Best Portable Gas Grills

Best Portable Gas Grills | Epic Barbecue Anywhere You Go

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

Best Gas Grills under 100 Dollars | More Fun Cookout for Less

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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Now that we’re finally experiencing some decent sunny days, it is officially a perfect time to have your very own barbecue party with family and friends! Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case for a lot of people in this economy. It really sucks when you can’t have your very own barbecue because of a number of obstacles – a less than desirable budget on hand, for one.

Unlike a lot of the big grillers out there, we can’t all have the bucks to shell out for a big swanky grill to feed tens of people. So a lot of us settle for store-bought meals and takeout. Of course, a budget isn’t the only reason why we can’t have the dreamy steel grills we want. People who live in cities and apartment buildings also have a harder time with this, because they can’t exactly set a big imposing grill and start smoking up the place.

Also, it is super tough to find a great gas grill that can fit in more limited spaces like a small balcony or kitchen. Lastly, the trickiest thing about looking for a more budget-friendly gas grill is the fear that a more affordable gas grill means getting an appliance where manufacturers skimped on a lot of the good stuff to produce. There’s also the feeling of compromising quality for the lowered price. Added to these, getting the wrong gas grill could mean replacing parts over and over because of poor quality and performance.

Here’s the thing though, what if I told you that I knew about a few grills that aren’t just easy on the budget but also perform extremely well for their price? Moreover, what if I told you that you could absolutely find the best gas grills under 100 dollars? Yup, you definitely read that right: less than a hundred bucks! Not only are these pretty good at grilling, they’re also slightly more compact than the average gas grill so you can expect them to fit in slightly tighter spaces! So read on to learn all about the best gas grills under 100 dollars that you can get your hands on today!

Best Gas Grills under 100 Dollars Comparison Chart

  • Char-Broil Classic 280
    Name
  • Rating
  • 41.9 x 45.6 x 24.1 in
    Dimension
  • 280 sq. in.
    Total Cooking Area
  • 20,000 BTU
    BTU Rating
  • Ave. Grill Party Size
  • Price Range
  • Char-Broil Classic 360 Gas Grill
    Name
  • Rating
  • 24.1 x 51.2 x 43.5 in
    Dimension
  • 360 sq. in. main cooking area
    170 sq. in. swing-away warming rack
    Total Cooking Area
  • 30,000 BTU
    BTU Rating
  • Ave. Grill Party Size
  • Price Range
  • Cuisinart CGG-180TS Petit Gourmet
    Name
  • Rating
  • 13 x 16.5 x 16 in
    Dimension
  • 145 sq. in.
    Total Cooking Area
  • 5,500 BTU
    BTU Rating
  • Ave. Grill Party Size
  • Price Range

The Top Gas Grill Picks and Reviews

Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Gas Grill

Char-Broil is a household name when it comes affordable grills. Despite having a low price tag, doesn’t automatically mean they’re substandard and useless junks. Although I can’t deny they do have few flimsy grills around. Time and again, Char-Broil still able to deliver us reliable and well-featured grills for less than its actual value. A good example is the Char-Broil Classic 280.

Classic is exactly the word that is perfect for this beautiful gas grill. This grill sports a durable porcelain-coated aluminum body in a cool dark steely color that fits any home. Aside from looking cool and durable, this porcelain coating makes the Char-Broil Classic 280 quite resistant to the elements.

It has 2 burners with a grilling power of 26,500 BTUs. While its considerably expansive 280 square inches of cooking surface on porcelain-coated wire grates are ideal for grilling. With a cooking area this size, you can pretty much feed a small family or average of 3 to 4 people easily. You can cook about 8 fat burger patties simultaneously or even a dozen of hotdogs. Hosting intimate gatherings will be your thing. And no matter how often you want, you can easily do so with a snap! Thanks to a Classic grill for a classic event.

Ensuring that you have a lot of your grilling essentials within reach, this gas grill also offers plastic side shelves for extra space with built-in handles and tool hooks for your cooking utensils and cleaning tools. The built-in handles are especially handy for moving this gas grill around especially with the help of the 6” wheels! Slow start-ups are never an issue with this gas grill. Starting this gas grill is made a breeze with the Piezo ignition system for that reliable spark that never fails.

This grill also comes with a sturdy steel lid and firebox also clad in the same durable porcelain coating. However, if there is something to look out for about this gas grill is that the use of light materials can make it seem a bit flimsy so just be careful not put too many things at once. Other than that, you’re pretty much set with this classic beauty!

I admit, there isn’t a lot of Wow factor here. It’s called Classic for the reason that it got all common features of a basic grill for a good price. But what’s pretty cool here is it works and looks like a traditional-sized grill, which makes this the best gas grills under 100 dollars. You can no longer easily find a free-standing gas grill for a price of 100 bucks. If you’re new to the grilling scene or simply constrained by budget, Char-Broil Classic 280 makes a wonderful choice. Your grilling and food cravings are sure to be satisfied!

Here’s a Quick Recap of Char-Broil Classic 280’s Sizzling Features

  • 280 square inches of cooking space over porcelain-coated grates
  • Two stainless steel in-line burners for cooking performance
  • Porcelain-coated steel lid and firebox stand up to weather and the elements
  • Metal side shelves measure 12-inches w x 13-inches l providing extra storage and prep space
  • Piezo ignition system for fast and reliable startups

What I like

  • Free-standing basic grill for the price
  • Small footprint but has enough size to cover small family
  • Can last for many seasons with routine care
  • Has high heat capacity and efficiency for its size

What I don't like

  • Challenging to assemble
  • No warming rack

Char-Broil Classic 360 3-Burner Gas Grill

Here’s another great piece by Char-Broil! Coming from the Classic line as well, the Classic 360 makes for a strong contender in the $100 category. And since they’re both from the Classic line, some of its specs are similar. But this one is slightly more expensive by around 10 bucks with few upgrades to look forward to.

I know how we get our hands itching to try new stuff that we buy. And luckily for us, this thing won’t take a whole day to set up! Upon unboxing this little beauty, it takes only about an average of an hour or so to put it together. You can then start grilling in absolutely no time at all!

Now to the juicy part – its grilling capacity! For one thing, I know you’ll clearly love how the Classic 360 sports a hefty 30,000 BTUs of heat output from its 3 stainless steel burners. This one has better heat efficiency than the Classic 280. This means it distributes heat across its surface more evenly and faster.

It also has a wider cooking area of 360 square inches. It is more than you need to grill your favorite dishes with the use of porcelain coated wire grates. And better yet, this one comes with a 170 square inches of warming rack! Which I personally find handy to keep our cooked food warm or heat buns at the same time.

It may not be big enough for a block party, but it sure is perfect for a small to medium family. You can cook a lot of dishes at the same time with the medium-sized grilling area. While the BTU rating assures you that it gets hot fast. You don’t have to wait a while for the grill to be hot enough for you to start cooking. Plus, it definitely gets REALLY hot!

One of my favorite things about it is its good control of heat. Since it got 3 burners with individual knobs for each, you have better control over your cooking style. It can also hit high temperature and has good heat retention. This means that you can actually cook your usual dishes in low settings. So not only will you be spending less for a grill, you’d also be able to save more on its fuel since this gas grill won’t be a propane hog.

Due to its modest price tags, Its inline burners are the only ones with stainless steel material. Its overall body though is only made of plain steel. Not to mention, its firebox is supported with metal legs that don’t appear to be very thick. So it may not seem to be the sturdiest around, but it still has nice support. And it’s going to be sturdy enough to last you for a couple of grilling seasons and years to come. Just make sure to properly maintain this and keep it clean every after use to protect its materials from rusting. Fortunately, this one is rather easy to clean!

For your added convenience, metal side shelves offer extra workspace, so you never need to worry about running back and forth for your grilling tools or even reaching far for your meat plates, bowls of marinades and sauces. The durable porcelain-coated steel lid and firebox are designed to withstand the harmful outdoor elements – all the while ensuring your own gas grill isn’t going to be a hazard to your home.

For added mobility, the Classic 360 3-burner gas grill also has 2 sturdy 6” wheels. Repositioning this gas grill will be a complete cakewalk.

While the Classic 360 actually retails above the hundred-dollar mark, you can usually find it being sold at just a shy away from hundred bucks. So if you do find it at this lower price point, you better grab that chance because it’s truly an awesome deal you shouldn’t miss. For the same $100 budget, you can already get a basic free-standing gas grill with 3 burners, a bigger cooking space, and a warming rack! While adding an extra 30 to 40 bucks could go as far as having a side burner available on your Classic 360.

The Char-Broil Classic 360 3-Burner Gas Grills is a solid choice for your $100 budget. It has all the necessities covered. It can easily cater to a small family without breaking a sweat and doesn’t break the bank when you’re just starting out to practice your grilling skills. The Classic 360 is a basic free-standing grill that makes your hundred bucks twice its worth!

Here’s a Quick Recap of Char-Broil Classic 360 Gas Grill’s Sizzling Features

  • 360 square inches of cooking space over porcelain-coated grates
  • 170 square inch porcelain-coated swing-a-way rack for warming
  • Three stainless steel in-line burners produce 30,000 BTUs of heat
  • Porcelain-coated steel lid and firebox stand up to weather and the elements
  • Metal side shelves measure 12-inches w x 13-inches, providing extra storage and prep space

What I like

  • Great value for money
  • Has bigger cooking space for the same price point
  • Includes warming rack

What I don't like

  • Electric ignition is prone to damage

Cuisinart CGG-180TS Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill

This next one is actually a personal favorite of mine! I’ve always had a love for Cuisinart appliances because they’ve got a knack for producing a lot of useful appliances. They aren’t only known for the great performance but are also pretty stylish. They certainly know how to keep the modern consumer happy. Albeit pricey at times, Cuisinart appliances almost always promise value for money and the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill is no exception.

I would also like to note that the Petit Gourmet grill is part of Cuisinart’s most affordable appliances but still is powerful enough to face off with some of the best budget gas grills out there. In terms of portability and compactness, this little beauty by Cuisinart no doubt takes the cake! It can fit almost anywhere and is absolutely perfect for people who live in places with more limited spaces.

You can actually just use this in a well-ventilated kitchen if you want. You don’t have to expose yourself to the sun for too long. Or if you’re more of an outgoing person, you can also bring this anywhere with you due to its compact size. You can grill at your friend’s place, at the park or camping sites. You can practically grill anywhere you go. Well, as long as the locations you visit allow it…

Take note though, since this is a smaller tabletop gas grill, you can’t expect it to pack the same heat as a standalone gas grill. The Petit Gourmet sports 5,500 BTUs of cooking power on 145 square inches of grilling surface. Despite having lower heat output and cooking space, this is definitely not something to scoff at. The grilling power on this thing is more than enough to grill your favorite dishes. You just have to cook in smaller quantities, which can fit not more than 8 burgers at once.

The Petit Gourmet is more than capable of cooking your own cravings or really small family, and not exactly for huge crowds. This grill is definitely more suited for urbanites as it is so easy to put out and start and you’d pretty much be ready to grill chicken, pork, or even vegetables.

However, if there is a category where the CGG-180TS Petit Gourmet Portable absolutely kicks ass, it is definitely its built quality. Unlike most gas grills in the market, this has a design that sports a gorgeous stainless steel body for a bit higher price. It is not only resistant to adverse elements but is also ideal for retaining heat and is also incredibly low maintenance. But even if you opt for its colored alternatives, it still has a solid built made of steel with stainless steel burners. The grill grates itself are of a porcelain enamel which makes it quite durable and ideal for cooking.

There is handy lid latch to ensure safety as well as a spill-resistant drip tray to keep your grilling experience as free of messes as possible! Other than build quality, this gas grill capitalizes on efficiency in gas usage. It is noted to use far less gas than most gas grills on the market. While its incredible portability is just the icing on the cake!

Although the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet is not a free-standing grill like the Char-Broil gas grills, it packs quite a punch in small package. Plus, you also have to consider its brand. It is by Cuisinart after all. Best of all, you have the option to use it independently. You don’t have to place it on top of a table as long as you purchase it with a stand. It will only set you back just slightly above the hundred-dollar budget.

The beauty of owning a Cuisinart Petit Gourmet makes it so you’re not limited to just grill in your backyard. This is the most suitable choice if you simply have the knack for the outdoors, tight budget and limited space at home. It brings not only power but also versatility in your grilling arsenal! Hence, the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet is a perfect fit for the best gas grills under 100 dollars.

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

  • Portable gas grill with 145-square-inch grilling area and foldaway legs
  • Cooks 8 burgers, 8 steaks, 6 to 10 chicken breasts, or 4 pounds of fish at once
  • Powerful 5,500 BTU stainless-steel burner with even-heating porcelain-enameled grate
  • Aluminum legs and stabilizing feet set up in seconds while integrated lid lock keeps lid secure
  • Pronounced briefcase-style carrying handle and weighs 13.5 pounds

What I like

  • Compact and very portable
  • Heats up fast

What I don't like

  • Tough to get it very hot especially in windy conditions

 

The Round-Up

So you see, it doesn’t take big bucks to get a great grill! The best gas grills under 100 dollars are more than enough to fulfill the needs of those who are on a tighter budget. If you want all the essentials covered for a great price, then the Char-Broil Classic 360 is your best choice. But if you don’t need the extra cooking space and just want to save more, then the Classic 280 may be enough for you. On the other hand, the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet is perfect if you love to grill not just in one place!

Although a lot of us fear that getting a more affordable grill will mean that we chose to compromise on a lot of good features. But this is will never be the case with enough research. It’s also really worth noting that price does not equal value. It doesn’t necessarily mean that getting a more expensive gas grill means a better performing grill. So remember to always read up on the features and specifications of a gas grill. Moreover, you also have to regularly upkeep your grill to its tip-top shape. Because no matter how expensive your grill is, if not properly maintained will deteriorate fast.

There are also other factors to consider when looking to buy the best gas grill. One is by checking the BTU rating of the burners. Because knowing this lets you know the maximum heat distribution capacity of your grill. Then, you should also check the materials used for manufacturing the grill. This is to see if it’s durable and can contribute to your whole cooking experience.

Extra features are always welcome! Look for a grill that can do more than the average gas grill. A lot of brands now are very competitive with extra features such as searing areas and rotisseries. However, you should be careful about getting an affordable grill with a lot of extra purposes because chances are the manufacturers skimped on material quality to create more features. Shopping on a budget can always be tricky but with all these tips in mind, you can never go wrong.