Finding the Best Grill Under 300

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Let’s face it, picking a grill is a big deal.  First of all, it can be a huge investment.  Secondly, it is something you’re going to use a lot, sometimes more than your stove!  It can be a big decision, which is why we have this guide on picking the best grill under 300.

Best Grill Under 300

Item
Char-Broil 463377319 Performance Gas Grill
Char-Broil 463370719 Performance Gas Grill
Char-Broil Performance 300 Gas Grill
Cuisinart CGG-7400 Gas Grill
MASTER COOK 3 Gas Grill
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Char-Broil 463377319 Performance Stainless Steel 4-Burner Cart Style Gas Grill
Char-Broil 463370719 Performance TRU-Infrared 3-Burner Cart Style Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
Char-Broil Performance 300 2-Burner Cabinet Liquid Propane Gas Grill- Stainless steel
Cuisinart CGG-7400 Full Size Gas Grill, Four-Burner
MASTER COOK 3 Burner BBQ Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel 30,000 BTU Patio Garden Barbecue Grill...
Burners
4 x 9,000 (36,000 BTU Total)
3 x 8,000 (24,000 BTU Total)
2 x 12,000 (24,000 BTU Total)
4 x 11,000 (44,000 BTU Total)
3 x 10,000 (30,000 BTU Total)
Side Burner?
Cooking Surface Area
425 Square Inches
450 Square Inches
300 Square Inches
443 Square Inches
339 Square Inches
Item
Char-Broil 463377319 Performance Gas Grill
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Char-Broil 463377319 Performance Stainless Steel 4-Burner Cart Style Gas Grill
Burners
4 x 9,000 (36,000 BTU Total)
Side Burner?
Cooking Surface Area
425 Square Inches
More Info
Item
Char-Broil 463370719 Performance Gas Grill
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Char-Broil 463370719 Performance TRU-Infrared 3-Burner Cart Style Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
Burners
3 x 8,000 (24,000 BTU Total)
Side Burner?
Cooking Surface Area
450 Square Inches
More Info
Item
Char-Broil Performance 300 Gas Grill
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Char-Broil Performance 300 2-Burner Cabinet Liquid Propane Gas Grill- Stainless steel
Burners
2 x 12,000 (24,000 BTU Total)
Side Burner?
Cooking Surface Area
300 Square Inches
More Info
Item
Cuisinart CGG-7400 Gas Grill
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Cuisinart CGG-7400 Full Size Gas Grill, Four-Burner
Burners
4 x 11,000 (44,000 BTU Total)
Side Burner?
Cooking Surface Area
443 Square Inches
More Info
Item
MASTER COOK 3 Gas Grill
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MASTER COOK 3 Burner BBQ Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel 30,000 BTU Patio Garden Barbecue Grill...
Burners
3 x 10,000 (30,000 BTU Total)
Side Burner?
Cooking Surface Area
339 Square Inches
More Info

When it comes to picking the best grill under 300, there are a couple of important things to consider.

First and foremost, we are looking at propane gas grills here.  If you live in an apartment and aren’t allowed to have a gas grill, don’t miss our guide to the best apartment grills which list some electric models.

Next, here are the important things to look at:

  • Number of Burners and Heat Output.  The hotter, the better!
  • Cooking Area.  This also relates to how big the grill is.
  • Side Burner.  Do you need a burner to put a pot or pan on next to the grill?

Now, keeping these things in mind, let’s take a look at some grills!

Char-Broil 463377319 Performance Gas Grill

Char-Broil 463377319 Performance Stainless Steel 4-Burner Cart Style Gas Grill
  • Exclusive Stainless Steel finish for increased style and durability
  • Stainless Steel burners emit flame from the top to allow for even cooking
  • Porcelain-coated grease pan is durable and can be removed for easy cleaning

This four burner grill provides a large cooking area, and size burner of 10,000 BTU.  With 425 square inches of cooking space, backyard BBQs will be a breeze.

It also has an additional 150 square inches of warming space, great for toasting buns.

The side shelves are even made of stainless steel, not plastic.  All in all this is a solid grill that is also very easy to clean with a pull out grease tray and pan.

Char-Broil 463370719 Performance Gas Grill

Char-Broil 463370719 Performance TRU-Infrared 3-Burner Cart Style Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
  • Exclusive stainless steel finish for increased style and durability
  • TRU-Infrared cooking technology prevents flare-ups, delivers even-heat and cooks juicier food
  • 450-square-inches of primary cooking space is great for most cookouts

While this Char-Broil Grill has one less burner than its counterpart we just looked at, it has an additional 25 square inches of cooking space.

This model is able to do away with that fourth burner and still cook evenly due to its unique infrared cooking system.

This system means that you won’t need to worry about hot spots in your grill.  To me, this feature sets it apart from all other models.  For some reason, I have always noticed that grills have certain spots that heat better than others.  This is not the case with an infrared system.

It also has all the same features as the first Char-Broil we looked at, and is also easy to clean.

Char-Broil Performance 300 Gas Grill

Char-Broil Performance 300 2-Burner Cabinet Liquid Propane Gas Grill- Stainless steel
  • 2-burner, 24,000-BTU Cabinet Gas Grill
  • 300 square inches of primary cooking on porcelain-coated cast iron grates, plus 100 square inch swing-away rack with porcelain-coated grates
  • Stainless steel lid and UFC provide stylish durability, and features a lid-mounted temperature gauge for added heat control

Now, let’s switch gears to a different Char-Broil model.  Let’s face it, not everyone wants or needs a massive grill.  Sure, you can just light a burner or two, but space can still be a concern.

This mode is smaller than its counterparts at 300 square inches of cooking space.

This is an important feature if space is at a premium for you, such as on a balcony.

The unique part about this grill is the side shelves also fold down, to make it even more space efficient.

While the cart it comes with is made of metal, it is black metal unlike some of the other Char-Broil models that have a complete stainless steel finish.

A Word on Char-Broil Grills

By now, I’m sure you have noticed that you just looked at three different Char-Broil grill.  The fact of the matter is that Char-Broil basically owns the under 300 dollar grill market.

Char-Broil has been around for a long time, and makes an excellent product, and multiple products at this price point.

Nevertheless, I did manage to find a couple of other great grills under 300 dollars.

Cuisinart CGG-7400 Gas Grill

Cuisinart CGG-7400 Full Size Gas Grill, Four-Burner
  • 4 - 11, 000 BTU burners providing the grill with 44, 000 BTUs of cooking heat
  • 443 square inch cooking surface with an additional 167 square inch warming rack
  • Heavy-duty cast iron cooking grates

This is an Cuisinart made alternative to the Char-Broil models at the same price point.  While Cuisinart is known for kitchen electrics and cookware, they aren’t so well known in the backyard space.

While it does not feature a side burner, it does feature two metal side shelves, one of which has a bottle opener perfect for BBQs.

The stainless steel and black finish makes this grill look at home in any yard.

With 443 square inches of cooking space, it is also one of the largest grills under 300 dollars around.

MASTER COOK 3 Gas Grill

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MASTER COOK 3 Burner BBQ Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel 30,000 BTU Patio Garden Barbecue Grill...
  • ❤ STAINLESS STEEL BURNERS: This propane gas grill has 3 Stainless Steel burners, can put out 30,000 BTU-per-hour with integrated piezoelectric ignition system, quick start up with the push &turn of a control knob
  • ❤ FEATURES: The whole Stainless steel control panel with chromium plating control knob makes this propane gas grill more study and delicate, a stainless steel handle and a built-in stainless steel thermometer on the cover lid, two foldable tables and two heavy duty wheel casters for storage and moving
  • ❤ PORCELAIN-ENAMEL WIRE COOKING GRATES: The cooking area of our propane gas grill is 471.8 include 339 square inches for cooking and 132.8 square inches for warming

This is a slightly smaller 3 burner grill by MASTER COOK with 339 square inches of cooking space.

Only the control panel with the grill temperature knobs is stainless steel in this case, which is something to keep in mind when thinking about the best grill for your needs.

It also has porcelain coated wire cooking grates, and is one of the lowest price point grills on this list.

Don’t miss our guide to grill grate materials here!

Picking the Best Grill Under 300

Let’s take a look at these grills under 300 dollars one more time:

Char-Broil 463377319 Performance Stainless Steel 4-Burner Cart Style Gas Grill
Exclusive Stainless Steel finish for increased style and durability; Stainless Steel burners emit flame from the top to allow for even cooking
Char-Broil 463370719 Performance TRU-Infrared 3-Burner Cart Style Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
Exclusive stainless steel finish for increased style and durability; 450-square-inches of primary cooking space is great for most cookouts
Cuisinart CGG-7400 Full Size Gas Grill, Four-Burner
4 - 11, 000 BTU burners providing the grill with 44, 000 BTUs of cooking heat; 443 square inch cooking surface with an additional 167 square inch warming rack
Each of these grills is a fantastic option for your BBQ needs this summer (or all year round, which is how often we use our grill).

When it comes to the most cooking area, and most features, the

Char-Broil 463370719 Performance Gas Grill is the clear winner.  The infrared system ensures even cooking, and it has a side burner.
If you are looking for a more compact grill, the Char-Broil Performance 300 Gas Grill is a great option.  With two burners and folding side tables, is is significantly smaller than the other models.
Finally, the Cuisinart CGG-7400 Gas Grill is a serious contender, but lacks the full stainless steel finish of the larger Char-Broil models.

The Number One Accessory For Your Grill

When I say the number one accessory for your grill, a grill brush may come to mind.  While that is important, you can actually clean your grill without a brush.

Here is the number one accessory for four out of the five grills we reviewed:

These stainless steel wipes will keep your grill exterior looking fresh and clean.  While stainless steel does look great, most of the time, it does require a good wipe down every now and then to keep it looking that way.

This guide has everything you need to get grilling this season with the best grill under 300.  Be sure to let us know your favorite grilling tips in the comments!

Last update on 2020-04-05 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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