It’s time for a new grill! Whether it’s your first or you have one already and decided it’s time to replace, it doesn’t matter.
I’ve researched, tried, and tested dozens of gas grills and gathered 6 best of the best gas grills for under $300 you can get this grilling season that will rock and roll your next BBQ party.
Best Rated Gas Grills Under $300
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What Is the Best Gas Grill Under $300?
- Best for Home Use: Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D
- Best 4-burner: Cuisinart CGG-7400
- Best Budget: Char-Broil 463377319 Performance
- Best Griddle: Blackstone 36″ Griddle
- Best for Apartment Balcony: Weber 54060001 Q2200
- Best 2-burner: MASTER COOK Professional
I am introducing you these grills in more detail below so you will be able to pick your favorite grill that runs on gas.
Blackstone Flat Top Griddle
The Blackstone Flat Top Gas Griddle is 62.5 inches long and 36 inches tall and has 720 square inches of space – more than most grills in this price category! It cooks on propane gas and uses a push-button electronic ignition to heat 4 different temperature zones, each with its own temperature knob, and each zone delivering 15,000 BTU of heat for a total of 60,000 BTU for the entire unit – which is again more than most grills.
What’s So Great About It?
The unit is free standing with wheels, and beneath the cooking surface is another shelf to store your things. There are 2 workstation side tables on either side of the grill, with the left side shelf having a removable plastic chopping board and an open metal zone beneath it where a garbage bag can be hooked onto the pre-planned tabs to hang.
There is also a paper towel holder. The griddle is designed so that the grease will slide towards the front and drip into a grease catch which can easily be emptied and cleaned.
Insider’s Scoop on the Blackstone Flat Top Griddle
This grill is a little short so cooks who are very tall will want to place their grill up on blocks or something sturdy and heavy to increase the height – just be sure it doesn’t fall over. The other issues that are common with this grill are universally common with all grills, such as the unit is prone to rust if it’s not covered with a grill cover to protect it from the elements.
Sometimes the package delivery trucks bang boxes up pretty bad, causing the grill to have dents and dings. Some griddles have faulty regulators, causing the grill to heat unevenly, have no control, or not heat up at all. Most of these issues can be solved by contacting the grill manufacturer.
The Best Gas Griddle You Can Get for $300
For $300 you won’t get a griddle that is as big as this one. Other griddles in this price range don’t have as many bells and whistles like this one. Also, Blackstone is like the Weber of the griddle industry: a well-known brand of high-quality griddles at affordable prices.
The Dyna-Glo DGB390BNP-D is a free-standing fully encased 3 burner propane grill, with each burner controlling a different zone according to the knob on the control panel, and with each burner delivering 12,000 BTUs of heat for a total of 36,000 BTUs throughout the entire grill.
How Big Is It?
The cooking grate 390 square inches big. The removable second cooking area, used mostly for warming, has 117 square inches.
In total, this baby has 507 square inches total cooking space.
Features That Make It Stand Out
The grill’s bottom shelf is made to fit standard propane tanks.
The lid is tall enough to fit larger and bulkier items and has a thermometer built-in.
The 2 workstations at the side fold inwards to conserve space and have a bar on the end for holding towels and hooks for hanging utensils.
Review of the Dyna-Glow DGB390BNP-D
This grill is very prone to rusting if it isn’t protected properly from the elements with a grill cover.
The regulator is prone to not heating the grill surface evenly, not getting hot enough, and having flare-ups.
There are some quality control issues with pieces being dented, scratched, missing, or not fitting together properly.
For any of these, simply consult your warranty and exchange for a new one or receive free replacement parts from the company.
The grill’s instructions are easy to follow and it can be put together in under an hour with only one tool. Grease drains away well, leaving the grilling grate clean and dry for cooking your food. The cooking itself is a breeze and food comes out just right.
The folding shelves are perfect for small homes, balconies, decks, patios, etc. where space is at a premium. Just be sure to cover the grill when you’re done so you can use it for as long as possible.
Char-Broil 463377319 Performance
Now you’re cooking. This Char-Broil Performance 4-Burner cart style gas grill can outperform some higher price range gas grills.
Be the Envy of Your Neighborhood
With its ample primary cooking space of 425 square inches + an additional 150 square inches warming space, 5 stainless steel burners (the 5th one is a 10,000 BTU side burner) and heat tents, 2 side shelves, and a built-in lid thermometer, you’ll be able to make up to 20 tasty burgers at once very fast.
What the Manufacturer Won’t Tell You
Make sure you test the igniter button before fully assembling the grill. This type of ignition system is notoriously buggy and can even stop working on the second try.
I was not aware of this when I assembled this grill. I was all set to sear some steaks when I noticed the igniter doesn’t work. After many failed attempts I had to disassemble half of the grill just to take it out. What a waste of time!
Every grill has some issues, including this one. But one ignition button has never stopped me from having a good time in my backyard and it never will. This grill is durable, big, hot, and has a lot of features. It’s worth a try.
The Cadillac of gas grills under $300. The Cuisinart CGG-7400 is a full-sized 4-burner propane grill that’s big enough to fill your stomach for the whole day.
Generous Cooking Area
This grill has the second largest cooking area on this list. The primary cooking area is 443 square inches, and the warming rack has an additional 167 square inches, for a total of 610 square inches.
PRO TIP: While cooking, place the hamburger or hot dog buns or other bread and cooked vegetables on the warming rack to absorb the flavors.
Have Maximum Control Over the Heat
With 4 independently controlled burners that give out 11,000 BTUs each, you can grill anything and everything at the same time, from delicate foods like shrimp to everyday foods like burgers, steaks, and chicken to perfection. Sear steaks at high heat on one side of the grill while slowly cooking ribs on the other. The decision is yours and no one else’s.
Extra Features That Makes This Grill Worth Having
The two 18 inch x 13 inch side tables provide just enough space for the cook to have everything they need on hand: plates, spices, utensils, you name it. And if you’re thirsty, the built-in bottle opener has you covered.
The grill is quite heavy, weighing in at 72 lbs. You’d broken your back if you tried to lift it up to move it to a better grilling location. But with the cart-like design and durable heavy-duty wheels, you just ever so slightly lift it and drive it around, kind of like a wheelbarrow.
To help you prevent overcooking, burning, or undercooking food, the lid has an easy to read thermometer.
The quality control at the factory is terrible: missing pieces, defective parts, and holes that don’t line up during assembly.
In my case a few screws were missing, and 2 of them were bent beyond repair. I immediately called support but they said it would take about a week for these replacement screws to arrive. Instead of waiting I went to the nearest hardware store and spend a couple of bucks on new screws.
I advise you to check every part and piece if they’re there and in the right shape. Also, check the igniters as they could be faulty. A little prep time goes along way.
Yay or Nay?
It’s not as good as a Weber but it’s still a decent gas grill in this price range. Once set up, you won’t have to do much to maintain it, other than cleaning.
The Weber Q2200 is ideal for both home use and on the road. If you’re looking for portability without compromising the effectiveness of the grill, then this is it: your ideal camping companion.
A Great Travel Buddy
This grill is compact (15.5″H x 51.4″W x 19.5″D with the lid closed and the side tables open) and lightweight (42 lbs) enough to be taken on a camping trip.
In my previous article, I’ve discussed what are the best portable gas and charcoal grills for camping. Check it out if you love the open road.
Small Enough to Carry, Yet Big Enough to Feed the Entire Group
Compared to other grills on this list, it’s the smallest. But don’t let the size fool you. Despite its small footprint, it has a total cooking area of 280 square inches. Combined with the 12,000 BTU burner, you’ll make enough burgers, hot dogs, and steaks to feed the entire expedition in the woods or the family in the backyard.
Other Features That Make It a Weber
- Porcelain-enameled, cast-iron cooking grates
- Cast aluminum lid and body
- Built-in lid thermometer
- Glass-reinforced nylon frame
- Folding side tables
- Removable catch pan
- Infinite control burner valve
- Electronic ignition
The thing is how even on LOW temperature setting, so pay attention at all times when cooking so you don’t burn your food and accidentally turn your food into charcoal.
Watch out for cold and hot spots.
The Best Portable Grill for Camping
Usually, when a grill is portable it’s not that efficient and can’t feed more than a few people. And when it’s not portable it’s bulky and heavy. This grill combines the best features of portable and backyard grills into one unit. Of course, it’s a Weber. If I have to flip the food a couple times more than usual because of cold/hot spots, so be it. No grill is ideal.
Master Cook Professional
The Master Cook Professional is a 2-burner propane grill with two independently controlled heating zones delivering 16,000 BTU each and ignited by the Piezo push-button electric ignition system. The grilling space is 22,3 inches long by 14 inches wide for a total of 312 square inches. It also hosts a warming rack that’s 22 inches long by 4 inches wide for a total of 88 square inches.
It has 2 side shelf workstations that can be collapsed downwards, and the outer edge of the workstations includes a metal rack bar so that you can hang your towels, and hooks for your kitchen utensils. The lid has a thermometer built-in.
Thanks to the taller lid, this grill should be able to handle larger items such as beer can chickens. The bottom of the grill is fully encased for the comfort of your propane tank. On the bottom of the grill is a hanging drip catch for oil and grease that can be emptied and cleaned with ease.
Review of the Master Cook Professional
This Master Cook grill has all of the convenience features that you could want without anything being too extraneous or far removed from your everyday cooking. The grill is easy to assemble, and it is heavy and sturdy on its base, so you can be sure it won’t tip over.
The grill itself performs beautifully, delivering charred and smoky food to your exact doneness specifications and skill level.
The Blackstone Flat Top Griddle is my favorite grill out of all of these best 6 picks, but a griddle requires the cook to learn new griddle skills, and not everyone wants to do that if they just want a hot dog and a burger every now and then. For those folks, the Dyna-Glo DGB390BNP-D or Master Cook Professional full-size propane grills might be a better pick. But if you like the outdoors more than your backyard, consider the Weber Q2200.
What features do you look in a gas grill?