For backyard BBQ chefs who want to be able to cook for large groups, the best gas grills under $500 is the way to go.
Here, you’ll find products that offer bigger cooking space. And, they’ll also come with extra features with side burners.
In addition to more grilling space, propane grills at this price range offer better quality. This is found in their build as well as the components used for them.
You’ll see higher quality burners, grates and steel used for the carts.
Our Top Picks: Gas Grills that Offer Value for Your Money
- Weber 46510001 Spirit E310
- Char Broil Performance 650 6-Burner Cabinet Gas Grill
- Char-Broil Signature TRU Infrared 3-Burner Cabinet Gas Grill
- Char-Broil Gas2Coal 3-Burner Gas and Charcoal Grill
- Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 500
- Dyna-Glo Black & Stainless Premium Grills, 5 Burner, Natural Gas
Best Gas Grill under $500 Reviews
Weber Spirit E310
Equipped with high end burners and solid construction, we like the Weber Spirit E310 at this price range. This is a good option for your yard or patio.
It isn’t as big as some of the other Weber grills. Yet it gives you high temperatures quickly. The unit runs on 3 stainless steel burners. Each works individually from the other. This way you can grill different foods at different temperatures at the same time.
What we like most is that it is packed with power. The 3 burners work with 32,000 BTUs which is more than many similar sized gas grills. That lets you cook steaks, chicken and fish on the 424 square inch main grilling space. An additional 105 square inches for warming is also available.
Weber uses what it calls flavorizer bars that fit over the burners. These bars have two functions. One is to protect the burners from drippings. The other is to add flavor. It does the latter by making the drippings quickly evaporate when they touch its high temperature. This produces smoke that adds flavor and aroma to your food.
Overall, we like the Spirit E310 for its high quality. It offers excellent grilling and searing. You get durable, efficient burners. Plus, the heavy cast iron grates that maintain and keep heat even.
Char Broil Performance 650 6-Burner Cabinet Gas Grill
This is our top pick for anyone who needs size. At under $400, this 6 burner propane grill lets you cook a feast for guests and family. It also has a side burner for boiling and sautéing.
The unit offers a large 650 square foot main grilling space. In addition, you get a generous 280 square inches more in the warming rack. The main grates are main with cast iron and coated with porcelain. This lets them resist rust and distribute heat evenly. As a result, you don’t end up with hot and cold spots while grilling.
The unit offers a lot of shelf space. You can put your cooking utensils on the side tables. And other less essential accessories in the cabinet below, alongside the LP tank.
The unit is easy to use, control and clean. It all starts with a one-click ignition button. Then you can control the 6 burners independently from one another. This gives you full control of the temperature.
As you would expect, this isn’t the smallest of grills. It measures 62 inches long by 24.5 inches deep. It also stands 45 inches high. The size does give you the large cooking capacity so it’s definitely worth it. And at under $400, this is a good value pick.
Char-Broil Signature TRU Infrared 3-Burner Cabinet Gas Grill
It’s easy to use. Plus, it gives you high temperatures spread evenly across the entire cooking surface. These are what we like about this 3 burner gas grill from Char-Broil.
The unit uses the brand’s TRU Infrared system. This uses specially made grates that allows the grill to reach high temperatures quickly. Just as importantly, it gives you even grilling as there are no cold or hot spots.
The grates also give you better control over your cooking. At the same time, due to their design, they prevent flare-ups.
The unit itself offers 420 square inches of main grilling space. It also has another 155 square inches thanks to the warming rack.
Besides its cooking ability, we also like its elegant design. The steel exterior make it look nice in the patio or yard. In addition, you get a strong 13,000 BTU side burner and a temperature gauge built-in onto the grill’s lid.
Char-Broil Gas2Coal 3-Burner Gas and Charcoal Grill
If you’re like me, you like options. So why not cook with charcoal one day and propane another?
That’s what the Char-Broil Gas2Coal grill offers.
This cooking appliance is a gas and charcoal grill. It lets you cook either way you want. Plus, it makes it easy to light up and get your charcoal to grilling temperature. No lighter or match needed.
Here’s how it works.
The unit is essentially a 3 burner gas grill. It runs on your standard propane gas tank. You get 420 square inches for primary grilling. And, another 120 square inches for secondary cooking. The unit’s 3 burners run on 40,000 BTUs. An additional 12,000 BTU side burner lets you cook the rest of your meal right on the grill too.
What makes the Gas2Coal unique is you can convert this propane grill to a charcoal grill quickly. This lets you switch between the two cooking methods without spending for 2 grills.
Best of all, you get the convenience and cooking efficiency of gas alongside the delicious flavor charcoal imparts.
To convert the gas grill to its charcoal mode:
- Remove the grates.
- Add the included charcoal tray into the grill.
- Place the charcoal evenly across the tray.
- Push the igniter button to light it up.
- Once you have a fire, close the lid. This gives the charcoal time to heat up.
- Once you get to grilling temperature, open the lid and turn off the burner.
- At this point the charcoal is burning and ready for grilling.
Overall, we like its ability to cook with both gas and charcoal. We also like that it makes getting the charcoal grill ready for grilling simple. Its durable construction and extra accessories make this a nice gas and charcoal combo grill to have at home.