Best Gas Grills for $300 or Less

These grills offer great performance at budget-friendly prices

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Some gas grills cost a thousand dollars or more. The most expensive model in CR’s gas grill ratings is priced above $3,000. But there are options that cost far less and still deliver great performance, according to our tests.

Gas grills are the tool of choice for cooking burgers and brats in the backyard. They account for more than 60 percent of all grills sold nationally. 

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Consumer Reports rigorously tests gas grills in our lab, where we wire the surface of each gas grill with heat-resistant thermocouples and do four temperature tests. We also assess how evenly each model heats.

The models featured below are CR’s selection of the best gas grills for $300 or less. The list includes small and midsized grills, from brands like Even Embers, Cuisinart, and Expert Grill. (Large gas grills, with room for 28 or more burgers, are hard to find at this price.) Just don’t expect a lot of bells and whistles for the money.

"For $300 or less you won’t see high-end finishing touches like LED task lighting, pullout drawers, or trays for propane tanks,” says Mark Allwood, the market analyst who oversees grills for Consumer Reports. “But if you’re a first-time buyer, you can get a good grill for a great price, then next time decide if you want to trade up to a model with more features.”

Three out of five of the gas grills featured here are Walmart exclusives.

For more options, CR members can check out our complete gas grill ratings of over 160 models. Not sure which grill size you need or which features matter most to you? Give our comprehensive grill buying guide a read.

Best Gas Grills for $300 or Less

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Paul Hope

As a classically trained chef and an enthusiastic DIYer, I've always valued having the best tool for a job—whether the task at hand is dicing onions for mirepoix or hanging drywall. When I'm not writing about home products, I can be found putting them to the test, often with help from my two young children, in the 1860s townhouse I'm restoring in my free time.