When you’re looking for a built-in gas grill, you really want two things:
1) A high-quality outdoor experience with indoor convenience and 2) A seamless look that fits into your outdoor living space.
Did I nail it?
Built-ins have to do everything traditional stand-alone grills do, but I think they should do them better.
You’re investing in a serious backyard kitchen. The grill you buy will need to perform AND last.
This isn’t just something you roll out once or twice a summer from the garage. It’s a permanent fixture and should serve you as well as your indoor kitchen. This means perfectly seared, medium steaks, hot dogs with lightly charred grill marks and flavorful, juicy racks of ribs.
When looking at long-lasting prospective grill candidates, it’s a good idea to keep a few key points in mind: cooking surface area, overall power, construction materials, the bells and whistles added on for convenience, as well as overall improvement of the experience.
Buying a built-in can feel overwhelming because selection is pretty big and they all sound like they’re going to give you the same experience. I’ve curated a list of my top three picks, backed by a ton of research to help make the buying process simpler, so grilling can happen sooner.
All of the grills on my list offer top grade features, hit the mark for the key points I mentioned above AND they will integrate seamlessly into just about any good looking outdoor living space. They also are backed by seriously strong user reviews so they’re “tried and true.”
The Lion is a true beast when it comes to outdoor kitchen grills.
It provides you with a massive 830 square inches of cooking surface with four stainless steel burners to give you a variety of cooking options, coupled with a solid lifetime warranty on the burners, so you can depend on some serious longevity.
Temperature and overall heat control is key when grilling. This means you need two key things: 1) great power and 2) a nuanced temp regulator. The Lion Premium Grill’s XL temperature gauge will help you reach desired temperatures and fine-tune your grilling experience.
On the power issue, the Lion brings 75,000 BTUs to the table. If you aren’t well-versed in grills, let me tell you, that’s A LOT. So what does that mean for you?
That much power means a quick heat-up, consistent heating and controlled extended heat that doesn’t drop in cooler temps or during extended use.
I also really like some of the bonus features on this machine.
The adjustable warming rack is well placed and nicely constructed and is a great way to cook different types of meat simultaneously, or warm buns for burgers or hot dogs. It really keeps rarer meat heated but without drying it out, while you cook a more well-done piece of steak or platter of chicken breasts.
Most grills these days also provide more than one option for cooking. Versatility for the win! The Lion Premium Grill is no different.
Along with the burners, there is also an infrared rotisserie back burner. The design of this burner allows the meat to be evenly roasted and cooked internally, while simultaneously searing the outside to prevent the loss of juices or drying of the meat.
The interior features two LED lights for grilling later in the evening so you can keep a close eye on whatever you’re grilling. This is really helpful, especially if you’re grilling in warmer climates during the winter when days are short. I live in California and regularly grill into October and start up again late January.
You’ll also enjoy a built in smoker box and even a bottle opener, because Lion understands it’s about the experience, not just the end product.
The Lion has a killer 4.6 out of 5 star user rating, making it one of the best loved grills for it’s price point, even beyond the well-known Weber.
Weber’s reputation as a premier company for excellent grills is legendary.
So is anyone really surprised that the Weber Summit S-460 built-in is at the top of its game in its category? I know I’m not.
The Summit is well-constructed and thoughtfully engineered. It boasts four stainless steel burners, each with a different cooking feature and different BTU value.
The burners offer a range of precision-tuned functionality. It includes a sear burner, smoker burner, and steel smoker box, and an infrared rear-mounted rotisserie burner. Check the feature list below for exact BTUs on each.
The S-460 also has flavouriser bars which are popular for giving your food that smoky flavor we love, in addition to redirecting the grease to the grease management system that Weber grills are known for.
A warranty comes with this grill, so should anything go wrong there is no need to be anxious because it is covered by the weber guarantee.
Even though this grill is made for natural gas, the option is available to obtain this grill for liquid propane purposes. Contact your retailer to ensure that you are receiving the correct model for the gas type you prefer. The complexity of the model does not allow for easy consumer conversion so ensure that you specify that natural gas or liquid propane to avoid confusions or mishaps.
The Summit S-460 cooking system is built with the user and grill master in mind, and its versatility and ease of use is perfect for anyone looking to purchase a built in grill.
Prepare yourself for a summer of backyard dinners and grilling parties as your guests will be anxious to come over, even if it is just to drool over this masterpiece.
Pricewise, this grill is ideal for the budget anxious AND the performance savvy griller.
Over twenty years ago Bull products were introduced to the market and the company has been growing and dominating their corner of the marker.
Bull grills are manufactured with the customer in mind to the highest degree of integrity and this is evident in their 26039 Natural Gas Outlaw Drop-In Grill Head.
This grill has more than 60,000 BTU of cooking power and features that will give any other built in a run for its money. With four porcelain coated bar burners, cleaning this grill is quick and easy.
The solid stainless steel grates and smoker box are ideal for this kind of grill and the unique piezo ignition on each valve set it apart from other brands.
The warming rack and cooking surface offer 210 sq. in and 810 sq. in of cook space respectively.
It is also easy on the eyes and offers a solid, durable grilling experience.
I am a grill freak! It's hard to pick my favorite thing to grill, but if I had to choose... it is still a tie between pork ribs and a juicy beef burger. I am currently grilling on a Weber S210(I live in a small space) but my dream grill is definitely a summit. Those things are bad ass. Anyways I would love to hear from you, leave a comment or question below!