Best Portable Gas Grills

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Eaton Miller

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I am a self-proclaimed grill master! Few quick things to know about me: I love to grill as much as I love to eat. My favorite thing to grill and eat is steaks! Currently, I own a Weber Genesis II LX S-340 for my main grilling action and a Coleman LXX, so I can bring the barbecue party whenever, wherever. More than just a dream grill, I'd love to set up my own wicked sick outdoor grilling station! But that's gonna wait for now. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, I'd love to hear them all. Let's fire up the discussion!
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In this day and age, portability has been a great factor in almost everything we do. We live in a fast-paced lifestyle that we don’t want to limit our life experiences in just one place. Portability is so popular that almost every stuff being sold have portable counterparts, including our grilling tools. Gone are the days when you can only grill in your backyard. Now you can maximize your grilling experience when you have the best portable gas grills!

When you have a portable gas grill, you can practically tow it anywhere and on whatever occasions. These are great for picnics, enjoy with the gang in a recreational vehicle (RV), camping in the wilderness, going for a road trip or tailgating events. It even comes in handy when you just want to change the pace a bit and have a barbecue on your friend or relative’s home. But they don’t own a grill, so it’s up to you to man up and bring the heat to them. Family outings or hanging out with friends have never been so fun and easy with these portable gas grills!

The only common issue with having a portable tool is that some cooking capacity is compromised. They tend to lack in some features and in power. So in this case, we’re not just looking for the smallest or the most portable grills. What makes the best portable gas grills are those that are durable, have the size and heat capacity to still cook food as delicious and flavorful as those with conventional grills, while still being portable.

So with that said, I have shortlisted my top 3 picks. Let’s come and check them out!

Best Portable Gas Grills Comparison Chart

  • Weber Q2200 Gas Grill
  • Rating
  • 25.1 x 51.4 x 26 in
  • 280 sq. in.
    Total Cooking Area
  • 12,000 BTUs
    BTU Rating
  • Ave. Grill Party Size
  • Price Range
  • Coleman RoadTrip LXX
  • Rating
  • 19.1 x 34 x 13.6 in
  • 285 sq. in.
    Total Cooking Area
  • 22,000 BTUs
    BTU Rating
  • Ave. Grill Party Size
  • Price Range
  • Coleman CGG-180 Petit Gourmet Grill
  • Rating
  • 16.5 x 16 x 31.5 in
  • 145 sq. in.
    Total Cooking Area
  • 5,500 BTUs
    BTU Rating
  • Ave. Grill Party Size
  • Price Range

The Top Gas Grill Picks and Reviews

Coleman RoadTrip Propane Portable Grill LXX

When it comes to camping and outdoor gears, you can’t go wrong with Coleman. Coleman takes pride as an American brand with over a century of experience on outdoor recreational products. So they’re not kidding when they say they are the outdoor experts! And true enough, this brand has been in the market for a long time that it clearly sets a high reputation for creating quality outdoor products, including grills.  

Wherein you can find that same quality in Coleman’s RoadTrip series as their hopefuls for the best portable gas grills. Having any of the RoadTrip models will surely make your road trip enjoyable. Honestly, you can either go for the LXE or LXX. While the LXE is a fan favorite as the best gas grills of this category, the LXX is actually the top variant of the RoadTrip line with only slight price difference. So between the two, we’re putting the spotlight on LXX this time.

Although the LXE has colorful variants, the Coleman RoadTrip LXX looks masculine sporting an all black with few bare metal finishes. Since it’s made to be portable, it is easy to transport and assemble. Assembling this thing is really simple that even with 10 minutes is enough to do so.

To assemble, simply take it out of the box, unfold the legs then snap it into the cookbox, and put the plastic hubcaps on wheels. Finish it up by screwing a fuel source into its rear then put the griddle in place. And there you have it, you’re ready to grill on the RoadTrip LXX. It’s easy as ABC!

What makes the RoadTrip superior to others is due to its brilliant design. It works much like a stand-alone grill but still very mobile. It comes with collapsible legs that allow you to use it just like a full standing grill. Unlike the usual portable or tabletop type of grills, there’s no need to look for a level surface to place it on. It even has a sliding stainless steel side tables for additional working space for handling your tools, ingredients and etc.

Once you’re done with cooking, you can fold its legs to make it work like a push-pull trolley! You won’t even need to carry it from one place to another. One of the leg-supports becomes the pull handle when collapsed. With a large handle and wheels make it easy to pull and add ease of transport. You can effortlessly collapse and set it up again in no time. It’s so simple that it works seamlessly perfect.

To protect the grill from the elements, you won’t have any problem storing it in your garage or home since it doesn’t take up too much space at all. It folds compactly that it can even fit inside your car’s trunk and weighs averagely at 50 pounds.

When it comes to the actual grilling, you’ll be very happy to tag this along with your outdoor adventure! Despite the compact package, you won’t even feel there’s a drop of heat with the RoadTrip from the usual bigger grills. And since the LXX is the top variant, it has the highest heat capacity among the RoadTrip line.

It comes with dual burners firing at 11,000 BTU’s of cooking power. That gives you a total of 22,000 BTU’s across a spacious 285 square inches of cooking area. That is more than enough heat to fire up the grill really hot! In fact, it’s even rare to see a portable gas grill with such high firepower. While the cooking size can feed 3-4 persons without breaking a sweat. Each burner even has a low to high settings for your precise cooking.

As one of the best portable gas grills, LXX will never let your grilling experience compromised. That’s because it has the capacity to work just as good as traditional grills. It has the needed heat intensity with sufficient grilling size to cover your intimate group. Furthermore, you still get the same perks of side tables, tool hooks, thermometer and matchless lighting! The LXX has instastart push-button ignition which is very helpful in the outdoors.

But it still doesn’t stop there! The LXX offers little extras to set itself apart with its unique Swaptop interchangeable design. This enables you to switch your grill grates for a griddle top or stove grates, so you have various options for cooking! However, you have to buy these accessories separately. While its PerfectFlow technology ensures steady heat, even in the cold of the night or in extreme weather conditions.

Not fond of cleaning? Not an issue. The RoadTrip LXX has a grease tray to help lessen the oily mess while grilling. It’s also removable so it’s easy to dispose the grease and clean the tray. On the other hand, its cooking surface is porcelain-coated, which makes it easier to clean as well. All you need is a quick wipe with a dish sponge, warm water, and detergent for a fast and proper cleaning.

The only issue you might have with the RoadTrip line is its inability to separate the grill from its wheel stand while grilling. To avoid any fire hazards, it’s better to not attempt doing so at all. So if in case you can’t accommodate an extra footprint for a grill, opting for a tabletop gas grill might better suit you instead.

Nevertheless, the Coleman RoadTrip LXX looks extra sleek and indeed a powerful gas grill despite its portable design. Its performance can parallel to standard grills, making it one of the best gas grills under $200 as well. With the LXX, you won’t even feel like you left home while having a barbecue in the wild!

Here’s a Quick Recap of Coleman RoadTrip LXX Grill’s Sizzling Features

  • Portable propane grill ideal for tailgating, picnicking, and camping
  • Collapsible design is easy to transport and fits into most car trunks
  • 2 Burners deliver 22,000 BTUs of adjustable cooking power across 285 square inches of grilling surface
  • Swaptop interchangeable cooktops, sold separately, allow grill grates to be switched with griddle or stove grates
  • Has sliding side tables and built-in thermometer to monitor temperature
  • Instastart button ignites grill without the need for a match or lighter

What I like

  • Large grilling space
  • Has high heat output
  • Free-standing grill
  • Collapsible with easy pull design for easy transport
  • Unique interchangeable cook tops

What I don't like

  • Legs cannot be separated from its cooktop

Weber Q2200 Liquid Propane Grill

While Weber may not be the outdoor expert, it’s definitely a grill expert! It already has established itself as a household brand among grills, so it’s no surprise to see a Weber as a contender for the best portable gas grills.

For this market, Weber offers the Weber Q lineup. Among the Weber Q models, I find the Q2200 to be the most ideal even though the Q3200 is its top variant. Because unlike the Q3200 and the RoadTrip grills, the Q2200 now gives you the option to use it as either a tabletop or stand-alone gas grill.

But let me just make it clear, the Q2200 only comes with the cookbox. You need to buy its leg stand separately, or buy them as a combo package to save more. The stand, by the way, also has wheels for mobility. As a package, you can buy the simpler cart as a cheaper option. But I prefer the Q cart with wide-splayed legs as it’s more heavy-duty and made to fit the newer Q2000 Weber models.

Despite the additional cost of the accessory, I still highly recommend it. Having a leg support for the grill allows flexibility in your barbecue needs and make it easier to transport. You can save up space, maximize its portability or even use it as a fixed install at home.

And for lazybones like me, Weber is such a treat! Since this product arrives pre-assembled, you don’t have to go through the hassles of assembling. Instead, you can just go right into the exciting part – grilling!

Weber simply sizzles its way into your heart without fail. Its overall size itself is compact, but it has a large grilling surface of 280 square inches. Heating the stainless steel burner up to 12,000 BTU’s, it can accommodate 18 hamburgers, 36 hotdogs, or 2 whole chickens!

Personally, the heat capacity is quite low to efficiently distribute heat to its size. Nevertheless, you still shouldn’t underestimate its cooking performance. Its single burner is huge to cover the whole thing, so heating it to about 300 degrees is pretty easy. While reaching it to more than 500 degrees may take some time but still manageable. Just make sure to close the lid and preheat the grill for 10-15 minutes.

On the upside, the Weber Q2200 doesn’t gulp in fuel too quickly, which is advantageous when you’re far from supply stores. To give you a quick picture, one pound (16.4oz) canister can approximately hold 21,600 BTU’s worth of gas. Given the 12,000 BTU output of Q2200, this will give you a maximum of 1.8 hours of grilling time with the single burner set to high.

However, how long a 1lb gas will actually last will still depend on how you use it, what you’re cooking and the temperature of your location. All which can affect your cooking time. To be safe, make sure to always have a spare tank with you.  

In the end, you still get to perfectly sear your burgers and steaks with juices and flavors sealed in. Moreover, Weber Q2200’s lid is tall enough to accommodate smaller chickens and birds. You can have a wonderful Thanksgiving even with just this around.

I even tried cooking my favorite chicken recipe with it for about 15 minutes, set on high. The result was fantastic! It came out perfectly juicy with a slight crispiness on the edges. Even my wife found it really delicious that she’s willing to let go of her diet that day.

Weber Q2200 houses porcelain-enameled cast iron grates, which are just perfect to cook meat on. The porcelain coating adds resistance against rust and makes it easy to clean as well. While its lid and body use cast aluminum for durability since aluminum is a resilient material. It’s tough against cold weather, resists corrosion and has high thermal conductivity. This helps speed up heating the grill, especially with a closed lid, compensating for its lack of firepower.

Weber Q2200 also has switchable grilling grates. And since there are two grilling grates, you can get creative with your cooking. You can replace the other one with a griddle to use it as a griddle and grate combination. This adds extra flexibility to your cooking. But similar to RoadTrip’s Swaptop, you have to buy the griddle separately.

Much like the standard nowadays, the Q2200 also has an ignition system for a reliable spark, a temperature gauge to monitor grill’s heat level, and an infinite burner control settings for accuracy. You can also find a grease catcher at the bottom to keep drippings and any droppings easy to clean. And with such small package, Weber still manages to include side tables. They are about 12 inches wide and are foldable when not in use.

If there’s one thing I don’t like with this Weber Q, that’ll the absence of Flavorizer bars! Weber is widely popular for its Flavorizer bars which give that savory taste of bacon to its grilled foods. Unfortunately, due to its smaller package, it’s quite understandable that Weber chooses not to include it.

On the other hand, due to its highly engineered cooking grate on a curvilinear burner tube design manages flare-ups and add flavor even without the Flavorizer bars.

Slightly lighter than the RoadTrip at around 45 pounds, the Weber Q2200 is an excellent option for the best portable gas grills for under 300 bucks. You’ll love its flexibility, ease of use and cooking prowess. Let us not forget that Weber is an American company! So, who can question its superb marksmanship? This grill is built to last with its heavy-duty cast aluminum.

Frequent outdoor trips won’t stop you from enjoying your personal grilled foods from fish to dozens of burgers and hotdogs for many years to come!

Here’s a Quick Recap of Weber Q2200 Gas Grill’s Sizzling Features

  • One stainless steel burner produces 12,000 BTU-per-hour to heat 280 square inches of total cooking area
  • Porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates and cast aluminum lid and body.
  • Fully assembled out of box
  • Has temperature gauge, foldable side tables, easy-start electronic ignition and infinite control burner valve settings
  • Uses disposable 14.1 or 16.4 oz. LP cylinder (sold separately)

What I like

  • Quality marksmanship
  • Large grilling surface
  • Can work as tabletop or freestanding grill
  • Low fuel consumption
  • Switchable grate or griddle surface

What I don't like

  • A bit underpowered for the size
  • Has plastic parts on tables and handle
  • The lid doesn’t have a lock to keep it closed while carrying it

Cuisinart CGG-180 Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill with VersaStand

Last on our list is from a trusted name in the kitchen, the Cuisinart! Cuisinart has produced countless of successful home appliances, mostly related to food appliances. So we can also be confident that it can do an amazing job in cooking even outside the kitchen room. With that, Cusinart offers their CGG-180 Petit Gourmet Grill.

Let’s face it, out of all the best portable gas grills on the list, Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Grill has the least cooking chops. For one, it only has 145 square inches of grilling surface. While the size is comparably smaller than the first 2 grills, it is still pretty decent but better suited for intimate barbecue outing.

It’s also lacking a bit in power with its 5,500 BTU stainless steel burner. Due to smaller cooking space, it could get away with lower BTU. But honestly, I would love it more if it could have a higher heat output to effectively distribute heat fast. Nonetheless, it can still get really hot for about 10 – 15 minutes preheat time on high, which is hot enough to warm up the cast iron.

You might not be able to sear like a pro, but your foods will still cook deliciously in a reasonable amount of time for sure! On the other hand, I like how its grates have porcelain enamel to help resist rust and distribute heat evenly. In addition, it’s also nonstick so none of your food gets stuck and it’s easy to clean.

Now the real selling point of Cuisinart Petit Gourmet is its portable design. Everything about Cuisinart screams portability.

As its name implies, Petit Gourmet comes in small package. It’s ultimately convenient to bring it anywhere and store it easily. It won’t even take too much space from kitchen countertop. So it’s not only perfect for outdoor trips but also suitable for intimate families who only have small decks, patios or balcony.  

Although the grill is compact,  its cooking grate is still large enough to accommodate 8 steaks, 8 burgers, 6 to 10 chicken breasts, or over 4 pounds of fish at a time. And due to its size, the fire is close to its cooking surface which helps heat it up much quicker despite the lower heat output capacity. It also uses far less gas than a full-sized grill.

Despite having a heavy cast-iron grill grate, it’s pretty lightweight at 17 pounds. You definitely won’t have a problem bringing it with you. Furthermore, its briefcase-style handle makes it even easier to hand-carry it around!

And similar to Weber, the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet has its own unique design which allows you to use it as a tabletop or freestanding grill. I highly recommend you to buy it with a VeraStand since the differential cost won’t set you back a lot. On the contrary, it works like a charm for the additional flexibility and ease of transport.

The VeraStand has integrated adjustable telescoping base that quickly transforms from table use to floor stand use! It even takes just seconds to set the stand up or pack it away. Hence, you can enjoy awesome grilled flavor anytime and anywhere with great convenience.

Cuisinart also includes a drip pan under the grill to help ease cleaning and prevent flare-ups. Likewise, its gas control knob features a twist-start ignition for a fast and convenient way of lighting the grill. And with its hassle-free assembly, one person can set it up without worries.

When you’re done with grilling, simply shut the burners off, then wait for 10 minutes to cool off before closing its lid and bringing it home. Storing and transporting is really simple. And since it’s petite, it doesn’t take up too much room and will easily fit into your car’s trunk.

The problem of having a small grill though means having a small drip pan as well! Cuisinart’s drip pan has a very small capacity to catch drippings. Hence, it quickly fills up with grease which may expose it from catching fire.

A quick way to solve this is by removing the tray and replace it with a bigger pan and put it under the grill. The pan will reduce the mess from any grease which dripped through the ventilation holes.

For just under $125, you can nab the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet with a VeraStand. But if you really want to save up, you can opt to just buy it without a stand for less than hundred bucks. Either way, it works amazingly well and highly portable for an affordable price, making it even more attractive. Not only is it light to carry with you, but also light on your wallet.

It would also be wise to buy its carrying case. Since the drip pan in the back has a tendency to fall out and its legs to slide out when carrying it upright by the handle. The case helps prevent these from happening and also provides protection from the elements when not in use.  Buying it as a package will only set you back for an extra of 10 bucks.

The Petit Gourmet may be small, but it’s big on functionality. It cooks well and easy to carry wherever you go. Be it on the beach, the RV, the campsite and tailgating, you can practically take it anywhere with you!

Here’s a Quick Recap of Cuisinart CGG-180 Petit Gourmet’s Sizzling Features

  • Portable gas grill with 145-square-inch grilling area and telescoping stand
  • Reliable 5,500 BTU stainless-steel burner and even-heating porcelain-enameled grate
  • VeraStand sets up and packs away in seconds
  • Has integrated lid lock keeps lid secure
  • Weighs 17 pounds with briefcase-style handle makes it easy to carry
  • Unique design that allows you to use the grill as a freestanding or tabletop grill

What I like

  • Small footprint
  • Lightweight makes it highly portable
  • Can work as either tabletop or freestanding grill
  • Low fuel consumption

What I don't like

  • Underpowered burner for the size
  • Small drip pan
  • Has plastic parts


The Round-Up

There you have it, my friends. Hopefully, you can find your outdoor barbecue needs among the top 3 picks for the best portable gas grills!

Coleman RoadTrip LXX is the hottest portable gas grill, literally! Its 2 burners able to produce the most heat output among the 3, allowing it to have the best ability to sear steak very well. Its cooking capabilities can parallel to those bigger, full-sized grills! It’s also easy to transport and use since it’s easy to collapse and set it up again. One of the legs even becomes a handle for easy pulling.

Weber Q2200 offers flexibility, convenience, and quality in your cooking. It even comes pre-assembled so you don’t have to hassle your way of putting the pieces together. With its name at stake, you can definitely trust its marksmanship!

When we talk of portability and smallest footprint alone, the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet tops the score! A small but terrible grill with reliable cooking capabilities anywhere you go. It’s definitely a modern Cuisine of art!

Whichever you choose can surely meet your needs and provides real value for your money. Wherever you are, you won’t have to miss out on an epic barbecue experience! The best portable gas grills will be your reliable companion to satisfy your meat cravings and help make your outdoor activities more enjoyable and memorable.

If you got more suggestions and other thoughts, feel free to fire those comments below. Because I’d love to hear them all!

best gas grills under 200 dollars

Best Gas Grills Under 200 | Awesome Grill for More Parties

Eaton Miller
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Eaton Miller

Grill Master at Best Grills Guide
I am a self-proclaimed grill master! Few quick things to know about me: I love to grill as much as I love to eat. My favorite thing to grill and eat is steaks! Currently, I own a Weber Genesis II LX S-340 for my main grilling action and a Coleman LXX, so I can bring the barbecue party whenever, wherever. More than just a dream grill, I'd love to set up my own wicked sick outdoor grilling station! But that's gonna wait for now. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, I'd love to hear them all. Let's fire up the discussion!
Eaton Miller
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In the mood for a big barbecue now that summer’s finally here, but you can’t seem to decide on a great gas grill? Worse yet, you can’t seem to find an awesome gas grill with a bigger capacity to cook food that fits your budget. Well, here’s a good news for you! Because for just 200 bucks, I can help you find a dependable gas grill that puts a big check on all the right places. It’s budget-friendly, has the firepower and bigger cooking capacity. I’m talking about the best gas grills under 200 dollars!

While there are plenty of available options in the market for a $200 budget, all the choices can be overwhelming. You also need to be cautious as well. Otherwise, you can kiss goodbye to your 200 bucks for nothing. After all, there are quite a handful of junks mixed in the market for this price range. But no need to worry. Don’t let that make you missed out on a lot of summer fun. Because if you’re looking for a gas grill that won’t break the bank and lasts for years, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve narrowed down the list for you.

For me, the most practical and ideal gas grills don’t have to cost a lot at all. So that’s exactly what I’m going to prove through this guide! Did you know the best gas grills under 200 bucks are more or less the gas grills you will only ever need? Obviously, they aren’t exactly top of the line with all the frills, but they’re not also the cheapest. After all, you can actually find basic gas grills with 2 burners for just under $100. The $200 price range is much like the basic grills but with few upgrades in features, heat and cooking capacity. You can cook all sorts of meals and feed more hungry stomachs for less time. They definitely have some of the best built and outputs I’ve seen on gas grills. So, without further ado, here are the best gas grills under 200 dollars!

Best Gas Grills Under 200 Dollars Comparison Chart

  • Char-Griller 3001 Grillin' Pro
  • Rating
  • 42 x 25 x 50 in
  • 438 sq. in. of main grilling area
    192 sq. in. of warming rack
    Total Cooking Area
  • 40,800 BTU main burner
    12,000 BTU side burner
    BTU Rating
  • Ave. Grill Party Size
  • Price Range
  • Char-Broil Performance
  • Rating
  • 45 x 53.1 x 25.8 in
  • 475 sq. in. of primary cooking grate
    175 sq. in. of swing-away warming rack
    Total Cooking Area
  • 36,000 BTU primary burner
    10,000 BTU side burner
    BTU Rating
  • Ave. Grill Party Size
  • Price Range
  • Coleman RoadTrip LXX
  • Rating
  • 19.1 x 34 x 13.6 in
  • 285 sq. in.
    Total Cooking Area
  • 22,000 BTU
    BTU Rating
  • Ave. Grill Party Size
  • Price Range

The Top Gas Grill Picks and Reviews

Char-Broil Performance Gas Grills

Starting off this list with one of the fan favorites, especially when it comes to affordability. Seriously, even the biggest grill aficionados are head over heels with this gas grill by Char-Broil. So much as earning its very own bestseller status on any review website. Over the years, Char-Broil has been pretty consistent with producing great gas grills that suit every customer’s price range which is really cool. But enough about the introduction of this product and the brand, let’s get to the nitty-gritty, shall we?

The Performance Gas Grill sports 4 powerful burners that provide better control to your cooking. These burners produce 36,000 BTU’s of heat, which means each burner produces up to 9,000 BTU’s. Personally, I feel that it doesn’t have the optimum heat efficiency to its cooking size. After all, more grills nowadays can produce up to 10,000 BTU’s for each burner. Nevertheless, it has more than enough firepower to satisfy your meat cravings anytime you want. It does an adequate job to get hot enough to sear mouth-watering steaks and even cook a 1″ thick cut to a perfect medium.

Added to all this firepower, you also got 475 square inches of primary cooking space. Plus, another 175 square inches of a secondary cooking area that features a swing away porcelain coated grill. You can use this whenever needed and swing away when you just want to use the primary grilling area. The really wide cooking area makes this particular machine more suitable if you plan on feeding larger crowds. While the warming rack will make it easier for you to preheat the buns and cook the sides for your meat. This gas grill is particularly wider so you also have the option to cook with a partner or on your own. Some people don’t like others touching their machines, so it’s all up to you.

In addition, it has a lidded side burner that produces 10,000 BTU’s. This provides an extra space to let you cook barbecue sauces or even more sides for your dishes. While if unneeded, you can just close the lid to protect the burner and use it for additional prep space. It’s a lovely piece of work that can handle lots of stuff going on at the same time. Just make sure you’re also adept at multitasking so you don’t end up burning any of your food or sauces.

The lower cooking surface also sports the same porcelain coated grill. It is perfect for retaining heat without any breakage in the material. There are also large, painted metal side shelves that are great for putting plates, cups, marinades, and even your tools. The lid, handles, control panel, and fascia are all of a stainless steel construction. So they’re not only stylish but also incredibly durable and low maintenance! Starting this gas grill is also a breeze with the electronic ignition system. This creates a reliable spark with every push. It’s a feature very popular among gas cooking appliances nowadays because of its convenience.

Speaking of convenience, this grill has cart-style built with 2 stationary legs for stability; and 2 7-inch wheels for mobility. You can easily wheel it around, while the legs will keep it in place when you’re done moving it. While starting is a breeze, I also love the hefty stainless steel knobs for adjusting the fire. They turn so smoothly but has enough resistance to ensure a more accurate cooking temperature.

The name says it all. Regardless of the price, you definitely will be going home with an excellent performing gas grill. It has more functional features and neat upgrades that can cater for your larger families to enjoy. The price is just a sweet bonus! After all, other well-known brands could offer the same features for twice the price.  Hence, it provides great value for your money-making it as one of the best gas grills under 200 dollars. With all these fantastic features, you won’t wonder why everyone loves this grill.

Here’s a Quick Recap of Char-Broil Performance 4-Burner Gas Grill’s Sizzling Features

  • 4 Burners producing 36,000 BTU’s Cart-Style Gas Grill with 10,000 BTU Lidded Side Burner
  • 475 sq. in. of primary cooking on porcelain-coated cast iron grates, while 175 sq. in. of secondary cooking on a porcelain-coated, swing-away rack
  • Stainless steel lid, handle and control panel add style and durability.
  • Removable grease pan for quick and simple cleaning.
  • Lid-mounted temperature gauge for added heat control.
  • Electronic ignition for fast and reliable startups.
  • Large metal side shelves offer work and prep space

What I like

  • Large cooking space
  • Comes with a lidded side burner
  • 4-burner grill for the price
  • 4 individual burner knobs provide better control over flame

What I don't like

  • Metal pieces can be prone to dents
  • May take a bit while to get hot

Char-Griller 3001 Grillin Pro Gas Grill

Another great contender that could give a run for your money is from Char-Griller. Char-Griller 3001 Grillin’ Pro has been around for years. So, they really do are the pros in this price range to last this long. It also has the cart-style built similar to Char-Broil Performance for the convenient mobility.

I’m not really sure why but this gas grill really reminds me of a time machine. It must be the dual stacks that project from the lid! Jokes aside though, the dual stacks that project from the lid are actually one of my favorite features on this awesome gas grill. With these projections, the heat is actually distributed more evenly as these allow excess heat and gases to seep out and even out the cooking field within the lid! After grilling, the dual stacks also provide a safer way to allow the heat to escape and cool down the gas grill itself without exposing a large cooking surface that could be hazardous.

Speaking of the cooking surface, the Char-Griller 3001 Griller Pro sports a very wide 438 square inches of main grilling area with porcelain coated cast iron grates. And if you think that’s not enough, there is also a 192 square inch warming rack to keep finished pieces of meat on! Although its size is just a shy smaller than Char-Broil’s, you can still easily serve a party of 4-6 peeps at the same time.

Now here gets interesting… Although the Char-Griller only has 3 stainless steel burners, it doesn’t lack in the heat department. In fact, when it comes to firepower, the Char-Griller burns its competitors to the ground. Not literally though. The Grillin’ Pro has a total of 40,800 BTU’s plus a side burner with a 12,000 BTU heat capacity. Its side burner works just the same with Char-Broil’s but this one has stronger heat strength. Cooking power alone is superb. Given the size of its cooking surface, paired with strong firepower, this machine has better heat efficiency. Meaning, it distributes heat across the surface more evenly, hits high temperature and gets hot REALLY FAST! The high BTU ratings are especially great for searing as well due to its strong heating capacity. Needless to say, this gas grill can pack quite the punch!

The body of this gas grill is made of a durable steel construction with side shelves and utensil hooks. They are perfect for putting plates, utensils, as well as bowls of sauces and marinades. When you’re just about ready to start grilling, starting this gas grill is as easy as pie with its electronic ignition. Though fair warning, igniters are usually the first ones to fail. But that just happens like in any other grills. There’s also a mounted thermometer on the lid to easily monitor the temperature of the grill and control the heat to your liking. Finally, once you’re done with your grilling, the Char-Griller is easy to move around with its large durable wheels.

In the end, you don’t really need to pay a lot of cash just so you can feel like a pro. Char-Griller Grillin’ Pro can be your best partner along the way to becoming a pro griller, without breaking the bank. With about 10 to 15 bucks difference, the Grillin’ Pro is a little pricier than the Char-Broil Performance. Nevertheless, you get a more powerful piece of machinery that can totally heat things up!

Here’s a Quick Recap of Char-Griller 3001 Grillin’ Pro’s Sizzling Features

  • Heavy Steel Construction with porcelain coated cast-iron grill grates
  • 40,800 BTU’s main burner and 12,000 BTU Side Burner
  • 438 sq. In. Cooking area with 192 sq. in. warming rack
  • Electronic Ignition
  • Durable powder-coated finish

What I like

  • Gets very hot and fast
  • Has high heat capacity and efficiency for its size
  • Also has lidded side burner

What I don't like

  • Propane tank compartment is quite difficult to reach

Coleman RoadTrip LXX Grill

Moving on to our final list is a little different from the rest. We’ve already got awesome choices for a traditional sized gas grill, so this time, we’re going for portable gas grills. Believe me, owning a portable grill makes the outdoors much more fun. Personally, I also own both a traditional sized and portable gas grills. But depending on your needs and lifestyle, I know people who just own a portable grill for all their grilling actions. And they’ve been more than happy for the experience. After all, you can still cook the same delicious grill recipes with the convenience of portability and easy storage.

When it comes to camping and outdoor gears, the first thing that pops to mind is Coleman. No surprise there, since Coleman has always been the hallmark for camping gears and all things for the great outdoors, including portable gas grills. In fact, they’ve been in the business of producing reliable gears through and through. So now they offer quite a number of options. But I’m a big fan of their RaodTrip series, wherein the LXX is the RoadTrip’s top of the line. The first thing you’ll quickly notice is just how incredibly portable it is. The Roadtrip LXX not only looks sleek as heck in black but is about to prove to you why it’s worth every penny! Let’s start with the construction of its body.

It’s made of brushed stainless steel which is not only shiny and swanky but also very durable and ideal for cooking. Every detail is designed with portability in mind. Therefore, staying true to the mobile trademark of Coleman, the Roadtrip LXX sports two wheels that can traverse any terrain. Keeping it in storage is also a breeze with its easy-to-operate collapsible legs. While setting up is just as quick and easy. Once set up, starting up this gas grill is super easy with Coleman’s trademark InstaStart matchless lighting system. You’ve also got a pair of handy-dandy stainless steel sliding side tables to keep tools and ingredients at the ready while they can also slide out-of-the-way when not in use.

As for cooking power, you’ve got a considerable 22,000 BTU’s on an extra large cooking surface of 285 square inches for a portable grill. If you’re just going to base it on numbers, its BTU would seem exponentially lower than the rest on the list. But that won’t be accurate. As a matter of fact, the LXX has great heat efficiency for its size. Its firepower is hot enough to thoroughly cover its cooking surface and get insanely hot fast!

Another noteworthy feature of the Coleman LXX is its cooktop. You can actually interchange it depending on your cooking needs with Coleman’s SwapTop series. Mix and match your grill to a griddle, and even to stove grates to give a very wide variety of outdoor cooking options. You just have to buy them separately though.

While the LXX can’t exactly do what fancier, free-standing, stainless steel gas grills can do. It can still grill your usual burgers, chicken, steaks, and hotdogs. But just not really large pieces of meat all in one go. It can also take slightly longer to cook them than with a standard backyard grill, but that’s to be expected. Nevertheless, you can easily serve food to your family or small circle of 3-4 people without a hitch. To make sure that your cooking is foolproof, the RoadTrip LXX also sports Coleman’s Perfect Flow technology which promises to provide consistent performance regardless of the weather conditions – even the most extreme situations!

Just a little shy away from 200 bucks, the RoadTrip LXX offers huge bang for your bucks over any other portable units. Not to mention, this sleek grill is brought to us by a trusted and long-tested brand, Coleman. So, it’s a no-brainer for me to include this as my best gas grills under 200 dollars. It’s perfect for people who don’t have large space to accommodate bigger grills. Or, simply because you want to extend the thrills of grilling outside your home!

Here’s a Quick Recap of Coleman RoadTrip LXX Grill’s Sizzling Features

  • Swaptop interchangeable cooktops for more meal options
    • choose from a griddle, full-size griddle, and stove grates, but are sold separately
  • InstaStart ignition for push-button, matchless lighting
  • Perfect Flow technology provides consistent performance, even in extreme conditions too
  • Collapsible stand with wheels folds for compact storage, as well as easy to transport
  • Stainless steel sliding side tables for tools and ingredients
  • 22,000 BTUs of fully adjustable cooking power on a 285 sq. in. cooking surface

What I like

  • Highly portable and easy to transport
  • Gets pretty hot
  • Has decent cooking area despite its compact size
  • Innovative Swaptop cooktop design

What I don't like

  • Sides of the grill doesn’t get as quickly hot as on the center
  • Side table may slide out while transporting it on wheels


The Round-Up

When looking to buy the best gas grills under 200 dollars, I personally like to do my research at home. Much like you’re doing right now too. This definitely helps rule out impulse buying as well as overspending. If you don’t feel like going from store to store and finding grills that aren’t keepers for you, you can always check a ton of online guides like this one for your utmost convenience! It’ll also be helpful if you’re knowledgeable on how to buy a grill to have a better understanding of your needs and make smarter purchases.

Although, we always start with setting a budget when we’re out to buy stuff. Of course, the price shouldn’t be the only factor that comes to mind when you go online to shop for your gas grill. The money you shell out isn’t everything, even though it’s definitely a big part of any purchase. You also have to take into consideration a bunch of other factors! One of the most important things to check out is the build quality of the gas grill. Is the material durable? Do you see yourself using it for years and years to come?

It’d be a shame if you got yourself a cheap little gas grill while you have to constantly take it out to get fixed. In addition, you have to check the cooking power and heat distribution of your gas grill. This would be the BTU rating of a gas grill which is especially relevant. So, the higher BTU rating means a stronger heat distribution capacity. As a result, you can determine if it can accommodate your grilling and cooking needs.

But take note though, a smaller BTU rating doesn’t necessarily mean that a gas grill won’t be able to cook as powerfully. A smaller BTU rating is usually coupled with a smaller cooking surface. This means it doesn’t need as much firepower to distribute heat because it only has a smaller area to distribute heat on. Another, you have to check for side tables and tool hooks. Because in my experience, these features have always come to my rescue. Thankfully, a lot of the gas grills on the market right now also have these. But it always pays to be thorough, after all!

Portability is also a big factor to consider when you live in smaller apartments or very much into tailgating. So make sure you get a gas grill that you can move around easily or fold into a smaller form for easy storage. The last thing you need is a big grill imposing in the middle of the room and taking up too much space. Of course, you could always take the shortcut and just pick one the best gas grills under 200 bucks I’ve named here and save yourself the trouble!

So if you got more suggestions and other thoughts, simply fire those comments below. Because I’d love to hear them all!