Summer means long days, short nights, and outdoor cooking. If you're looking for a freestanding propane grill, there are a lot of options to choose from. We've compiled a list of five of the best freestanding propane grills of 2021 in this post, so whether you're cooking for a small family or a large party, you can find a grill to suit your needs.
Coming from the Genesis® II Series, the Weber 61005001 has a grilling surface of 513 sq. in. and is 59 in. wide (though the side tables can fold down, reducing your grill's storage footprint). Its 7mm stainless steel cooking grates distribute up to 39,000 BTUs of heat evenly and provide professional-looking sear marks, while the warming rack allows you to perfectly toast buns or keep food hot as you cook. It's even compatible with the optional iGrill 3 thermometer, which lets you monitor the grill's temperature in real time from your smartphone.
The Hestan 852002 is the one of the highest-end grills on our list, providing 519 sq. in. of grilling space and 50,000 BTUs of power in only 29 in. of width. The Horizon hood comes with Stadium under-hood lighting, illuminating your food even on the darkest nights. The Trellis Burners™ vary in strength based on your needs and respond immediately to your commands, while the infrared rotisserie burner allows for perfect searing and broiling. Both the DiamondCut™ grates and the warming racks are laser-cut in Hestan's factories, making them great at distributing heat while still being easy to clean. The cart even has room for two drawers, allowing you space to store your grilling equipment.
At 67 in. wide and with 900 sq. in. of grilling area, the Napoleon P500RSIBPSS3 is the widest grill on this list. Because it comes from the Prestige Series, it has a variety of professional-grade features that make outdoor cooking a breeze. The NIGHT LIGHT™ knobs illuminate whenever a burner is lit, and connect directly to the Jetfire™ ignition system, giving you access to 80,000 BTUs of power. Its 7.5 mm WAVE™ cooking grids minimize food loss while providing even heat transfer, and its dual-level stainless steel sear plates protect your burners while still providing the best sear on your food. This grill even has a SIZZLE ZONE™ side burner that forces propane through ceramic fittings, heating food to 1800° F in 30 seconds.
With 928 sq. in. of grilling surface and a 47 in. width, the Everdure HBG2GUS is an excellent option for high-volume grillers. Its 22,000 BTU output and high hood allow it to be easily used for convection cooking, and its seamless, rust-proof aluminum body gives it a uniquely modern appearance. The enamel-coated cast iron grill plates are interchangeable, allowing you to customize the grill based on your needs, and the slender taps give you fine-tuned control of the flame. It can even be removed from its legs, allowing for more portable cooking. Meanwhile, the fast ignition and instant searing make this a very fast grill to start; it can be brought to ideal grilling temperature in less than five minutes.
The Coyote C1C28LPFS is the most compact grill on this list, but as part of Coyote's C Series, it has a variety of professional-grade features in that small area. Its Infinity Burners™ provide 40,000 BTUs of power in its 640 sq. in. grilling area, and the seamless, premium grade 304 stainless steel body resists corrosion and preserves internal heat. You can illuminate the entire cooking area with the under-hood light while still using the integrated wind guard to protect your grill. The stainless steel grates distribute heat quickly and create restaurant-style grill marks, while the heat control grids give you fine-tuned control over the temperature inside your grill.
What should I look for when buying a propane BBQ?
This depends on your specific needs. If you have a small yard, you likely want a more compact grill. If you plan on grilling often, a feature-heavy grill may be a more ideal option. If you know you'll want to be cooking a lot of food at once, look for a higher-capacity grill with a high power output.
Is it healthier to cook with charcoal or propane?
While there's a lot to be said for charcoal grilling, propane fuel burns much more cleanly and efficiently and is much safer from a health perspective.