2020’S Best Gas Grills: Top 5 Picks (Natural Gas & Propane Grills Included)

You would often find large natural gas connected grills or griddles being used outdoors in many commercial BBQ establishments.

It wasn’t until the 1950s that the domestic outdoor gas grill was invented by Don MacLaughlin, owner of the Chicago Combustion Corporation

Better known as the Lazyman grills, they adapted the gas open broiler design of commercial establishments to create a more portable unit. These gas grills were also the first to use the 20-pound propane cylinders, previously used exclusively by plumbers as a source of fuel.

Recent statistics suggest that over 60 percent of the backyard grills in the US are now gas-powered grills.

They range from smaller portable designs using propane cylinders, to full size grilling ranges plumbed into the natural gas supply.

Used with a metal smoker box, they can even give an extra smoky flavor to grilled meats or be used as smoker.

Best Overall / Best Propane Gas Grill: Weber Spirit II E-210 Outdoor Gas Grill

This is the smallest model in the Weber Spirit line and uses two stainless steel burners, with a total output of 26,500 BTU.

Despite the more compact design, the E-210 features a primary cooking area of 360 square inches with a 90 square-inch warming shelf.

With enough space to grill a meal for a family of four, you could even fit about 18 hamburger patties on if you are throwing a party.

Measuring just 48 inches wide, with a depth of 26 inches, this grill will fit even the most compact of patios. It features the solid construction you would expect from Weber. The model we looked at runs on propane, but a natural gas model is available too.

Benefits

The Spirit range was one of the first to use the patented GS4 grilling system, developed from over 30 years of grilling experience. This innovative system consists of four unique key elements:

  • Infinity ignition which is guaranteed to light first time every time, backed with a 10-year warranty
  • Burner tubes which ensure a constant gas flow across the entire surface of the cooking grate, for more evenly cooked food
  • Flavorizer bars to add that BBQ smoky flavor you often miss with a gas grill. These classic Weber bars are angled so any drippings or juices they catch will sizzle and smoke
  • A grease management system helps to reduce potential flare-ups by the more efficient removal of grease. A disposable drip tray is located under the cookbox; this can simply be removed and replaced as needed

Well-designed cooking grates retain more heat, allow for a decent heat transfer, and leave those grill marks you desire on your meats. Being porcelain coated, they are also wear- and food-resistant, in addition to being easier to wipe down.

Drawbacks

Although it does have folding out shelves for storage, the E-210 doesn’t feature the side burner of larger gas grills.

Being a basic grill, it lacks many of the advanced technologies of newer grills, with an old-fashioned metal analogue thermometer in the hood.

Additionally, rather than use the higher quality stainless steel of the Genesis models, Weber have chosen enamelled steel for the body. It may look smart, but won’t be as durable in the long run.

Extra Features

  • Easy to assemble with a detailed manual included.
  • Compatible with Weber iGrill 3, an app-connected digital thermometer.
  • Available in a choice of striking colors—crimson, navy, smoke or glossy black.

Buying Advice

If space is limited and you are looking for a smaller gas grill which will still give good results, you will find the Weber Spirit II E-210 hard to beat. With years of experience in the grill market, Weber products are renowned for their quality of grilling.

However, for a basic grill, the Spirit II E-210 is more expensive than most of its competitors at this size. Call it the Weber tax, but you do get one of the best grills you can buy and that generous 10-year warranty from Weber.

Best Under $300: Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D 3 Burner Gas Grill

The Dyna-Glo 3 burner grill is another compact and basic grill with a smaller footprint.

This grill features three professional-grade burners with 12,000 BTU each, giving a combined impressive 36,000 BTU.

The total cooking area consists of 390 square inches of primary grilling space plus an additional 117 square inches of warming shelf.

Benefits

With the three tubular burners, this budget-priced grill from Dyna-Glo heats up very quickly. The iron cooking grates retain the heat well and ensure it is evenly spread across the cooking surface.

Aluminum tents over the burners act as the Dyna-Glo “flavorizer” bars and catch drippings or juice from the meat to turn into vapor. This also adds to the cleaning of this grill, as drippings are collected in a tray.

A double-lined lid uses steel on the exterior and aluminized steel inside for better heat retention. It also features a center-mounted analog thermometer.

Drawbacks

This grill is ideal if you only want to cook the occasional hot dogs or burgers outdoors. However, if you want to cook more substantial feasts, the lack of space and lower temperatures won’t help.

The grill doesn’t tend to reach the high temperatures needed for a quality searing of meats. Another issue at this price is the lower quality materials used. 

It may look very solid, but closer examination shows the firebox to made of steel, which will rust faster than more expensive grills. The steel tents used over the burners have also been reported to need replacing within a year, due to rust.

Similarly, the storage cupboard uses stainless steel double-walled doors but can feel flimsy, with the panels not aligning well.

It certainly doesn’t feature the build quality of the Weber, with the one-year warranty falling short too. However, it is also a couple of hundred bucks cheaper.

Extra Features

  • Fold-down steel shelves can support up to 25 pounds, and feature integrated hooks and towel bars.
  • Electronic ignition system, with each burner having its own spark.
  • Available as a natural gas model.

Buying Advice

If you are looking for a simple grill which offers good value in a compact package, the Smart Space Living 3 Burner gas grill ticks all those boxes.

It will get the job done and enable you to cook grilled food outdoors at just the click of the electronic ignition button.

However, remember at just over 200 bucks, the best quality materials haven’t always been used. Lower cost and less durable steel will rust much quicker and you may need to replace parts more frequently.

Basically, you’re getting a lot of grill for your buck, just don’t expect it to last as long as more expensive gas grills.

Best Under $200: Cuisinart CGG-200 Tabletop Gas Grill

This tabletop grill has a large 240 square-inch grilling area, thanks to a grate that goes edge to edge.

At nearly 28 inches wide, it will easily sit on your tabletop but you will definitely need two hands to carry it.

And at 35 pounds, an extra pair of hands would come in handy.

It’s not as portable as other tabletop grills.

A single 12,000 BTU burner loop sits under the cast iron grate, which quickly heats up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, in just 10 minutes.

A great looking grill, it is made almost entirely from stainless steel, with a double wall construction for better insulation. 

The Cuisinart CGG-200 is designed to be used with disposable 14- and 16-pound propane cylinders. You can also get a hose adapter which allows it to be used with a 20-pound refillable propane tank.

Benefits

The simple twist to ignite and temperature control dial is easy to use, even one-handed. Starting up instantly, the grill quickly comes to temperature, especially with the lid down, often hitting up to 500 degrees or more.

A large temperature gauge on the lid makes it easy to keep an eye on the cooking temperature.

One of the standout features of this grill is the versatile modular grill system, which uses interchangeable grill plates.

Both sides of the plates can be used for grilling: one side for those grill lines on your meat and the other for more fragile foods, like fish or seafood. An additional tray is included for cooking vegetables, pizza or other delicate foods.

Drawbacks

Although the outside of this unit is made of quality stainless steel, some inner parts and plates are made from cheaper steel.

These can be prone to rust, especially in more humid climates. It’s always advisable to ensure your grill is properly cleaned with a quick spray of vegetable oil, which helps to stop the rust.

The tabletop design with double insulation is great at hitting high temperatures quickly, but in winter weather it can take longer. Cold air flowing all around the surfaces of the unit can significantly reduce the loop burner’s heating abilities.

Extra Features

  • Folding side tables for easy storage of utensils or cooking plates.
  • Enamel-coated cast iron grates and a removable drip tray for easy cleanup.
  • Stainless steel handles at either side for easier carrying.

Buying Guide

The Cuisinart CGG-200 tabletop gas grill is the ideal gas grill for those who want something more compact for their patio or balcony. For tailgate enthusiasts or RVers, it’s something they could transport securely in the trunk of the car.

A single burner with 12,000 BTU may not sound a lot, but in practice, this grill was found to heat up very quickly. And the cast iron grates along with double-insulated lid makes sure it stays hot too.

For under $200 you are getting a very capable grill with enough space to easily cook for a family of four. Just make sure you clean it thoroughly after every use to extend its lifetime.

Best Natural Gas Grill: Weber 67010001 Genesis II Natural Gas Grill

This natural gas grill from Weber features a huge cooking area, ideal for outdoor chefs who love to grill for larger groups.

The 646 square inches of primary cooking space is accompanied by a further 198 square-inch warming rack.

Introduced by Weber in 2017, the Genesis range of grills uses the GS4 high performance grilling system. 

Four advanced burners offer a total of 48,000 BTU per hour, working out at a competent 74 BTU per square inch.

At just over five-foot long, this grill is designed to be the mainstay of your backyard and, as such, is ideal for natural gas. A propane gas version is also available if you don’t have a natural gas supply available.

Benefits

Weber grills are well known for their quality construction and the Genesis II range is no exception. Weighing over 189 pounds, the body