Camping trips, days at the beach, family reunions and backyard gatherings. What do all of these things have in common? The need for a grill. The only problem is, there are a lot of grills out there to choose from! Knowing which grill is right for you can be hard to figure out and that is why we have created this list of the best grills under $200. We have taken the work out of figuring out what the best of the best in the world of grills are. We have included propane, electric and charcoal grills, and some are portable and some are not, so whatever you are in the market for, you will find our picks for the greatest grills out there. Our article will break down the best grills, and why they are so great.
Having a grill offers you the convenience of cooking at a high temperature in the outdoors. Your kitchen does not get heated from using a stove or oven, which is great in hot temperatures. Grills give meat flavor that cannot be matched when using a stove or oven. Depending on the grill you purchase, meat can have a smoky, rich flavor or a distinct taste of charcoal. Meat will also have seared in flavor from the cooking process it goes through on a grill. Grills also offer simple and easy cleanup, which make them a great choice whether they are on the go, or on a deck in your backyard. The flavor and taste of meat cooked on a grill really cannot be beaten or duplicated any other way.
When choosing which grill is right for you, there are some things that you need to consider before your purchase. If you do not take these things into consideration, you may be left with a grill that does not meet your wants or expectations.
How to Choose Best grill under 200
-How big do you want the grill to be?
There are many different options when choosing grills. There are tabletop grills, grills meant to stay on a deck or patio and some that even partially fold for easy movement. Know what room you have and what you want the grill to be able to do. Some people are looking to be able to transport grills for camping or to the beach and some do not need that ability.
-What will you use to power the grill?
Charcoal, propane and electric are all types of grills available on the market. Each has it’s own advantage and disadvantage and it is important to think about where and how you will use the grill. The overall flavor of the meat will also be affected by what type of heat is used to cook it. Grills that require electricity need the most thought put into them as they must have an electrical outlet to plug in to in order to use them. Propane grills would need to have propane tanks to use them, but one tank will easily cook several meals, so there is not a tremendous need to have multiple tanks if you are traveling. Charcoal is the least complicated as you just need a bag of charcoal and a lighter to use. Charcoal does take the longest amount of time to cook the meat out of the list we have mentioned.
We will discuss grills that under $200 in this particular article, but having a price point you are willing to spend is important before you begin your grill search. Each type of grill has many price points depending on brand and what the grill has to offer. If you do not start with a price point, you are likely to spend more than you wanted to in the end. Also, keep in mind that grills may require accessories to use. Some grills will include these and some will not. Things such as racks, spatulas and grill brushes are all needed to be able to prepare a meal with a grill. There are many other additional accessories that some people like to have, but are not a necessity. Thinking about these potential additional purchases is important when computing your overall final budget and ultimately the grill you decide on.
The top 10 grills under $200
1. Coleman Classic Propane Stove
Coleman is one of the most trusted names in outdoor and camping merchandise. They have been a household name for generations, and this propane stove is one of their staple items. It is portable, tabletop only grills that are run off of propane. The grill weighs 12 pounds and is 4.1 X 21.9 X 13.7 inches in size. The grill has two separate burners that each have a high and low setting. The two burners are 10,000 BTU, giving you more than enough power to cook any meal you choose. It does run on a smaller propane cylinder, that will run both burners on high for an hour. This would easily last for a full weekend of cooking on one cylinder. The grill has built-in panels that block wind from the burners. It comes with a chrome-plated grate that is simple to remove and clean. A 10 and a 12-inch pan can both fit on the grilling surface at one time, making this very practical for cooking multiple items at one time.
- Easily portable and can be used on any flat surface
- Very few parts and pieces, making it durable and less likely to break
- Uses a small propane tank, so no need for matches or lighters
- Easy setup and storage
- Can be used as an emergency cooking device if the power goes out
- Low price
- Only two burner heat choices so food could burn if not closely watched
- Burners could stop working if they get wet
2. Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE
Coleman offers a great option for a larger, yet still portable grill. It has a set of wheels which makes it easy to transport to different locations. It weighs 44 pounds and is 32 X 35 X 19 inches. The cooking area is 285 square inches. The grill also collapses so it is easy to store and can easily fit into a car trunk for transport. It also has an ignition button so a match or lighter is not required to light the grill. The grill also offers a side table on each side, which are great for having a place to put accessories or plates. If you are willing to pay some extra money for accessories, this grill allows for switching out the grates. Coleman offers both griddle and stove grates for additional money, which will allow you to cook many different foods on it. Easy set up to get grilling quickly is provided when choosing this grill. The rugged design make this choice an excellent one for tailgating.
- Easily portable
- Easy cleanup
- Large area to cook, can accommodate many servings at once
- Additional grates for griddle and stove can be purchased
- Easy storage in small areas
- No match or lighter needed due to the ignition switch
- Legs and wheels can break over time
- No low heat setting
- Strong winds can blow out the flame
3. Weber 10020 Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill
Weber is another well known and trusted name when it comes to grills and grill accessories. The company has a trusted reputation and has manufactured grills for decades. It weights just 9.5 pounds and is 15.6 X 15.6 X 9 inches in size. This is the first round in shape grill that has made the list. The cooking grate that is included allows for 14 1/2 inches of diameter of cooking area. The grill size can easily handle cooking 3 steaks at once, or up to six hamburgers, so it has a good cooking size even though it is a portable grill option. The grill is coated in porcelain, which will prevent it from rusting. It does not fold down at all to save on space, but it is still easy to transport and store. Overall for it’s size, this grill can accommodate feeding several people all at once, which makes it great for parties as well.
- Easy to transport
- Compact charcoal option
- 10 year warranty comes with purchase
- Can be used outside, but easily stores inside
- Large grilling area for grill size
- Does not rust
- Grill top can dent or scratch
- No accessories or gadgets with it, must be bought separately
4. Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
A great option for a stand alone propane grill would be this one. It requires the use of a full size propane container that will eventually need to be refilled or replaced in order to operate. It is a large grill, with 280 square inches of cooking space. It has 2 stainless steel burners, and weighs 37.5 pounds. The overall size of the grill is 16.9 X 26 X 17.7 inches. The included grates are coated with porcelain which makes clean up easy and also helps prevent food from sticking to them. The grill has a push button start and also has a shelf on the outside of each side of the grill for prep room and storage. The grill has 2 stationery legs and 2 wheels, which allows for easy moving of the grill. You will truly not find a better non table top grill for this price. The price alone makes it a great option if you are looking for more a stationery grilling option.
- Large cooking area
- Easy to control burners
- Great value in pricing
- Easy to assemble
- Made from high quality materials
- Long lasting
- Only one cooking rack
- No portability
- Parts will eventually need to be replaced
5. George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill
George Foreman has been a kitchen appliance name for some time now, and has now entered the grilling world. A removable stand allows for the flexibility of using it year round or in bad weather by being able to bring it indoors. It does need an electrical outlet in order to work. It has 240 square inches of cooking space, which can easily fit up to 15 servings. It weighs 21 pounds and is 22.2 X 20.5 X 13 inches in size. It has a nonstick coating which allows for easy cleanup and keeps food from sticking while it is cooked. It also has five different heat settings, so you can adjust based on the food you are cooking and how fast you want it cooked. The cooking area is sloped, so it helps reduce the fat that is left in cooked food. Removing fat from your food while cooking it will give you multiple health benefits, but the flavor of the food remains once it is cooked. Even with removing the fat, your food will still be tender and juicy by having the different options in heat settings. No other grill we mentioned in our list has that many different heat settings.
- Can be used indoors and outdoors
- Easily transportable when the stand is off
- No need for charcoal, propane or lighters
- Helps remove fat from foods
- Easy to clean
- Must have the electric outlet to use
- No added BBQ flavor to food because it is electric
- Cost is higher than other table top grills
6. Char-Broil Deluxe Portable Liquid Propane Gas Grill
Another great option from Char-Broil comes in this portable, tabletop grill that offers the ability to use small legs that are attached directly to the grill. It has one burner and offers 190 square inches of cooking area. It requires the use of a 16.4 or 14.1 oz propane cylinder. It weighs only 10 pounds and is 12.3 X 24.1 X 15 inches in size. It also comes with a hook for the lid, so you never have to worry about where to put the lid while cooking. Its small size makes it super portable and can be used just about anywhere to cook. The handles are also heat resistant, which makes it more user-friendly and does not require a pot holder to safely cook. It has 11,000 BTU’s of cooking power, which will make cooking times quick. This grill could easily be the top pick if you are looking for portability alone. The mere 10-pound weight of the grill adds to it’s portability and makes it easy for anyone to be able to use this option.
- Can be taken anywhere
- Easy cleanup and no food sticking because it is porcelain coated
- Quick heat up and cooking times
- Push button ignition
- Made from rust-resistant materials
- Large cooking area for grill size
- Only one burner
- Easy to scratch or dent
- Need for the smaller propane tank, which will need to be switched more often and can be harder to find
7. Char-Broil Standard Portable Liquid Propane Gas Grill
A great option for a lower price, portable propane grill is offered in this option from Char-Broil. It requires a 16.4 or 14.1 oz propane cylinder to cook. It weighs only 10 pounds and is 24 X 12 X 15 inches in size. It offers 187 square inches of cooking area, which could easily fit 8 hamburgers at once. It is made of rust resistant material and out of steel, which will last for years. The cooking grate that is included is chrome-plated which allows it to be cleaned easily, and can even go into the dishwasher. It has one 11,000 BTU burner to cook on. Char-Broil has always been an industry leader in larger propane grill options, so the fact that they can offer the convenience of a portable grill at such a low price point makes this option a stand out. They have always been known for their quality products, and this grill option is no different.
- Easy to transport
- Heats up and cooks food quickly
- Low price point
- Simple to operate
- Has a regulator that will need to be replaced over time
- Smaller cooking area
- Single burner
8. Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 Portable TRU-Infrared Liquid Propane Gas Grill
If grilling on the go with the versatility of Infrared heating is for you, this grill from Char-Broil is an excellent choice. It offers 200 square inches of cooking space, which is slightly larger than some other table top options. It weighs 20 pounds and is 23.7 X 15 X 13.6 inches in size. It is from a high-impact frame and cast aluminum firebox, which makes it much more durable than any other table top option we have discussed. It has TRU-Infrared cooking and a temperature gauge. It also has carry handles and stainless steel latches. This grill can use a smaller sized propane tank or a full sized 20 pound propane tank. The burner is 9,500 BTU’s.
- Durable and long lasting
- Will not scratch or dent
- Hidden ignition switch in the leg, which will extend the life of the part
- TRU-Infrared cooking system cooks food evenly, but does not dry food out
- Tool included to clean infrared grate
- Heavy which makes it harder to transport
- No temperature control so food must be watched closely
- Infrared grate is hard to clean if tool is lost
9. Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill
Cuisinart, a well known kitchen appliance brand has now entered the grilling scene with a great portable choice. It has a 5,500 BTU burner and has a 145 square inch grilling area. The legs of the grill fold, which makes it even more portable and easy to carry. It has a cooking grate that is made from porcelain, so the cooking area heats evenly. The grills weighs 13.5 pounds and is 16 X 16.5 X 13 inches in size. The grill heats up quickly and food cooks fairly fast. This grill has a twist start ignition switch, which works quickly and easily. For an additional cost, this grill offers a cover and a stand that can be purchased. This grill can easily cook 8 steaks, or 6-10 chicken breasts or 4 pounds of fish at one time, making it perfect for larger gatherings. The cost of this grill is higher than the others that compare with it, but there is no comparison in appliance brands. Cuisinart has been the leading kitchen appliance brand for years, and many people look at this brand simoly for the quality they offer in their products. Many consumers who are brand loyal, will choose this option just for the brand itself.
- Hinged lid adds convenience
- High quality brand
- Legs have stabilizers, making it safer and more stable
- Will last for many years
- Twist start ingintion switch is easy to use
- Heats up and cooks quickly
- Expensive compared to other tabletop grill choices
- Cooking area is smaller than other tabletop grills
- BTU’s for burner are less than other tabletop grills of the size
10. Blackstone Grills Tailgater - Portable Gas Grill
If a grill that offers the convenience of a portable grill mixed with the added bonus of a griddle sounds like an option that would meet your grilling needs, this grill would be the one for you. The legs of the grill are adjustable, so they can be made stable even on uneven surfaces. The setup of the grill can be changed, so there can be open burners or grill and griddle options. It offers two independent burners, and one can offer 15,000 BTU’s, while the other offers 20,000 BTU’s. It has a heavy duty grill box and cast iron grill grates, making it very durable and long lasting. The grill weighs 75 pounds and is 52 X 24 X 38.5 inches in size. It also has an electric ignition.
- Multiple cooking options
- Can grill and griddle, so traditional BBQ foods and breakfast items like pancakes can be made
- Tons of cooking power
- Can be made stable with moving legs, which adds extra safety
- High price
- Weight makes is difficult to move for some people
Which type of grill do I buy?
That can be answered by deciding how much portability you need versus the space and weight you can accomodate.
Are all tabletop grills the same?
Simply put, no. The construction, materials they are made from and cooking surfaces all vary from grill to grill. Cost comes down to all of these things as well. You get what you pay for is a long standing saying that makes sense when talking about grills. The better the construction of a grill, the more it will cost.
How much cooking area do I need?
In order to answer this, you really need to think about the number of people you cook for on a regular basis. The more the people, the more the food, which means the larger the cooking area you need.
How do I know if I am paying too much?
Shop around once you have selected the grill you want. Most grills are sold at multiple locations, so always compare prices before buying. One store may be significantly more expensive than another for the same exact grill.
Are all grills created the same?
No. Each grill is made with different quality standards. Always know the materials that were put into making the grill you choose and also the brand. Some brands are known for having more quality than others.
Which brand is the best?
There is not an answer to that question. Each brand brings pros and cons to the table with each product they offer. We have narrowed down the grilling choices to only the best, and each brand is a great choice. It really comes down to personal preference. Some consumers are brand loyal, while others look beyond the brand and at each individual unit itself.
The right grill is out there for everyone. Purchasing the right grill can add enjoyment to any gathering or party. There are many options out there, so always make sure you are getting what you need out of your grill when you decide.
We hope that you have enjoyed our listing of the best grills under $200. If you have enjoyed reading our write up, we would love to hear from you on your thoughts about the best grills under $200. Feel free to leave us a comment to tell us what you think and share this article on your social media sites so your friends and family can benefit from our information as well.
We have put a lot of time and effort into researching many different grills. We truly think that we have selected the best of the best, and hope that one of the grills from our list is what you buy to grill with. Our listing of grills makes the best and most sound decisions when looking into a new grill for anyone who wants to spend under $200!