Best Gas Grills for $500 or Less

·2 min read

Midpriced grills with nice features and solid performance

By Paul Hope

No backyard barbecue is complete without a grill, of course. The grill is the star of the show—and a great gas grill can turn an ordinary meal into the ultimate summer cookout.

Consumer Reports tests more than 230 gas grill models. In our lab, we wire the surface of each gas grill with heat-resistant thermocouples and do four temperature tests, recording a minimum of 3,240 temperatures on each grill. We also assess how evenly each model heats, and we measure how hot the surface gets at the 10-minute mark because that’s when our data says most folks like to start cooking. And we evaluate the sturdiness of each model, how well a grill maintains moderate heat (its indirect cooking), and how easy each unit is to move.

What we found is that you don’t have to spend a lot to get a gas grill that you’ll enjoy. More good news: You can rely on our ratings to find a great model at a reasonable price.

CR members can read on for reviews of five of the best gas grills for $500 or less, listed in order of Overall Score. You’ll find options from brands such as Even Embers, Permasteel, Weber, and more. If you can afford to spend more, check out our full gas grill ratings. And for smart shopping tips, consult our grill buying guide.

Best Gas Grills for $500 or Less

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