10 Best Grills for Under $400: Gas, Pellet, Propane, …

All set to buy a grill but don’t know which one? Then you are in luck as I have gathered 10 of the best grills you can get for under 400 bucks. This list contains all grill types for every taste and need:

  • Gas: propane and natural gas
  • Pellet
  • Charcoal
  • Dual fuel
  • Kamado
  • Electric
  • Infrared

See the table below, pick the most suitable one, and read the corresponding review for the specs and performance.

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The Best BBQ Grills Under 400 Dollars

Get to know these amazing grills that will surprise you and your grilling friends.

Monument Grills 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill

Have you seen this Monument Grills 4-Burner Propane Grill? Maybe you should, then! Monument Grills is a lesser-known grill manufacturer who’s been making a splash in the grilling world for having consistently exceptional to near-perfect products and customer service.

A Grilling Marvel

The grilling grates are cast iron coated in porcelain and measure out 513 square inches. There is a warming rack that can be pushed out of the way that measures 210 square inches, for a total cooking space of 723 square inches.

The grill has 4 main independently controlled burners, a side burner on one side, and a ceramic sear burner on the other that output 12,000 BTU each or 72,000 BTU in total. They are ignited via a push button.

Each of the knobs has its own backlit LED light, like a fancy light-up keyboard, and it looks super cool.

Other Features Worth Mentioning

The lid has a tempered glass window, so you can watch your food cook without losing the temperature or juices, just like an oven.

It’s a propane grill that’s fully enclosed, so you can stick your propane tank and some tools or utensils.

It’s free-standing on its own cart with 4 wheels.

When not in use, the side burners act as side shelves.

Hang your utensils, towel, gloves, and other things you need on the hooks on the side.

The assembly is simple and straightforward.

What to Be on the Lookout For

Although it’s made from 304 stainless steel, it’s prone to rust. A grill cover is a must. If you don’t get one, you say goodbye to this grill in about a year.

For this price, they could have included it the package, though.

The Best Grill You Can Get for Under $400

This Monument grill is a wonderful grilling addition for someone who loves to show off and look fancy. The grill’s backlit lights and semi-opaque lid really make this grill shine and look like something special.

Still not sure whether this gas grill is right for you? Then check out these other best gas grills under 400 dollars.

Pros
  • 2 side burners
  • Easy to assemble and clean
  • Even heating
  • Fast heat up
  • The Clearview glass lid is a great addition
Cons
  • Prone to rust
  • Without a grill cover
See Reviews

Z GRILLS Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker

Barbecue lovers are going to love this one: the Z GRILLS ZPG-450A Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker, available in black-bronze.

The Ultimate Barbecuing Experience

The problem with barbecuing and cooking low and slow on a charcoal grill is that you need to constantly monitor the temperature, airflow, and coals.

The solution: the pellet grill. This particular model regulates the temperature and the fuel with its upgraded digital controller.

You can cook up to 20 hours without adding more pellets. The grill can hold 20 lb of pellets and it consumes roughly a pound of pellets every hour.

The Cooking Capacity

Cook up to:

  • 18 burgers
  • 4 racks of ribs
  • 3 whole chickens

on its total cooking area of 452 square inches:

  • The main cooking area is 324 square inches large
  • The top warming rack is 128 square inches

and wide temperature range from 180 °F to 450 °F.

The burners output a total of 25,000 BTU

Built to Last

A common issue with grills is that they’re prone to rust. Not this one. It has additional rust protection coating on both the grill and the racks.

Additional Features

  • Electronic auto-start ignition
  • Digital Auto temperature control
  • Real-time LED temperature display
  • Foldable work shelf
  • Heavy-duty casters with two locking brakes

The Caveat

The automated pellet feeding system is a wonder, once you get to know it. This system is very delicate and can shut off for no apparent reason. For the first few cookouts, you’ll need to carefully monitor the cooking and find out what you can and cannot do so the cooking won’t be suddenly stopped because the grill encountered an error.

This kind of eliminates the convenience, at least at first. But once you get to know the grill, you should be smooth sailing from here.

Summary

Although there’s a learning curve, this grill performs remarkably well. With its big cooking surface, auto-feed system, and temperature control, you will be able to cook any barbecue dishes you desire.

Did you know that grilling and barbecuing are not the same?

Pros
  • Gets you smokey flavor at the convenience of a gas grill
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Additional rust-protection
  • Ample cooking area
  • Versatile
Cons
  • Learning curve
See Reviews

Royal Gourmet 3-Burner Gas Charcoal Grill Combo

Can’t decide between a charcoal or a gas grill? Do you want to grill during the week on gas, but wish to fire up the charcoal grill during the weekend and your other days off? Then the Royal Gourmet ZH3002-S 3-Burner Gas Charcoal Grill Combo might just be right for you.

Save Time, Money, and Space

Instead of spending 400 of your hard-earned dollars on a gas grill and another $400 on a charcoal grill, cut your spending by half with this dual-fuel grill.

Also, you have one grill instead of two – this is a great feature if your backyard is small.

Massive Cooking Area

The left cooking box is meant for grilling on gas and the right one is for charcoal. Both the left and the right side are the same size:

  • The primary cooking area (the porcelain cast-iron grates) is 288 square inches and measures 17.6 × 16.4 inches
  • The stainless steel warming rack is 83 square inches and measures 17.8 × 4.6 inches

In total, one cooking box is 371 square inches large, and if you fire up both of them at the same time, you get a total of 742 (576 if you exclude the warming racks) square inches.

Gas Grill Specs and Features

This side has 3 stainless steel 9,000 BTU burners that output a total of 27,000 BTUs of heat. Each of them can be individually controlled and ignited with a simple push.

There’s a bottle opener on the far right side.

Charcoal Grill Specs and Features

It has 3 dampers, 2 built-in the lid and one in the front for maximum air circulation.

Adjust the height of the charcoal pan with the front-facing crank for more controlled cooking.

Other Great Features

On the left side table, you can place S-shape hooks to hand your utensils. They are not included. Don’t ask me why.

The grill is a full cabinet cart with stainless steel double layer doors that offer additional storage space.

Access oils drip into the channel which leads to the grease which is easily removed.

Both lids have a thermometer built-in to them.

The Hidden Issues

This grill comes with a lot of bits and pieces. It will take you quite some time (I spent about 2, or maybe even 3 hours) putting it together. It would have taken me less if the instructions weren’t badly written.

It’s made from cheaper and thin stainless steel, so check the whole grill when it arrives for dents and scratches.

The Verdict

Despite its few cons, it’s a nice decent charcoal gas grill combo with which you’ll have many unforgettable barbecue parties. A great choice for folks who enjoy grilling with both charcoal and gas.

Pros
  • Dual fuel
  • Even heat distribution on the gas side
  • Lots of storage space
  • Heavy and solid grates
  • Ample cooking surface
Cons
  • Made from cheap stainless steel
  • Tedious assembly
See Reviews

Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Cart Charcoal Grill

The Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker, model 6520 is a charcoal kamado grill, and nevertheless, of its egg-shaped looks, it’s actually a serious cooking beast and an all-time favorite amongst grillers and smokers everywhere.

Plenty of Space to Cook With

The cast-iron cooking grates are 20 inches in diameter, which comes to 314 square inches of cooking space.

It’s big enough to cook:

  • Up to 27 hamburgers
  • A whole turkey
  • 1 or 2 beer can chickens
  • 4 – 6 salmon halves
  • 4 to 6 32 oz porterhouse steaks

Other Reasons Why This Grill Got on This List

The grilling cart stands at a comfortable height for grilling.

It has caster wheels on all 4 legs to help deter debris from building up in the wheel sockets

At the bottom is a small rack where you can put some of your things.

The cart has a workstation table about double the size of any other grilling workstation, so it has still plenty of room.

The thermometer on the lid makes it easy to watch the progress of your food inside.

There is a top damper, bottom damper, and airflow damper so you can feel safe having complete control over temperatures while you cook your favorite recipes, like the Texas-style brisket:

But this grill is more about the Kamado than the cart. The cart is great and there are no issues.

The Inside Scoop

The factory has issues with quality control, so expect a missing screw or two and a dent here and there upon arrival. Check everything in detail before assembling the grill and contact the awesome customer support if you should find anything.

Final Say

The Kamado Kooker is a real diamond for someone who wants to learn to get into smoking and cooking low & slow.

Not sure how and which charcoal grill to choose? Then see this in-depth charcoal grill buying guide.

Pros
  • Quick assembly
  • Easy to clean
  • Low charcoal consumption
  • Great heat retention
  • Lots of cooking and prep space
Cons
  • Quality control issues
See Reviews

Weber Q 2400 Electric Grill

The Weber Q 2400 is a lightweight portable electric grill that you can get in charcoal black and includes a grill cover.

Use It Indoors Without Restrictions

Charcoal grills are completely forbidden indoors. You can use a gas grill on the patio or balcony, but this is not always the case. Apartment dwellers know what I’m talking about: every landlord has their own decision. Some allow them, so don’t, and some allow them under certain conditions.

This is not the case with electric grills. Use them in any part of your home. Heck, have a BBQ in front of the couch while watching the ball game, I won’t judge.

Big Enough for 4 People

Cook up to 13 burgers or 12 chicken breasts on its 280 square inches large cooking area.

weber q 2400

Sear them with ease on its single 1,560 Watt burner.

The grates are the classic porcelain-enameled cast iron that you’re used to.

Take It Camping With You

Weighing in at only 43.5 pounds, this grill makes for the perfect grill-on-the-go companion.

Other Features Worth Your Consideration

  • 6 ft. grounded cord
  • Removable catch pan
  • Comes pre-assembled
  • Grill cover included
  • Aluminum heat retention liners
  • Cast aluminum lid and body

The Bad Side of This Grill

Being electric, it’s not exactly water-friendly. I advise you don’t cook with it during the rain while in the open.

Without a temperature gauge, it’s hard to control the temperature and the cooking process in general.

Last, but Not Least

It’s not as good as a charcoal grill or a gas one in performance but you can still make juicy steaks and delicious hamburgers. I recommend this model for anyone living in an apartment or condo, and folks who enjoy the open road.

Pros
  • Convenient
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Portable
  • Can be used indoors
  • Even heating
  • Grill cover included
Cons
  • Pretty basic with no bells and whistles
  • Not water-resistant
See Reviews

Royal Gourmet 8-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill

For a big event, you need a big grill. It doesn’t get any bigger than the Royal Gourmet GB8000 Propane Gas Grill.

A Grilling Behemoth

Cook up to 60 burgers or 120 hot dogs at once on its massive 967 square inch cooking area which measures 52.4 × 18.5 inches, or approximately 4.3 x 1.5 feet.

The cooking surface consists of 5 1/4″ diameter porcelain wire cooking grates, 8 stainless steel 13,000 BTU burners with flame tamers capable of creating 104,000 BTUs of totač raw cooking potential, 2 gas systems (or grilling areas) each of them having separate regulators, hoses, grease collectors, and ignition systems.

Besides the 2 foldable metal side shelves that measure 20.0 x 16.5 inches, there’s also a two-story shelf underneath the grill. There’s more than enough space to accommodate anything and everything you need.

Special Features

The wind deflectors sure come in handy when there’s windy outside.

4 lockable casters make it easy to move around.

What I Didn’t Like About This Grill

Because of its large size, you can easily bend or twist many of its parts. That’s why some folks complained that their grill arrived as such.

The gas regulators aren’t capable of supporting this much burners. If you have a feeling that the grill struggles to reach and maintain the desired temperature, then the only option would be to replace the regulators with more gas flow.

Conclusion

All Things Considered, it’s an enormous grill for the price. While it’s not for me since I don’t host BBQs big enough to take advantage of all 8 burners, it could be for you if your circle of friends and family is bigger.

Pros
  • Massive cooking area and prep space
  • 2 separate independent cooking zones
  • Wind deflectors on 3 sides
  • Easy to assemble and clean
Cons
  • Underperforming gas regulators
  • Heavy and bulky
See Reviews

Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 450 3-Burner Infrared Grill

The Performance TRU Infrared 450 by Char-Broil is an infrared grill with Char-Broils’ own patented TRU infrared technology, capable of delivering juicer food and more even heating, and eliminating flare-ups.

Specifications

The main cooking area – the porcelain-coated grates – is 450 square inches large and the swing-a-way warming rack is 150 square inches. Combined, this grills’ total cooking area is 600 square inches.

It’s 3 primary 443 stainless steel burners output 8,000 BTU each, or 24,000 BTU in total. The left side table includes a 10,000 BTU side burner.

Don’t let the small BTU count fool you. Infrared grills are designed differently than traditional gas grills and because of their efficiency, require less potent burners to achieve steakhouse sear marks.

Features

The features are what you’d expect from a cart-style gas grill:

  • Locking casters keep wheels sturdy and stable
  • Temperature gauge on the lid
  • Surefire Electronic igniter that is more reliable than the standard Piezo
  • 2 side stations

Get Yourself a Grill Cover

It’s prone to rust – very. In reality, infrared grills are quite expensive – even more than natural gas grills. To make them more affordable, the manufacturer used cheaper-grade stainless steel – the type that actually rusts.

Yay or Nay?

It’s a very efficient and compact infrared grill that can make the same sear marks as steakhouses while retaining the food’s natural flavor, moisture, and juices. If you haven’t tried an infrared grill before, do it. Now’s your chance. You won’t be sorry.

Find out how infrared grills actually differ from the regular gas grills.

Pros
  • Large cooking surface
  • Fast and smooth assembly
  • Infrared technology
  • Even heating
Cons
  • Prone to rust
See Reviews

Northfire InfernoGo Infrared Grill

This is something you don’t see every day: a portable and compact infrared grill that doesn’t actually resemble a grill – the Northfire InfernoGo Infrared Grill.

A Grill or an Oven?

This thing looks like more of an oven than a grill. What do you think? Post your answer in the comment section below.

A True Inferno

Once started, this tiny grill can reach temperatures of up to 1,500 ° F in a matter of minutes.

Hard to believe that the burner outputs only 7,000 BTU.

Perfect for One, Great for Two

The grates are about 66 square inches large (6 x 11 inches) and are big enough for:

  • A steak
  • A fish fillet
  • A chicken breast
  • 2 burgers

For a loner, this grill is the perfect companion. If you’re cooking dinner for two, then one of you will have to wait if you’re planning to eat together.

Take It Camping

Because of its compact size of 16 x 9 x 13 inches and a small weight of 26.2 lbs, you can easily carry it with you on your next camping trip.

Infrared grills are in general heavy and bulky, meaning mobility is limited with this type of grill. This one is a rare exception.

Overview

Super Easy to Clean

It’s remarkably easy to clean: you just pull out the rack that holds the grates and trays and wipe the inside clean with a damp cloth. The great thing about these components is that they are dishwasher-friendly.

The Caveats

The main reason why this grill is so lightweight is because of the thin stainless steel construction.

The quality control is terrible. Some grillers reported dents and missing pieces.

Final Say

It’s very rare to come across an infrared grill that’s portable, compact, and lightweight. Despite its flaws, it’s a great companion for people living on their own or travelers who love steakhouse-style burn marks.

Pros
  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Portable
  • Easy to clean
  • Lightning-fast heat up
Cons
  • Cheap construction
  • Quality control issues
See Reviews

Dyna-Glo Premier 2 Burner Natural Gas Grill

Do you have a natural gas line at home? Then consider this Dyna-Glo DGP321SNN-D Premier Gas Grill.

The Cooking Area

The total cooking space is 445 square inches, enough for up to 15 burgers.

The primary cooking area (the cast iron grates) are 319 square inches, and the other 126 square inches belong to the warming rack.

The Burners

It has 2 stainless steel tube burners capable of delivering a total of 24,000 BTUs.

Compact

This grill is great for small balconies, decks, patios, and even backyards because of its compact size. Both side shelves are foldable, making it even more compact.

Other Features

It has several tool hooks and a towel holder so you have all the tools you need for a successful BBQ party.

There’s plenty of space below the grill. And because there’s no tank there, you have even more space.

The ignition system is reliable. Flame on!

The grill stands on 4 durable wheels, 2 of them lock.

A Grill Cover Is a Must

Like many grills, this one is also prone to rust. A grill cover is just as important as the food itself.

A Great Grill for a Great Price

Natural gas grills are pretty expensive and usually cost more than $400. Despite having issues with rusting, this one is of the best natural gas grill you can get in this price range. Not only that, the heating is even, the grill gets hot pretty fast and you can make delicious burgers in tight spaces.

Pros
  • Compact
  • Easy to assemble and clean
  • Fast and even heat
  • Ample cooking and storage space
Cons
  • Prone to rust
  • No side burner
See Reviews

Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill

The Weber Performer Deluxe, model 15502001 is a copper-colored bowl-style charcoal grill embedded into a free-standing cart (just like the Akorn above). Despite its humble looks, this Weber model is fully packed with everything that you need to make your food smoky.

The Cooking Specs

The grill itself is 22 inches in diameter, giving you 363 square inches of grilling space. This is big enough for:

  • 13 burgers
  • 4 – 6 salmon lengths
  • 4 – 6 racks of ribs
  • 8 – 12 chicken quarters

Features

Ignite the charcoal just like on a gas grill – with a push of a button. This is possible with the Touch-N-Go gas ignition system (for this you’ll need a propane tank which is sold separately).

The grill has space on the back to hook the lid when you open the grill.

The lid has ventilation for heat control, as well as an internal thermometer.

The handles are heat shielded.

The workstation itself sits at a comfortable height with hooks at the edges for your grilling utensils.

The electronics are a detachable timer, which can ignite your grill at the push of a button.

There’s a single but very large workstation table, which can lift up to access a hanging trash can for scraps and waste.

The cart has wheels on all 4 legs and is quite sturdy.

Although some assembly is required, for a grill, it practically puts itself together in under an hour.

This unit isn’t rated as a smoker, but it is. You can grill your meals or you can keep the lid on with some wood chips for a nice smokey flavor.

This Grills Hidden Secret

The quality control is bad: you can get many missing or broken pieces and the grill itself can arrive dented or scratched. Inspect the grill in whole upon arrival.

Final Word

The Weber Performer Deluxe is a great grill for someone who’s looking for a consistent and easy experience, especially if they enjoy smoking or if they just want to get started in that realm. It also excels for someone who doesn’t like lighting the grill themselves.

Pros
  • Convenient ignition system
  • Integrated trash can
  • Built-in lid thermometer
  • Durable and sturdy
  • Fast and smooth assembly
Cons
  • Quality control issues
See Reviews

The Kings of Grill

I’ve tried my best in search of the best grill for under $400 and compiled the list of these 10 models. Every grill type is included so no griller can’t leave here empty-handed.

Is this your first grill or are you looking for a replacement?

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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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