Reported by Martha Koloski | bio | email | blog

A passion for grilling is what fueled John Cavallo's very own catering business. John Cavallo, "I just love it. Words can't explain why I love grilling so much." Whether you're grilling for work or your family, having a good grill is critical. Lucky for grill enthusiasts, Consumer Reports spent the last few months testing gas grills to find the best. Steaks are seared to see how well the grills perform at high temperatures and to check for flare-ups. Tests show grills with grates like this closer to the heat source are more likely to flare up. Salmon is cooked to see how well a grill can handle low temperatures, and so is chicken. "We also look at a grill's ability to cook indirectly. That's because more and more people are grilling whole foods likes roasts and chickens." Consumer Reports evaluated features, too. Celia Lehrman, "More manufactures are touting infrared burners, but in our tests we haven't found that they really perform any better than standard burners, and some of them can get too hot and you could end up burning your food." Cast-iron grates like these or stainless steel sear well and keep temperatures more consistent. A side burner is a nice convenience, too. And a gauge that shows how much propane is left in the tank is another handy feature. In the end, Consumer Reports recommends several gas grills. Among them - this medium-sized Aussie Vantage Series 67C3. While it doesn't have a fuel-tank gauge, it's got a side burner and stainless-steel grates. And at 250 dollars it's a Consumer Reports Best Buy. "