If you love to cook then you know that there is no better feeling than serving delicious food on the table for your friends and family. Well, that and the delight of cooking in your own custom made the outdoor kitchen.
Crafting out the perfectly functional and feature-rich outdoor kitchen involves a lot of planning and is a hefty investment nonetheless. However, a detailed and planned setup works wonders for years to come and can easily become the favourite area for everyone to gather around.
There is a plethora of things to consider to make sure that the kitchen you have outdoors is exactly how you expected it to be. To kickstart your journey and to ensure that you don’t miss out on anything, we have listed some basic ones here.
A masterpiece is always built around its heart. In this case, the heart is the built-in grill. The grill plays a significant role in making the outdoor kitchen area a huge success. However, deciding on a grill might be a daunting especially with so many options to choose from in the market.
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This is why our team of grill freaks dived deeper into the market and came up with a list of the top built in grills out there.
Before jumping right into the particulars of each grill, here are some of the aspects that almost every chef that we know looked for in a grill before investing –
- Grills that bring the convenience of indoor kitchen outdoors without the hassle of going inside the house while grilling outside.
- Grills that are designed to flawlessly fit into their outdoor living space.
- Grills with ample cooking area, powerful burners, no hotspots, temperature monitoring feature, easy maintenance and auto ignition systems. If you would like to know about these aspects in details then here is a brief summary.
Best Built-in Gas Grill List – Top Pick
Starting off the list with our favourite pick which delivers high performance and comes from the trusted brand name let’s dive into our top 10 list of the best built-in grills available in the market.
1) Weber Summit S-460 Built-In Natural Gas in Stainless Steel Grill
If there is a brand that has cemented its legendary status in the grill industry by delivering durable and long lasting products for more than a century is Weber. The Weber Summit S-460 built in natural gas is thoughtfully engineered with the user and grill master in mind and is a classic example Weber quality grills.
The Summit S-460 is primarily designed to run on natural gas. However, a different version of the Weber Summit S-460 comes with the option of liquid propane. Both the versions have 4 stainless steel burners featuring different cooking features and BTU values –
- 48,800 BTU per hour input
- 10,600 BTU per hour input – sear burner
- 6,800 BTU per hour input – smoker burner and stainless smoker box
- 10,600 BTU per hour input – Infrared rear-mounted rotisserie burner
Thanks to the flavouriser bars this grill is capable of delivering the classic smoky flavour, something every grilling enthusiast longs for. The hassle-free grease management by the signature Weber grease management system is a delight in itself.
Equipped with a Snap-Jet individual burner ignition system, a built-in lid thermometer, a front access grease tray with a catch pan, infinite control burner valves, a rust free stainless steel lid and an attractive slide frame design which is designed to take your kitchen island to the next level, the Weber Summit S-460 checks all the boxes in the list of great built-in grills.
- Seamless fit and impressive design
- Roll in place design
- Satisfying grilling performance
- Simplifies construction of grill island
- Rotisserie kit
- Snap-Jet individual burner ignition
- Warming Rack
- Replacement parts not easily accessible
- Over 2000 dollars
- The smoke dissipates in the smoker box too quickly because of excess airflow
2) Napoleon LEX 730 Built-in Natural Gas Grill
When it comes to trust, Napoleon is a name that is well known by cooking enthusiasts worldwide. The brand has achieved its much-decorated brand value because of the quality products like the Napoleon LEX 730 built-in grill.
Offering a total cooking area of 1025 square inches which can be used to grill upto 40 burgers at one go, this beast of a product from Napoleon is designed for the perfect outdoor grilling experience.
Featuring 4 stainless steel burners (16000 BTU), 1 infrared grill burner (16000 BTU) and 1 rear infrared burner (15500 BTU) which shoots upto blasting 1800 degrees in a matter of seconds, the LEX 730 allows you to sear steaks instantly only to finish them off with the slow grilling like the restaurants.
With this multipurpose barbecue grill, you can bake, sear and rotisserie (kit to be purchased separately) all your favourite meats. The double walled stainless steel lid retains heat for slow cooking and roasting allowing food to be cooked in an oven-like environment.
The JETFIRE ignition system, temperature control setting, stylish glow control knobs and a design that will seamlessly fit the outdoor space, the Napoleon LEX 730 is one of the most fascinating built in grills out there.
- Six burners ( 4 stainless steel, 1 infrared grill burner, 1 rear infrared burner)
- Removable drip pan
- Affordable option
- Warming rack for warming buns and hotdogs
- Fuel options – Natural gas/Propane
- i-Glow glow control knobs for cooking at night
- JETFIRE ignition system
- Too big
- Lacks a tray for keeping wood chips storage tray
3) Bull Outdoor Propane Outlaw Drop-in Barbecue Grill with Accessory Package
All of us want that perfect grill that sits on top of the outdoor cooking space like a boss, has all the desired functionalities and is a beast when it comes to searing steaks. Well, the bull outdoor Outlaw is simply one of the best when it comes to the built-in grills out there.
810 square inches of cooking space and 4 porcelain coated powerful burners having a total of 60,000 BTU’s is a recipe for the complete grilling experience. This whole package sits on the top of our list not only because of the awesome firepower it brings but the accessories which come in the package.
There are so many decisions to be taken for getting that perfect setup ready that more often than it becomes troublesome to think about the access and kitchen storage area which are equally important. For doing justice to the much anticipated outdoor kitchen setup we felt that this package reduces the risk of something going wrong significantly.
For quick, easy and secure access to all the cooking accessories and supplies, it comes with double walled doors constructed with 204, 16 gauge stainless steel, a single storage drawer for your grilling tools, cleaning brushes and cooking utensils and a propane storage drawer for the fuel tank.
Bull also gives the option of switching the fuel type to natural gas with the help of a kit. The whole package comes at 1199$ and is designed with cut out dimensions of 23.125 x 20.5 x 3.625 inches (length x width x height).
- Top class grilling experience
- Available in both fuel types
- 810 square inches of cooking space
- Package includes handy accessories such as access door
- 60,000 BTU’s of energy
- 16 gauge stainless steel drawer
- Built-in lid thermometer
- 5-star rating in Amazon
- Slightly expensive
- Adjusting flames might require some experience
- No glow knobs
A professional grade product from the remarkable Lion grill, the Lion Premium L75625 is brilliant technically as well as its looks with its 304-16 gauge commercial grade stainless steel construction.
Bringing a massive power of 75000 BTU’s to the table which is complemented by the huge cooking area of 830 square inches, this grill can get upto any temperatures you need for those precise and deep sears. The high BTU capability implies a shorter heat up time and consistent heat distribution even in colder conditions.
4 powerful stainless steel burners, an infrared rotisserie back burner and the adjustable warming rack nicely fit into the package allowing the user to cook or roast different types of meat while simultaneously warming buns for hot dogs and burgers.
A lifetime warranty on the cast burners speaks volume of the quality and faith that the company has put into this product. Additional features such as a built in the smoker box, an XL temperature gauge for monitoring the heat, 5 push to turn knobs and a nice bottle opener are also there for making our lives easier.
If you are someone who loves to grill when the sun is down then you will absolutely love the two interior lights that the Lion L75625 features. A stainless steel smoker head with polished edges and smooth finish rounds up almost everything that one can expect from a top rank built in grill.
- Interior lights
- Cheap for a grill with these many features
- Hulking 75,000 BTU’s
- Built-in smoker box
- Push to turn knobs
- Great finishing and well-engineered design
- Rotisserie included
- 830 square inches of cooking area
- Direct consultation with the company for dimensions is suggested
- Might be heavy for some islands
5) Bull Outdoor Products 87049 Lonestar Select Natural Gas Drop-In Grill Head
One of the most interesting facts about the Bull is the witty naming of its products unlike the majority of the grill brands. From Bison to Brahma, they offer a wide range of quality grills and are determined to ensure that it will be the last grill you ever buy.
It is because of products like the Lonestar 87049 that we have some major fans of the brand in our team. If you are are looking for a serious grill that even your children will be able to grill when they grow up, then this just might be exactly what you are looking for.
60000 BTU’s powering 4 welded stainless steel bar burners (15000 BTU’s each), a heavy-duty thermometer for temperature monitoring, piezo igniters/zinc knobs on each valve, a twin lighting system for reaching high temperatures with more ease and its robust and sturdy construction with solid stainless steel grates makes it one of the easiest choices for your outdoor space.
The Lonestar from Bull also comes with a handy warming rack of 210 square inches and is available in both propane and natural gas allowing the user to choose from their preferred choice of fuel. Including a nice smoker box in the package makes it the complete package and a classy centrepiece for any outdoor setup.
- Inexpensive as compared to the quality
- Included smoker box
- Good performance for high-end entry level grill
- Wide cooking space
- Twin lighting system
- Warming rack with 210 square inches of additional space
- Makes noise while firing up the grill
- Not the ideal choice for closed lid cooking
- Some reviews mention inconsistent temperature on the cooking surface
6) Napoleon LEX 605 Built-In Grill
Yet another top grill from Napoleon which made it to our list is the Napoleon LEX 605 Built-In Grill with Infrared Rotisserie. For all of the serious barbecue enthusiasts who are looking for a deluxe outdoor BBQ grill, the Napoleon LEX 605 is made for you.
The superior design and durable stainless steel construction enhanced with chrome plated accents is crafted with a satisfying and aesthetically elegant finish. Heavy stainless “Wave” grill gates and a double walled lid for an oven like cooking environment allows the user to bake or slow roast the food.
The grill is equipped with a JETFIRE ignition system for convenient and reliable start-ups. 3 powerful stainless steel burners (16000 BTU’s each) are covered with stainless steel sear plates for protection against grease and ultimately preventing flare-ups. However, it doesn’t include a rotisserie kit and it has to be purchased separately.
Apart from the 3 main burners, it has two additional burners (bottom infrared burner and rear infrared burner) which can be used simultaneously with the 3 burners making this grill a versatile one and a great addition to your backyard kitchen.
A chrome plated warming rack of 745 square inches along with a cooking area of 850 square inches, an accu-probe temperature gauge and glowing control knobs for convenient night cooking sessions are some of the reasons why the LEX 605 is a fan favourite.
- JETFIRE ignition system
- Blue glowing control knobs for easy night cooking
- Long lasting and aesthetic design
- Chrome plated warming rack
- Powerful burners (4 main and a rotisserie burner)
- Precise temperature gauge
- Doesn’t include rotisserie kit
- The drip pan is exposed more than required
- Customer service from Napoleon can be improved
7) Blaze Built-In Grill with Lights (BLZ-5LTE2-NG), 40-inch, Natural Gas
If you have not heard of Blaze grills yet, let us assure you that Blaze is right up there with the big names such as Weber and Napoleon when it comes to high performing luxury grills. The products are so designed that they competitively match upto the standards of the competitors and demand a price lesser than them.
The BLZ-5LTE2-NG is the flagbearer if the brand with its 40-inch heavy duty 304 stainless steel construction and its graceful design. 5 impressive cast stainless steel powerful burners of the commercial grade(14000 BTU’s each) and an additional rear infrared burner (10000 BTU) for slow rotisserie cooking (kit to be bought separately) combine to a total capacity of 80000 BTU’s.
This particular model is built to run on natural gas. However, it comes with an orifice conversion kit. The same model is also available for liquid propane whichever fits you best. To back up their product, Blaze provides a lifetime warranty with the BLZ-5LTE2-NG meaning lesser worries for the users.
Integrated interior grill lights illuminating and creating the perfect workspace for some nice night grilling sessions complemented by the illuminating control knobs are designed specifically for evening gatherings.
A push and turn flame-thrower primary ignition system (with an alternate flash tube ignition system), heat zone separators for individual temperature zones, a removable warming rack, a full width drip tray for quick clean up and a massive 915 square inches of total cooking space are totally worth the bucks that they ask for in exchange of a deluxe built in grill.
- High-performance deluxe grill
- Heat zone separators
- Interior grilling lights with illuminated control knobs
- 915 square inches of cooking area
- Push and turn ignition system with an alternate option
- Available in natural gas or propane models
- Total of 80,000 BTU’s
- Flame stabilizers for preventing flare-ups
- Slightly expensive
- Doesn’t come with a rotisserie kit
- Requires large space in the island
8) KitchenAid 740-0781 Built Propane Gas Grill
From the peripheral giants, the KitchenAid 740-0781 Built Propane Gas grill is in true sense a dark horse in our list. A soothing design built with premium corrosion resistant and durable materials priced under 1000 dollars is a great deal for a consistent product like the KitchenAid 740.
The KitchenAid brand is known for its “EvenHeat” system specific to its products which maintain a uniform heat distribution over the entire cooking area. The 740 boasts a total cooking space of 884 square inches devoid of any kind of hotspots across the stainless steel wrapped cooking grates.
The 740 delivers up to 71000 BTU’s of fire roasting energy with the help of its 4 primary stainless steel burners and an additional ceramic rotisserie burner. The whole package comes with the option of “Expert Assembly” (costing 84 dollars extra per unit) in Amazon along with a natural gas conversion kit including a 10-year warranty for the main burner.
This grill made it to our best picks because of its smartly engineered design which prioritizes the expectations of an enthusiastic cook. For example, the flame tamers perched at perfect angles over the primary burners are perfect for preventing flare-ups and infusing that delicious smoky flavour into the meat by vaporizing drippings.
Including Amazon Tech support, a precise built-in thermometer and a convenient electronic ignition system for instantly firing up the grill are at par with the industry standards. All in all the KitchenAid 740-0781 is a brilliant choice if you are on a tight budget.
- 10-year main burner warranty
- Super cheap for a permanent outdoor grill (under 1000$)
- Well placed flame tamers
- 71,000 BTU’s of fire roasting energy
- 4 main stainless steel and 1 ceramic rotisserie burner
- Electronic ignition and 884 square inches of cooking space
- Even the heat mechanism for preventing hotspots
- Gets the job done, maybe not in style (Hyundai not Lexus)
- Stainless steel feels thinner in areas
- Doesn’t come with the brand value as of the Webers and Napoleons
9) Napoleon LEX 485 Built-In Grill (BILEX485PSS-1), Propane Gas
The brand that has been dominating the market of built-in grills for a while and ultimately dominating our list is Napoleon. The Napoleon LEX 485 Built in Grill brings all the superb facilities to the table that come with the Napoleon tag at a competitive price.
If you are someone with an eye for class, then the LEX 485 grill head is right up to your standards with its premium stainless steel built and chrome accents and seamless fittings into any outdoor kitchen island.
It also comes with an optional charcoal tray or smoker tube which turns it into a smoker. The cooking grids are made of high-quality stainless steel which efficiently retains heat and delivers the iconic Napoleon wave sear marks with ease. A temperature monitoring gauge on the lid makes it easier for the chef to have a check on the heat inside the grill.
The cooking area of the grill is 675 square inches which is a bit lesser when compared to our other picks. A double walled lid makes it possible to bake or slow roast food by retaining heat and creating an oven-like environment.
The “Wave” grill gates with sear plates, 3 stainless steel grill burners (16000 BTU’s each), the trademark JETFIRE ignition system, the ease of cleaning the grill and the classic LED backlighting which is both useful for low light conditions as well as adds up to the overall outlook of this amazing grill can make any grill meister smile.
- Easily affordable
- LED backlighting
- Heavy duty stainless steel “Wave” grill grates with sear plates
- Optional charcoal tray or smoker tube
- The double walled lid provides an oven-like environment
- Attractive design
- Lesser cooking space (675 square inches)
- Customer service can be improved
- Can’t be converted to natural gas (can be bought separately but not interconvertible)
10) Kenyon B70050 Frontier All Seasons Built-In Stainless Steel Electric Grill, 120V
Just when we thought that traditional gas grills were outright better than its electric counterparts in terms of performance and the feels, the Kenyon B70050 changed our opinion.
Even though it has a significantly smaller grilling area of just 155 square inches, the convenience and safety that it brings to the table is simply amazing for someone who is in the learning how to grill for the first time.
No grease flare-ups, smokeless heat source, a waterproof touch control panel for precise control of heat and an insulated lid for preventing accidental burns that is removable and easy to clean, this All Season electric built-in grill for Kenyon is a safer and convenient option, to say the least.
Constructed with weather resistant and rust proof marine grade 304 stainless steel, the Kenyon B70050 is UL approved and is built to last for multiple seasons. It provides a fire-safe and flame free cooking experience and is a great purchase for those who are just beginning and are not yet experienced with the traditional fire grills.
The grilling surface is a double coated non-stick surface which is dishwasher safe. The cooking grate easily reaches 500 Fahrenheit for searing the meat deliciously and at the same time shuts off automatically in 60-90 minutes. The disposable drip trays catch the drippings which add to the flavour of the food being cooked.
A 3-year direct replacement guarantee, an affordable price, safer grilling experience and its 5-star customer review rating in Amazon makes it a worthy mention in our list.
- Safe cooking experience
- Ideal for beginners
- Cheaper than the traditional grills
- Easy to clean and setup
- Non-stick dishwasher safe surface
- 3-year replacement guarantee
- Smokeless heat source
- Very small cooking area (only 155 square inches)
- No smoky flavour in the meat
- Doesn’t give the traditional grilling experience
Technicalities to know before buying a grill
A grill is a serious backyard investment. Knowing a few details about the whole process beforehand is always helpful and can empower you to craft the perfect outdoor setup you aspire to own.
It is always suggested to get the setup done by certified professionals leaving you no worries of compromising with the safety of your family. With that said, let’s go through some of the noteworthy aspects to consider while choosing a permanent grill:-
A great place to start off is to take a note of the space that you have to work with. It is always a good practice to chalk out the exact footprint of the kitchen island to visualise whether the proposed kitchen size is a good match for the available space and allows for easy access and proper functionality.
Choosing the right grill
Well, we have already talked a lot about this one now didn’t we?
Identifying where the utilities such as gas, water and electricity are located and determining their accessibility to the proposed kitchen area is also a vital step of the entire process. Easy access to utilities and charging points at desired locations are all part of a well-planned setup.
While cooking outdoors you need to have an adequate counter. WIthout ample space to set, prep and cook the meals a lot of time might be wasted going to the inside to get stuff rather than spending time outside. Planning out on the footprint is the key for an easy to cook space on the outside as well.
Planning for the storage shelves for keeping barbecue tools, cleaning supplies and fuel sources is a critical part of the entire process. With accessories such as stainless steel access doors, sink, single access doors, trash bin, ice bins and even dedicated ice maker you can get everything in the setup.
Setting up an outdoor kitchen requires professionals so that the job is done perfectly. More importantly, dealing with things like access to the gas line of a grill avoiding potential risks is smarter if you aren’t a professional yourself. Taking care of the technicalities and building a safe kitchen should be at high priority along with the outlook of the outdoor setup.
The outdoor kitchen of the dreams requires a significant amount of planning as well as accurate execution of the same. Optional accessories such as barbecue light, outdoor refrigerators, side burners, warming doors, sinks and even a pizza oven can be added for a more functional kitchen.
Deciding on the construction and finish of the kitchen, concrete masonry units, storage area and the look of the whole area is already enough work that researching on a grill becomes tough even though it is the most important piece of the puzzle.
Hence, we laid down all the pros and cons of the best options out there so that you can go through the same and make an educated purchase. Afterall we all know the feeling of smelling those sizzling hamburgers and share the drive for a nice cookout session.
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