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Finding a great gas grill for less than $300 doesn’t have to be difficult. There are lots of options available in the market today. You can get the gas grill you want if you’re willing to take a little time to read our product descriptions, their pros, cons, and buying guide.  We are here for you to help with that.

After looking at out reviews of gas grills under $300 and you will get a better view of which one you should choose and why.

These are our top 5 favorite grills that can be bought for $300 or under. We’ve gone out and looked at these grills, poked around under the hood and kicked the tires to see how they stack up to one another.  So, here’s our list.

Comparison Table – Our Favorite Picks

Model
Price
Cooking Area
Ratings
Weber Q-1200


(Top Pick)


Check Price


189 in²


4.9/5
Weber Q2200




Check Price


280 in²


4.7/5
Char-Broil Performance


(Best Value for Money)


Check Price


300 in²


4.6/5
Char-Griller E3001




Check Price


192 in²


4.3/5
Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D




Check Price


507 in²


4.0/5

Best Gas Grills Under $300 – Honest Reviews


1. Weber Q-1200 LP Gas Grill

Weber Q-1200

This is a tabletop propane gas grill is our top pick for under $300 that comes fully assembled out of the box so you don’t have to do anything except start grilling.  It’s got a stainless steel burner that delivers 8500 BTU to a 189 square-inch grill that can hold up to eight hamburgers.  It uses disposable 14 or16-ounce liquid propane cylinders, or you can get an adapter to hook it up to a full-size propane tank.

The one we looked at is green, but it’s also available in fuchsia, black, blue, orange, purple, red, and titanium.  They have a color for everyone.  The folding side shelves are always black though.

You can use it on the table or get stand for it.  It has a push-button starter to ignite the burners.  Wait 5-10 minutes for it to heat up and away you go.  It gets up to 500 degrees in no time.  The burner control lets you adjust the heat up or down  There’s plenty of room on it to fix a whole meal with meat and veggies for two people. 

If you push things a little closer together, you can cook for four.  And the porcelain-enameled grill is non-stick and easy to clean afterward.

Pros

  • Adjustable burner controls
  • 8500 BTU
  • Built-in thermostat
  • Easy cleanup
  • Push button ignition
  • Lots of available colors
  • Less than 30 pounds

Cons

  • Side shelves are black only

2. Weber Q2200 Gas Grill

Weber Q2200

14 pounds heavier than it’s little brother, this grill has nearly a third more grilling room at 280 square inches.  The single stainless steel burner delivers 12,000 BTU, with a push-button starter and adjustable flame control for perfect grilling every time.

The folding side shelves are black and the grill itself is only available in gray.  That’s too bad; the bright summery colors like the first one had are very popular.  It requires some assembly when you get it too.  The assembly is pretty straight-forward but it’s not plug-n-play like the other one.

On the plus side, you can use the extra size of the grill to comfortably cook for a family of four.  It heats up fast too.  Throw on the meat and veggies and relax while they cook.  There’s a large grease catcher underneath so you don’t have to worry about it running over when you’re grilling some big juicy steaks.

Clean up is easy too.  The porcelain-enameled grill doesn’t rust so you can put it in the dishwasher when you’re done.

Pros:

  • 12,000 BTU
  • 280 Square inch Grill
  • Push Button Ingnition
  • Easy Cleanup
  • Adjustable burner controls
  • Built-in thermostat

Cons:

  • Little Heavy
  • One Colour option

3. Char-Broil Performance 300 2-Burner

Char-Broil Performance 300 2-Burner

This 2-burner, 24,000 BTU cabinet grill from Char-Broil has 300 square inches of cooking area on the main grill plus another 100 square inches in a swing away grill when you open the stainless steel lid.  Both grills are cast iron coated with porcelain for easy cleanup.

The two side tables have more combined area than the grill so you’ve got loads of prep area, plus storage underneath for your tools.  It’s got four casters on it for moving it around.  Two of them lock to keep it in place.

The initial assembly is easy.  Everything fits together the way it’s supposed to.  That shows some good quality control at the factory.

The starter is interesting.  Most starters are one snap piezoelectric devices.  You get one snap each time you push the button.  This one is different.  It uses AAA batteries and you hear these little machine gun snaps as it sparks while you’re holding it down.  Just hold it down until the gas lights.  That’s pretty neat.  Just make sure you’ve got fresh batteries on hand.

Its size makes this an outside grill so you’ll need to spend some extra money to get a cover for it.  In our opinion, this is the best bbq grill under $300.

Pros:

  • 24000 BTU
  • 2 burners
  • Piezo one-push ignition
  • 400 square inches of grill
  • Easy Assembly & One Push Ignition

Cons:

  • No Cover
  • Assembly Required

4. Char-Griller E3001

Char-Griller E3001

This 3-burner barrel grill puts out 40,800 BTU.  It has 438 square inches of main grilling area.  There’s another 192 square inches in the upper swing away rack for a grand total of 630 square inches of cooking area.

Don’t forget the side burner either.  It puts out 12,000 BTU but, at the cost of losing half your prep area when you’re using it.  A side burner is nice but we’d like to have one without sacrificing an entire shelf to get it.

There are some knuckle busters in the assembly but once you get past that you’ve got a good 3-burner grill with adjustable flame controls for each flame.  The protection plates over the flames aren’t sloped as much as they should be.  Drippings and food particles stick to them instead of sliding off, causing frequent flare-ups that can burn the food.  You’ll need to clean those plates after each use.

There’s no tool storage under the grill, which is sad.  We like keeping everything together.  The other issue we had was the two smoke stacks on top.  The only cover that fits is from the manufacturer.  Aftermarket covers are usually cheaper but that’s not an option with this grill.

This is a good gas grill, available in any color you want as long as it’s black.

Pros:

  • Easy assembly
  • Three burners
  • Piezo one-push ignition
  • Upper rack for extra space
  • Doesn’t take up a lot of room

Cons:

  • Side shelves don’t fold down
  • No cover

5. Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D

Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D

This 3-burner grill heats up fast and puts out 36,000 BTU.  You get 390 square inches on the main grill plus another 117 square inches on the upper rack.  The fold-down side shelves have lots of prep room as well as towel racks and tool hooks.

The stainless steel lid is double walled to retain heat.  It also keeps you from burning your hand on the lid.  It’s got the standard one push-button ignition and porcelain enameled cast iron grates for searing food and later, for easy cleaning.

When you get it, you’ll need a Phillips-head screwdriver for the assembly, which takes about two hours.  Be careful to read the instructions carefully because they’re not always clear.  Once you get it together, it feels flimsy and shaky.

It heats up quickly, reaching 650 degrees in about 15 minutes, which is nice.  But one major complaint we have about this grill is that the temperature distribution is uneven.  The back of the grill gets much hotter than the front.  Keep that in mind when you’re using it.

The other major complaint we have is how quickly the grease pan and heat shield rusted out.  Rust spots started showing up within a few months.  It shouldn’t happen that quickly.

Pros:

  • Easy assembly
  • Large Area
  • Fold Down Shelves

Cons:

  • Heat is enven
  • Frequent flare-ups
  • Rus Pron
  • Cart is shaky

Buying Guide

Before we get to the good stuff though, there are a few things to think about – besides price.  The two biggies are storage and how many you’re cooking for.

Storage

It may be boring, but where are you’re going to keep your new grill when you’re not using it?  You’re going to have to keep it somewhere and bigger grills take up more room than smaller ones.

A gas grill that’s an over-sized beast can be hard to move.  Maybe there’s no room for it your garage or shed.  If that’s the case you’ll need to get a cover for it (more money).  Winter weather, squirrels, stray cats, and birds can be really hard on covers, even heavy-duty canvas ones.  You’ll probably have to get a new one every 2-3 years.

Think about how much storage room you have.  Get out a tape measure and measure it to be sure.  And where is the storage?  The attic?  The basement?  Out on the balcony?  Think about where you’re going to keep it before you buy it and you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches later on.

How Many You’re Grilling For

It’s a simple fact of nature, the more people you’re cooking for, the more propane you’ll use.

Are you going to be grilling out for your mom and dad, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, kids and grandkids, or just you and your spouse?  Are you grilling for the whole neighborhood or just a few friends?  You can squeeze an extra burger or dog on a small grill once in a while when someone pops in.  But if it’s going to be an ongoing thing, bigger is better.

Smaller gas grills tend to use small cylinders of propane.  They can run out pretty quickly, but a big tank can keep a large four or six burner grill going for hours on end.  Come up with a realistic number for how many hamburgers you’ll need to fix and that’ll tell you what size grill you need.  For you, that will be the best gas grill under $300.

What You’re Grilling

Almost as important as the first two items, is what you’re going to be cooking.  Barbecuing is different than grilling hamburgers and hot dogs.  For one thing, you need a lot more prep space for barbecue.  You need somewhere to set the sauce.  You need a roll of paper towels to catch all the juicy splatters that get all over everything.  Barbecuing is a messy business and you need room to spread out.

Are you grilling corn on the cob or other veggies?  An extra upper rack comes in really handy, plus it keeps the veggies further away from any possible flare-ups.

Conclusion

After looking them over and weighing the pros and cons, we think the Weber Q-1200 LP is our top pick. It’s small but powerful, with enough room to cook for four.  You can use it on the table or get a cart for it so it works for apartments or houses, either one.  Plus, we’ll be honest, we like all the colors it comes in.

But if you’re looking for value for money we can only recommend the Char-Broil Performance.

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