A good grill could easily be one of your most prized possessions. There are few pleasures better than grilling for your family and friends while enjoying chilled drinks on a sunny afternoon.
Gas grills are easy to use, heat up quicker, and create less mess than charcoal grills. But how much should the pleasure of putting together a cookout cost you?
Apparently not a lot – there are some great gas grills for under $300 that cook well and will serve you faithfully for many years to come. We have put together a review of the 5 best gas grills on the market to help you pick out the best option in your budget.
1. Char-Broil 463673519
2. Blackstone 1554 Flat Top Gas Grill
3. Cuisinart CGG-7400
4. MASTER COOK Professional
In first place is the Char-Broil Performance 300 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill which tops the list for its value for money. This grill is very easy to assemble and shouldn’t take more than an hour even for a person with limited DIY experience.
This is an inexpensive gas grill that performs well, is solidly constructed, and doesn’t take up too much space.
- Cooking Area: 300 sq in
- Cooking Temp: 500 Degrees °F
- Warming Rack: 100 sq in
The stainless steel construction is durable, sturdy, and looks good. The unit is also small enough to fit in your deck or patio. You get 300 square-inches of primary cooking area which will easily cook for a medium-sized to a large group. There is an additional 100 square inches warming rack making this a spacious grill.
There is a bottom shelf for your gas tank complete with a door and handle. The side shelves are great for preparing your meals or keeping your cooking utensils handy. The grill is easy to ignite with its electronic push-button igniter, and easy to use and operate.
The main downside of this grill is the unit comes with minimal features. This is hardly a surprise considering that it costs less than $200 but some premium users may be disappointed.
Overall this is an inexpensive gas grill that performs well, is solidly constructed, and doesn’t take up too much space.
- Great value for money
- Good quality build
- Cast iron grates retain and distribute heat evenly
- Few additional features
Blackstone 1554 Flat Top Gas Grill
Great alternative to a full-size grill that brings great flavor to your food.
- Cooking Area: 720 sq in
- Weight: 120 pounds
- BTUs: 60,000
The Blackstone 1554 Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station isn’t exactly a traditional grill with cooking grates but rather a large griddle. We still think it is worthy of a place in this review.
You get 720 square feet of cooking surface which is more than enough to feed a huge party. The versatile griddle will cook your ribs, burgers, bacon, meats, potatoes, and a lot more.
The unit also comes with shelves on either side which is great for preparing your meals and having your cooking accessories within arms reach. There is also a spacious bottom shelf for additional storage.
The main selling point for this griddle is the 4 independently controlled burners. Each burner has an output of 15,000 BTUs offering you a good temperature range to cook different types of food at the same time.
The main downside is you have to keep this unit clean otherwise the griddle top will begin to rust. This is a great alternative to a full-size grill that brings great flavor to your food.
- Great value for money
- Foldable unit is easy to transport
- Griddle becomes more seasoned the more you cook
- The griddle is prone to rust if not cleaned often
Well-built grill that is very affordable keeping in mind that you get 4 independently controlled burners.
- Cooking Area: 443 sq in
- BTU: 44,000
- Weight: 72 Pounds
The Cuisinart CGG-7400 Four-Burner Full Size Gas Grill has 4 burners with 11,000 BTUs each which is a good surprise at this price range. You can control the temperature for each burner independently which gives you full control when cooking different types of food at the same time.
You also get a total of 610 square inches of cooking space which includes the primary cooking area and warming rack. There is enough space on the grill to cook for a large party. There are two side tables on either end of the grill which is great for storing your cooking accessories and sauces and for prepping food before going on the grill.
The ignition is instant and the built-in thermometer is accurate. The heavy cast iron cooking grates cook your food evenly.
There is also a bottle opener on the grill which is a small but thoughtful feature.
The downside of the Cuisinart CGG-7400 is the grill it is made from light gauge steel. The lighter steel is great for reducing the weight of the grill but also means it loses heat quickly when you open the top.
All things considered, this is a well-built grill that is very affordable keeping in mind that you get 4 independently controlled burners.
- Well built grill
- 4 independently controlled burners give you maximum cooking control
- The light-gauge steel construction means grill loses heat quickly
MASTER COOK Professional
Not compatible with natural gas, otherwise, this is an amazing grill for a great price.
- Cooking Area: 312 sq in
- BTU: 32,000
- Burners : 2
The MASTER COOK Professional 2-Burner Gas Grill is the perfect patio companion if you like to grill often. This is a spacious grill with 312 square inches cooking area so you can cook for a large group efficiently.
The two burners operate independently. This allows you to cook at different temperatures or cook with indirect heat by heating one side of the grill and placing your food on the other end.
The heavy-gauge cast-iron grates distribute heat evenly and heat up enough to give your meats a good sear.
There are two side tables on either end of the grill for prepping and a built-in thermometer to check the internal temperature. The spacious bottom cabinet holds your propane tank and cooking accessories.
The only criticism of this MASTER COOK Professional 2-burner grill is it is not compatible with natural gas. Otherwise, this is an amazing grill for the price.
- Great value for money
- Preheats quickly
- Well constructed grill
- Good heat retention
- The grill is not compatible with natural gas
Weber Q2200 Liquid Propane Grill
Small grill that you can fold up and take camping or tailgating without a second thought.
- Cooking Area: 280 sq in
- BTU: 12,000
- Weight: 42.5 Pounds
We start this review with a small portable grill. The Weber Q2200 Liquid Propane Grill is a small grill that you can fold up and take camping or tailgating without a second thought.
280 square inches of cooking space is still enough to cook for a small group or grill a whole chicken. The grill shell is made from cast aluminum making it durable and hardy for traveling with.
The grill has great heat retention while the heavy porcelain-coated cast-iron cooking grates retain heat and distribute heat evenly. The built-in temperature gauge helps you to monitor the internal temperature while the foldable glass-reinforced side tables provide space for your cooking accessories including spices and sauces.
The downside of this Weber Q2200 is it is a little costly for a portable grill. It is also quite heavy at 42 pounds. These flaws are easy to overlook considering this is one of the best built portable grills you will find in its category.
- Small, portable grill is ideal for camping, rental units, and tailgating
- Foldable side tables provide space for sauces and cooking accessories
- Cast iron cooking grates distribute heat evenly
- Solidly built cast aluminum grill is durable
- Heavy grill for the size at 42 pounds
There you have it! You don’t have to worry about getting a grill for under $300. This would be considered the mid-range price for grills and as you can see, there is a good selection to choose from. You can pick from a small tabletop grill, griddle grill, full-size grill, and up to four burners.
All these models mentioned here are great options worthy of a place in your backyard or porch. Remember to keep your grills inside in harsh weather and clean regularly to extend the lifespan of the unit.