The Weber Q 2200 is the cornerstone of Weber's popular Q-line of portable grills, and when it comes to a true portable grill that you can fold up and carry away, this one is about as big as you can get. With 280 square inches of grilling space and a hood that gives enough room to grill a whole chicken or large roast, it is as versatile as a single burner grill can be.
However, at 42 pounds and requiring a two-hand carry, this isn't the most portable of portable gas grills. It is small enough, though, to fit perfectly on an apartment balcony and inside the trunk of a car. This little grill can cook up burgers, steaks, and chicken for several people, offering efficient design and Weber quality, making this a good investment.
Description and Specs
The Weber Q 2200 isn't as powerful as a standard gas grill, but it is certainly worth looking at in the portable grill category if the specs meet your needs. Ideal for camping, small outdoor spaces, and semi-permanent placement (bringing to a vacation rental as opposed to packing up for tailgating), the Weber Q 2200 is well made and powerful for its size with a cooking area that will feed three to four people.
The shell is cast aluminum and the cooking grates are heavy porcelain coated cast iron. This holds the heat and makes this grill better than most portable gas grills, which tend to be underpowered. The infinite control burner valve allows for varying temperature levels, meaning the heat capabilities are not limited to certain levels of degrees. And the stainless steel burner tube in the base of the grill provides even heat throughout the grill while the hood-mounted thermometer lets you keep track of your food's progress.
Here are the specs at a glance:
- 280-square-inch porcelain coated cast iron cooking grate
- 12,000 BTU tubular stainless steel burner
- Push button ignition
- Large hood
- Hood-mounted thermometer
- Cast aluminum lid and body
- Glass-reinforced nylon frame
- Removable catch pan
- Two work tables
- Weighs about 42 pounds
- Available conversion for full-sized propane tanks
- Available in multiple colors
- Made in the United States
The Weber Q 2200 is fitted with glass-reinforced tables on each side, providing a convenient spot for sauces and spices. The two-piece porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates can be swapped out or combined with the optional griddle accessory sold separately. Being able to turn your grill into a griddle adds even more versatility—and not just because you can cook pancakes on your portable grill, but also allowing you to use the grill as a searing plate.
Pros and Cons
All in all, if you are willing to pay for this portable and don't need it to be very portable, then this is a good choice. The Weber Q 2200 has a large cooking area for a portable grill, and the full open gas grilling gets you as closes as possible to "real" grilling.
However, at 42 pounds, it is pretty heavy—add fuel, tools, and food and you won't want to take this very far. It is also one of the more expensive portables.