Perfect Outdoor Gas Grills For Spring Season Parties
There is no denying that outdoor grill parties are a great way to socialize, have fun and at the same time, enjoy some freshly grilled foods during this beautiful spring season.
While some tout charcoal as the best for grilling, it is not always suitable; particularly because of the long wait time as well as the clean-up process after.
Outdoor gas grills, on the other hand, offer a more convenient way of grilling food without the long wait time and the daunting clean-up tasks associated with charcoal grills.
When buying an outdoor gas grill, individuals should consider some factors such as the size of the grill and the price of the grill. However, it is important to note that while prize and size are important factors, they do not always present a real image of the grill.
As a matter of fact, some small grills are better than big grills while some of the less expensive grills are better than some of, the higher priced grills. That aside, here are 5 of the best outdoor grills on the market;
1. Weber Genesis E-310 ($955)
Weber has built a reputation for producing some of the best outdoor grills in the market. The E-310, without a doubt, ranks among the best of these. It has some notable features;
- It is capable of producing 38,000 BTU per hour.
- A total capacity of 637 square inches of cooking space. This includes a 507 square inch primary cooking area and a 130 square inch warming rack.
- A control panel mounted at the front, with three stainless-steel burners and even an individual electronic ignition system.
- A cook box made of aluminum makes it durable, efficient, easy to care and maintain and able to withstand high temperatures. The cook box houses the cooking grates, burner tubes, flavored bars as well as the grease management system.
- Casters that make it more mobile.
- A fuel gauge to track usage.
- Ten-year warranty on the stainless steel burners and two years for all other parts
The grill also retains heat quite well ensuring that less fuel consumption in maintaining high temperatures. Heat retention increases by the porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates.
In addition to that, the favorite bars and the grease management system make it easier to clean the grill after use. However, the E-310 does not have a side burner.
2. Napoleon Mirage LEX485RSIBPSS Propane ($999)
Anyone looking for a high-tech outdoor grill must consider the Napoleon Mirage. The most notable features of this grill include;
- An output of 74,000 BTU per hour
- Five burners. These include three stainless steel burners with each having an individually backlit control knob. The fourth is a ceramic infrared rear burner that is quite useful for rotisserie cooking while the 5th is an infrared side burner that is used for high heat searing.
- A cooking area that is 815 square inches. It can fit a total of 24 burgers measuring 4 inches each.
- Flexibility in that it can use either propane gas or natural gas as a fuel.
- A hood that helps prevent heat loss
- A lifetime warranty for the burners and a five-year warranty for other parts.
A big advantage of the Mirage as an outdoor grill is the JETFIRE ignition system which makes it easier for users to start the grill quick. As a result, this grill can reach up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit in just under 4 minutes. Secondly, the grill’s I-GLOW Backlit technology makes it easier to use the grill at night.
According to the manufacturers, the LED bulbs used in lighting the knobs can last for over 30,000 hours.
3. Broil King Baron 440 ($603.18)
The most affordable of the top 3 outdoor grills, the Baron 440 features;
- The main burner output of 40,000 BTU
- Four stainless steel dual tube burners
- A side burner with an output of 10,000 BTU
- A total cooking area of 644 square inches. The primary cooking surface is 444 square inches.
- Heavy duty cast iron grids
- Linear-Flow valves with 180 deg. sense-touch control
- Stainless steel Flav-R.Wave cooking system
- Can use either propane gas or natural gas
- Lifetime Warranty on the cast aluminum parts, ten years warranty on the Dual-Tube burner system and two years warranty on the other remaining parts.
The biggest advantage of this grill is its ability to cook the meat evenly and thoroughly regardless of where the meat is placed on the grill.
Despite this, the grill is relatively slow when it comes to heating up taking up to 11 minutes to get to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Another disadvantage of this grill is the relatively small grilling space which makes it hard to entertain large crowds.
4. Weber Spirit E-330 ($599)
The Weber E-330 features three stainless steel burners with a total output of 32,000 per hour as well as a side burner with an output of 10,000 BTU and a sear station with an output of 7,500 BTU.
The primary cooking area is 424 square inches while the warming rack area is 105 square inches. The porcelain enameled, cast iron cooking grates retain heat quite impressively and as a result, food cooks evenly across the surface.
The grill also has casters that enhance mobility; the front wheels are lockable which makes it easier to keep the grill in place when cooking.
In addition to that, the Weber E-330 has a removable grease tray which effectively makes it easier to clean up. There is a ten-year warranty on the porcelain-enameled lid and burner tubes while the grates and Flavorizer bar have a five-year warranty.
Although the grill has a built in thermometer, there are instances when the temperature gauge gives the wrong readings.
5. Dyna-Glo 3- Burner ($215.64)
When it comes to low-cost outdoor grills, Dyna-Glo is one of the leading brands. Although it is quite basic regarding what it has to offer, it still ranks among the best particularly because of its affordability and its suitability for use in small spaces. The grill features;
- Three stainless steel burners, each with a capacity of 12,000 BTU (total of 36,000 BTU).
- Electronic ignition that ensures a quick start up. As a matter of fact, this grill heats to 500 degrees Fahrenheit in less than 4 minutes.
- Porcelain-coated cast-iron grates that enhance heat retention.
- Fold down side tables
- Total cooking area of 507 square inches with a primary grilling area of 390 square inches.
- Six hooks on the side table to hang tools and accessories.
- Five-year warranty for the burner and one year warranty for the other parts.
Downsides to this outdoor grill include the small grilling space and the difficulty in cleaning the cooking grates.