Summer is upon us and it looks like it is a perfect time to get ready for some backyard fun. No matter the backyard activity, from playing in the hose to enjoying outdoor movie time, it goes better with grilled food that delights the taste buds.
Hotdogs, hamburgers, steaks, ribs, chicken and more are all possible on the grill. However, it takes a well made, quality grill to get the job done right and to your specific tastes. Propane grills heat faster and can produce the same results as a charcoal grill and thus you have more time to enjoy the fun in the sun instead of standing over a hot grill.
Gas Versus Solid
Among hardcore grillers, there is always a debate as to which is better, gas or charcoal. Much like the hoax debate in the 80’s, “Taste great, Less Filling”, there really isn’t too much to the debate as it really boils to personal preference.
To achieve the same smoked flavor on a gas grill, just by adding an oven safe bowl with water and hardwood chips will do the job and make it healthier than charcoal. This is because unless you are using an all-natural hardwood charcoal, you increase the risk of adding chemicals to your food, some of which are toxic or carcinogenic.
Charcoal made from softwoods like pine, birch and others contain chemicals like formaldehyde and others. In the case of briquettes, there is the use of chemical fillers and binders, all of which can come in contact with your food because of the inefficient combustion process of charcoal.
Propane has none of these disadvantages and has a much smaller heat curve than charcoal. So you can get to grilling faster and at more precise temperatures than you can with charcoal. All of these are reasons while propane grills are the new mainstay of the grilling market.
Five Great Propane Grills Under $500 Dollars
Top of the Range Stainless Grill
The Nexgrill 60K BTU 4-Burner Stainless Grill is an all stainless grill with four quality burners each producing over 12K BTU. There is a side/sear burner producing an additional 12K BTU as well. The unit is heavy gauge steel for longevity and the fact that it is stainless steel gives it an attractive look. The controls are easy to use and ignition is push button.
There are over 600 square inches of total cooking space and the grates are also stainless steel for great heat distribution.
The lower cart is a cabinet with dual cabinet doors and mounted on casters for easy mobility. People who have and use this grill love the quick and even heating and how attractive this unit looks.
Excellent 4-Burner Grill for the Money
Dyna-Glo makes a wide range of grills and the Dyna-Glo Black & Stainless Series 4 Burner Grill is made of a heavy duty construction with sections covered with a black coating for better heat control. The burners are all stainless steel commercial grade for longevity and there are five burners including mains, side/sear, and a rotisserie burner.
The lower cart is enclosed in a cabinet with dual cabinet style doors and mounted on casters for easier mobility. The lid has a built-in temperature gauge and the unit has over 700 square inches of cooking space. People who have this grill love the wide range of cooking options with a large number of burners.
High Quality Propane Grill
Compact yet powerful, this BroilKing Baron Series Model #S320 Grill offers three main burners and have a built in flavorizer system for delicious results. The three burners are sensi-touch burners for precise and accurate flame control and there are over 400 square inches of cooking space.
The stainless steel is a high grade for longevity and the side shelves will fold down for better storage. It has a single cabinet style door for the lower cart and four easy roll casters for mobility. People who have purchased and use this grill love the compact nature but with enough space for family cooking.
Best High End Propane Grill
Napoleon grills are premium, high end grills that are made of heavy gauge stainless steel for both longevity, excellent heat characteristics and for looks. This Napoleon Model #T325SBPK Grill is a Triumph series unit, designed for smaller space but still offers over 400 square inches of cooking space. Three main burners produce a generous amount of heat quickly and the lid has a wide face temperature gauge for easy reading at a glance.
The folding side shelves also have tool hooks for easy access and the lower cart is enclosed with a single cabinet style door. People who have this grill love the solid construction and of course, the delicious results.
Top Rated Propane Grill to Buy
Weber is the leading manufacturer of grills and grilling accessories and is found in many lists, usually near the top. This Weber Spirit Series Model #E310 Grill continues that quality tradition. Producing over 30K BTU of heat on three burners, this grill has a push button sure start system for fast starting and quicker heat generation. It has over 400 square inches of cooking space in addition to over 100 square inches of warming space.
It has a flavorizer and the lid has a built in temperature gauge for maintaining exacting control. The lower cart is enclosed with a cabinet style door and the grates are porcelain coated, cast iron for superior heat distribution. People who have this grill love the excellent balance of the heating characteristics and the great heat control.
To protect your investment, be sure to use a quality grill cover to keep your grill from the elements. Be sure to consult your manual concerning the proper cleaning to keep your grill in optimal shape.