Hello out there, my friends and grilling enthusiasts! Are you looking for a budget gas grill? Now that the snow and rain have cleared, there’s nothing like some smokey barbeque to get your stomach feeling warm, full, and satisfied! For many of us grill chefs, it can be tempting to just run out to the store and buy whatever’s on sale. But what’s on the floor doesn’t necessarily have the best craftsmanship.
Today, I’d like to talk to all of you about a subject that’s near and dear to my flame-broiled heart: propane grills! Many of us are on a budget, or can’t justify spending much money if we don’t grill often. So for all of you, I’ve compiled a guide of the very best gas grills under 100, which can also double as an excellent gift-giving guide when the holidays roll around.
Best Gas Grills Under 100 Dollars
|Char-Broil Classic Gas Grill||16.9 x 26 x 17.7 inches||4/5|
|Cuisinart CGG-180T Tabletop Gas Grill||16 x 16.5 x 13 inches||4/5|
|Smoke Hollow TableTop Gas Grill||15.8 x 26.9 x 11.8 inches||3.9/5|
Best Gas Grills under 100 Dollars
If you want to save some money and get a good gas grill, then check the features of the grills below and see which fits you the best.
Char-Broil Classic 280
The Char-Broil Classic 280 is a 2-burner gas grill that works on liquid propane fuel. Many Char-Broil grills are named after their cooking space, and this one is no exception, giving a cook 20 inches wide by 14 inches deep porcelain coated grate that’s 280 square inches of space. The porcelain coating helps heat to spread evenly a little better than the traditional all-steel grate, with the added benefit of being easier to clean with your grill brush. It can fit about six large sized burgers.
In this affordable price range, it can be challenging to find full-sized, free-standing grills like this one. It has two metal side workstations, though, each measuring 12 inches wide by 13 inches long. The lid and cooking box are also porcelain coated metal. The handle and heat controller box are made of metal too.
On the inside of the grill, it’s got two stainless steel burners that are controlled by the interface on the front, with individual heat controls for each burner, so that you can cook two different foods at different temperatures. It also has a simple, push-button ignition system that they call Piezo ignition, but I like to call it magic.
The good and the bad on the Classic 280
In this category of grilling, there aren’t going to be a lot of frills or fancy-pants features, and this grill is no exception. Many grills have racks on the bottom, utilizing that space beneath the grill, where you can put your propane tank or other tools, but this doesn’t. It also doesn’t have any hooks for your tools. The workstations don’t collapse.
It is easier to assemble the grill by two people instead of one. There are a surprising amount of parts, and it’s difficult to hold the grill together at different steps. The instructions are pretty bad, and it will take at least 2 hours to assemble.
All of that aside, grills aren’t cheap, and a full, freestanding grill like this one is hard to find for the price. Once you get past those humps, there aren’t any other issues. It grills like you expect, with no troubles in its ignition or propane system, delivering delicious, consistently cooked food, and that’s why it made on this list of the quality grills that work on gas.
Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet
Cuisinart’s CGG-180T Petit Gourmet is a tabletop gas grill that comes in red, silver, and black. It is larger than it looks in pictures, and delivers more cooking space than other full sized grills. It has 145 square inches of grilling space, which is 15 inches long by 10 inches wide. You can fit about four, maybe five full-sized chicken breasts, and the same amount of large burger patties. You might be able to put a tiny chicken in the grill if you keep the lid down.
This grill isn’t full-sized, it’s just the grilling top with two-foot bars that rest on a table of your choosing. Because of this, and because it only weighs 13 lbs, it’s a prime candidate for someone who wants to travel around with their grill, say to cook at small family functions, or to cook while camping.
The cooking grate is made of porcelain-enamel, so it cooks evenly, looks pretty and shiny, and is easier to clean than a steel grate. It requires the smaller propane canisters that are for camping and uses propane relatively slowly. This grill will save you money as it needs less gas than full-sized grill units.
What’s bad about this grill
Some of these models come with defects that stem from poor quality control: the igniter doesn’t work, the grill doesn’t get hot or stay hot, the handle falls off or stops working, or the grill itself melts. But there’s a 3-year warranty, so contact the company if you got a unit with issues, and get a new one for free.
Other than that, it’s a pretty good grill unit.
Smoke Hollow 205
The Smoke Hollow 205 is a stainless steel portable unit, like the Cuisinart one, above. It has a temperature gauge in the lid, a 19-inch by 11-inch cooking surface area, a Piezo ignition system, and requires the small propane camping canisters. It outputs 10,000 BTU of heat.
The good and bad
This unit doesn’t have a lot of quality control issues, just some problems with the Piezo ignition system in general, such as the ignition system dying, or the ignition system bursting the grill quickly into flames instead of very slowly. There’s a 1-year warranty.
For the price range, it’s got a surprisingly large cooking surface, and it gets pretty hot.
Between the Smoke Hollow 205, the Cuisinart CGG-180T, and the Char-Broil Classic 280, it should be pretty easy to pick out which of these three grills fits your situation and needs the best. I wish you happy grilling, all you chefs out there!