Everyone has a favorite outdoor BBQ story. My story also is the reason I began my research on the best built-in gas grills of 2020.
Picture this – it’s a beautiful July 4th BBQ night in the year 2020. We had gathered around the backyard as a family. Our outdoor gas grill was on, and we had beers in our hands. There was just enough time before the fireworks lit up the sky.
I also had some juicy burger patties on the grill with some corn on the cob. It had been there for 15 minutes and was still getting nowhere. So here I am, cranking up the heat on our gas grill. On the highest setting, the grill sizzles sharply and promptly trips the rest of the circuit out.
All the lights in our house and backyard go dark just in time for fireworks to light up the sky. Overall, it is a very dramatic story. But the reality was that we ended up getting pizza and a huge bill from the electrician.
So, here I am searching online to understand what I should look for, what I need, and what I want. Here are the points I kept in mind while looking at different brands:
- Ignition system
- Cooking surface
- Grill build material
- Grilling temperatures
- Heat distribution
- Grill warranty
- Additional features
All best built-in gas grills have these aspects and the difference between the best and mediocre is usually because of a variance in these features.
Why are they important?
Cost is a no-brainer. I was looking for a reasonable price. It was going to be in our backyard, and I was looking at an investment. I was fine paying top-dollar but I needed the grill to be exceptional. As far as ignition went, I wanted an easy solution. I have seen different ignition methods – electronic, rotary dial or push-button starters. Electronic buttons while convenient, can give in to constant wear and tear. Rotary dials are the Piezoelectric ignition type that turns friction to spark. High-end grills also come with hot surface ignition
As far as cooking surfaces go – gas grills come with any number of burners. The minimum is two as far as most grilling techniques require. More burners allow for more food to be cooked and also increases the cooking surface. It is important to separate the cooked meat or vegetables. Most experts allow an inch between the food items.
The burger was named the most likely thing to find on any given grill than you are with the 85% majority that likes to have a hamburger on their barbecue.
304-grade stainless steel is the best choice for built-in gas grills. If the overall grill and grates are made of stainless steel, then they are stain-resistant, durable, and easy to clean. The grates also need to hold high temperatures for grilling and searing. Other materials are coated cast iron and porcelain; however, these are prone to scratches and marks during frequent use.
We need high temperatures to grill that meat to perfection. Not only is the temperature necessary, the areas on the grill that become hot are also important. Grilling requires a maximum of 400 F on the upper grate and a maximum of up to 600 F on the lower grates.
Heat distribution is just as important as temperature. Food cooks thoroughly and at the same rate on a surface with even heat distribution. Grilling at low temperatures for a long time is possible with even heat distribution. Grates and burners contribute to heat distribution, as do the grill material, and insulation. British Thermal Units are an industry standard to measure the heat or power of the grill. So when making a choice, a BTU is a good indicator of a grill’s capacity if the grill is built well.
Warranties make a grill more attractive. If you are going to be using a grill frequently, make sure the warranty helps you offset any repairs or replacements. Generally speaking, a grill with a longer period of warranty is a better buy.
Now, additional features on a grill could be anything from side burners, to thermostats or sear burners. So just be sure that when you are buying a grill, these additional features increase the value and use of the gas grill.
Customer review and feedback
Another aspect that I always pay attention to when I am buying products online is the customer review section. Previous customer feedback alerts me to the pros and cons. It also provides realistic situations about examples of gas grill use. So I am also going to be giving you some statistics while buying these products on Amazon.
So, here are the 8 best built-in gas grill, as a comparison table:
|Brand||Build Material||Cooking space||Burners||BTUs||Weight||Grill dimensions||Ignition system||Amazon list price|
|Monument Grills 17842||Stainless Steel||513.3 square inches||4 main burners, 1 side||60,000||118 lbs||32x25.5x25.2||Pilotless||$399|
|Napoleon Grills Rogue 425||Stainless Steel||625 square inches||4 main burners and 1 side||45,000||148lbs||25x51x48||Jet-Fire||$900.74|
|Weber 7170001 Summit S-470||Stainless Steel||580 square inches||4 main burners and 1 side||48,800||241lbs||57.1x 66x 30||Snap-jet||$2,099|
|Broil King 958344 Regal S590||Stainless Steel||625 square inches||5 main burners with 1 side||55,000||217lbs||62.5 x 24.8 x 49.2||Push button||$1,274.34|
|Lion Premium Grills L75623||Stainless Steel||830 square inches||4 cast stainless steel burners||75,000||170lbs||24.2x32x21.5||Push button||$1,495|
|Bull Outdoor Products BBQ 47629||Stainless Steel||810 square inches||4 main burners||75,000||178lbs||40x28x48||Push button||$1,930|
|Napoleon LEX 485||Stainless Steel||675 square inches||4 main burners||(3) 16,000||92lbs||29.75x21.5x7.5||Jet-Fire||$1,287.03|
|Napoleon PRO665RSIBPSS-3 Prestige||Stainless Steel||1140 square inches||5 main burners with 1 side||99,000||347lbs||25.5x76.8x51||Jet-Fire||$3,199.41|
Let us now look at each one in-depth.
The Monument propane gas grill is built with 304-grade stainless steel. It is designed to cook food evenly and faster than traditional grilling techniques. Built with 4 main burners, it also has one side burner. The cooking grids are porcelain-coated cast iron, which means the grill is stain resistant and durable.
Overall, it has about 513 square inches of cooking surface. The attachable rotisserie increases the space further for grilling chicken, lamb, or turkey. The pilotless ignition eases the experience of switching the grill on and heats up to 600 degrees very easily. Although the Monument gas grill comes with optional expert assembly assistance, it is very easy to put together.
Based on Amazon customer reviews, the product has 59 customer ratings. Overall 4.4 out of 5 stars for the grill. Reviews mention the durability of the grill and consistent cooking of the food.
One of the improvements suggested with this grill model is to make the hoods heavier than it is now. This will help create a closed environment that will allow the meat to cook faster.
In short, here are the features that catch my eye:
- Propane gas grill
- Grade 404 stainless steel
- Porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates
- 4 main burners, 1 side burner
- 513.3 square inches of cooking surface
- Pilotless ignition
- Built-in thermometer
- Assembled dimensions – 54.1×45.7×22.5 inches
- Optional expert assembly
The Napoleon gas grill comes with stainless steel wave cooking grids. Along with the 4 main burners, the grill also has an infrared sizzle zone side burner. The cooking surface is 625 square inches. It is equipped with space-saving foldable shelves. In fact, these shelves can be completely removed as well.
That is extremely helpful when you want a grill but do not have a lot of space around. The ignition system uses Jetfire to spark the gas grill. The mid-sized grill has a power of 45,000 BTUs. The grill’s dual-level sear plates prevent flare-ups by vaporizing juice or grease spills. This Napoleon grill also has a convenient condiment rack to hold those rubs and spices needed for the BBQ.
The grill is versatile and offers high-quality components at an affordable price. On Amazon, the appliance has 23 customer reviews. Overall, the rating is 3.6 out of 5. Most of the reviews mention how easy it was to put together and the size of the grill.
One of the users mentioned that the packaging could be improved but rates the grill high. The dings on the packaging are likely because the shipper was not careful during processing.
Features that make this one of the best built-in gas grills:
- Stainless steel build and grates
- 4 main burners and 1 side burner
- 625 square inches of cooking surface
- Foldable/removable shelves
- Jet fire ignition system
- 45,000 BTUs
- Dual-level sear plates
- Product dimensions – 25x51x48 inches
The Weber gas grill is a stainless steel grill with 580 sq.inches of cooking surface. The 4 main burners are complemented with a side burner that maximizes the grilling area. This gas grill’s cooking grates come with a choice of three materials – porcelain-enameled steel, stainless steel, and porcelain-enameled cast iron.
The favorite bar system was originally created by the Weber company and catches all the dripping and juices and either vaporize or funnel into the grease management system. The ignition is a snap-jet individual burner system. The patented dual-tube burners come with a 10-year warranty. This grill is made in the USA.
The very first white house BBQ was hosted by Lyndon B. Johnson and featured Texas-style barbecued ribs. President Johnson enjoyed this pastime so much he even had barbecues installed on the roof of the White House.
The lid is durable and strong and provides an intense oven environment to cook the food evenly and quickly. The grill is efficient, easy to clean and requires minimal maintenance.
On Amazon, the product has 159 customer reviews. The overall rating is 4.4 out of 5 stars. Reviews mention that it is easy to assemble and clean and this grill provides the best value for the money.
One reviewer mentions that the rotisserie motor is tough to set up and is concerned that the friction of metal against metal is not going to be good. The same reviewer notes a week later that they figured out how the rotisserie motor worked and once that is clear, setting up became easier.
Features that make the Weber a good choice for the value:
- Propane gas grill
- Stainless steel grill with chrome accents
- 4 burners with a tuck-away rotisserie motor
- 580 square inches of cooking surface
- Flavorizer bar
- LED tank scale
- Snap-Jet ignition
- 10,600 BTU sear burner
- Grill Out handle lights
- Stainless steels tool hook
- Compliments natural gas
- Built-in thermometer
- Dimensions – Lid Open – 57.1x 66x 30 inches
The Broil King’s 5 burner gas grill comes with 625 sq.inches of cooking surface. The grill is patented Dual tube stainless steel with rust-resistant zinc-coated components. The cooking grids at 9mm are durable and retain heat better. There are 10 rows of flame that make the grill rise up in temperature quickly and cook food evenly. The heat output on the main burner is 55,000 BTUs.
The cool blue LED-lit control knobs lead to an electronic ignition system. The in-built deluxe thermometer helps fine-tune the grilling. Made in the USA, the grill comes with a 10-year warranty on the burners, cooking grids, and the Flav-R-wave and a 2-year warranty on remaining parts and paint. The other components are zinc coated, making it rust-resistant. The grill is made in the USA.
The Broil King grill has 47 customer reviews on Amazon. Users rate the grill 4.1 out of 5. The features that make this grill stand out are its sturdiness and value for money.
Many reviewers mention that the assembly instructions are tough to follow and not straight forward. One reviewer goes on to say the instructions are long but once they organize the components needed, it is much easier to assemble.
Features that make the Broil King one of the best built-in gas grills:
- Stainless steel cook box
- Patented dual-tube burners
- 55,000 main burner BTU
- 625 square inches cooking surface
- Dual tube burners
- 5 main burners with 1 side burner
- Rotisserie burner
- Electronic ignition
- Control lights
- Made in the USA
- Delux Accu-temp thermometer
- Product dimensions – 62.5 x 24.8 x 49.2 inches
The Lion Premium gas grill comes with 830 sq.inches of cooking surface and a total of 75,000 BTUs. Made of 304-grade premium stainless steel, the grill is equipped with 5 burners that are controlled by the push to turn knobs that light the Quick Lite valves. The grill comes with solid stainless steel cooking grates.
The double-layered seamless welded smoker head with polish edges ensure that the grilled meat is cooked to perfection. Another attractive add on is the lifetime warranty on the cast burners. The Grill also includes the gourmet package consisting of rotisserie, cover, smoker box, griddle and griddle remover with bottle opener, which is I might add is super handy.
The Lion grill has 70 customer reviews with an overall rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars. Users mention the durability of the grill and the minimal maintenance as being big advantages.
A common review by users is that the heat is much stronger towards the rear and fat tends to flame up. Most people bought extra grates called Grill Grate to prevent these problems.
These are the features that make the Lion grill a great choice for BBQ:
- 4 cast stainless steel burners with rotisserie back burner
- 304-grade stainless steel grill and grates
- Total 75,000 BTUs.
- Lifetime warranty on cast burners.
- XL temperature gauge
- Double layer seamless smoker head with polished edges
- 830 square inches of cooking surface
- 5 Lion Quick Lite valves
- Adjustable warming rack
- Light switch
- 2 interior lights.
- Commercial size push-to-turn knobs.
- Smoker Box
- Product dimensions – 24.2x32x21.5 inches
The Bull natural outdoor grill is made of stainless steel and is a natural gas grill with rotisserie. The 4 burners come with a lifetime warranty on the burners, grates, and firebox. The cooking surface is 600 sq. inches plus 210 sq. inches for the warming rack. The grill comes with the interior twin lighting system.
The Bull grill has 28 customer reviews on Amazon and has 4.3 out of 5 stars. Buyers mention that the grill is easy to install and high value for money.
Although it is easy to install, lifting it into its place seemed to be a pain point. However, all reviewers agree that once it is placed, the installation itself was smooth and quick.
The word “barbecue” comes from a Taino word for “sacred fire pit” and more and more of us are doing it because it has become somewhat of a competitive sport.
These points make the Bull grill a good choice amongst other built-in gas grills:
- Commercial 304 grade stainless steel
- Natural gas grill
- Drop-in outdoor grill
- 4 main burners with rear infrared
- Total 75,000 BTUs
- Total 810 square inches (0.52 m²) cooking surface
- Stainless steel cooking grates
- Full-size drip trays
- Interior twin lighting
- Warming rack
- Lifetime Warranty on burners, grates, and firebox
- Product dimensions – 40x28x48 inches
The Napoleon gas grill comes with its iconic wave sear marks in this stainless steel propane gas grill. Four stainless steel tube burners provide consistent heating and the double-walled lid provides an oven-like environment.
The grill has stainless steel grids for even cooking and roasting. The jet fire ignition system complements the burners that come with 16,000 BTUs each. The grill has LED backlighting. An optional charcoal tray or smoker tube turns this built-in grill head into a smoker
Amazon buyers of this product have rated it 3.5 stars out of 5 based on 5 customer reviews. The reviews mention that the grill is easy to install and clean.
Although most of the reviews are positive, there is some concern about the drawer for the drip pan opening that leaves a gap because the drip pan is below the drawer. However, this can be amended by a stainless steel pull on the drawer.
Buyers of this gas grill mention these features:
- Propane gas grill
- Stainless steel build with chrome accents
- Iconic “wave” grill grates and sear plates
- Double-walled lid
- Jet fire ignition uses tension to build spark
- LED backlight
- 16,000 BTU grill burners
- 675 square inches (0.44 m²) cooking surface
- Converts into smoker
- Product dimensions – 29.75×21.5×7.5 inches
The Napoleon PRO665RSIBPSS-3 is a propane gas grill with 5 stainless steel burners with an infrared rear burner. With 99,000 BTUs, this grill comes with 1140 sq. inches of cooking surface. The grill leaves the iconic wave sear marks on the meat. This gas grill has LED spectrum night lights. Even though the entire grill does not have a lifetime warranty, some of its major components are covered for life.
The grill has 5 reviews on Amazon and all 5 reviews rate it as 5 stars. The users mention that the grill is solidly built and that both performance and quality are superior.
The only caveat with this is that you have to be careful when putting in the propane gas cylinder. The shelf slides out and you need to push a button to release the stand. One reviewer did not realize this and broke the plastic seal. Of course, the grill still works, and this issue simple enough to rectify.
These aspects make Napoleon a good choice for outdoor grilling:
- Stainless steel BBQ grill
- Propane gas
- Interior lights
- Cooler feature
- Iconic sear marks
- 5 main burners and infrared side burner
- Rear rotisserie burner
- 1140 square inches cooking area
- 99,000 BTUs
- Stainless steel cooking grids, tube burners, sear plates and basin
- Integrated smoker tray
- Night light
- Roll-top lid
- Product dimensions – 25.5×76.8×51 inches
In all, I am sure reading through these built-in gas grill reviews was an eye-opener and informative. What I will now do is quickly tell you how these grills rank in terms of specific features. It’s basically what to look for in a built-in gas grill.
I will reiterate a few points made earlier and pull in a few new ones for your consideration.
- Cost and upgrades
- Build material
- Servings and food type
Here’s the breakdown
Always understand how much you are willing to pay for a grill. Most importantly, know what you can not afford. There are built-in gas grills for all budget ranges. You can always research more within a range of your choice and come to a conclusion based on the features that the grill. Also, look for a grill that you can upgrade. In conclusion, it is good to keep in mind if you know that your needs will increase in the future.
Definitely, do not compromise on the material. There is a reason why good quality commercial stainless steel is preferred. Similarly, look for double-lined walls, airtight edges, and durable construction. If it is a poorly built grill, even a high BTU will be of no use, since it will lose most of the heat. Look for the luxury in the chrome accents.
Once you know your budget, you will be able to follow through on research about different brands. There are various brands selling different types of grill. The bottom line is to identify a brand that has a good reputation, builds quality products and offers maximum value for your money.
It is important to know how much you will cook, and how often you will be cooking. The choice of the grill may differ based on the answers. I prefer to cook both small and big portions of meat and both require different temperatures. This means I need a grill that can quickly hit high temperatures of at least 600 F. The grill needs to be durable if you are going to be using it every day. Again, the choices differ based on these factors.
Finally, you need to get the right size of the grill. This knowledge comes from understanding all the factors. If you need an outdoor gas grill, where will it go? Are you looking for a grill that will stand on its own or a drop-in grill? Do you already have an area designated, if so how big is it? Pick your grill based on these cooking and location needs.
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FAQs – Built-in gas grills:
1. Why should I buy a gas grill?
Well, if you like to cook outdoors and have space, you should definitely invest in a gas grill.
2. Why should I buy a built-in gas grill?
Overall, a built-in gas grill is cheaper in the long run compared to a charcoal grill. The grill can be ignited quickly and the temperature control is higher in a gas grill. This means food cooks evenly. Finally, a built-in gas grill is easier to clean than a charcoal grill.
3. You said a gas grill is cheaper in the long run?
Yes, there is the cost of an outdoor kitchen, but if you are investing in a grill, buying a built-in gas grill is better. Add the charcoal costs to the cost of storage, and replacement costs, you will see how a built-in gas grill head by itself is not expensive.
4. Are there other built-in gas grills beside the ones you have mentioned?
Yes, there are others like Lynx, TEC, and DCS. All these have a variety of features and spread along with different cost ranges.
5. What should I know before buying a grill?
Read this article! Haha, but seriously, cost, budget, build, and size is very important.
Given the fact that I am going to be spending a lot of time grilling, I am comfortable paying a heavy chunk. The Napoleon PRO665RSIBPSS-3 will do quite nicely for someone willing to pay top dollar considering that it is durable and made of high-quality material. If you are in the market for an affordable built-in gas outdoor grill Napoleon Grill Rogue is a great option. The iconic sear marks are sure to impress even the toughest critics. If you are just starting your journey, and do not want to splurge – consider the Monument Grills 17842. This is a nice way to get started without burning your pockets.
What’s the final word?
Well, keep in mind, choose your grill based on what you need. Of course, the add-on features are an added luxury. After all, an outdoor grill party is to relax and a way to bond with your loved ones. Every gas grill thrives on love and laughter and of course, a good cleaning!
Tell me – First, what is your favorite grill? Second, have you used a smoker or charcoal grill? Third, what meats do you usually cook? Finally, Are there any features that you think are more important than others? I would love to hear your favorite outdoor BBQ story!