Portable Gas Grills

From America's Test Kitchen Season 5: New Flavors from the Grill

Overview:

No longer content to confine their grilling to the back porch, Americans are taking to the road, starting barbecues wherever there are friends to partake. There are dozens of portable gas grills on the market, ranging from the inexpensive (about $40) to the truly outrageous ($800—for diehard tailgaters). We set our ceiling at $200 and gathered six models to test.

Our selection included two models that are truly portable—meaning that you can comfortably carry the grill by yourself for a moderate distance—and three that are not—large, awkward to carry, and designed to be deposited directly from the back of the SUV and onto the beach. We quickly learned that the smaller models, though conveniently portable, offered little else of value.

The small models suffered from the same problems. Both offered little heat output and flimsy grill grates. The steaks from these grills featured paltry, anemic grill marks and took more than three times as long to cook as they would on traditional sedentary gas grill. While both models were easy to… read more

No longer content to confine their grilling to the back porch, Americans are taking to the road, starting barbecues wherever there are friends to partake. There are dozens of portable gas grills on the market, ranging from the inexpensive (about $40) to the truly outrageous ($800—for diehard tailgaters). We set our ceiling at $200 and gathered six models to test.

Our selection included two models that are truly portable—meaning that you can comfortably carry the grill by yourself for a moderate distance—and three that are not—large, awkward to carry, and designed to be deposited directly from the back of the SUV and onto the beach. We quickly learned that the smaller models, though conveniently portable, offered little else of value.

The small models suffered from the same problems. Both offered little heat output and flimsy grill grates. The steaks from these grills featured paltry, anemic grill marks and took more than three times as long to cook as they would on traditional sedentary gas grill. While both models were easy to pack up and carry, we couldn't really think of a reason why we'd want to.

The three largest models worked the best. They all featured large grilling surfaces, high heat output, and sturdy design. Even the strongest among us, however, found it difficult to carry these grills more than a few feet. But if you're looking for a grill to bring to the beach—make that drive to the beach—we recommend our reasonably priced winner, which also features a handy flat griddle (perfect for pancakes).

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