Best buy gas grills

Consumer Reports' testers reveal two grills that top their list

Published On: May 24 2012 06:25:05 AM EDT   Updated On: May 24 2012 06:25:27 AM EDT

You can burn up some big bucks on a new gas grill. But do you have to in order to get a grill that delivers delicious results?

Consumer Reports tested nearly a hundred gas grills that range in price from $100 all the way up to $2,500. With some you need to factor in plenty of space. One grill tested is 7 feet long!

Testers grill a number of foods to see how well each grill performs. Steaks are cooked to assess if flare-up is a problem. To see how evenly a grill cooks at lower temperatures, testers grill salmon steaks as well as chicken breasts.  Both those foods can easily dry out if grill gets too hot.

And then there are tests that involve no food at all. Consumer Reports uses special thermocouples to measure how evenly a grill distributes heat across the surface of the grates. Some grill much more evenly than others.

Several high-priced grills were top performers, but Consumer Reports found plenty to recommend that cost a lot less.  Among them, the $200 Char-Broil Classic 463211512 from the Home Depot. It rated excellent for low-temperature cooking and grilled up a very good steak, too.

Another great buy: the $250 Brinkmann 810-2545 grill sold at Walmart.