QOTM: What Gas Grill Should I Buy?

gas grillIt's been awhile since I've sent a question of the month, and now I have two questions!  I'm in the market for a couple of new grills, one for gas or propane, and one for charcoal.  In this post I'm going to collect the feedback from my community and their recommendations for which gas grill I should buy.

My current grill is a Char-Griller Duo 5050 model and the propane side is giving out.  I had a leak start in one of the propane hoses that could have caused a big problem.  Things have been deteriorating and as I inspected the grill more closely, I realized that it would take a bunch to get everything replaced that needs replacing.  I decided that it was time to try something different.

I don't need something huge, but I don't want the smallest either.  I want something that I could use for a quick grill at night after work, but would also be used for grilling for a small family gathering, say 8 people.

I use the grill more than the average person, even though I've slacked off over the past year.  It's time to ramp things back up again.  In general, I'm a pretty heavy user.

As you can see from Outdoor Cooking Magic, I like to grill a variety of things, including all sorts of meats, vegetables, even fruits.  I also like to try cooking in cast iron pans on the grill.

What Gas Grill Should I Buy?

So here are my questions:

  • What features should I be considering?  BTUs? Side burner? How many burners? What type of grates?
  • What gas grill brand/model do you have now?
  • What do you like about your current gas grill?
  • What do you not like about your current gas grill?
  • What grill do you recommend, based on your experience?

I have thoughts about the answers for these questions, but I'd love to hear your answers!

Please add your thoughts to the comments below. I'm sure we'll have a great discussion going.

After I've had a little time to get some feedback from you, then I'll decide and let you know what I picked.  Then I'll keep you up-to-date with my impressions and likes/dislikes.

Thanks for your help!

Scott

P.S. I'm also going to be buying a new charcoal grill, so if you have one of those I'd love to hear your thoughts about what charcoal grill should I buy?

 

2 comments

  1. I have several gas grills. The one I like the most is a weber genesis. I have had this grill for over 20 years and it has never failed me. It is the old genesis silver model and is built like a brick. The new ones are even better. It is a three burner front to rear. I also have a six burner large char broiler. I use it for the large crowds. It will fit a lot of food in it and has the sear burner. It is made for easy cleaning and that is a plus to me. I also have a 22 inch weber kettle that I use for smoking and indirect charcoal cooking. It is the best charcoal cooker I have cooked on. I have a camp chef pellet smoker that was just given to me as a gift and it rocks for cooking. In the mountains for picnicking I use a volcano for just about everything including the Dutch ovens. The best flavored meats come with the pellet smoker and the charcoals or hardwood chunks of wood. I love all of my grills and feel fortunate to have them. I enjoy cooking outdoors and they fulfill my every need. No complaints

    1. Grady, thanks for the tips on both gas and charcoal. Like the comment Howard gave me over on the charcoal grill question, I’d love to get a pellet smoker, but that will have to wait for now. I’d also like to get a volcano. By the way, I checked out your blog–awesome story. Sounds like you were in the right place and the right time. You were definitely needed for that moment and the special help you could bring.

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