There’s just something special about cooking outdoors. Maybe it appeals to our primal nature. Perhaps it has to do with happy childhood memories, or it could be that breathing in fresh air is simply more relaxing.
In any case, there are few better ways to celebrate summer, enliven a special occasion, or just infuse a little extra flavor into your life.
Gas Grill Overview
Whether your friends and family will be gathering on your patio ready to enjoy a feast, or you’re cooking for yourself on a solo camping trip far from civilization, you’ll need the right grill for the job.
The good news is that we’ve done all the legwork for you: if you’re thinking of buying a gas grill, you’ve come to the right place. This brief table outlines some of the most impressive features of each grill – and also where they fall short.
Good: A narrow grill with stainless steel where it counts most, multiple burners, and optional side tables.
Not so good: Some of the construction is plain steel with a paint coating, and the bottom portion of the cook box is actually aluminum.
Bottom Line: This slim, compact backyard grill will slide into small spaces with ease while also providing a quality cook.
Good: Its biggest distinction is, certainly, its price. This grill is cheaper than even the camping grills on our page.
Not so good: There is no warming rack built into this grill, which makes it more difficult to cook for large parties.
Bottom Line: In our opinion, compared to most of the options we’ve looked at, this grill gives you the best value for your money in terms of quality and special features.
Good: This pretty compact camping grill comes in over 12 colors to suit any preference and has two sturdy side tables to extend your cooking and preparation space.
Not so good: It’s not quite as lightweight as the Napoleon and could be a little too large for people with limited storage or travel space.
Bottom Line: Whether you’re cooking pre-packaged food you brought with you or you’re grilling up a freshly caught fish, this compact camping grill will help you accomplish your task in style.
Good: The smart cooking system lets you host parties and attend to chores while also cooking your meat to perfection.
Not so good: With a price more than triple that of some of the other grills we’ve found worth reviewing, you have to really love this smart system to justify its cost.
Bottom Line: Great for those who like to socialize and have fun while grilling, this smart system is a great addition to any backyard – assuming you can afford it.
Good: The double insulated lid helps keep the heat inside for better fuel efficiency and faster cooking.
Not so good: Smaller than some of its competitors and slightly impaired by a warming rack which will not flip out of the way, this isn’t great for people who need to cook a lot of items at once.
Bottom Line: If you’re only cooking for a few people and your recipes require high, consistent temperatures, this is a good choice for you.
Good: A large cooking area, high BTU per square inch, and six cooking zones with their own controls provides a high-quality cooking experience that will please skilled grill chefs.
Not so good: This grill is on the large side overall, but doesn’t have the largest cooking space of those we’ve selected.
Bottom Line: If you want a superb grilling experience at a very reasonable price, this is definitely going to satisfy.
Good: This fairly powerful grill is compact enough to transport with the rest of your camping gear, and it is also durable enough for the camping lifestyle.
Not so good: When it comes down to it, this is a rather basic grill in terms of function.
Bottom Line: If you don’t need much more than the basics and value transportation and durability in your camp grill (as we certainly do), you will not be disappointed.
Good: Perhaps the most versatile cooking station on this entire page, the Blackstone allows you to cook anything from steaks and hamburgers to scrambled eggs and pancakes.
Not so good: Your food won’t have quite the same flavor that it would when cooked on a traditional grill and might be a little greasier.
Bottom Line: If you want versatility, you need not look any further, but don’t expect the same flavors a charcoal grill gives you.
Good: Its unique slim design means that this neat, circular grill will fit into small spaces while still accommodating a 20-pound propane tank and 364 square inch cooking space.
Not so good: Unlike most backyard barbecues, its lid doesn’t have hinges and it doesn’t include a warming rack.
Bottom Line: If you need something small but don’t want to sacrifice cooking space, this specially-designed grill may be the way to go.
Good: Made of quality, durable materials, this lightweight camp grill will withstand the elements without weighing you down.
Not so good: Overall, it is a little bulky and it isn’t the most powerful camp grill on our list.
Bottom Line: Though it isn’t the most compact camping grill, it is one of the lightest, which makes it the easiest to transport – though you might have to tie it to the outside of your pack.
Good: From one of the most famous barbecuing brands, this durable backyard grill is very versatile thanks to its fold-down side tables and additional griddle.
Not so good: It isn’t very powerful and, yet, is more expensive than many of the others on our list.
Bottom Line: If you don’t plan on cooking thick cuts of meat, the low cooking power shouldn’t be a problem, and you will be able to take full advantage of its other great qualities.
Good: Just the right size for most families who occasionally entertain large groups, this grill cuts your work in half with its handy side burner for pots and pans.
Not so good: It won’t do a very good job cooking a whole chicken, turkey, or large cut, so it’s not a good choice for people who need a grill capable of such wonders.
Bottom Line: Overall, this is one of our favorite grills (despite not receiving a “best” title), and we believe that most mid-sized families would be quite satisfied with its performance.