There is a wide range of models to choose from, but I’ve isolated only the 5 best portable gas grills for you. I’m sure you’ll find one that is perfect for your needs right here, today!
Best Portable Gas Grills
The grills are listed in no particular order, although I put my two Editor’s Choice grills first.
The Weber Q1000 / Q1200 (formerly the Q100 & Q120 before being relaunched with minor redesigns under the new model numbers) is a fantastically designed portable grill. It is on the heavy side at around 30 pounds even without a cart attached, but for the bit of muscle needed to move it around you get quality, extremely durable construction in return. The grates transfer heat very well, the design retains heat superbly and cooks like a much larger and more powerful grill than it really is.
The Q1200 is an upgrade of the Q1000, with a few added features that makes it worth the extra $30 price tag: electronic ignition, lid mounted thermometer and handy folding side tables.
– 189 square inch cooking area
– single 8,500 BTU tubular burner
– porcelain enameled cast-iron grates
– uses 14.1-ounce or 16.9-ounce LP cylinder
– electronic ignition (Q1200)
– thermometer (Q1200)
– folding side tables (Q1200)
I highly recommend the Q1200 over the Q1000 for the extras. Also compare the Weber Q1200 to the Q2200 for a little extra cooking space. Both units use the same cart, which you need to purchase separately for around $70 or so.
This is the ultimate camping grill. You get two 10,000 BTU burners that you can operate independently. The reason for this is that Coleman offers different cooking surfaces.
While the product ships with two grates, you can also purchase a griddle (approx $30) or stove plate (Approx. $20) accessory. Imagine frying bacon and eggs on the griddle surface while you’re simultaneously grilling hamburgers on the open grate on the other burner. It is such a simple concept, but adds wonderful versatility to this product.
The stand is an easy fold up / fold down design with two wheels on one side and a handle on the other. It creates a sturdy base when grilling, and an easy method of moving the grill when collapsed.
– 285 square inch cooking area
– two burners
– 20,000 BTU total
– 2 porcelain coated cast-iron grill grates
– uses 16.4-ounce LP cylinder
– detachable side tables
The grill is very hot and working out the right heat to cook with may require some trial and error. Read the instructions carefully before using and never leave the grill unattended.
Careful handling is required due to the thin metal construction, but the versatility of this 2 burner grill makes it something truly special from a manufacturer that has been around longer than both you and I combined.
The lid is very shallow, so don’t expect to slow-cook a chicken on this.
There are other portable gas grills in the Road Trip range, but in my opinion this one offers the best value for money.
Cuisinart has done a good job with the CGG-200. It’s a solid grill that heats up fast, but can also maintain low heat for slow cooking. This grill can properly sear a steak as easily as it can slow cook ribs.
A removable all-purpose veggie panel adds more versatility to the cooking surface. An easily removable drip-tray makes cleaning and maintenance fairly easy.
– stainless steel burner
– 12,000 BTU
– 240 square inch cooking area
– veggie panel for versatility
– folding side shelves
– porcelain-enamel cast-iron grates
– temperature gauge
– uses 14.1- and 16.4-ounce LP canisters
A few problems have been identified. First, this grill doesn’t handle windy conditions very well. If you live in a windy area, you may want to give this a miss. Also, crucial parts like the spring clips that hold the burner cover are not stainless steel and may rust through if not carefully maintained.
Overall this is not a bad portable grill. As with the Weber Q series, the lack of an included stand makes it a somewhat expensive option and we’re concerned with key parts rusting away, leaving the product inoperable long before its time has come.
I wouldn’t recommend this over a Weber Q120 despite the larger cooking surface. The construction simply doesn’t inspire the same confidence as that of Weber, and the price difference is negligible.
Char-Broil is really going for the infrared market, and this is their portable infrared gas grill. Just to explain infrared in layman’s terms: instead of grilling over an open flame, the flames hit a panel which in turn transfers the heat to the food.
The immediate benefit, especially on small portable grills, is no flareups. You also get more even cooking and more juicy food.
– 200 square inches cooking surface
– 9,500 BTU infrared cooking system
– hood-mounted temperature gauge
– push-button ignition
– uses 16.4 ounce LP cylinder
– can convert to use 20 pound tank
– weighs 20 pounds
One of the cons of infrared cooking systems is that they do require frequent cleaning and maintenance and that’s true here as well.
Other minor issues include the lid handle being way too shallow, which can lead to burnt fingers if you’re not paying attention when opening the lid while cooking. Also, I really miss some side trays/shelves like you get with the Weber Q120 and Road Trip LXE.
As for cooking, this is a hot little grill and you’ll get a nice sear on your meat. The 200 square inches is plenty of space too. You also get nice latches securing the lid for carrying. This is a product well worth considering from Char-Broil.
The Weber Go-Anywhere grills have achieved almost legendary status. Don’t let looks deceive you: this fairly unattractive little box is quite durable.
There aren’t any frills here, and there don’t need to be. It’s a straightforward portable grill with push-button ignition, good construction for the price and just plain good grilling.
– 160 square inches cooking surface
– porcelain-enameled flavorizer bars
– push-button ignition
– glass reinforced nylon handle
– 10,000 BTU
– plated steel wire cooking grate
– table top design
– two folding legs
A hinged lid would have been nice as you don’t always have a place to put the lid while grilling. Also, the glass reinforced nylon handles get quite hot (wooden ones would have been better). Most experienced grillers will also tell you that the push-button starter don’t last forever.
Only buy it if you can find it under $100. Otherwise you might as well go for a Coleman or a Weber Q1000.
Best Portable Gas Grill Summary
I’ve isolated 5 excellent portable grills for you on this page. There are some other well-known portable grills like the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet and the Fuego Element that didn’t make this list, because they come with their own sets of problems and there are simply better grills around.
I also didn’t cover throwaway portable grills (the $30 price range). I hope you found this guide useful, and happy grilling!