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.
When you strike up a conversation with another serious griller about top grill makers and ranges, the Genesis series from Weber is always going to be one of the first few grills either of you throws out there.
The Genesis line up and the E310 in particular, is currently among the most popular gas grills in any backyard. Weber’s hot new GS4 grilling system is a hit with users and really elevates their new line for both novices and seasoned grillers alike.
A top pick for quality, functionality, as well as aesthetics, the E310 is a standout and on our must-have list for the $1,000 and under price range.
There is a massive list of reasons why the Weber grills, and the 310 in particular, 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:
For starters, let’s talk about the 2 must haves: power and workspace. The Genesis comes packing 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, a 156 square inch warming rack, and 2 high-grade stainless-steel side work surfaces for all the prep and storage you could ask for.
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. On the highest priced luxury grills you’ll start seeing stainless steel grids, but at this price point, porcelain is going to serve you well.
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, easily accessible front-mounted control knobs, a porcelain-enameled shroud, which helps ensure it retains the max amount of heat, center-mounted thermometer, 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 a cast-aluminum cookbox.
Most 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.
I’m turning into a bit of a Napoleon fan and my next backyard addition will probably be one of their models, possibly this really solid 4 burner that’s hitting a sweet spot for the under $1,000 category.
Coming in a little lower in price than the Weber, the LEX is a really excellent value, and I would say the most bang for your buck grill on this list. It’s roomy, powerful and has enough stainless steel to satisfy just about anyone.
This is a pretty big grill at 675 square inches of total grilling area with 4 burners and 48,000 BTUs. It’s got you covered for average family grilling sessions as well as summer parties with friends and neighbors drinking all your beer and forgetting to bring a side dish to make up for it.
It also includes all the usual amenities that are pretty much standard at this price point: a matchless, push button ignition, stainless sear plates designed to conduct drippings into a catch-pan, stainless steel tube burners, backlit LED control knobs and a lid-mounted precision thermometer.
One feature this grill has that the Weber doesn’t are Napoleon’s exclusive wave-shaped stainless steel cooking grids (the Genesis offers porcelain-coated cast iron). We love these because there is basically no maintenance and the unique shape conducts heat like a dream. You usually see these on the over $1,000 price point grills so it’s a sweet bonus here.
This grill exterior is packed with stainless steel. The Weber doesn’t quite compete on this point either, the LEX has a rust-resistant stainless steel cookbook and shroud as well as massive stainless side shelves, complete with drink holder and a stainless lower double-door cabinet.
The cabinet is roomy and large enough to hold and protect your propane tank while still leaving extra space for all the grilling accessories you want to pack away when you’re done.
This is an exceptional value from Napoleon and a standout grill whether you’re new to the grill scene or a veteran ready to upgrade to a seamless, professional-style experience.
Finishing off our top 3 is the massive 6 burner from Char-Broil with the super reasonable price tag.
This is a sweet grill fi you want something big and powerful but don’t need all the fancy finishings and brand name of the Weber or Monument. Char-Broil is considered a bit more of a budget grill so you can get a lot of burners and grill space for your money.
The Performance 650 offers, not surprisingly, 650 square inches of primary cooking area (that’s enough room for 30 burgers, friends) with SIX main burners at 60,000 BTUs and a nice bonus side burner built into the left shelf with an added lid so you can use that space for prep or storage when you aren’t cooking up a side or heating sauce.
The burners are all stainless steel, five which are top ported inline, with one sear burner. Heat tents are also stainless for a really smooth, reliable cooking experience. the 280 square inch warming rack is also pretty roomy and perfect for keeping buns and veggies hot.
The cooking grates are porcelain-coated cast iron and conduct heat evenly and consistently for a beautiful, reliable grill on just about anything you lay down on them.
The 650 also offers all our usual features considered standard on this list: a matchless, push button ignition, lid-mounted thermometer and easy to remove grease catch tray for basic maintenance and clean up.
You won’t find any light up LED knobs on this grill, but it does offer a spacious double door lower cabinet for storage and two roomy side shelves.
The whole cart is on locking casters so even though it’s huge, it’s easy to maneuver and store during winter months.
The construction on this grill is also solid with a stainless steel grill lid, UFC and fascia, ideal for withstanding the elements and lots of use.
This is a great budget option with lots of space, basic amenities and a solid reputation.
This little powerhouse from Napoleon is a sweet, smaller profile grill with a solid reputation for grilling like a pro.
Offering three stainless steel burners with 37,000 totals BTUs, one of which acting as a “sizzle zone” infrared side burner, the Rogue 365 is powerful. Total cooking area is 365 square inches with an additional warming rack space.
The components used on this grill are of the highest quality, with stainless steel sear plates optimized for even heat distribution, flame-throwing push button ignition for quick starts and heavy-duty S wave rod style stainless steel cooking grids. You’re getting a smaller cook space, but every part of this grill is top level.
The overall build is heavy on the stainless steel, including the side shelves, shroud and cabinet-style base. A detachable storage basket makes a nice addition for holding condiments or favorite grilling tools.
The Rogue is perfect if you plan to primarily grill for your immediate family and prefer your budget to go to nice fittings and better quality construction rather than lots of space and extra burners you may not use.
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.
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.
Built-ins are generally priced on the higher-end of the grill spectrum, typically because if you’re going to buy a built-in, you’re planning to really invest in your outdoor kitchen.
I really love this option from KitchenAid for being more budget-friendly as a built in but still offering a reliable and quality overall grill experience for the price.
So what can you expect in terms of specs from the 740? Total cooking area is what you would expect for a 30 inch built-in at 884 square inches and offering up 71,000 BTUs over 4 main burners and one ceramic rotisserie burner. An additional sear burner is a fun bonus. The main burners are stainless steel with angled fame tamers designed to prevent flare ups, vaporize drippings and provide even and consistent heating.
You’ll also find a matchless push-button ignition, lid-mounted temperature gauge and stainless steel wrapped cooking grates.
The overall construction is stainless steel designed for easy upkeep and to withstand corrosion from both heavy use and the elements.
Hanging out at mid-range for this price group, the 4 burner from Kenmore is a recommended alternative if you’re not looking to hit the top or bottom of the price range and want something durable and consistent to start out with.
In addition to being priced for a wider range of budgets, the PG-4040 is also pretty spacious. It offers a very roomy 621 square inches of primary cooking area with an additional warming rack. Total BTUs come in at 53,000, with an added lidded side burner in the right hand side table pumping out 13,000 BTUs on its own. This is one of my fave bonus features you start to see more commonly with 4 burner grills.
Kenmore also used a ton of stainless steel on this grill, outfitting all surfaces, fascia, the firebox and lid, so it’s as shiny as can be.
Electronic push-button ignition, folding side shelves, an enclosed lower cart, well-made locking casters and convenient tool hooks round out the feature list. This is a nice alternative to the Webers and Char-Broil options on our list and is a favorite for consistent daily cooking.
I love that this big, rugged beast is called “the Baron.” This is one of the larger grills on the list and a solid contender if you’re looking for lots of space and fewer frills.
In terms of grilling real estate, it offers 805 square inches of total cooking space, with an additional swing away warming rack for toasting buns or keeping veggies heated. It offers 5 stainless steel dual-tube burners pumping out 50,000 BTUs of power. It also comes equipped with a powerful 10,000 BTU side burner and an additional 15,000 BTU rear burner and rotisserie kit.
Standard features on the Baron also include push-button ignition for a quick start, a lid-mounted thermometer, easy-access drip tray, the stainless steel Flav-R-Wave cooking system to infuse drippings back into the meat, linear flow valves and reversible heavy-duty cast iron cooking grates.
The lower cabinet offers stainless steel double doors and lots of storage for all your grilling accessories. The side shelves are also stainless and allow plenty of space for prep and storage as you’re cooking.
This is a solid, bigger profile option with a reputation for consistency as a daily griller.
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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!