Shopping for a gas grill can sometimes be overwhelming, especially if you don’t exactly know what you are looking for and if you are on a tight budget. Most gas grills have different features and capabilities and these can make or break your grilling experience. That’s why it is important to do your research before you go out and buy one. By doing so, not only will you be reducing the amount of time you will be spending looking for the right gas grill, but you will also be ensuring you get the right one for your needs. Seeing as this can be a very common situation, we’ve decided to help you out. In this article, we will list the three best gas grills under $500. Hopefully one of these grills will suit your needs.
Weber Spirit E310
It is no surprise that Weber heads this list. Weber is really known for their budget grills. The Weber Spirit E310 is no exemption. This three-burner gas grill is everything you will ever need. It is designed to provide easy and excellent grilling experience. Its performance can rival more expensive gas grills on the market today. It offers 424 square inches of primary cooking space. That means you will have plenty of room to cook for a lot of people. Another thing that is unique about the Weber Spirit E310 is its three burners can reach up to 700 degrees in around 5 minutes. You seldom find this capability in other grills in this price range.
This gas grill also features porcelain- enameled cast iron cooking grates and warmer that will guarantee even cooking across the entire cooking space. As we mentioned above, this grill is top on the list because it helps improve the grilling experience. This grill does that with the help of the flavorizer bars and the grease management system. The flavorizer bars help ensure that the meat you are grilling will retain its flavor by catching the juices from your food and sizzling to further smoke and flavor the meat. Whatever juices that the bars missed will then be gathered in the grease management system. This then helps ensure you can easily clean the grill afterwards. So as you can see, you get an abundance of features and consistency in performance with the Spirit E310 for under $500. That’s a pretty sweet deal.
Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 490
Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 480 is next on our list. This grill might sound complicated (seeing as it has very long name), but believe us when we say that that can’t be farther from the truth. Don’t let the long name confuse you, this gas grill is very user friendly. In fact, most grill enthusiasts consider this a jack-of-all-trades. To be called that means that this grill will do what it says it does. It offers 480 square inches of cooking space, three main burners, plus one side burner. The 480 square inch cooking space should be enough to cater a small to medium sized party.
The TRU in the name means “TRU infrared” cooking system. This means that the radiant heat from the infrared technology will allow you to keep adding wood chips directly to the cooking grates for more flavorful grilling and smoking. This is a feature that you really can’t do with grills that use traditional convection cooking. If this grill had the flavorizer bars features that the Spirit E310 has, it would probably be on the top of the list. That’s how good this gas grill is. Not to mention that it is considerably cheaper than the Weber Spirit E310.
Rounding up our top 3 is the Dyna-Glo DGE. This gas grill is huge for its price. When we say huge, we mean HUGE! No other grill in this price range has more cooking space than the Dyna-Glo DGE. It boasts of a total of 708 square inch of cooking space. That’s a lot. And with that amount of space, you will need powerful burners to ensure that whatever your grilling will be cooked properly. It has five main burners and one side burner that totals to 62000 BTU. For a grill on this price range, that’s plenty of power.
Although those two feature are what makes this gas grill undeniably good, it also has other things to offer. Its heat tents, warming rack, side shelves and cooking grates or all made of high grade stainless steel. Plus, it has a hood mounted thermometer that takes pretty accurate reading. What is also evident with the Dyna-Glo DGE is its build quality. You can tell just by looking at it that it will last for a long time (provided you do take care of it). As you can see, the sheer power and size of this grill is what propelled it to the third spot in this list. With this gas grill, you can host a decent number of people during barbecue Sundays.
For people who are on a budget, getting any of these three gas grills will be a great move. As you can see, each gas grill has its own special feature to offer. We’ve also considered the overall value that it brings to the table. For us, what makes a gas grill great is consistency and uniqueness. If it has something else that it can bring to the table that no other gas grill can do, then it is great choice. Hopefully, after reading this article, you can now decide which one is for you.