Best Gas Grills Under $300 For A Tight Budget

BBQ is coming, and you want to be ready for it. You are not considering a charcoal grill because you do not want to go through the hassle of starting a fire. You want it to be at the flick of a finger. However, you do not want to burn a hole in your pocket whilst accomplishing that. It seems like a tall order – until it is not. Here, we share with you what we think are the best gas grills under 300 dollars and it is doable!

The models that we are recommending at a glance.

If you are just looking for a quick recommendation, consider the Char-Griller E3001 Grillin’ Pro.

Factors To Consider When Getting A Gas Grill

Factor #1: The Power Of The Gas Grill

If you are a stranger to gas grills, then you should pay special attention to this. In the long history of gas grilling, people are told to select models with a specific BTU rating. BTU stands for British Thermal Unit and it measures the thermal output of a heating appliance – defined as the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.

The common misconception is that it measures how powerful the grill is – not necessarily so. That is because manufacturers tend to add up all the BTUs of all the burners and advertised it as such. Consider this, if a grill offers 1 burner at 20,000 BTU and the other offers 30,000 BTU with 2 burners, which one do you think is more powerful? Food for thought here.

BTU Is Not Everything

The new standard is to measure how hot the grill can get, which is what really matters anyway. A standard grill should, ideally, have a BTU per square inch in the range of 70- 100 to be considered hot enough.

We will leave the BTU rating in it for those who are interested but do be discerning and not rely on it too much. Wherever possible, we will calculate the BTU per square inch for you to make a more informed choice.

How can we estimate the BTU per square inch? This is how we do it, we take the total BTU of the main grill divided by the cooking area of the main grill. We will exclude any warming racks as it does not come into direct contact with the grill.

We will also exclude any side burner to prevent it from skewing the results. Keep in mind, it is only an estimate and does not consider the design, material and any other factors that can potentially affect the temperature.

Factor #2: Size, Design, And Sturdiness Of The Grill

These are more important. For example, a good quality grill may have lower BTU ratings but due to the quality, may be able to hold the heat better. The design of the grill, such as the number of vents and placement has a direct relation to how hot the grill can be.

How many servings are you planning to cook each time determines how many burners you potentially need. We recommend that you go with 4 burners if you going to cook for more than 4 people.

Also, before buying a grill, consider the amount of space you have in your backyard. Look at the dimensions before committing can prevent the unnecessary to and from the manufacturer.

Factor #3: Heat Distribution

For a good grill, even-ness in heat distribution is important, even essential. Why? If the heat is not evenly distributed, you will find certain parts of the meat more cooked than the other areas or some batches of food in a spot gets cooked slower than the rest.

Factor #4: Warranty That Comes With It

If things go south, you need assurance that any repairs or replacement cost doesn’t take out more cash from your pocket. Even a gas grill under 300 isn’t considered thattt cheap, at least it is not to me. Replacing it is surely going to make a dent in that budget of yours.

Common Concern About Gas Grills

Concern #1: Is It Safe To Use A Propane Gas Grill Indoor?

We don’t recommend that you use a propane gas grill indoors. Gas grills produce a large amount of carbon monoxide and the last thing to do in a BBQ party is to poison yourself, your guests and your dog. Also, keeping a propane gas tank indoor is an invitation for trouble, just imagine a ruptured tank and a burned-down house.

Concern #2: Can I Keep My Gas Grill Outdoors During Winter?

The main concern is rust. I would suggest that you coat the surface of the grill with oil to fight moisture. Keep the propane gas tank attached and get a good grill cover.

Concern #3: My Gas Grill Does Not Seem To Be Hot Enough, What To Do?

90 percent of the time, colloquially speaking, it is a regulator problem. Replace the regulator and it should work fine. Give your manufacture a ring and they should be able to help you more on that.

Concern #4: Can A Propane Tank Explode?

This is a legitimate concern. Technically, yes, it is possible for a propane tank to explode, but under certain drastic condition. A well-maintained gas cylinder with no leakage and no exposure to fire should not blow up. If you spot any physical damage or corrosion with the tank, get it replaced.

Best Gas Grill Under 300 Dollars In The Market

#1. Char-Griller E3001 Grillin’ Pro 40,800-BTU Gas Grill


Made with powder-coated heavy steel. This Char-Griller Grillin Pro is made to last a long time. The coating further ensures that longevity outdoors. It comes with 3 burners and each can be controlled separately to create zones for direct and indirect grilling. There is a side burner if you need more grilling power.

This model also offers ample cooking area if you need to whip up dishes for a crowd. The main grill offers a generous 438 square inches of space and the warming rack gives another 192 square inches.

Grillin Pro comes with an in-built temperature gauge on the lid, reducing the need to open the lid to check on the temperature every now and then.

The burners are made with stainless steel, while the grates are made with porcelain-coated cast iron for added heat retention capability. If you often find yourself running to and from the table for seasoning and condiments, the side shelf will be helpful in saving time and effort in that regard.

From feedbacks, users experience little to no uneven-ness in heat. This model also comes with a limited warranty. Do take note though, the warranty doesn’t cover the regulator and hose.

The Specification Cheat Sheet

  • Number Of Burners: 3
  • The BTU Of Each Burner: 13,600
  • The BTU Of Side Burner: 12,000
  • Total BTU Advertised: 40,800 (Side burner excluded)
  • Main Grill Area: 438 Square Inches
  • BTU Per Square Inch: 93.15 BTU/Square-inch (excluded warming rack)
  • Fuel Source: Propane
  • Natural Gas Attachment: No
  • Assembly Aid Available: Yes (Additional Payment Required)
  • Warranty Available: Limited Warranty, regulator and hose not covered.
  • The Dimension Of The Gas Grill: 48 x 28 x 48 inches
  • The Weight Of The Gas Grill: 92 pounds
  • Wheels: 2-Wheeler With 2 Stabilizer Legs

#2. Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner


If the previous model is too big for your liking. This is a smaller gas grill that does neat work too.

The Char-Broil classic 2B 280 is a two-burner gas grill that delivers 20,000 BTU of heat and a 280 square inches of cooking surface to accommodate up to 3 persons worth of food at any one time. The burners are made from stainless steel.

While this is not stated anywhere, we are of the opinion that each burner is approximately delivering 10,000 BTU of heat each. The grates are porcelain-coated for better heat retention. If you need a side burner for sauces or sides, it comes with one that delivers an additional 8,000 BTU of heat.

This model also provides a 12 x 13 inches metal side shelf for extra prep space. The manufacturer offers a one-year limited warranty. Contact the manufacturer if you need additional warranty.

However, there is one nitpick with this model. Feedback has revealed that this model is not that easy to put together, especially for those that are not really technically-inclined. With a BTU per square inch of 71, it is also at the lower end of the range, so if you need require a hotter grill, you might want to consider other models in this guide.

Overall, it is a lightweight, small, and decently powerful grill

The Specification Cheat Sheet

  • Number Of Burners: 2
  • The BTU Of Each Burner: 10,000 (guesstimate)
  • The BTU Of Side Burner: 8,000
  • Total BTU Advertised: 20,000 (Side burner excluded)
  • Main Grill Area: 280 Square Inches
  • BTU Per Square Inch: 71.42 BTU/Square-inch (excluded warming rack)
  • Fuel Source: Propane
  • Natural Gas Attachment: No
  • Assembly Aid Available: No, self-assembly
  • Warranty Available: Limited Warranty
  • The Dimension Of The Gas Grill: 1 x 45.6 x 41.9 inches
  • The Weight Of The Gas Grill: 37.5 pounds
  • Wheels: 2-Wheeler With 2 Stabilizer Legs

#3. Char-Broil Classic 360 3-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill


If you like the previous model that we introduce but wishes that it can be bigger and offer more heating power, your wish is granted.

The Char-Broil Classic 360 is a 3-burner gas grill that delivers 30,000 BTU of heat across the 360 square inch cooking surface. That is a BTU per square inch of 83.33, which means a whopping 10 BTU per square inch more than the smaller model. The larger grill area, 26 x 14 inches means more food can be served, faster!

The burners are made with stainless steel and it comes with porcelain-coated grates, so it prevents food from sticking and is easier to clean. All burners are controlled separately. There is no side burner for this model. Instead, it offers two metal side shelves, measuring 12 x 13 inches for you to store or prep your food.

At the point of writing, the warranty offered is 5 years for the stainless burner, 5 years for the firebox and 2 years for the lid and 1 year for all other parts. Overall, it has all the necessary features for a good gas grill without the bell and whistles. Totally value for money.

The Specification Cheat Sheet

  • Number Of Burners: 3
  • The BTU Of Each Burner: 10,000 (guesstimate)
  • The BTU Of Side Burner: 8,000
  • Total BTU Advertised: 30,000 (Side burner excluded)
  • Main Grill Area: 360 Square Inches
  • BTU Per Square Inch: 83.33 BTU/Square-inch (excluded warming rack)
  • Fuel Source: Propane
  • Natural Gas Attachment: No
  • Assembly Aid Available: No, self-assembly
  • Warranty Available: Limited Warranty
  • The Dimension Of The Gas Grill: 1 x 51.2 x 43.5 inches
  • The Weight Of The Gas Grill: 48.5 pounds
  • Wheels: 2-Wheeler With 2 Stabilizer Legs

#4. Backyard Grill Gas And Charcoal Combo Grill


Wavering between a charcoal grill and a gas grill? Why not get both? Why not get both in a combo grill? If this is your line of thought. Then this might be what you are looking for.

This grill has a total of 557 square inches of cooking area. The charcoal area is 262 square inches whereas the gas area is 295 square inches. The gas area is heated by 3 stainless steel burners; each with a BTU rating of 8,000. If that is not enough, there is a side burner offering another 12,000 BTU of heat.

Warming racks are available in both the gas and charcoal grill. It is 89 square inches in the charcoal grill and 99 square inches in the gas grill.

Overall, it is nice medium-sized hybrid grill that is affordable and caters to people sitting on the fence. However, it can be a tad hard to assemble for some.

The Specification Cheat Sheet

  • Number Of Burners: 3
  • The BTU Of Each Burner: 8,000 (guesstimate)
  • The BTU Of Side Burner: 12,000
  • Total BTU Advertised: 24,000 (Side burner excluded)
  • Main Grill Area: 295 Square Inches (For Gas)
  • BTU Per Square Inch: 81.36 BTU/Square-inch (excluded warming rack)
  • Fuel Source: Propane and Charcoal
  • Natural Gas Attachment: No
  • Assembly Aid Available: No, self-assembly
  • Warranty Available: No Information available
  • The Dimension Of The Grill: 64 (L) x 28 (W) x 49.75 (H) Inches
  • The Weight Of The Gas Grill: 90 pounds
  • Wheels: 2-Wheeler With 2 Stabilizer Legs

#5. Char-Broil Performance 300 2-Burner Cabinet Liquid Propane Gas Grill


The next model comes from Char-Broil. This model has a higher BTU rating per burner as compared to the other Char-Broil models we have thus introduced thus far. The BTU per square inch is also higher at 80. Though, there is no side burner for this model. In place of it is an additional side table.

This model also has a storage cabinet for storing your propane gas tank if you want to store your gas grill outdoors. Although, we still recommend that you get an additional grill cover to better protect it.

If you like precision in temperature control, the built-in thermostat helps you in that regard. Check your meat temperature without opening the lid now. The performance 300 also has all the bells and whistles such as a 100 square inch warming rack and two metal side shelves.

For this model, the burners have a five-year warranty, the firebox and lid have a two-year warranty, and all other parts have a one-year warranty. The warranty begins the day the grill is purchased.

The Specification Cheat Sheet

  • Number Of Burners: 2
  • The BTU Of Each Burner: 12,000
  • The BTU Of Side Burner: No Side Burner
  • Total BTU Advertised: 24,000 (Side burner excluded)
  • Main Grill Area: 300 Square Inches
  • BTU Per Square Inch: 80.00 BTU/Square-inch (excluded warming rack)
  • Fuel Source: 20 Pound Propane Gas Tank
  • Natural Gas Attachment: No
  • Assembly Aid Available: No, self-assembly
  • Warranty Available: Limited Warranty
  • The Dimension Of The Grill: 5 x 42.9 x 44 inches
  • The Weight Of The Gas Grill: 82.5 pounds
  • Wheels: 4-Wheeler; 2 Wheels Can Be Locked

#6. Royal Gourmet GG2101 Cabinet Liquid Propane Gas Grill


With 300 square inches of cooking area, the Royal Gourmet GG2101 is a medium sized gas grill that can accommodate up to 4 servings at any one point in time. Powered by 2 stainless steel tube burners that deliver 12,000 BTUs of heat each, this model is hot enough for searing.

The grates are made with porcelain-coated cast iron while it also has a 105 square inch of porcelain-coated iron wire warming rack.

There is also a removable grease drip cup for easier cleanup for people who hates to clean up and appreciate any kind of feature that makes it a tad easier – like myself.

The lower cabinet offers safe places for LP tank, and other grill accessories, protect the tank free of dust and rust. One little nitpick though, the side tables cannot be folded down and if that really bothers you, you can don’t assemble them.

The Specification Cheat Sheet

  • Number Of Burners: 2
  • The BTU Of Each Burner: 12,000 (guesstimate)
  • The BTU Of Side Burner: No Side Burner
  • Total BTU Advertised: 24,000 (Side burner excluded)
  • Main Grill Area: 300 Square Inches (For Gas)
  • BTU Per Square Inch: 80 BTU/Square-inch (excluded warming rack)
  • Fuel Source: Propane
  • Natural Gas Attachment: No
  • Assembly Aid Available: No, self-assembly
  • Warranty Available: No Information available
  • The Dimension Of The Grill: 3 x 22.4 x 44.5 inches
  • The Weight Of The Gas Grill: 82.2 pounds
  • Wheels: 4-Wheeler; can be locked.

#7. Cuisinart 2 Burners CGG Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill with VersaStand

For those who need more portability. Cuisinart has the solution for you. This simple, easy to set-up gas grill is ready to be used within minutes upon arrival on your doorstep.

The entire grill is made from stainless steel, including the grates. It features two burners delivering 20,000 BTUs of heat in total – 10,000 each burner. The grill grate itself is made with stainless steel, like the burners. Despite the relatively small size, the petit gourmet comes with an integrated thermostat to allow you to control the heat of the grill.

What better is that this grill requires no assembly or whatsoever. You can use it straight out of the box. For those that like to take their gas grill with them on picnics, camping or glamping, this model should be one of your consideration.

The Specification Cheat Sheet

  • Number Of Burners: 2
  • The BTU Of Each Burner: 10,000
  • The BTU Of Side Burner: No Side Burner
  • Total BTU Advertised: 20,000 (Side burner excluded)
  • Main Grill Area: 276.75 Square Inches
  • BTU Per Square Inch: 72.27 BTU/Square-inch (excluded warming rack)
  • Fuel Source: 20 Pound Propane Gas Tank
  • Natural Gas Attachment: No
  • Assembly Aid Available: No assembly required
  • Warranty Available: Limited Warranty, check with the manufacturer at the time of purchase
  • The Dimension Of The Grill: 5 (L) x 13 (H) x 17 (W) inches when closed. 21.5 (L) x 26 (H) x 22 (W) inches when opened.
  • The Weight Of The Gas Grill: 22 pounds
  • Wheels: Table-Top. No Wheels.

#8. Kuuma Camco 58140 Stow N’ Go 125 Gas Grill

 

This is another model for portability, and it comes from Kuuma. This model is smaller than the Cuisinart that we introduced previously. So, if you are looking for one that can be easily transported on foot, then consider this.

It is constructed with 300 series marine grade stainless steel for sturdiness. This gas grill cooking area is 125 square inches, so it is enough to serve one or two people at one time. It has one burner and can deliver 9,000 BTUs of heat.

Camco 58140 comes fully assembled and so you can use it straight out of the box. If you own any Kuuma rail, rod or pedestal mount, be assured that you can mount it on them easily, except for some older models.

Overall, it is a low cost, portable grill but do not expect it to generate high heat for searing your food. It is a no-frills gas grill for general purpose.

The Specification Cheat Sheet

  • Number Of Burners: 1
  • The BTU Of Each Burner: 8,000
  • The BTU Of Side Burner: No Side Burner
  • Total BTU Advertised: 8,000 (Side burner excluded)
  • Main Grill Area: 125 Square Inches
  • BTU Per Square Inch: 64 BTU/Square-inch (excluded warming rack)
  • Fuel Source: 20 Pound Propane Gas Tank
  • Natural Gas Attachment: No
  • Assembly Aid Available: No assembly required
  • Warranty Available: None Stated
  • The Dimension Of The Grill 75 x 11.25 x 11 Inches
  • The Weight Of The Gas Grill: 14.5 pounds
  • Wheels: Table-Top. No Wheels.

#9. Cuisinart One Burner CGG Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill with VersaStand


A similar specification to that of Kuuma but made by Cuisinart. This one burner CGG petit gas grill comes with all the features of the previous Cuisinart model such as full stainless-steel structure, burners, and grates. This time, it only features one burner with a BTU rating of 10,000. The grill area is also reduced to 176 square inches.

However, do note that this model is less hot than the Kuuma model, at least in terms of BTU per square inch. So, you might expect that there will be more spots that are less hot than the rest.

The Specification Cheat Sheet

  • Number Of Burners: 1
  • The BTU Of Each Burner: 10,000
  • The BTU Of Side Burner: No Side Burner
  • Total BTU Advertised: 10,000 (Side burner excluded)
  • Main Grill Area: 176 Square Inches
  • BTU Per Square Inch: 56.8 BTU/Square-inch (excluded warming rack)
  • Fuel Source: 10 Pound Propane Gas Tank
  • Natural Gas Attachment: No
  • Assembly Aid Available: No assembly required
  • Warranty Available: Limited Warranty, check with the manufacturer at the time of purchase
  • The Dimension Of The Grill: 5 x 17.8 x 15 inches
  • The Weight Of The Gas Grill: 16.85 pounds
  • Wheels: Table-Top. No Wheels.

Best Gas Grills Under 300 Dollars

It is a compromise, surely, but that does not mean that it is of inferior quality. A gas grill that cost under 300 can do the trick without the bells and whistle of an expensive one. If you are still having trouble choosing one, consider the Char-Griller E3001 Grillin’ Pro. The models are all good, don’t get me wrong. It is just that this model has all the essential features and a few additional helpful that serves most people needs. Happy grilling.

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