Imagine, you are standing with a tong on hand in front of a burning grill where meat is burning and spreading spicy smell. I know having grilled food at any restaurant can be tasty. But the test of self-cooked food on your grill is another way. And I can say for sure, it’s a far better than a restaurant. You will not get any better test anywhere than your cooked food.
I don’t know you have a grill or not. But I know your budget. The truth is it is really hard to find alone a better grill within a particular budget, but possible. So, we took the challenge to find the best grill under 300 for you.
We have researched on several grills and got ten grills that you can buy by choosing the features of these grills. We brought all features those need for a grill such as BTU, Burners, guarantee, reliability, etc.
So, let’s get started.
Take a Quick Look of My Recommendation
Char-Grilling E3001 Grilling Pro
Weber 15301001 Performance
Dyna-Glo Dual Zone Premium
Char-Broil 17602047 Infrared
Check these things before buying a grill
BTU: The British Thermal Unit (BTU) is measured in a grill for producing heat. The more heat it produces, the more fuel it consumes.
A grill with high rating BTUs doesn’t prove the efficiency of a grill. A high rating BTU grill is probably avoided others element’s quality of this grill. For example, poor lid, poor cooking grates, and body.
But it doesn’t mean that you should entirely skip the BTU rating of a grill. It’s better to stay in 75 to 100 BTUs square inches for a standard grill.
Infrared Grill: Tround 1980’s the Thermal Engineering Corporation (TEC) experimentally introduced the infrared technology to produce heat using ceramic plates.
Generally, a traditional grill heats on foods by air. As a result, the foods need to be sat top of the burner. Traditional grill can’t heat up throughout the cooking grate. On the other hand, infrared grill heat without air. That’s why it can spread heat throughout the cooking grate. You can cook foods putting anywhere on the grate.
So before buying a grill, it is good to see if it is infrared or not. But an infrared grill is little costly than a traditional grill.
Cooking Area: The size of the cooking area depends on how many people you cook for? If you want to buy a grill for your family, then you can go with 300 square inches cooking area. But if you want to do a party every weekend including your family then you need 500 square inches, where you can cook 25 burgers or 12 steaks at a time for your party.
Grill Size: Before you buy a grill make sure you have enough space for grilling. And it needs to be stored after grill. Most of the gas or charcoal grills are measured for outdoor grilling. But its not difficult to find indoor grills. So, it is good to buy a grill according to your space. Otherwise, you will get in trouble with this grill.
Ignition: Ignite a grill is the first step to go for cooking. There are two ways to ignite a grill. The manual way and the electric way. The electric way is more convenient than the manual. Ignite a grill by manual way, you need a match and the hands are likely to burn. But electric ignite system is easier and safer. So, try to buy a grill with electric ignition. There are several grills with electric ignition within $300.
Burners: Burner is the most important thing in the entire grill. As we all know the more burners you have in your grill the more you can cook. There are up to 8 burner’s grills in the market. But you cannot keep them within your $300 budget. Whatever, three or two burners can produce decent heat.
Cooking Grate: Grill grate holds your food upon the heat source. It does not only hold your food but also makes your food eatable and sear marks. So, a right grate will make your grill journey remarkable.
There is variable grill grate around you. Stainless-steel grill grate and cast-iron grill grate are mostly recommended from all of them. If you keep away the stainless-steel grate from water it will serve you for a long time. Otherwise, rust will ruin this grate. Stainless steel grate is too easy to clean.
Cast iron grate makes your food sear marks. it retains heat and rust-resistant.
Thermometer: When many of us buy a grill, we don’t notice the grill have a thermometer or not. But you cannot underestimate the importance of a thermometer. When you close the lid for cooking foods, you do not know what’s going on inside the grill. But thermometer will let you know that. Holding hands to check temperature over the foods during cooking is not easy for everyone. The advantage of a thermometer is that you can know the exact temperature of a grill.
So, buying a grill without a thermometer will be a bad experience in your grill journey.
Gas Tank Access system: When you want to do an outdoor grill party on a beach or open field. Gas tank system will be concerned. There are a bunch of grills that have easy access to gas tank. Like portable gas tank and cabinet underneath the firebox. So, if you have any plan to have a party on beach or somewhere else, make sure that grill has easy gas tank access system.
Side Tables: Side table is not as much as concerned while buying a grill. Still, what’s wrong with getting them into your budget. You will get some extra benefits while cooking. I think most of the grills have side tables in $300.
Brand Value: the most important thing to consider while buying a grill is a brand. Thousands of grill brands surrounded your neighborhood. But a good brand will ensure your grill’s durability and efficiency. So, a good brand should always be on the top of your grill buying list.
Best Gas Grill Under $300
1. Char-Grilling E3001 Grilling Pro Gas Grill
Char-Grilling Grillin pro gas grill is my first choice. The best thing about the grill is, its reasonable. With all the features like this grill, you cannot find a better grill than this. I think after reading this article you will put this grill on top in your grill buying list.
In the beginning, the Char-Grilling company started making a charcoal grill. This china company was known for their charcoal grill. Lately, along with the charcoal grill, they started making gas grills. And Char-Grilling E3301 Grilling Pro is one of their best-selling products. The black durable stainless steel gives the grill a beautiful look. With the three burners, it produces 40,800 BTU of heats. And every burner has one battery electronic igniter to control the heat of each burner. The 498 square inches of the cooking area can cook 8-10 burgers and two chicken smoothly. And there is a supplementary 292 square inches warming rack on top of the cooking grates.
1. Lid with Chimney:
The lid of this grill is constructed by durable steel. On top of the lid, there are two chimneys for blowing up the extra smoke. And the lid has a beautiful handle that will save your hands from heat.
With this thermometer, you can check your grill temperature. You can make low and high temperate depending on necessity.
3. Side Burner:
The most surprising thing about this grill is side burner. The side burner produces 12,000 BTU heat. You can cook vegetable, eggs and many other foods on the burner.
4. Plastic wheels:
Though it is standing grill, you can move it with wheels around your yard. It is difficult to move with 88 pounds of the grill for a single person. But with those wheels, you can move it easily.
5. Drip trays:
Under the firebox, there are two dipping trays. Dripping trays reserve the drip of food. Otherwise, the drip is fallen down and get messed.
- Enough cooking area
- Reasonable price
- Two burners with an external burner
- Warming rack
- 5 years warranty
- Time-consuming assembly
- Cheap plastic wheels
2. Dyna-Glo-2burner gas grill review:
If you look at Dyna Glo 2 Burner gas grill from a distance, you will feel it expensive. But if you came closer and see, it is within your budget. Let’s face it.
Dyna is reputed for making a high-quality grill with affordable price. If you compare with price and quality, this grill is the best grill under $300 in the market.
The large cooking space that 390 square inches and 117 square inches warming rack are enough for a family. The three burners and the lid of the grill are made of stainless steel. The output of the burners 36000 BTUs (each 12000BTUs).
1. Side Table:
There are two side tables in this grill. You can put some foods before starting the grill. you will see there is a bar with each side table. The interesting things about the side tables are you can collapse them. So, when you won’t get enough space to set up the grill, collapsing the side table may be helpful.
2. Storage Cabinet:
In this grill, you will see a storage cabinet with double-wall stainless steel door underneath the firebox. Here you can store the propane gas tank and other important things like barbeque accessories.
3. Four Moving Wheel:
you can move them from the storage area to grilling area with those wheels. Or you can relocate after grilling and lock the wheels. For heaviness of the grill, the wheels are very useful to move around.
4. Electric ignition:
All the burners have their own electric ignition. So that you can distribute gas separately to the burners.
- Easy to assembly
- Two side table
- Four moving wheels
- Get hot early
- Small for a grill party
- Heavy to move
3. Fuego Element R21C Carbon Gas Grill Review
The Fuego Element F21C is included on my list because of its unique body shape. The other important things about the grill is there is a hand behind designing the grill of Robert Brunner who worked as a chief designer of Apple. If you think, the shape of a grill should be same as other grills, you can skip it. But if you like something unique or uncommon then go for it.
The designer did not take any extra space of the grill. He designed the grill keeping minimum required space for every element of the grill. It doesn’t take such a place as other grills.
With 14 screws, this grill takes less than 30 minutes to be assembled. When you ignite the grill pushing electric igniter, the heat raises up 5000F within 5 minutes. The two burners controlled by one knob. And they produce 21000BTU’S per hour. 346 square inches of cooking surface can cook 12 burgers and a family’s food including their guest.
1. Doomed Lid:
The lid of this grill is different from other lids. The doomed lid with thermometer keeps the heat for a long time and cook foods in a short time.
2. Iron Grate:
The porcelain-enamel cast iron grill grate creates beautiful sear marks. And this iron cast grate can not be chased by rust.
3. Two Side Handle:
With these two side handle, you can move your grill effortlessly. And they can be used as a lid rack. You can hang up the lid with these handles. Although you can claim not having side tables, you can take them separately.
4. Tank Storage:
There is a gas tank store cabinet with an access door in the grill. So, you do not need to worry about storing gas tank.
- Heats up early
- Unique design
- Four rolling wheels
- Comfortable in size
- Doesn’t have side tables
- Doesn’t have a warming rack
4. Weber Q2200 Review
When it comes outdoor grilling, the Weber Q2200 is the best for it. Actually, I wrote about the grill considering who like to make a grill party with some friends and family members in outdoor (check the details review of Weber Q2200). In my list of best grills under $300. The Weber Q2200 is the smallest grill I reviewed.
The Weber Q2200 company made this grill as a turtle shape. Most of the people like this grill for different body shape. The 42.5 pounds small grill has 280 square inches cooking space that more than enough for cooking 8 burgers at a time. And a single burner puts out 12000BTUs per hour. The burner is lighted by electric igniter.
1. Cooking grate and griddle:
You can set up two grates on cooking surface. Or you can set a grate and on another side a griddle. With the griddle, you can cook some liquid foods like eggs for breakfast. Both grate and griddle made of porcelain-enameled cast iron. These grates make foods sear marks and retain heat for a long period.
2. Lid and Thermometer:
The lid of this grill is constructed by cast aluminum that rust-resistant. And the thermometer keeps eye on heats inside the grill.
3. Side Table:
As I said before, on the two sides table of the Weber Q2200, you can put some grill’s essential accessories and foods. And you can also fold them inside cooking surface.
4. Drip Tray:
with this drip tray, you can reserve the drip using cooked foods. Drip gives you a food eye-catching look.
- Portable and small
- Easy to clean
- 5 years warranty
- Small cooking surface
- Only a single burner
Best Charcoal Grill Under $300
5. Weber 15301001 Performance Charcoal Grill Review
The Weber 15 Performance is the best buying charcoal grill of the Weber company. The chines company made this grill with a combination of some worthy materials. I can surely tell you, this grill will last for a generation. So, if you going to buy this grill you won’t be regretted.
The 136 square inches cooking surface can cook 13 burgers at the same time. This grill has 11 inches deep charcoal bowl that 7/5 inches distance from the cooking grate. In 3-5 feet wide and 2 feet height of the grill that can easily adjust in kitchen or balcony. With durable wheels, you can move the grill.
1. Hinged cooking grate:
The cooking grate is like a gourmet BBQ system and it has hinged system where you can easily add more charcoal. The plated grate is a little heavy and rust resistance.
2. One Side Table:
The side table will help you to put your requisite goods. You can also prepare your food on this table. After grilling, you can fold down this table.
3. Ash Catcher:
There is an ass catcher in the bottom of the grill with one-touch cleaning system. So, it reduces the messing of ash.
4. Tool Hooks:
There are also tool hooks in the grill. Where you can hang your grilling tools like spatula and tongs.
- easy to clean
- reasonable price
- need tome to assemble
- small cooking area
6. Dyna-Glo Dual Zone Premium Charcoal Grill Review
Dyna-Glu Dual Zone Premium is one of my best favorite grills in all of the charcoal grills. Before knowing the quality of the grill, I think you will like it at your first glance because of its versatility and body shape. So, when you come to decide a charcoal grill to buy, I would recommend the Dyna-Glo Dual Zone Premium.
Although Dyna-Glo is not so familiar than Weber and Char-Broil. But it is a brand, which is, belongs to the GHP group. Their experienced team has a long time experience in the grill industry. Their BBQ system, charcoal and gas grill take a reliable place in the market.
In 576 square inches cooking the surface of Dyna-Glo Dual Zone Premium, you can cook more than 20 burgers. In addition to there is a warming rack over the primary cooking area that clinging with lid. The maximum heat capacity of this grill is 6000. And you can check the temperature through a thermometer, which is, located on stainless steel lid. there are two side shelves on both side of the grill where you can put some essential grill’s accessories. You can also move this grill with four cast iron wheels before and after grilling.
1. Two Cooking Grates:
In the 576 inches of cooking area, there are two cooking grates that are made of cast iron where you can cook different food in different ways. Make sure the grates are well seasoned before cooking foods.
There are two fireboxes with two charcoal access doors. You can use wood instead of charcoal in these fireboxes. And there is also a divider between these fireboxes. The divider will help you to maintain different temperature of both fireboxes or cooking grates. The interesting thing is you can up and down them while cooking.
The multiple dampers of the grill are more convenient for cooking. You will see a stainless-steel slot for controlling temperature and flavor on the corner of the lid. and there are also two slide side dampers on both sides to control the additional temperature.
4. Removable Ash Tray:
There is a one-touch ash cleaning tray underneath the fireboxes that is made of stainless steel.
- Huge cooking area
- Multiple dampers
- Easily movable
- Need time to assemble
7. Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Kettleman Charcoal Grill Review
Char-Broil TRU Infrared grill is a decent grill for a single-family. Like shrimps, wings, veggies, and many more small foods are safely cooked in this grill without burning. It gets easily fit in balcony and a small yard or you can take it in beach with a small track.
As we all know char-broil is one of the biggest manufacturers in all over the world. They gained a huge reputation as a grill industry. A Char-Broil’s product means it doesn’t need to be reviewed. The Char-Broil level is more reliable than a review.
The round shape 360 square inches cooking surface with 22.5 inches diameter porcelain-coated cooking grate retains heat for a long time. Its maximum temperature raising level 550 degrees. The charcoal bowl is located in 3 inches distance from cooking grate. That’s why you will get more heat in fewer coals.
1. Cooking Grate:
The porcelain cooking grate is heat retainable and rust resistance. It makes noticeable sear marks on food.
The super-size vent on lid works for controlling temperature. If you want to reduce heat, close the vent or open it to increase temperature.
3. Ash Catcher:
The ass catcher collects ashes during the cook.
4. Underneath Rack:
There is an underneath rack, which is, attached with three lags of the grill. It is beneficial to store extra coal.
- Lid thermometer
- Movable wheels
- 5 years warranty
- Small cooking area
Best Electric Grill Under $300
8. Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill Review
If it is winter or you do not have enough place to grill but you are determined to grill then you have to think about the indoor grill. And when it comes to indoor, the Breville Smart Electric Grill is the better recommendation for you. This grill got 4.5 out of 5 rating points from owners.
The Australian brand Breville is known for home appliances like blenders, coffee machines, and ovens. In addition to these home appliances, they made some indoor grill. The Breville Smart Grill is one of them. Total 260 square inches cooking area is perfect for 4-5 person’s family. The maximum heat capability is 450 degree and 110-120 volts. Adjustable grate and griddle system is much convenient for cooking any kind of food.
1. BBQ Mode:
When you open the lid, it will be set flat. Then you will get a large cooking area where you can BBQ your favorite foods.
2. Removable Plates:
There are one cooking grate and one griddle in the grill. The grate can make good sear with the embedded sear element by the 1800w into the grate. And you can cook eggs, pancakes and sandwiches on griddle. With Element IQ the grill can sense food’s condition and produces heat according to food condition. For example, if you put cold food on the plates they will automatically rise the heat.
3. Temperature Controller:
You can control the temperature of the grill with a key or watching on LCD screen. There are three settings in the key. And you can set one setting according to your needs with this key.
4. Timer Control:
There are two keys in the grill. One control temperature and the other one is control time. You can set a specific time while cooking. And after finishing your time the grill will automatically stop heating.
- Two cooking plates
- 5 years warranty
- Element IQ
- Doesn’t make smoke
- Can’t give original food test
9. Weber Q1400 Electric Grill Review
The Weber Q1400 Electric Grill. If you expect the same performance as other grills, it won’t disappoint you. There is a slogan, which is, “Plug in and grill out”. So, if you determined to grab this grill in your house, it won’t be wrong.
The Q series of Weber is most popular as portable grill all over the world. The Weber Q14000 Electric Grill is the smallest grill of Q series. That’s why you don’t need a large space to store it. With 189 square inches of cooking area is decent to cook 6 burgers at the same time. Many owners are happy for their easy cleaning process and portability. It takes twenty minutes to reach high heat with 1560 watt heating element.
1. Doomed Lid:
The grill comes as fully assembled out of the box with cast aluminum body and lid. the lid keeps heat inside the grill for a certain period and gives comfortable space to foods while grilling.
2. Cooking Grate:
As I said before, the porcelain cast iron cooking grate is rust-resistant that can sear any kind of food. It retains heat after closing the grill and keeps food warm.
3. Two Handle:
There are two handles on both sides of the grill. They are also made of cast aluminum. You can carry the grill with these handles.
4. Drip Catcher:
I already told before the advantage of the drip catcher.
- Heats up early
- Easily portable
- Easy to clean
- Small cooking surface
- Don’t have a thermometer
10. Char-Broil 17602047 Infrared Electric Patio Bistro reviews
Whether you put steaks or veggies on cooking grate of the Char-Broil TRU Infrared Electric Grill, it will bring the actual test of your foods. With TRU Infrared system the grill contains same heat everywhere in the cooking surface and you will get 50% juices than gas or charcoal grills.
As we all know, Char-Broil do not need their product’s review. The level of Char-Broil is stronger than reviews. They have been ruling the grill industry for years. So, if you see the Char-Broil level on a grill, you can buy it with your eyes closed.
You don’t need more cooking surface than 240 square inches for cooking 10 burgers or 4 steaks to manage an indoor party. On top of that, there is 80 square inches warming rack. The porcelain-coated cast iron premium cooking grate retains heat, can make sear marks that noticeable, and of course rust-resistant. It will take a few times to be cleaned up.
The two folding side shelves, two wheels with back legs, the thermometer, and the removable drip catcher. With all of that, you can’t skip the grill in the sea of the grill.
1. Warming Rack:
The 80 square inches of warming rack makes the grill more worthy. You can put cooked steaks or chicken while cooking veggies. Or you can warm other foods that you cooked before from refrigerator.
There is a knob on the front panel of the grill. You can start the grill and control the temperature by turning the knob. It can raise the maximum up to 1750 watt. There is lighten ring around the knob. When it reaches to high heat, it starts ringing.
- Infrared cooking grate
- Easy to clean
- Variable color
- Need time to assemble
I think, after reading this article you don’t need to know more about the best grill that you want to buy. If I can help you a little by this article to purchase your favorite grill, that’s my little goodness. That’s all for today. Be safe and best wishes for your grill journey.