Everyone loves the taste of perfectly grilled meat and veggies, regardless of what the season is. However, not everyone loves paying the price that you have to pay to get a good grill.
Many gas grills are extremely expensive. However, in this article, we are going to avoid that problem by looking at some moderately priced grill options. In particular, we will be looking at the best gas grills under 300.
You are going to see reviews of a lot of high-quality grills that, in addition to being great, won’t hurt your wallet. Our personal recommendation would be the Char-Broil 463377319 Cart Style Gas Grill.
A Spotlight On Some of The Best Gas Grills Under 300:
Best Gas Grills Under 300 Reviews:
Fuego F21C-H Element Hinged Propane Gas Grill
To start off our article looking for the best gas grills under 300 list, we are going to be taking a look at a rather unique gas grill. The Fuego F21C-H Element Hinged Propane Gas Grill is probably one of the more uniquely shaped grills out there. At the same time, it still manages to be a very good option and it was an easy decision for us to include it on this list.
This is a powerful, fast-acting grill. With a total power output of 22,000 BTUs, this grill has no issues cooking just about anything that you can put in front of it. So, you don’t have to be afraid to throw some very thick pieces of meat on this grill. It also comes with multiple burners, so you can do both direct and indirect grilling.
What do we mean when we say that this is a “fast-acting” grill? Well, it means that the Fuego F21C-H Element Hinged Propane Gas Grill gets up to the desired heat very quickly. It takes just around 5 minutes for the grill to get right up to the temperature that you have set. So, you can spend less time waiting, and more time grilling.
Let’s address the unique shape of this grill. The Fuego F21C-H Element Hinged Propane Gas Grill has a long, narrow base, with a rounded grill on top. This makes it a good option for grilling in certain smaller areas like balconies or small backyards, where you won’t have room for a regular gas grill. At the same time, it does mean that you don’t get as much cooking space as you would with a more traditional gas grill. So, you have to consider whether this is the right style of grill for you.
Before ending the review, we do want to mention a few little extras that we really like. For example, the grill has optional extras like a pizza kit and a griddle attachment that you can use to make the grill a lot more versatile.
- Fairly powerful; 22,000 BTU power output.
- Gets up to temperature very quickly.
- Good for small areas like balconies.
- Comes with extra attachments for added versatility.
- Unique shape might not appeal to everyone.
Char-Broil 463377319 Cart Style Gas Grill
Next up on our best gas grills under 300 list, we have something really special, which is the Char-Broil 463377319 Cart Style Gas Grill. What makes this particular grill so special and deserving of a spot on this list? Well for starters, it is from Char-Broil, which is a very well-known and respected brand when it comes to grilling.
Secondly, it is also a cart style gas grill. For those who aren’t familiar with what that means, cart style grills are the more well-known type of grill that most of you think of when you think of the word “grill.” It is rare to find a high-quality cart style gas grill that is under 300, so we absolutely had to include this one on our list.
The main burners on this grill (there are 4 of them) each bring around 8,000 BTUs to the table. This adds up to a fairly impressive total of 36,000 BTUs. When you add in the 10,000 BTU side burner, you end up with a gas grill that has close to an impressive 50,000 BTUs of cooking power.
That makes the Char-Broil 463377319 Cart Style Gas Grill among the most powerful, if not the most powerful, grill that we have reviewed on this best gas grills under 300 list. If you want something with a lot of cooking power, but you don’t want to spend a lot, then this grill may be your best option.
Something that we really like was the sleek, well-designed stainless steel finish on the grill. This serves two purposes. First off, it makes the grill look really nice and let’s be honest, who doesn’t take a bit of pride in seeing their backyard be accentuated with a great looking gas grill?
Secondly, the stainless steel finish helps to add some nice durability to the grill. Nothing is worse than losing your great grill to something like rust, corrosion, or physical damage. We found that the high-quality steel used on the Char-Broil helped to protect against all of these issues.
Two other features that we want to mention are the great grease tray, which not only lets you collect delicious meat drippings (essential for sauces and gravies), but it also makes it a lot easier for you to keep the grill clean. Secondly, we want to mention the ignition system on the grill.
An issue that can plague some gas grills is an unreliable ignition system. You have to constantly press it to try and get the grill to ignite. The electric ignition system on the Char-Broil 463377319 Cart Style Gas Grill is very reliable and you should never have any issues getting the grill going.
- Reliable ignition system.
- 10,000 BTU side burner.
- 36,000 BTUs of cooking power on main burners.
- Sleek, durable stainless steel finish.
- Priciest gas grill on this list.
Cuisinart CGG-059 Grillster 8,000 BTU Portable Gas Grill
The next gas grill that we want to take a look at on this review list is really the exact opposite of the Char-Broil grill that we just finished reviewing. The Cuisinart CGG-059 Grillster 8,000 BTU Portable Gas Grill, as you can see from the product name, is a small, portable gas grill option. In fact, this is the first (but certainly not the last) portable gas grill option that we are going to be reviewing on our best gas grills under 300 list.
The first thing that we want to address in this review is the size of this grill, since that is easily the first thing that you will notice when taking a look at the grill. This is meant to be a portable grill option. That doesn’t mean that you should only get it if you plan on traveling, but it does mean that you should take advantage of its size.
You can find places to store the grill easily after using it or you can move it around the house. So, you can start by grilling inside your house and then move outside to finish the grilling. The small size of the Cuisinart CGG-059 Grillster 8,000 BTU Portable Gas Grill does add a good deal of versatility if you take advantage of it.
Now, we should also mention right up front that the small size of the grill does bring one very noticeable disadvantage that may or may not be a deal breaker depending on what you are looking for. As you can see from the name of the product, the Cuisinart only has a power output of 8,000 BTUs. This is pretty weak, and we imagine that this will be a major roadblock for those who a grill that has some kick to it.
Overall, the grill is fairly durable and well-built. If you have ever used a kitchen appliance or product from Cuisinart before, then you were probably already expecting this to some extent. Cuisinart tends to make some fairly high-quality products and this grill is no exception.
- Durable and will last you for a long time.
- Very small and compact.
- Easy to store or to travel with.
- Simple to keep clean.
- A bit lacking in the power department.
Char-Broil Classic 360 3-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
For the penultimate review on this list, we are looking at a cart style grill from a brand that we have already seen once before. We have already reviewed one other grill from Char-Broil on our best gas grills under 300 list, but the Char-Broil Classic 360 3-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill is different enough that we think it is deserving of a separate review, even if it is from the same manufacturer.
The main reason that we think this particular grill belongs on this list is because of its price and style. It is very rare to find a cart style grill that costs under $200 and that also delivers the sort of quality that the Char-Broil Classic 360 3-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill does.
In fact, we don’t think that it would be a stretch to say that this gas grill is one of the best on the market in terms of cost to quality ratio. For the relatively low price, you are getting a surprisingly good cart style grill. Usually a good kind of this grill costs hundreds of dollars, but that isn’t the case here.
- Pretty cheap for a cart style grill.
- Fairly powerful, especially given the price.
- Not very heavy.
- Reliable ignition system.
- A bit lacking in cooking space for a cart style grill.
Royal Gourmet PD1300 Portable 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill Griddle
For the final review on our best gas grills under 300 list, we are going to be taking a look at the Royal Gourmet PD1300 Portable 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill Griddle. This is the first griddle that we are reviewing on this list.
While it isn’t a grill in the strictest sense, given how inexpensive it is, how useful it is, and given that it is still a gas option, we feel that a lot of you will probably still want to give this a look.
Obviously, those in the market for a traditional cart style grill will want to look elsewhere on the list (like at the Char-Broil); however, those in the market for a smaller, more portable grilling option may be interested in the Royal Gourmet.
With a total of 3 burners, each with a BTU output of around 9,000, this little griddle packs quite the punch. With such a small cooking area and a total power output of 27,000 BTUs, the Royal Gourmet PD1300 Portable 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill Griddle is more than capable of cooking very thick and very large pieces of meat.
Even though you may not think of a griddle as having that sort of power, it actually is quite a powerful little machine. You also don’t need to worry about losing all the delicious juices when you cook meat as the Royal Gourmet is equipped with a grease pan that collects everything on the griddle.
Just in general, we found the Royal Gourmet to be exceptionally well-made. The control panel with the burners is made of solid stainless steel and it should remain in good condition for a long while. Furthermore, the actual cooking surface is also very well-made and likewise, we can’t imagine this not lasting you for years and years.
Much like a few other grills that appeared on our best gas grills under 300 list, the Royal Gourmet PD1300 Portable 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill Griddle is a portable option. So, you can just put it on a table in your home and use it there. However, you can also take it with on road trips or to someone else’s home.
- Easy to transport.
- Very well-made, stainless steel control panel.
- Durable, nonstick cooking surface.
- Powerful; 27,000 BTUs of cooking power.
- Not pricey.
- Griddle cooking surface doesn’t let you get nice grill marks.
What To Look For In A Gas Grill
In this second part of our article, we are going to build on the reviews in our best gas grills under 300 section by taking a look at the important criteria that you need to keep in mind for when you are buying gas grills.
When you buy a grill, a lot of information is going to be presented to you. The idea behind this section is to let you know what information is important and what information isn’t important (or as important).
It probably goes without saying that when buying a grill, one of the most important things to consider cooking power. Cooking power is largely what determines if a grill is able to cook certain dishes or food items. You don’t want to buy a grill, only to find out that it isn’t powerful enough to cook a piece of prime rib or racks of ribs. So, it is important for a prospective buyer to have an idea of the power of the grill that they are going to be buying.
A grill’s power output is measured differently depending on what kind of grill that it is. As you probably picked up on from the reviews on our best gas grills under 300 list, the power output on gas grills is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units). This is the power output of just about anything that uses propane is measured.
However, BTUs on their own only tell you so much. What you have to do is measure the BTUs against the cooking area of the grill. This brings us to our next point.
Cooking area is not only important because of how it determines how much food that your grill can cook, but also because of how it helps to determine how powerful your grill is going to be. See, the larger a cooking area, the more BTUs it takes to heat up the area.
So, in order to truly know how powerful a grill is, you need to measure both the BTU output and the cooking area. Generally speaking, one square inch of cooking space requires roughly 80 BTUs to heat (although some will recommend anywhere from 90 to 100).
While you probably don’t want to have to do math equations when trying to buy a grill, this little rule of thumb is important and it can be really helpful for when you are trying to find a powerful gas grill on a budget.
Something not a lot of people will consider when buying a grill is the cooking grates that come with the grill; however, these can be very important. Poor-quality grates are going to cause food to stick and burn, which not only ruins your meal, but also leads to you having to spend more time cleaning up. Look for a grill with high-quality, porcelain-coated cooking grates.
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