Gas grills are the most popular choice when it comes to outdoor grills. Most gas grills are fueled by a propane tank, but converting to natural gas can be a simple, more convenient and affordable option as well. These grills don’t require the cleanup or preparation that a charcoal grill does, so all you have to worry about is munching on those yummy burgers. Inexpensive gas grills are definitely out there, but the fact is that they’re more costly than a charcoal grill. Why? Mostly due to the convenience factor and some mechanical parts not needed on basic charcoal grills. Prices on these range anywhere from $100 to over $1,000.
Charcoal grills are another popular option, however, they are way more time consuming and messy than a gas grill. The trade off for those inconveniences is the flavor that the charcoal grill offers. These grills cook at a higher temperature, searing your meat just perfectly. If you love the smoky taste of meat, then these grills are a great option for you because you can’t get that distinct flavor with a gas grill. Charcoal grills are usually in the modest range of about $80-$300, but can also go all the way up to and over $1,000.
Electric grills are perfect if you’re looking to save space and avoid mess. All you need is an electric outlet and you’re good to go. However, when you get rid of the need for charcoal or propane, you also get rid of that smoky flavor that nearly everyone loves. Another downer is that these grills are generally smaller than other options. So unless you have more than one, these aren’t the best choice if you entertain frequently. The price on these are a positive though, ranging normally under $100, and maxing out at about $500.
Portable grills are perfect for tailgating, beach trips, or any other outdoor festivity. They aren’t as big or nice as the one in your backyard, but they do the same job….namely cook those great burgers for which you are now semi-famous. When buying a portable grill, make sure they’re durable. You want them to last, but these are gonna be on the go and moved around a lot. So really push to buy a strong grill. These grills are small enough to fit either in your trunk or the bed of your truck, so they’re super convenient for everyone. There are different options for portable grills, such as gas, charcoal, ceramic and electric. So you can get exactly what you want, even if it isn’t for your home. In today’s mobile society, this type grill is almost a must as a backup. You can buy these pretty cheap, ranging from about $50-$200.
Natural gas grills eliminate the cost of buying propane by plugging directly into your natural gas line. Not only is natural gas is a cheaper option, but it’s a cleaner burning fuel than propane. The environmental impact is always a priority with outdoor appliances. The initial cost of gas plumbing and installation can be expensive, but you do save money over time.