Best gas grills under $200 | Great options for a small budget reviewed

by Joost Nusselder | Last Updated:  August 19, 2021

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We all know that you’re not going to get a state-of-the-art gas grill for under 200 dollars. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend getting anything cheaper as it just won’t last.

However, I’ve done my research, and I’ve tried out several low-budget grills to find out if there are any good options available in this price range.

Best grill under 200 reviewed best options for a small budget

I’m happy to tell you that there are three grills that I would recommend to anyone who really wants a gas grill but just doesn’t have the budget to spend more than $200.

Due to the price, you’re not going to get a full-sized grill, so I’ve identified three mobile ones that will work just as well.

If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you will know that I am an avid fan of Weber and its quality. That’s why, when it comes to this list, Weber Q1200 is my top choice. You will not be disappointed with this small but efficient and durable gas grill.

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Best gas grill under $200 overall: Weber Q1200 Best gas grill under $200 overall- Weber Q1200

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Best 2-burner gas grill under $200: Char-Broil Classic 280 Best 2-burner gas grill under $200- Char-Broil Classic 280

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Best gas griddle under $200: Blackstone Tabletop Grill Best gas griddle under $200- Blackstone Tabletop Grill

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This is a short-term investment, as the quality of the grill is limited by the price.

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However, there are a few things to take into account to help you identify the higher quality items at this price.

Size

In terms of the cooking area, there isn’t much difference between grills at this price.

There’s a huge difference, however, in terms of how much space a particular grill takes up – depending on the type of construction.

If you have limited space, then make sure the grill you choose is going to fit!

The number of burners

When it comes to full-sized grills, the minimum you should have is two burners.

However, mobile grills are made to move around and are usually lightweight. They have been specifically designed to function well, even with minimal burners.

For mobile grills (depending on the construction), one quality burner can actually be enough.

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Durability & warranty

Most stationary grills below 200 dollars are characterized by the relatively poor quality of materials. However, if you’re looking at smaller, mobile grills, you will get a grill that’s of better quality than a full-sized one at that price.

You probably won’t have a long warranty on any grill that costs less than $200, but it’s always good to check out the warranty period.

It helps you to see how much the manufacturer stands by their product and gives you an idea of how long it is reasonably expected to last.

The 3 best gas grills under $200 reviewed

There are loads of options on offer, but very few that I would actually recommend. Here are my top three options for grills under $200.

Best gas grill under $200 overall: Weber Q1200

Best gas grill under $200 overall- Weber Q1200

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I know that this suggestion slightly exceeds the established budget (by around $20), but it is well worth the extra stretch on your wallet as it is a truly excellent quality product.

When you buy a Weber Q1200, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed with what you get.

It’s a very mobile grill that is mostly recommended to those who love camping and tailgating.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t use it at home too. It fits perfectly on small balconies for those who have limited space.

If you’ve got a little bit of extra cash at some point, invest in a separately sold Q portable cart. This elevates it up to the height of a full-sized stationary grill.

The grill comes with 189 square inches of cooking area on high-quality porcelain-coated cast-iron cooking grates.

It only has one burner, but its construction covers a huge part of the surface which makes it warm up very quickly, and reach high temperatures that are adequate for grilling steaks, for example.

The main body made of cast aluminum makes the whole grill lighter yet also more resistant to rust, and durable. It includes a grease drainage system that can easily be removed and emptied.

Best gas grill under $200 overall- Weber Q1200 with meat

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One of the best parts of this little grill is that the manufacturers are a solid, respected brand, and Weber stands by their products.

They offer various warranties on different parts of the grill, but you get an idea that it will last you a few good seasons.

In my opinion, it’s always better to buy a smaller, solid, and versatile grill made by a respected brand than get a low-quality full-sized grill.

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Best 2-burner gas grill under $200: Char-Broil Classic 280

Best 2-burner gas grill under $200- Char-Broil Classic 280

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This two-burner grill gives you a similar experience to a full-sized grill, just on a smaller scale. There’s even a helpful little side-burner to heat up sauces! You also get some decent workspace with the side shelves.

The Char-Broil Classic 280 is a very minimalistic gas grill for those with a very small budget. It comes with all the essentials and a construction that is relatively corrosion-resistant.

With 280 square inches of the main cooking area and two burners, Char-Broil Classic 280 makes a great option for a small family.

Of course, it’s not going to last as long as the Weber, but it will give you a few good seasons. The manufacturers offer a 1-year limited warranty.

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Best gas griddle under $200: Blackstone Tabletop Grill

Best gas griddle under $200- Blackstone Tabletop Grill with meat

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An outdoor gas griddle is a great alternative to regular grilling with grill grates. The flat plate allows you to cook a lot more food at once, and you can grill a wide variety of foods including eggs and vegetables.

It is no wonder that the Blackstone Tabletop Grill has become one of the most popular camping grills.

The mobile version is available in two sizes. The one-burner is 17 inches, and the two-burner is 22 inches. I recommend the larger one.

It is also impressive with its simplicity and mobility, which makes it durable and free from malfunctions, as well as great for cooking away from home.

It has whole 330 square inches of cooking area, and the two burners allow you to create two different heat zones. It also has a very efficient grease management system so the post-cooking cleanup is simple and easy.

My only complaint about this product is the lack of handles – so it’s slightly less mobile than I would like, but besides that, you get a lot of ‘bang for your buck’ with this product.

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Takeaway

For passionate grillers who don’t have the budget to spend loads on a grill, it is comforting to know that there are some good options out there for $200.

While they are smaller than full-sized grills, they will do a great job of grilling your food, and provide a good few seasons of fun for you and your friends.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Lakeside Smokers is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with BBQ Smoking (& Japanese food!) at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.