With Spring in the air, many cooks start yearning for the outdoors. Preparing savory dishes on the grill is becoming more and more popular with the wide variety of grills to choose from. Learn from our Chefs’ experience. Best Gas Grill Comparison Buying Guide we discuss.
At our Gourmet Gatherings™ “deliciously fun” hands-on cooking parties, we always ask our guests where people congregate during a party. In the kitchen, of course! The exception to this rule could be if people are outside gathered around a grill. Our chefs took three gas grills (the Napoleon Prestige II 450, the Weber Genesis Silver B, and the Lynx Professional 30-inch model) for a test drive to see how the grills stacked up in terms of performance, appearance, ease of use, and price.
The Lynx Pro 30 grill has exceptional features to enhance your outdoor grilling experience. The powerful red brass burner radiates heat directly through specially designed, pyramid-shaped ceramic briquettes, which are carefully arranged to distribute heat evenly throughout the grilling area. The two-position rotisserie with infrared burner will accommodate a variety of items, and the unique interior electric halogen hood light allows you to grill even after the sun goes down! Other features include a newly designed smoker tray for smoking and flavoring foods, and integrated electrical outlets for rotisserie, and hood lights. The two-piece stainless-steel grates are easily removed for cleaning.
We put each grill through the rigors of cooking fish fillets, hamburgers, and asparagus. The fish came out equally well on the Napoleon and the Lynx grills—flaky and tender with beautiful grill marks. We noticed some “hot spots” on the Weber grill that led to uneven cooking of the fish. It may take some time to learn about your individual grill and where those hot spots are.
The Weber and Napoleon hamburgers were both juicy with moderately dark grill marks. Both seemed delicious until we grilled on the Lynx. The heat of the Lynx grill created a slight crust that contrasted beautifully with the internal juiciness of the meat. Thus, the Lynx burger was a clear winner!
The taste and appearance of the asparagus were very similar across the board. The major difference was the cooking time. The Lynx grill, with its 50,000 BTUs, was able to cook the asparagus to perfection in about eight minutes. The Napoleon and Weber grills took a few minutes longer for the same results.
At 670 square inches of cooking excellence, the Napoleon Prestige II will be the envy of your neighborhood. You can use it as an oven, grill, smoker, stovetop, rotisserie, and barbecue. You’ll appreciate the grill’s heavy-duty, patented 16 gauge, stainless-steel burners, and full-width, galvanized steel drip pan that channels excess drippings into a removable grease cup for easy cleanup. A totally enclosed galvanized cart with weather-resistant powder coat paint hides the tank and safely stores it out of the way. The grill is available in midnight black, green and blue enamel or stainless-steel with matching double-walled CONTOUR™ door.
Appearance and Ease of Use
All three grills have easy electric ignition that start with the push of a button. The Weber grill has three burners with a total of 44,000 BTUs (all grills tested used propane gas tanks but are available in natural gas models). The Weber grill is available in black, green, and dark blue. The grill has one plastic side table with an additional flip-up work surface. Tool and condiment holders are close at hand. The large plastic knobs along the right side of the grill were easy to handle, although the icons indicating heat level took some time to get used to. The Weber model is fairly light and can be easily wheeled around. The grill has an easy-to-read fuel gauge that lets you know when it is time to replace the tank. We found that replacing the fuel on all three grills is an easy process of disconnecting the old tank and snapping in a new tank.
The Napoleon grill has a smooth look with a stainless-steel hood and doors. It has three bottom burners with 42,000 combined BTUs and a rear infrared burner that has 19,000 BTUs. The grill rods have a unique curved design that makes it harder for food to fall through the grates. This was much appreciated while grilling asparagus! The solid rod system led to more even cooking since rods retain more heat than stamped metal. The grill comes with a heavy-duty rotisserie set, and two Formica work shelves complete with tool hooks—easy to clean but not as sturdy-looking as the rest of the grill. Stainless-steel shelves would contribute more to the overall look of the grill. The Napoleon grill comes with locking wheels for easy mobility and will remain secure once you have decided on a location for the grill. Grill covers are available for all grills but are at an additional cost.
The Lynx is the sleekest and most professional-looking of the three grills with its tank-like stainless steel exterior. The Lynx grill uses a combination of burners and specially manufactured briquettes to ensure very even heating. The briquettes even add a bit of smoky flavor that many people miss when cooking on a gas grill. Included with the Lynx are a rotisserie and a smoker. Another notable feature is that the hood was cool to the touch after 45 minutes of cooking. The Lynx also has two stainless steel side tables. Once you choose a location for your Lynx grill, it will most likely stay there for a long time, because it weighs approximately 400 pounds.
Weber 46110001 Spirit E-210 LP Gas Grill
The Weber Spirit LP gas grill brings the convenience and precision of gas cooking to the great outdoors. This grill has enough cooking space for grilling gourmets to comfortably cook six large steaks, but the real value in this grill lies in its durability. The porcelain-coated steel lid is exceptionally strong and designed never to rust, fade, or peel. Three long-lasting stainless-steel burners-each with its own temperature control-cook meals evenly and efficiently. And the heat- and weather-resistant plastic work surfaces, handles, and wheels stand up to years of use.
with a limited lifetime warranty.
Anyone of these grills would be a terrific addition to your outdoor living space. If you want a grill with good performance from a well-known manufacturer that can be moved around and doesn’t break the bank, you have what you need in the Weber grill. Go with the Napoleon grill if you want a solid performer with great customer service. If you want a showpiece with the added features of the rotisserie and smoker and price is not a concern, the Lynx may be the best option for you. Whatever grill you choose, make sure that it satisfies your individual needs. Once you have made a purchase, don’t be surprised if your home becomes the place to be this summer! Best Gas Grill Comparison Buying Guide.