand the elements pretty well; if you run into a storm while camping and can’t get the grill packed up fast enough, they usually won’t be any worse for wear.

Cooking over an open fire is great, but you’re pretty limited in the amount of food you can cook at once.  It’s also incredibly difficult to get consistent heat this way.  

There’s the added the issue of safety; you have to stand fairly close to the fire to cook over it, so you’re prone to accidents and flares (not to mention, unsightly sweating).

Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE

Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE

Ultimately, the choice of whether or not to buy a camping grill is up to you.  For some, the wilderness experience is all about food cooked over an open flame; a grill is just another luxury.  For many campers, though, it’s an indispensible tool they wouldn’t leave home without.

2. Tabletop or standard size; charcoal, wood, or propane—which should I get and why?

Char-Broil Portable Gas Grill, Standard

Char-Broil Portable Gas Grill, Standard

Most camping grills are shorter than the standard, but there are options with expandable legs/bases.  The size you choose is up to your preferences and how much space you have.  

Consider not just weight and traveling size, but also its grilling surface area (measured in square inches).  If you have an entire caravan to feed, you’ll need a larger model; if it’s just you and one or two traveling companions, you can get by with a smaller one.

As for fuel, there are some pros and cons to consider:

  • Charcoal: Grills that run on charcoal are cheaper to purchase, and fairly inexpensive to fuel.  The charcoal provides a smoky flavor you can’t get with other fuel types.  It’s difficult to clean up, however, and can be hard to travel with for this reason.  Charcoal also takes longer to heat up, although it does burn at a higher temperature than gas (which means faster cooking time and perfect sears).
  • Wood: These grills run on wood pellets, which can be hard to find—and nearly impossible if you’re camping far away from an area with stores. You can, however, cook over a regular fire with a grate to achieve a similar flavor, no grill needed, or put wood chips in a smoker box (grills sometimes come with these; you can also purchase standalone ones).
  • Propane: The biggest advantage of propane is that it’s clean and fast.  Grills take very little time to heat up when using propane, and have a consistent heat spread (no cold spots) and more adjustable temperature, though they don’t run as hot as charcoal.  They also don’t infuse a smoky flavor into the meat, but some people prefer this.  While propane isn’t exactly cheap, it is worth the money for many campers: depending on the size of your grill, you can get 3-4 hours from a 1-lb. tank.  Clean-up is much simpler, as is transport and set-up.

There are also electric grills, but these run into the obvious problem of power.  When you’re out in the wilderness, you won’t have easy access to electricity (though some campgrounds do come equipped with outlets).  Unless you’re traveling in an RV, skip the plug-in grills.

3. ​I need a grill for occasional use.  What should I look for?

You’ll probably want to focus on size, first.  Rarely-used camping grills will most likely be involved in larger trips—with more mouths to feed—so you’ll need more square inches of grilling space than someone who camps more often, and likely brings only one or two friends.  

Of course, this won’t be true for everyone, so choose the size that works best for your unique needs and trips.

Texsport Heavy Duty Over Fire Camp Grill

Texsport Heavy Duty Over Fire Camp Grill

Fuel is another factor.  You might decide charcoal is worth the hassle of cleaning up, since waiting for the grill to get going won’t bother you as much once or twice a year, versus every night for several trips (or full-time use).

There are also important maintenance issues that come into play with grills you don’t use very often.  Make sure you clean your grill thoroughly after cooking, especially before it goes into storage.  Grease can become rancid when left for too long, producing a terrible smell and residue that’s much harder to clean as time goes on.  Inspect it for bugs (particularly spiders and cockroaches) before use.  If using a propane grill, check the fuel lines for leaks prior to your trip.

4. What if I plan on traveling full-time?

Your grill should be easy to set up and take down, as well as convenient to store, if you expect to cook outside of your camper or RV fairly often.  

Of course, this also depends on how much you’ll be relocating; a larger grill is less of a hassle when you don’t have to pack it up at the end of each day!  

You might want to consider a mounted grill, in fact—one that attaches to the side of your RV—for easier storage and set-up.

When it comes to fuel, most permanent or long-term travelers prefer propane.  It’s easy to transport, quick to heat up, and cost-effective for daily use; you can even hook most models up to your RV’s fuel supply.

Top 4 Best Camping Grill Reviews

1. Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE Review

Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE

In the grill industry, the Coleman name is pretty big—but thankfully, this grill is not.  The Road Trip portable camping grill is perfect for up to 4 campers, comes with a collapsible wheeled stand, and even features sliding tables to keep your spices and spatula handy when you need a little kitchen counter space…without the actual kitchen.

Pros

  •  Interchangeable cooktops for various grates or griddles (additional surfaces sold separately).
  • Push-button ignition; runs on propane. 20,000 BTUs.
  • Equipped with technology for consistent heating, even in very cold or windy weather.
  •  Includes collapsible stand with wheels; easy to store and move.
  • 285 square inches of grilling space; much more than other camping grills.
  • Cast-iron and porcelain is easy to clean.

Cons

  • Buyers have reported weak latch/grill top opening frequently during transport.

With an affordable price and convenient folding design (plus a color choice to suit every style), the Coleman Road Trip camping grill is ideal for both occasional travelers and permanent ones, and anyone in between.  

If you plan on cooking anything tall (large chicken legs, for example), you might be disappointed in this model, however; the lid has a depth of only 3”, which is great for traveling, but not so much for bulkier foods.

2. Texsport Heavy Duty Over Fire Camp Grill Review

Texsport Heavy Duty Over Fire Camp Grill

For true-blue campers who really want to rough it, this over-fire model from Texsport is perfect: it uses no fuel except your regular campfire, and provides a handy table when the fire dies down.  It’s constructed with durable steel to support even the heaviest of cast-iron cookware.  It also has foldable legs, which make packing a breeze.

Pros

  •  Allows you to cook over your fire, no additional fuel required.
  • Made with high-quality, heavy-duty steel for long-lasting performance.
  • Can hold larger pots for slow cooking/simmering; allows user to make a wider range of foods.
  • Depending on size, can also be used on a fire pit (with legs hanging over the sides).
  • Available in multiple sizes; very affordable.

Cons

  • Cannot cook food directly on surface; steel is coated, which can come off on food.

Its price is fair and its materials are top-notch—but its paint job leaves a lot to be desired.  We aren’t sure why Texsport didn’t simply produce an uncoated option, since users report the paint easily burns and scrapes off after initial use, anyway.  

For a strong, no-fuss open-fire cooking surface, however, this is still worth considering, even if it’s not a “true” grill.

3. Char-Broil Portable Gas Grill, Standard Review

Char-Broil Portable Gas Grill, Standard

A definite standout in this guide, the Char-Broil Portable grill is lightweight, easy to store and set up, and priced to move.  

One might expect a flimsy or sub-par grill at this price, but Char-Broil has crafted a well-built product that can withstand even daily travel and use for years to come.

Pros

  • Legs fold over and lock above grill for compact storage.
  • Heat-resistant handles; grill can be moved before it’s cool, although packing/transport is not recommended until grill has cooled completely.  Do not move while in use.
  • 11,000 BTU burner; runs on propane.
  • 187 square inch grilling area.
  • Lightweight; 10 lbs.
  • Also available in a deluxe version, which comes with push-button ignition for just a few dollars’ increase in price.

Cons

  • Not standard grill height; 15” tall.

Other than the fact you’d have to set this grill up on a table because of its short size, the Char-Broil portable model is a solid contender.  It gets the job done, is built to last, and comes at a very fair price for campers on any budget.  

We recommend the deluxe version to anyone who doesn’t want the slight hassle of lighting it and would rather just press a button, but other than that, even the standard model is a winner.

4. Cuisinart CCG-190RB Portable Charcoal Grill, 14” Review

At only two pounds, this grill definitely wins in the portability category—but what about performance?  The fact that it runs on charcoal means it can reach much higher temperatures than gas options (although it does take longer to heat up overall).  

It also guarantees that savory, smoky flavor you can only get with charcoal, which just might be worth the extra clean-up.

Pros

  • Runs on charcoal; great for those who don’t want to or can’t use propane, and infuses a smoky flavor into the food naturally.
  • Lid comes with three latches for transport.
  • Ash collection for easier clean-up.
  • 150 square inches grilling surface; chrome plated.
  • Very affordable.
  • Available in red or black.

Cons

  • Doesn’t heat up as quickly as propane; requires ash disposal and extra cleaning.

If you want a sturdy grill that promises the flavor and heat only charcoal can provide, look no further.  

We recommend this model to more patient campers who don’t mind giving the grill time to warm up (and who don’t mind disposing of the ashes, afterwards).  Perhaps the best feature is its triple-latch system, which ensures the lid stays closed during your travels.​​​​

To Conclude:

Camping can be as rugged and off-the-grid as you like, or as glamorous as a vacation in a 5-star resort—but cooking outdoors, it seems, is a must either way.  Camping grills allow for a portability you just can’t swing with standard ones, and come in a range of sizes and fuel types to fit your travel needs.

Before you buy, consider factors like grilling capacity, fuel type, and ease of transport.  Doing so will ensure you get the grill best suited for your journey—whether it’s a quick trip to the campgrounds, or a month-long journey into the unknown.

Best RV Grill of 2019 & Buying Guide

Traveling in an RV (or living in one) presents some incredible opportunities.  You can live virtually anywhere without sacrificing the comforts of home, save money on hotels or housing, and experience a freedom non-RVers just can’t do.  The lifestyle does, however, present some tough challenges, as well—especially if you live in your RV for long periods of time.

One of the biggest challenges is cooking.  Because RVs are short on space and don’t have the layout of traditional homes, they take longer to air out.  Food odors, smoke, and grease can be almost impossible to get out, which is why many campers and travelers take to grilling the bulk of their meals outdoors.

RV grills have compact, convenient designs to make cooking outside as easy as stovetop cooking.  Our buyer’s guide can answer a few common questions about this grill type, and will explore some of the most popular RV grills available.

Buyer’s Guide:

What is an RV grill?  How is it different from a camping grill?

There isn’t much difference between the two in terms of performance, and you might even see the terms used interchangeably in the RV and camping communities.  

The main factor they have in common is portability: most are lightweight, have folding features for easy storage, and usually run on propane (although charcoal versions exist, as well).

For the purposes of this buying guide, we’ll assume “RV grill” refers to those that mount to the bumper or side of an RV.  

Many run off your RV’s propane supply with a hose, but some run off their own tanks instead (or both).  

If you’d rather have a grill that’s portable but doesn’t attach to your RV, check out our buyer’s guide for the best camping grills.

Kuuma Stow-N-Go 125 Gas Grill

Kuuma Stow-N-Go 125 Gas Grill

Keep in mind that just because a grill mounts to your RV for transport, doesn’t mean it has to stay there while you’re cooking; most manufacturers offer quick-release mounts and additional stands (or mounts that double as such) so you can move the grill to another area to use it.

2. ​What fuel do RV grills require?

Flame King RV Mounted BBQ Motorhome Gas Grille

Flame King RV Mounted BBQ Motorhome Gas Grille

Most RV grills run off propane, either a solitary tank or your RV’s gas supply.  

There are charcoal versions, though these are harder to clean up and take longer to heat (but they also reach higher temperatures and infuse a smoky flavor into your food you can’t get with propane).  

The kind you get depends on your preferences and needs.

If you plan to cook on it only occasionally, the patience required for charcoal might not be an issue; however, you could consider a  charcoal camping grill that’s stored inside your RV, instead.  RV-mounted grills are exposed to the elements and get dirty fairly quickly while traveling, so cleaning it will feel like a hassle to those who only use it every few weeks or so.

Generally speaking, propane is a favorite for mounted grills because it’s more convenient.  You simply push a button or light the burner with a match, and in just a few minutes your grill is ready to cook.  And when it’s time to clean up, there are no ashes to dispose of.

3. I need a pretty large RV grill.  Am I better off buying a standard one and storing it on board?

Most RV grills are on the small to medium side, but if you plan on cooking for a large number of people at once and don’t want to pull multiple shifts at the grill, a large one can certainly be found that’s still portable enough to store on board the RV.  

Larger RV-mounted grills are also available, but depending on the profile your RV already has (how big it is, how difficult it is to navigate, etc.), you might find the addition of a big grill too cumbersome.

ACGEN RV Mounted BBQ Grill

ACGEN RV Mounted BBQ Grill

4. Are there special safety concerns with RV grills?

For the most part, safe grilling with an RV-mounted model is the same as grilling on any other kind: check your fuel line for leaks often, keep the grill as clean as possible, don’t store fire-hazardous materials nearby, and keep a fire extinguisher handy just in case.

StowAway Hitch Mount Grill

StowAway Hitch Mount Grill

The last point is especially important with RV grilling, however, because your unit is attached to your vehicle.  If a fire gets out of control, it can cause massive damage to your grill, the RV, and you.  

Also, consider the layout of where you’re camping and park accordingly; avoid campgrounds with dead leaves and brush, and find a suitable clearing where you can grill without fear of sparking a wildfire.  Some campgrounds require you to park in a specialized area if you plan on grilling, so call ahead if you aren’t sure.

Finally, make sure you have a grease trap or dish to catch any drips, and wipe up grease if and when it does spill.  This will prevent rogue sparks from igniting the grease and causing a fire on your RV or the ground.

5. Do all RV grills come with mounting gear?  Do all attach to the side?

Most come with the mounting setup you’ll need—but not all.  Usually, they will mount to the side of your RV, but a few are designed to attach to the back.  Also, some systems allow the grill to detach and be used on a standalone mount, so you can park in one area and grill in another.

There are also swing-away options, where the mount folds against the vehicle during travel, but pivots outward and locks into place so you can grill at a greater distance from the RV while remaining attached.

Buyers should check with the manufacturer’s product description before purchasing, to ensure the grill does, in fact, come with all mounting accessories needed.  Some companies sell these separately, but offer a variety so you can choose the system that’s best for you.

Top 4 Best RV Grills Reviews

1. Flame King RV Mounted BBQ Motorhome Gas Grille Review

Flame King RV Mounted BBQ Motorhome Gas Grille

Flame King RV Mounted BBQ Motorhome Gas Grille

The Flame King is a stylish, no-fuss option for RVers who want a simple, side-mounted grill that can get the job done and be packed up in a flash.  

It’s designed with durable materials to withstand travel, but comes at a price that’s considerably lower than other mounted models.  

The coolest feature, in our opinion, is its versatile mounting system, which turns into a standalone base so you can detach it and set the grill up anywhere on your campsite.

Pros

  • 214 square inch grilling surface.
  • Two locks on lid to ensure worry-free traveling.
  • Hanging rack doubles as standard legs, so you can detach the grill and move it away from the RV, if desired.
  • Mounts to the side of any RV or motor home trailer.
  • Runs off RV’s gas supply.
  • Affordable for this grill type.

Cons

  • Does not include gas hose/fuel line.

While some would prefer a grill that runs off its own propane (or even charcoal), others will love the convenience of hooking their grill right up to their RV’s gas supply.  We recommend this to travelers who plan on using the grill frequently during their trips, as well as full-timers who live in their vehicle permanently.

2. ACGEN RV Mounted BBQ Grill Review

ACGEN RV Mounted BBQ Grill

ACGEN RV Mounted BBQ Grill

The ACGEN side-mounted grill is smaller than the Flame King, but not by much; its downside is the higher price.  This might be worth it, however, for buyers who’d prefer the choice of using their RV’s gas supply, or their own cylinders.  

Like the Flame King, the ACGEN can also be removed from the RV quickly and easily if you’d prefer to grill away from the vehicle.

Pros

  • 180 square inches grilling surface; 12,000 BTUs.
  • Mounts to side of RV; can also double as a stand to move grill away from RV.
  •  Includes smoker plate to provide a complex flavor similar to charcoal.
  •  Stainless steel for sleek look and easier cleaning.
  • Includes connection hose and valve to run off RV’s propane supply; can also work with standalone tanks.

Cons

  • On the pricier side, but still reasonable.
  • Warranty is only one year.

In terms of the best price, we still recommend the Flame King—but the smoker plate and ability to run on separate gas is very appealing, and makes the ACGEN worth considering just the same.  We could see this model being popular with campers who prefer charcoal for its flavor, but don’t want to or can’t devote time to waiting for it to heat up and then disposing of the ashes.

3. StowAway Hitch Mount Grill with 1.25” SwingAway Frame Review

StowAway Hitch Mount Grill

StowAway Hitch Mount Grill

The StowAway Hitch grill is great for RVs, but can work on any Class III or IV trailer hitch—which means all campers and tailgaters can enjoy the convenience of an attached grill, even if they don’t own an RV.  

The frame locks into place at a 90-degree angle from the car, and can hold up to 200 lbs.  This model comes with a Cuisinart grill, although buyers could also purchase the arm alone and use their grill of choice, instead.  We’ll review the arm and Cuisinart combination.

Pros

  • Arm mounts to any 1.25” trailer hitch and folds up against the car as a traveling rack; locks away from car at 90-degree angle, so tailgate/trunk/bed isn’t blocked.
  • Allows for tabletop workspace, as well.
  • Cuisinart features 240 square inches of grilling space.
  • Grill can be easily removed to use away from vehicle, if desired.
  • Rack holds up to 200 lbs.
  • Grill available in black or stainless steel finish.

Cons

  • On the pricier end, but fair considering it comes with grill; arm alone (or similarly styled mounts) is affordable, and a good option for those who already have a grill but want to make it portable.

While the grill itself is great, the real standout in this bundle is the swing-arm system that attaches to most standard trailer hitches with ease.  It turns any vehicle into a kitchen-on-demand, and doubles as a convenient rear carrying rack for the grill and any other gear you might need to haul.  

By far the most versatile setup in this guide, we recommend the StowAway and Cuisinart system to tailgaters and campers without a recreational vehicle; it might be just a tad too bulky for the rear bumpers of some RVs, although in the end, it’s a matter of preference.

4. Kuuma Stow-N-Go 125 Gas Grill Review

Kuuma Stow-N-Go 125 Gas Grill

Kuuma Stow-N-Go 125 Gas Grill

The Kuuma portable grill is another affordable, compact option for those low on space or money (or both).  

Crafted with high-strength steel, it has an attractive design that can weather short getaways, long trips, and almost any condition nature throws its way.  

It can be mounted to the vehicle or left freestanding on a tabletop or stand, but fair warning: these are sold separately.

Pros

  • 125 square inches of grilling space; 9,000 BTUs.
  • Made with marine-grade steel; very durable and easy to clean.
  • Can be mounted to most Kuuma rails, rods, and pedestals.
  • Lightweight; 8 lbs.

Cons

  • Can only mount to newer model Kuuma accessories; all sold separately.

We recommend the Kuuma to buyers on a budget, but with a little wiggle room; you’ll need to purchase a stand or mounting rack, if you don’t want to use the grill on a tabletop.  

It has impressive durability, however, and can be used with a variety of systems to suit almost any vehicle—including RVs, cars, trucks, and even houseboats—which make the slight hassle of additional purchases worth it.

To Conclude:

Grilling is part of the fun of camping, and often becomes RV-travellers’ favorite cooking method, since they don’t have to worry about odors or smoke clinging to their vehicle’s interior.  

While portable grills are great for road trips, some people don’t want to store their grill on board (or don’t have the room), which is why RV-mounted options are so handy: when dinnertime rolls around, you simply unfold your grill, light it, and get to work.  

We hope our buyer’s guide has been helpful in your search for the best RV grill to suit your traveling needs.

Best Infrared Grill of 2019 & Buying Guide

Infrared grills provide faster and higher heats than regular grills, but the benefits go beyond temperature: food cooks more quickly, yet stays juicy and flavorful, thanks to specialized conductive material in between the heat source and grate.  

There are less smoke and ash than charcoal, and a lower chance of flare-ups than with standard gas.  You can even sear steak, chicken, and seafood as effortlessly as a high-class restaurant, right in your backyard.

They’ve become pretty popular in recent years, but are they worth the buzz?  Our buyer’s guide will look at infrared grills more in-depth, and showcase a few popular models to begin your search.

Buyer’s Guide:

What is an infrared grill?

Infrared grills are similar to traditional ones in principle, but instead of cooking food with heat directly from a flame, it uses electricity or gas to heat an infrared component that then cooks the food.  

Some use ceramic plates as this component, which was the earliest material in radiant grills in the 1980s.  Others have glass or metal panels, or some combination of multiple materials.

Infrared models still have grates, just like standard models.  You can cook any food on it which you’d cook in any other grill, and even incorporate wood planks or chips for flavor infusions.  

Additionally, you can purchase combination grills that use only one infrared burner, to produce precise sear marks before the meat or vegetables are cooked on the main surface.

Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill, Red

Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill, Red

Are infrared grills better than charcoal or flame ones?  What are the benefits and drawbacks of each?

Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared 450 3-Burner Cart Gas Grill

Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared 450 3-Burner Cart Gas Grill

Overall, there’s no real difference in quality between any type of grill; inexpensive and basic ones can cook food just as thoroughly and as well as pricy models with extra features.  

Here are some pros and cons to each type that buyers should take into consideration:

Gas

Pros

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    Cleaner than charcoal

Cons

  • Lack of “smoky” flavor, though some prefer this
  • can usually only reach temperatures of 450 degrees Fahrenheit or so
  • more expensive to purchase and sometimes to run
  • more prone to fire accidents than charcoal.

Charcoal

Pros

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    Cheaper to buy and sometimes cheaper to run
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    Safer with fewer fires/flare-ups

Cons

  • Takes longer to heat up compared to gas flame and infrared grills
  • Messy clean-up
  • Can’t sear as easily as infrared
  • Difficult for some to light or gauge temperature

Infrared

Pros

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    Higher and faster heat (1800 degrees Fahrenheit)
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    Uses less gas (or none, in the case of electric models)

Cons

  • Generally shorter warranties
  • Ceramic and some glass plates can crack with extreme temperature variations
  • Can be more expensive to purchase, and can require propane refills just like gas grills—although many models are electric.

So, which is better?  

Consumer Reports says there’s no clear difference between any grill type: when used correctly, all will cook your food thoroughly.  

The “best grill” is very subjective, because some will value the convenience, speed, and searing abilities of infrared enough to invest the extra money, while others would prefer the flavor and cost effectiveness of charcoal.  

Consumers should ask themselves which elements are more important to them, as well as conducive to their lifestyles and preferences, before making a purchase.

Are infrared grills more expensive?

Yes, but prices are steadily dropping as infrared grills become more in-demand.  It’s a bit like any newer technology: at first, prices are extreme, until the idea becomes more popular and well-known, and more manufacturers start producing them for the general public.

Initially, only professional chefs and commercial settings—like restaurants—were purchasing infrared grills, since these models ran for over $2,000.  Today, however, even bargain hunters can find infrared options at a price they can afford.

Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared Propane Gas Grill

Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared Propane Gas Grill

How do I clean an infrared grill?

Cook@Home 3D Electric Smokeless Bio Infrared BBQ Grill

Cook@Home 3D Electric Smokeless Bio Infrared BBQ Grill

For the grate and body of the grill, you can clean it exactly the same as any other grill.  Heat up the grill as hot as it goes for fifteen minutes; this will burn off any extra food or grease left on the grate.  

Turn off the grill and wait until the grate is warm, but not too hot to touch.  Turn off your gas and disconnect it (or disconnect the electricity source, as applicable) before scraping the grate with a steel grill brush.  

You can also remove the grates and wash them in the sink or a tub with dish soap and warm water, if it’s been a long time since your grill’s last cleaning.

To clean the exterior of the grill, follow your manufacturer’s specified instructions.  Most can withstand some dish soap and water with a sponge or soft rag.  If your grill is made of stainless steel, you can also use a specialty cleaner meant for that material.  To prevent dirt and pollen build-up on the exterior of your grill, store it in a garage or shed, or use a grill cover when it isn’t in use.

The real differences, of course, come into play when you have to clean the special components of the grill: its infrared plates.  Remove the grate and gently brush away any ashes or pieces of food.  You can use a gentle cleaner, if needed, although many manufacturers claim their plates simply burn off grease drippings and shouldn’t require chemicals.

Clean your entire grill at least twice a year.  Grates are best cleaned after each use.

Top 4 Best Infrared Grill Reviews

1. Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill Review

Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill, Red

Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill, Red

Short on space?  Can’t use gas or charcoal in your apartment complex?  Enter this little red number, which can cook up a batch of burgers for a summer get-together with nothing more than a standard electrical outlet.  It fits perfectly in the corner of even the smallest patio, and features wheels for easy transport.

Pros

  • The infrared system runs on electricity—no need for propane tanks; convenient and safe.
  • 1750-watt electric burner eliminates uneven cooking/hot or cold spots you can encounter with gas and charcoal grills.
  • 320 square inches of grilling space; manufacturer claims you can fit 8 to 12 burgers on surface at once.  240 square inches on main surface, 80 square inches on raised grate.
  • Very affordable for an infrared grill.
  • Compact size and fairly lightweight; perfect for small patios/backyards.
  • Stylish red and matte silver exterior; also available in black.

Cons

  • Temperature is difficult to maintain; food must be flipped quickly and lid shut completely to keep temp constant due to smaller surface area.  Common problem with smaller grills; infrared, luckily, reheats quickly.

While most grill enthusiasts lean towards “bigger is better,” you can get just as impressive heat and searing from a small grill like this one.  The Char-Broil Bistro is stylish, compact, and boasts all the features you’d expect from a grill twice its size.  

The only downside, in fact—which is true with most small grills of any type—is that it loses heat pretty quickly when the lid is open.  Perfect your burger flip times, though, and keep the lid shut as much as possible, and you shouldn’t have problems.

2. Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared Propane Gas Grill Review

Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared Propane Gas Grill

Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared Propane Gas Grill

Another small grill with big heat, the Solaire Anywhere grill lives up to its name: this 20-lb. grill runs on propane (which makes it ideal for camping and tailgating), comes with a carrying bag, and can grill up to eight burgers at once.  It also features a stainless steel grid that reduces the chance of flares, and features two latches to help it stay shut during transport.

Pros

  • 14,000 BTU per hour; 61.1 infrared intensity.
  • 155 square inches of grilling surface; can fit 8 hamburgers. Push-button ignition.
  • Can be used with larger propane tanks, as well as natural gas (requires conversion kits).
  • Lightweight at only 20 lbs.; portable; comes with carrying case that can also fit 3 propane tanks (1 lb. each).
  • Can be set up on a table or countertop, as well as specific mounting systems.  Note: Exercise caution when choosing a surface to set up your grill.

Cons

  • 1-year limited warranty.

While it runs on the pricy side, the Solaire is still affordable—and its conveniently compact size might be its biggest selling point, justifying that price to travelers, football fans, and anyone in need of a small grill you can set up in a flash.  The short warranty is a bit of a disappointment, however, especially at the price Solaire is asking.

3. Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared 450 3-Burner Cart Gas Grill Review

Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared 450 3-Burner Cart Gas Grill

Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared 450 3-Burner Cart Gas Grill

Another option from Char-Broil, this grill is bigger, features fold-out prep space on the sides, and operates on gas instead of electricity.  With two more burners than the Bistro option, it has faster heating overall, and will hold heat better when the lid is opened.  It also includes a temperature gauge in the lid to eliminate guesswork.

Pros

  • 450 square inches grilling surface with porcelain-coated warming rack (150 square inches).
  • Three burners for more even heating and better temperature regulation/less heat loss when lid is open.
  • Electronic ignition system.
  • 10,000 BTU side burner for additional grilling space, heating sauces, or cooking sides like vegetables.
  • Available in 2- and 3-burner options, as well as cart and cabinet styles.

Cons

  • Warranty is short (5 years for burners, but only 1 year for components other than lid, which is 2 years).
  • Weight is closer to standard grill/heavier than bistro option from this brand; 89 to 132 lbs., depending on variation you choose.

If you’d rather skip the space-saving models in favor of a standard grill, this grill cart from Char-Broil might be the best option.  Its price is very fair for an infrared, and only a little bit higher than the compact bistro model.  Its infrared grate is stainless steal for easy care; ceramic and glass are effective, but can break easily with improper care or quick temperature changes.

4. Cook@Home 3D Electric Smokeless Bio Infrared BBQ Grill Review

Cook@Home 3D Electric Smokeless Bio Infrared BBQ Grill

Cook@Home 3D Electric Smokeless Bio Infrared BBQ Grill

Sure, the fun of grilling is partially owed to mild nights on the patio or deck, setting up a quick outdoor kitchen to make the magic happen—but let’s face it: sometimes you want to grill when it’s not exactly grilling weather.  

Or perhaps you want to cook for two, and the effort required by your twenty-person grill outside just isn’t worth it.  This option from Cook@Home solves both problems, allowing you to grill right on your kitchen counter.  No gas, no charcoal, no smoke—it doesn’t even need a lid, so you can watch your food cook.

Pros

  • Cyclic “3D” infrared heating design puts the heat source on top; heat radiates downwards to cooking surface, which rotates for even distribution.
  • Runs on electricity; can be plugged into ordinary kitchen outlet.
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors.
  • Oil drains off food into tank at base, which is easily removed for disposal and cleaning after cooking.
  • Portable; only 12 lbs..
  • Very affordable.

Cons

  • Fairly small grilling surface; can cook 4 to 6 standard burgers on included griddle platform.

Die-hard grillers won’t consider this model a true grill, but it utilizes the same infrared heat as any other grill in this category—it’s just inverted, for a unique, open design that provides more versatility than a standard option, albeit less surface area.  

We recommend this to anyone who’s short on (or completely lacking) patio or backyard space, as well as those who love to grill year-round…but would rather not brave the cold to do it.

To Conclude:

Infrared grills might seem like a trendy sub-category, but they’ve earned a sizeable following among amateur chefs and professionals alike.  Their ability to conduct heat and reach temperatures four times greater than most grills translate to faster cooking, juicier meats, easier clean-up, and masterful sear lines you can’t get from just any grill.

The Best Grills Under $200 (Year 2019)

Some grill enthusiasts will spend hundreds or thousands on a top-of-the-line behemoth for their backyard culinary adventures, but most of us don’t want to—or can’t—afford such a luxury.  

Unless you’re a professional chef (or at least, someone who grills very frequently), you’re probably looking for a good quality grill that can get the job done, but without putting a dent in your wallet.

Our buyer’s guide will explore some of the questions around budget grills, and feature four of the best grills for under $200.

Buyer’s Guide:

Is $200 enough for a good grill?  What if I need the cheapest grill possible?

Yes, $200 is plenty for a standard grill that’s built to last and delivers even, reliable cooking.  Just like anything else, well-known brands will often cost more, as well as any add-ons and fancy features—but when you get right down to the basics, all grills are designed to do the same thing: cook food.  The real question isn’t of price, but simply quality: if a grill looks cheaply made and has poor reviews, it doesn’t matter if it’s $100 or $1,000—it’s a bad deal.

The cheapest grill possible will be a very standard kettle grill that runs on charcoal.  

These sell for about $10-$15, can be found at almost any store that sells grilling equipment, and provide a modest but very functional grill to suit standard use.  

If you grill very frequently or need a bigger surface area, you might need a larger, more expensive model.

George Foreman GGR50B

George Foreman GGR50B

Are there any features I’ll be missing out on at this price point?

Overall, you can find the same features on any lower priced grill that you’d find on an expensive model—but there are a few add-ons and upgrades a higher price can get:

  • Potentially higher temperatures, depending on fuel type.
  • Infrared technology, which provides high heat, easy searing, and allegedly juicier food than non-infrared grills—though cheaper infrared models do exist.
  • Larger surface area; some expensive grills have more than 1,000 square inches.
  • Multiple functions: grilling, smoking, roasting, and even baking, depending on the model.
  • Rotisseries, smoker boxes, warming trays, refrigerated base cabinets, and other add-ons.

Of course, many of these features aren’t just above the $200 mark—they’re above the $1,000 mark!  

It’s tempting to go all-out on a grill with so many bells and whistles, but think about your budget and how much you can really afford, as well as what you’ll actually use the grill for.  

Sure, a motorized rotisserie option is great, but not if you’ll never roast a chicken or leg of lamb.

I need a big grill for a lot of people.  Can $200 get me a large model?

Yes, although not as large as commercial-use grills (or the giant smoker styles you might find at big barbeques).  Most grills will come with 200-500 square inches of surface area, with a few exceeding even that.

For reference, 500 square inches can cook 24 standard hamburgers at once, which is plenty for most people’s needs.  You should also look at how many burners a grill has, since a lot of surface area with only one burner would translate to faster cooking near the center, and slower cooking at the outside edges. 

Many people prefer this, so they can cook vegetables or toast buns near the outside instead of directly over a burner, or slow-cook their food; some would rather have multiple burners, or even infrared plates, for a more even heat distribution.

Which fuel type is cheapest?

Smoke Hollow 205

Smoke Hollow 205

Charcoal grills are the least expensive kind to buy, but the charcoal itself can be pricier than propane, depending on the rates where you live.  On average, charcoal costs $2.50 per cookout, while propane can cost $1.00 to $3.00.  Charcoal also takes longer to heat up and requires more cleaning afterward, so you should factor in your time, as well.

Propane grills, however, cost more to maintain; you have to replace leaking lines, valves, and other parts as they age and wear out, whereas charcoal grills typically need a new grate every so often and nothing more.

Some propane grills can even utilize your natural gas line, if you have one.  You’ll need an adapter kit, but the cost is worth it for many frequent grillers.

For camping, you can also consider using your campfire with a simple grate.  Some of these have legs to straddle the fire pit, and others sit directly over top it.  Not only can you grill on these surfaces (usually), but you can also use cookware—just like you would on your stovetop at home.  Of course, this isn’t everyone’s preferred method, but is certainly economical.

Another fuel option is…none at all!  Electric grills cost about 25 cents per cookout, and come at prices comparable to many propane models.

Top 5 Best Grills Under 200 Dollars

1. George Foreman GGR50B 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill Review

George Foreman GGR50B

George Foreman GGR50B

If you’re looking for a more economical (or eco-friendly) alternative to propane and charcoal, an electric option can be perfect for your needs.

Some apartments and neighborhoods don’t allow anything that could flare up and cause fires, so many buyers will be happy to see an affordable option that can get around those rules.  

As a bonus, it’s got the ever-popular George Foreman brand behind it.

Pros

  • 240 square inches of grilling surface can cook 15 servings of food at once.
  • Runs on electricity; cheaper to run than charcoal or propane.
  • Non-stick coating makes clean-up much easier.
  • Adjustable temperature control; five heat settings.
  • Can be used indoors on countertop, or outdoors with provided stand; lightweight, at only 7 lbs.
  • No flare-ups; suitable for homes with small children/pets, or areas where other grill types are prohibited.

Cons

  • Some users have reported lower heat compared to other fuel types, and longer cooking times.

Granted, this isn’t the most impressive electric option you’ll find—but its affordable price makes it one of the best values in this category, and a smart buy if you want to save money on fuel, as well.  The longer cooking times do present a bit of a challenge, though, and might not be worth the savings for some buyers.

2. Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel Portable Tabletop Propane Grill Review

A bit larger than the previous model, this table top option from Smoke Hollow runs on propane instead of electricity—which does cost more, but makes it perfect for traveling, camping, and tailgating during football season.  It also has a warming rack (great for sides), and latching hood to travel more easily.

Pros

  • 305 square inches surface area; can cook about 12-18 servings of food at once.
  • 10,000 BTUs.
  • Foldable legs; can be set up on tabletop or tailgate.
  • Features a warming rack to cook with indirect heat, keep food hot after cooking, toast buns, or heat up sides.
  • Hood locks shut for travel and storage.

Cons

  • Does not come with a stand or cart; legs are for tabletops, counters, etc.

A portable propane grill is a must-have for grillers on the go, and this model from Smoke Hollow offers one at a price anyone can swing (which leaves more in the budget for premium burger meat or steaks).  

The only downside is its height: its legs are designed for tabletop use, which means you’ll need to purchase a compatible stand separately if literal tailgating isn’t your style.

3. Weber 741001 Original Kettle 22” Charcoal Grill Review

Charcoal remains a favorite with grillers for the unique, smoky flavor it gives food, from meats to vegetables, for a true “cookout taste” you can’t get with other fuel types.  

While it takes a little more patience to light (and clean), charcoal grills are often the cheapest to buy.  This one from Weber looks like a standard kettle grill, but does have a few features you won’t get in $20 options.

Pros

  • 363 square inches of grilling space; can cook up to 20 servings at once.
  • Plated-steel grate; hinged design makes it easy to add charcoal as needed.
  • Ash catcher is aluminum and features a “one-touch” clean-up system.
  • Comes with a wheeled stand for easy movement.
  • Runs on charcoal; reaches hotter temperatures than propane.
  • Damper lets you control the heat without lifting the lid.

Cons

  • Cooking grate can be harder to clean than stainless or coated options; might require cooking spray before use.
  • About 30 lbs.; not the heaviest grill by far, but not as light as other options.

Made in America and backed by a 10-year warranty, the Weber Original Kettle grill boasts value in more ways than one.  Its price is affordable and its construction is solid; the company, which has been in business since 1952, clearly knows what makes a good grill.  We especially love its one-touch ash catcher, which makes cleaning all too easy.

4. Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill Review

The Sportsman grill is a little heavy for tailgating (32 lbs.), but every ounce is necessary: this virtually indestructible charcoal grill is made of cast-iron, and the grate is pre-seasoned (coated with oil for easy care).  It has a handle for carrying, draft door, coal access, and a built-in shelf—all in a compact, rugged setup.

Pros

  • Made of very durable cast-iron.
  • Grate is pre-seasoned/coated with oil for easier cleaning and rust prevention.
  • Runs on charcoal; infuses meat with a smoky flavor; capable of higher heats than propane.
  • Draft door to regulate heat easily; grill requires no lid.
  • Coal access behind secondary door for easy stoking/additions.
  • Grate can be flipped to raise or lower food/put it closer to the coals or further away.

Cons

  • Must be washed by hand and cared for properly; cast iron requires cleaning (without soap) after each use, thorough drying, re-seasoning as needed with cooking oil, and indoor storage.
  • Small; suitable for 2 to 4 people.

If caring for cast iron isn’t your cup of tea, skip this model.  High-inclusion chefs with a lot of mouths to feed won’t enjoy the Sportsman’s small size, either—but for a select few, a cast iron grill is the ultimate in culinary luxury.  

While heavier than any other grill of this size, it is technically portable.  And although its maintenance is hardly fuss-free, it really doesn’t need much more than any other cast iron cookware.

5. Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Electric Patio Bistro 240 Review

Another electric model, this unassuming patio-sized grill from Char-Broil boasts a surprising feature for this price range: infrared plates, which disperse heat evenly and reach temperatures far higher than any fuel type on its own.  This grill is already priced quite well for any electric grill, but for an infrared one too, it’s a definite bargain.

Pros

  • Features infrared technology for even cooking, higher heats, and fewer flare-ups; allows for professional-level searing.
  • 240 square inches grilling surface, including an 80 square inch warming rack.  Total grill space can fit 12 burgers at once.
  • Electric; no flare-ups, no fuel.
  • Grates are cast iron; porcelain-coated for easier clean-up.
  • Foldable preparation tables on sides.
  • Temperature control knob; lid features thermometer for less guesswork.

Cons

  • Quite heavy; 65 lbs.

Char-Broil has outdone themselves on this model, which features so much more than a typical “budget grill” would.  We recommend it to anyone who doesn’t want propane or charcoal (or can’t, depending on where they live) and loves the idea of a perfectly seared steak of restaurant caliber, right in their own backyard.

To Conclude:

Finding the right grill on a budget is definitely possible, once buyers know what fuel type (if any) they’d prefer, how many people they’ll regularly cook for, and which features and add-ons they simply can’t do without.  

While expensive grills certainly look like they’d perform better, current research, reviews, and the test of time prove inexpensive ones can cook just as well for a fraction of the cost.

4 Best Charcoal and Gas Dual Fuel Grills Combo (2019)

The debate over charcoal vs. propane when it comes to grilling is an endless one, and it seems everyone has their favorite for various reasons.  While charcoal provides a smoky flavor you don’t get with propane, it’s also harder to clean up.  Propane grills, however, can be more expensive to purchase, and sometimes pricier to run.

Some of us love both for different occasions and foods, though—and buying two full-sized grills is hardly economical.  Storage-wise, it’s not exactly practical, either.

Thankfully, there is a compromise: dual-fuel or “hybrid” grills use propane and charcoal (some at the same time; others, independently), and let users choose based on their time constraints, what kind of meal they’re having, or just the mood they’re in that day.  Our buyer’s guide will explore what makes these grills worth consideration, and analyze some popular hybrid grills to start your search.

Buyer’s Guide

1. How do hybrid grills work?  Can I use charcoal and propane at the same time?

Some hybrids operate with a “side by side” design, where the grill has two sections and two lids; essentially, it’s two grills on the same cart. One runs on propane, while the other is meant for charcoal.

These have the benefit of custom cooking: if some guests at a party want their food to have that unmistakable charcoal flavor, but others just want their food as quickly as possible, you can please everyone and fire up both at the same time.

Other hybrids have just one chamber, and require you to choose between your fuel.

You can use charcoal on warmer days with a little more time to spare, and propane on cold or windy ones when you’re feeling impatient. 

And if you run out of one fuel type, you don’t have to go to the store before you start cooking.

Char-Griller 5050

Char-Griller 5050

Finally, there are combination hybrids: ones that let you use both fuel types together at the same time.

The result is a grill which heats up quickly like propane, provides more flavor like charcoal, and can run on either one on its own whenever you see fit. 

Check product descriptions to see if a model runs on propane or charcoal independently, side-by-side, or together.

2. What are the benefits of cooking with both at the same time?

With combination grilling, you can utilize the strengths of both fuel types—speed for propane, and flavor for charcoal—while mitigating the respective weaknesses of each (charcoal being slow to heat up, and propane lacking charcoal’s trademark smoky flavor).