7 Amazing Grills and Smokers Under $500

Ready for a new rig? Believe it or not, a brand new, good quality gas grill, smoker, or pellet grill doesn't have to break the bank. For many folks, the sweet spot is about 500 bucks. That kind of money, or even a little less, will buy you a very good piece of machinery that you can rely on for years to make steaks, burgers, chicken, brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and just about anything else you throw at it. These 7 grills and smokers are all winners of our highest honor, the AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal for Best Value. These cookers have been tested, rated, and reviewed by Max Good, our full-time tester of outdoor cooking equipment, so you can be sure that you are getting a solid unit that is worth the money. To read the full reviews of these cookers, click the links below.
black cabinet smoker with front door open showing food on cooking racks.
Vertical gas smokers are to easy to use. With Masterbuilt's ThermoTemp line, smoking on gas just got easier. Masterbuilt successfully offers groundbreaking use of thermostatic control on a gas smoker at an affordable price. We tested their large XL model and award ThermoTemp our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. read more
Gas grill with lid up mounted on a cart with black sides and shiny metal double doors.
Lowe's calls this exclusive model the Char-Broil Commercial Stainless/Black 3-Burner Gas Grill. It was previously called TRU-Infrared. This AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winner has an inner double layer to keep in heat. We tested this model, It is capable of high enough heat for searing, and low enough for smoking. read more
Black bullet shaped smoker with a large shiny steel door on the front. It sits on a patio with grass and bushes in the background.
We tested this original, mid-size version of Weber's popular charcoal smoker. Weber Smokey Mountains are often seen competing head to head with large commercial cookers at practically every competition AND WINNING! Click here to learn all about this high quality, Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winner. read more
Small boxy pellet smoker with chimney on the right side sitting on the back of a truck with green grass in the background.
Green Mountain describes their small portable Davy Crockett smoker as the Ultimate Tailgater Pellet Grill. It's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it smoker to their BBQ arsenal.We tested Davy Crockett and award it our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. read more
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Napoleon’s new TravelQ TQ285X is one impressive little clam shell style portable gasser, with some unique features not found from competitors. We award his tailgater our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. The fold out scissor cart is one of the most solid versions we've seen. read more
Black charcoal kettle grill with a shiny bucket on the bottom. Mounted on a cart with four wheels and a lower storage shelf.
There's reason why Weber kettles enjoy generation after generation of popularity and loyalty. They are affordable, cook just about anything and last forever. This AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winner is set in a large rolling cart with all the bells and whistles including gas ignition! read more
Blackstone Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer
With its ample cooking area, solid performance, and versatility for both griddle grilling and deep frying large amounts of food outdoors, the Blackstone Range Top Combo with Bonus Fryer easily earns a Platinum Medal. read more


Dave Joachim

AmazingRibs.com Editor David Joachim has authored, edited, or collaborated on more than 45 cookbooks including four on barbecue and grilling, making him a perfect match for a website dedicated to the “Science of Barbecue and Grilling.” His Food Science column has appeared in "Fine Cooking" magazine since 2011. 


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