Best Grill for the Money 2015

By Chris / January 19, 2015

Grilling can be thought of as an art-form that is practiced by many, yet only mastered by a few. One of the secrets to making exquisite barbecue is a quality grill. Good ones can carry a hefty price tag, however. What's more is that there are so many different types on the market, that it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. See the best rated BBQ grills here

What's the difference between all these kinds of meat making machines? Charcoal  are self-explanatory, propane gas utilize a portable gas tank to fuel the flame, and natural gas surfaces need a natural gas pipeline directly installed into your home. If you're in the market for any of these types, I've saved you half the work and found the best grills for your money of 2015.

Best Charcoal Grill for the Money

Best small propane grill

The Weber 741001 is just about the best charcoal grill you can get for under $100. The Silver One-Touch has been around for many decades, and many owners of the original 741001 still have theirs in use today. This Weber is so durable thanks to its porcelain-enameled bowl, rust resistant vents, and just overall quality parts. However, we found the legs to be a bit flimsy. This unit comes with a kettle style, which leaves nice sear marks on your meat. Due to the small nature, it heats up and cools down quickly. Cleaning up is a breeze, too, thanks to the rest free aluminum it's made from. I'm not exactly sure how much the quality of construction has changed over the years.  You will want to keep it covered or in the garage to keep it out of the weather.  No matter how the construction has changed it is still hard to find anything that can hold this much charcoal with such amazing temperature control.  I feel a little old school, but this one is hard to beat.

Pros

  • Great capacity for a portable
  • Large charcoal capacity
  • Consistent heating

Cons

  • Thinner materials than more expensive versions
  • No place to hang utensils
  • Must completely remove lid to open

Best Propane BBQ Grill

The Char-Broil 265 gets it's name from its ability to output 26,500 BTU, which is a measurement of how hot a propane gas grill can get. While you almost certainly won't need the full 26,500 BTU, the range of heat output is a handy feature. The 265 turns on with the push of a button, and utilizes the Piezo ignition system for a reliable spark. No one likes cleaning up after a grilling session. Luckily, this unit comes with a grease catcher that makes your job as household executive chef easier. This propane gas grill isn't recommended for a barbecue enthusiast. However, thanks to its $100 dollar price tag and ease of use, it is perfect for anyone who enjoys a delicious steak every now and then.  I like to throw this one in the truck for a weekend at the local camp area.  The local area is one of those places where you can hook up your RV to electricity and water.  Not exactly hard core camping like I like but perfect for bringing along more convenient equipment when I don't have time to hike into a camping ground. 

Pros

  • Gets good an hot for its size
  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to store

Cons

  • Can have hotspots
  • Smaller cooking surface than some
  • Not as solid as a lager models

Best Affordable Natural Gas Grill 2015

Best Natural Gas Grill for the Money 2015

Natural gas grills are by no means cheap, but this Weber Genesis 6611001 is the most affordable NG grill you can get without sacrificing quality. Weber managed to put a lot of power, features, and space into this wonderful little meat machine. This unit comes with three individual burners, 637 square inches of cooking area, and an 130 inch area for warming food. The Genesis ignites its flame using an Electronic Crossover ignition system, which it achieves with the push of a button. This thing has everything you could possibly need for grilling: ample cooking space, weather resistant design, stainless steel burners, and an affordable price tag hovering at around $650. Hookups that go straight to the gas line are the ultimate in house upgrades.  Before buying, however, make sure you have a gas pipeline installed in your home. Goes without saying, but I'm sure that someone out there has bought this beauty thinking it was a propane grill.  It is a fast way to go from super cool to that guy who doesn't know his BBQ!

Pros

  • Large cooking surface
  • Solid construction
  • Replaceable drip pans
  • Steady heat
  • Vertical burners

Cons

  • Hardware (knobs etc.) looks cheap compared to rest of build
  • Handles can become hot
  • Challenging for some to construct

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