So you have the gas hookups.
You’re luckier than most. No need to go down to the Rite Aid or Home Depot to get that propane canister replaced. If you grill as much as I do you know how much of a pain that can be.
Especially if you want a large grill, I am talking 6 burners pumping out 74k BTU’s. If you are burning that much gas a natural gas grill is must.
Napoleon is one of our favorite grill makers offering a range of styles at a comparable range of price points. This is a sold mid-range natural gas grill that won’t break the bank, but isn’t a bargain basement steal either.
So what can you expect in terms of size and power? The LEX485 comes with 4 main stainless steel burners with 74,000 BTUs of power as well as a back burner and lidded infrared side burner.
Total cooking area is just as big as the twice as expensive Lion in the #2 spot at a spacious 805 square inches. It is large enough to grill up to 24 burgers at one time, enough for a whole horde of hungry family members.
Stainless steel cooking grids are designed to maximize and retain heat evenly for consistent grilling on everything you’re cooking up.
Napoleon also includes its signature jetfire ignition system for speedy and simple start ups, a stainless steel sear plate perfect for finishing steaks, a double walled lid to maximize heat retention, and my favorite bonus feature: a lidded ice box for keeping a few beers and some cokes cold while you’re at the grill helm.
Details we love are the extra large front-mounted temperature gauge, roomy cabinet for storage, large side shelves with tool hooks and condiment holders and LED knob lights for low-light grilling situations.
The Lion is a big, shiny beast, dominating the natural gas category in terms of size, quality of materials and feature list. It also has a pretty hefty price tag so it isn’t going to be a great fit if you have any kind of budget for this purchase.
First, it is absolutely essentially to note that this grill is made from commercial grade 304-gauge stainless steel. This is the best it gets, folks. You’re not going to find a grill that can outlast this one in terms of wear and tear.
In terms of space and power, the Lion offers 5 cast stainless steel burners with 75,000 BTUs of total cooking power, over a generous 802 square inches of cooking space. It also includes a 15,000 BTU infrared rotisserie back burner. 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 drawers and a side door. Included in the below storage is shelving and a super-convenient 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.
It wouldn’t be a top 10 list without at least a couple Weber’s snagging a spot. The Summit S-470 is a beautiful, shiny powerhouse of a grill and a great upgrade from the Spirit if you’re set on a Weber.
The Summit S-470 would have ranked higher on the list, but we like to see a range of price points represented in the top three spots for our category options.
So what can you expect from the Summit? This grill offers 580 square inches of total cooking area, with 110 square inches in just warming rack, 48,800 BTUs of overall power over 4 main burners, Snap-Jet individual burner ignition for quick starts, a ton of extra burners including a sear station burner, side burner, smoker burner and a rear-mounted rotisserie burner.
Grillers using the S-470 will also notice a beautifully designed enclosed double-door cart for storage and hiding the propane tank, stainless side shelves with towel racks and tool hooks, stainless steel cooking grates and Weber’s signature Flavorizer bars.
This is a luxury grill that is more of a shiny outdoor kitchen on wheels.
The original Spirit is the first grill I ever purchased and I was blown away by the hallmark Weber cooking experience delivered in a smaller package.
The Spirit II 310 is a newer, upgraded version of the original that delivers an even higher-level experience, with three glorious burners.
With the E310, Weber took the top, core features of their largest grills and engineered them to fit in a neat, mid-size version that still packs a power punch. The Spirit delivers 30,000 BTUs with 529 square inches of cooking space, providing solid, even heat to every inch.
Weber added in their new Gs4 grilling system, with three burners, each supported by stainless steel, top quality tubes. These tubes aren’t your typical burner tubes. They won’t rust quickly, or damage easy and leak gas. They are in fact, specifically designed to be durable and they actively limit the effects of rust agents.
Even with just three burners, the Weber really feels like an expansive outdoor kitchen. It comes with generously sized drop down tables on both sides (more room to layout food) that fold down for easy storage. Both tables are equipped with 3 sturdy hooks to hang your tools (pans, spatulas, knives, etc.).
You can also expect to enjoy Weber’s exclusive Flavorizer bar system, porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates (designed for quick cleaning), and the new infinity electronic ignition system.
What really signifies that this is a Weber grill is how evenly it cooks and how quickly. I’ve used the Spirit to cook just about any kind of meat you can think of: steaks, burgers, dogs, ribs, chicken breasts, chops, etc. It cooks all of them evenly (no random cold spots) and delivers a killer sear. Heat time is quick, usually 10 minutes, tops.
The E310 doesn’t come equipped with a side burner. You’ll have to upgrade to the Genesis for that. While I occasionally like to use one, it’s not a deal breaker and is a pretty minor. If your main concerns are quality and budget, then this shouldn’t be a major deterrent for you and for the natural gas field, this is the very best on the market for those two priorities.
Any grill in the Genesis line from Weber is going to serve your grill boss needs well. They all have a few adjustments to size, burner count and power, and the best fit for you will depend on how much grilling you do on a regular basis and for how many hungry people.
The E-335 is a great mid-range option for Weber and for natural gas offers 3 primary burners with 39,000 BTUs, a rear sear station burner and an extra infrared side burner for cooking up sauces and marinades. The total grill size is 335 square inches and grill grates are porcelain coated stainless steel.
It doesn’t have the optional handle light on the slightly larger Genesis models, but it does have stainless steel side shelves and a roomy lower cabinet for storage.
This grill also features Weber’s new super easy grease management system to prevent flare-ups and an electronic infinity ignition for reliable starts. Weber’s classic Flavorizer bars lock in a drool-worthy smoky flavor to whatever you’re
The Regal S590 from Broil King is a great larger size grill in the natural gas category that has some great pro features for a backyard set-up.
Broil King packed in 5 stainless steel dual-tube burners pumping out 55,000 BTUs, with an extra side burner with 10,000 BTUs and a rear rotisserie burner maxing out at 15,000 BTUs. The total cooking space is huge at 625 square inches with additional warming rack space for toasting up some buns or keeping meat warm while you finish up.
The signature Broil King Flav-R-Wave system ensures even heat distribution for a consistent cooking experience, the electronic ignition delivers quick and easy starts and the linear-flow burner valves maintain precision temperature control.
The overall storage is great, with two stainless side shelves and a lower cabinet with double doors.
The Prestige series is an especially solid pick if you’re looking for those extra burners not offered in the Weber line up without a crazy price tag.
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.
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.
This is a great mid-size grill that gets top marks for durability and quality.
This compact grill from Weber sure doesn’t look like the rest of the big grills on this site, but it’s a great higher-end option for small spaces.
Weber is our favorite standalone grill maker and the Q3200 is packed with great features, including 462 square inches of total cooking space (including the warming rack), 21,700 BTUs of power, two stainless steel burners and porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates.
The overall grill body and casing is cast aluminum, which we would prefer in a stainless steel instead but the construction is solid and Weber is known for durability.
The Q3200 also gas an easy-start electronic ignition system and infinite control burner settings. The temperature gauge is front-mounted on the lid for easy monitoring. It also offers removable folding side tables, a bottom shelf for storage and the option to switch in griddle plates for flexible cooking.
The Summit S-670 is a beautiful, shiny powerhouse of a grill. It comes with a heftier price tag, so it ranks a little lower on our list.
So what can you expect from the Summit? This grill offers 693 square inches of total cooking area, with 145 square inches in just warming rack, 60,000 BTUs of overall power over 6 main burners, Snap-Jet individual burner ignition for quick starts, a ton of extra burners including a sear station burner, side burner, smoker burner and a rear-mounted rotisserie burner.
Grillers using the S-670 will also notice a beautifully designed enclosed double-door cart for storage and hiding the propane tank, stainless side shelves with towel racks and tool hooks, stainless steel cooking grates and Weber’s signature Flavorizer bars.
This is a luxury grill that is more of a shiny outdoor kitchen on wheels.
If you’re looking for the biggest, baddest grill on the block, with the price tag to match, then you’ll fall in love with the Prestige PRO from Napoleon.
The only reason this beast doesn’t rank higher is that crazy price tag; most of us just can’t drop that much on our backyard-grilling hobby.
So what did Napoleon pack in here? The Prestige has 8 stainless steel burners, 99,000 BTUs of power, 1140 square inches of primary cooking space, Napoleon’s stainless steel wave cooking grids, and is equipped to run on natural gas instead of propane. It also comes with a ceramic infrared side burner for side or sauce prep.
This grill is going to meet every grill need you could dream up, and then some, but you’ll definitely have to pay for it.
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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!