Who doesn’t love the taste of fresh grilled food?
Whoever you are, whatever you do, life is better when you barbecue.
So you’ve made your choice, and you’re ready for some natural gas grilling action.
Good choice. Natural gas grills are connected to your regular gas supply, and don’t involve hunting down bottles of propane, coals or chunks of wood. Just turn it on, heat it up and let the party begin.
Be aware – some grills are dual-fuel, and others have conversion kits that allow you go from LPG to natural gas, but it’s worth checking your grill is heated by natural gas at the start, so you’re not caught out and forced to fiddle with valves when you could be getting your grill on.
But how do you choose the best natural gas grill for you?
You go get your apron on, mix your marinades and prep your sides. Have a refreshing beverage. We’ve found you the best natural gas grills on the market today.
In a hurry? Here’s our top pick.
Best Natural Gas Grills - Comparison Table
Best Natural Gas Grills - Our Reviews
It’s no surprise that a Weber tops our list.
Weber dominates the market because it regularly delivers what grill-fans need to achieve flawless grilling.
The Spirit II E-310 is the natural gas grill market’s pocket rocket – it’s not the biggest gas grill available, nor the most expensive, but it has advantages that make it our top pick.
First, between the three stainless steel burners, you’re looking at 30,000 BTUs per hour. That heat is evenly distributed across its grilling surface for repeatable results. Combine lots of heat and even distribution and your grill already does the main things it should do. Add to that a broad temperature range and a quick preheat function, and the E-310 starts to look like a great option on temperature control alone.
They say size doesn’t matter, but when pitting a three-burner grill against some of the bigger and more burner-rich options on the market, it becomes a factor. The grates of the Spirit II E-310 give you 529 square inches of grilling surface.
While there are larger surface areas on the market, you’ll pay through the nose for them, and if you’re cooking in rotation here, 529 square inches of useable grill-space will at least mean a good number of people will be smug and happy while the rest are drooling and willing you to hurry up.
The Spirit II E-310 (an evolution of the Spirit E-310) brings the Weber Gs4 grilling system to your party.
What’s that when it’s eating a steak?
It’s a system in which every element of the grill has been designed to its pinnacle of reliability. Infinity ignition, guaranteed for ten years to light first time, every time. Consistent gas flow through specially designed burner tubes, meaning even heating and cooking all over the grill – again with a ten-year warranty. ‘Flavorizer bars’ designed to vaporize grease and give a smoky grill flavour, while keeping grease away from the burners where it could interfere with even temperatures. A simple grease management system that carries on from the flavorizer bars, disposing of unneeded grease in a simple grease trap. If you can empty a vacuum cleaner, you can maintain your grease management system here, and keep on grilling to your stomach’s content.
The point of all this design and science is to give you a grilling experience simple enough for a rookie, but reliable enough for a master in a grill which won’t break the bank. There’s a generous drop-down table on each side of the grill so you can line up the food ready for your guests – from grill, to table, to guest, to smiling faces all round. The Spirit II E-310 does lack one thing – there’s no side burner – but apart from that, this is a grill designed to last you years and let you master the art of grilling.
If three burners don’t meet your needs, the five-burner Broil King Regal S590 might be better suited to your backyard.
You’re looking at 55,000 BTUs across the five burners, and the grill comes with both a 10,000 BTU side burner and a rear rotisserie burner, bringing an extra 15,000 BTUs to the party.
The Regal S590 has with 625 square inches of useable grill-space, and a warming rack that lets you serve full plates together at the perfect temperature.
Where the list-leading Weber grill has its Gs4 system, the Broil King brings its Flav-R-Wave system to the grill fight, delivering even heat distribution for consistent cooking across the grill. While not an ‘Infinity ignition,’ the electronic ignition on the Broil King machine will be good enough for most grillmasters most of the time, and there’s precision temperature control here through linear-flow burner valves.
The cooking grids are solid rod 9mm stainless steel, which makes the grids over 50% heavier than those in some similar grills. Pointless machismo? Nope – the heavier weight gives you greater heat retention and hardcore sear-marks.
The rotisserie burner’s a neat addition to the Regal S590, giving you a whole other way to cook while you’re grilling.
One of the most impressive things about the Weber Spirit II E-310 is that everything is warrantied up the wazoo. Not to be outdone, the Regal S590 carries a ten-year warranty on its burners, its cooking grids and its Flav-R-Wave system, and a two-year warranty on everything else, up to and including the paint job. That’s a weight off your shoulders, meaning you’re not left with expensive repair jobs or replacement costs after just a few parties.You don’t have to cater to large numbers to get the most out of the Regal S590 – it’ll serve you just as well if there are only one or two of you. But if you’re going to have a big grilling season year after year, you might well see the advantages of the Broil King over the Weber – more burners, more cooking space and the additional side and rotisserie grills mean it gives you more power, more options and a greater capacity to feed more people at a time.
No, that’s not a typo. The Spirit E-310 is the earlier version of the Spirit II E-310 which leads our list. In its time a market leader in its own right, there’s still plenty to love about the original.
With 32,000 BTUs per hour across its three burners, the original Spirit E-310 does most of what its evolved successor does – it cooks food with remarkable consistency, its impressive heat dispersed evenly across its burners – but it does it in a more ruggedly uncomplicated way, built before Weber polished up the bells and whistles of the Gs4 system.
That means the Spirit E-310 has many of the same elements as the Spirit II version, but at an earlier stage of development. Rather than Infinity ignition, the Spirit version has electronic crossover ignition. It does have the Flavorizer bars you’ll find on the evolved version, but instead of a grease management system, here you have a more straightforward front access grease tray and catch pan.
See? Very similar, very solid results, less rocket science. The Spirit E-310 is a reliable, go-to family-and-friend machine that will serve you year in, year out, without the pressure of grilling on something full of systems that need explaining. With the original E-310, it’s very much you, the food, and the grill – job done, everybody’s happy.
The Spirit E-310 is a comforting grilling experience taken to the extremes of reliability. It has most of the skills and most of the smarts of its younger, peppier brother, but it aims to just do its job, and do it well, time after time. Solid grilling, gorgeously even heat distribution to make your grilling life easier and some add-ons to make it a member of your domestic family still make the Spirit E-310 a firm favorite with many grillers.
#4. Runner Up
Lion Premium Grills 90823 40" Natural Gas Grill
From a reliable family unit, let’s step things up a few notches. The Lion Premium Grills L90000 (or 90823 as it’s also listed on Amazon) is a serious, practically commercial-grade piece of equipment.
Naturally, that means it comes with a serious, practically commercial-grade price. The reason the Lion is so far down our list is not because of things it won’t do – it’s because when you’re paying this price for this grade of gas grill, you have to be a fanatical grillmaster to get your money’s worth out of it.
It’s one of the bigger beasts on our list, at 40 inches wide. But it’s not all about the size of your grill; it’s more about the heat you can generate.
How does 90,000 BTUs across five burners sound to you?
Is it getting hot in here, or is that just us?
The domination of the L90000 continues when you consider the cooking space it gives you. On its grates alone, you’re looking at 802 square inches of useable cooking space, enough for 40 burgers at one sizzle. That upgrades to 1030 square inches when you remove the warming rack. Boy scout troop meet? Church fundraiser? Superbowl with every friend you have? Not a problem with the L90000.
In addition, the L90000 brings a strong rotisserie game with its rear infrared burner. It lives to spit-roast, and it’ll take on a couple of chickens a time without batting an eye.
More than 90% of the L90000’s grill framing is commercial grade 16-guage stainless steel. That means it’s heavy, and sturdy, and not to be moved about that much. But that also makes it relatively easy to clean and maintain, compared to some cast iron entries in our list (including the list-leader).
Oh, and remember we said a strong warranty game took the worry out of grilling? The L90000 comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
The price is hefty. The grill is hefty. And the capacity is hefty enough to make you need to use it regularly and for larger gatherings. But if all three of those things suit your lifestyle, the L90000 could be the grill of your dreams.
The Genesis II S-335 is the grill the Spirit II E-310 dreams of being when it grows up. It has many of the grill-helping features of the Spirit II E-310, but it also adds on several elements that account for at least some of its doublewide price tag.
The S-335 (the S stands for ‘Stainless Steel’) is a three-burner grill which has the Gs4 grilling system, so it brings all that precision design and even heat distribution you know and love to the grill party, but with an additional side burner and a sear station which channels extra heat for perfect sear marks on your proteins.
As it does on our list-leader, Weber includes a ten-year warranty on the Genesis II S-335, to take the risk out of buying the grill.
There’s no additional bad to separate the Spirit II E-310 and the Genesis II S-335 except the price, which for a Genesis is double what you’ll pay for a Spirit II. They’re both excellent natural gas grills, like all those on our list. The question ultimately is whether the extras you get with the Genesis justify the doublewide price-tag for you.
Best Natural Gas Grills - Buyers Guide
Buying a natural gas grill is a potentially complicated business. Here’s what you should consider before you click the ‘buy’ button.
Economies Of Scale
How much grilling do you do?
More to the point, how much grilling do you want to do?
If you’re a natural born grillmaster with an address book in the thousands, and you plan to treat your friends, family, community and county to hot grilled food every weekend, it increases the value for money of something like the Lion L90000. If it’s mostly you and your immediate family, you can get absolutely great, reliable results out of the Spirit II E-310. If you want the reliability of the Spirit II E-310 with a couple of useful bells and whistles on, ask yourself whether it’s worth paying twice the money for the Genesis II S-335. Be honest with yourself about what kind of griller you are. Once you know how much grilling you’re going to do, and how versatile you need your grill to be, you should have a much clearer picture of the right grilling option for you right now.
All The Extras?
Natural gas grills can come as basic as bones, or they can come with complicated systems, side burners, rear rotisseries and a range of other add-ons. All of them are probably useful to somebody. But are they useful to you? Be sure you’ll use infrared rotisseries before you pay out good money for those features.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why natural gas, rather than LPG?
Natural gas is potentially less fuss than LPG, being connected to your mains supply. You’ll never have to run to the store to get a refill when you could be pre-heating. Natural gas is usually cheaper than bottles of LPG. And the nature of the connection lets you make a definitive commitment to grilling at home, because for the most part, natural gas grills are less mobile than LPG grills.
What’s a good price for a natural gas grill?
Value will depend on your expendable budget, and the things you want the grill to do. The more burners you need, the more technologically advanced you need the system to be, the more it’s going to cost you. Compare that with your grill-buying budget and see where the two meet. That point is where you’ll find a good price for your individual gas grill.
If you are getting serious about upgrading your outside cooking area then add a versatile griddle to your outdoor range. A griddle gives you even more cooking capability, capacity and options. You should also seriously consider an outdoor pizza oven or a cool block knife set as well for that amazing afternoon and evening with friends and family.