Best Grill Under $400

Picture this - it’s the heat of summer and you are wanting to host a party, perhaps for Independence Day, or for a birthday or work celebration. It might just be a quiet fall evening and you’re fancying a good burger.

Whatever it is, a grill is the ultimate essential for any yard or garden. They make great food, cut down the cost of going out to a restaurant, and are pretty straightforward to use.

The best part? They don’t even have to be that expensive!  

However, the quality of the food often depends on the quality of the grill. There is no point spending time preparing your food, only for the grill to not work effectively.

We understand the importance of spending well-earned money on a good grill whilst staying on a budget, so we have compiled a list of the 5 best grills under $400 with a buyers’ guide and a FAQ section at the end to help you find the perfect grill.

In a rush?

Our top pick is the Weber 741001 Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill.

This grill is an all-rounder on our list, coming to a budget friendly price of $109.99. With an easy One-Touch cleaning system and large enough to hold 13 burgers, the Weber grill has it all. 

The lid and bowl, made from steel and porcelain-enamel, are built to last with maximum durability that retains heat. The assembly is also straightforward, as the grill offers 3D instructions through the free BILT app.

Gone are the days of faffing around! 

OUR TOP PICK

Weber 741001 Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill

The Blackstone gas grill features a modern and unique flat burner top as opposed to cooking grates.

This top is easily removable to clean and works like a giant frying pan with 4 burner controls to change the temperature.

This is a convenient way to control the temperature of the food you are cooking, rather than fiddling with a fire. 

As the burners are separate, this allows for cooking multiple and different foods at the same time. This is ideal for large parties and keeping food warm without burning or sticking.

Made of steel, this grill has wheels to fit anywhere in your yard and comes with handy shelves for extra space. This grill is the most expensive on our list at $333.99. 

Pros:

  • 4 adjustable burners for multiple uses
  • Flat top acts like a giant frying pan, so many different foods and meals can be cooked here 
  • Lockable wheels

Cons:

  • Legs can fold, but it may be tricky to travel with as it is heavy
  • Griddles are the more expensive grill, so you may find a better griddle at a higher price
  • Grease drip trough isn’t very large

EDITORS CHOICE

Weber 44010001 Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Liquid Propane Grill, Black

The second Weber product on our list, this grill propane gas grill provides a convenient way to grilling.

This grill features reversible cooking grates to allow different types of food to be grilled in an evening - for example fish on the thinner side of the cooking grate and steak on the thicker side.

This is also useful for vegetarians who don’t want their food cooked on the same grate as meat. The design of the grill is open cart, so there is extra room for pre-cooked or cooked food and utensils.

Utensils and tools can also hang on the convenient hooks to help with organization!

The side table can fold depending on if you need the extra space or not, which is also great for when the grill is on smaller areas of a yard. 

This model requires the standard 20 pound tank and hangs from the tank scale on the grill. At $379.00, this is at the higher end of the $400 budget. 

Pros:

  • Adjustable side tables for extra space
  • Weber is a trusted brand for grilling
  • Gas is convenient and ignites fast

Cons:

  • Heat may be produced at the back of the grill, so be wary if you want the grill stood in front of something
  • Open frame can be a help or hindrance depending on personal preference

BEST VALUE

Blackstone 1554 Cooking 4 Burner Flat Top Gas Grill Propane Fuelled Restaurant Grade Professional 36” Outdoor Griddle Station with Side Shelf, 36 Inch, Black

The Blackstone gas grill features a modern and unique flat burner top as opposed to cooking grates.

This top is easily removable to clean and works like a giant frying pan with 4 burner controls to change the temperature. 

This is a convenient way to control the temperature of the food you are cooking, rather than fiddling with a fire.

As the burners are separate, this allows for cooking multiple and different foods at the same time. This is ideal for large parties and keeping food warm without burning or sticking.

Made of steel, this grill has wheels to fit anywhere in your yard and comes with handy shelves for extra space. This grill is the most expensive on our list at $333.99. 

Pros:

  • 4 adjustable burners for multiple uses
  • Flat top acts like a giant frying pan, so many different foods and meals can be cooked here 
  • Lockable wheels

Cons:

  • Legs can fold, but it may be tricky to travel with as it is heavy
  • Griddles are the more expensive grill, so you may find a better griddle at a higher price
  • Grease drip trough isn’t very large

RUNNER UP

Dual Fuel Combination Charcoal/Gas Grill

The BLOSSOMZ Dual Fuel Combination grill says it all in the title: it works with both charcoal and gas.

The grill is split into two sections that allow for both gas or charcoal cooking, ideal for those who see the advantages of both and cannot decide which is best.

The gas side offers 3 burners to change the temperature by control knobs, and the coal side acts as a normal coal burning grill.

The coal side is beneficial for those who prefer the taste and authenticity of classic grilling, whilst the gas side provides a convenient speed if you are in a rush.

Both cooking spaces together can hold up to 32 burgers, half on each side, with a large warming space to keep your food heated without burning.

Whilst the assembly time may take up to several hours, it does come with instructions and equipment for a straightforward build. This 2-in-1 grill comes to a budget-friendly $258.89. 

Pros: 

  • Dual fuel of both gas and coal is great for both uses and to fit either preference
  • Can hold up to 32 burgers all together
  • Affordable for 2-in-1 design

Cons:

  • May take 2-3 hours to assemble

RUNNER UP

Ninja FG551 Foodi Smart XL 6-in-1 Indoor Grill with 4-Quart Air Fryer Roast Bake Dehydrate Broil and Leave-in Thermometer, with Extra Large Capacity, and a Stainless Steel Finish

This 6-in-1 grill is here to offer absolutely everything. An indoor grill like this is ideal for those who prefer a smaller cooking space, cooking indoors, or to avoid bad weather.

It grills, crisps, and sears with a grill grate for that added flavour.

This grill comes with a thermometer and 9 customizable settings to cook your food to the ideal temperature, allowing you to have your own preferred level of doneness without constantly checking. 

Whilst it may seem small, it can hold up to 24 hot dogs and more. The five other cooking functions than grilling include air frying, baking, roasting, broiling, and dehydrating - meaning this is the most versatile grill on our list.

This is ideal for lazy cooking evenings. This grill comes to $229.99. 

Pros:

  • Most versatile grill with 6 cooking functions 
  • Indoor grill 
  • Customizable settings with thermometer to cook food to your own preference without guesswork

Cons:

  • This is an indoor grill if you are looking for an outdoor grill

Best Grill under $400 Buying Guide

There are generally two main types of grills: charcoal and gas. Both come with their own advantages and disadvantages, and work differently depending on personal preference.

This buyers’ guide is here to show you the pros and cons of both grilling styles, as well as some accessories that may be worth thinking about when looking to purchase a grill.

Charcoal grills:

Charcoal grills are usually the more popular option of grilling, purely due to the taste. Charcoal offers a smokey taste that cannot be mimicked anywhere else, which is what makes them so exciting and unique.

They may take longer to heat up properly, but it’s definitely a more authentic version of grilling and is great for parties. You know it’s going to be a good party when you are immediately greeted by the smell of a charcoal grill.

Whilst they may take a while to heat up, the fire is the quickest for cooking great food due to its temperature. They’re not just made for grilling meat, either, as they can quickly cook corn, potatoes, and vegetable kebabs too. 

One of the biggest benefits of a charcoal grill is that they are generally the best for portability and travelling. Whilst you have to get a bag of coal (which can reside inside the grill), you don’t have the added necessities of propane tanks. This makes camping trips a whole lot easier (and tastier). 

Gas grills: 

The main difference between charcoal and gas grills is the smell. Charcoal produces flames and ash with a significant smell, and gas does not. Gas grills are also the most convenient in terms of last minute or quick meals due to the fast ignition.

Do you have a lot of people over and you need to start cooking immediately? Or are you tight for time but need something for dinner?

A gas grill, with its fast heating rate, allows for speed when cooking. This heat can also be controlled in a more modern way if you are unsure about understanding flames. Think of it like a giant hob, with adjustable knobs to turn the heat up or down.  

With this adjustable heat comes more versatility for food. You can cook a steak at a high temperature on one side and be assured that your vegetables are cooking slowly on a lighter heat at the other end of the grill without too much adjustment.

The only downside to gas grills is that they may not be as easy to travel with due to the addition of the propane tank, but there are specific portable gas grills for this.

Size and appearance:

Make sure to consider your intentions for investing in a grill. You may be wanting a grill specifically for events, or a grill just to feed your household. These intentions will affect the size of the grill.

Larger grills, whilst generally more expensive, can cook larger amounts of food due to the size and multiple burners. Make sure to know where you would like your grill to be (and if it has wheels), and consider foldable shelves that will take up more space. 

Also, whilst grills aren’t there solely for fashion, they can provide an excellent luxury addition to any yard. It may be worth considering the appearance of a grill, and whether you would prefer the classic black or grey, or a colourful grill.

Accessories:

The beauty of grills is that everything is down to personal preference rather than necessity. If you choose to use your own kitchen utensils and tables for storage then you can.

If you want to go all out and be the king or queen of the grill, there are some great accessories to make your grilling experience even more exciting. 

Cleaning kits and covers are great additions to keep your grill maintained and safe, as this will prevent damage and potential costly replacements. In terms of enhancing the quality of the food, iron grill presses and stainless-steel tools are brilliant for improving the cooking quality as well as the taste.

A thermometer is an essential purchase, especially for charcoal grills that generally don’t include them, as you can test the temperature of meat until it is cooked to your liking. This makes the grilling guesswork a lot easier.

Likewise, if your grill does not already come with folding shelves, they can be purchased additionally for some extra shelf space for food and tools. Grill mats are great for breakfast and lunch cooking, as they provide a non-stick and grate-free surface for foods that may fall through otherwise. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best grill to buy?

This comes down to personal preference and individual intention. You may be looking for a sturdy and big grill to stay in your yard, large enough to feed a whole party and used for special occasions.

You may be looking for a lightweight and compact grill that can be portable for camping. You may just be looking for a bog standard, all-rounder grill for whenever you feel like it. There isn’t really a certified, ultimate grill, as each has different purposes. 

Are expensive grills worth it?

As with most products, expensive generally means a higher quality to be worth the money. This does not have to be the case with grills, however. Cooking on a grill is a two-way system, with both the cooker and grill working together.

This means you can easily find an affordable grill, such as the ones we have recommended, that work efficiently and appropriately whilst still making great food.

Keep in mind that the bigger the grill, the more expensive it will be. This is because it can cook multiple foods at any time, and this is because of the additional burners.

If you are looking for a grill with the intention of cooking for multiple people, you should be prepared to invest in one that is potentially more expensive.

Is a 2 burner grill enough?

This depends on how much you intend to cook! 2 burner grills are great for cooking various foods, but this can also work on a large one burner.

Some gas grills have several burners that allow for adjustable temperatures for different foods, which is very useful for large cooking events. 

When is the best time to buy a grill? 

The beauty of grills is that they can be used all year round. Whilst they are commonly used for summer, this does not mean you can’t grill a couple of burgers for a winter dinner.

Winter is generally the best time to buy a grill for a cheaper price as they are considered out of season, whilst summer is the worst time as everyone is wanting to buy a grill.

Fall marks the end of grilling season, but it may be harder to look for a good deal this soon after summer. Spring is a good time to buy a grill because manufacturers are making use of the end of holiday sales, meaning stocks need to be cleared (for a cheaper price!). 

What is best between a charcoal grill and a gas grill?

Again, this comes down to personal preference! Charcoal offers a unique taste and the classic streaky grill affect, with a great temperature for cooking food fast.

Gas grills are faster to heat and are therefore more convenient, and often offer more burners with adjustable heating for multiple food cooking requirements.

Charcoal grills often require more cleaning, but in return you get the authentic and great-tasting food - just be prepared to put time into it!

Gas grills are not the best option for light travelling due to the propane tanks, but they allow for ultimate time convenience.  

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