Just about everyone who has cooked with a gas grill knows how great of an experience it can be. These grills do an amazing job of grilling just about anything the consumer needs to grill, from pork steaks all the way to seafood. But they do have one drawback; they’re not very portable—especially when you consider having to take not only the grill but the propane tank as well. Fortunately, there is a type of gas grill that is portable, and we wanted to take the opportunity to review them. And that’s why all of our readers can read the following reviews that showcase the best small gas grills we could find. We hope the following grills allow the consumer to take their cooking on the road.
Best Small Gas Grills
3Weber Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill
Most people recognize Weber as the company that has made many high-quality BBQ pits over the years, but people probably don’t think of them as the company that makes the best small gas grill. However, they do make the best grill—a model known as the Q1200. This small grill comes in a wide assortment of colors that include black, red, blue, green, or yellow.
Their bright colors aren’t what makes them so good. No, they also have a lot of great features that allow the consumer to use them to make some truly delicious grilled meals. It doesn’t matter if the consumer is grilling pork chops, ribs, brisket, or chicken, these small gas grills are ready to give them all of the tools they need to do it right.
This grill is approximately 15.5-inches high, 16.5-inches deep, and 40.9-inches wide. And that’s with the lid closed. This product comes fully assembled right out of its box, so the consumer doesn’t have to spend precious time putting it together. All they have to do is to use their own 14 or 16-ounce propane tank and hook it up. It will then be ready to grill.
This product also has a stainless-steel burner that delivers a blistering 8,500 BTU of cooking power to the 189 square-inch cooking area. It’s also equipped with an electronic ignition system that’s easy to start and will have the consumer cooking in no time flat.
To help give the consumer control over the grilling process, this product is also equipped with a built-in thermometer for keeping track of temperature, and an infinite control burner that the consumer can set as they need to for a perfect chicken breast or steak.
This grill’s size is perfect for setting on a table, but if the consumer wants to spend a little bit of extra money, they can also buy a stand for it that allows it to be used as a regular grill. Regardless of how the consumer uses it, however, we’re sure of one thing. Most people are going to think this grill is the next best thing to hit the market since sliced bread.
2Pit Boss Grills Stainless-Steel Portable Grill
Every time we’ve reviewed Pit Boss grills, we’ve always been happy with them, and this grill won’t be the exception to that rule. We’ve found this to be a high-quality grill that’s portable enough to take just about anywhere and powerful enough to cook just about anything.
This is a product that only weighs 23-pounds, so it’s easy for the average person to pack it up and take it where they need to take it. All the consumer has to do is to set it up on whatever outdoor table they need to use and it’s ready to be put to work. Of course, they’ll have to hook up their own propane tank to it, a 20-pound tank, but after that, it will be ready to cook.
At first glance, this grill looks too small, but in our opinion, it’s the right size. This product is approximately 23-inches wide, 16-inches high, and 19.5-inches deep. It has legs that fold up and a hood that latches on it. It has a cooking area of 276 square-inches and features two 10,000 BTU stainless-steel burners.
This product also comes with a 36-inch LP hose attachment that’s easy to set up with your personal propane tank. Another thing that we liked about this grill was that it also came with a dome thermometer to monitor temperature and a push-and-turn ignition system that makes starting the grill a breeze.
Another thing that we thought was brilliant about this grill was that it had a sturdy body that was made from 430 stainless-steel. It also featured a grid that was made from 304 stainless-steel as well. That means that most likely this grill is not only going to last through the summer but is likely to last for many, many years before it needs to be retired. Durability, a reasonable price, and compact size—what more could a person want out of their small gas grill? This grill didn’t make it to our number one spot, but we still think it’s a great product worth examining.
1Megamaster Stainless-Steel Gas Grill
We always try to be honest with our readers, especially when it comes to reviewing products that we hadn’t previously seen. And that’s not going to change now. Before we came across this product, we hadn’t heard the name Megamaster, so we weren’t quite sure what to expect when we reviewed this product. Then we got a chance to see what it could do and the features that this small grill had and we have to say that we were quite impressed. This was a quality product that was well made, was large enough to meet our grilling needs, and was available for a very reasonable price. Let’s dig into some of its features so that everyone can see what this product has to offer.
This product is approximately 20.27-inches by 19.13-inches by 15.87-inches. It had a total cooking area of 199 square inches, which isn’t large but is likely large enough for most people, and it was a gas grill that used liquid propane. This product had two 409 stainless-steel burners that could provide a total of 16,000 BTUs. It also has a push-button ignition that makes the grill easy to use, and it features a stainless-steel cooking grid that’s very durable. And another thing that we liked was that this product had a 16-inch firebox that was also made out of stainless steel.
This product also had legs that were quite sturdy and held the grill up nicely. These legs could easily be folded up so the consumer can take the product on the road. Taking all of these features into consideration, along with this product’s reasonable price, and have come to the conclusion that this is a small budget gas grill that we think a lot of people are going to want to use this grill. It’s a product that can cook a variety of foods, can be easily transported, and is durable enough to last for many years.
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A Small Gas Grill Buying Guide
Anyone looking over our small gas grill reviews has probably realized by now that they probably need one of the grills—even if they have a full-size grill at home. After all, these smaller grills are portable so they can be taken anywhere and they’re an inexpensive way of extending current grill space without having to buy a second full-size grill. In our eyes, that makes it a piece of BBQ equipment that we feel a lot of consumers are going to want to consider.
Of course, sometimes it isn’t always easy to figure out what small gas grill you might need. There are a variety of different models out there, each one with different features, so it can be difficult for the consumer to figure out what’s right for them. To address this issue, we’ve decided to put together this buying guide. This is a guide that will help consumers figure out if they need one of these grills, and if they do, what features they need their grill to have.
The Pros & Cons Of Small Gas Grills
To help all of our readers determine whether one of these grills is even right for them, we’ve decided to create this section. This section is going to list out the pros and cons of these grills, so consumers can determine for themselves whether these grills are going to work for their needs.
- Easier to transport than small charcoal grills.
- Doesn’t require charcoal lighter fluid.
- They’re simple to use.
- They allow the consumer to have good control over heat levels.
- They require the consumer to carry a propane tank.
- They cost more than the charcoal models.
Consider The Grill’s Size
If the consumer is thinking about purchasing one of these grills, then portability is probably high on their list of concerns. Most likely, they want a grill that’s small enough to be carried to tailgates, to the park, or over to a friend’s house. A grill that they can pack up and take on the go without any problem whatsoever.
However, just because the consumer wants a portable grill doesn’t mean that they want to sacrifice a lot of cooking space. Sure, they want a portable model, but they also want a model that’s large enough to cook what they need to cook. In our opinion, a grill that’s has a cooking surface of approximately 180 square-inches to 250 square-inches is perfect for most people’s needs.
Consider The Number Of Burners
The next thing that the consumer is going to need to think about is the number of burners that the grill has. Most portable gas grills usually have either one or two burners. Two burner grills not only give the consumer the option of cooking two different food items at different temperatures, but it also gives the consumer the option to have more temperature zones.
What we mean when we say that a two-burner system allows the consumer to have more temperature zones, what we mean is that the consumer can not only adjust the temperatures of the burners for different foods but can turn off the burner to keep already cooked food warm while they consumer finishes their cooking.
Consider The Grill’s Construction
The consumer should also think carefully about the construction of the grill. A quality small gas grill will usually be made out of stainless steel with either a stainless steel frame or a glass-reinforced nylon frame. It should also be equipped with a quality cooking grate that’s made either out of stainless steel or porcelain-enameled cast iron. Stainless steel cooking grates are lighter, of course, but porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates are considered to be the most durable and the easiest grates to clean.
Think About Total Heat Output
It’s also very important for the consumer to think about the total amount of heat that’s output by the grill. For small grills, heat output is always listed in BTU—or British Thermal Units. The higher the BTU of a grill, the higher its cooking temperature. As a general rule, most small gas grills can produce anywhere from 8,500 BTU to 10,000 BTU per burner per hour.
Think About Easy-To-Use Controls
The ease with which the unit is operated is also very important. The consumer is going to want to make sure that the grills can be started easily and the temperature is easy to set. Therefore, consumers should look for things such as push-button electric ignition systems, and temperature control dials.
Let’s Talk About The Propane Hookup Hose
The one thing that many small gas grill buying guides overlook is the hookup hose for the grill. And we think that’s a shame because this is something very important to think about. Not only does the consumer need to think about whether the grill comes with a hose or whether they need to purchase it separately, but they also need to consider the length of the propane hose. The hose should be long enough so that the propane tank can be kept a safe distance away. Some models don’t even use a hose and instead have the small propane tank attach directly to it.
Additional Features To Consider
There’s only one more point we would like to make before we call it a day and this point is a discussion of some of the additional features that the consumer should think about before purchasing their new small gas grill. Below are some things that make most of these grills easier to use, extend their usefulness, or makes them a more durable product. Let’s explore each of these briefly before we conclude the guide. Not all consumers are going to need all of the following features, but they are something to think about before finalizing a purchasing decision.
- Folding Legs
- Locking Lid
- Built-In Handles
- Ability To Be Stand Mounted
- Great Collection Tray
- Built-In Thermometer
- Built-In Counter Space