The 7 Best Propane Grills for Every Type of Summer Cookout
From juicy burgers to tender grilled veggies, a good grill can elevate just about any meal. And while charcoal is the go-to choice for some discerning grill masters, there are plenty of benefits to opting for a propane grill to meet your outdoor cooking needs.
Unlike cooking with charcoal, which requires a generous, concentrated layer of lit coals that can take 20 minutes to reach an optimal temperature, propane grills can get going with the quick turn of a dial.
To find out which is the best propane grill for your home, we researched a variety of picks, including portable, budget-friendly, and combination picks, and looked at each grill's BTUs, cooking surface space, weight, and features. We also consulted Eudel Watts IV, pitmaster and founder of Old Arthur's Barbecue Products and Shawn Hill, founder of The Grilling Dad.
Overall, we recommend the Weber Spirit II E-310 Three-Burner Liquid Propane Grill. This sleek, compact grill was designed with ease of use in mind, featuring a large grilling area, convenient open cart design and superior heating.
Here are the best propane grills.
- Best Overall: Weber Spirit II E-310 Three-Burner Liquid Propane Grill
- Best Budget: Char-Broil Performance Four-Burner Grill
- Best Splurge: Weber Summit S-470 Four-Burner Liquid Propane Grill
- Best Small: Char-Broil Tru-Infrared Patio Bistro Gas Grill
- Best Portable: Cuisinart CGG-240 All Foods Roll Away Gas Grill
- Best for Camping: Coleman RoadTrip 225 Portable Tabletop Propane Grill
- Best Charcoal-Propane Combo: Weber Performance Deluxe Charcoal Grill
What We Recommend
Best Overall: Weber Spirit II E-310 Three-Burner Liquid Propane Grill
Best Budget: Char-Broil Performance Four-Burner Gas Grill
Best Splurge: Weber Summit S-470 Four-Burner Liquid Propane Grill
Best Small: Char-Broil Tru-Infrared Patio Bistro Gas Grill
Best Portable: Cuisinart CGG-240 All Foods Roll Away Gas Grill
Best for Camping: Coleman Portable RoadTrip 225 Portable Propane Grill
Best Charcoal-Propane Combo: Weber Performance Deluxe Charcoal Grill
The Bottom Line
Overall, we recommend the Weber Spirit II E-310 Three-Burner Liquid Propane Grill because it's compact, durable, easy to use, and provides plenty of cooking surface to cover most grilling needs. If you're looking for a propane grill at a less expensive price point, consider the Char-Broil Performance Four-Burner Grill. The grill has a large cooking space as well as prep tables, so it's easy to cook and entertain.
What to Know About Propane Grills Before Shopping
When it comes to choosing the best propane grill, the cooking space is an important deciding factor. To start, Hill recommends you consider things like how many people you'll likely be cooking for.
"I always recommend getting a grill that has at least one more burner than you think you'll need—it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it," Hill says.
Watts agrees that extra burners are never a bad idea. "We prefer units that have three or more burners. This allows you better temperature control and [gives you] the ability to more effectively cook indirectly."
Depending on how you plan to use your propane grill, portability is worth considering. According to Hill, you should think about how you plan to store your grill as well as if you want to take it on the go when camping or grilling at the park. While many models are large and will stay in one place in your outdoor space, there are plenty of more lightweight options that are designed to either be stored away or are compact enough to take on a camping trip.
BTUs (British Thermal Units) are used to measure the amount of heat a propane grill produces. Whether you want to cook up some vegetables or grill burgers and steaks, you'll need a range of heat to cook each properly. Propane grills have BTU ratings that usually range from 13,000 to 48,000, so consider how you're planning to use your grill and how much heat you might need.
Your Questions, Answered
Can you use a propane grill in the rain?
Both experts we spoke to agree: Yes, you can use your propane grill in the rain. Though the rain doesn't present any safety concerns, you'll want to be mindful of how long the grill lid is open to avoid the rain washing away the seasoning on your food.
How do you start a propane grill?
Starting up a propane grill is fairly simple. First, turn the propane tank counterclockwise to open it. Then, turn one of the burners' dials to the ignite setting, and push the auto-light button.
"It's safest to follow these steps while the grill lid is open," Hill says.
Can you use a propane grill inside?
When it comes to propane grills, It is not safe to use one inside your home. In addition to running the risk of a grease fire, it can make your home really smoky and can even cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
What are the advantages of propane grills?
Propane grills are easy to start and generally heat up faster than charcoal grills. Another feature to love about cooking on a propane grill: precise control. This means you can easily raise or lower the heat via a convenient temperature dial. "Charcoal temperature regulation is much tougher and takes a lot of practice," Hill says.
Propane is also cheaper than charcoal. "While a propane grill might be a little more of an investment upfront, you will spend less over time," Hill says. For example, a 15-pound tank of propane will last about 20 uses while a 15-pound bag of charcoal will only last for two to four grilling sessions.
Investing in a propane grill doesn't have to break the bank either. "There are many great propane grills that can fit a tight budget," Hill says. "They may not have all the bells and whistles, but they can still grill a great burger."
Who We Are
This article was written by Adria Greenhauff, who has been writing about food and lifestyle topics for over a decade. To come up with this list of the best propane grills, she looked at each grill's BTUs, cooking surface space, weight, and features. She also interviewed Eudel Watts IV, a fifth-generation pitmaster and co-founder of Old Arthur's Barbecue Products, and grilling expert Shawn Hill of The Grilling Dad, who has tested hundreds of propane grills over the last 25 years.