So which is healthier, gas grilling or charcoal? | January, 2020
Traditionally charcoal grills were used to add that distinctive smoky flavour to bbq dishes, by burning wood and charcoal to cook the meat. However, cooking dishes over flame and the higher temperatures that result causes charring, which leads to the release of more cancerous carcinogens than propane cooking. So the answer to our question is simple: gas barbecue grilled dishes are not only healthier, the results are just as tasty and more convenient to produce. We've scoured the market to present our reviews of ten of the best gas barbecue grills of various types around today, so we can help you make the right choice.
The Magma “Monterey” Gourmet Series of gas barbecue grills are ultra-portable and easy to assemble and dismantle, operating using infrared technology and boast an anti-flare screen system to cook evenly with optimum fuel consumption.
An in-built stainless steel thermometer monitors accurate temperature, the swivelling control valve regulator allows for quick, safe fuel canister exchange and its short sturdy stainless steel legs ensure it always remains stable.
The Magma Monterey Gourmet series, although compact, boasts many features found only in large backyard grills – drippings bring smoky flavour to your dishes and flare-ups and burning are a thing of the past.
Anti-flare system for safety
Large grilling area
High price point but this is balanced by excellent customer ratings
The Churrasco Rotisserie Grill cooks evenly grilled dishes with maximum flavour retention and uniform temperature distribution inside the grill head. Multiple rotisserie-style skewers make it possible to cook different types of meat and vegetables. There is an assortment of skewers, 4 single, 1 triple and 3 multi-use basket skewers to choose from. A catch tray is provided for environment friendly cooking. Smoke-free cooking leads to tastier and healthier recipes. The infrared burners are individually controlled, leading to better autonomy. The transparent glass door leads to better visualization and monitoring of the cooking process. The slip-free product is of secure construction, leading to more stability and life.
Can be used with LPG or natural gas using the switch option.
Multiple skewers provide variety and autonomy in cooking
Product relatively new
The BBQ Brazil Rotary Electric Grill is totally smoke-free and is equipped with 5 skewers with long and ergonomic handles to cook a range BBQ dishes like chicken, beef and pork, in the perfect barbecue way. Roasting and broiling of whole chickens is convenient and quick inside curved glass doors, due to uniform heat circulation inside. Up to 1.5 Kg can be cooked on each skewer making party-time cooking less exhaustive for BBQ enthusiasts. The fat collecting tray aids in easy cleaning of the gas barbecue grills. The smoke-free cooking method preserves the taste of different dishes, by sealing flavour and aroma.
Multiple skewers with good grilling capacity
Curved and transparent glass doors
Product relatively new
Model#: SMART-05 127 V
The Brazilian Flame 3 Skewer Rotisserie Gas Barbecue brings the flavour of authentic Brazilian grills to your kitchen, with the multi-skewer rotating system leading to even and tasty cooking. The electronic burners are individually controlled and help you set up the kind of flame needed for your barbecue or roast, as the cook can exercise adequate control over his dishes. The curved glass door casts a restaurant effect for the unique barbecue experience. The roomy roaster with rotisserie-style rotating motion allows variety like fish, meat, steak and vegetables in good volume and traditional BBQ flavour. The completely smoke-free cooking is also low in gas consumption.
Clear glass door to monitor perfect grilling
Individually controlled burners
Model#: AGR3 Vitta Premium
Lonestar Select Natural Gas Drop-In Grill Head is powered by twin lighting system, with a put-out rate of 60000 BTU delivered by 4 stainless steel burners. The dual lined Bull Grill hood is of single piece construction and help in efficient heat-trapping inside the grill head. The cooking grates are made of premium quality and thick 304 stainless steel. Each burner is crafted to perfection with the piezo technology aiding in timely ignition and is housed in stainless steel that offers protection from food drippings. The high quality lighting system helps in maximum visibility which is a must for quality cooking.
Superior interior lighting system
State-of-art 304 stainless steel construction
Mains electricity, no battery
Master Cook Smart Space Propane Grill comes with 3 stainless steel burners putting out up to 30000 BTU per hour, with porcelain-enamelled wire grates and two foldable cooking shelves, enabling cooking of multiple dishes at different temperatures. The integrated piezoelectric ignition system aids in quick start-up, with a control knob for safety. The stainless steel shroud, powder-coated side tables and heavy duty black casters reflect quality construction and longevity. The cooking grates in these gas barbecue grills provide adequate heat retention, saving time and fuel when cooking.
Collapsible side tables for space conservation
In-built and centre mounted thermometer for temperature control
Low heat conduction; frail construction
The Char-Broil Stainless Steel Portable Gas Grill offers a cooking area of 200 square inches and is totally rust-free. Heat resistant handles and latching secure top have been provided for easy movement from place to place. The stainless steel wire grates and loaded with many functionalities that enable you grill, roast and cook in comfort. The tank valve is protected from debris by means of a sliding grease tray and a regulator. The push-button igniter makes start-up easy and swift. The grill is ideal for use when cooking space is limited. The make is sturdy and is perfect for both indoor and outdoor cooking with even heat distribution for fuel-efficient cooking.
Ergonomic handles for portability
Stainless steel wire grates
Quality of gas regulator not up to mark; heat output lowers with time
The stylishly shaped Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel Tabletop Propane Gas Grill, allows you hitch-hike or picnic while cooking delicious recipes on the go, thanks to the locking hood provided for safe storage. The 10000 BTU “U” burner delivers heat uniformly from disposable one-pound gas cylinders, ideal for use when camping outdoors or for barbecue parties in your own backyard. The big front carry handle and folding legs account for perfect portability. A spacious cooking surface of 305 sq. inches makes grilling on this table top device a pleasure. The durable stainless steel construction makes it a lasting investment in kitchenware.
Foldable legs for maximum portability
Locking hood for storage
Slow heat conduction; Difficult to assemble
The Weber 46510001 Spirit E310 Liquid Propane Gas Grill is equipped with three side burners, porcelain-rimmed cast iron grates and a sturdy aluminium cook box, making cooking at various temperatures, a breeze. An in-built fuel gauge monitors gas usage. A choice of porcelain-enamelled, stainless steel or cast-iron are available for the cooking grates. The flavorizer bars innovated by Weber are multi-functional, preventing flare-ups and locking those smoky and sizzling flavours. The grease management system consists of the grease tray and the catch pan, making way for safety and easy cleansing. The shining stainless steel tables offer ample preparatory and cooking spaces.
Optimum heat retention; Electronic Cross Over Ignition System
Durable and anti-corrosive shroud
Unreliable heat regulation, Rust formation on front door
With its wide 25.6 inches primary cooking surface and two metal side shelves that can deliver a sumptuous meal for the whole family, this grill is a product of the trusted Char-Broil brand. The porcelain coated iron grates as well as the top-ported burners are absolutely rust-free, with optimum heat control assured by lid-mounted temperature guard. The 10000 BTU side burner aids in making grills and sauces, cooked under superior electronic ignition system. Two six-inch wheels and two fixed legs keep the unit fully portable, yet firm in place. The 22.8 x 7.4 inches swing-away warming racks supplement the cooking area.
Ample cooking area; 10000 BTU side burner
Durable stainless steel make; Easy to clean
Ignition and start-up issues; inadequate heating
The smart way to healthy tailgating and barbecuing
Whether it is tailgating time at the game or a full Brazilian rotisserie in the backyard, our gas barbecue grill recommendations come in all shapes and sizes, making it an easy cooking option for any occasion.
Modern day gas barbecue grills are energy-efficient and minimise clean-up headache through effective grease management systems and every grill head comes with precision temperature control and valve regulators, as well as time-setting and alert mechanisms to help you plan your cooking to time.
Delighting your guests is now at the push of an ignition button.
What to look for in your about-to-buy gas barbecue grills
Ensure the grill corresponds to at least 80-100 BTUs (British Thermal Units) for every square inch of cooking space.
Understand the type of gas and the capacity of gas cylinders recommended for use with the device and ensure that facilities for quick ignition turn-on and off are in-built in the system.
The legs must be sturdy enough to keep the system stable while cooking.
A wide cooking surface will offer large cooking and preparation space.
Sliding shelves and foldable side tables are ways to conserve space.
The burner must supply the right amount of energy whilst being independently controlled and protected from being exposed to dripping fat.