The Weber Q2200 is the replacement for the previous model, the Q220. This grill is sort of a bridge between the very compact and portable Q1200 and the larger, cart-mounted Q3200. Let’s see what this new model has to offer compared to the previous model.
Weber Q2200 Review – First Look
The unit still features a 12,000 BTU single D-shaped burner to heat up the 280 square inch cooking area (compared to the 189 square-inch offered by the Q120). So, this is a grill that can accommodate grilling for 4+ people, and that’s who I would recommended it for. If you only need to grill for 2-4 people, you should be fine with the smaller model, and save a bit on gas at the same time.
You still get the same high quality porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates, although it is now a split grid. This offers you two new advantages: first, it makes the grid easier to clean, especially if you only use one half of it. Second, you can now also use a grate on one side and a griddle on the other. This is a smart design decision by Weber.
The body and lid offers a sturdy cast aluminum construction. The unit comes virtually fully assembled in the box, and only minor assembly is left which can be done in no time at all.
The Weber Q2200 gas grill is fired up by an electronic starter, and you get a battery in the box courtesy of Weber to get you off to a flying start. Weber has retained the thermometer on the lid, although it has moved up a bit, as well as the handy fold-out side tables. These are not much stronger than they were on the previous model, so don’t think about loading your entire to-be-grilled food stack on them.
They’ve done away with the tool hooks of the previous model though for reason which are not entirely clear. I guess they were only really practical when the grill was mounted on a cart, but why not just retain the option?
The tables fold in under the lid, so keep the cardboard that the unit ships with. You can put it between the tables and the grates to prevent scratching of either when you fold them for storage or travel.
The manual recommends 14.1oz or 16.4 oz cylinders for this grill. You can, however, with the purchase of a separate Q Adapter Hose, connect the grill to a 20lb tank. This is nice for home use, while the canisters are handy for when you want the grill to travel with you. This grill also fits on the previous generation Weber Q carts.
Cooking with the Weber Q2200
Weber is famed for its even cooking, and the Q2200 delivers well on that for the most part. There are a few hot spots here and there, but nothing too serious. The single burner does limit you a little, especially with regards to indirect cooking.
The Weber Q2200 grill heats up nice and quickly, and has no trouble reaching 550 degrees. It holds the temperature well if you don’t open and close the lid too often. The domed lid allows a fair amount of space for larger roasts and whole birds, but even at its lowest setting it is still pretty hot. Not really ideal for large roasts that need slow, indirect heat.
Still, you’ll have no trouble getting a nice sear on your steaks and it will handle most other foods you throw at it. This is a great grill to cook on.
The Q2200 is quite a bit larger than the Q1200, so be aware that it takes up a good amount of space in a vehicle. I’d probably go as far as to say this grill is about at the limit of portable size. Any larger and it would have become somewhat of a space hog or just a hassle to carry around. Transporting the grates separately makes the grill a lot lighter and easier to carry.
Here’s a quick video overview of the Q2200 (black color scheme). Note that the Weber Q portable cart seen in this video requires a separate purchase.
Final Words – Weber Q2200 Gas Grill
The Q2200 is a great medium-sized grill for small families. It is still portable and still delivers a great grilling experience. In comparison to the previous model, Weber has added a split grate, but did away with the tool hooks on the folding tables. The grill still feels a little under powered and struggles to maintain high heat when you’re opening and closing the lid a lot.
If you already have a Q220 in good working order, the Q2200 is not going to offer you enough to justify purchasing it as a replacement. If you’re looking for a new portable grill to service a family of 4 – 6, this grill is a great choice. You can also check out my roundup of gas grills under $300 to see what your other options in this price range are.
Hope you enjoyed my Weber Q2200 review!