Best Gas Grill Under $300Product Review
Looking for the best gas grill under $300? You’ve come to the right place.
We review 3 of the top gas grills providing you all the necessary information to determine which one of these best fits your grilling needs.
Our Choices for The Best Gas Grill Under $300
- Cooking Area: 280 sq/in
- BTUs: 12,000
- Star Rating: 4.8/5
- Cooking Area: 400 sq/in (300 primary; 100 secondary)
- BTUs: 24,000
- Star Rating: 4.4/5
- Cooking Area: 507 sq/in (390 primary; 117 secondary)
- BTUs: 36,000
- Star Rating: 4.2/5
First, we have the Weber Q2200 which is perfect for both backyard grilling, as well as small and compact for a small balcony, camping, RVing, or tailgating.
Don’t let it’s compact size fool you though as it has 280 sq/in of cooking area and boasts 12,000 BTUs. There are a number of amenities as well.
The Char-Broil Performance 300 is a 2-burner gas grill with a total cooking area of 400 sq/in (300 sq/in of primary; 100 sq/in of secondary/warming) and puts out 24,000 BTUs.
This Char-Broil grill is a “traditional” looking gas grill (compared to the Weber above).
Lastly, is the Dyna-Glo DBG390SNP-D. This 3-burner gas grill is also a traditional looking gas grill and has the largest cooking area of the three at 507 total sq/in (390 sq/in primary; 117 sq/in secondary/warming).
It is also the most powerful of the 3 reviewed at 36,000 BTUs.
The Best Gas Grills Under $300 Reviews
As always, you have to have a Weber in the mix. Weber is known for quality grills and fantastic customer service.
The Q2200 is a cast aluminum grill that’s very compact, durable, and portable. This is a great grill for both use in the backyard, as well as easily packable for a day at the park, tailgating, or for a camping trip.
It has two porcelain-enameled cast iron grates with make up the 280 sq/in of cooking surface.
The two grates allows for easy removal of one grate so you can change it out with the flat-top griddle (sold separately) option for easy cooking of eggs and pancakes.
It has 12,000 BTUs of power, has 2 fold out shelves, and a built-in temperature gauge. While it is portable and uses propane cylinders, with the addition of an adapter hose (sold separately), you can hook this grill up to a larger propane tank.
Featured in our Best Gas Grill for the Money post was the Weber 1200, which is very similar to the Q2200. It's a smaller grill, with less BTUs, but still a great grill if you're wanting to save some money.
Great customer service
Portable - great for camping/RVs
The Char-Broil Performance 300 is the more traditional looking gas grill and has a good size cooking surface area of 400 square inches total. It’s made of porcelain-coated steel and the main grates are porcelain-coated cast iron.
This 2-burner gas grill puts out a total of 24,000 BTUs, has 2 fold out side shelves, plus a cabinet below to hide the propane tank.
This grill is great for home use, but would be a little more difficult to transport for camping trips - though doable with a truck.
*We originally reviewed the Char-Broil Classic 300 which has since been discontinued and was replaced with the Char-Broil’s new Performance 300. It’s a little smaller and less powerful, but still a great grill by Char-Broil.
Easy to assemble
The largest of the 3 grills is the Dyna-Glo DBG390SNP-D at 507 total square inches of cooking surface.
This grill is made of porcelain-enameled steel and the lid is double wall stainless steel. The grates are also porcelain-enameled cast iron.
This grill boasts 36,000 BTUs, put out from 3 burners (12,000 BTUs each). It has a temperature gauge, 2 foldable side shelves (with towel bar and tool hooks), a storage cabinet below - houses the propane tank, as well as 4 wheels making it easy to roll around the back patio.
Easy to assemble
Poor customer service
Some reported parts rusted quickly
Choosing the Right Grill for Your Needs
There are many features and accessories to accompany your new gas grill, so here are a few things to consider when looking for the best gas grill for you.
Familiar with BTUs? With gas grills, you’ll see BTUs (or “BTu”, or “BTu/hour”) listed. BTU stands for ‘British Thermal Unit’. It’s the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water 1 degree Fahrenheit. (Wikipedia)
A grill with 30,000 BTUs puts out more heat than a 20,000 BTU grill, which allows it to heat up faster and sear better, but will also use more gas if maxed out.
If you plan to grill mainly veggies or burgers/hot dogs, you don’t need a high BTU. If you plan to use your grill regularly and want to sear steak easily, you may want a higher BTUs.
Helpful note: Be sure to calculate the total BTUs. BTUs may be listed as total or per burner. A 3-burner gas grill with 15,000 BTUs per burner (45,000 BTUs total) puts out more heat than a 4-burner at 10,000 BTUs per burner (40,000 BTUs total).
If heat is not distributed properly across the grill, the food will cook unevenly or not finish cooking at the same time.
Each grill is different. With trial and error, you can learn your grill and adjust the heat accordingly, but more evenly distribution of heat will make grilling easier from the start.
Grills can come with a number of different amenities. The more amenities added, the more the cost. Some amenities to these gas grills are:
- Side shelves
- Storage cabinet
- Warming rack
- Built-in thermometer
Some of these are included here and some are not. You’ll need to bump up your budget a little if you want all of these amenities with your grill.
Cooking Surface Area
Cooking surface area can be a big deciding factor. The largest of these grills is the Dyna-Glo with 507 sq/in total cooking surface (390 sq/in primary; 117 sq/in secondary) and the smallest is the Weber Q2200 with 280 sq/in.
If you will be grilling for 5+ people regularly, you may want to go for a larger grill. If occasional grilling, you could go with a smaller grill and just grill in batches.
Use / Portability
Another thing to consider is how and/or where you want to use your grill. Will it be stationary on your patio or do you plan to take it with you camping, tailgating, etc.
The Best Gas Grill Under $300?
Though the smallest of the 3, the Weber Q2200 is our top choice.
With Weber’s reputation of sturdy design, reliability, and fantastic customer service, the Q2200 is a great choice.
Plus, this grill is easily portable or it can be purchased with the Weber 6557 Q portable cart/stand to make it more fixed on your patio. And with the adapter hose, you can easily hook it to a larger propane tank.
While Weber's Q2200 is our pick for the best gas grill under $300, truth is, any of these three gas grills will be great. For under $300, you can get a great gas grill that will fit most all of your grilling needs.