The Bottom Line
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.
- Compact design
- Relatively heavy cooking grate
- Low heat output
- Flame tamer is thin porcelain steel
- 145 square inches cooking area
- 5,500 BTU maximum output from a singular burner
- 13 pounds total weight
- Stamped steel construction with many plastic parts
- Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grate
- Locking lid for one handed carry
- Folding, locking legs
- Uses standard one pound disposable propane bottles
- On knob piezoelectric igniter
- Made in China by Cuisinart Inc.
Guide Review - Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill
The Cuisinart Petit Gourmet is designed, first and foremost, to be portable. That is what would be expected of a portable gas grill, but where others add weight for power, this model seems to sacrifice most everything for the size. The simple box shape fits the 145 square inch cooking surface with as small and as light a body as possible. Consider that three of the 13 pound that this grill weighs is the porcelain coated cast iron cooking grate.
As a little grill, this is a good choice. The biggest drawback is the low heat output. Certainly it doesn't take a lot of fuel to heat up such a small space, but there are lot of portable gas grills out there with more power (see Top 10 Portable Gas Grills). While Cuisinart boasts that this can cook 8 steaks, they must be pretty small steaks and with the heat output, they would take a while to cook and there definitely wouldn't be much of a sear to them.
Aside from the low heat output, this isn't a bad little grill and for the person who wants to carry a grill in one hand and all the food for a picnic in the other, this is a pretty good choice. Don't expect high performance, but it is certainly powerful enough and good enough to grill up some hamburgers or hotdogs at the park.
At around $150USD this isn't the cheapest portable gas grill on the market but it is competitive for the size.