The top 10 gas grills under $250 on the market. If you are looking to purchase a new grill for no more than $250 (based on typical sales price) then these are the ones you should be looking at. You get what you pay for, so don't expect these grills to last forever or cook well, but they should serve you for a couple of years and do an okay job of grilling burgers and hot dogs.
For purchasing advice in this price range see my Gas Grills under $250 Buyer's Guide.
Onward Manufacturing Company
Like most of the least expensive 2-burner gas grills on the market, this Huntington Gas Grill at Lowe's this is lightweight and thin unit. Of course, for under $100USD you can't expect a lot. This grill is very similar to the other grills in this price range. Expect a flimsy grill that can do a pretty good job of grilling some burgers.
Onward Manufacturing Company
If you are serious about grilling and want a grill that delivers both high and even heat and gives you a lot of control, but don't want to spend a lot of money then this is a great grill for you. It might not look modern but Broil-Mate has been making great grills for years. This model will give you plenty of space at 400 square inches or primary cooking area and a total of 700 square inches. And plenty of power with its 40,000 BTU main burner output.
For the last several years, Char-Broil has produce a line of small footprint gas grills. Sometimes called the "Urban" grill, these little two burner grills come in a wide range of cooking systems and materials. This is the simplest and least expensive of this style of grill. With two burners and 300 square inches of primary grilling space, there isn't much here, but for under $200USD (typically) there shouldn't be. This is a pretty good combination of value, feature, and size.
Every big box store needs an army of cheap grills chained up in front of the store for the big cookout holidays or spring and summer. This is the one from Lowe's, and the one that should be seriously considered. Of course for the price I recommend going charcoal, but if one insists take a look at this simple and small gas grill.
Sears Brands LLC.
This is one of the bottom of the line for the gas grills on the market. This particular version sells exclusively at Sears and K-Mart Stores under their BBQ Pro brand name, but is made by Char-Broil. What you get is a single burner, dual zone gas grill. While the heat output is okay the evenness isn't. On the other hand this grill sells for around $100USD, which is a price that is hard to beat. These days this is the bottom end of gas grills so if this is the most you can afford you may consider it, but don't expect much. The thin body won't hold in the heat so you can't get a lot of versatility. As a basic burger burner it is an okay grill, but watch out for the flare-ups.
You go to all the trouble of designing and building the cheapest gas grill possible and then add in a side burner that most people who buy this grill will never use. Weighing around 53 pounds, this is nearly the cheapest grill on the market, but I would still recommend finding one without the side burner (unless is it something definitely necessary). After all, since this is practically a disposable gas grill, why waste money and metal on a side burner if all it is going to get used for it grilling hamburgers and hot dogs.
Lowes Home Improvement Stores
This is a simple 3-burner gas grill with side burner. It's greatest virtue is its price. At $170USD from Lowe's, this lightweight grill may seem like a good choice and in truth it isn't a horrible grill. It won't last very long or grill extremely well, but for the person who needs the size (427 square inches of primary grilling space) but doesn't want to spend a lot, it isn't a bad choice.
This gas grill is where Brinkmann starts getting closer to a good grill. Without all the extras and stainless steel, this is a basic grill that is close to being worth the price. Typically of these style of grills, the internal components are thin and lightweight, meaning that they won't last very long, but it just might be long enough for you to get your moneys worth.
To look at it you would think that this is a pretty reasonable grill. The heat output is perfect for the size and the big shiny hood looks like it will last a long time. The truth is, this $220USD gas grill is more show than performance. While the porcelain coated cast iron grates will do a competent job of making sear marks the truth is, this is a flimsy box of a gas grill that will corrode quickly, heat unevenly, and fail to last long enough to justify the expense of putting it together and shipping it halfway around the world.
Sears Brands LLC.
What Sears' refers to as an "impressive" gas grill is in actuality a basic, 4-burner model with no extras and limited quality. The heat output is good and even, though the internal components and cooking grates are lightweight. This limits heat transfer to foods and quality of the parts limit the lifespan on this grill. Of course, at a price well under $200USD, this grill is more than capable of grilling up burgers for a summer or two of cookouts.