A perfectly seared, mouth-watering steak grilled at just the right temperature for just the right amount of time requires proper tools, as nothing but the best grills will be able to help your steak achieve the desired mix of texture and flavor. You may be under the impression that advanced grills cost a fortune and for the most part, you’re right.
While expensive grills do indeed come equipped with state of the art features and capabilities, not all quality grills are expensive. As a matter of fact, there are more than a few grills out there that could be considered high-end without being pricey in any way. For instance, here are 10 best grills under 500 dollars that you can rely on to provide all the cooking capabilities of top-shelf grills.
10Char-Broil 26,500 BTU 2-Burner Gas Grill
This Char-Broila two burner is a 26,500 BTU gas grill with a 280 square inch cooking area, plastic side shelves for extra workspace, built-in handles and took hooks. To put it briefly, this 2-burner gas grill is a tremendous cooking machine. It has a Piezo ignition system that ensures reliable sparks with every push of the button, durable porcelain-coated steel lid and firebox, a wired cooking area, and a 26,500 BTU main burner as a primary heat source.
9Char-Broil TRU Infrared Urban Gas Grill with Folding Side Shelves
This grill features an award-winning TRU infrared cooking system designed to provide seared flavor while keeping food moist at the same time. It has a 340 square inch cooking area heated by two stainless steel burners which yield 20,000 BTUs worth of heat. It also has painted metal side shelves that provide an increased workspace, side shelves that can be folded down for easy storage.
8Weber 57067001 Q3200 Natural Gas Grill
Also available in a liquid propane version, this natural gas grill from Weber features all the capabilities of high-end grills, minus the steep price. In fact, this not-exactly-cheap yet still pretty affordable grill provides proper value for the money by all standards. It has a grill-out handle light, an easy-start electronic ignition with a multitude of control burner valve settings, porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates, a cast aluminum lid & body, a natural gas hook-up hose, and two stainless steel burners that produce 21,700 BTU of heat throughout its 393 square inch cooking area.
7Char Broil K6B 6-Burner 65,000 BTU Propane Gas Grill
This 6-burner, 65,000 BTU gas grill with 10,000 BTU lidded side burner is an absolute beast in every sense of the word. It has a 650 square inch primary cooking area with porcelain-coated cast iron gates and a 250 square inch secondary cooking area with a swing away warming rack. This large grill also has a 15,000 BTU sear burner, which adds to a total of 900 square inches of total cooking space. Like we said, this grill is absolutely massive, yet surprisingly affordable at the same time.
6Dyna-Glo Black & Stainless Premium Grills
Equipped with a cabinet assembly, an open slot for the propane tank, 2 locking & non-locking heavy duty wheel casters, and a very sturdy underside, this grill appears to have it all. It is capable of 30,000 BTUs throughout its 350 square inch primary cooking space, a fire that starts up with just a push of an electronic ignition button. It also has a secondary cooking area of 547 square inches, 2 enameled cast-iron cooking grates, 2 stainless steel p-shaped burners, and 2 steel enameled heat tents, along with a double-wall stainless steel lid assembly for good measure.
5Char-Broil TRU Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill
Designed to be compact and stylish yet highly potent at the same time, the TRU-infrared patio bistro electric grill from Char-Broil isn’t your usual grill by any standard. It uses a precision dial electric control to heat up its 320 square inch infrared grilling area. It features porcelain coated premium cooking grates that can fit between 8 to 12 hamburgers at the same time. Needless to say, its very affordable price is also a big plus.
4Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill
This easy-to-transport foldable grill features a large handle and wheels for easy pulling, allowing you to assemble and disassemble it within seconds. Unlike the grills we’ve talked about so far, this propane grill features cast-iron & porcelain-coated surfaces with a removable grease tray, a PerfectFlow pressure control system for steady heat even in the lowest of temperatures, and a cooking surface of 285 square inches heated up by 20,000 BTUs of cooking power.
3Cuisinart CGG-240 All Foods Roll-Away Gas Grill
Yet another portable grill, this gas-powered cooking machine can be stored almost anywhere due to its compact design, allowing you to set it up within minutes whenever you need it. It has a 240 square inch cast-iron grill surface heated by a 15,000 BTU stainless-steel loop burner, a burner that gets started up by a TwistStart electric ignition system with a signature temperature gauge.
2Char-Broil Classic 40,000 BTU 4-Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner
Char-Broil’s Classic is a 4-bourner, 40,000 BTU gas grill with a 10,000 BTU lidded side burner. This fairly large grill has a 480 square inch primary cooking area made of porcelain-coated cast-iron grates and a 180 square inch secondary cooking area with a porcelain-coated swing away. Its large, painted metal side shelves offer lots of workspace while its stainless steel lid, handle, control panel, and fascia ensure the grill’s durability throughout long periods of time regardless of how intensely it gets used or how often.
1Weber 46110001 Spirit E210 Liquid Propane Gas Grill
You aren’t likely to find a better grill in this price range than Weber’s Spirit E210 Liquid propane Gas Grill. This 2-burner grill can yield 26,500 BTUs per hour throughout its 360 square inch cooking area, with the mention that it also has a 90 square inch warming area. It features porcelain-enameled, cast-iron cooking grates and porcelain-enameled Flavorizer bars that can withstand extremely high temperatures over prolonged periods of time without showing any real signs of damage. It also has an Electronic Crossover ignition system that starts up the grill with just the push of a button, allowing you to get this high-end grill running in seconds.