The Why and How of Choosing the Best Gas Grill for Your Outdoor Kitchen

Choosing the best gas grill for your home may seem a little daunting what with so many great brands, models, and materials on the market today.

But in order to narrow down your search, there a few important considerations that could help you find the best fit for your outdoor entertainment area.

With the right type of outdoor grill, you can bring the performance and versatility of your indoor cooking needs outside while enjoying the fine summer weather.

Here’s what to keep in mind…

Understanding Grill Variations

First thing’s first, you need to decide on the type of grill you’re going for:

1. Charcoal Grills

Let’s be honest, the charcoal grill is a bit of throwback to prehistoric times when an open flame was the only method of cooking that existed. But in saying this, it still gets the job done, and there are die-hard fanatics out there.

Yes, a charcoal grill is still one of the most popular methods of grilling, especially if you’re a fan of the distinct flavor it imparts on your food.

2. Gas Grills

A few millennia later, we have the gas grill—undoubtedly one of the most popular types of grills on the market today. This is because they are legal to have in most homes and are easy to operate, control, and maintain.

There are two types of gas grills available—propane and natural gas. A gas grill is often likened to that of an indoor oven as they maintain heat and an even temperature like no other grill on the market.

3. Electric Grills

If you’re looking for a mobile oven on wheels, then an electric grill is the closest you’re going to get! They don’t require charcoal, gas or any other fuel, just a power outlet.

These types of grills are the newest to hit the market and are incredibly efficient at cooking meat at exact temperatures and even clean themselves as well.

4. Hybrid Grills

Hybrid grills offer the best of both features—they’re powered by electricity but also offer gas and open flame options. These types of grills are perfect for any type of weather year-round as they remove the need to stand out in the cold!

Hybrid grills have become highly popular as they offer a smoker-grill combo, too, which makes for plenty of delicious cooking opportunity.

Fire It Up: What to Consider When Choosing the Best Gas Grill

In a nutshell, a high-quality gas grill should be efficient, easy-to-use and maintain, and fit perfectly within your designated outdoor space.

But finding the ideal gas grill is easier said than done, especially if you’re easily overwhelmed by choice, add-ons, and confusing gadgets. Here’s what to consider:

1. The Type of Grill Setup

If you’re looking for a little more leeway when it comes to how you cook your meat, then it’s best to consider a grill/smoker combination, such as a hybrid grill.

The beauty of this setup is that it allows you to quickly grill up a simple meal or get a little more elaborate if you’re in the mood! And who doesn’t love a rack of wood-smoked ribs to dive into?

2. The Size of the Cooking Surface

It’s simple: the size of the cooking surface of your grill determines how many people you’re able to feed. If you’re big on entertaining for a large group of friends or family, then your grill surface area needs to be adequate!

Alternatively, look for a grill option with multiple cooking surfaces, which allows you to cook more than one type of food at a time. Bear in mind that most grill manufacturers allow for 20 square inches per burger patty.

Make sure you go for a high-quality grate material as sub-standard cooking grates are known to wear and tear fairly quickly. Go for a set of porcelain-coated or cast iron cooking grates for your grill.

3. Grill Temperature Maintenance

Anyone who’s ever grilled in their lifetime will understand the struggle of maintaining a solid cooking temperature. It’s a fine balancing act, even in the best weather.

But if you’re looking to take the headache out of grilling and temperature control, then a gas or electric grill is for you. Do a little research on the best brands and don’t be shy to ask questions about a griller’s temperature efficiency.

If you feel like you have temperature control on a charcoal or smoker grill down to a ”T”, then more power to you because you just can’t beat that taste!

4. Additional Grill Features

This applies to all the foodies out there who enjoy experimenting with their food and cooking techniques. If you’re looking for a few add-ons such as a rotisserie, spit, motor, or a side burner, then you may want to go for a model that’s a little more expensive and kitted out.

It’s important to consider how often you’ll really use these add-ons though and whether the additional expense will be worth your while.

5. Your Budget

This is a no-brainer when it comes to purchasing anything new for your home. But it’s important to remember that what you spend on a grill is an investment as they are usually manufactured to last several years—if not decades.

Outdoor kitchen grills range from several hundred to thousands of dollars. Before splashing some serious cash, weigh the pros and cons of different brands and models you’re considering.

Also, keep in mind that cheaper is not always better, especially for built-in grills. Invest in a grill that will last at least a decade because of the labor cost involved in removing and replacing a built-in model!

6. Ease of Maintenance

Finally, you want to invest in a grill that is not only easy to use but easy to clean and maintain. No one really enjoys the task of cleaning a grill, so don’t make it any more laborious than it needs to be.

Cleaning and maintaining your grill is important though as it extends the life of your grill by keeping it in good shape. Make sure to clean the cooking grates and grease cup each time you grill. Do a deep clean every few months or so by cleaning drips pans and burners.

Investing in a high-quality model makes it all-the-more simple to disassemble and clean too. And remember to always cover your grill up when it’s not in use!

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