You can burn up some big bucks on a new gas grill, but do you have to in order to get one that delivers delicious results?
Consumer Reports went to great lengths to get you the answer just in time for the Memorial Day weekend.
"Everybody loves a barbecue." That's the slogan for Gina Hegarty's catering company.
Hegarty says, "It just reminds you of your childhood and it just reminds you of being together, and parties and fun."
Gina's company cooks on gas grills.
Consumer Reports has tested nearly a hundred gas grills. They range in price from $100 all the way up to $2500.
With some you need to factor in plenty of space. This $1200 grill is almost seven 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.
Dan DiClerico says, "To see how evenly a grill cooks at lower temperatures, testers grill salmon steaks as well as chicken breast. Now both thos foods can easily dry out if the grill gets too hot."
And then there are tests that involve no food at all. These thermocouples measure how evenly a grill distributes heat across the surface of the grates.
A thermal image like this shows even heating across the grill. But this one-not so much.
Several high-prices grills were top performers, but Consumer Reports found plenty to recommend that cost a lot less.
Among them the $200 Char-Broil Classic 463211512. You can buy it at Home Depot.
DiClerico says, "It rated excellent for low-temperature cooking and grilled up a very good steak, too."
It can handle whatever menu you've got planned...in case you don't have someone like Gina who brings the barbeque to you.
Consumer Reports found another great buy.
It costs a little more than the CharBroil Classic. It's from Walmart-a $250 Brinkmann grill model number 810-2545.