Best Grills

Choosing a new grill can be overwhelming – there are so many different types of grills and companies to choose from. We did the research to help you simplify that process and find the best grills made in the USA. Below, you’ll find our top picks, a deeper look at each one, and the factors we considered in our research.

Our Findings

Overall, we found that there are several great manufacturers still making high quality grills in the U.S. Since there are several different types of grilling methods and other factors to take into account, we separated our top picks out into individual categories, outlined below.

Top Recommendations

Best GrillsBest for:
Alfresco ALXE-36-LPNG 36″ Standard GrillGas
Hasty-Bake Legacy 131 Powder Coated Charcoal GrillCharcoal
Cookshack PG500 Fast Eddy’s Pellet GrillWood Pellets
Solaire 27-Inch Infrared Natural Gas Pedestal GrillReduced Flare Ups
The Original PK Grill & SmokerAffordability
Primo Oval XL 400 All-In-One Ceramic GrillCeramic
Wilmington Grill Fire PitFire Pit

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Check out more details on our specific recommendations, along with what we liked and didn’t like about each product.

Best Gas Grill

Alfresco ALXE-36-LPNG 36″ Standard Grill


Alfresco has been making gas grills out of their Southern California headquarters since 1999. Their lineup of grills is typically on the more expensive side, but is worth it for what you are getting. Their 36″ standard grill stood out among all the gas grills we looked at. Made from 304 stainless steel, this Alfresco grill boasts a number of different features. The temperature control knobs have a built-in cooling system so they heat from the grill doesn’t burn your fingers when you’re adjusting the temp (they also have an LED light above them for nighttime grilling). The grilling surface is a nice 82,500 BTUs for a hot and even grilling surface. It also comes with a dedicated 5,000 BTU smoker burner for those “low and slow” meals, a rotisserie rack, and a spring assisted hood so you can easily lift it.

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Things we like:

  • Durable construction
  • Multiple surfaces and heat settings for different types of cooking
  • Easy to control temperature knobs
  • Even grilling surface

Things we don’t like:

  • Expensive (but worth it)

Best Built-In Gas Grill Option: Twin Eagles 36″ Outdoor Gas Grill

 

Best Charcoal Grill

Hasty-Bake Legacy 131 Powder Coated Charcoal Grill


Hasty-Bake has been making charcoal grills in the U.S. (based in Tulsa, OK) since 1948, and they have definitely perfected their craft over the years. Their Legacy 131 grill is Hasty-Bake’s most popular model and performed the best compared to the other charcoal grills we researched, mostly due to its durability and versatility – you can do just about anything with this grill. It has a 523 square inch cooking surface, which is plenty big for smoking a bunch of meat at the same time. Heat control is key when it comes to charcoal grills, and this Hasty-Bake grill has a great lifting mechanism (controlled by the crank, which you can see in the photo on the left) that allows you to bring your coals up to 2 inches away from your food, and as far away as 14 inches for things that need to cook at a lower temperature. This grill also comes with a “heat deflector”, which you can easily attach and start to cook with indirect heat in no time.

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Things we like:

  • Lift mechanism and heat deflector to control heat
  • Versatility
  • Vent-less hood to trap flavor/smoke and even out temperature
  • Durable
  • Full-width fire door
  • Easy grease disposal

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best Wood Pellet Grill

Cookshack PG500 Fast Eddy’s Pellet Grill


The Cookshack PG500 was the best option we found in our research for wood pellet grills – it stood out when it came to flexibility and heat control. This model is actually both a grill and a smoker in one. It has four different cooking zones that allow you to customize your grilling process for whatever food you want to cook- direct, indirect, cold smoking, and warming. Once you fire it up, the temperature of the grill is electronically controlled, which can help eliminate any large fluctuations in temperature as you cook. It’s a fully automated controller, but you also have the power to customize it to your specifications. The PG500 is made with stainless steel for lasting durability, and is constructed for easy access to not only your food, but your wood pellets and ash disposal.

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Things we like:

  • Temperature control
  • Front opening door for easy access to wood pellets
  • Versatility with four different cooking zones
  • Uses charbroiler technology for great flavor

Things we don’t like:

  • Limited shelf space for storing racks and other weather-tolerant accessories

 

Best Grill For Reduced Flare Ups

Solaire 27-Inch Infrared Natural Gas Pedestal Grill


Solaire was founded in 1907 in Whittier, CA, and keeps their operation there to this day. The Solaire Infrared grill was the best we came across for reducing flare ups while you’re cooking. That’s because of the V-shaped design of the grilling grids on the surface – they do a great job of capturing grease so you can increase flavor and reduce those annoying flare ups. This grill is also really easy to assemble, constructed with stainless steel. The two infrared burners keep the grilling surface pretty even, and it’s easy to crank up with a simple electronic ignition button.

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Things we like:

  • Reduced flare ups
  • Easy assembly
  • Durable
  • Easy ignite
  • High heat from infrared burners

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Most Affordable Grill

The Original PK Grill & Smoker


The Original PK grill is the standard when it comes to no-fluff grilling for an affordable price. It has won several awards and recognitions over the years, and has been used by the winners of a few steak grilling competitions. It’s a super durable, hand-poured cast aluminum grill – a process that is not too much different from when they started making these grills in the 1950’s. The Original PK is known for its great airflow and heat control, as well as heat retention. The keys are both the aluminum body, and their 4-point venting system, which is completely adjustable. The bottom of the grill is rectangular, which makes it easy to arrange coals for either direct or indirect cooking.

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Things we like:

  • Affordability
  • Durability
  • Great heat control
  • Versatility to cook at high temps and “low and slow”
  • Funky design with “misplaced” handle

Things we don’t like:

  • Not a large cooking area which could be troublesome for larger parties

 

Best Ceramic Grill

Primo Oval XL 400 All-In-One Ceramic Grill


The biggest advantages of a ceramic grill versus metal is temperature control and moisture retention. Compared to your typical metal grill, a ceramic grill is better at locking in and controlling heat and moisture. With a cheap metal grill, if you’re not careful, you could easily gry out your meat. The Primo Oval XL 400 was the best ceramic grill in our research that still makes their products in the U.S. The cooking surface on this grill is nice and big, easily fitting 15 or so steaks at a time. Like we mentioned, temperature control is a major benefit of ceramic, and this grill is super versatile to allow you to grill, smoke, roast, or bake anything your heart desires.

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Things we like:

  • Cast iron top vent
  • Reversible cooking grates
  • Temp control
  • Grilling surface size
  • 20 year warranty

Things we don’t like:

  • Very heavy

 

Best Fire Pit for Grilling

Wilmington Grill Fire Pit


If you really want to go old school, Wilmington Grill makes a great fire pit for cooking over the open wood burning flames. The benefits that really made this model stand out was the durable construction. There are a ton of fire pits available that simply don’t hold up for very long, but the Wilmington Grill Fire Pit is not that. The shell is made from 14 guage, 304 stainless steel and also comes with a stainless steel cooking grate. You can even get a custom design around the shell – you can see in the picture that they simply have the standard “WG” logo in there right now. Manufactured in Wilmington, NC.

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Things we like:

  • Simple octagonal construction
  • Durable with stainless steel
  • Custom designs available

Things we don’t like:

  • None

Factors We Considered

Durability

Grills are a long term purchase – you need them to last a long time! We looked for models that would stand the test of time with materials like stainless steel, cast aluminum, and others. Assembly is also important here – no matter what materials you use, if they are poorly put together, the product will not last.

Heat Control and Retention

Heat control and retention was one of our top considerations in our research. There are not many things more frustrating in grilling than having unexpected shifts in temperature during the cooking process. Often times, the specific build of the grill will dictate how well it can control heat. However, ventilation systems, mechanisms that control distance from your heat source, and other factors can come into play.

Versatility

We looked for grills that you can not only use to grill hamburgers, but also smoke ribs, cook barbecue, slow roast vegetables, or cook whatever else you want to.

Easy to Use

Manufacturers can put a ton of bells and whistles on grills these days. We sought out features that are easy to use and are going to add value to your grilling experience. After all, what good is a grill if it’s too complicated to operate?

Value

As fellow consumers, we wanted to make sure that you’re getting the best grill for your money. We eliminated several products from our consideration where we thought the price was too high for the quality level you would receive.

Size

We got rid of a few grills in our research process that were too small or unnecessarily huge. Small grills are obviously cumbersome if you have company over, and larger grills can be tough to control heat on.

Consistency

Consistency is key when you’re looking for a new grill. You need to feel confident that your grill is going to perform as you expect it to every day you use it. We chose grills that consistently deliver high quality results across several grilling methods.

 

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