Best Gas Grill for the Money

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Whether it's needing the best gas grill for camping or the best gas grill for a small apartment balcony, our goal is to provide you the information needed to help you choose the best gas grill under $200 that fits your particular needs.

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We've reviewed a number of grills and have determined the best gas grill for the money.

Our Choices for The Best Gas Grill for the Money

The Char-Broil Classic 360 is the more “traditional” looking gas grill and boasts the largest cooking surface area at 360 sq/in, plus a 170 sq/in secondary cooking area.

It has 35,000 BTUs, along with a fixed side shelf and an 8,000 BTU side burner.

Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel Grill also has a large cooking area with 305 sq/in and a warming area, with 10,000 BTUs of power. For it being so portable, 305 sq/in is a lot of cooking area.

The Blackstone Dash has 247 sq/in of cooking area, 7,000 BTUs of power, and is very portable as well.

With its telescoping 2-pronged back leg (also used for pulling the wheeled grill) and 2 adjustable front legs, this grill will fit almost any terrain.

This grill is slightly different than a traditional grill in that it has a reversible raised griddle and flat-top griddle instead of the traditional grill grates.

Cuisinart’s CGG-180 Petit Gourmet Portable Grill has the smallest of the cooking surfaces at 145 sq/in and the least power at 5,500 BTUs. But don’t let the size and power fool you.

This grill boasts an adjustable telescoping stand and is a briefcase style grill, so it’s very easy to transport for days at the beach, fishing, camping, or tailgating.

Last, but definitely not least, is the Weber Q1200. While also one of the smaller grills at 189 sq/in, it has 8,500 BTUs, is very portable, and has 2 side shelves and a built in thermometer.

Brand

Cooking Area

BTUs

Editor's Rating

Weber

189 sq/in

8,500

Blackstone

247 sq/in

7,000

Smoke Hollow

305 sq/in

10,000

Char-Broil

530 sq/in

35,000

(plus 8,000 side burner)​

Cuisinart

145 sq/in

5,500

Reviews of the Best Gas Grills for the Money

1. Weber Q1200

Of course there’s a Weber in the mix. Weber has been around since 1952 and, fun fact, the first Weber grill was created from a buoy.

The Weber Q1200 is cast aluminum with porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates providing 189 square inches of total cooking space and 8,500 BTUs of cooking power.

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The Q1200 comes fully assembled, which is a big plus if you’re not in the mood to build your grill. Pull it out of the box, hook up a propane cylinder (don’t forget to purchase a few), and cook away.

This grill has split grates, so you can purchase the Q1000-series compatible griddle and change out one side to provide more cooking versatility. A great option so you can cook eggs, pancakes, and much more while camping.

This grill comes with 2 fold-out side tables. If you don’t need the side tables and not concerned about having the built-in thermometer, you could save some money by going with the Weber Q1000. These are the only 2 differences.

There is also the Weber Q2000 and Weber Q2200 which are more expensive, but provide more cooking power and cooking surface area. If you want a great gas grill, but need a little more than the Q1200 provides, one of these two could be great options.

LIKE

Good quality

Grates non-stick and interchangeable

Easy to clean

Sturdy grill cart (sold separately)

DISLIKE

Doesn't do well in heavy winds (need a break around it and then works great)

Propane cylinders can be hard to thread

2. Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel Grill

The Smoke Hollow 205 is very portable. With folding legs, a lockable lid, and front carrying handle, this grill can be carried like a briefcase making it easy to tote out to the campsite or to the perfect spot at the park.

It has a surprising 305 sq/in of cooking area, plus a warming area, making it the largest portable gas grill reviewed. And the grill body, along with the grates, are all stainless steel.

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It has a 12,000 BTU stainless steel “U” burner. While it has a lot of power for a small grill, the “U” shape allows the left side of the grill to become hotter than the right.

While the difference in heat distribution can be an annoyance at first, once you understand this quirk and learn to move your food around (more than usual) while cooking, you can still grill easily with the Smoke Hollow.

It too uses propane cylinders, but with the adapter hose (sold separately) can be hooked up to a larger propane tank.

This grill is the best gas grill under $100 and the cheapest of the 5 reviewed here.

LIKE

Cooking area larger than most portable grills

Very portable

Locks well

DISLIKE

Heat distribution (left side gets hotter than the right)

Some reported ignitions issues

3. Cuisinart CGG-180 Petit Gourmet

While the Cuisinart CGG-180 Petit Gourmet is the smallest of the grills reviewed at 145 square inches, it is the lightest, most compact, and most portable.

It is stainless steel with porcelain-enameled grates and has 5,500 BTUs of cooking power. The porcelain-enameled grates allow for better heat distribution across the grill.

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If purchased with the stand, the stand is an integrated, adjustable telescoping base which means you can set this grill up most any place and grill.

This grill is great for small spaces, like apartment balconies, RVs, camping, traveling, etc. and is easy to assemble.

It too takes propane cylinders, but can also be adapted (with adaptable hose - sold separately) be attached so a larger propane tank.

Of the grills reviewed here, this would be the best gas grill under $150.

LIKE

Great for small patios/balconies

Great for traveling and camping

Easy assembly

DISLIKE

Small drip tray

Doesn't heat evenly in strong winds

4. Char-Broil Classic 360

The Char-Broil Classic 360 is a more “traditional” looking gas grill and is the largest of the 5 with 360 sq/in primary cooking area and an additional 170 sq/in secondary, swing-away cooking area.

This 2-burner grill produces 35,000 BTUs, plus has an 8,000 BTU side burner. The grill’s body and grates are porcelain-coated steel.

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This grill also has a side shelf and a basket on the front to hold your sauce bottles and beer while grilling.

(Bonus: The basket is low enough and blocked from the grill, so the grill shouldn’t warm your beer.)

This grill is better for backyard grilling and not as easily portable.

LIKE

Basket on front - great for holding sauces (and a beverage)

Easy to roll around the yard/patio

DISLIKE

Grate bars widely spaced - be careful not to drop food through

Grates flush with sides - hot dogs can easily roll of the side

Need to be fully assembled; takes time to assemble

5. Blackstone Dash

The Blackstone Dash has a locking lid making it easy to travel with.

It can be carried like a briefcase or, with its telescoping back leg, can be pulled along behind you.

In addition to the telescoping back leg, the 2 front legs are adjustable as well, making it stable enough to place on almost any terrain.

It puts out 7,000 BTUs, which is fine for most grilling and has an impressive 247 sq/in of cooking space.

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The Dash doesn’t have traditional grill grates. This grill comes with a teflon-like coated, reversible raised griddle and flat-top griddle.

While it doesn’t have the traditional grill grates, the flat-top griddle can come in handy when making eggs and pancakes while camping.

This grill/griddle is great for camping/RVs, tailgating, hunting, fishing, backyards, and much more.

(Warning: At time of this post, Amazon had a packaged deal which included a “griddle-kit”. This griddle kit includes stainless steel cooking accessories. You should not use metal cooking utensils on this grill or you could damage the non-stick coat.

Go with plastic or silicone cooking accessories similar to these spatula and tongs for this particular grill.)

LIKE

Reversible raised griddle and flat-top griddle (just flip it over)

Clean up is fast and easy

DISLIKE

While some complained the screws were too short to keep the grill sturdy, some replaced them with longer screws and stated that helped

Choosing the Right Grill for Your Needs

There are many features and accessories to accompany your new gas grill, so here are a few things to consider when looking for the best gas grill for you.

BTUs/Power

With gas grills, you’ll see BTUs (or “BTu”, or “BTu/hour”) listed. BTU stands for ‘British Thermal Unit’. It’s the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water 1 degree Fahrenheit. (Thank you, Wikipedia.)

A grill with 30,000 BTUs puts out more heat than a 20,000 BTU grill, which allows it to heat up faster and sear better, but will use more gas.

If you plan to grill mainly veggies or burgers/hot dogs, you don’t need a high BTU. If you plan to use your grill regularly and want to sear steak easily, you may want a higher BTU.

Helpful tip: Be sure to calculate total BTUs.

BTUs can be listed as total BTUs or per burner. A 3-burner gas grill with 15,000 BTUs per burner (45,000 BTUs total) will put out more heat than a 4-burner at 10,000 BTUs per burner (40,000 BTUs total).

Heat Distribution

If heat is not distributed properly across the grill, the food will cook unevenly or not finish cooking at the same time.

Each grill is different. With trial and error, you can learn your grill and adjust the heat accordingly, but more evenly distribution of heat will make grilling easier from the start.

Amenities

Grills can come with a number of different amenities. The more amenities added, the more the cost. Some amenities to these gas grills are:

  • Side Burner
  • Drawers/Storage Cabinet
  • Warming Rack
  • Built-In Thermometer

Many of these budget-friendly gas grills don’t have the added amenities, though some do. You’ll need to bump up your budget a little if you want all of these amenities, and more, with your grill.

Cooking Surface Area

Cooking surface area can be a big deciding factor.

The largest of these grills is the Char-Broil with 530 sq/in total cooking surface (360 sq/in primary; 170 sq/in secondary) and the smallest is the Cuisinart CGG-180 with 145 sq/in.

If you are grilling for 5+ people regularly, you may want to go for a larger grill.

If only occasional grilling, you could grill in batches when you have larger groups to grill for.

Use / Portability

Another thing to consider is how and/or where you want to use your grill. Will it be stationary on your patio or do you plan to take it with you camping, tailgating, etc.

Conclusion

While each person’s needs are different, and you’ll need to determine your specific grilling needs and budget, from the 5 gas grills we reviewed here, the Weber Q1200 is the clear winner.

While on the smaller side, it has a decent BTU, is very portable, has a built-in thermometer, and 2 side folding shelves.

It had a great reviewer rating with minimal issues reported and Weber is known for their great customer service should anything go wrong.

This grill will serve you well and is our top pick for the best gas grill for the money.

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