Best Gas Grills for $500 or Less

Our tests of these midpriced gas grills showed solid performance and some nice-to-have features

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EvenEmbers GAS2660AS grill Photo: Consumer Reports

While some of the highest-rated and best gas grills we test can cost more than $2,500, our testing shows you don’t have to spend a lot to get a gas grill that you’ll enjoy. Our ratings surface some great models at reasonable prices.

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Consumer Reports tests dozens of new grills each year. In our lab, we wire the surface of each gas grill with heat-resistant thermocouples and do four temperature tests, recording a minimum of 3,240 temperatures on each grill. We also assess how evenly each model heats, and we measure how hot the surface gets at the 10-minute mark because that’s when our data says most folks like to start cooking. And we evaluate the sturdiness of each model, how well a grill maintains moderate heat (its indirect cooking), and how easy each unit is to move.

CR members can read on for reviews of five of the best gas grills for $500 or less—for even lower priced models, see our recommendations of the best gas grills under $300. We ordered our picks below by their Overall Score, and recommend models from brands like Cuisinart, Even Embers, and Permasteel. If you want to see a more comprehensive lineup of our recommendations, check out our full gas grill ratings. And for smart shopping tips, consult our grill buying guide.

Best Gas Grills for $500 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.