At well over $20,000USD this is the most expensive gas grill on the market (not counting the four burner version). But more than being a status symbol, the Kalamazoo is a powerful grilling machine. As a true hybrid grill, this model can burn practically any fuel, has an impressive rotisserie system, and a pair of high power side burners. Whether as a standalone grill, or part of a full outdoor kitchen, this is the grill to aspire too.
Fire Magic Diamond Echelon E1060S
At nearly ten feet end to end, this grill has it all, and what it doesn't come standard with, can probably be added on. Four burners can pump out 110,000 BTUs under the more than a thousand square inches of primary cooking space. That's about seven and a half square feet of cooking space. Add into this to super charged side burner whose two burners can pump out 60,000 BTUs and you have one of the largest, most powerful, and most versatile gas grills on the market. At around $12,000USD depending on configuration, it isn't cheap, but you actually get your money's worth with this grill. Fire Magic is a powerhouse in outdoor cooking and has been around for decades. They dominate the high-end grill market with their superior products and one of the largest lines of outdoor kitchen appliances.
Twin Eagles 42-Inch
Looks are a matter of opinion, but in my opinion, the Twin Eagles Gas Grills are the best looking in the world. But appearance is only part of the picture. This three burner gas grill has power, superior construction, and an obsessive attention to detail. Designed by Dante Cantal, the da Vinci if grill design, this gas grill offers exactly what the serious outdoor chef wants, a grill that works beautifully. There are larger models of this grill, and like the others on the list comes as part of a collection of outdoor kitchen products (all equally impressive in design). I picked this size because it is the most popular and the one that hits that balance between being big enough to handle most everything and being just too big to be practical. Give Twin Eagles a look. You won't be disappointed.
Alfresco ALXE 42-Inch
Alfresco makes one of the largest lines of outdoor cooking appliances. Building an outdoor kitchen? They have practically everything you need. At around $7,500 this 42-inch gas grill isn't inexpensive and neither is the rest of the product line, but this company brings decades of experience to the market. In fact, Dale Seiden, the head of Alfresco used to run Lynx. This 82,500 BTU powerhouse packs in all the features imaginable and has one of the best warranties in the industry.
Capital Maestro 48-Inch
One thing you find when you research the gas grill industry is that most companies are connected. Capital Cooking is run by the man who founded industry giant DCS (Dynamic Cooking Systems). It was he who introduced the first all stainless steel gas grill. Capital continues that legacy with this powerful and elegant unit. With 100,000 BTU from four stainless steel burners and options for infrared burners, this is one of the hottest grills on the market. At around $9,000USD, this unit has a glass window in the hood, completely integrated rotisserie system and comes as part of a complete outdoor kitchen line.
DCS Professional 48-Inch
If anyone can be credited with creating the high-end outdoor kitchen market it is DCS. Of course, DCS makes more than just a wide range of outdoor kitchen products. They are well known and respected for professional and high-end traditional kitchen equipment. This model, the three burner 48-Inch gas grill, pumps out 75,000 BTUs under 630 square inches of cast stainless steel cooking grates. Many companies have reproduced and then tried to improve upon this design, but the original remains one of the best gas grills on the market. Interestingly, at around $7,500USD this model is one of the least expensive of the grills that have come along in the past two decades. DCS is a great choice, though some of its design features are a little odd. One example is the angled cooking grates which drain away grease but allow anything round to roll off the grill.
Lynx Professional 42-Inch
As I said above, the founder of Lynx left to create Alfresco. He did this to create a better line of outdoor kitchen products. Alfresco is more expensive than Lynx with this 42-Inch, three burner model coming in around $6,500USD or a thousand less than the comparable Alfresco grill. Lynx, however, uses brass burners and while the heat output is a little less, it makes up for it with heavier construction. Like the other models on this list, the Lynx Professional is loaded with features including a full rotisserie system, infrared 'pro-sear' burners and a whole facet of options. This is still a great grill with an attractive design and a perfect choice for any application.
Napoleon Prestige Pro 825
At around $4,500, this is the least expensive grill on this list. Napoleon is known for making great products, but not typically associated with the higher end market. This monster of a gas grill, however, has it all. This is a dual head or two lid gas grill. On one side is a four burner, 48,000 BTU standard grill. On the other side is a two burner, 24,000 BTU infrared grill. Add into this two side burners (one standard - one infrared), an infrared rotisserie burner and dedicated smoker burner and this 7-foot long grill has 10 burners. It also has internal lighting, a full rotisserie kit, and an attractive stainless steel design. It might not be comparable to most of the products on this list, but it is still an impressive grill worth considering. It can also be purchased as an insert for a custom enclosure.
Relatively new to the market, the Hestan product line has quickly emerged as a serious competitor. With an innovative design, the nearly $12,000 (depending on configuration) gas grill comes in multiple colors, heavy construction and a wide range of features. In the standard configuration, this grill comes with four 25,000 BTU burners (any number of which can be swapped for infrared burners). This gives it up to 100,000 BTUs under 782 square inches of primary grilling space. This is a lot of power. Add to it two side burners and an infrared rotisserie burner and this is one hot grill. The cooking grates are thick stainless steel plate. One standout feature of this grill is that the rotisserie burner is top mounted and can be used not only for rotisserie cooking to as a salamander style broiler.
TEC Sterling FR 44-Inch
TEC or the Thermal Engineering Corporation invented infrared cooking. I am not saying that they made it popular or that they introduced it to people. Bill Best, the founder of the company invented the infrared grill burner and a host of infrared technology including industrial equipment used in paint drying, tire making, and heating. Do you have a gas powered patio heater? Yeah. That too. Anyway, TEC Grills use 100% infrared technology for grill, producing temperatures up to 900 degrees F, while still able to hold temperatures around 300 degrees. A TEC grill is the perfect steak cooking machine, but it can do so much more. For those serious about technology, there is nothing more cutting edge that this grill.
Rockwell by Caliber
Designed by famed architect David Rockwell, this gas grill by Caliber can be approached from any direction. the domed lid folds away completely, providing what is call a 'social grill'. The idea is that everyone can grill their own food, or at least gather around the grill and watch. This unit has a veritable sea of flame at a maximum of 60,000 BTUs under 675 square inches of stainless steel grilling space. Perhaps more of work of art than a gas grill, this unit is beautiful to look at, but actually, has the ability to be a great grill.
American Muscle Grill 36-Inch
Like that Kalamazoo at the top of this list, the American Muscle Grill is a hybrid grill. It has powerful gas burners, but will also burn charcoal or hardwood. Built to look something like a 1969 Shelby GT 350 Mustang, this grill is packed with muscle. The five main burners can generate 110,000 BTUs under 720 square inches of stainless steel cooking area. With all this power, on gas alone, it can hit ridiculous temperatures in minutes and is constructed to take the punishment. As a built-in or freestanding grill, this is the epitome of 'more power' and like a muscle car, it delivers that. Subtle, this grill isn't.
PGS Legacy Big Sur 51-Inch
PGS, a division of AEI Corporation, is one of the oldest gas grill manufacturers in the world. They are very close to being able to say that they invented the industry. Best known for bullet-proof cast aluminum grills, they also have an impressive line of all stainless steel models. This unit, the Big Sur, is the largest they make and it is an amazingly good grill. Nearly a thousand square inches of primary grilling area is heated by up to 102,000 BTUs. It comes with a full rotisserie system and as part of a line of outdoor kitchen products. While it might not be a better known brand, it is still one worth thinking about.
The LazyMan Gas Grill emerged out of the Chicago Combustion Company in the 1960s as one of the first residential gas grills on the market. Previous that they had been the innovators behind commercial broiling equipment and a number of gas-powered appliance for restaurants. It is LazyMan that figured out that they could use a 20-pound propane cylinder to power a portable gas grill. Much of what we call the modern gas grill started with this company and they are still in business today. This grill, largely made to order, runs just over $4,000USD. It has all the features we expect today. Unfortunately, it is not widely distributed.