Grilling outdoors does not have to be an investment, nor does it have to be difficult. There are many well built, quality grills in the sub 500 market that can give great results and deliver great tasting grilled food.
These gas grills offer affordable alternatives to the larger more complicated models that are in fact grilling stations. Creating delicious food cooked over an open flame should not require robbing a bank or slaving over a large grilling station. Many people enjoy the simple pleasures involved in the grills presented here.
While there is a benefit to using charcoal, the same benefit can be a detriment to the health conscious. Charcoal burns with incomplete combustion, thus allowing the combustion products to deposit on the food. Normally, in the case of all natural, lump charcoal, this is intended and adds flavor. However with charcoal briquettes this can mean that chemicals in the charcoal are deposited on the food as well. With gas, this is not a concern as gas burns completely and clean.
To compensate and add the same flavor, many add wood chips to the gas grill and thus gaining the advantages of both gas and the flavor of charcoal. Another advantage to using gas is the quick lighting. This means there is less waiting for the grill to get hot and the coals to get read before starting cooking. When this is coupled with the fact that gas burns cleaner and therefore the grill is easier to clean, it clearly illustrates why gas is a preferred choice among many outdoor chefs. With all of this in mind, presented here are five great gas grills in the sub 500 market that give great results.
Best Infrared Gas Grill for the Money
This compact grill is great for bistros or small apartments. The Char-Broil Model #14601997-DI Gas Grill has over 300 square inches of cooking space and uses infrared cooking technology to eliminate hot and cold spots in the food and seal in juices for tender meats.
The ignition system is built into the control knob for a wider range of temperatures and this grill uses less gas per hour than comparable models. Again, this grill is great for apartment living.
Best Liquid Propane Gas Grill
Weber is a leading manufacturer of grills and grilling accessories and the Weber Model #46110001 Gas Grill is a great, two burner grilling system. It has push button ignition and utilizes porcelain coated, cast iron grills for excellent heat distribution.
It has two side shelves and the lower deck is fully enclosed with two cabinet style doors. This grill offers over 300 square inches of cooking space including flavor bars/racks. This is a great backyard grill for any home.
Best 4-Burner Gas Grill to Buy
The Char-Broil Classic Model #480 is a classic style, gas grilling station with over 480 square inches of cooking space. The four main burners produce 40,000 BTU of heat and the side/sear burner produces an additional 10,000 BTUs of heat. All burners are independently controlled and electrically ignited.
The top lid is stainless steel and the grates are porcelain coated, cast iron for excellent heat distribution. The cart has an extra side shelf and the lower cart has two wheels for mobility. This is a great sub 500 grilling station that would be at home in any setting.
Best Propane Gas Grill on the Market
This grill is also a classic style, gas grilling station but has over 700 square inches of cooking space for five main burners. The Dyna-Glo Model DGE Gas Grilling Station burners are commercial grade burners with over 60,000 BTUs. The side/sear burner adds an additional 12,000 BTUs for warming or searing. Each burner is independently controlled and offers a wide range of temperatures. The grates are high grade stainless steel and each burner has heat tents and caps for perfect heat distribution.
The lower cart is fully enclosed with two cabinet style doors and there is a secondary side shelf for more storage. Overall, an excellent gas grilling station for the home and will handle even large events.
Best Gas Grill Carbon Steel
This unique design grill is an award winning design by a former chief designer for Apple. The FUEGO Model #FELG21C Award Winning Grill uses an extremely high efficient dual class burner to produce a temperature range of 200 degrees to 700 degrees with a 0-500 degree in less than 5 minutes. It has over 300 square inches of cooking space and the efficient design allows for over 20 hours on a full propane tank.
It is a fully enclosed system with an easy to clean tray and it has anti tilt lockable casters and it is electrically ignited. This grill is a technological innovation in grilling and produces excellent results.
To help maintain the longevity of the grill it is best to read and follow all safety and cleaning instructions. Never operate a grill on an uneven surface as tipping could result and never allow flammable material within five feet of a hot or cooling grill. To protect the grill from the elements it is best to cover the grill when not in use.