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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The Weber Q 2200 is the cornerstone of Weber's popular Q line of portable grills. I say portable because that is what it was built to be but at 42 pounds and requiring two hands to carry, this isn't the most portable of portable gas grill. What it is, is a good gas grill that just happens to be small enough to be perfect for the balcony or the trunk. The single burner design doesn't give a great deal of versatility, but with 280 square inches of cooking this little grill can cook up... burgers, steaks, and chicken for several people. Efficient design and Weber quality make this a good investment.
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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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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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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.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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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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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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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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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.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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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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You want to head out to do some tailgating or grill up some burgers at a picnic. You need a grill and a cooler. What if these two bulky items were built into one unit? Well, now they is. The Char-Broil Grill 2 Go Ice is a large portable grill, built into an extendable frame with two soft pack coolers in the bottom. With two large wheels and a handle so you can cart it around easily this unit is the answer to the needs of many people who want to hit the road and do some grilling. Unfortunately,... this unit is limited by design and construction issues that just might make it more hassle than it is worth.
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