It’s time for a new grill! Whether it’s your first or you’re just looking for a new one, for $250 you can get a decent gas grill that will last you for quite some time.
The market is flooded with all kinds of grills you can get for this kind of money. But because this price range is kind of low in the gas grill world, you can get ripped off pretty fast. That’s why I’ve made this list of the 7 best gas grills under $250.
Take a look at the table below, pick out the grill that you find the most suitable, and read the review.
Top 7 Gas Grills Under $250
What Are the Best Gas Grills for the Money?
- Best for the Money: Weber Q2200
- Best Budget: Char-Broil Classic 405
- Best with Side Burner: RevoAce Gas Grill with Side Burner
- Best for Home Use: Dyna-Glo Smart Space Living
- Best Portable: Coleman RoadTrip LX
- Best for Outdoor Kitchen: Camp Chef Big Gas Grill
- Best Griddle: Royal Gourmet GB4000
It’s time to take a look at the features of these grills.
Char-Broil Classic 405
If you plan to cook for a large group, then the Char-Broil Classic 405 might be the best choice. With its 405 square inches cooking area plus an additional 190 square inches large warming rack and combined with 4 main independently controlled burners that output 32,000 BTU in total, feeding all your friends and family will be a breeze.
Built to Last
The lid and firebox are made from porcelain-coated steel for increased durability. Many lower-priced grills are notorious for being susceptible to rust, but this one is tougher.
Ample Prep Space
The grill features 2 metal side shelves that can be used for either storage or preparation.
It’s spacious enough for the griller to have everything closeby without having to jump up and down.
Other Features Worth Mentioning
The grates are porcelain-coated for even heat distribution and are completely nonstick. Another bonus is faster and easier cleanup.
The cart-style design makes this grill portable – you can move it from one spot to another in the backyard. The two 6-inch wheels are durable and stable.
What Issues Does This Grill Have?
The Char-broil 405 uses the notorious Piezo ignition system that has several issues, including dying out after a few tries or even not working at all.
A lot of gas grills have a built-in thermometer but this one doesn’t.
This gas grill may not be the best grill on the market but it’s one of the best gas grills you can get for $250 or less. It puts a lot of heat to the meat.
Whether you’re cooking on the road or in the backyard, the Weber Q2200 has you covered.
The Perfect Camping Companion
Travelers and campers can consider this gas grill for taking it out on the road trip with them. It’s compact size and light weight make it a great addition to the camping party.
Grill at Home or on the Go
Most portable grills don’t have a lot of space to cook – usually enough for a couple, or maybe a group of three people. But not this one. With its ample cooking area of 280 square inches, 2 folding side shelves, and a 12,000 BTU burner, you can feed your entire family at home or friends in the wild.
You’re in Full Control
Press the button to start the grill. Control the temperature with a simple turn of the knob. See the temperature with the built-in lid thermometer. It’s that simple.
State of the Art Assembly Instructions
If you’re having trouble putting this grill together, then take a look at the 3D interactive assembly instructions through the free BILT app.
Other Great Features
The porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates ensure even heat distribution and fast and easy cleanup.
The lid and the body are made from cast aluminum. Cast aluminum has some advantages over the traditional stainless steel or cast iron: better heat distribution, even heating, and heat retention. It’s also lighter.
The removable catch pan catches meat juices and grease for simple cleanup.
The side shelves are made from thin cheap plastic so don’t be surprised if they bend or even break if you place something heavy on them.
In cold windy conditions, the grill’s effectiveness drops dramatically. If you want to cook during these conditions, place the grill somewhere it’s shielded from the wind. Failing that, improvise some wind guards from a sheet of aluminum or a tray.
The Best Propane Camping Grill
Despite its flaws, it’s one of the best gas grills you can get for $250. If you’re either low on space at home or you just like to travel a lot, consider this grill as your next one.
Dyna-Glo Smart Space Living
The Smart Space Living is manufactured by Dyna-Glo, a lesser-known grill and smoker manufacturer who still packs a good punch into their products. The Smart Space Living grill comes in bronze or silver, but today I’m reviewing the silver version.
Generous Cooking Area
This grill has a porcelain-enameled cast-iron grilling grate that is 20 inches long by 18 inches wide for a grilling space of 360 square inches. The heating rack of 20 inches long by about 7 inches wide gives an additional 143 square inches, which comes to a total of 503 square inches of cooking space.
Taste the Meat, Not the Heat
The propane grill has a push-button start that delivers 12,000 BTU to each of the 3 heating elements separately controlled by the front temperature panel.
Other Features That Made It Into This List
This unit is free-standing, the bottom is mostly encased, and has a cute stainless steel door area to place your propane tank.
There are 2 side workstations, complete with hooks to hang utensils, and these workstations fold down.
The lid of the grill is large enough to allow small whole poultry to cook, and it also has a thermometer at the top.
Review of the Grill
This unit has some problems such as corrosion from the elements. While a grill cover helps a lot, the grill will still likely experience some external aesthetic wear and tear.
Some grills arrive with dents and dings from the long delivery to your door, and you can call the warranty for an exchange grill if this happens to you.
Lastly, some experience some issues with the gas regulator, creating a grill that is too hot or cold, and with uneven heating spots.
The Dyna-Glo, aside from those common problems, is actually an excellent grill for the standard outdoor chef who wants to prepare burgers and veggies. The electronic start is very reliable, the grill heats up fast and thoroughly distributes the heat, and the cooking experience is very consistent, delivering the same great taste every time.
Camp Chef Big Gas Grill
To really impress your friends and neighbors, consider this grilling beast: Big Gas Grill from Camp Chef.
Really Generous Cooking Area
This professional BBQ grill has one of the biggest cooking surfaces on this list – a whopping 608 square inches. If you can’t feed the whole family with this one, I don’t know what can.
The whole thing is modular by design. You can remove the grill and replace it with a pizza oven, griddle top, or some pots and pans (all three accessories are sold separately). Make anything and everything on this grill. It’s the most versatile gas grill on this list.
It has 3 independently controlled burners that can reach up to 30,000 BTU each. In total, this grill can produce 90,000 BTU of heat. Perfect for searing.
Other Great Features
The legs are removable and can be independently adjusted so that you can grill virtually anywhere you desire.
What I Don’t Like About This Grill
The first thing I noticed about this grill is how “portable” it actually is. Even from a distance, it looks and feels massive. And it is. It’s damn near impossible to carry this thing around all by your lonesome. So if you like the solitude in the great outdoors, then forget about this grill.
It rusts easily and is very susceptible to wind. The burner housing doesn’t really offer wind protection as specified.
The Best All in One Grill
You can’t really beat cooking pancakes, burgers, and coffee at the same in one unit. It’s a stove, grill, griddle, you name it. You can even make pizza with this thing. It’s got a few flaws but so does every grill in this price range.
RevoAce Gas Grill with Side Burner
This 4-burner gas grill by RevoAce is a newcomer in the grilling world. Just like Dyna-Glo, it’s not as well-known as Weber or Char-Broil but it still grills like a charm.
A Grilling Behemoth
You can grill up to 28 burgers at once on this baby’s 480 square inch porcelain-coated cast-iron cooking grates and toast up the buns on its 180 square inches large warming rack. Combine the two, and you get a total cooking area of 660 square inches. This is the grill with the second-largest cooking area on this list.
It has 4 stainless steel independently controlled burners that give out a total of 48,000 BTUs of cooking potential. Combined with the 12,000 BTU side burner, you get a total of 60,000 BTUs of raw heat. Pretty hot.
The spacious side shelves are more than enough for storage and preparation. One of them includes a bottle opener. Hooks for hanging utensils would make this grill even better.
Other Features Worth Mentioning
The stylish lid is made from stainless steel and includes a thermometer for a better cooking experience.
The grease tray under the grill is removable for easier cleanup.
Fire up the grill with a simple push of a button.
It runs on liquid propane but if you have a natural gas line, you can easily convert the grill with the VersiFuel Kit (part no. 555681504 or 554566766. Purchased separately).
Insider Scoop on This RevoAce Grill
The assembly instructions are next to worthless. There are hardly any written instructions and most of the pictures are badly printed.
If something breaks, you’re screwed as this grill has no replacement parts. If you know your way around DIY, you can replace the broken parts (for example, screws) with similar parts from the hardware store. If you’re not a DIY enthusiast, then you’re going to have a bad time.
Get yourself a grill cover – you’ll be needing one. If you leave it in the rain or snow, it will get rusty faster than you’d say “where’s the grill cover?”
The lid is made from thin metal so expect a bump or two when it arrives at your doorstep.
Is This Grill Worth It?
Just because you’ve never heard of this brand doesn’t mean it’s bad. A more than decent gas grill under $250: it’s big, hot, and reliable. Why you can’t get replacement parts, it’s beyond me.
Royal Gourmet GB4000 Flat Top Propane Gas Grill Griddle
No list is complete without the Royal Gourmet. The model GB4000 gas grill griddle is a grilling beast.
The Grill With the Most Spacious Cooking Area
Having a 784 square inch large cooking area, this grill griddle combo is the biggest gas grill on this list.
Together with the side and bottom shelf and 4 burners (13,000 BTU each), you’ll be a true king of the grill.
Cook Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on the Same Unit
Being a griddle, you can make virtually any indoor or outdoor recipe you wish: pancakes, sausages, stir fry, eggs and bacon, …
Not sure what to make for breakfast? Then take a look at this video recipe:
Other Key Features
The two side shelves are not only ample but also foldable.
Most grills have two wheels. This one has four, making transportation much, much easier. When you’ve put the grill in the right spot, lock the wheels.
The 4 hooks are a great addition – hang utensils, gloves, a cloth, tongues, or any other toll or accessory.
The griddle top is ceramic coated, providing quick and even heat up. Ceramic is also nonstick and very simple to clean. The coating also prevents rusting.
Does This Grill Have Issues?
The ceramic coating works well until its there. If you’re rough with a spatula or use steel wool to clean the griddle surface, say hello to rust spots.
The grease management system needs improvement. The grease hole is very small and overflows fast.
Inspect every part and piece in full upon arrival as the quality control at the factory is bad. The delivery service isn’t helpful either as many people reported dents and bends during transportation.
Yes or No on the Royal Gourmet Griddle?
A big yes. Once you’ve checked that all the bits and pieces are in order, you’ll have a barbecue party you’ll remember for the rest of your life. If you like cooking outside more than inside, then this gas grill griddle might be your best choice.
Coleman Roadtrip LX
The Roadtrip LX Propane Grill is a collapsible and portable gas grill made by the camping and outdoor supplies company Coleman.
Travelers’ Best Friend
It uses the portable camping propane bottles and powers 2 cooking areas with a total surface of 285 square inches to the right and left side with a flat surface to double as a griddle and cooking pan for foods such as eggs or beans, and the right side a grill area for vegetables, meats, or seafood, with individually controlled temperatures for each side.
It has 2 workstation areas that completely fold into the grill.
The legs are tall enough to sit on the ground or you can place it on a table and cook standing upright.
Thoughts on the Coleman Roadtrip LX Propane Grill
Like all things made of metal, grills especially, the Coleman Roadtrip LX will rust if you leave it exposed to the elements. Being small and portable, there isn’t a designated grill cover for this model, but you can keep it in your tent when it is raining and keep it in a cool, dry place in storage, or at least keep it covered with something.
One of the Best Coleman Grills Ever Made for Cooking on the Road
Aside from that, the Coleman Roadtrip LX is a great grill for cooking enthusiasts who are on the go, like road trippers or RV campers, and it’s small enough to fold up in an easily stored size. It’s sturdy, steady, and cooks food very well.
What’s the Best Gas Grill to Buy?
If you want to get the best bang for your buck, consider the Weber Q2200 as this one performs just as well on the road as it does in the backyard.
For travelers and outdoor lovers, the Coleman Roadtrip LX Propane Grill would be a great addition to your lifestyle.
How often do you grill on the road?