Any party that starts with lots of dips and ends with brownies has got to be good. Toss in the Super Bowl and a dazzling halftime show, and suddenly the first Sunday in February seems like a winner. About 28 percent of grill owners fire up a grill for their Super Bowl party, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. Here's a look at the best gas grills from Consumer Reports' tests, and three ways to make a good grill better.

Add smoky flavor. Sure, a smoker is ideal, but if you don't have one then soak wood chips in water for an hour, drain, and wrap in heavy-duty foil, a cup per pouch. Poke holes in the top of the pouches and place under the grates above a burner. Use two pouches for a midsized grill, four for a large. Turn the heat on high until the pouches smoke, then lower to about 350° F. Hickory, oak, mesquite, and pecan wood chips are some popular options. 

Go slow. Cook brisket, pork shoulder, whole poultry, and tough cuts of meat using indirect cooking. Place the meat next to the heat, not directly over it, and slowly cook on low or moderate heat with the lid closed to retain heat. For a two-burner grill, set one burner on high and cook the meat on the other. If you have four burners, turn on the outside burners and cook the meat in the middle. Our tests include indirect cooking, and you'll see the results in our gas grill ratings

Turn it into a pizza oven. We tested the $114 BakerStone Pizza Oven when it first came out and were impressed. Place the porcelain-enameled steel box on top of grill grates—the grill has to have three or more burners. The box houses a stone cooking chamber and traps the hot air to cook the pizza. We placed the box on a four-burner gas grill and after preheating for 30 minutes, baked eight 12-inch pizzas one right after another. Each pizza took about 4 minutes to bake, and the crusts were crispy and the toppings just right. 

Best Gas Grills From Our Tests

You'll see dozens of grills in our gas grill ratings, and at a range of prices. Here are some of the best we've tested:


Small (room for up to 18 burgers)

Medium (room for 18 to 28 burgers)

Large (room for 28 burgers or more)