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Best Portable Gas Grill 2016

Best Portable Gas Grill

For those of us who have less space or enjoy tailgating, there’s always the option to go for a portable gas grill. They don’t cook food as well as some of the larger grills but there are a few portable options that come pretty damn close. Here’s a list of what I think are the best portable gas grills currently available. These are the best according to me, we’ll just have to agree to disagree!

1. Coleman 2000017442 Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE

Coleman 2000017442 Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXEBuyers want speed, and they want a small footprint, when they purchase a portable gas grill; Coleman had both of these qualities in mind when they designed the Road Trip LXE. The whole thing folds right up, like a chair you might take to the beach, so it can easily fit into any car, and the process of folding, takes 30 seconds, which is a bonus. So, full marks for the LXE’s compact nature, and although it does weigh 51.9 pounds, they’ve included some pretty high-standard wheels, so you can just fold it out and roll it over to wherever you’re cooking. It’s all very easy, and the Coleman also scores incredibly high on functionality. There’s cast-iron grill grates, 2 burners pumping out 20,000 BTU an hour, excellent pressure control, and 285 square inches of cooking space, which all make the Coleman LXE a force to be reckoned with in the outdoor portable gas grill market. It’ll also save buyers money, as it uses gas conservatively, with 2.1 hours of cooking time from a 16.4 ounce propane cylinder, and this can be extended to 4.5 hours cooking time, using lower settings. They’ve taken steps towards greater durability here aswell, with warp resistant grates so they will not rust, and there’s a great ash-catcher for ease of cleaning. It’s been a very popular outdoor gas grill because it ticks every box, and has no major flaws. An absolutely exceptional grill, and it’s the best small/portable gas grill out there. Read Full Review…

 

2. Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill

Weber Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill Review (50060001)Ok, so the Q1000 only has 1 burner, and it only burns at 8500 BTU’s an hour, but statistics can be misleading. The Q1000 will heat up to full power in half the time grills usually take, and the grates are almost magical. BTU’s are what store employee’s quote to buyers who come in looking at grills, but power doesn’t always equal quality. Where grilling is concerned, the BTU’s are important, but grates are what make or break a meal, because they take the heat produced by the burners, and disperse it over the cooking surface; how fast, and how evenly they do this, will determine how good your steaks are. So, while the Q1000 burns at 8500 BTU’s an hour, its wonderful cast-iron grates of perfect thickness, will retain, and spread out evenly all that heat, so none is wasted, and the results are meats without burnt patches that are supremely cooked. The grates will also preserve the moisture barrier present in all meats, so that burgers, and ribs are moist, rather than dry. It’s the power of the grates that enabled Weber to provide customers with a 189 square inch cooking surface, from just one burner; pretty good don’t you think? An added bonus is that the Q1000 comes full-assembled, because afterall, nobody likes setting up a grill, when they could be cooking food on it. Read Full Review…

 

 

3. Cuisinart CGG-306 Professional Portable 2-Burner Gas Grill

Cuisinart CGG-306 Professional Portable Two-Burner Gas Grill

Coming in at number 3, the Cuisinart CGG-306, weighs just 28.1 pounds, so is lighter than most portable gas grills. The legs and handles also fold up easily, leaving you with a small box unit, you just tuck underneath your arm, and take over to the car. This is a very convenient design for campers and tailgaters, who want a hassle-free experience, and it’ll heat up to full power quickly too, so you’ll be eating in no time. With 2 burners dishing out 20,000 BTU’s an hour, the only thing that kept the CGG-306 out of the top 2, was the stainless steel grates. They’re good, but not quite as good as cast-iron grates, so the evenness isn’t there. compared to the Road Trip and the Q1000. It does however heat up in a reasonably quick time, and there’s an excellent thermometer integrated into the grill, for heat control. Because of the grates it doesn’t have the taste of the other two, but food is still great, and with its locking lid, and folding legs and handles, it’s proably the easiest gas grill around to transport. Read Full Review…

 

4. Char-Broil TRU Infrared Portable Grill2Go Gas Grill

Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Portable Grill2Go Gas Grill Review

It was a tough decision between this, and the CGG-306 for 3rd place, but the CGG-306 narrowly won, because of its ease of operation, and easy to transport design. Although the TRU Infrared has a locking lid for car travel, like the CGG-306 does; it doesn’t have foldable legs or handles, so takes up a larger area in the car, or on the campsite. I couldn’t separate the two in terms of food quality, because even though the steel grates on the Grill2Go are thinner, and therefore of weaker quality, the infrared technology generally takes care of heat dispersal, so the results end up around the same. You also get 200 square inches of cooking space, and a 9500 BTU an hour burner, on a grill that weighs only 26 pounds, so the portability is there. An outstanding grill, which could have been in the top three, but just feel short. Read Full Review…

 

5. Weber Go Anywhere 1141001

Weber 1141001 Go-Anywhere Gas Grill ReviewMake sure you check the model number when buying, because Weber also made a charcoal Go Anywhere Grill that looks exactly the same as this, so if you want the gas grill it’s 1141001. Fortunately the Go Anywhere Gas Grill is exactly the same as the charcoal one, in that you can fold out the legs and handle, for easy transportation, and when your done cooking, you quickly fold them back and go. It really is that simple, and the Go Anywhere also heats up incredibly quickly for fast, high quality meals. The Go Anywhere has the same cast-iron grates as other more expensive Weber models like the Original Kettle and the Performer Deluxe, so you shouldn’t be concerned about the 6500 BTU an hour burner, because these cast-iron grates will take care of distributing heat evenly. They will also help meats retain their moisture barriers, for succulent, tasty meals. The taste is equal to the Q1000, but the Q1000 has a larger cooking surface than the Go Anywhere’s 160 square inch, and it also has a much more reliable thermometer. It was a very tight race, between numbers 3,4, and 5, because all are of excellent quality, so you should make your choice based on what designs and specifications feel better suited for you. Read Full Review…

 

Final 2 Cents:

Time’s not far when we’ll have remote controlled, battery operated, bluetooth activated grills for cooking, with a robot to serve the food. Until then, we’ll have to make do with these awesome portable gas grills and put in the work! Let me know what thou thinketh of my list?

 

Updated: March 7, 2016 — 9:54 am

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Chris

Chris

I've enjoyed grilling and outdoor cooking since I first discovered them. Some of my first food memories are meals at neighborhood barbecue parties. I enjoy writing about grilling food and that's what I do on this site :)

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