Welcome to grill heaven. Here’s your ice cold beer and membership card as a Grill Master.
I’m only sort of kidding.
The $2,000 price point is where you end up with the grill of well, everyone’s dreams. The grill all your neighbors drool over. The grill your friends gather round to drink beer. The grill that makes you crave good weather and afternoons outdoors.
If you are in the market for a new grill around the $2,000 mark, you’re going to get more than just the basic features. You’re going to enjoy an experience.
Grills at this price point are all going to do the everything extreamly well: Quick heat up, even cooking without hot spots, generous cook space.
If you’re ready to lay down $1,000+ on a serious, top-level grill, you need to know you’re investing wisely and that your pick is going to meet every expectation.
That’s exactly why the PRO-500 propane grill from Napoleon tops our list.
We’re major fans of this grill for a long list of reasons, but really it comes down to these essential must-haves: build quality, features list and cooking area. These are the main criteria we look at for any category BUT they really have to exceed expectations at this price point.
So what should you expect from the Pro-500?
This is a very big grill. Is it the most massive grill we review on this site? No, but it’s definitely in the upper echelon when it comes to size. It offers 900 square inches of total cooking area. That doesn’t include warming rack or prep space. That is main grilling surface area. You’re also looking at 4 stainless steel main burners at 20,000 BTUs each for a total of 80,000 BTUs of power per hour.
Remember when I talked about a grill topping this list needing to offer premium features? This model also comes outfitted with two bonus burners, a lidded infrared sizzle zone side burner that goes 0-1800 degrees in 30 seconds, designed especially for searing or side/sauce prep and AN ADDITIONAL infrared rear burner especially for rotisserie. It is basically designed to operate as an outdoor kitchen so you can cook an entire meal on it, including mains, sides and even dessert if you’re feeling a little wild and want to bust out a cake.
Napoleon also packs in all the standard and non-standard luxury features you should be expecting to enjoy at this price-point: matchless push button ignition with an extra fast heat time, a precision lid-mounted thermometer, interior lighting, a truly beautifully designed roll top lid as well as all stainless steel cooking grids, tube burners, sear plates and main basin.
The classic wave cooking grids are a Napoleon signature and are designed to give you a perfect cook and sear.
One of my favorite features are the lighted control knobs that you can customize to your preference with a whole host of color options. There’s also an added safety feature where knobs will glow red when the gas isn’t fully turned off.
The overall design of this model is shiny and has a luxury aesthetic. Stainless steel and chrome finishings are liberally used throughout and the lower cabinet is thoughtfully designed to be just the right size for hiding the propane tank and any other grilling must haves. The side shelves come equipped with towel bars and tool hooks for at-hand storage of essentials.
This grill is a thing of beauty and a true piece of performance machinery meant to provide an exceptional grilling experience on every level. If you have the budget to spend, it’s an easy choice.
In Weber’s line-up of Grills, the S-435 Genesis falls toward the middle in terms of price and size. For a moderate price tag, this grill is roomy, high quality and ready to tackle any family or neighborhood get together.
The Genesis line all comes with a similar frame, materials (think lots of stainless steel) and the GS4 grilling system for a higher end experience.
This model offers 4 primary burners with a combined output of 48,000 BTUs, a infrared side burner for whipping up a great sauce with 12,000 BTUs, and a 9,000 or a slew of grilled chicken breasts. It offers 646 square inches of grill space (that fits up to 28 burgers!), porcelain enameled cast iron cooking grates, and a stainless steel lid designed for maximum heat retention.
The optional fold down warming rack is perfect for keeping food warm if you’re grilling up a feast and the enclosed lower storage offers tons of space for storing grills tools.
The Genesis is also mobile ready! You can check temperature through an app on your phone, so you can literally toss a turkey in that beast, walk away and come back when you know it’s done. What a time to be alive.
This grill does not come with the rotisserie kit included, which is a bit of a bummer at this price point, but it gets top marks for everything else I think you should expect in this category.
Another winning grill rounding out our top 3, the Broil King is a great choice if you’re looking for a grill with an extra burner but don’t quite need the professional level of the finishings and build offered by the Napoleon.
I like to think of the Regal as the grill for the everyday, longtime grill man. You’re not a rookie, but you aren’t looking for luxury – you’re here for power, consistency and space.
This grill delivers on all counts.
As I mentioned the Regal offers five main stainless steel tube burners at 11,000 BTUs each for a combined 55,000 BTUs over 625 square inches of primary cooking area. Like the Napoleon, you’ll also see a lidded 10,000 BTU side burner (no infrared here though) and a 15,000 BTU rear rotisserie burner.
The cooking grids are all solid 9mm stainless steel that Broil King contends are 56% heavier than comparable grill models for thick, even searing and overall consistent cooking. The Flav-R-Wave cooking system is designed to give you perfect results on steaks and is known for durability.
The Regal also has fun light up knobs, though they steel a consistent blue instead of changing color based on whether the gas is still on. You’ll also see matchless push-button ignition, linear flow valves with 180 degree sensitive’s-touch control, a lid-mounted temperature gauge and a stainless steel cook box.
There are two permanent side tables with towel racks and took hooks allowing for ample prep space. A double door lower cabinet hides your propane tank and protects it from exposure while also giving you some extra storage room for all your must haves. This grill is also on locking casters so maneuverability is pretty great.
The Broil King Regal is a great grill if you’re looking for a larger model that has a moderate price tag and high marks for durability and consistent, even cooking.
This is a natural gas option from Napoleon and a beautiful stainless steel grill if you’re looking for a quality build and high-level cooking experience.
With the Napoleon, you can expect a huge grilling space, coming in at 920 square inches of primary cooking area, with stainless steel wave cooking grids, 6 burners, a crazy 90,500 BTUs of power, a ceramic infrared bottom and rear burner, a range side burner, a quick starting Jetfire ignition system, and lighted control knobs,
Some fun perk features we especially like that you don’t see on most other grills are an integrated ice bucket and a cutting board for easy, quick meal prep while you’re grilling.
The Genesis E-335 is another excellent option from Weber and is a solid pick if you’re looking for something a little smaller than some of our earlier picks.
For a 3-burner, it’s roomy, offering 335 square inches of primary cooking area with an additional 178 square inch fold-away warming rack for toasting buns or keeping veggies warm while you finish up a few steaks. Porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates cover the space and provide a consistent, even cooking surface.
The power on the S-335 is also solid at 39,000 BTUs for the main burners plus an additional 12,000 on that lidded infrared bonus side burner and 9,000 on the dedicated sear station burner. The sear station burner is a great bonus and designed to provide quick, perfect sear marks on whatever meat you’re working with to finish it off.
Like all of Weber’s grills, this one comes with their signature Flavorizer bars to vaporize drippings and infuse the aroma back into the meat, stainless steel burner tubes for optimal gas flow from back to front, and their infinity ignition system for consistent, quick start ups.
My favorite perk? The iGrill 3 app-linked thermometer so you can monitor temps from your phone. We are living the future, folks.
Overall construction is just what you would expect from a Weber and this price point: high-quality stainless steel designed to last many, many seasons. The overall hood is solid stainless as well as much of the front fascia. The stainless side tables also provide hooks for tools and the cabinet style offers ample storage down below.
Broil-King is a solid brand for grillers who are looking for lots of space and power but with a more reasonable price tag than some of the premium name grills, like Weber and Napoleon.
The S590 model sits in our #3 spot with lots of extras, but S520 is another solid option to consider for this year.
Like the 590, it also offers 5 burners, but without the bonus lidded side burner and infrared rotisserie burner. You’re enjoying Broil King’s core functionality and quality but without the extras you may not use. The primary cooking area is generous at 625 square inches, with an added 250 square inches of warming rack.
When it comes to power, you’ll see 55,000 BTUs across the 5 stainless steel dual-tube burners. The cooking grids are solid 9mm stainless steel and conduct heat consistently and quickly across the surface of the grill. Included in this model package is the signature Flav-R-Wave system for evaporating drippings and infusing them back into the meat, a push button ignition and lid-mounted thermometer.
The side tables on this model are beefy and include tool hooks for at-hand storage. Another difference you’ll notice from the 590 is a lower cart style set up with two shelves for storage instead of an enclosed and concealed double cabinet design. The main components are still stainless steel, including the hood and fascia.
This is an excellent pick if you appreciate the Broil-King quality and design but can pass on the extra burners found in the S590 version.
This line up wouldn’t be complete without a top-ranking built-in grill head from Napoleon. If you’re looking for a solid built-in with all the features and the overall quality of our top pick but without the side burner, this is the grill for you.
Offering the same components and features as the standalone Prestige 500, you’ll also enjoy a natural gas set-up and 66,000 BTUs of power across 760 total square inches of cooking area, including the warming rack. You also still have that rear infrared burner, perfect for rotisserie and an included rotisserie kit.
The cooking grids are the iconic wave design and all stainless steel. A push-button ignition, precision lid mounted thermometer and lighted Safety-Glo grill knobs round out the essential features list.
Overall design features a ton of stainless steel with cool-touch knobs. It is easy to clean and maintain and has a premium look that really shines in an outdoor kitchen. If you love the quality of a Napoleon grill and are ready to commit to a build-out, this is a sweet option.
The E-640 version of the Genesis is an incremental upgrade on the S-435 we talked about in the #2 spot and the E-610 just above. The outer construction and inner workings are almost identical, with a few small upgrades.
What can you expect to see enhanced on the E-640? The overall cooking size is larger at 770 square inches (same as the 610). The power is also amped up on this model, with 72,000 BTUs for the main burners (the 610 has 69,000), but the side burner remains the same at 12,000 BTUs. The only other upgrade is a second handle light (the 435 only has one), which is a pretty minimal bonus.
If you’re considering this model, it’s really only to snag some extra cooking space and a little more power over the S-435 and E-610 versions of the Genesis.
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.
Most of the grills on this list can be converted, but if you’re looking for a natural grill ready to go, the 32” Lion is a no-brainer. This is a commercial grade set-up using 304 stainless steel throughout for maximum durability.
In terms of size and power, you’re looking at four cast stainless steel tube burners delivering 60,000 BTUs of total power with an additional back rotisserie burner at 15,000 BTUs. Total cooking area is 647 square inches, which is enough to feed your own family and a few neighbors.
An oversize temperature gauge mounted on the lid, interior lighting, and stainless steel cooking grates finish off the feature list. Lion also offers two stainless steel side shelves with towel racks and a double door lower cabinet for storage. Heavy-duty locking casters finish off the base.
And my favorite feature? A side-mounted bottle opener for keeping a nice, cold beer at the ready.
This is a solid high-end natural grill option with some serious professional finishings.
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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!