Many people disagree over whether using charcoal or gas is the superior method for backyard barbequing. At BBQ Digest, we believe that both have their pros and cons, but are equally warranted. To prove it, we’ve put together this list of the best grills under $2000 currently available.
In general, a gas grill offers more efficiency, control and predictability. It’s very easy to control all of the cooking variables and cook your food with extreme precision. Another advantage is that they start up almost instantly, compared to the twenty to thirty minute period of waiting for a charcoal fire to burn down into usable embers.
With all that being said, however, cooking with charcoal offers a much more visceral experience which gas grills can’t hope to match. Building a fire, lighting it, watching it burn down and then cooking over those coals appeals to something ancient in all of us, and that’s hard to recreate with a propane tank. Charcoal also imbues whatever you’re cooking with a rich smokiness that can’t really be emulated without all sorts of added extras.
Now at this price point you’re getting the crème de la crème of grilling equipment. With gas grills this means insane features like infrared burners, massive grilling areas and enough BTUs to fire a rocket. Charcoal grills are generally much simpler pieces of equipment and won’t even push the $1000 mark, but they still contain some details that elevate them above being a mere fire pit.
Fired up? Let’s take a look at a few of the best grills under $2000.
Editor’s Top Pick for Best Grills Under $2,000: Broil King Regal S590 Pro Gas Grill
It’s difficult to decide which is best between gas or charcoal, but if there can only be one then it has to be the Broil King Regal S590 Pro. Massive, solidly built and extremely high-performing, this gas grill is a proudly American piece of cooking equipment that can provide beautifully seared steaks for the whole neighbourhood.
Ranking Table: Our 5 Best Grills Under $2,000
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|Pros, Cons & BBQ Digest Award
Broil King Regal S590 Pro Gas Grill
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+ Huge grilling area
+ Comes equipped with Broil King’s innovative Flav-R-Wave cooking system
+ 80,000 BTUs
– May be too big for small apartments or backyards
Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill
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|Best Charcoal Grill
+ Has all the same features as the classic Weber kettle grill
+ Includes a massive workspace and instant ignition
+ Convenient bin for charcoal storage
– Requires propane in order to make use of the igniter
Weber Genesis II S-435 4-Burner Liquid Propane Grill
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|Best Weber Gas Grill
+ Massive grilling area with 844 square inches of space
+ Comes standard with Weber’s GS4 high performance grilling system
+ Equipped with iGrill3 technology so you can monitor grill metrics from your smartphone
– Assembly of the grill can be slightly difficult
Kamado Joe Charcoal Grill
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|Best Kamado Grill
+ Constructed entirely from ceramic for superior heat retention
+ Utilizes wood lump charcoal in order to infuse food with a smoky flavor
+ Versatile cooking styles – can grill, smoke, as well as bake food
– Primary cooking surface isn’t the biggest
Napoleon Grills Prestige 500 Propane Gas Grill
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|Best Sear Marks
+ Four main burners and two infrared burners Sizzle zone side burner for perfect steak searing
+ Stainless steel sear plates, cooking rods and construction
– Lengthy assembly time
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Broil King Regal S590 Pro Gas Grill – Editor’s Choice
If you want a grill that not only performs well but looks great as well, then Broil King’s Regal S590 Pro Gas Grill is the model you want. With 625 square inches of primary cooking surface and a combined total output of 80,000 BTUs, there’s almost nothing that this grill can’t handle.
Equipped with five stainless steel dual-tube burners the S590 is designed to distribute heat evenly to avoid hot and cold spots. Broil King’s innovative Flav-R-Wave cooking system protects the burners while also vaporizing any drippings and channeling them back into your food for that ultimate smoky barbeque flavor. The grill also uses solid rod 9mm stainless steel cooking grids for retaining heat and providing your food with that perfect steakhouse sear.
The grill offers precise temperature control with the built-in lid thermometer, and maintaining control at night is also easy thanks to the blue LED-lit control knobs. Other noteworthy features include the rear rotisserie burner as well as the side burner which allows you to roast chickens and prepare vegetables effortlessly.
The cart itself is solidly built out of stainless steel, and will easily last more than a few seasons despite what the elements throw at it. The bottom storage not only neatly hides your propane tank, but also offers ample storage space for all of your grilling accessories. The cart also comes with four locking casters and leg-levellers giving you full mobility as well as incredible stability.
Features at a glance:
- 625 square inches of primary cooking surface
- Five stainless steel dual-tube burners and Flav-R-Wave cooking system
- Solid rod 9mm stainless steel cooking grids for great heat retention and bold sear marks
- 55,000 BTU main burner output
- 10,000 BTU side burner
- 15,000 BTU rear rotisserie burner
- 625 square inches of primary cooking area
- Blue LED-lit control knobs
Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill – Best Charcoal Grill
While many people would say that Weber hit perfection with their original kettle grill, the company still managed to improve upon it with the Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill. With many of the same features, including a 22-inch diameter porcelain-enameled bowl and lid, and 363 square inches of grilling space, this grill still has the same feel of the classic.
However, Weber pulled out all the stops in order to elevate the original to a whole new level. The Performer Deluxe contains a number of luxury features which aren’t really found on ordinary, run-of-the-mill charcoal grills.
Starting the fire, for example, usually requires getting your hands dirty and risking singeing your fingertips in order to achieve ignition. But with the electronic Touch-N-Go ignition system, you can light fires instantly with the push of a button.
The Performer Deluxe also comes equipped with a removable LCD cooking timer which allows you to keep track of how long your food has been on the fire for. You can easily monitor and control the internal temperature thanks to the built-in lid thermometer as well as the aluminium dampers built into the lid. And if you need to prepare food, you can do so on the massive workspace built onto the cart, another feature that the original lacks.
Cleaning up after grilling is a breeze thanks to the One-Touch cleaning system and removable ash catcher. You can also store all of your leftover charcoal for the next barbeque and keep it safe from the elements in the convenient charcoal storage bin.
Features at a glance:
- Electronic Touch-N-Go powered ignition system
- 22-inch diameter porcelain-enameled bowl and lid
- 363 square inches of cooking space
- Aluminized steel One-Touch cleaning system with removable, high-capacity, aluminum ash catcher
- Removable LCD cook timer
- Built-in lid thermometer
- Convenient charcoal storage bin
- Massive workspace for food prep
Weber Genesis II S-435 4-Burner Liquid Propane Grill – Best Weber Gas Grill
With a massive combined total cooking surface of 844 square inches, there’s pretty much nothing that won’t fit in the Weber Genesis II S-435. The grill utilizes four stainless steel high-performance burners, one side burner and one sear station burner in order to produce 69,000 BTUs of power. Its solid stainless steel rod cooking grates provide even heat distribution and incredible sear marks to whatever kisses its surface.
Like all models in the Genesis range, the Genesis II comes standard with the GS4 high performance grilling system. This includes the infinity ignition for instant startups, high-performance burners, stainless steel flavorizer bars that infuse vapors back into your food, and an integrated grease management system.
The grill uses liquid propane as a fuel source, which is conveniently stored in the lower storage cabinet. There’s also plenty of room in there to keep condiments and other grilling accessories. The cart itself is solidly constructed, and also has two highly durable wheels and two locking casters for enhanced mobility.
Lastly, it’s worth pointing out that this grill is smart. Equipped with iGrill3 technology, you can throw a steak on the Sear Station while monitoring it from your smartphone. This means you can be grabbing extra snacks inside without having to worry if your food is burning.
Features at a glance:
- 844 square inches of cooking surface including tuck-away warming rack
- GS4 high performance grilling system featuring infinity ignition, high-performance burners, stainless steel flavorizer bars and a grease management system
- 4 stainless steel high-performance burners, 1 side burner and 1 sear station burner deliver up to 69,000 BTUs of combined output
- 7mm diameter solid stainless steel rod cooking grates for superior heat retention
- iGrill3 ready
- 10 year warranty
Kamado Joe Charcoal Grill – Best Kamado Grill
Many people prefer a Kamado grill over a kettle grill. If you’re one of those people, then you can’t go wrong with the Kamado Joe Charcoal Grill.
The benefits of a Kamado grill, and the Kamado Joe in particular, are myriad. To start with, the entire grill is constructed from ceramic rather than porcelain-enameled steel, and the walls tend to be much thicker. This creates superior heat retention, meaning you don’t have to use as much charcoal in order to achieve the same high temperatures as a kettle grill.
Secondly, the Kamado Joe is extremely versatile and can cook food in three different styles. Move the charcoal basket in order to make use of separate cooking zones to decide whether you’d like to grill, bake or smoke your food. You can manipulate the airflow and achieve precise temeprature control by using the Kontrol Tower Top Vent and the dampers in the bottom of the grill.
The grill uses natural lump charcoal as its fuel source, which delivers a naturally smoke-infused flavor. It’s ideal for low and slow barbeque, beautifully-seared steaks or even a wood-fired pizza.
The grill itself sits upon a solidly built cart that allows for excellent mobility. Two side shelves with accompanying hooks mean you’ll always have a space for your grilling accessories, food waiting to go on the flames, and, of course, your beer.
Features at a glance:
- Constructed from ceramic for heat retention and fuel efficiency
- Charcoal basket allows for separate cooking zones
- Kontrol Tower Top Vent provides airflow control
- Air lift hinge aids in lifting the heavy lid
- Multiple cooking options including grilling, smoking and baking
- 18 inch diameter of cooking space
- Built-in temperature gauge
Napoleon Grills Prestige 500 Propane Gas Grill – Best Sear Marks
The Napoleon Grills Prestige 500 Propane Gas Grill is, like other grills on this list, the real deal. It’s an extremely powerful grilling tool equipped with four main burners, one infrared rear burner and one infrared side burner that produces over 78,500 BTUs of heat. With this and the iconic stainless steel WAVE cooking grids, the grill is able to produce distinctive sear marks only found on Napoleon grills.
The number and sheer variety of burners give the option of grilling in a variety of styles, and with 900 square inches of cooking space there’s not much that won’t fit under the lid. To protect the burners, prevent flare ups and instantly vaporize drippings, the Prestige 500 uses staggered stainless steel sear plates.
The entire grill is constructed from beautiful stainless steel, and extends to the cart and generously-sized side shelves as well. The shelves feature an integrated towel bar that doubles as a condiment or drink holder, ensuring you always have a cold beer on hand. One side shelf also holds the infrared sizzle zone side burner while the other away for convenient storage.
Other noteworthy features include the soft touch control knobs and jetfire ignition system which enables instant startups with the push of a button. The Prestige 500 also comes with a heavy duty rotisserie kit, meaning you can cooking preparing birds and other roasts straight away.
Features at a glance:
- 78,500 BTU’s
- 900 Square Inches of total cooking space
- Four main burners, one infrared rear burner and one infrared side burner
- Stainless steel WAVE cooking grids
- Heavy duty rotisserie kit included
- Soft touch control knobs
- Jetfire ignition system
- Sturdy stainless steel construction
How To Choose The Best Grill Under $2000: A Buyer’s Guide
Buying one of the best grills under $2000 is not a quick decision. Before you spend this amount of money you should know precisely what you’re buying. To help demystify the process, we’ve put together this little buyer’s guide to illustrate the importance of certain factors when buying a grill.
The materials that your grill is constructed from are probably one of the most important factors when buying a grill. Next to how you clean and maintain your grill, It’s going to be the main determining factor in how long you can expect your grill to function for.
Generally grills in this price range will either be made entirely of stainless steel, or at least be coated in stainless steel in order to protect it from rust and deterioration. If the grill you have in mind is made from other materials, make sure that they’re rust- and corrosion-resistant. There’s nothing worse than buying an expensive grill only to have it crumble from rust after only a year of use.
Number of burners
The number of burners that your grill has is going to determine two things. Firstly, it will tell you how powerful the grill is in terms of heat output. And secondly, it will inform you as to how many people you can expect to cook for (the total primary cooking surface of the grill is also a factor here).
Think carefully about the type of foods you expect to grill and how much direct or indirect heat they will require, as well as the number of people you expect to cook for. This will help you decide how many burners you need. Keep in mind that the more burners your grill has, the more propane or natural gas that it will require to run at full tilt.
This may or may not be an important factor to you, but many people like their grills to at least be somewhat mobile. If it is important to you then make sure that the grill has at least two large, preferably rubber wheels that can easily move and support its large weight. The grill should also come with casters which are equally important for keeping the grill stationary and stable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which are the companies currently making the best grills?
In no particular order, you can rest assured that you’re buying a quality grill if you purchase it from:
- Broil King
- Royal Gourmet
How do I take care of my grill?
To ensure that you get the longest possible use out of your grill, it’s important to clean and maintain it regularly. Whether it’s a gas grill or a charcoal grill, it’s important to let the burner or fire burn for 15 to 20 minutes once you’re finished grilling. This will vaporize all of the food remains, and make it easy to scrub the grates of your grill clean using a brush.
Using a vinegar or tried and tested cleaning solution, wipe down your grill after use. If you use a charcoal grill, ensure that you empty out all of the ashes before you do this step.
Once you’ve cleaned your grill it’s important that you cover it. This will ensure that no matter your grill will be protected regardless of the weather conditions. You can usually get a quality cover from the same company that designed and produced your grill.
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