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.
When it comes to big, powerful gas grills, the Lion 32 inch is undeniable. It is shiny, stocked with features and COMMERCIAL grade. You buy this and you’re not messing around.
First, it has to be said, this grill is PRETTY, I’d almost hate to put it out in my backyard to weather the elements. Almost. Lion makes professional grade products and this grill is designed to withstand whatever outdoor life can throw at it.
So what can you expect in terms of specs? For starters, you’re going to see 647 square inches of primary cooking space. All that space is backed by 60,000 BTUs of power over 4 burners, plus an additional infrared rotisserie back burner packing 15,000 BTUs on its own. Five Quick Lite valves ensure a speedy start with easy knob operation.
Lion also gives you a double-layer, seamlessly welded stainless steel grill head for maximum durability, along with 4 cast iron burners, solid stainless steel cooking grates and an extra large temperature gauge mounted front and center.
You’re also going to enjoy all the bells and whistles you should expect at this price point in a commercial grade grill. We especially like the rotisserie and included smoker box, but you’re also going to see an included griddle for versatility in cooking both traditional meat dishes and sides, and a griddle remover WITH an included bottle opener. That is what we call winning, folks.
This grill also comes with a great amount of storage in the lower cart area, tidily concealed by two stainless steel doors. Included in the below storage is room for your propane tank and a built-in paper towel holder.
Extra features worth noting include two interior lights for night grilling, chrome trimmings on knobs and handles and towel racks on both side shelves, designed to provide extra space for any gear and food prep you might need to do.
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.
This grill from MM is a sweet addition to any backyard kitchen set up. It’s large, the lower cabinet styling is designed to mimic actual kitchen cabinets and the best part…it’s a combo style grill.
So what does it have to offer in terms of specs? The MM is roomy, offering 556 square inches on the gas side over 4 burners and an additional 209 square inches on the specialty kamado charcoal side.
It has 48,000 BTUs of total power and in addition to the 4 main burners, offers an infrared sear-station side burner with 15,000 BTUs. Both the gas side and the kamado side have stainless steel cooking grates for even heat distribution.
MM constructed this combo set-up with professional grade 304-gauge stainless steel and added tons of cabinet space for storage and side shelves for prepping side dishes or resting meat. It also includes a rotisserie kit and a convenient pull out tray for the gas tank.
The kamado side is designed to be versatile. The heavy-duty vented ceramic lid gives you the ability to control the temperature inside without actually opening the grill.
For versatility, the MM is your top pick, allowing you to explore both gas and charcoal grilling at home.
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.
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.
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. The 500 also comes 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 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.
This is another exceptional product from Lion that hits all the marks for quality and performance, but falls lower on our list simply because it is a built-in and not everyone has the backyard set-up to support it.
Lion makes our favorite built-in grills and the 90823 really ranks up there with the very best. Notable features of this model include 5 cast stainless steel burners, 90,000 BTUs of total cook power, a massive 1,030 square inches of cooking space, commercial grade stainless steel construction, an adjustable warming rack for added cooking space, and a smoker box. This model also includes an infrared rotisserie back burner.
I also have to note, this grill is perfect for the craft beer lover, it has a built in bottle opener that just takes it to a whole other level for me. Genius.
This 6 burner from Weber is not your typical backyard summer grill. This is a massive machine for a grill snob with all the bells and whistles you expect from the brand.
The E610 boasts 770 square inches of PRIMARY cooking area with an additional 228 square inches in fold away warming rack space. Porcelain-coated cast iron burners cover the space and provide a consistent, even cooking surface. 60,000 BTUs are the output for the main burners plus an additional 12,000 on that lidded infrared bonus side burner.
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 new Infinity Ignition for consistent, quick start ups.
Overall construction is just what you would expect from a Weber and this price point: high-quality stainless steel overall with top-grade finishings like the knobs and handlebars. The stainless side tables also provide hooks for tools and the cart style offers ample storage down below.
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.
Though there has always been and there still is a debate over whether or not charcoal is better than a propane grill, the one fact remains that the Broil King Imperial is at the top of its game when it comes to gas barbeque grills.
This grill houses 5 burners, which is perfect for large gatherings where more than one item is on the menu.
The stainless steel dual-tube burners and built in oven lights, set it apart from the other grills in the same series.
Sleek in design, and superior in its performance, the functionality is flawless and provides a satisfaction that you just can’t find with lower end models. The storage space on this grill is ideal, and will come in handy for the storage of tools, spices and whatever you need close at hand when you fire up that grill and get to cooking.
The Broil King Imperial 590 Gas Grill is the perfect purchase for your summer get together and gatherings, and will leave you wanting to purchase one more, if only you could find use for an extra grill.
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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!