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

Why go to a steakhouse when you can have a perfectly-seared steak right at home?

A grand buys you a lot of grill. You’ll not only be able to make restaurant-grade meals but also the grill will last you for years to come. Even after years and years of wear and tear, it will cook just as well as it did the first time you got it.

Without further ado, these 6 models below are the best of the best gas grills under $1000. Propane or natural gas, I have them both below. Read my in-depth reviews and pick the one that suits you the most.

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What Is the Best Gas Grill Under 1000?

Top 6 Best Gas Grills Under 1000 Dollars

Those of you who are looking for a quality and large gas grill should consider the next features of these grill monsters presented in the table.

Weber Genesis II E-410

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

High Cooking Potential

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

The cooking grate is cast iron and porcelain-enameled, 34 inches long by 19 inches wide for a total of 646 square inches of cooking space, and 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:

  • About 6 32 oz porterhouse steaks
  • 4 – 5 salmon halves

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.

The grill is freestanding and its lower base is not walled in, for ease of grabbing what you need.

There are 2 side tables with hooks on the end.

It can be converted to natural gas with the purchase of a third-party converter 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.

Insiders Scoop

Amazon’s assembly offer seems to have a lot of issues so it’s worth avoiding until they figure out how to streamline their own system.

The grill itself has an issue where it doesn’t get as hot as the other models and its maximum temperature hovers below 600 °F.

If the grill is left out and exposed to the elements, it’s very likely to rust, so simply purchase 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.

Final Word

Assembly only takes one to two hours, and it’s really not bad. 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 throughout the lifetime of the grill.

Pros
  • Generous cooking area
  • Easy assembly
  • Sturdy build
  • Simple to clean
  • Reliable ignition system
Cons
  • Has low max temperature
  • Prone to rust
See Reviews

KitchenAid 740-0781

This compact built-in gas grill head (model 740-0781) is made by KitchenAid, a well-known manufacturer of coffee makers, espresso machines, and other kitchen appliances.

Natural Gas or Propane – Your Choice

This grill runs on propane by default but if you have a gas line, then you can easily convert it with the supplied conversion kit.

If you’re not sure whether you should cook on propane or natural gas, then take a look at this propane vs natural gas grill comparison guide.

Generous Cooking Area

The primary cooking area consists of 698 square inches large 304-grade stainless steel grates while the secondary (the warming rack) has 233 square inches. Combine the two, and you get a total cooking surface of 931 square inches – that’s almost 100 square inches more than the Weber above has.

How Hot Can This Baby Get?

With its 4 main burners and 1 ceramic rotisserie burner, this grill can output up to 71,000 BTUs.

Other Amazing Features

Above the burners are the flame tamers: they deflect heat, prevent flare-ups, and vaporize drippings into flavor infusions that permeate foods with a distinctive smoky taste.

The ignition system is pretty reliable, so you can pack up the lighter as you won’t be needing one.

The built-in thermometer enables precise temperature regulation.

Its Hidden Secrets

Although the grates distribute heat evenly and offer great heat retention, they are badly assembled and can fall apart at the welds. Inspect them immediately when you get the grill.

Because of careless transportation, you can get this grill with dents and scratches.

The Best Built-in Gas Grill You Can Get for Under a Grand

Despite its few flaws, it’s a pretty decent grill that you can cook on either propane or natural gas without spending a cent more. It has a huge cooking surface, gets pretty hot, and looks elegant. If you want to turn your backyard into an outdoor kitchen, then this grill might just be what you’re looking for.

Pros
  • Ample cooking area
  • Elegant design
  • Comes with a natural gas conversion kit
  • Thrusts up a lot of heat
  • Simple to clean and assemble
Cons
  • The grates are badly welded
See Reviews

Char-Broil Performance 475

There wouldn’t be a complete list of best gas grills without Char-Broil. The model Performance 475 is a cabinet-style propane grill available in a combination of black and stainless steel silver.

Cooking Specs

Cook up to 20 burgers on its 475 square inches large rust-resistant porcelain-coated cast-iron grates that measure 25.6 inches wide x 18.5 inches deep and toast the buns on the 175 square inches large (22.8 inches wide x 7.4 inches deep) swing-away warming rack.

It has 4 independently controlled 9,000 BTU stainless steel burners. Together they give out 36,000 BTUs.

Make sauces or soups on its 10,000 BTU side burner that doubles as a side shelf when not in use.

Other Features Worth Considering

The double-door storage cabinet not only hides the propane tank out of sight and potential dangers but also has plenty of space for tools and accessories.

Instead of 2 wheels this one has 4. Two of them lock.

Besides the side burner, this grill has another side shelf on the other side. This gives the griller more than enough space to work with.

The assembly is simple and straightforward. It took me about 2 hours to put this grill together – coffee break included.

With a simple push of a button, you’ll fire up each and every burner. This electronic ignition system is both durable and reliable.

See How Well This Grill Performs

What Issues Does This Grill Have?

The heat output is pretty small compared to its size. It needs quite some time to get hot and can hardly reach 450 degrees.

Summary

While I was disappointed at the small heat output, it performed surprisingly well. You won’t get the steakhouse sear marks on this grill but it’s still a nice addition to the backyard.

Pros
  • Ample cooking area and prep space
  • Mobile
  • Sturdy
  • Easy assembly
  • Simple to clean
Cons
  • Small heat output
See Reviews

Broil King Baron S590

The Broil King 923584 Baron S590 made it on this list because of its flawless cooking performance, huge size, and durability.

A Grilling Baron

Feed your friends and family members without worrying if there would be enough place on the grill as this grilling giant has a total cooking surface of 805 square inches: the heavy-duty cast-iron grates are 555 square inches large and the warming rack is 250 square inches.

It has 5 independently controlled 10,000 BTU stainless steel dual-tube burners that output 50,000 BTUs in total. In addition to the 10,000 BTU side burner, this grill also has a 15,000 BTU rotisserie burner.

What Are Its Other Great Features?

The rotisserie burner comes complete with a premium spit rod and motor, making this grill ideal for making chicken

The side shelves are collapsible which makes this grill great for places where space is at a premium.

The grill, including the heat box, is made from die-cast aluminum and stainless steel. This increases heat retention and durability.

It’s completely made in North America (US of A and Canada).

Consider This Caveat

This grill is prone to rust, especially the diffusers. Considering the price, they could have included a grill cover.

Yay or Nay?

Don’t let some rust spots come between you and an unforgettable barbecue. I especially recommend this grill to every rotisserie enthusiast.

Pros
  • Fast and even heating
  • Ample cooking surface
  • Rotisserie kit included
  • Durable and sturdy
  • Simple assembly
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Prone to rust
See Reviews

Weber Genesis II S-335

The Weber 66006001 Genesis II S-335 is a natural gas grill that comes in charcoal black.

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’s 20 burger patties large.

The cooking grates are made from 7 mm (0.3 inches) thick solid stainless steel rods that are built to last. It’s a Weber, of course.

The Burners

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.

When grilling steaks, turn on the 9,000 BTU sear station burner to get the famous steakhouse sear mark. The burner achieves this by creating an intense heat zone.

There’s another, side, burner built-into the right side table that outputs 12,000 BTU.

If you fire all these burners together, you get 60,000 BTUs.

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 cloth, 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.

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, is made from thin metal sheets. You can make (or the delivery service) a bend with practically no effort. It looks like this model’s quality control team was on vacation when it was manufactured.

Some other customers reported missing pieces and that the 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 igniters are flawed. Test them as soon as possible.

The Best Natural Gas Grill Under $1000

Even though it’s flimsy and the ignition system doesn’t work as supposed to, it’s still a pretty darn decent grill that cooks on natural gas. It’s not easy to find one that both a Weber and in this price range – most of them cost much more. 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
  • Cooks on naturals gas
  • Ample cooking and prep space
  • Easy to clean
  • Straightforward assembly
Cons
  • Flimsy construction
  • Flawed ignition system
See Reviews

Royal Gourmet Mirage

The Royal Gourmet Mirage MG6001-R is a propane and infrared grill with a two split hood and 6 main burners. This truly is a grilling behemoth.

How Big of a Behemoth It Actually Is?

How often do you see 2 hoods on one grill that’s not a charcoal/gas combo? Not that much really – at least not in this price range.

You can cook up to 80 hot dogs on its both primary cooking areas that are 702 square inches large combined.

See How Big Both Hoods Are

Left

  • Primary cooking surface: 466 square inches (26.0×17.9 inches)
  • Warming rack: 173 square inches (26.7×6.5 inches)

Right

  • Primary cooking surface: 236 square inches (13.1×17.9 inches)
  • Warming rack: 90 square inches (13.9×6.5 inches)

Add all four surfaces together, and you get a whopping 965 square inches.

Both main cooking areas are porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates.

Burners, Burners Everywhere

It has 6 main stainless steel burners, a rear ceramic infrared burner under the left hood, and an additional lidded side burner on the right side that output 12,000 BTU each. Combine all these 8 burners and you get 96,000 BTUs of raw cooking power.

Additional Features Worth Mentioning

Both lids are double-layered with cast-aluminum side planks. This increases heat retention and adds additional protection from the elements. The handles are padded for a cool and comfortable grip.

royal gourmet mirage

The grates are sloped and dented on purpose. This unusual design retains oil and adds better flavor to the grilled meat.

It has two side tables that don’t collapse with hooks on the end.

The grill is free standing on its cart that is fully encased in stainless steel with 4 handsome stainless steel doors to store your propane tank and other cooking supplies.

Review of the Mirage

This grill is prone to have some factory quality control issues that pop up in unpacking and assembly like scratched or bent parts or parts that don’t align properly.

The customer service for Royal Gourmet is very nice and they will help you, so just contact them and they will make your grill right if it has any issues.

It is prone to hot spots as the grill wears over time.

Final Word

Aside from those things, this is a very nice, very impressive grill that looks and feels loaded with all the features that you could want or need.  It only takes 2 to 3 hours to assemble and heats up in a matter of minutes.

Pros
  • Massive
  • Two-lid design
  • Has an infrared burner
  • Very high heat output
  • Generous cooking and storage space
Cons
  • Bad quality control
  • Hot and cold spots
See Reviews

A Few Words About Expensive Grills

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, natural gas grills have many valves and regulators – more than you’d see on a propane grill. This is the reason why it’s very difficult – if not damn near impossible – to convert a natural gas grill to propane.

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 this regard, I’ve gathered these 6 best gas grills under $1000.

Propane or natural gas? What’s your preference?

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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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