The ideal portable gas grill combines the size you need for optimum grilling, with the portablility to be able to take it anywhere with ease. It’ll be lightweight without sacrificing the thermal contact you need to grill your food efficiently.
Check out our list of best portable gas grills, judged on
- Cooking Power/Versatility
10. Weber 54060001 Q2200 Liquid Propane Grill
Highly-ranked, this grill from Weber comes fully assembled right frm the start, and features a single-burner design with easy to start ignition capabilities.
Although it is designed as a portable grill, its weight of 42 pounds means it is not the most convenient grill for travel. Still, it does fit easily in a trunk for transport. The aforementioned single burner also means it doesn’t offer great cooking versatility, but its large surface area allows for a great number of food items to be cooked both easily and quickly.
9. Coleman NXT Lite Table Top Propane Grill
Featuring high cooking power of up to 8500 BTUs, this unit gets hot enough to cook any meal type with ease. Easy start methods are a bonus on the go, and interchangeable grates (not included) for griddles, grilling or stove top make this portable grill highly versatile. Grease trap cleans easily and this model is lightweight for great portability.
Some users report that the grill can be unstable depending on the surface, and many recommend cooking with the lid down in order to get an even cooking temperature.
8. Cuisinart CGG-180TB Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill, Black
Although this portable grill requires some basic assembly, it can be done in 5 minutes and requires no tools. The cooking power is perfect for searing jobs, and can efficiently cook a wide variety of meats for up to 4 people at a time. Lightweight at around 12 pounds with folding legs and an integrated handle for easy portability.
Some users report issues with the plastic lid clips, and a few have experienced uneven heat distribution. Given the price and number of great features, this portable grill is still excellent value for the money.
7. Napoleon TQ2225PO Travel Q Portable Grill, Orange
This model is great for its simple structure and lightweight, highly-portable design. The clam shell frame locks up easily and can be carried much like a briefcase via the handle. In addition, the cooking surface of 225 square inches is both large and very versatile for a portable grill. Offers great cooking power at over 10,000 BTUs.
Some users do report an uneven flame that does not seem to burn very hot. Construction is not especially rugged.
6. Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
Because of its an infrared grill in portable form, this model from Solaire offers greater cooking power than most other grills of its type without sacrificing portability. Large surface area for maximum capacity and the option to convert this grill to a full tank model also give it excellent versatility and value marks.
Some users report that the grill is unreliable on cold or windy days and that it doesn’t drain grease efficiently.
5. Zippo All-Terrain Grill
This entry from Zippo is in the higher-end spectrum of best portable gas grills. Its portability rating depends mainly on how one views the transport cart. It is not lightweight at about 45 pounds, but the cart makes it simple to transport. In addition, it has rugged quality construction. Powerful output and durability make it a good value for the price.
4. George Foreman 5-Serving Removable Plate Grill and Panini Press, Black, GRP0004B
This inexpensive grill offers high portability with its lightweight and ultra-slim profile. Despite the compact size, it has relatively high versatility with a decent surface area of 72 square inches, enough to feed a small family with ease. Removable plates also offer easy cleanup options.
Some users report that the lack of an on-off switch is a hindrance. You must manually plug the grill in to turn it on and unplug it to turn off. Aside from this, it’s an excellent portable gas grill.
3. Char-Broil Stainless Steel Portable Gas Grill
This Char-Broil model features durable stainless steel construction and a wide cooking area for increased versatility. You can grill a wide variety at once without sacrificing portability as this lightweight unit comes in at around 20 pounds.
One extra that we like is the specially-designed heat resistant handles which address a common problem among portable grill users, who often feel the handles get far too hot too quickly.
Some users do claim the flame does not get very hot for their needs, and a few have had problems with the electric starter, particularly during use on windy days. Although some photos online show folding legs, this unit has fixed legs.
2. Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel TableTop Propane Gas Grill
This portable grill from Smoke Hollow gives you one of the largest surface areas we’ve seen at 305 square inches, for one of the best portable gas grills in versatility. At over 10000 BTUs it also offers plenty of cooking power for all of your grilling needs at both small and large events. With folding legs and a locking hood, it also scores high in portability. A few users have had issues with the drip pan sliding around, and occasional flare-ups, but overall this portable grill earns its spot.
1. Blackstone Portable Table Top Camp Griddle, Gas Grill
This model from Blackstone doubles as a griddle if you purchase the kit with it, but works outstandingly well as simply a portable grill on its own. The heavy duty construction has 260 inches of cooking surface making it an excellent choice for versatility. The unique shape should offer a fairly even heat distribution, with an output of 12000 BTUs max, making for excellent cooking power for any occasion.
Very few users have anything negative to say about this model aside from it losing heat in the wind. Other than that, it easily takes our top spot.
We think most any model on our list will serve your grill on the go needs remarkably well no matter which you choose. It’s really a matter of how much you want to cook at once, how hot you want to get the temp at maximum, and what size you find ideal for portability. These factors will determine the best portable gas grill for you.