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It’s finally grilling season. And with social distancing guidelines being lifted and larger get-togethers on the menu, now’s your time to represent. Sure, that 10-year-old rusted-out Weber was fine when it was just you and your cats, but times are a-changing. You can’t show your world who the true ruler of the grill is if you have inferior equipment. Fortunately, the team at Mountain Trail is here to help you select the right grill for your budget.

The Basics

You probably already know that the first thing every grill guru must decide on is the fuel they wish to use. The main options are charcoal, pellet, or propane. For the sake of brevity and cleanliness, we’re going to focus on propane. Hauling and storing tanks is much cleaner than briquettes and their associated ash. Pellets are cleaner, but there is still the after effect to be dealt with. Clean burning propane can do no wrong!

The Budget-Friendly Option

Char-Broil Classic 3-Burner Gas Grill. Often going for around $160, this simple propane cooker kicks out 30,000 BTUs of tofu-searing, steak-marking, vegetable-annihilating hotness. Be sure to tie back your hair, wear an apron, and keep the fire extinguisher charged and ready. And don’t forget to grab a cold beer.

The Goldilocks Grill

Weber Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill. This one is just right, the perfect blend of function, build quality, and price. Featuring a thick metal frame, three burners, and 30,000 BTUs, the Weber Spirit II isn’t any hotter than our least expensive option, but it will definitely last longer. And it’s beautiful – the perfect adornment for the balcony or patio that has everything. It’s also compatible with Weber’s iGrill system, which can do everything from displaying burner temps on your smartphone to telling you when it’s time to flip your burgers.


Napoleon Prestige Pro 665 RSIB. If you’re going to go big, you might as well go all in. This $3,000 stainless-steel behemoth pumps out 99,000 BTUs and includes two side burners for heating sauces and sides, an infrared rear section, a smoker tray, and LED Spectrum Night Light Control Knobs, allowing you to dial in your perfect grill lighting. This grill not only does it all, it shows the world grilling is your greatest passion, more important even than groceries, birthday gifts, or gas for your car.

For more tips on entertaining with propane, visit the Mountain Trail blog.