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.
Weber-Stephen Products Company
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.
Rasmussen Iron Works, Inc.
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.
Uni-O Industries Corporation
A good portable gas grill should be sturdy, with good grilling characteristics, but also lightweight and easily transported. At 24 pounds and folding up into a briefcase sized grill the O-Grill is all these. The porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates are going to give good grilling characteristics from this single burner grill. This portable grill can be set up and lit in seconds and be ready to grill in a few minutes. One of the reasons that this portable is so lightweight is that the body is stamped steel, making it a little more fragile than ridged body grills, what what you would expect from a small, portable.
While very traditional in design this completely stainless steel portable gas grill heats quickly and evenly and is easy to clean. The relatively large cooking area and good heat output will give you very real grilling in a 15 pound portable. These units last forever and are easy to take care off. This unit has a good selection of accessories including extendable legs that bring it to 32 inches height and the option to switch to gas, charcoal or electric.
This well constructed 304 stainless steel portable gas grill from Napoleon isn't very creative in design but works great. The single bar burner puts out 14,000 BTUs (and burns through fuel pretty quickly) which gives the 215 square inches of primary cooking space plenty of heat. Primary cooking area? Yes, this is one portable with a fold up warming rack giving you a little extra space and versatility in your cooking. Of course you pay for this quality and versatility. At nearly $300USD this isn't the cheapest portable gas grill.
Weber-Stephen Products Company
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.
You would think that a portable grill shaped like a tool box was just a novelty, but this unit is actually very practical. You can load everything you need for grilling (including the propane bottle) inside the unit and take it along with you everywhere. Not only is this unit a good working portable gas grill but it won't break the bank either at around $65USD. While this model has been improved I found that it generates an uneven heat that while not a big issue, you should be aware of this problem. Also, the lightweight construction means you need to take care of this unit so it doesn't get damaged.
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.
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.
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 are. 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 an 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.