June 30, 2020

When buying a gas griller, you want something that lasts a lifetime. The first question you should ask is this: is it made of stainless steel? If it is, you’re off to a good start. We’ve compiled the best stainless gas grills below to give you our greatest picks.


8 Best Stainless Steel Grills Reviews

1. Summerset Alturi ALT42T 42" Stainless Steel 3 Burner Built-In Gas Grill w/ Rotisserie - Best Overall

 Summerset Alturi ALT42T 42 Stainless Steel 3 Burner Built-In Gas Grill w Rotisserie

Great design, well-thought-out features, and solid construction. This product from the Summerset Alturi line is definitely the best we’ve tested.

It has 304 stainless steel construction, cast red brass burners, thick 9mm cooking grates, and a heavy-duty double-lined, spring-assisted hood. These things alone make this stainless steel gas grill an extremely durable piece of cooking equipment.

But it’s not all looks and make. Each of the three burners generates 26,000 BTUs of cooking power. There’s also an 18,000 BTU rear infrared sear station for rotisserie cooking and a 7,000 BTU smoker burner for smoking meats. Whatever the cooking technique, this grill can handle it.

A number of other features we like are the easy-glide drip tray, built-in temperature gauge, ceramic briquette trays, and the reliable flame-thrower ignition. The heat zone separators are a special one too, allowing you to cook different types of meat at the same time. 

All the essentials are right here, making it the best stainless steel grill in our books. 

Pros:

  • Extremely durable construction
  • Cast red brass burners
  • Powerful BTU rating
  • Excellent performance
  • A spacious cooking area at 1,100 square inches
  • Includes a sear station and a smoker burner
  • Front panel LED lighting
  • Internal halogen lighting
  • Built-in temperature gauge

Cons:

  • Size may be  too big for smaller parties

2. American Muscle Grill AMG54 54" Stainless Steel 8 Burner Built-In Gas Grill w/ Cover - Best Large Option

American Muscle Grill AMG54 54 Stainless Steel 8 Burner Built-In Gas Grill w Cover

If you need an extremely heavy-duty grill that can handle huge parties or a massive number of customers, this American Muscle grill is just what you need.

With eight burners, this grill gives you a whopping 1,687 square inches of grilling surface. Each burner generates 22,000 BTU of heat and is constructed of 14 gauge 304 stainless steel, giving you the toughest performance when you need it.

The thing we loved the most when we tested this product out is the burn-it-all feature. It has a unique Multi-Fuel Tray that allows grilling with any combination of solid fuels. 

Whether you want to cook with charcoal, wood chunks, pellets, natural gas, or propane, this grill has no problem with using it all. And with the reversible 9 Gauge V-shaped grates, it’s one of the most versatile grills you can get.

This grill also has a bunch of other features, including a rotisserie kit, interior, and exterior lighting, and a reliable flame thrower valve ignition.

Pros:

  • Solid stainless steel construction
  • 8 14-gauge burners
  • Massive cooking surface at 1687 square inches
  • Versatile Multi-Fuel Tray system
  • Maximum grilling horsepower
  • Heats up fast
  • 9 gauge V-shaped grates
  • Double-lined hood
  • With an infrared sear station

Cons:

  • 8 burner grills aren’t for everyone

3. Solaire SOL-IR17B Anywhere 21" Stainless Steel Portable Infrared Gas Grill w/ Carrying Bag - Best Portable Grill

 Solaire SOL-IR17B Anywhere 21 Stainless Steel Portable Infrared Gas Grill w Carrying Bag

While backyards are the popular spot for cookouts, portable stainless steel grills give you the option to have your BBQ night anywhere you want. So whether you’re camping, off-roading, or boating somewhere, you can happily enjoy delicious steaks and burgers.

The Solaire Anywhere 21” is as portable as it gets. It weighs just 20 lbs. and its dimensions are just 21 x 13 x 12. You won’t have a hard time carrying this anywhere, especially with the carrying bag already included in the package. 

You’ll even find three pockets in the bag for three propane bottles, which you do have to buy separately.

Despite the portable size of this grill, it’s still made from durable 20-gauge 304 commercial-grade stainless steel. Wherever you bring this grill, it can handle the elements outdoors. 

You also get 14,000 BTUs of infrared cooking power, which helps trap the juices inside the meat and prevents it from drying out. 

This grill also happens to be our favorite portable grill among Solaire models.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Made of 30-gauge 304 commercial-grade stainless steel
  • 140 square inches cooking surface
  • Infrared technology cooks food fast
  • Keeps meat juices trapped inside
  • Can reach high temperatures of up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 14,000-BTU burner
  • Includes a carrying bag

Cons:

  • Propane bottles are bought separately

4. Blaze Professional 24" Stainless Steel Built-In Gas Grill BLZ-2PRO - The Small Option

 Blaze Professional 24 Stainless Steel Built-In Gas Grill BLZ-2PRO

If you want a small stainless steel grill but not necessarily a portable one, the Blaze Professional 24” is a popular choice among people who have limited space.

Although it’s smaller in size compared to some other grills on this list, that doesn’t mean its features are compromised. It’s still made from the extremely durable 304 cast stainless steel, so it will definitely last for a long time.

Each of the main burners generates 18,000 BTU of cooking power, with an additional 10,000 BTU for the rear rotisserie burner. We were impressed that Blaze still managed to include a rotisserie burner and kit on this grill despite its compact size.

With 816 square inches of total cooking surface, you won’t have to worry about serving a large number of people. There’s also a removable warming rack that will help keep things warm and toasty.

This grill comes with a bunch of features including a flame-thrower ignition, distinctive temperature zones, flame stabilizing grids, illuminated control knobs, and interior lights for easy night cooking.

Pros:

  • Compact size is ideal for limited spaces
  • Durable constructions
  • Includes a rear sear station for added cooking space
  • Roomy cooking area of 816 square inches
  • Removable warming rack
  • Heat zone separators
  • Front panel lighting and interior lighting
  • Rotisserie kit with a waterproof motor

Cons:

  • The cooking surface may still be a little cramped for serving a big crowd

5. Fire Magic Echelon Diamond E790s Freestanding Gas Grill with Double Side Burner

 Fire Magic Echelon Diamond E790s Freestanding Gas Grill with Double Side Burner

For those who love a side burner, the Fire Magic Echelon Diamond E790s is a great option that’s packed with functions and convenient features.

Its cast stainless steel E burners are tough, delivering a total of 96,000 BTUs of cooking power. There’s also a rear sear station with 13,000 BTUs, and a double side burner with 15,000 BTUs. The cooking surface is ample at 792 square inches, plus a warming rack of 288 square inches.

Fire Magic’s exclusive touch lies with the Diamond Sear Cooking Grids, which have a flat top for providing a more even heat. The Flavour Grids are a staple too, which are similar to the flavorizer bars of Weber. 

Storage space and convenience are some of the advantages of this grill compared to others. It has two storage drawers, fold-down side shelves, stainless steel cabinets, and towel and tool holders. As such, you can keep all your grilling tools and paraphernalia close at hand.

All factors considered, this product is one of the best stainless steel grills we’ve used.

Pros:

  • Stainless steel construction
  • Exclusive Diamond Sear Cooking Grids
  • Flavor Grids for flavor enhancement
  • 15,000 BTU double side burner
  • Roomy cooking surface at 792 square inches
  • Warming rack
  • Storage drawers
  • Side shelves
  • Angled halogen internal lights
  • Charcoal smoker basket included

Cons:

  • Some find a side burner unnecessary

6. TEC Patio FR 44” Stainless Steel Built-In Infrared Gas Grill

 TEC Patio FR 44 Stainless Steel Built-In Infrared Gas Grill

Infrared technology has been an essential part of the grills industry since the 1960s, and it has proven to be a great alternative to traditional grilling methods. It heats up fast, cooks fast, keeps moisture in, and it reaches soaring temperatures of 900°F, sometimes more.

If you think that’s what you need, the TEC Patio FR stainless steel infrared grill matches your needs. It has two fuel-efficient burners that use less fuel yet cooks as high as 900 degrees. You also don’t have to wait too long to grill, as it can reach its highest temperature in 10 minutes.

This grill comes with 592 square inches of cooking surface, allowing you to cook about 32 burgers at the same time. This surface can also be used as a conventional stove, eliminating the need for a side burner.

Infrared grills such as this are popular because they have no hot or cold spots. Even heat is provided throughout the grill, so food is cooked perfectly every time.

Pros:

  • 100 percent stainless steel construction
  • Infrared technology
  • High temperature
  • Ample cooking surface at 592 square inches
  • Fast pre-heat times
  • Self-cleaning cooking surface
  • Flare-resistant design
  • Even heat distribution
  • Cooks food fast

Cons:

  • Infrared grills can be more expensive than traditional gas grills

7. MHP TJK2 Gas Grill on Stainless Steel Column

 MHP TJK2 Gas Grill on Stainless Steel Column

Need something lightweight that you can easily move around in your backyard? This MHP grill gives you exactly this.

It has a stainless steel hood with aluminum end caps, providing greater stability. The cooking grids and the H-type burners are stainless steel as well, so you’re sure they didn’t compromise on material despite the accessible price.

The entire grill generates 40,000 BTUs per hour, giving you a decent amount of cooking power for a 2-burner model. A convenient Sta-Kool handle is also included, making it easy to open and close the hood as well.

You get 642 square inches of cooking surface on this grill. If you’re serving an average-sized party, that’s more than enough for your needs. The FlavorMaster porcelain briquettes are a great extra. Like Weber’s flavorizer bars, these offer true BBQ flavor while minimizing flare-ups

Overall, this product is one of the best stainless steel grills out there. 

Pros:

  • Easy to move around
  • High-profile stainless steel construction
  • A good amount of cooking power
  • Sta-Kool handle for easy opening and closing of the lid
  • Generous cooking surface at 642 square inches
  • FlavorMaster porcelain briquettes
  • Swing-away warming rack

Cons:

  • Some may prefer a built-in model

8. Mont Alpi MAI-400D 32" Stainless Steel Deluxe 4 Burner Grill Outdoor Kitchen Island

 Mont Alpi MAI-400D 32 Stainless Steel Deluxe 4 Burner Grill Outdoor Kitchen Island

A full outdoor kitchen island may be the best product for those who want a luxury outdoor grilling experience. Surprisingly, the Mont Alpi MAI-400D comes at an accessible price, but the looks don’t reflect that at all.

The island cabinetry has a standout finish and design, wrapped in weatherproof faux white marble. That makes it look lavish without the high cost. 

It doesn’t hold back on functions either. There are four stainless steel main burners, a rotisserie burner, and a ceramic infrared side burner. You really have all the cooking space you need. 

While a side burner is not really a necessity, it’s a nice extra on a stainless steel grill. You can use a side burner for sauces, fish, and a bunch of other food items.

We also love the variety of features this product has, including a warming rack, front panel lighting, interior lighting, 8mm cooking grates, gliding rubber castor wheels, easy-access grease trays, rotisserie kit with an electric motor, a white granite chopping board, and a weather cover.

Pros:

  • High-quality materials
  • Luxurious faux white marble design
  • Rotisserie burner
  • Ceramic infrared side burner
  • Interior and exterior lighting
  • Big cooking area
  • Heavy-duty cooking grates
  • Included rotisserie kit
  • With temperature gauge
  • Accessible price

Cons:

  • Some might not have the outdoor space for an entire kitchen island

Stainless Steel Grill Buying Guide

Before you make a final buying decision, there are a few things you should consider to make sure you’re making the best purchase. We’ve done your homework for you so you know what to look for when buying a stainless steel gas grill. 

We’ve also answered some of the most common questions customers have to make sure everything is covered.

Number of Burners

Having more burners gives you more flexibility in operating your grill. Since the temperature of each burner can be controlled independently, more burners would give you more heat zones to work with.

The number of burners on a grill can also be directly related to the cooking area or the cooking space. A three or four-burner would be larger than, say, 2 burners. Generally speaking, your cooking area would be larger if you have more burners. For instance, the Broil King Regal S590 Pro has 5 burners, giving it a cooking area of 875 square inches.

Cooking Space

Continuing on with our previous point, the cooking space of a grill is another important thing to consider. You want to be able to cook food with ample cooking space, so it’s something you should definitely look into when buying a grill.

Think about your personal grilling needs. Do you need to cook food for a high number of guests? Or are you just serving your closest friends and family? 

If you’re only grilling for a small number of people, 200 to 400 square inches of cooking space is enough. But if you’re grilling food for large parties [1], see to it that you buy a grill with a cooking space of at least 500 square inches.

See if a four or five-burner grill is better suited for your needs.

skewers holding meat with some garnish

Heat

A common specification people see when they buy stainless steel gas grills is the BTU rating. This indicates the cooking power of a grill, but it doesn’t equate to how hot a grill can get.

Also, a higher BTU per hour means your grill would be consuming more fuel. But the great thing about high BTU grills is that they heat up more evenly and more efficiently when you’re grilling. 

The general rule of thumb here is to get a grill that has at least 100 BTU per square inch. 

Cooking Grates

The construction of the cooking grates is important when buying grills as well. Cast iron, stainless steel, and porcelain-coated cast iron or stainless steel are the most common materials used. Let’s quickly talk about the differences between each.

  • Cast iron. Cast iron cooking grates are a popular option for a good reason. Basically, cast iron is able to retain heat for a longer time, making it more efficient.
  • Porcelain-coated cast iron or stainless steel. This is less expensive, but it can be more prone to chipping. Many grills from Broil King and Monument Grills have porcelain-coated cooking grates.
  • Stainless steel. This is a common material that’s durable and relatively inexpensive. When not properly maintained, stainless steel cooking grates can roughen up and lose its non-stick capabilities, so make sure you always clean them after use.

  • Brand Name

    When buying grills (gas, charcoal, or otherwise), one of the things we look at is the brand name. Of course, we want to buy a grill from a reputable company with a considerable history of making products that are of high quality.

    Some notable product names in the grilling industry include Blaze, Fire Magic, Summerset, American Muscle, Char-Broil, Broil King, and Monument Grills. 

    These companies have a wide range of grill products and grill accessories to choose from, so every kind of griller is sure to find a model that fits their needs.

    close-up of a burger and some fries

    Features

    The grill you choose would always depend on your needs and preferences. So aside from the cooking power, cooking space, and construction, a grill may also have a bunch of features for convenience or to help the overall performance of the grill. 

    Some of the features you may want include:

  • Temperature gauge. This is a useful feature if you’re grilling dishes that require specific temperatures or cooking times. Not every grill comes with a built-in temperature gauge, so you may have to buy a separate one and install it on your grill.
  • Side shelves. This may come in handy if you need extra working space to prep your food or place your utensils.
  • Side burner. Your grill can come with a side burner like the Monument Grills 17842, or you can purchase a separate side burner and attach it to your grill.
  • Flavor Grids or Flavorizer Bars. Aside from vaporizing the juices to enhance flavor, these features also help minimize flare-ups and grease fires.
  • Storage space. If you want all your grill accessories and cooking tools nearby when you’re grilling, you can opt for freestanding grills like the Broil King 958344. 

  • Fuel Type 

    You can either choose a natural gas grill or a propane gas grill. There are certain advantages and drawbacks to both, so it’s really up to you which one you’ll choose.

    A natural gas grill would require a gas line installation in your home, so that poses additional costs that not everyone is willing to pay. However, a good advantage of this is you will always have fuel ready at hand. 

    This adds a convenience factor, unlike the propane gas grill where you have to go out and refill the tank when you run out of fuel.

    On the other hand, a propane gas grill wouldn’t require a gas line installment but you do have to go to a chain store and fill up the propane tank when it’s running low. 

    While this is easy to do, it can be embarrassing to run out of fuel when you’re grilling in the middle of a party. 

    However, the advantage of a propane gas grill over a natural gas grill is the portability. The propane tank essentially travels with the grill, so you’re free to move your grill around in the backyard.

    Whichever you choose, make sure it matches your needs. If you change your mind in the future, there are grill options out there that sell a separate conversion kit if you want to switch to a different type of fuel.

    Price

    Grills come in a variety of prices, from below $1,000 to above $10,000. A lot of factors play into this, including the number of burners, grill size, construction, features, and brand name.

    While more expensive grills tend to have more premium features, that doesn’t mean they’re better than cheaper grills. There are budget grilling options you can find out there that may offer the same functionality that higher-end models have.

    But that’s not to say you should purchase the cheapest grill you can find. Always look at what the grill brings to the table, and price should just come after that. 

    Customer Reviews

    One of the best things you can do to determine if a stainless steel grill is legit is to read customer reviews. There are tons of forums and sales pages online that you can check.

    Reading customer reviews allows you to see what other customers have to say about a grill. Did they have a good or bad experience? Did they find the grill worth its price? Did they get the grill in good condition? Did the grill meet the performance expected of it? 

    These questions are usually answered by customer feedback, so that’s one thing to consider as well.

    different meats served on table with some drinks

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the benefits of stainless steel grills?

    A major benefit of a stainless steel grill is the extreme durability. Not all steel grills are made of stainless steel. Some only have chrome-plated or powder-coated steel. These can deteriorate faster and show signs of rust and corrosion early on.

    With stainless steel, however, a grill is more resistant to rusting and corrosion. You must remember that you’re placing your grill outdoors where it’s exposed to the sun, rain, snow, and other harmful environmental elements. 

    Stainless steel is a strong material that can handle the tough elements, so having a grill with stainless steel not only on the housing but the components as well ensures longevity.

    Are stainless steel grates better?

    Stainless steel grates have a smooth surface texture that prevents the meat from sticking to it. Lean cuts of meat can stick to grates when you try to flip them, but this doesn’t happen with stainless steel grates. 

    Additionally, this material heats up fast as well, allowing you to start grilling in just a few minutes.

    One thing you need to remember about these grates is they can lose their non-stick capabilities over time, so make sure you’re not rubbing too aggressively whenever you clean the grates. 

    Can you use stainless steel grills regularly?

    Yes. You won’t have any problems with using a stainless steel grill on a regular basis. If you’re running a restaurant, for example, you would need to use the grill everyday. There’s absolutely no problem with that, but you can also use it only for the occasional cookout.

    Are stainless steel gas grilles safe?

    Yes, it’s completely safe to use a stainless steel grill. They’re made of high-quality parts and materials that can handle heavy-duty usage and load. You can use them for long hours and you won’t have any problems at all. Just remember to let the burners cool down after use.

    bratwurst served with bread on plate

    Do I get a manual with my stainless steel grill?

    Yes, your grill would come with a manual that contains all the reminders and instructions to using the grill properly. The manual will have everything you need to know about the functions and features of your grill.

    What’s the difference between 304 and 430 stainless steel?

    There are different types of stainless steel that are used in grills, most common of which are the 304 and 430 grade.   

    304 stainless steel, or widely known as “commercial grade” stainless steel, uses 18-percent chromium and 8-percent nickel in its formulation. It’s extremely durable and it handles heat better. 

    This material is a popular choice among grill manufacturers and customers, but it does tend to be more expensive compared to the 430 grade. However, their superior durability and heat retention make them worth it.

    430 stainless steel is less expensive and has a different formulation. It has 17 percent chromium and 0.12 percent carbon. While it does have good resistance to rust and corrosion, a grill with 304 grade is more likely to last longer.

    Does stainless steel rust?

    Stainless steel doesn’t rust with the traditional iron oxide. However, if the material is aggressively scraped with something abrasive like steel wool, the particles from the tool may become embedded on the surface of the grid.

    This then might make the grill rust easily and it can be hard to remove once it has coated the grates.

    How do you keep stainless steel grills from rusting?

    Since abrasive tools contribute to rusting, the best thing you can do is avoid them altogether. Clean your grill grates gently by lightly greasing them with an oil-soaked paper towel before you go ahead with grilling. 

    This makes their texture better and will help you have clean flips of lean meat cuts. Doing this technique will also leave fewer food particles on the grates, so you don’t have to scrub them as much.

    But of course, there will be times when you need to scrape off some debris. Use a grill brush with stiff nylon bristles because this is gentler than a wire brush than steel wool.

    How can I protect the exterior of my stainless steel grill?

    When your grill is exposed to the elements in your backyard, an orange or reddish patina can develop on the exterior. Acid rain, saltwater spray in the air, and debris grazing the grill surface also contribute to corrosion.

    To prevent the deterioration of your grill, occasionally wipe down the exterior with a soft rag and soapy water.

    Should I season stainless steel grates?

    Seasoning refers to the layer of hydrocarbons that penetrate the surface of the grates, giving it semi-nonstick properties. Seasoning the grates do not improve the actual flavor of the food, but it does protect from rusting and corrosion. 

    Technically, you don’t have to season stainless steel. The practice is more common on cast iron, but stainless steel just needs proper maintenance.

    Our Top Pick - Summerset Alturi ALT42T 42" 3 Burner Built-In Gas Grill w/ Rotisserie

    Summerset Alturi ALT42T 42 Stainless Steel 3 Burner Built-In Gas Grill w Rotisserie

    With its solid construction and wide array of features, the Summerset Alturi ALT42T is the winning grill on our list.

    Its cast red brass burners are the most durable in the market, with each generating 26,000 BTU of cooking power. This grill also has a rotisserie burner and a smoker burner, giving you all the freedom with different cooking techniques.

    This grill offers a generous 1,100-square inch cooking surface. If you’re going to have a lot of guests on your BBQ night, the ALT42T can handle it with ease.

    All the features included on this grill are well-thought-out. You’ll have interior and exterior lights, a built-in temperature gauge, heat zone separators, ceramic briquette trays, and a reliable flame-thrower ignition.

    With everything it brings to the table, it’s definitely one of the best stainless steel grills you can get.

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