6 Best Gas Grills Under $1000: Natural Gas & Propane

Now we’re cookin’! For a grand, you’ll transform your backyard (or any other place) into a luxury 5-star steakhouse.

In this list, I have included a grill for every occasion, need, and preference:

  • Propane
  • Natural gas
  • Built-in
  • Portable
  • Compact
  • Infrared

All of these models include a large cooking area, high heat output, durable construction, and many bells and whistles.

What Is the Best Gas Grill Under $1000?

Top 6 Best Gas Grills Under 1000 Dollars

Weber 62011001 Genesis II E-410 Liquid Propane Grill

The Weber Genesis II E-410 is a large liquid propane grill with Weber’s very own GS4 cooking system.

High Cooking Potential

It’s got 4 high-performing 12,000 BTU burners. In total, this grill can output a total of 48,000 BTUs of heat.

The cooking grate is cast iron, porcelain-enameled, and has 646 square inches

The grill also features a 198 square inches large warming rack that can be collapsed for maximum space.

Add both together, and you get 844 square inches of total cooking space.

You can grill:

  • Six 32 oz porterhouse steaks
  • 4 – 5 salmon halves
  • 20 burgers

Other Great Features

The GS4 cooking system means that it’s got an Infinity electronic ignition, high-performance burners, flavorizer bars, and a grease management system.

There are 2 side tables with 3 hooks on the end of each.

It can be converted to natural gas with the purchase of a conversion kit.

This grill is iGrill3 ready, so you can download a phone app and go watch the game inside until your phone alerts you that the grill is hot enough. For longer cooking sessions, you can just check your phone to see the internal temperatures of the grill and food.

The propane hose features a fuel gauge so you won’t run out of fuel during a cookout.

The lid is porcelain-enameled. This not only makes the grill shiny but also holds in more heat, decreasing fuel consumption and cooking time.

Sear Test

Insiders Scoop

If the grill is left out and exposed to the elements, it will develop rust spots, especially the side tables. Get yourself a grill cover to preserve the life and aesthetics of your grill.

There are some factory quality control issues where some pieces in the box may arrive scratched or dented.

A side burner would be a nice addition.

Final Word

The ssembly only took me an hour, and its performance is quite remarkable. The E-410’s ignition system works great and there are no issues with it breaking or ceasing to function after a few months, nor does the grill “explode” when turned on.

Unlike many other grills, the E-410 is designed to let you replace the burners easily if anything should happen to them (as if).

Pros
  • Generous cooking area
  • Easy and fast assembly
  • GS4 grilling system
  • Sturdy build
  • Simple to clean
  • Reliable ignition system
Cons
  • May arrive damaged
  • Side tables are prone to rust
  • No side burner
See Reviews

Weber 66016001 Genesis II E-335 3-Burner Natural Gas Grill

The Weber 66006001 Genesis II S-335 is similar to the E-410 in performance and look, except it runs on natural gas right from the box.

Generous Cooking Area

The primary cooking surface is 513 square inches large and the warming rack is 156 square inches large.

In total, this grill has a combined cooking area of 669 square inches.

In plain English: it has enough space for 20 burgers.

The grates are porcelain-enameled cast iron that are built to last. It’s a Weber, of course.

Burner Specs

It has 3 independently controlled stainless steel burners that output 13,000 BTU each or 39,000 BTU combined.

Above the burners are flavorizer bars, also made from stainless steel. These not only prevent flare-ups but also vaporize any grease that falls on them, giving your food that smokey flavor you know and love.

There’s another, side burner built into the right side table that outputs 12,000 BTU and is ideal for making soups, sauces, and side dishes.

Made for Searing

When grilling steaks, turn on the 9,000 BTU sear station burner to get that famous steakhouse sear mark.

The burner achieves this by creating an intense heat zone.

Other Features That Makes This Weber a Weber

The lid is porcelain-enameled that provides better heat retention and protection from the elements.

It includes the same GS4 grilling system and is iGrill 3 compatible (sold separately) as the E-410 reviewed above.

The 6 tool hooks are more than enough for you to hang utensils, a towel, or anything else you might need.

Because it uses natural gas instead of a propane tank, you have more space in the 2-story cabinet below.

It’s Grill 3 compatible, meaning you can add meat probes to the grill and monitor them with your phone. Too bad it’s not included in the package and you need to buy it separately.

Its Ugly Little Secrets

I was pretty surprised when I saw this with my own eyes but this grill, that’s both a Weber and costs almost a grand, has issues igniting the burners. Although it features the same Infinity ignition system as the above one, it doesn’t seem like it.

Some other customers reported that customer support didn’t respond to any of their calls or emails. I got everything I needed so I can’t vouch for that.

The thing is massive and bulky. Adding 4 casters to a behemoth like this should be a no-brainer but Weber had other things in mind. Have a friend help you move the thing or assemble it near the place you’re planning on cooking.

I assume this one comes from the same assembly line as the E-410 because it’s plagued with the same quality control issues: missing parts, dents, and scratches.

The Best Natural Gas Grill Under $1000

Even though it has a few flaws and the ignition system doesn’t work as supposed to, it’s still a pretty awesome grill that cooks on natural gas. It’s not easy to find one that is both a Weber and in this price range – most of them either cost much more or have other more serious issues.

So, if you love Weber and have a natural gas line, then this grill just might be your catch of the day.

Pros
  • Separate sear burner
  • Naturals gas
  • Ample cooking and prep space
  • Easy to clean
  • Straightforward assembly
  • GS4 grilling system
Cons
  • Quality control issues
  • Flawed ignition system
  • Not so easy to move around
See Reviews

Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 525 4-Burner Cabinet Liquid Propane Gas Grill

Experience the awesome power of infrared cooking with the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 525.

It’s Not Your Regular Gas Grill

Gas grills, while more convenient than charcoal grills, have their own issues. Some include:

  • uneven heating
  • not getting hot enough
  • flare-ups
  • drying out food

The folks at Char-Broil tackled this issue head-on and came up with the TRU-infrared grilling technology.

Besides solving the above mentioned issues, TRU-Infrared grills are also much more efficient. They heat up faster, resulting in reduced preheating and cooking time. Also, they tend to burn less fuel, up to 30% less.

Great for Large Cookouts

With a total cooking area of 725 square inches (525 primary + 200 warming rack), you’ll easily feed a large group of people in no time.

The grates are cast iron and the warming rack is stainless steel. Both are coated in porcelain.

Don’t Be Fooled by Its Small BTU Rating

It’s 4 burners are rated at only 32,000 BTUs (8,000 BTU each).

If you have read my previous article about BTU ratings, you should know that bigger isn’t always better. Also, because it’s an infrared grill, it doesn’t need a lot of firepower to put some serious heat to the meat.

In reality, these burners pack quite a punch, making them ideal for high-heat searing.

Also, the grill features an additional 13,000 BTU side burner. It’s not infrared, BTW.

Dual Fuel™ Enabled

If you have a natural gas line (or you’re thinking of installing one), you can hook this grill up easily.

You need to separately purchase the conversion kit, though.

Has Plenty of Storage and Prep Space

The cooking area isn’t the only thing that’s big here.

With 2 side shelves (I’m also counting here the lidded side burner) and the enclosed storage cabinet, the grill has plenty of space for you to put utensils, plates, seasonings, and other things you need.

Other Features

It sits on 4 casters, 2 of them lock.

There’s a thermometer on the lid.

The burners are backed by a 10-year warranty, the grates and the firebox by 3 years, and the other parts by 1. This is another example that Char-Broil stands by what it says.

The Issues You Should Be Aware Of

Being infrared, it gets hot even on the lowest temperature setting. Don’t expect cooking low and slow here.

Don’t be shocked if you see dents or scratches once you open the box. Several grilles (myself included) reported damaged parts upon arrival. These include side shelves, the lid, and the cabinet doors.

While the thing is built like a tank, some parts aren’t. After almost 2 years of constant use, I’m starting to notice rust spots on the grates and cabinet doors.

I was highly disappointed by its Surefire electronic ignition as it has let me down on several occasions. It might be a bad batch because I have tried several other Char-Broil grills with the same igniter and they all worked perfectly fine.

Conclusion

It’s a thing of beauty and a mighty improvement over the traditional gas grill.

Char-Broil didn’t re-invent the wheel with this one but improved it heavily.

Pros
  • TRU-Infrared
  • Enormous cooking and prep space
  • Side burner
  • Can be easily converted to NG
  • Quick and easy assembly
  • Simple to clean
Cons
  • May arrive damaged
  • Grates and cabinet doors are prone to rust
  • Igniter issues
See Reviews

Napoleon RXT425SIBPSS-1 Rogue XT 425 SIB Gas Grill + Infrared Side Burner

Conquer the grilling lands with the Napoleon.

Perfect for Tight Places

This compact grill with folding side shelves is ideal for places where space is at a premium like small decks, patios, and balconies.

No One’s Going to Get Hungry Here

It boasts a decently sized cooking area of 665 square inches despite its compact size.

The primary cooking area (stainless steel wavy grates) is 425 square inches and the chrome-plated warming rack is 240 square inches large.

What’s more, the firebox is higher. This is ideal for cooking whole turkeys and beer can chickens.

Powerful and Durable Burners That Automatically Reignite

All 3 premium-quality stainless steel burners output a total of 51,000 BTUs.

Additionally, if one of them goes out during a cookout for whatever reason, it’s ignited automatically provided at least one of the other burners is operating at the time.

Char-Broil’s Opposite

The Char-Broil reviewed above is an infrared grill with a “regular” side burner while this one is a regular gas grill with an infrared side burner.

While you can’t sear as much at once on this grill, you can, however, cook low and slow.

Reliable and Durable Igniter

Powered by the famous Jetfire ignition system, the grill lights up each and every time with a single push of a button.

I’ve been using this one for almost a year now and it’s working just as well as it did in the beginning.

Durable and Long Lasting

It won’t rust out within a year or two thanks to its thick and durable stainless steel construction.

Charcoal Compatible

If you purchase a separate charcoal tray (cca. 50$), you can turn this grill into a charcoal grill/smoker

What I Don’t Like About It

This grill needs to be handled much more gently at the assembly line and/or during delivery because I got several badly damaged parts (cabinet door, lid, and thermometer) in the box. I’m not the only one as several other grillers experienced the same.

What really stood out here was the thermometer. The dial was snapped. I ordered a replacement and got the same. The third time was the charm, however, because this one was perfectly fine.

The assembly is simple and straightforward but it’s time-consuming.

Final Word

The Napoleon is an impressive compact gas grill that will stand the test of time and make short work of anything you’ll place on it. A prime example of “money well spent”.

Pros
  • Infrared side burner
  • Spacious cooking area
  • Foldable side shelves
  • Burners reignite automatically
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Straightforward assembly
  • Compact
Cons
  • Defective thermometer
  • May arrive damaged
  • Tedious assembly
See Reviews

Blaze Professional LUX Marine Grade Portable Propane Gas Grill

The Blaze Marine Grade 316L Professional LUX is a portable gas grill that’s so tough that even the salty climate of the sea can’t harm it.

A True Fisherman’s Friend

This baby is made from marine-grade 316L stainless steel.

This type of steel is specially made for marine and chloride environments like coastal areas, making it ideal for BBQ-ing at the beach or on a boat trip.

Most grills are made from a less-resistant type of stainless steel that will rot sooner than later in such environments.

Cooking Capacity

The Blaze comes equipped with a single H-shaped burner that outputs 12,000 BTUs and a 12-gauge 12 mm (1/2 inch) thick stainless steel grates that are 201 square inches large.

The burner is powerful enough for searing steaks at high heat.

Other Notable Mentions

It comes with carrying handles on each side and 2 lid latches for safe and convenient transportation.

The lid has a thermometer.

The igniter isn’t a standard Piezo but a highly improved Flame Thrower Igniter that’s much more reliable and durable.

With a separately purchased adapter, you can easily connect a 20 lb propane tank to it.

See It in Action

What Needs Improvement

All this durability has one major advantage: increased weight. The grill weighs 51 lbs / 23 kg which is almost as heavy as some freestanding models.

Only the outside components are made from marine-grade steel. The internal components are made from “regular” 304 type which doesn’t mix well with salt.

The price tag is steep, as far as portable grills go. I suggest you only get this one only if you have more than enough money lying around, have a saltwater pool, go boating regularly, or hit the beach often.

Conclusion

The sea can be a harsh mistress but when your boat has the Blaze, it won’t even scratch the surface. This little beauty is the best-performing and most durable portable gas grill you can get for this kind of money.

Pros
  • Highly-resistant to corrosion
  • Perfect for marine environments
  • Portable
  • Compact
  • Built-in thermometer
  • Handles and lid latches for easier transportation
Cons
  • Heavy
  • Pricey as far as portable grills go
  • Only the external components are made from marine-grade steel
See Reviews

Bullet by Bull Outdoor Products 48108 Bronco Bullet 4 Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill

The Bronco Bullet is a durable and spacious propane grill that will turn your outdoor kitchen into a luxury steakhouse.

A Cooking Gargantuan

This 4-burner grill is more than spacious enough to feed your whole family plus a few of your closest friends with its total cooking area of 810 square inches.

Like many others, this one also features a 2-story cookbox.

The primary cooking area (stainless steel grates) is 600 square inches large and the warming rack is 210 square inches.

Each burner is rated at 15,000 BTU and comes with its own flame tamer (or heat tent) and Piezo igniter. In total, this grill outputs 60,000 BTUs.

Durable Construction

Made from thick 14 heavy-gauge 304 stainless steel, this baby is built to last.

Reliable Igniter That Will Never Disappoint You

The Piezo ignition system on this thing is very reliable.

Even after 2 and a half years, it still works like a charm.

The Cons

For a grill that has a $1000 price tag, I’d expect the quality to be top-notch. Unfortunately, this isn’t true for the thermometer. The darn thing stopped working after a few months. The needle broke. Fortunately, the customer service responded immediately with a new one.

Despite claiming to heat evenly, the reality is different. There are hot and cold spots. There are noticeable but not that much.

Don’t expect cooking low and slow with it as even on the lowest temperature setting, it’s still pretty hot.

Final Word

The Bronco Bullet is one of the best (if not THE best) built-in gas grills that you can get for a grand. It’s built like a tank and has the capacity to feed an entire crowd with ease.

Pros
  • Durable
  • Ample cooking area
  • Powerful burners
  • Reliable ignition system
  • Shiny and sleek look
Cons
  • Cheap thermometer
  • Uneven heating
  • Gets hot even at the lowest temperature setting
See Reviews

A Short Yet Informative Buying Guide

A Few Words on Expensive Grills

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Are Expensive Gas Grills Worth It?

If you have the money, then it’s a worthwhile investment.

If we take a look at charcoal grills, you can get away with a cheaper model (or even make your own) because charcoal grilling is very simple: you have a container where you put the charcoal and the grates above where you put the food.

Of course, high-end charcoal grills are made from more durable materials, offer better heat retention and air circulation, and so forth… But the principle is the same.

Gas grills, on the other hand, are more complex. That’s why they’re more expensive than charcoal grills in general.

Expensive gas grills tend to be more durable, reliable, sturdy, bigger, and hotter.

They’re also safer as the gas hose that connects your propane tank or natural gas line to the grill is thicker and more robust, meaning there’s a lesser chance of a gas leak. Leaking gas and open flames are a recipe for disaster.

Overall, I’d say they’re worth it if you have the money. If you’re just looking for a simple gas grill which you’ll fire up a few times per year, then consider Tom Hinkle’s advice:

It’s a bit like asking if a Mercedes is worth the extra cost. Some people think so, most people don’t. You pay more, you get a nicer ride, but you can get a perfectly suitable car for a lot less money. But for people who can afford it and want the nicer car, go for it.

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To be honest, I think high end grills are way more expensive than anyone really needs to spend, unless they are trying to ‘make a statement’. And that’s not always bad. If I were going to sink a lot of money into making a nice upscale backyard paradise, maybe putting a high end grill would be the right thing to do.

In this case, these budget gas grills just might be right for you.

Why Are Natural Gas Grills So Expensive?

The reason why natural gas grills are more expensive than propane grills is the higher manufacturing cost. They’re also a bit more complex.

Natural gas grills usually require longer hoses and different fittings than propane grills. Also, they have many valves and regulators – more than you’d see on a propane grill.

Turn Your Backyard Into a 5-Star Restaurant

A 1000 dollar grill should be a once-in-a-lifetime investment. That’s why you need a grill that’s both durable and reliable.

In short, if you want to get the best bang for your buck, consider getting the Weber Genesis II E-410.

The Weber Genesis II S-335 is a great addition to any griller that owns (or plans to install soon) a natural gas line.

Both the Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 525 and the Napoleon Rogue XT 425 SIB will spice up your grilling game and get you the tastiest sear marks you’ll ever see as they include infrared burners in one way or another.

Avid campers and travelers (especially those near the sea) should try the Blaze Professional LUX. It features marine-grade stainless steel that’s ideal for coastal environments.

The last but not the last is the Bronco Bullet: a mighty and spacious built-in propane grill.

Propane or natural gas? What’s your preference?

About Mario 136 Articles
I am the owner of the Kitchen Guru Ideas. I've set up this site so I can share my kitchen tips and hacks that have been passed on to me from my parents and grandparents and show you how a wonderful experience cooking is and not just a way to save money. Even in this hectic lifestyle, there is time to prepare and most important enjoy a home-cooked meal.

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