Best Gas Grills

FRESNO, Calif.

A passion for grilling is what fueled John Cavallo's very own catering business.

John Cavallo said, "I just love it. Words can't explain why I love grilling so much."

Whether you're grilling for work or your family, having a good grill is critical.

Lucky for grill enthusiasts, Consumer Reports spent the last few months testing gas grills to find the best.

Steaks are seared to see how well the grills perform at high temperatures and to check for flare-ups. Tests show grills with grates like this closer to the heat source are more likely to flare up. Salmon is cooked to see how well a grill can handle low temperatures, and so is chicken.

Celia Kuperszmid Lehrman said, "We also look at a grill's ability to cook indirectly. And that's because more people are slow grilling foods likes whole roasts and whole chickens."

Consumer Reports evaluated features, too.

Lehrman said, "More manufactures are touting infrared burners, but in our tests we haven't found that they really perform any better than standard burners, and some of them can get too hot and you could end up burning your food."

Cast-iron grates like these or stainless steel sear well and keep temperatures more consistent. A side burner is a nice convenience, too. And a gauge that shows how much propane is left in the tank is another handy feature.

In the end, Consumer Reports recommends several gas grills.

Among them, this medium-sized Aussie Vantage Series 67C3. While it doesn't have a fuel-tank gauge, it's got a side burner and stainless-steel grates. And at $250 it's a Consumer Reports Best Buy.

If you tend to cook for larger crowds, say 30 burgers at a time or more, Consumer Reports named the $380 Brinkmann 810-1575-W a Best Buy. It has coated cast-iron grates and a rotisserie burner, too. It's available at Walmart.

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