Equipment Review: Best Gas Grills Under $500 & Our Testing Winner

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We tested six gas grills priced under $500 to find the best grill:
Weber Spirit E-310 Gas Grill
Char-Broil Commercial Series 4-Burner Gas Grill
Dyna-Glo 5-Burner Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner and Rotisserie Burner
Nexgrill 4 Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
Broil King Baron 440
KitchenAid 3 Burner Gas Grill & Side Burner

It doesn’t matter how powerful a grill is. If it can’t distribute and hold the heat where you want it, your food will suffer.

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– Extra flame tamer bars between burners to help spread out heat
– Cast-iron grates, which transfer heat best
– Well-built cookbox with tight-sealing lid and few vents
– Lid that shuts tightly to retain heat and opens wide so smoke isn’t directed toward your face
– Large-capacity cooking grate so food is not crowded
– Sturdy construction


BURNERS: Gas grills heat via perforated tubes called burners that emit flames when ignited. Grills are described by their number of burners, though we found that this did not correlate with performance or capacity.

GRATES: The grill grates are made of either cast iron or stainless steel.

SIZE OF MAIN COOKING GRATE AND HEAT OUTPUT: Manufacturers typically list the combined total square inches, including warming racks and side burners. More usefully, we list the dimensions of the main cooking grate and how many 4-inch burgers each can fit. Similarly, we only list the BTU (British Thermal Units—a measure of heat output per hour) numbers of the main burner.

FEATURES: Some grills offer more extra features than others.

GRILLING: We grilled hamburgers and steaks over direct heat, looking for distinct grill marks, well-browned crusts, and moist interiors. We mapped the heat pattern of each grill by covering its preheated surface with white bread slices and examining the toast.

INDIRECT COOKING: We prepared pulled pork, keeping the grill at 300 degrees for more than 4 hours. Thermocouples confirmed whether lid thermometers were accurate. We rated the pork on smoky flavor and tender, moist texture.

DESIGN: Grills received higher marks if their designs made it easier to set them up and cook.

DURABILITY: Models that were hard to roll; lost wheels, doors, or other parts; or showed greater wear and tear received lower scores.

CLEANUP: We rated whether grates were easy to scrub clean and whether grills had secure, large grease trays and catch pans that were easy to reach.

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norm lor says:

thanks so much for this video I love Webber grills but never owned a really good quality one and now I can but I live in Canada and while YOUR grills are under $500 mine maybe 6-700$

MrTrojis says:

When I looked up best grill this wasn’t my intention

Nesto says:

Awesome review! I love that you used a scientific process and seemed to come to an unbiased conclusion. Thank you for the information.

Westly Lewis says:

Terrific review!!! Thank you so much!!

Huadong Feng says:

GO WEBER!!! I have 4 grills from weber now and I love every single one of them!!! The quality is just ridiculous!!! Solid and don’t rust!

Hyperian says:

taste the meat, not the heat

Martin Topp says:

An absolutely brilliant Video. I learned so much! I’m going to try the bread trick. I think my BBQ has too many vents; I’m going to check that also. Keep up the good work.
It is really appreciated down here in NZ.

Reggie R2 says:

1 yr later the weber is still 500.


What about Napoleon Grills? Have you tested those? Those seem to be well made and give weber a run for their money, I have noticed that weber grills have been feeling flimsy and cheap, this is why I have stay away from them lately. I am looking for a grill that will last me a good 10-20 years, of course I will have to change some parts, but I just want something durable. Just not a weber.

SoundsRight says:

shocker, WEBER #1

Cricket101382 says:

If I’m going to pay top dollar on a steak I most certainly am not going to be cooking it on a gas grill. As a matter of fact I wouldn’t cook anything on a gas grill. I’m not a fan of the flavor of gas. Still, a good review though.

Quentin 33 says:

are Dyna-Glo good bbq’s?

전희재 says:

Kato Megumi is best grill

Spanish Blog says:

This exact same model in Spain will cost you 848.053749 USD converted euro to dollar as of today 11/04/2017. Amazing how much gets put on top as profit lol.

danielsoutdooradventures says:

Best grill under 500 dollars is a weber charcoal kettle grill,trust me you want charcoal,propane grills are nothing but a glorified outdoor stove

MBisFrenchy says:

I have the two burner version and it’s horrible maybe the three burner is better. It’s a real pain to install the tank on the measuring device and the grill is slow to heat and doesn’t cook evenly or well.

_M60 _ says:

Sponcered by : Weber. TM

Fez A says:

Excellent, informative review. Thank you ATK

Frank K says:

The only thing to come of this is that Weber is their top choice. But why not outright say which one to avoid and why? It screams that this is a paid advertisement for Weber.

Bruce Klein says:

Best explanation of how grills should work and what makes a good grill.Thank you.

Dan LaChappelle says:

so happy to see the winner is the grill I just purchased at target, assembled and season end mark down $349.00 happy camper
second Weber over many many years they do last!

Jack Tran says:

Can you do a $500+ gas grill test?

discoveryman59 says:

It looked like to added the bread to a hot grill so the bread you added first is going to burn and the last bread will be hardly cooked.

Eddie 777 says:

I love these review, high quality

ntkn says:

“under $500”
“$499 price tag”

lol classic. just get a pellet grill for cheaper than that trash.

5lowethechamp says:

Hummm foil foil foil

Mason Rasmanson says:

So professional

markerr09 says:

Definitely sponsored by Weber. Pretty obvious…

Bruce Solomon says:

Have you ever tested any grills from Napoleon?

Ray O says:

Wow.. I came to the right place. Thank you !

Glenn Z says:

Just a tip — spend the extra money for a Weber Genesis. Made in the USA, you can count on good service for 20 years, or more. The Spirit models are Weber’s budget models, made in China. I have multiple Weber grills. The oldest I bought in 1995. Weber’s customer service is second to none. I can still get parts for my 22-year-old Weber grill.

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