The Char-Broil Portable Gas Grill
The first portable gas grill be examined is manufactured by Char-Broil- it's designed for truly mobile and portable grilling with legs that fold over the top and lock the lid in place.
Another handy feature, because its handles are heat resistant, you don't need to wait for them to cool down if you're looking to pack up camp quickly and leave the grounds. It provides 190 in.² for its cooking surface with an 11,000 BTU burner that's compatible with 14.1-ounce and 16.4-ounce propane cylinders.
It's advertised as a convenient option for tailgaters, campers or just people in the backyard who lack a dedicated outdoor grill.
- Buyers tell us that you have to be careful shielding the grill's flame from strong wind because some reviewers criticize it for snuffing out at even slight breezes.
- The difference between the standard and deluxe models is that the standard is a little bit smaller at 187 in.² as opposed to the deluxe which is 190 in.².
- The deluxe does also come with a pushbutton ignition.
- Some buyers purchased it so that they could use it on their balconies or fire escapes and crowded urban areas- saying it's a handy option that enables them to cook outdoors during summer months.
- Another buyer tells us he has grilled pizzas, corn on the cob, hot dogs, bratwurst, and hamburgers, saying that the medium setting was most effective- he also praised how portable it was for family trips throughout the domestic United States.
- Another reviewer says that in terms of how much it can cook at a time, they were able to fit 4 steaks on it- and commend its inexpensive price and solid quality.
- Some reviewers have complained that recent models have declined in quality and are just not as durable as they used to be.
- Overall, you should be aware of prior to purchase that it will take some assembly to put it together- so make sure you have a screwdriver handy whether you are camping or tailgating.
- Another tip from an experienced user is that when working with hamburgers, you should lay out some aluminum foil on the grill cooking surface, spray it with some Pam, and then lay the hamburgers on it.
The Coleman Portable Propane Camping Grill
The second portable propane grill we examined is manufactured by Coleman- it comes in a range of different color options that include maroon, orange, green, blue, silver and black. It's marketed as a solid option in cold environments on account of a proprietary pressure control system that provides study heat.
It has 20,000 BTUs with each burner having 10,000 BTUs and a spacious cooking service of 285 in.². It collapses with just one hand and sets up with a lift and lock system- plus the included push-button ignition means you won't be fumbling around with matches.
- One buyer who was in the market for a portable propane grill that could connect to the propane supply of his recreational vehicle says that he was able to set it up with a little bit of tinkering with connection hoses and brass fittings.
- Some buyers had trouble with the lid flailing open during transport, especially over rough terrain, so it's best to use a little bit of bungee cord to secure it.
- Buyers say that while it can survive outside for short periods of time, over the long-haul it's best to store it- since it folds up so compactly many reviewers tuck it away in the garage.
- Some buyers use it as their dedicated grill, especially when they don't have a ton of outdoor space to work with-especially for small patios, balconies, and verandas.
- In order to make cleanup easier, some purchasers lined with burner area with aluminum foil, cutting circular holes out to fit around the circular burners.
The Smoke Hollow Mobile Propane Grill
The third portable propane gas grill we examined was the stainless steel Smoke Hollow option- it provides 305 in.² of cooking surface with a 12,000 BTU burner. It is a table top option built from a durable stainless steel and intended for outdoor grilling on camping, boating, tailgating, picnic expeditions, and even functioning as a replacement for traditional grills.
It's intended to be used in conjunction with disposable propane cylinders-these can easily be purchased in camping supply stores as a common accessory purchase.
Buyers have told us that fits up to 8 burgers at a time with even heat distribution. As an alternative to charcoal grilling, campers say that this is a lighter weight option that is more conveniently portable. There have been some reports of the ignition lighter malfunctioning right out of the box.
The Cuisinart Stainless Steel Propane Grill
The fourth gourmet portable tabletop gas grill we examine is manufactured by Cuisinart and it comes in red, black and stainless steel options either with a stand or as a table top. It provides 145 in.² of grilling area, enough to accommodate 8 steaks, 8 burgers, 4 pounds of fish, or between 6 to 10 chicken breasts.
It includes an integrated briefcase style handle which enables you to carry this 13.5 pound gas grill to your car and out into the wilderness without too much of a hassle. It's marketed as a space-saving option that evenly cooks food as well as traditional-style grills.
Cuisinart additionally markets it as a high-performance option great for families- whether you are taking it to a baseball game or on to your boat, its collapsing legs and carry handle makes it simple to transport. In terms of supplying propane, you can purchase a screw the tank at places like Walmart and Home Depot, or you can purchase a hose to hook it up to a larger, dedicated propane tank (Source).
- Some hesitant purchasers wondered whether you can cook with the top down, and reviewers have told us that indeed this model let you do that- a solid option for cooking hamburgers and kebabs.
- While not as strong as a traditional grill, we were told that it is a strong option that will take a little bit extra time to cook hotdogs and steaks.
- Some buyers purchased it to install outside their homes, having it function as a backup cooking area- great for when you need an extra cooking surface for large family get-togethers.
The Weber Portable Propane Grill
The last mobile gas grill we examined his the Weber Go Anywhere option- it produces 6,500 BTU with a 160 in.² cooking surface area. It includes porcelain enamel cooking grates that are engineered to decrease nasty flame flares- designed to provide high-range temperatures as well as low-range temperatures great for slower, more absorbing grilling.
- Buyers were for the most part unhappy with this option, with some reviewers purchasing expensive add-ons to improve its heat distribution and clean-up, saying that it's not worth it; you should just purchase a more robust unit to start with.
- Other complaints include legs that bend and get misshapen over time resulting in an insecure and wobbly grilling experience.
- Other buyers complain about the quality of the broiler plate that covers the burner and that the regulator is inadequate for delivering sufficient pressure so that the burner remains lit.
- Other buyers say that overall this is more of a broiler pan than an actual grill- with the evident drawback being that it doesn't get hot enough to actually function as a broiler.
- In addition, because of a poor design, reviewers have told us that all of the melted juice and fat from meat drip and disgustingly collect inside of the grill's body frame creating an intractable and disgusting mess.