Best Gas Grills Under $500 2018 – Tips & Reviews

Have you ever thought what it's like to have a gas grill that works perfectly for many years?

To sit down by it with your wife, your friends or simply with the entire family and say - "You know what? This grill was my best spent money ever..."

You can stop now, for this is where your search ends - throw away your old grill that doesn't work and replace it with a better model that will give you many years of enjoying the quality of your hamburger, your well done steak or scent and taste of honey ribs.

Take cash with you and exchange it for the best gas grill below 500 dollars.

All I really mean here is that you can buy a good and efficient gas grill for a decent price, and it will serve you for many years.

Instead of buying some cheap supermarket grills that will have to be thrown away in a year or two tops - think about a better solution.

Do you think that the desire to have an efficient grill with the right grilling area and durable construction that can last years is something important?

You don't need complaining about the problem of heating it up to high temperatures, about elements that get rusty after a years since the purchase!?

You will think to yourself - No, that's not me.

Alright.

Maybe you were told that a 100$ gas grill is the best, but at the store you learned that a good and efficient gas grills costs 500$.

After the fourth beer your neighbour convinces you that a good grill costs at least 1000$ and it's only Weber, and on one of the websites you see a super grill for over 1500$...

Sounds familiar?  Let's be honest. Most of these words are rubbish.

There are many different grill models, depending on expectations, you will find something good in every price range.


Best Gas Grills Under $500

Today, let me show you my list of the best gas grills for less than 500 bucks.

I picked a few out of dozens of different models. I looked at the prices, the grilling area, durability of elements ( based on reviews from many users ) and useful features.

That way I chose the grills that maintain the best price / quality ratio.

MODEL

BURNERS

TOP 3 Pick 

Weber Spirit E210 Liquid review

Budget Pick

Weber Spirit E-210

2


Weber Spirit e-310

Best Overall

Weber Spirit E-310

3


Weber Genesis II E-210

Upgrade Pick

Weber Genesis II E-210

2

Competition 

Weber Q3200 Liquid Propane Grill

Portable

Weber Q3200

2


Char-Broil Signature TRU Infrared 3-Burner

Char-Broil Signature TRU Infrared

3


Weber Spirit E310

This gas grill will be the first on my list. Why? The proportion of the price to efficiency, size, grilling area and quality of the elements is the best here.

That's the basic version of this series.

For the start, I picked a bigger grill for you that costs a little below 500 dollars.

424 square inches of the general grilling area plus 105 square inches of a heating rack.

The porcelain enameled iron-cast grates that are easy to clean and prevent food from sticking.

It is equipped with three burners made of stainless steel that heat up the grill to the right temperature very fast.

The electronic Crossover ignition, all you have to do is press a button.

Porcelain-enameled Flavorizer bars - here's something that only the more expensive gas grills have. It's a system that creates smoke and sizzling when juices drop on it out of the food. That way your food will have a much better taste.

The construction is made from an aluminium mold, which makes it resistant to rust. It guarantees that your grill will be a purchase for many years.

It is very easy to assemble, keep clean and use.

The size of this model allows to easily fit it for every patio or backyard. All while maintaining the right general grilling area for as many as 5-6 people.

Weber support - It's one of the best companies that manufacture grills, so you can be sure of the quality and servicing.

I left the best for the last - the warranty. You should know that Weber gives a 10 year warranty for this model ( particular elements get 5 years ). It means that it's a purchase worth its money, that will easily last you for at least 10 years.

PROS

  • Long warranty
  • 3 burners
  • Advanced Features

CONS

Over 90% of user reviews are positive, which is another proof that it's a very well made gas grill.

At this price it will certainly be the best choice.


Weber Spirit E210 Liquid

Another gas grill from Weber Spirit. This time it's the E210 model. Why am I suggesting it?

It's the basic model, without any extra features. Why would you need different gadgets that you use once in a blue moon if ever. Instead, you can buy a well-built and thought-out grill for a good price. It's a little more expensive than other grills that have the same features. Here, however, you pay for very good quality and appearance.

This gas grill costs much below 500 dollars. I can honestly say that it's one of the best grill available on the market ( at least for its price ).

The price is super attractive considering the quality and efficiency.

It has Flavorizer bars. This system, upon a contact with food juices, smokes and sizzles, adding flavor to your meals. Whatever doesn't evaporate into smoke goes into the fat management system. Then everything drips down to the fat tray and to the pot. Everything is easy to clean, the tray is easy to remove.

It is equipped with two burners ( made of stainless steel ). It is completely enought for a gas grill with 360 square inches of the main grilling area plus 90 square inches of the heating rack.

The control dials allow for a very wide control of temperature.

Porcelain-enameled lid - prevents rusting, fading and peeling under temperature.

Two spinning wheels in the back and two blockable wheel in the front.

Cast-iron grates with enameled porcelain - great at holding the heat.

The gas chamber was made from an aluminium mold. It guarantees great durability for many years.

It has a gas meter, you will easily evaluate when the tank has to be replaced with a new one.

Very easy to assemble, the intruction is great, perfectly describes what to do step by step.

At this price or a slightly lower one you'll find many different gas grills. But you won't find one this good anywhere, take a look at the user reviews. They speak for themselves, it's better to add some extra money and buy something better for many years than always replace a cheap grill.

The grilling area for this price is pretty small, but it's perfectly enough for 2-4 people.

PROS

  • Price
  • Quality construction
  • Features

CONS

  • Small grilling space

This gas grill appearance is nice for the eye. Simple, very-well made and relatively cheap gas grill. I can honestly recommend it to you.


Weber Q3200 Liquid Propane Grill

A little different type and style of gas grills. It's not a traditional portable grill, it's not a typical stationary grill either - it's the middle ground between those two categories.

It is definitely not a picnic type grill that the Q Weber series got us used to. However, it works great as a compact gas grill for a patio or balcony. It has foldable side shelves that make it more mobile.

It's good for people who live in urban areas.

Two stainless steel burners are there to heat up whole 393 square inches of grilling area. Considering the size of this grill and its mobility, it's a very big area. It is completely enough for about 4 people.

The electronic ignition that fires up the gas grill fast. It heats up fast. It holds heat very well, you will prepare great well-made food.

Porcelain enameled cast-iron grates.

It has a fat tray that you can remove to clean or replace with a new one.

The body and the lid were made of aluminium - which mean durability and resistance to corrosion.

People complain about a large number of parts, but in spite of that, the grill is very easy to assemble.

One downside here is poor protection on the front panel, other than that the rest of elements are high quality.

Another downside might be the price, for this kind of money you can get a gas grills with better options.

PROS

  • Highly efficient
  • Portable & Stationary combination
  • Enough grilling space
  • Lightweight

CONS

  • Lack of extra features for this price
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    Poor quality elements on the front panel

One has to remember, however, that it's a combination of a stationary and portable grill. That way, a model was created that is perfect for the urban landscape and small interiors.

Despite its medium size it is mobile and doesn't take much space. One can store it on the balcony, for example.


Weber Genesis II E-210

It's a higher level of the version spirit E-210 that I have already described earlier. It fits perfectly under the price threshold.  Here you will find many interesting systems and useful gadgets.

It's a version for people with a thicker wallet. Despite that, it's a good idea to invest money in this model if you want to have a gas grill that can last for years and has interesting features.

I think that the appearance of this grill is phenomenal. It's medium sized, but thanks to its advantages it's perfect for about 4 people.

This model has an already very valued The GS4 Grilling System. It covers two stainless steel burners with a porcelain enameled Flavorizer bars.

A new fat management system was introduced, it allows to reduce the risk of flames bursting and makes fat removal easier.

The gas grill contains Porcelain-Enameled, Cast Iron Cooking Grates - the grilling area is 380 square inches. Plus a heated rack that has 114 square inches ( You can fold it if you only intend to use the main area ).

The construction is open, for some people it could be closed with a door. But I think that it looks better open. Under the grill you will find place for the fat collecting tray, as you can see it's easy to remove for cleaning or replacement. Below you'll find place for your tools.

What makes this grill stand out among others is an external placement of the gas tank. It has its advantages and disadvantages. It's definitely much easier and faster to hook a new tank to your grill from the outside. You don't have to worry about a difficult access to a tank inside of a compartment. All you have to do is hang the bottle on the brackets on the left side of the grill. That way you get much more space for accessories under the grill.

The foldable side shelves provide a lot of space for preparing food. They also have integrated hooks for your accessories.

iGrill3 ready - the charm of more expensive gas grills, extra gadgets. A very useful application, it displays the fuel level in the tank and temperature in real time on your telephone's screen. You can control grilling while being somewhere else on your phone. All you have to do is download the application and connect with the phone using Bluetooth.

For a better food control, though, I recommend using a digital meat thermometer with an instant readout.

It's a pretty expensive grill, but it's undoubtly worth every cent. High quality elements, very well though-out and built, great appearance and latest systems that improve the taste of your food.

PROS

  • A lot of features like GS4 Grilling System
  • High Quality - amazing style
  • iGrill3 re​​​​ady
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    external placement of the gas tank

CONS

  • Price
  • Small grilling space for the money

If you have a little more money, I recommend buying this gas grill. The entire construction was very well thought-out. It is efficient for its size. Due to the quality of elements it is definitely a grill for many many years.

Weber is a brand with over 30 years of experience, it's one of the best brand in the world of gas grills, I think they can be trusted with this kind of experience.


Char-Broil Signature TRU Infrared 3-Burner

The last suggestion, which differs significantly from the ones I already wrote about - an infrared gas grill. It is relatively expensive, but the reviews and the cooking area allow to place this model on the last place among my suggestions.

The main grilling area is 420 square inches. Add to that the heated rack, which has an area of 155 square inches.

Three burners with stainless steel pipes. An electronic ignition system - Surefire.

Big side shelves ( made of stainless steel ), one of which has a burner under the lid.

What are the characteristics of the TRU Infrared technology? It heats up much faster and more evenly, you'll avoid places on the grate that are cold or too hot.

In the TRU-Infrared technology, the grates make a barrier between the food and flames, that way you avoid flare-ups.

Cast-iron grates coated with porcelain

PROS

  • Innovative TRU Infrared technology
  • 3 burners
  • Big grilling space

CONS

  • Lack of interesting features.
  • Price vs quality, features & competition

The construction is simple and beautiful. Behind the big stainless steel dor you will find a place for tanks and other grilling accessories. Of course, the gas grill has four wheels that make it mobile.

As you can see, you can buy very good gas grills for less than $500. Most of those models that I wrote about will serve you for many years. If you're looking for cheaper or more expensive models, you need to check out my other reviews.

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