With a $1,000 dollar budget you’re in the lucky position of being able to score yourself a serious, drool-worthy premium grill.
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 E310 in particular, is currently among the most popular gas grills in any backyard. Webers new GS4 grilling system is a hit with users and really elevates their new line.
A favorite for overall quality, functionality, and aesthetics, the E310 is a standout and on our must-consider list for this price point.
There is a whole list of reasons why the Weber grills, especially the 310, are so popular and consistently snag one of the top three spots on our lists. Let’s dive into the top features you should know about:
First up, let’s talk power and workspace. The Genesis comes with three stainless steel burners that generate up to 37,500 BTUs per hour. The overall grill space is also pretty generous with 513 square inches primary cooking area, 156 square in warming rack, and 2 high-grade stainless-steel side 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 offers a quick electronic infinity 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 an impressive 4.3 out of 5 on Amazon with over 200 reviews.
If you’ve read some of my other guides, you’ll know I’m a big fan of what Napoleon is doing with their standalone grills. They offer some of my top picks in the built-in categories and are a great choice for a high-end grilling experience.
The Prestige series 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.
The 500 comes equipped with 4 main burners, 1 infrared rear burner AND 1 infrared side burner. It’s also roomy, allowing space to cook up to 30 burgers on the main cooking area, and 8 on the side burner.
The tube burners, sear plates, and cooking rods are all made from stainless steel as well as the entire outer casing to prevent rust and corrosion. At this price point, you should expect nothing less than the highest quality materials.
Napoleon grills also come with the brand’s signature WAVE cooking grills, for a unique, perfect sear experience, providing even heat distribution and preventing smaller pieces of meat from slipping between the bars while cooking.
The side shelves are extra large, with one holding the extra side burner and the other designed to fold down for storage. They also come with an extra towel bar, which makes it convenient to store tools or a drink.
The Prestige also offers a quick and easy jetfire ignition system, a heavy- duty rotisserie kit, soft touch control knobs and an easy grease management system to limit flare-ups.
The lid is designed to hold in heat, and Napoleon boasts you can even use their grills to bake a cake or a tray of cookies. The grill also converts into a smoker box with the attachment of a smoker tube or a charcoal tray if you want that extra smoky flavor you can’t always achieve with a propane grill.
This is a favorite on Amazon with 4.7 out of 5 stars from reviewers.
There are so many well-made grills in this category that it can be tricky to rank the top performers. I really love this option from Broil King for the high-end construction and their signature Flav-R-Wave system that ranks up there with Weber and Napoleon.
The Regal comes with 4 main burners, just like the Napoleon Prestige. It doesn’t have that extra rear burner, which is why I dropped it to the #3 spot, though it does pack in a 10,000 BTU side burner.
It also offers loads of main burner power at 50,000 BTUs overall and 500 square inches of primary cooking space. You’ll also enjoy a powerful 15,000 BTU rotisserie burner built in with spit rod and motor ready to go.
Just like the other grills in the top spots, everything on the Broil King is made of stainless steel, including the cook box, tube burners, cooking grids, cooking system and fascia. This grill is made to last through many seasons of backyard grilling and pretty much triumph over the elements.
One of the favorite features unique to the Regal is Broil King’s Flav-R-Wave system, which is meant to provide exceptionally even heat distribution across the surface of the grill, instantly vaporizing drippings and preventing flare-ups. This creates an especially well-regulated cooking experience and flavorful meats from the vapors being reabsorbed into whatever you’re grilling.
The Regal also comes equipped with infinite temperature control, electronic ignition, a front-mounted temperature gauge, and a generously sized under cabinet for storage of the tank and other grilling tools.
Users really love the experience the Broil King offers and rank it a high 4.1 out of 5 stars.
3 Embers is newer to the grill scene but they’re already rising to the top with some innovative features and a well-rounded list of high-quality bells and whistles.
This 4-burner version comes equipped with some serious luxury features, including: ceramic-titanium coated burners, a freaking viewing window to rival the best indoor stove, knobs illuminated with LEDs for cooking in low-light conditions, 540 square inches of primary cooking area, 160 square inches of warming rack, a 12,000 BTU side burner and stainless steel cooking grates.
The radiant embers cooking system is the real standout with special stainless steel heat tents optimized to ensure the most even cooking experience. They’re beautiful to look at and are some of the newest tech to hit the grill scene.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a second Weber grill in the top spots. The LX S-240 is similar to the Genesis E-310 and of course offers the signature high-quality Weber cooking experience.
Here are the small differences you can expect to see: This grill is slightly smaller with 380 square inches of primary cooking area, a 114 square inch warming rack and just two burners.
It offers 29,000 BTUs for the main burners and the standard 12,000 on the side burner. It also gives you the safe side work surfaces, Flavorizer bars, steel heat deflectors, and signature GS4 grilling system.
What you’re getting with this grill is everything the 310 offers, except one additional burner and some square inches of cooking space.
Another spot, another Weber. The E-335 is almost identical to the other two on our list and offers the same signature experience. This is the most upgraded model on our list.
Here is what’s different: 39,000 BTUs instead of the 37,500 on the E310, stainless steel cooking grates instead of porcelain-coated, it also has a 9,000 BTU sear station which is the main feature distinguishing it from the 310, which also has 3 burners.
The E-335 grill comes in at a higher price point, so it’s really a question of whether those few tweaks to your cooking experience are worth the additional cost over the savings offered with the 310.
Holland offers another luxury gas grill with lots of cooking space and power.
The Freedom grill comes equipped with a ton of convenience features, driven by consumer wish lists and demand.
You’ll find that Holland guarantees a no-flare up cooking experience, offers a cast iron burner with a lifetime warranty, a stainless steel cooking grid, a rotary spark igniter, one temp setting, pop up side trays for prep work, and a hood mounted temperature gauge.
This grill doesn’t rank higher up mainly due to having only a single burner and the lack of stainless steel in the build. While it’s a solid pick, it just has too much aluminum and not enough space for our liking.
This pick from Bull is not a stand-alone grill, but is such an exceptional built-in, this list wouldn’t be complete without including it.
The Outlaw has more than 60,000 BTU of cooking power, four porcelain coated bar burners for easy clean-up, solid stainless steel grates and smoker box, and a unique Piezo ignition on each valve.
The warming rack and primary cooking surface offer 210 square inches and 810 square inches of grill space respectively. It is also easy on the eyes and offers a solid, durable grilling experience.
This grill looks insane! It resembles one of those professional smokers with the big black barrel design and mini smoke stacks. It’s also super versatile and massive with over 1,200 square inches of cooking area.
The Triple-Play, as its name suggests, is designed to allow for charcoal grilling, smoking and propane grilling all in one big package.
It also includes stainless steel heat gauges, cast-iron cooking grates and an easy to clean ash-pan for the charcoal side. The gas portion includes 3 main burners as well as an additional side burner for sauce or side prep. It is designed to allow you to enjoy the full range of grilling experiences, all in one convenient package.
This is a solid grill from Monument and a massive addition to any backyard grilling experience.
It includes 6 stainless steel primary burners spread over 634 square inches of primary cook space in addition to the 266 square inch warming rack. It also includes an additional side burner for sauce or side prep. Overall power is an impressive 84,000 BTUs, the max on this list.
The Monument also offers a stainless steel design with stainless lid and cook box, stainless steel cooking grates for even heat distribution, stainless steel flame tamers, electronic ignition system, LED control knobs, and zinc plated, removable grease tray for easy maintenance.
It is mounted over a roomy lower cabinet designed to conceal the propane tank and offer additional storage. This is a great pick if you’re looking for a ton of cook space for your money.
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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!