With summer comes grilling season, and with grilling season come new grills. If you're in the market for a built-in propane grill, you may have no idea where to start. That's where this post comes in: we've compiled a list of the five best built-in propane grills of 2021 for your outdoor kitchen area.
Part of their Summit Series, the Weber 7360001 is a high-end, modern option for a built-in grill. It's 42 in. wide, with 624 sq. in. of grilling space, allowing for plenty of working space even when feeding a whole backyard full of people. Its six stainless steel main burners, coupled with its Snap-Jet Ignition System, provide a total of 10,000 BTUs each, and are individually controlled, allowing you to create heat zones inside the grill. Additionally, its searing and rotisserie burners focus on infrared radiation for even, quick heating. It even comes with a smoker box that you can fill with your preferred type of wood chips to get that extra smoky flavor, and Weber Flavorizer bars that catch every last drop from your meats to make them truly sizzle.
While it may be only 36 in. wide, the Hestan GMBR36LP has 647 sq. in. of grilling space, making it a powerful choice for smaller spaces. Its pair of 25,000 BTU trellis burners combine with an equally powerful sear burner and 14,000 BTU infrared rotisserie to cook just about anything to perfection. Its spring-assisted Horizon hood stays exactly at the height you leave it, which allows you to precisely modify the ventilation inside your grill, and motion-activated halogen Stadium Lights that turn on only when they're needed. The Marquise Accented™ control panel comes with a professional-grade handle and knobs, and the DiamondCut Grates™ are laser-cut in-house.
As part of the C Series, the Coyote C2C42LP grill is an economical 42-in. propane grill. With a working area of 1,275 sq. in., it has the most grilling space among the grills on this list. It comes with interior lighting as a standard, as well as an integrated wind guard. The 304 Grade stainless steel body resists weather and corrosion, while the Infinity Burners provide up to 100,000 BTUs of energy. You can check the grill's temperature at a glance using the integrated hood thermometer, all the while searing your food to perfection with restaurant-style grill marks thanks to the stainless steel grates.
At 33 in. wide and 760 sq. in. of grilling space, the Napoleon BIP500RBPSS3 is the most compact grill on this list, but as part of the Prestige Series, it has a variety of high-end features so that you don't have to make do with less, even in the smaller space. Its 66,000 BTU maximum output and 7.5mm stainless steel WAVE™ cooking grids provide even, multi-zone cooking. Meanwhile, the LIFT EASE™ roll-top lid uses its own center of gravity to lift smoothly without extending beyond the back of the grill. Napoleon's Jet-Fire™ ignition system shoots a jet of flame to light each burner individually, ensuring safe and fast operation, and the NIGHT LIGHT™ knobs illuminate when each burner is on, adding safety to its elegance and function.
The DCS BH148RSL is the widest grill on our list, at 48 in. wide and 1,115 sq. in. of grill space. Because it's part of their 7 Series, it has a set of professional-grade features that would suit an actual restaurant. The precision 25,000-BTU burners can be set to any temperature between 300° and 1,100° F, while the 17,000 BTU side burner, 14,000 BTU rotisserie, and 3,500 BTU smoker allow for multiple cooking modes while searing the full surface of your food. The Smart Beam™ grill light lets you grill easily even in the dark, while the Grease Management System™ directs oil away from the flames, avoiding flare-ups.
How far should a propane grill be from your house?
All propane grills, even built-in ones, need to be at least 10 ft. away from your house and any other flammable objects.
Why are built-in propane grills more expensive?
Built-in grills are generally made from the highest-grade stainless steel and are designed to fit flush with outdoor countertops, so these precision features add to the price.