Unless you are a vegetarian, vegan, or one of those who only eats seafood, steak is by far and away the greatest food known to humankind.
The best gas grill for searing steaks will help increase both the flavor of your steak and the aesthetic appeal of your food as you get those wonderful scorch marks and all the extra caramelization.
We’ve looked across the board for the perfect grill, from the sublime but expensive to the cheap and cheerful options.
Have a look and see if there’s a grill on this list that meets your needs.
List Of Gas Grill for Searing Steaks
- Weber Summit S-670
- Char-Broil Performance Stainless Steel Cabinet Style Gas Grill
- MaxKare Propane Gas Grill Griddle
- Weber Genesis II E-315
- MASTER COOK 3 Burner BBQ Propane Gas Grill
Comparison Chart for Best Gas Grills for Searing Steaks
5 Best Gas Grills for Searing Steaks Reviews
1. Weber Summit S-670
We start today with what has to be considered a luxury grill. With a price tag in the thousands, you can guess it is packed full of features.
Don’t worry; all the other non-Weber grills we are looking at a range between $150 to $400. So, if you aren’t interested in this top-end grill, you can move straight on to the rest of the list.
The Weber Summit S-670 is truly one of the best grills you’ll ever use. With a total cooking area of 838-inches, six main burners offering 60,000 BTU, and a host of extra features, you can use all the cooking techniques you have in your skillset.
With this being an article about searing, let’s focus on that point. The sear burner is an extra burner (there are 8 burners in all, including this and the rotisserie burner). The sear burner itself offers 10,600 BTU.
The benefit of having this sear burner instead of an ‘infrared’ sear plate is that you don’t lose any cooking area. If you can find a cast iron griddle to add to this grill (as opposed to the stainless steel option you get here), then you will get the perfect sear.
- Massive 693 square inches primary cooking area
- Packed with extra features including side burner and smoker box
- Flavorizer Bars prevent flare-ups
- Easy-to-clean slide-out grease tray
- Rottiserie feature can be temperamental
- Stainless steel grates offer less heat retention
2. Char-Broil Performance Stainless Steel Cabinet Style Gas Grill
Char-Broil offers reliable grills that come at a lot more affordable prices than Weber. For example, the 3-burner Weber Genesis II E-315 sells for double the price.
This grill has no specific searing feature, and you will find critics who say they were unable to get a good sear on their meat. But we had no such problems.
Getting a good sear will depend on your skills as a chef and your expertise in bringing the grill up to temperature.
You should be able to get this grill up to 650 degrees Fahrenheit, which is more than enough to sear meat well. Additionally, this has a cast iron grate. Cast iron is the ideal material for searing meat and getting that beautiful caramelization and set of grill lines because cast iron retains heat so well.
Therefore, if you are looking for a 4-burner grill for between $300 to $500, this Char-Broil grill is the best option you will find.
- Much more affordable than a Weber grill
- Cast iron grate offers better heat retention
- Additional side-burner for cooking sauces
- Char-Boil parts and accessories can be added to customize grill
- Propane tank takes a lot of the cabinet space
- Material is thin
- Lid for the side burner doesn’t stay flat
3. MaxKare Propane Gas Grill Griddle
You don’t have to break the bank to find a decent grill. If you’re after something for under $200 that is a bit more than your entry-level grill, then this product is worth considering.
This product can be used as a normal gas grill, or you can place the griddle on top and cook that way. We think it was better at griddle food than grilled food, but the grilled food was still good.
When used as a grill, will it sear well when it offers just 19,000-BTU across its two burners?
Obviously, you get what you pay for, so at under $200, you can’t expect it to sear as well as either of the Weber grills or the Char-Broil grill that we have listed.
However, we tried searing steaks, chicken breasts, and burgers with this grill and the end result was a pleasant surprise.
You will get clear sear marks, and the grill does get hot enough to ensure a decent caramelization.
Is the grill perfect – no. It is a bit slow to heat up, which increases cooking times. But for the price you are paying for a grill/griddle combo, you aren’t going to find anything better.
- 190.8sq inch cooking area is ideal for small parties
- Usable as propane grill or flat top griddle
- Lightweight, yet sturdy and appears durable
- Very easy to assemble
- Only 19,000 BTU across 2 burners
- Works better as a griddle than a grill
4. Weber Genesis II E-315
We don’t hide the fact that we are huge fans of Weber grills. Weber grills have a worldwide reputation for being the best grills on the market because their quality, durability, and cooking features are second-to-none.
However, we are also aware that not everyone wants to spend $500 or more on a grill. So with the Weber Genesis II E-315 retailing closer to four figures than $500, you may want to go straight to the next review.
Unlike the Weber Summit-670, you won’t find any additional sear burner. There is also no searing station on this model.
However, with each burner offering 13,000 BTU, you have enough power from the grill to sear meats.
This grill is better at searing heavier meats than it is with thin cuts. We say that because the power is such that you won’t get sear marks quickly enough on thin meats without overcooking.
Larger cuts of meat can sit on the grill that extra time to get the perfect sear. Investing in a cast-iron grate could help solve the issue of the thin cuts.
- High-intensity burners perfect for searing
- Compatible with iGrill 3 technology
- Comes with a fuel gauge
- Perfect size grill for large gatherings
- Large cooking area but only 3 burners
- Side ventilation can lead to problems when windy
5. MASTER COOK 3 Burner BBQ Propane Gas Grill
This MASTER COOK grill comes in at under $200, making it comparable to the MaxKare Grill/Griddle. As a three-burner grill, we can also consider it in comparison to the Char-Broil Performance.
Looking at this compared to the MaxKare, as a standalone grill, it is far superior, offering an extra burner and much more power at 30,000 BTU. Therefore, if you are looking for a grill only for under $200 and can do without a griddle, opt for the MASTER COOK. It is better for searing, especially with its porcelain cooking grate.
We consider the Char-Broil Performance a superior grill overall to the MASTER COOK, but it can cost you anything up to a couple of hundred dollars more to get. Don’t forget the Char-Broil has an extra burner and around 100 inches more primary cooking space.
However, if you are happy with a more compact grill and the cooking flexibility offered by 3 burners instead of 4, the MASTER COOK is an effective grill for searing. It offers enough heat to be the equal of the Char-Broil in this department.
- Heats up very quickly
- Compact, but enough space for 20 burgers
- Retractable sides save space when required
- Clear assembly instructions
- Made from thin material
- No tray underneath for catching oil and burnt food
How Do You Keep Steak From Burning On The Grill?
Use a combination of high heat and indirect heat for cooking the steak.
Never keep the steak over direct high heat for more than 3 minutes. Use the direct high heat to sear the steak. Once seared, move the steak onto an area of the grill where no burner is lit and allow it to finish cooking using indirect heat.
This method will prevent you from burning your steak.
Do You Sear With Grill Open Or Closed?
Searing should be done with an open lid.
An open lid will result in more flavor and a better caramelization of the meat.
How Many Times Should You Flip A Steak On The Grill?
The common feeling is that if it’s perfectly cooked steak that you are after, with beautiful caramelization, you should never flip your steak more than once.
However, there is also a school of thought that flipping more than once will improve the texture of a steak and will also mean getting a moister, less dried out piece of meat. The logic behind this is that by flipping, both sides get just enough heat and cook faster without being overdone.
Ultimately, you may want to try both methods and see which one creates a steak to your preference.
Should You Put Olive Oil On Steak Before Grilling?
Olive oil should be used twice to make the perfect steak.
One hour before cooking, you should season the steak with black pepper, salt, and olive oil.
Just before cooking, it is best to brush each side of the steak with one teaspoon of olive oil.
Extra virgin olive oil should be used where possible.
Should I Get A 3 Or 4 Burners Grill?
It depends on how many people you intend to cook for on a regular basis. It is not strictly true that a four-burner grill will have more cooking space than a three-burner grill. However, if we use that as a rule of thumb, a 3 burner grill is suitable for medium-sized parties, and a 4-burner grill for larger parties.
A four-burner grill offers the chance to be more flexible with temperatures. You will have more burners to play with when it comes to setting the areas for direct heat and indirect heat.
With a four-burner grill, you can also create more cooking zones, meaning more types of food cooking at once, especially if they all require a different temperature.
How do you sear a steak on a propane grill?
Sear the steak before grilling.
Do this by getting the grill to a temperature between 400 to 450F. Once at this temperature, place the steak on the grill and do not flip it for roughly two minutes.
If you want to get diagonal hatch marks on the steak, rotate it 45 degrees as it cooks on each side.
As we said in the introducion, there’s a grill type for everyone in today’s review.
The best gas grill for searing steaks was always going to be a Weber. Do you need the Weber Summit S-670 to cook the perfect steak? Not at all. But if you have the wealth, why not splash the cash on something remarkable.
The Weber Genesis II E-315 is a brilliant option under $1000.
However, if you need something under $500, we think the Char-Broil offers the best sear for your steak.
Under $200, you can choose between the MaxKare and the MASTERCOOK depending on whether you want an outright grill or a grill/griddle combo.