The 10 Best Portable Gas Grills to Buy in 2018

The Best Portable Gas Grills on the Market

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When shopping for a portable gas grill, look for something that combines the size you need with the portability you want. A good portable grill should be light enough to carry comfortably while giving the power and thermal contact that can quickly grill a steak or burgers without drying out the meats. These portable gas grills have the combination of power and portability that make them perfect for tailgating, picnics, or camping.

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    Weber Q 2200

    Weber Q 2200
    Weber Q 2200. Weber-Stephen Products Company

    Small but powerful, the single burner on this portable grill offers 12,000 BTUs of cooking power to efficiently heat the compact 280 square inch cooking grates. The cooking grids are porcelain enameled cast iron that won’t rust and are easy to clean while providing even heat and great grill marks, just like larger grills.

    Electronic ignition starts the grill easily, while the infinite-control burner valve lets you adjust the temperature for searing or gently cooking, and everything in between. A built-in thermometer on the top of the grill makes it easy to check the temperature during cooking and two side tables give you space to hold plates, sauces, and your beverage, then they fold down to take less space when they’re not needed.

    The body and lid of the grill are made from aluminum and the frame is glass-reinforced nylon, to reduce weight and make it easier to transport to the patio for cooking and then back into storage. The catch pan is easily removable, so it’s easy to clean when cooking is done.

    This grill comes fully assembled, so all you have to do is take it out of the box, attach a propane cylinder, and start cooking. This uses 14.1 or 16.4 ounce disposable propane cylinders.


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    Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared Grill

    Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared Gas Grill
    Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared Gas Grill. Rasmussen Iron Works, Inc.

    Imagine the power of an infrared grill in a portable. This 14,000 BTU infrared grill packs more heat than any other portable grill and at 20 pounds you can take it almost anywhere. All stainless steel construction you can even get this grill in marine quality steel with a railing mount for boating. 155 square inches of grilling area. Uses either disposable propane bottles or can be converted to a full 20-pound tank or even natural gas.

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    Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable

    Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill Model# CGG-180T
    Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill Model# CGG-180T. Cuisinart Inc.

    Cuisinart is, of course, synonymous with quality kitchen appliances. Of course, a good brand name can be used to sell anything, right? In recent years, Cuisinart has had a line of portable gas grills. This little unit is lightweight and very portable. It doesn't produce a lot of heat so it isn't a powerful grill, but so small and easily transportable it is perfect for those events where weight and size is an issue.

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    Napoleon TravelQ TQ285 Portable

    Napoleon TravelQ TQ285
    Napoleon TravelQ TQ285. Napoleon Grills

    The TravelQ is the new portable gas grill from Napoleon. Lightweight and very compact this 20-pound model can be carried with one hand, yet has plenty of grilling space on heavy cast iron cooking grates. In most ways, this is comparable with similar portables including heat output and capacity. One advantage this little grill has over many similar sized grills is the twin burner design allowing for greater versatility in cooking. While not inexpensive, this is a well-built portable that will work well at the park or on the beach.

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    Zippo All Terrain

    Zippo All Terrain Grill
    Zippo All Terrain Grill. Zippo Manufacturing Company

    The Zippo All-Terrain Grill is Zippo's entry into outdoor cooking and it is impressive. Certainly, the nearly $400USD price tag puts it on the high end of the market, but the powerful heat output and solid construction make it one of the better ones. This grill is new to the market and comes from a company that hasn't made something like this before, but there is attention to detail. At 45 pounds, it is heavy, but the cart design makes it easy to transport. like this before, but there is attention to detail. At 45 pounds, it is heavy, but the cart design makes it easy to transport.

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    Weber Propane Gas Go Anywhere Portable Grill

    Weber Propane Gas Go Anywhere Portable Grill Model# 1520
    Weber Propane Gas Go Anywhere Portable Grill Model# 1520. Weber-Stephen Products Company

    When you want to hit the beach with a dependable gas grill, you want something that you can carry in one hand and doesn't weigh a whole lot. The Weber Go Anywhere weighs in at 14 pounds and folds up into a tool box shape that makes it one of the most portable and popular little gas grills on the market. These days there are a lot of sophisticated portable gas grills on the market, including several from Weber, but this classic is simple, dependable, and capable of grilling up a few steaks, burgers, or hot dogs on the beach or in the park.

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    Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Grill2Go X200

    Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Grill2Go X200
    Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Grill2Go X200. Char-Broil LLC

    There is a lot to like with this portable gas grill, particularly the construction. For a little grill, this is well built of mostly cast aluminum. The lid locks tightly in place and the legs and handles are sturdy. Typically portable grills are not as powerful as their full-sized cousins, but this little wonder is very powerful. The problem is that is is actually too powerful and thanks to its infrared technology, there is no way to dial it down for slower grilling without the risk of the burner blowing out. Add to this some extra maintenance needs and flare-ups issues and you have a portable grill that fails to live up to its promises.

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    Element Portable by Fuego

    Element Portable Gas Grill by Fuego
    Element Portable Gas Grill by Fuego. Fuego

    From the grill design team at Fuego comes this new, 15-pound portable gas grill. This little grill sells for $150USD and features a single 8,000 BTU stainless steel burner fed by either 16.4 or 14.1 disposable LP tanks. The whole unit folds up into a briefcase-size with a large silicon band holding the whole thing together. The Element Portable has 159 square inches of cast iron cooking space, push button ignition, lock in place folding legs, and a shoulder strap for hands-free carry. This in not a large portable, but then, that's the point. Carry this grill down to the beach or even take it hiking and you can grill up a couple of steaks or burgers. The power output is good and the cast iron cooking grates give excellent heat transfer.

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    Cuisinart All Foods Portable Gas Grill

    Cuisinart Portable Propane Grill CGG200
    Cuisinart Portable Propane Grill CGG200. Cuisinart

    Cuisinart is, of course, synonymous with quality kitchen appliances. Now they have an outdoor portable gas grill. This unit is built, in many ways, like a small version of a full sized gas grill. The single stainless steel tubular burner runs around the firebox providing pretty even heating (mine is hot in the front left corner). The grill generates good heat output and is certainly hot enough for most any grilling task. With the vegetable tray (basically a grill topper for small foods) you get a lot of versatility out of a small but powerful gas grill.

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    Pit Boss Two-Burner Stainless Steel Portable LP Gas Grill

    Courtesy of Home Depot

    Small and lightweight enough to be portable, but sturdy enough for travel or everyday home use, this grill is made from stainless steel that will never rust or corrode. It will look great on your patio when you’re not taking it camping, tailgating or to the neighbor’s yard when they need extra grilling space for a party.

    This has two 10,000 BTU burners and 275 square inches of grilling space, so you can cook your steaks with style. The burners are controlled independently, so you can cook on high heat on one side while you keep food warm or cook it at a gentle temperature on the other side. The integrated thermometer makes it easy to check the internal temperature at a glance.
    The stainless steel cooking grids and stainless steel grease tray make cleanup a breeze when cooking is done. Then, when it’s time to pack up the party, the legs fold and the lid latches closed, making the grill easy to carry and store.