There will forever be a debate about which grills make the best flavored food: charcoal or propane grills. Whatever the answer is, the reality is that propane grills allow both amateurs and the more experienced to create great tasting meals. There are several options on the market, making it difficult to choose just one, but our editors have scoured the universe of propane grilling and put together the best of 2012 for you. All you will need are grilling tools, the food of your choice and the ability to put your anticipation at bay to enjoy wonderfully grilled feasts with family and friends.
The Char-broil company is not only known for its affordable grills, but also for excellent customer service - a must for amateur grillers. The Four Burner Quantum Dual Fuel Infrared Gas Grill with Outdoor Stove Side Burner does not disappoint and is a great piece for those new to the art of grilling. Even Good Housekeeping magazine listed this grill as one of the best. It converts the energy from propane gas into infrared energy, which creates thoroughly cooked food that is well-seared on the outside and moist inside. Available in trendy stainless steel, the grill has a handy auto-clean function that makes the unappealing task of cleaning a dirty grill less cumbersome. At $499, there is approximately 580 square feet of space for grilling on 42,000 BTU burners and 200 square feet for cooking on the side burner. Keep in mind, however, that this grill is likely to rust and degrade in its first few years, so you may have to replace it.
Amongst grill masters and madams, the Weber brand is known for sturdy pieces that last a long time. The Spirit E-320 model has three individually-controlled, stainless steel burners and a side stove for a complete grilling experience. Pre-heating does not take too long on the 36,000 BTU burners and the side burner cooks at 12,000 BTUs. The grill bars are covered in porcelain enamel and the grill has electronic ignition, which turns it on effortlessly. It also has an enclosed cart at the bottom for storing certain grill equipment. Additionally, the Spirit E-320 uses propane more efficiently than most other gas grills, meaning additional savings in the long run. Although not readily available at most big box stores, the grill is purchasable from Lowes for $549.
Napoleon grills are typically top of the range pieces used by gourmands and food-enthusiasts that can afford them. Constructed from quality materials, they are built in North America and come with a limited lifetime warranty. The Mirage 485RBP grill has four stainless steel burners, three of which cook at 61,500 BTUs. The fourth burner cooks with infrared energy. The grill comes with a wraparound condiments shelf that allows for quick access to ingredients and it features automated ignition for quick lighting. It has 675 square feet of cooking space and is also easy to clean. Napoleon products are only sold at select stores, but the Mirage 485RBP is available online from stores like the Appliance Connection website.