June 23rd is National BBQ Day! Nothing says summer like the smell of barbeque in the air – and nothing is as convenient as a gas-fired grill. Electric grills don’t give you the flame-broiled taste, and charcoal grills are messy. A modern gas grill can be the centerpiece of your backyard party, and a great way to spice up family meals with seared steaks and juicy burgers. Here’s a review of a dozen great grills in the low-to-mid price range.
Note: most grills use Liquid Propane (LP) fuel, which is contained in a separate tank that needs to be refilled. Homes with natural gas heat can use the Natural Gas (NG) conversion kits to connect the grill to the gas line – lower cost than LP, and there are no tanks to refill. Most major grill manufacturers offer an NG conversion kit.
Broil King Sovereign 90 987744 LP – $ 850.00
Pros: includes motorized rotisserie kit; rear burner; lid-covered side burner; lightweight but sturdy stainless-steel construction; 72,000 BTU’s of power; large warming rack;
Broil King Monarch 40 934664 LP – $ 435.00
Pros: cast-iron grate for heat retention & sear marks; lightweight (95 lbs); small and portable;
Char-Broil Commercial 500 463244011 – $ 250.00
Pros: powerful for its size – 50,000 BTU’s; LP or NG fuel; large cooking area – 500 square inches; limited lifetime warranty on burners; cast-iron grates for heat retention; stainless-steel lid.
Ducane Affinity 4100 – $ 529.00
Pros: stainless-steel construction; 2 side shelves; 48,000 BTU total power; 693 square inches of total cooking area; LP or NG fuel options; stainless-steel cooking grate.
Master Forge Split-Lid SH3118B – $ 329.00
Pros: sear burner with separate lid; 49,000 BTU is relatively high power, and 535 square inches of cooking space is plenty for its size & price; LP fuel with NG conversion option.
Napoleon Mirage M485RSIB – $ 1,050.00
Pros: infrared rear & side burners for more versatility; 74,000 BTU’s total, stainless-steel.