Best Natural Gas Grills On The Market

You are in the market to look for a natural gas grill. A simple search will yield dozens of results and you are not sure where to start with. In this guide, we will go through extensively what to look out for in a natural gas grill and which models we think are the best natural gas grills you can find in the market right now.

However, if you are just looking for a recommendation, we suggest you check out Napoleon T495SBNK Triumph Grill for a start. It is relatively affordable, packed with features and is large enough to accommodate a mid to large sized crowd.

The Models That We Are Going Through In This Guide

Natural Gas Grills Vs Propane Gas Grills

You might have vetted through all the options such as charcoal, gas and electric grills in the market and you narrowed it down to a gas. Chances are, you might be undecided between a natural gas grill and one that runs on propane gas. This is not surprising as while both types of grills use gas as an energy source, there are more differences than similarities than one would have expected.

What Are The Considerations Before Getting That Natural Gas Grill?

A natural gas grill is a heavy investment, and you would want to be sure that you have covered most, if not all, of the crucial bases before purchasing it. Based on what we know, these should be on your mind when looking for one.

Consideration #1. The Size And Construction Of The Grill

Before buying a grill, you would have to consider how much space you currently have. As a natural gas grill is going to stay in one place for a very long time, it is prudent to consider what else are you going to place there before committing to one. If not, the redesigning and reassignment of space is going to eat into your time and money fast.

Consideration #2. The Burners Of The Grill

It is not an exaggeration that this should the topmost consideration that should have the most weight. One is buying a natural gas grill primary for the burners and out of all the parts that make up a grill, the burner is the one that takes the most beating. The reason being that significant workload is placed upon them to cook the food, if not, what are you relying on? Make sure that the burners are made of sturdy materials such as durable steel or cast iron to make sure it can last a long time.

How Many Burners?

How many burners hinges on how much food are you intending to cook per grilling session? Depending on the frequency of mid to large sized parties you are going to hold, consider one that has at least 2 to 3 burners.

How Much BTUs?

Typically, we will also the question of burners with the grilling space as this will determine how hot the grill can be. Generally, a gas grill has higher BTUs rating but the effectiveness of it is dependent on how much area it is required to heat up. To determine whether the grill will be hot enough, we use a measurement called the BTU per square inch.

Consider this, if a burner can generate heat up to 70,000 BTU, it is considered very powerful in its own right. But, would you think that it is enough to heat up, say, an Olympic sized swimming pool? Now, you would think that it is not so powerful anymore right?

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. However, do take note that this is a simplistic method of estimating how powerful a grill is and does not consider other factors.

Is There A Side Burner?

In the event that you would need more cooking space than usual, or you need to make sauces on the side. This is where a side burner is helpful. Professional natural gas grills often come with one or two side burners, look out for these types as a minimum.

Do You Want An Infrared Burner?

Over the years, infrared cooking has gain traction as one of the most popular cooking methods. It is said to be the savior of the gas grill market as it lifted one of the disadvantages – a lower temperature compared to that of a charcoal grill.

Nowadays, manufacturers has started to incorporate one infrared burner in their models. They will market these as searing zones, recommending you place the meat on these zones to sear first before finishing the cooking process on the normal zone.

An infrared burner heats up faster and higher than a conventional gas burner. It can reach a temperature of over 700F in under 10 minutes for some models. That is extremely helpful when cooking and searing large batches of meat. Not so much for veggies and fruits though. So, you will have to give this some serious thought. Also, an infrared system will raise the cost of the grill significantly.

At this point, I will have to mention that an infrared burner is not mandatory and is dependent on what and how much you cook.

The Shape Of The Burner

Many manufacturers will tout that their model’s burner comes in a certain shape. These shapes can be tubes being the most common, H-Shaped or bowties. From what we garnered, these shapes matter only slightly from one another so as long as they are spaced out and can cover the area of the grates. This is important as it will determine whether the grilling area have any hot spots or cold spots.

These spots are areas where the temperature is exceptionally high or low as compared to other areas, causing the food to be overcooked or undercooked compared to the rest of the food in the same batch.

Consideration #3. The Material Of The Grates

Over the years, manufacturers who are at the forefront of their games tend to spend a lot of time and effort in researching the best material for the grates. And some of the more common material that has stood the test time is:

Steel

It is no surprise. One of the hot favorites is stainless steel. It is known to be durable and can withstand high temperature, even more so than cast iron. However, one of the disadvantages of steel grates is that food tends to stick to them.

Cast Iron

Another favorite of manufacturers and users alike. The advantage of a cast iron is the ability to retain heat and is very useful in indirect, slow cooking. The material of the grate is one of the elements in determining heat even-ness

Porcelain-Coated Ceramic

Porcelain-Coated Ceramic is often praised for its non-stick characteristics for who likes their food to be stuck onto the grates before it even reaches your stomach? Not to mention, the agony of cleaning the grates of food bits isn’t really the most pleasant thing to do of the day. This coating also eliminates the need to use unhealthy cooking sprays, butter or oil to prevent foods from sticking.

The downside of this material is it is less efficient in heat distribution compared to other materials. The lifespan of a porcelain-coated ceramic is also shorter than that of steel and cast iron, so you might need to factor in the replacement cost beforehand.

Consideration #4. The Ignition System

When it comes to grilling good food, you need complete control over the fire and temperature of every possible area of the grates. To achieve this, you will need to look for models that have a separate ignition control knob for each burner. This allows you to create heat zones for direct and indirect cooking for meat and veggies, which have different heat requirement.

Consideration #5. How Much Storage Do You Get?

You would want to keep your tools in one place. Most natural gas grills come with ample storage compartments to store your gear. The inclusion of additional workspaces, such as a sidebar for holding cooking material or hooks for your spatula or forks can be a welcome addition to that grill.

Consideration #6. Does It Come With A Thermostat?

Any good quality natural gas grill will come with a thermostat. This is important for temperature control without the need to open and close the lid frequently. There are still some models in the market which don’t have this feature yet. In our opinion, we think that this is a necessary feature, given that you are already paying a relatively higher price for the grill.

Consideration #6. Is It Easy To Clean?

If you hate to clean, like me. Then you will be glad that most quality natural gas grill would have a cleaning mode. But this is a just a mode where the grill is set to a high temperature for 15 minutes for the grates to burn off any food particles. You would still have to scrub the grates manually after the “mode”, it just makes it easier to do so.

While not having such a system is not a deal breaker, as you can turn the burner to high and achieve the exact same results – the inclusion of one such “cleaning mode” just makes the grill feel premium enough to warrant the cost.

Consideration #7. Can It Be Converted?

For folks that want to have the choice of using propane gas down the road for more portability. You may want to check if the design of the grill allows for a conversion to such fuel. Normally, you would need to get some additional parts to make that happen. Whether or not if this feature is needed is very dependent on your own forecast.

Consideration #8. Is The Grill Covered With Good Warranty?

In all seriousness, a natural gas grill is not considered cheap, by most measures. And when things really go south, you would want to be covered by some sort of warranty. Even the most basic of warranties should allow you to get a new replacement for a fraction of the initial cost. Do not even think of not getting one without a warranty. No matter how well-built a grill is, there will be a day where it will break down and you do not want to cause a big hole in your pocket when that happens.

Best Natural Gas Grills Out There In The Market

Now that we have covered all the grounds when looking out for a natural gas grill, the next section is where we will give our recommendations for the best ones out there.

#1. Weber 48010001 Spirit II E-210 NG Outdoor Gas Grill

 

The first grill that we are looking at is made by Weber. Weber is better known for its charcoal grills, however, we should not discount their expertise with natural gas grills. You would expect that those R&D dollars would have gone into them.

This Weber Spirit II features a main cooking area of 360 square inches that is plenty to cooking for a party of 7 – 8 people. To keep your food warm, a warming rack of 90 square inches is fixed above the main cooking area. Heating the grates are 2 tubes burners with a total BTU of 26,500. That means a BTU per square inch of 74 BTU / Square Inch. While we will consider that on the lower end, it is still enough to sear meat to give you that rich, caramelized flavor.

Controlling the temperature is easy too. Every tube burner can be controlled individually via the control knobs at the front. Their Infinity Ignition system guarantees ignition every time.

Weber has included porcelain-enameled flavorizer bars in this model. The main function of the bars is to direct grease and oil to the drip tray, avoiding the burners. This the cleaning process much easier. Another side function of the bars is that they help to give your food that extra flavor, by vaporizing the drips and marinade and circulate it back to the food sizzling above.

There is no side burner for this model. Instead, it offers 2 foldable side shelves for food prepping and additional space for your sauces and tools.

What tops off this deal is that Weber is currently offering a 10 years warranty on the ignition system and the burner tubes. This goes a long way to make sure your money is well spent. As we have discussed in an earlier section. The burners are bearing the brunt of the work, so it makes perfect sense to protect them with a warranty, so you do not have to burn a hole in your pocket.

Specifications And Features At A Glance

  • Number Of Burners: 2
  • Burner Type: Tube
  • The BTU Of Each Burner: 13,250
  • The BTU Of Side Burner: 26,500
  • Total BTU Advertised: 26,500 (Side burner excluded)
  • Main Grill Area: 360 Square Inches
  • BTU Per Square Inch: 74 BTU per square-inch (excluded warming rack)
  • Grates Material: Porcelain-enameled, cast iron cooking grates
  • Convertible To Propane: No
  • Natural Gas Hose Length: 10 Foot Flexible Gas Hose
  • Assembly Aid Available: No, Self-Assembly Required
  • Warranty Available: 10 Years Warranty On Burners and Ignitor
  • The Dimension Of The Gas Grill: 48 x 26 x 57 inches
  • The Weight Of The Gas Grill: 100 pounds
  • Available Colors: Black, Ivory, Red, Sapphire
  • Wheels: 2-Wheelers With 2 Stabilizer Legs

#2. Weber 49010001 Spirit II E-310 NG Outdoor Gas Grill

 

For people who liked that previous model we suggested but wished that it was bigger, consider this Weber E-310. Featuring an upgraded man cooking area of 424 square inches, this grill can accommodate up to 9 people worth of food in any one batch. The warming got a slight boost to 105 square inches in anticipation of the larger audience.

With the upgraded grilling space, the burners also needed a boost. This model features a 3-burner system that can be controlled individually with 3 temperature knobs. Each burner has a BTU rating of 10,000 giving this grill a total of 30,000 BTU. That translate to a BTU per square inch of 71. Feedbacks have mentioned that this grill can be heated to above 500F in a matter of minutes.

This model also has the flavorizer bars for easy cleaning and added flavors, similar to what people loved about the previous model. Porcelain-enameled, cast iron cooking grates make sure that the grates are able to distribute heat effectively, ensuring heat-evenness and reducing hot or cold spots.

There are no side burners in this model as well. Like the previous model, this grill offers 2 foldable sides tables with integrated hooks to store all your condiments and cooking tools.

Specifications And Features At A Glance

  • Number Of Burners: 3
  • Burner Type: Tube
  • The BTU Of Each Burner: 10,000
  • The BTU Of Side Burner: 30,000
  • Total BTU Advertised: 30,000 (Side burner excluded)
  • Main Grill Area: 424 Square Inches
  • BTU Per Square Inch: 71 BTU per square-inch (excluded warming rack)
  • Grates Material: Porcelain-enameled, cast iron cooking grates
  • Convertible To Propane: No
  • Natural Gas Hose Length: 10 Foot Flexible Gas Hose
  • Assembly Aid Available: No, Self-Assembly Required
  • Warranty Available: 10 Years Warranty On Burners and Ignitor
  • The Dimension Of The Gas Grill: 52 x 26 x 57 inches
  • The Weight Of The Gas Grill: 110 pounds
  • Available Colors: Black, Ivory, Red, Sapphire
  • Wheels: 2-Wheelers With 2 Stabilizer Legs

#3. Napoleon T495SBNK Triumph Natural Gas Grill

 

Okay, enough with the Webers. The next model that we are going to suggest comes from Napoleon, no it has nothing to do with that person. This Napoleon grill is a rather new player in the natural gas grill market but already has garnered raving feedbacks. Why?

This Triumph grill features a larger cooking area of 495 square inches excluding warming rack. This means that you can easily cook for up to 12 people at any one point in time. This warming rack, itself, is 170 square inches.

Powering the grates are 4 burners with a whopping total of 57,200 BTUs. On average, that is a BTU of 14,300 per burner. That translate to a BTU per square inch of 115, which is on the higher end for gas grills. Searing isn’t really a concern here anymore. And if you still need more cooking space, this model comes with a side burner for all your sides and sauces.

Fitted with porcelainized cast iron cooking grids will make sure that your food won’t get stuck, and you can use less oil and butter for healthier grilling. Cast iron will make sure that your grates retain heat perfectly to keep your food warm. A small feature on this grill is the integrated bottle opener beneath the side table, really how many times have we been running back and forth from the kitchen just to find an opener?

This grill comes with an extensive warranty. Some of the more notable features are 10 years warranty for the burners and lifetime coverage for the structure such as lids and base.

Specifications And Features At A Glance

  • Number Of Burners: 4
  • Burner Type: Tube
  • The BTU Of Each Burner: 14,300
  • The BTU Of Side Burner: Not Stated
  • Total BTU Advertised: 57,200 (Side burner excluded)
  • Main Grill Area: 495 Square Inches
  • BTU Per Square Inch: 115 BTU per square-inch (excluded warming rack)
  • Grates Material: Porcelain-enameled, cast iron cooking grates
  • Convertible To Propane: No
  • Natural Gas Hose Length: Not Stated
  • Assembly Aid Available: No, Self-Assembly Required
  • Warranty Available: 10 Years Warranty On Burners, Lifetime for Structure. Full warranty information here
  • The Dimension Of The Gas Grill: 5 x 22 x 45 inches
  • The Weight Of The Gas Grill: 105 pounds
  • Available Colors: Black
  • Wheels: 4-Wheelers, Lockable

#4. Napoleon Grills LEX485RSIBNSS-1 with Infrared Side & Rear Burners Natural Gas Grill

 

If you thought that the previous model was a beast, then this Napoleon grill should be a monster. This grill features a total cooking area of 805 square inches, that makes preparing food for a large party of 20 people a breeze. With the monster size of a grilling area comes an equally impressive heating system.

This grill has 6 burners with a total of 74,000 BTUs responsible for heating up the main grilling area of approximately 680 square inches. The BTU per square inch, in this case, is about 108, which is still on the high side of things. What makes this grill even more impressive is the inclusion of a ceramic infrared burner for searing that perfect crust. The grates and sear plates are made of stainless steel, which is better at heat distribution than cast iron.

Ample storage has also been built into this model, you can store an enormous amount of cooking tools and utensils so that you don’t have to shuttle between the kitchen and the grill constantly. Two sides shelves make the preparation of food a breeze. You can even bootstrap a cooler tray for beers too.

This grill is made for a fantastic experience at your next BBQ party.

Specifications And Features At A Glance

  • Number Of Burners: 6 total
  • Burner Type: Tube And Infrared
  • The BTU Of Each Burner: Approximately 12,333
  • The BTU Of Side Burner: Searing Burner, BTU not stated.
  • Total BTU Advertised: 74,000 (Side burner excluded)
  • Main Grill Area: 680 Square Inches
  • BTU Per Square Inch: 108 BTU per square-inch (included warming rack)
  • Grates Material: Stainless Steel Grilling Grates
  • Convertible To Propane: No
  • Natural Gas Hose Length: Not Stated
  • Assembly Aid Available: No, Self-Assembly Required
  • Warranty Available: 10 Years Warranty On Burners, Lifetime for Structure. Full warranty information here
  • The Dimension Of The Gas Grill: 28 x 62 x 50 inches
  • The Weight Of The Gas Grill: 178 pounds
  • Available Colors: Black
  • Wheels: 4-Wheelers, Lockable

#5. Kenmore 3 Burner Pedestal Gas Grill

 

The last but not the least model in our list is made by Kenmore. While this brand is not as popular as the others in the list. This grill checks our list for a good gas grill. This primary reason why we put this in our list is that it is a convertible model from propane to natural gas. So, it suits people who are sitting on the fence.

The Kenmore gas grill features a main cooking area of 408 square inches, which is enough to cater to a crowd of 10 people. Mid-sized parties are not a problem. This model also includes a warming rack of 144 square inches. Heating the grill are 3 burners of 10,000 BTU each, making a total of 30,000 BTUs. This gives a BTU per square inch of 73. While this is not as hot as the Napoleon grills that we saw, it is still plenty hot for searing. This model does not come with a side burner. In its place, there are two foldable side shelves for all your preparation work.

To convert this to a natural gas grill, you would have to get a conversion kit like the kitchen aid 710-0003. Overall, this is a decent, affordable, no-frills convertible gas grill that can fit most purposes.

Specifications And Features At A Glance

  • Number Of Burners: 3 total
  • Burner Type: Not Stated
  • The BTU Of Each Burner: Approximately 10,000
  • The BTU Of Side Burner: No Side Burner
  • Total BTU Advertised: 30,000 (Side burner excluded)
  • Main Grill Area: 408 Square Inches
  • BTU Per Square Inch: 73 BTU per square-inch (excluded warming rack)
  • Grates Material: Not Stated
  • Convertible From Propane: Yes, Additional Parts Needed
  • Natural Gas Hose Length: Not Stated
  • Assembly Aid Available: No, Self-Assembly Required
  • Warranty Available: Not Stated
  • The Dimension Of The Gas Grill: 1 x 24.1 x 45.1 inches
  • The Weight Of The Gas Grill: 73.9 pounds
  • Available Colors: Black & Mocha
  • Wheels: 4-Wheelers, Lockable

The Advantage Of A Natural Gas Grill

Advantage #1. The Running Cost Is Cheaper Than Propane

Most people don’t know but natural gas is actually made up of multiple different gases. “Natural” gas is made up of propane, methane, butane, and ethane, it is not a type of gas by itself. Propane is separated from other gas components during processing before it is sold to propane dealers. The additional process to separate and store propane contributes to the higher cost of propane fuel as compared to natural gas.

However, some may argue that the efficiency of propane gas more than compensates for the higher cost of it. It is true that propane gas is more efficient as a fuel as it contains more than twice the energy of natural gas. Propane gas is roughly 2.4 times more efficient than natural gas per cubic foot. So for every 1000 BTU produced one cubic foot of

From the EIA website, we can garner that the cost of natural gas stands around an average of $14 per 1000 cubic feet and a gallon of propane gas stands at around $2.40. Converting to a standard unit of measurement, we can say that propane gas is several times more expensive than natural gas and we wouldn’t see that reversing anytime soon.

Hence, although propane is better at generating energy for grilling, it is not cost-effective, not at the moment that is.

Advantage #2. Natural Gas Grills Have Higher BTUs Than Propane Gas Grills

First, we should discuss what is BTU. 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.

On the market, natural gas grills are designed to handle a higher temperature than propane gas grills. They will have better constructs, higher BTU burners, possibly more features. Propane gas grills have limits to what they can build for their burner due to the relatively lower volume of available fuel. You do not want to replace and refill the propane gas tanks often, given the cost.

Advantage #3. You Will Not Run Of Fuel

This brings us to the next point. For a natural gas grill, you will never run out of gas, unless the bills weren’t paid, of course. One of the worst worries during a grill is the potential “run out of fuel” scenario. It is a real hassle to get another in the middle of a party. One could store tanks of propane in the shed or the basement to prevent such situation, but the thought of storing a large number of combustible tanks around the place you sleep is, itself, another potential cause for worry.

The Disadvantages Of A Natural Gas Grill

Like two sides of a coin, a natural gas grill has its downside too.

Disadvantage #1. A Natural Gas Grill Has Almost Zero Portability

This is the main resistance towards having a natural gas grill. This is because your natural gas grill is fixed to the gas line. That means that you are not likely to be able to drag it around the yard when you want to redesign it. You might be able to get a flexible gas pipe, but the incremental mobility is not much and there could more problems that would surface down the line.

The need for a fixed gas line would also necessitate the engagement of a professional to install the line and hook up the grill. So, the initial cost would be even higher. Don’t get us wrong, the running cost and the initial cost are two separate matters.

However, this need not be a binary decision where you must put one type over the other. These days, there are propane grills that can be converted to natural gas grills when you desire. It will still be a hassle, but it is a step in the right way to give you arguably the best of both worlds.

As a general thumb of rule, a natural gas grill is more expensive than a propane one due to the better structure, sturdier material, design and additional features it has.

Getting A Natural Gas Grill

In this guide, we have gone through extensively what to look out for to find that best natural gas grill and have made some suggestions to make your day easier. If at this point, you are still undecided which to even start with, then we recommend that you go with Napoleon T495SBNK Triumph Grill for a start. While this brand is not really a large brand, we find that the features they offer exceed our expectations in many areas.

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