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Best Propane Flat Top Grills for 2020

An experienced grill master walks you through the best propane flat top grills on the market in 2020, to help you choose the best option.

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What to Know About Buying a Propane Flat Top Grill

A quality flat top grill is essential to any grill master. The high and even heat they produce is perfect for producing that beautiful maillard reaction that turns food into edible magic. Here are a few key things to consider when purchasing.

Number of Burners and Cooking Space: Multiple burners allow you to create cooking zones with different temperatures. This can let you, say, perfectly sear a steak at high heat, while simultaneously browning some baby carrots at a lower heat.

BTUs: British Thermal Units, or BTUs, are thrown about on every grill listing out there. They’re a measure of fuel efficiency, not grill heat, and needn’t be among your top considerations when choosing the right grill. What’s more, this measure is often used incorrectly by salespeople and in online sales listings.

Quality: Have you ever noticed how many old grills are sitting by the side of the road or in a pile at your local dump? Unfortunately the extremely wide range of grills available to us contains a lot of cheap products that will rust and fall apart in a few short years. Thankfully, there are also some incredibly durable options — heftier and made of thicker-gauge metal — that will easily be the last grill you ever purchase. Read on to discover some.

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Most Versatile

With an eye-catching circular hot plate design, the Cuisinart 2-Burner Round Outdoor Flat Top Grill makes a great centerpiece for a cookout. The removable vented lid adds the versatility to make pizzas, smoked fish and even small roasts. Two burners create dual cooking zones, and the heavy-duty easy-lock wheels let you roll this grill where it needs to go and keep it there. Add the easy-clean and durable design and this is one flexible, quality grill.

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Best Value

At 17 inches across and just under 24 pounds, the Blackstone 17-Inch Portable Gas Griddle is small but still packs some super-hot cooking capability. The integrated drawer-style grease trap is a clever innovation that simplifies cleanup. This grill is also easy on the wallet and can make a great gift for friends and family just starting to get into grilling. Fueled by a one-lb. propane bottle, this is an impressively mobile grilling solution.

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Most Innovative

Cleverly-designed dual grease traps set this Cuisinart 28-Inch 2-Burner Gas Griddle apart from some of the cheaper options. The cup-style traps let you remove the grease from your grill without rummaging around underneath it. The durable and well-designed construction can be folded flat for storage and transport. Plus, when you’re short on space, the grill can be used with the legs folded up and the side table removed.

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Most Durable

The heavy gauge steel construction of this Camp Chef Flat Top Grill makes it most durable grill on the market. A basic yet effective four-burner construction will crank out as much heat as you need for many years. At 142 pounds without the tank, it can be tough to move around, so you’ll probably want to keep on the back deck. It’s pricier than the others on this list, but it will likely be the last flat top grill you’ll ever buy.

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Best Portable

Perfect for the family picnic or camping trip, the Royal Gourmet Tabletop 3-Burner Griddle cranks out enough heat to brown a sirloin or crisp some bacon. It’s base-free and only 30 pounds, making it easy to transport. And it comes with a cover so it won’t make a mess in the car. The stainless steel design and porcelain-coated barbecue plate make this a grill you’ll enjoy for years to come.

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Best All Around

With its steel construction and sturdy design, the Blackstone 4-Burner 36-Inch Gas Griddle won’t just be your grill. It will probably be your kid’s grill, and maybe even your grandkid’s grill. The four-burner capability combined with a super large cooking plate make this grill perfect for catering to the extended family or the entire Little League team. Heavy-duty wheels make it easy to move the Blackstone from the patio to the backyard and can easily lock in place when you’re ready to cook. Not that this should be the grill master’s job, but it’s also supremely easy to clean when you’re done.

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Nick Wilkesmann
Nick Wilkesmann is an expedition guide with over 15 years experience leading groups on trips all over the world. He is an expert in all things camping, outdoor cooking, hiking, snowboarding and kayaking. He also owns and operates the outdoor equipment review website www.sky-liners.com