With a hefty $1,000 dollar budget you’re in the lucky position of being able to score yourself a serious premium grill.
You don’t have to settle for a cheap grill that is going to rust and fall apart in a few years or doesn’t come with the features you’ve been drooling over.
I like this category because you can buy a grill that is going to last you YEARS, not just a season or two. At this price point it makes sense to think of it as an investment. You’re no longer looking in starter grill territory. This is a purchase that is going to bring enjoyment to your friends and family in the form of absolutely perfectly cooked steaks, season after season.
I’ve assembled a round-up of the top 3 performers in this category that really blow the competition away. So what should you expect from them?
First, lots of power and lots of surface area. You’re going to enjoy a good deal of oopmh and you’re not going to compromise on space.
Second, you should also look for those bonus features, like flavorizer bars, high end construction materials and electronic one button start ups.
Third, the consumer reviews should be top notch. I’ve included the user ratings because all of these barbecuing machines are seriously well-regarded by home grillers.
Weber’s Genesis series of gas grills, the S-310 in particular, is currently among the most popular gas grills in any state.
A favorite for overall sturdiness, functionality, and aesthetics, the S-310 is a stand out and on our must-consider list for this price point.
There are several key reasons why the Weber Genesis S-310 is among the popular commercial liquid-propane grills right now:
Most importantly, let’s talk power and workspace. The Genesis comes with three stainless steel burners that generate up to 37,500 BTUs per hour, perfect for any sear.
The overall grill space is also pretty generous with a 513 sq in primary cooking area, 156 sq in warming rack, and 2 high-grade stainless-steel work surfaces.
Next up are the porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates. As we’ve said in a previous post of ours, porcelain-coated grates leave nice grill marks and don’t scorch the meat to death. They also are especially easy to clean and maintain, with a longer lifetime than other metal grates, no flaking.
Another Weber feature I like to highlight is the Flavorizer bar system. Unique to Weber gas grills, the Flavorizer bars catch drippings in a way that helps ensure they will circulate back into the food, thereby intensifying its flavor and aroma.
The Flavorizer system is built over the high-grade stainless-steel burner tubes, which also helps protect these tubes from wear and tear.
The Genesis also offers a quick electronic ignition system, which makes firing it up as easy as turning a knob; easily accessible front-mounted control knobs; a porcelain-enameled shroud, which helps ensure it retains the max amount of heat; center-mounted thermometer, which enables you to barbeque or grill with precision; porcelain-coated grease management system, which not only helps you avoid making a mess, but also makes cleaning up the liquid-propane grill itself easy; and cast-aluminum cookbox.
Everything on the Genesis is made of the best materials like stainless steel and porcelain, where appropriate. It is designed to be a permanent backyard fixture that will outlast the rainy seasons and perform like new in Spring and Summer months.
Overall, users are turning into groupies, raving about the features and superior cooking experience. It received a crazy 4.5 out of 5 on Amazon.
You didn’t think we were done raving about Weber did you?
As I said, the entire Genesis line is killing this end of the market and a list of the best under $1,000 wouldn’t be complete without the LX S-240, the upgrade version of the Genesis.
This big guy is as sturdy, functional, and aesthetically pleasing as it’s little brother with a few fun bonuses.
It comes with the same wide array of great features: Stainless-steel flavorizer bar system, the same electronic ignition system, 380 sq in total cooking area, shroud, center-mounted thermometer, 2 high-grade stainless-steel work surfaces, easy-access front-mounted control panel, fuel gauge, stainless-steel cookbox, the same grease management system, the same number of tool hooks, and the same set of heavy-duty swivel casters.
So you might ask yourself: What makes the LX S-240 stand out?
It got a 12,000 BTU lidded side burner. While the LX S-240 is undeniably well-made, the LX S-240 uses more stainless steel in its construction. And as we all know, when it comes to stainless steel and burners, more is better.
You’ll find the S version includes stainless rod cooking grates and stainless flavorizer bars, instead of the porcelain coated set on the S-310. The cooking shroud and lid are also solid stainless steel for better heat retention and distribution.
Overall, the S-330 gets high marks, with a sweet 4.1 out of 5 star rating.
Not crazy about the Webers on this list?
The Dyna-Glo Black & Stainless Premium Gas Grill is a sweet alternative. This grill is an especially solid pick if you’re looking for those extra burners not offered in the Genesis line. It also offers pretty much everything the Webers do when it comes to features with the small exception of the flavorizer bars.
Like to the Webers, the Dyna-Glo Stainless Premium Gas Grill comes with integrated temperature gauge for precise cooking, push button ignition system, cabinet style two-door cart with tank pull out and 4 heavy duty casters for easy moving.
Now let’s talk about what makes the Dyna-Glo a bit of a badass.
For one thing, this grill has 5 stainless steel burners with 3 burners at 11,000 BTUs of cooking power, a side burner boasting 12,000 BTUs and a rotisserie burner also with 12000 BTUs. This comes to a total cooking power of 79,000 BTUs that gets hot crazy fast.
The Dyna-Glo also offers a total of 764 sq. inches of cooking space so you can get serious about feeding your crew.
Here’s the other bonus that will get you fired up and ready to bust out your favorite rubs and marinades:
The components are made of commercial grade stainless steel materials, including 3 pc heavy gauge 7 mm stainless steel cooking grates, a stainless steel warming rack and 5 stainless steel heat tents under a double wall lid.
Only drawbacks we can find on this are its occasional flare-ups from getting too hot, so you should be careful and take care as you get used to working on it.
The Dyna-Glo has a killer 4.4 out of 5 star user rating on Amazon.
We hope this article has helped you make the investment in putting together your outdoor grill space and upping your home barbecue game.
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!