Best Gas Grills Under $500 in 2020 – Propane and Natural Gas Options Reviewed

Are you looking for a new gas grill for cooking that perfect dinner steak? Or maybe you are planning to have a party and need to grill a bunch of burgers?

Well, the good news is that with 500 bucks you have plenty of great options to choose from.

Out of hundreds of options available in this price class, we picked the 6 best ones to suit different kinds of needs. Whether you are looking for a large grill for big parties, an infrared unit, a portable model, or just straight up the best rig for the money, you can find something nice here!

The Best Gas Grills Under $500 Reviewed

There are many excellent options available at this price point. However, if you want to check out other options, we also have a comprehensive guide for all types of gas grills.

Note: Below you can find a few more interesting guides:

Next, let’s take a look at our top picks in this price class. Here is our carefully selected list of recommended products:

Best Overall: Weber Spirit II E-310 Propane / Natural Gas Grill

Weber has been making grills for over 50 years and their products are known for quality, great design, and durability. Spirit II is their new product line featuring the unique GS4 grilling system familiar from the more expensive Genesis models.

Specifications:

  • Fuel Type: Propane/natural gas
  • Number of Main Burners: 3
  • Total BTU: 30,000
  • Heat Flux: 71
  • Primary Grilling Area (sq.in): 424
  • Warming Rack Area (sq.in): 108
  • Weight: 245 lbs
  • Build Materials: Stainless steel, porcelain-coated steel, and porcelain-coated cast iron (grates)
  • Dimensions: 52″ x 26″ x 57″ (L x W x H)
  • Warranty: 10, 5, or 2 years (depending on part)

Weber Spirit II E-310 is a solid 3-burner gas grill with 30,000 BTUs of heating power and a 424 square inch grilling area (+105 sq.in. warming rack). It heats up fast and delivers a nice sear to your steaks, burgers, or pork chops.

Next, let’s take a closer look at what the GS4 system has to offer:

GS4 Grilling System

Ignition: It all starts from the ignition, and Spirit II E-310 makes it fast and easy. The infinity ignition system lights up the grill with a push of a button. Every time.

Burners: One of the most annoying things about gas grills is that they often have cooler spots where the food doesn’t cook properly. The 3 burners of Spirit II E-310 are designed to provide a consistent gas flow and even cooking temperature across the grilling surface.

Flavorizer Bars: The flavorizer bars placed above the burners catch and vaporize drippings. This reduces the risk of flare-ups and adds a smoky flavor to your food.

Grease Management: I have always liked the easy grease management of Weber grills. The extra grease that is not vaporized is directed into a disposable drip tray that can be easily replaced when it starts to get full.

This grill has reversible grill grates that are thicker on one side and thinner on the other side. The 2 side tables have hooks for hanging your grilling tools. You can integrate the unit with a Weber iGrill 3 temperature probe that allows you to monitor its temperature with a smartphone app.

The E-310 is a durable and conveniently designed gas grill with a 10-year warranty on the cook box, lid assembly, and stainless steel burner tubes while the other parts come with a 5- or 2-year warranty.

This is our top pick for a gas grill you can get for under $500!

What We Love

  • Great ignition system
  • Gets hot fast
  • Even heat distribution
  • Strong and solid frame
  • Premium quality parts
  • Good warranty
  • You can choose a model that uses liquid propane or natural gas

What We Don’t

  • No side burner

Largest with Best Features: Monument 17842 Propane Gas Grill

This 4-burner gas grill from Monument is the largest and most powerful unit in this line-up.

With 60,000 BTUs of heating power and an impressive 723 square inches (513 main + 210 warming rack) of cooking space, this grill can deliver even for a bigger group of people!

Specifications:

  • Fuel Type: Propane gas
  • Number of Main Burners: 4
  • Additional Burners: Side burner 12,000 BTU
  • Total BTU: 60,000
  • Heat Flux: 94
  • Primary Grilling Area (sq.in): 513
  • Warming Rack Area (sq.in): 210
  • Weight: 108 lbs
  • Build Materials: Stainless steel and powder-coated metal, cast iron (cooking grid)
  • Dimensions: 54″ x 22.5″ x 46″ (L x W x H)
  • Warranty: 8 years (burners), 1 year (other parts)

The 17842 offers a comprehensive list of features. It comes with a side burner, fixed tool hooks,  and a one-button ignition system. It also includes a rotisserie with a motor for cooking whole chickens, turkeys, and roasts.

In addition, its control knobs have LED backlights, which come in handy when cooking after the sunset.

The reason why this is not our number one option in this price range is the overall quality compared to Weber. Although it’s made of stainless steel, it can get rusty after a few years of use and the warranty only lasts for a year for most parts.

If you want the maximum amount of cooking space and heating power with a full stack of features, this is the way to go.

What We Love

  • Large cooking area
  • Even heat distribution
  • Stylish design
  • Includes a rotisserie kit
  • Reasonably priced for its size and features

What We Don’t

  • The metal is a bit thin and can rust

Best Design: Fuego F24C Propane Gas Grill

Are you looking for a gas grill that stands out with its design?

Here comes Fuego F24C. It looks like a space shuttle ready to take off, but turns out to be a very capable gas grill.

Fuego F24C Propane Gas Grill

Specifications:

  • Fuel Type: Propane gas (natural gas available on BBQGuys)
  • Number of Main Burners: 2
  • Total BTU: 26,500
  • Heat Flux: 64
  • Primary Grilling Area (sq.in): 415
  • Warming Rack Area (sq.in): 110
  • Weight: 90 lbs
  • Build Materials: Stainless steel and porcelain-coated cast iron (cooking grates)
  • Dimensions: 24″ x 24″ x 56″ (L x W x H)
  • Warranty: 3 years (burners), 1 year (other parts)

One of the main advantages of this design is the low space requirement and a large cooking area. Also, with its 4 wheels, you can easily move it around on an even surface.

This 2-burner gas grill is easy to assemble and heats up very quickly. It has a dual-zone heating system that allows you to easily cook on direct or indirect heat. The outer area is great for slow cooking roasts and ribs, while the center spot provides more intense heat that is perfect for steaks and burgers.

The Fuego F24C is a unique looking grill that also delivers a solid cooking experience. If you are short on space, but still want to cook big, then Fuego is the solution.

What We Love

  • Compact
  • Easy to assemble
  • Innovative design
  • Easy to move with 4 wheels

What We Don’t

  • Tall foods might not fit in

Best Infrared Option: Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared Propane Gas Grill

There are not many infrared grills that you can get for under $500. However, Char-Broil allows you to enter the world of infrared grilling without sucking your wallet dry.

Specifications:

  • Fuel Type: Propane gas
  • Number of Main Burners: 3
  • Additional Burners: Side burner 10,000 BTU
  • Total BTU: 34,000
  • Heat Flux: 53
  • Primary Grilling Area (sq.in): 450
  • Warming Rack Area (sq.in): 150
  • Weight: 98 lbs
  • Build Materials: Stainless steel and porcelain-coated cast iron (cooking grates)
  • Dimensions: 54.1″ x 23.4″ x 45.5″ (L x W x H)
  • Warranty: 5 years (burners), 2 years (firebox and lid), 1 year (other parts)

This 3-burner gas grill features TRU-infrared technology that results in evenly cooked and juicy meats. The stainless steel plate forms a barrier between the burners and the grilling grate. The hot steel spreads the heat evenly, emits infrared radiation, and prevents flare-ups.

It has a large 600 square inch (450 main + 150 warming rack) cooking area and features a handy side burner.

The downside of this product is that it can be quite tedious to clean it properly. The infrared grates tend to get clogged with grease and food particles and cleaning them takes some effort.

One of the best things about this unit is that it heats up fast and gives you an excellent sear.

What We Love

  • Heats up fast
  • High, even heat
  • Fewer flare-ups
  • Has a side burner

What We Don’t

  • Takes a while to to clean

Want to check out more infrared options in this price class? We also have a guide with the best infrared grills under 500 dollars.

Best Budget Option: Char-Griller E3001 Grillin’ Pro Propane Gas Grill

Char-Griller E3001 is an affordable 3-burner gas grill with a big 630 square inch (438 main + 192 warming rack) cooking area. It has plenty of heating power with 40,800 BTUs on the main burners and additional 12,000 on the side burner. 

Specifications:

  • Fuel Type: Propane gas
  • Number of Main Burners: 3
  • Additional Burners: Side burner 12,000 BTU
  • Total BTU: 52,800
  • Heat Flux: 93
  • Primary Grilling Area (sq.in): 438
  • Warming Rack Area (sq.in): 192
  • Weight: 100 lbs
  • Build Materials: Steel and porcelain-coated cast iron (cooking grates)
  • Dimensions: 48″ x 28″ x 48″ (L x W x H)
  • Warranty: 5 years

Considering the price, this grill comes with an impressive set of features. The electronic ignition provides a quick and easy start-up.

It also has porcelain-coated cast-iron grates that are double-sided. The other side is for grilling and you can flip them over for searing.

Want to grill a steak while searing a salmon fillet? No problem, just flip one grate over so you can do both at the same time.

The E3001 is made of powder-coated steel that starts to rust over time, if not properly taken care of. Also, it doesn’t have any heat shields between the grates and burners, which results in a higher chance of flare-ups.

If you are looking for an affordable and easy to use grill with a large cooking area, this could be the perfect option for you.

What We Love

  • Gets hot fast
  • Large grilling area
  • Excellent value for the money
  • Comes with a side burner

What We Don’t

  • Can start rusting after a few years if not maintained well
  • No heat shields: more flare-ups

Best Portable Option: Coleman RoadTrip 285 Propane Grill

We also wanted to include an option that is portable, easy to set up, and can be stored in a small space when not in use.

Coleman RoadTrip 285 fits the bill and still manages to provide 20,000 BTUs of heating power and a 285 square inch grilling surface.

Specifications:

  • Fuel Type: Propane gas
  • Number of Main Burners: 3
  • Total BTU: 20,000
  • Heat Flux: 70
  • Primary Grilling Area (sq.in): 285
  • Weight: 53 lbs
  • Build Materials: Metal, plastic, and porcelain-coated cast iron (cooking grates)
  • Dimensions: 45.6” x 19.5” x 35″ (L x W x H)
  • Warranty: 3 years

Each of the 3 burners on this grill has a separate temperature control knob for creating heat zones. It also features push-button ignition and a thermometer. It is a freestanding grill, so you don’t need a separate table or another type of platform to use it.

Considering the relatively low price and portability, it’s not a surprise that the RoadTrip 285 also has some drawbacks. The water tray under it is shallow, which makes it flow over easily unless placed on a completely even surface. It is also hard to empty the tray without spilling the liquid. In addition, the side handles are not very durable and the latch that holds the lid shut opens easily when it’s being moved around.

Despite a couple of shortcomings, this grill is ideal for tailgating, camping, and traveling. If you have limited space and only use it occasionally, you can quickly fold it for storage. Then you can set it up fast again when needed.

What We Love

  • Good price point
  • Easy to set up, store, and transport
  • Adequate grilling space
  • Heats up fast

What We Don’t

  • The water tray is shallow: spills easily, hard to empty
  • Poor quality latch on the lid
  • Side handles are not very durable

Advantages of a Gas Grill

It’s not a wonder that gas grills have become very popular. Using a gas grill is easy and convenient, while a good one will also give you great cooking results.

You can ignite a gas grill by pressing a button, and they usually heat up in a matter of minutes. Depending on how often you use it, you might be able to grill for the whole summer with just one propane tank.

Furthermore, the best gas grills pack enough heating power for grilling steaks, reduce the risk of flare-ups, and are easy to clean.

If you want to bring your gas grillin’ to the next level, check out these tips from Cowboy Kent Rollins:

Buyer’s Guide for Gas Grill Under $500

In order to find the best grill for your needs, there are some important aspects to consider before making the purchase.

Below, we have listed the most important features to think about:

Size and Space Requirement

One of the first things to consider is where you are going to place the grill and how much space you have. If you’re tight with space, make sure that the grill can fit and that there is enough space around it.

Cooking Area

If you have a large family or plan to throw big parties, you will probably be cooking for plenty of people on a regular basis. This means you need a grill with a big cooking area.

steaks on a gas grill
Large gas grills can handle enough food for a big backyard party

Yet, if you are mostly cooking for just a few people, there is no need to get a huge grill that consumes a lot of gas and is harder to clean.

Heating Capability: BTUs and Heat Flux

BTU, or the British thermal unit, tells you how much heat your gas grill can generate and how much fuel it consumes. If you have a large cooking area but low BTU, it will be hard to make the grill hot enough for burgers and steaks.

Heat flux is perhaps a more useful way of measuring the heating capability of a gas grill. Divide the amount of BTUs produced by the grill’s main burners by the size of the primary grilling surface and you have the heat flux value.

The heat flux tells you directly how much heating power the grill puts out per every square inch. A proper value can be anything between 50 and 100.

Some newer grills are more efficient and can manage to get hot enough with less heating power. These types of units are well-designed to retain the produced heat and this makes them also more fuel-efficient.

Number of Burners

The more burners you have the more control you get over creating different heat zones on the grilling area. If you are going to sear some burgers while cooking some wings on the other side, you need enough control to make it happen.

Having at least 3 burners on the grill makes cooking different items at the same time much easier. You can also turn some of the burners off completely for indirect slow cooking for foods like ribs, briskets, or roasts.

Build Quality and Warranty

It might be worth investing some extra to get a grill that is build with durable and rust-proof materials and a good warranty.

Some of the cheaper models are great for short-term, but might start rusting after a few seasons. Also, it’s nice to notice that one of the burners or the ignition is not working when bring the grill out of the winter storage.

Storage and Transport

Are you going to keep the grill in the same place, or do you need to move it around frequently?

Some grills are quite big and heavy, and it’s not easy to move them.

There are also more portable options that can be moved without too much effort. Some gas grills can also be easily folded. This will be convenient if you are planning to pack the grill in a car and take it with you on a trip. It’s also much easier to put this type of grill to winter storage.

Extra Features

Do you need any kind of special features or just a high-quality basic gas grill?

Here are some features that you might find useful:

  • Side-burner: A side burner can be very useful for cooking side dishes. You can use it to make sauces, boil rice or potatoes, or even fry bacon and eggs. And you can do all this at the same time while grilling.
  • Warming Rack: A separate warming rack is useful for keeping foods warm without burning them. Meanwhile, you can grill other things in hotter temperatures. 
  • Infrared: Having a gas grill with infrared technology allows you to use heat radiation for faster cooking. Infrared grills heat up quickly and achieve a more even heat distribution compared to regular gas grills. Many of the best steak houses use grills with infrared burners.
  • Rotisserie: When you’re cooking whole birds or large pieces of meats a rotisserie can come in handy. It allows you to cook the meat more evenly without burning it and makes basting easier.
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Hi, I’m Joonas!

As soon as I learned to walk, I started to assist my dad and uncles with grilling and smoking. I always loved helping them and later took over the role of the grill master in my family.

My goal is to cook tasty barbecue food, enjoy it with family & friends, and help others do the same!

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