The top 10 gas grills between $250 and $500 on the market for 2013. If you are looking to purchase a new grill for between $250 and $500 (based on typical selling price) then these are the one you should be looking at. In this price range look for a basic grill that can cook and last around 5 years.
For more advice on gas grills in this price range see my Gas Grills between $250 and $500 Buyer's Guide.
Onward Manufacturing Company
This grill delivers. It has not only the heat, but an even cooking system that makes it the best gas grill on the market under $500USD. The stainless steel, dual tube burners provide even heating back to front in a durable system that should last for years. The side burner is the weak link though. At 10,000 BTU's this is nothing more than a pot warmer. Of course, most people don't use the side burner so that really isn't an issue, unless you are one of those who want a good side burner. Hopefully, Lowe's will keep this in stock, because this is the deal of the year.
Weber-Stephen Products Company
In the past few years grill manufacturers have notice that more and more people no longer have the luxury of a large yard. To address this growing need, most makers have introduced a small, 2-burner grill with fold down side tables so it will take up less space while still providing the owner with a full sized grill experience. Now, for 2013, Weber has redesigned the Spirit E-210 with a front control panel and those fold down tables. This is a no frills, 2-burner grill that gives a full grill experience for a small space.
Onward Manufacturing Company
If you are serious about grilling and want a grill that delivers both high, even heat and gives you a lot of control then this is a great grill for you. It might not look modern but Broil King has been making great grills for years. This model will give you plenty of space at 350 square inches or primary cooking area and a total of 520 square inches. The engineering of this grill is excellent, too bad the design is so bland.
GHP Group Inc.
The small space grills started showing up a few years ago, marketed to people who simply don't want or don't have room for a traditional full sized gas grill but still wanted full sized grilling. This model from Dyna-Glo is a very basic gas grill with two burners and pretty much nothing else. Sold at various locations, including Lowe's, Home Depot, and Walmart, this gas grill is designed to give you the impression of quality and while it isn't a bad grill, it is typical of the mass market grills we have seen too much of in recent years.
Onward Manufacturing Company
Huntington grills come in two flavors, the Patriot and the Rebel. This Rebel gas grill from Huntington is the budged priced version at around $330USD from Cabela's. This is a 4-burner gas grill with side burner, making this a large, but basic grill. What else would you expect for the price? In fact you might say that this is a little too much grill for the price. However, this Onward Manufacturing product is well built, and has most of the features that makes their Broil-King specialty line among the best grills available and at this price, this is a grill that is hard to beat.
Char-Griller has been making low priced charcoal grills and smokers for a few years and has recently started making gas grills. This gas grill is built on the modified body of the smallest of their charcoal grills, basically replacing the coal grate with three burners. In addition they have put on a 12,000 BTU side burner. This means a heavy thermal painted steel grill body and porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates on a gas grill. Surprising this actually works quite well for a low priced (typically under $200) gas grill.
LG Sourcing LLC.
These days it is a good thing to refer to a gas grill as competent. There are so many grills that are loaded with needless features and covered with shiny, but low grade metals. This Master Forge 4-Burner avoids those problems and is a competent grill. The four burners deliver exactly the BTUs I would recommend for the size. The construction mimics that of better and more expensive grills and give this grill good durability for the price.
This compact three burner gas grill was designed to ship directly to consumers limiting the size and weight of the unit to something most shipping companies would transport. Even with these limits this 3-burner gas grill produces high, even heat and works very well as a basic grill for around $400. With additional features (purchasable anytime) you can give this grill a side burner, stainless steel cooking grates, a full sized griddle and much more.
For 2012, Char-Broil has renamed this line of infrared grills to TRU-Infrared, to reinforce their focus on this technology. Aside from a name change, this is the same grill Home Depot and Char-Broil offered last year. Using the "RED" technology, this gas 4-burner grill functions like most standard gas grills, only more efficiently. As a deluxe version, this unit comes with Char-Broil's outdoor oven, side burner that gives versatility and power.
Recently a major grill maker told me that the future was in accessories. The Stok Quattro may just be the perfect design for this. With removable cooking grate sections you can convert to use a griddle, vegetable basket or pizza stone without turning off the grill or even stopping cooking. The unique design of this grill gives you a tremendous amount of versatility in a complete unit. The best part is that all these extras come standard so the $400USD price tag gets you everything. Hopefully Home Depot, the exclusive dealer, will have replacement parts and maybe even more toys to play with.