In this article, I present you with the five top rated and best propane grills that cost less than $300, which significantly limits the field of view and focuses the attention on all the small details, such as construction, materials, and overall performance.
When you decide to buy a propane gas grill you have to consider the elements that make up the great grill. To start off with, check the warranty, and yes, I don’t believe in these pieces of paper, but they do provide you with an assurance that the manufacturer stands behind the product.
Consider the size of the unit, is it portable or a standing unit. If you need one that is small and portable your field of choice opens up considerably. The grilling surface size is only one aspect of the unit, since gas grillers use burners, and this is the next element you need to check.
BTU’s are the heat that a burner produces, and the number of burners decides the overall spread of the heat, you want to be sure your food will be cooked all over and not have any hot or cold sinks. To check this, look at how the burners disperse the flame, and what type of cover and flame taming devices are installed. A direct flame is harder to control, so make sure your burners have some kind of dispersing cover that helps control the overall heat flow and direction.
Don’t buy into lava rocks and such, these do not help disperse the heat correctly, and usually, create heat or cold sink dependent on how they are distributed. A good propane burner comes with burners and covers only.
Check out the cooking grid materials; you don’t want porcelain, you want good old cast iron. If you do get a porcelain coated steel grill, don’t clean it while hot, and don’t cool it in cold water after heating, that will crack the porcelain, which chips anyway over time. The most inexpensive grill is the stainless steel wire rack, but these are harder to clean.
The frame itself is key to stability and longevity. Always prefer a solid built stainless steel model over any other material. Stainless steel will resist rust and the conditions longer than plain steel or other materials. Make sure the hoods are also stainless steel, the preferred budget material is 304 Stainless, but any other stainless is also good.
Finally, check to see the maximum temperature your unit will reach when the lid is down. You don’t want a unit that doesn’t reach 600o. The best grillers will go above 600o which is important for all your special sears and such. With high temperature you want to control, so make sure you can control your heat at all levels.
List of Top-Rated Propane grills under 300
The Best Propane grills under 300 Reviews
The Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
This is a classic 2-burner mobile unit, it stands on a steel frame and has two wheels and two standing legs so that you can move this unit around your yard or terrace. It’s a neat, compact model and comes with an automatic piezo igniter, two metal shelves and a composite handle on the lid to make closing and opening safe.
The model’s dimensions are 16.9” x 17.7” x 26,” and it can be transported for camping and other travel requirements. The materials of this unit include a stainless steel burner; porcelain coated wire racks and black powder coated painted shelves, lid, and frame.
There are two burners providing 10,000 BTU’s each, so a total of 20,000 BTU’s for a 280 square inches of cooking surface.
- 280 sq. in. Primary Cooking Space
- Porcelain-Coated Steel Lid and Firebox
- Stainless Steel Inline Burners
- Piezo Ignition
- Two 6-inches Wheels
- Two 12-inches wide x 13.5-inches deep metal side shelves
This is one of the most efficient budget friendly grillers on the market today, and for the price you pay, it’s more of a winner than you think.
This is the Master Cook Classic 4+1 Burner Gas Grill
The Master Cook Classic 4+1 Burner Gas Grill is a comprehensive budget friendly griller that comes with exceptional features for the price you pay.
To start off with, this is a 36,000-BTU 4 burner propane gas grill with a 12,000-BTU Lidded Side Burner, and the grill area is covered with a stainless steel lid.
The burners are stainless steel and ignited automatically using the piezo-electric system. Each burner generates 9,000 BTU’s, so you get absolute control over the cooking range.
The cooking grates are made of the best material, solid cast-iron, and this unit comes with a Storage Cabinet, and a Thermometer.
The overall cooking surface is 400 square inches on the primary, and 118 square inches on the second surface that uses a porcelain coated swing rack.
This model comes with four casters for easy mobility and its dimensions are 56.3” x 21” x 43.9”.
- Cast-iron cooking grates, porcelain coated steel warming rack
- Integrated piezoelectric ignition system
- 518 sq.in. Total cooking area
- Cast-iron cooking grates
- Black powder coated steel fold-down side table
This is worth every penny you pay, it is an exceptional unit that provides a nice large cooking surface area with great storage and an extra side burner for sauces, frying, and general heating.
This is the Char-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Cabinet Liquid Propane Gas Grill- Black
The Char-Broil Performance™ 4 Burner Gas Grill is a top of the line under $300 model that delivers exceptional features for a perfect grilling experience.
To start off with, this model comes with four burners that provide 9,000 BTU’s each, delivering a total fo 36,000 BTU’s for a perfect controlled environment. The cooking area is 475 square inches provided by the grate size of 25.6” by 18.5”. There is a secondary heating rack that holds up to 175 square inches of food; this rack is 22.8” wide by 7.4” deep, and a side pan for collecting grease and oil.
There is a lidded 10,000 BTU side burner as well as a double door storage cabinet and two side shelves. The burners are made from stainless steel and are ignited using an electronic system. This model sits on four casters making it easy to move around.
- 475 sq. in. Primary Cooking Space
- 175 sq. in. Swing-Away Warming Rack
- 10,000-BTU Lidded Side Burner
- Push Button Electronic ignition system
- Porcelain-coated steel lid, UFC, and fascia
- Lid-Mounted Temperature Gauge
This is an excellent large solution that comes at an itty bitty price, perhaps the most value for money in the list.
This is the Nexgrill Evolution Infrared Plus 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill
Sometimes size is not everything, and this is where the Nexgrill Evolution Infrared Plus 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill comes into play. This is the most expensive of the under $300 models in this list but comes with a compact high pedigree of construction and performance. This model would sit well in a three-star Michelin restaurant as well as on your terrace.
What you get here is a combination of style, design, and performance all brought together in one neat package. There are 2 stainless steel main burners that deliver 28,000 BTUs to a primary cooking surface area of 278.85 square inches.
You get many features not apparent in any other griller in this price category, and this includes stainless steel infra-red heating plates for indirect heating. An all brushed stainless steel construction from lid down to legs.
The cooking grate is porcelain coated cast iron; you get the power of cast iron supplemented with the cleaning performance of porcelain. With these grates, you get the sear you always sought for and find it easy to clean after.
- Infrared Heat Plates
- Push Button Electronic Ignition
- Porcelain Cast-Iron Cooking Grates
This is a space-saving grill that is made out of the finest materials and constructed into a high-performance product that is preferred by anyone seeking a professional level grill at a very low price.
This is the Royal Gourmet® PD1300 Portable 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill Griddle
I saved the smallest to last; this is the compact, portable and small Royal Gourmet® PD1300 Portable 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill Griddle.
This is the ultimate in outdoor BBQ and gourmet cooking, its small, its solid and it’s powerful, and the price is so low you need to sit when hearing it.
What you have here is a 3 burner gas griddle unit, each burner churns out 8,500 BTU’s and you get a total of 25,000 BTUs over a 325.9 square inch 25.2” L x 18.1” W cooking surface. The whole model is constructed from stainless steel, and it comes with a push-button piezoelectric igniter.
The overall size of this unit is 25.2” L × 18.1″ W × 9.4″ H, and it weighs only 30.9 Lbs, making it light enough to carry, but heavy enough to be solid.
- Porcelain Coated Griddle
- 3 Ring-Shaped Burners
- Side Grease Drip Cup
- Portable and Easy Storing
- Stainless Steel Control Panel
A classic portable gas griddle at an exceptionally ridiculously low price, in other words, buy one even if you think you don’t need it, it’s a great spare for camping or adding extra cooking surface.