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Choosing the Best Portable Gas Grill: We Review the Top 6

This post was updated on April 19th, 2024

In a world filled with so many portable propane grill options it can be hard to sort the diamonds from the rough. We poured over reviews, message boards, forums, and polled RV experts to find the 6 best portable gas grill options for the beach, campsite, RV park, or Wal-mart parking lot. These recommendations are chosen based on their portability, value, cooking flexibility and quality. If you are a tailgater, camper, RV’er or even live in a small apartment then these grills tend to offer the best bang for your buck when preparing meals. Nearly every portable gas grill on our list can be easily stored in a RV basement or in the trunk of a vehicle.

Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill with VersaStand

Cuisinart-Petit-Gourmet-portable-gas-grill The Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill puts a lot into a small package. It has a 145 square inch grilling surface and a telescoping “VersaStand” which comes integrated into the bottom of the grill, making it one of the more portable of the gas grills on this list at only 17lbs. Owners of this portable camping grill rave about its even cooking performance while the temperature can reach a respectable 500 degrees. It comes with porcelain enameled grill grates that can accommodate up to 4 hungry mouths to feed. The briefcase design makes the grill easy to transport and it folds up in seconds. Cuisinart is a trusted brand and if the thousands of positive reviews are any indication, the Cuisinart portable propane grill is worth considering for anyone looking for an all-in-one portable grill solution.

Things People Don’t Like About the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill: Some users report having trouble getting the portable grill to high enough temperatures for grilling some items.

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O-Grill Portable Gas Barbecue Grill

O-Grill-portable-gas-grill The O-Grill Portable Gas Barbecue Grill gets high marks for its simple design. It has a clam shell type setup that lock together into a briefcase like portable gas grill that weighs in at 21lbs. It accepts a standard disposable propane tanks and can be deployed in a matter of seconds. The O-Grill is ideal for around a campsite or tailgate with its footprint. It can easily cook burgers or steaks with its 9500 BTU’s and porcelain-enameled cast iron grates. This portable grill is considered by most to be a high-end model, though most of that flare seems to be from the clever design. It does have a 164 square inch cooking surface which is large for a grill that is this portable. If style, portability, and quality are important to you then look no further.

Things People Don’t Like About the O-Grill Portable Gas Barbecue Grill: Some users say that the grill doesn’t get very hot and that it doesn’t have a very big flame. The stamped steel body is not the most rugged construction on this list. It is not uncommon nor expected with these ultra portable grills, but certainly worth considering.

Weber 1520 Propane Gas Go-Anywhere Grill

weber-portable-gas-grill If dependability is what drives your purchasing decision for your next portable gas grill then the Weber 1520 Propane Gas Go-Anywhere Grill should be at the top of your list. Weber is known for making solid products that perform well. In this case they hold up that reputation. This portable gas grill only weighs 14lbs and has the classic and simplistic tool box design. You can lug this grill virtually anywhere whether it is to a tailgate, picnic, or party. The Weber 1520 offers a cooking area of 160 square inches and a rugged steel cooking grate. This unit is designed to rest on a table top or the ground for cooking. It could be an issue for those seeking ultimate portability while still offering easy to cook functionality as it doesnt have a stand. This Weber unit and other from them come with the Flavorizer system which essentially  vaporizes drippings, which claims to add additional grilled flavor to the food.

Things People Don’t Like About the Weber 1520 Propane Gas Go-Anywhere Grill: Some users had trouble getting the grill hot enough for some cooking applications. Again,  a common issue with portable grills. Overall the feedback from RV’ers are positive however.

4 thoughts on “Choosing the Best Portable Gas Grill: We Review the Top 6”

  1. Great review! I also like the Coleman RoadTrip LXE for its really portable feature and great grilling capability. I think Magma Chefsmate is also a great addition to the list.

  2. Great review. We looked at each of the grills in your review but ultimately chose the Cuisinart CGG-200 grill and would definitely rank it amongst the best in class. It is well designed, well made and with 240 sq inches of cook space is large enough for the whole family.

  3. Cant go wrong with the Q series! That 280 square inch grilling area should be able to hold 4 steaks without an issue. We saw a guy fit 12 pork chops on one, though it wasnt pretty!

  4. Thanks for taking the time to find the best grills. I think I’m going to purchase the Weber Q 220… The grill on my trailer can only cook about two good size steaks at a time and I’d love to be able to fit four. Thanks again!

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