1. Coleman Portable Grill LXE
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- It comes with a two warp-resistant grill gates made of cast iron which makes cleaning a breeze and extremely easy.
- The usability factor of this product is top notch and the two side tables provide a lot of space for preparation which makes it very usable.
- There are unique Grease trays and they have been provided to catch the extra cheese drippings
- It is equipped with an insta-start electronic ignition system to fire the grill.
- The grill uses 16.4-ounce propane cylinder for fuel
- Vitreous lid case can contain flames and reduce any kind of hazard
- The grill has the following dimensions: 36x22x13 which is compact and offers good practicality as well.
- Comes with a five-year manufacturer’s warranty guarantees peace of mind and risk-free investment
This is clearly the stand out winner because of its awesome features, quality, convenience and price. This grill gets real hot real quick. You can also smoke food by cooking with the lid closed. In this version of the product, the grill is fixed on the stand and does not come off. But does it turn out well for what it is actually intended – cooking meat? Although people can be apprehensive because this grill cooks meat without any flame, but do not worry. The cooked meat tastes awesome. The meat sizzling can be compared to professional grade kitchen grills and that is really something as the cost of the machine is kept very competitive.
It is very easy to assemble out of the box. It hardly takes about 15 minutes or so to put the parts together. The grill cools down moments after you finish cooking. Any residues on the lids come off easily and, therefore, cleaning them is pretty easy. The iron grills are porcelain, casted and do not require any seasoning. This is a big advantage when compared with grills that have uncoated cast iron that require seasoning. A brass grill brush would be sufficient in order to clean them. However, one has to be careful that the coating does not get damaged due to the cleaning brush.
Its price is unbeatable, especially when considering the professional quality service that is being delivered. It is priced around at $150 and it is really a bargain which offers everything what a proper grill does… It is available in 7 color variants and looks very appealing indeed. Coleman Portable Propane Grill LXE is clearly the winner in this segment of portable barbeque grills.
2. Cuisinart CGG-240 All Foods Roll-Away Portable Gas Grill
This is a really great grill that provides excellent performance and gives you the convenience of portability. In terms of looks, this is easily the best-looking grill amongst the other products mentioned here. This is a perfect friend for the travelling chef. The grill provides ample space for preparation and the full height is perfect for most. This is something that makes backyard parties special. The grill also features roll-away folding cart that makes it extremely easy to carry around. This grill is slightly more powerful than the Coleman portable grill with 15,000 BTU stainless steel burners. Like the Coleman portable grill, the Cuisinart All Foods Roll Away Gas grill also features porcelain coated cast iron grill that does not require any seasoning. It has been provided with a very accurate temperature gauge that makes cooking meat easier than ever. The grill surface features an area of about 240 square inch which is more than sufficient. Heat distribution panels have been installed to ensure the uniformity of heat over the entire surface. This also reduces any flare ups which may damage the meat. This grill is provided with twist start electric ignition system. Cuisinart has been known for making state-of-the-art cooking devices. This is a perfect classic from the well-known company.
- Stainless steel body resists weather effects and corrosion. It also makes the grill very sturdy
- Grill comes with a vegetable tray for storing vegetables
- Easy and quick assembling
- Preheats very quickly and can reach temperatures near 500 degrees within a matter of minutes
- This grill lets you cook with the lid down and flare-ups can be contained
- Fuel lasts very long with efficient heating system
- It is equipped with a twist electric ignition system
Cleaning up is very easy and quick as the grate can be removed easily. Additional grease tray catches any grease that falls and does not burn off. Stainless steel grill looks new every time you wipe it off. This grill is build to last and can take a lot. It is priced around $204, however. For all the features provided by this grill, it is still a bit pricey when compared to the Coleman Road Trip grill. Its dimensions are 41x23x36 inches when it is fully open. Although a bit overpriced, this grill has really good build quality and features that can be compared to professional quality grills. Therefore, it can be awarded the runner-up position in this segment of portable barbeque grills.
3. Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill
If you are into charcoal grill over gas grills, then this is for you. A much more orthodox grill, the Lodge L410 Pre-seasoned Sportsman’s Charcoal grill is made of tough cast iron. Since the cast iron does not have any sort of coating, it has to be seasoned. Fortunately, the cast iron grill comes pre-seasoned. Assembling is very easy and quick since most of the pieces rest on the force of gravity. The bottom, however, is screwed into the fire bowl. Before you decide on buying this grill, you should know that this grill needs an elevated platform to achieve a convenient position.
Cast iron grill ensures that heat is applied uniformly and there are not cold spots making it very useful in those tricky times. The sizzle of the food is simply marvelous. This is something that you would expect from the best portable charcoal grill.
- Its dimensions are 19×10.25×8.25 inches. This is much smaller than the other two products mentioned above.
- Cooking speed can be tempered using two adjustable heights
- Heat is regulated by a draft door which is very effective and work really well.
- Comes with a flip-down door which provides easy access to the coal
- Pre-seasoned cast iron grill ensures even heating and no abrupt heating anywhere.
The top grill has grates that are flat on the topside. The slits are quite narrow. The overall feel gives the impression of cooking and grilling on a skillet. It is a combination of the best of both worlds. Since the slits are narrow, therefore danger of food falling through them is practically zero. This grill is suited for cooking anything from pork chops, hot dogs to burgers. Using normal charcoal grills you have the additional risk of scorching food if you lose focus. However, a cast iron grill ensures that heating is uniform and reduces flare ups considerably. In short, the flames are much easy to control due to the cast iron build. You have to be careful with round or cylindrical shaped food, however. They might roll off the grill. However, they get mouth watering brown stripes if cooked properly.
Do not be fooled by the size of this grill. It can easily cook quarter pound burgers and you can entertain your family as well as guests easily. This can be used in combination with a Dutch oven or a skillet due to the flat top of the grill. Be careful to clean the grill with only hot water and a scrub and not use soap as that can ruin the seasoning of the cast iron grill. The coal goes under the grill on a removable grate that is located just inches below the grill. An adjustable draft door allows air flow for the flames to get fanned.
It is priced at $217. This is much higher than both our winner and our runners up who have electric ignition systems. However, some people do prefer the traditional feel of the charcoal grill. This grill is just right for those people with the additional benefit of having a cast iron grill.
4. Weber Portable Grill 10020 Smokey Joe 14-Inch
In case you are looking for something way cheaper and smaller, then this is the product for you. The Weber Smokey 14 inch grill has much smaller dimensions than the other products and, therefore, much easier to carry. This is one hell of a cooker and sizzle meat like you have never seen before in grills for home use. It can cook large chicken breasts, legs and boneless breasts in less than 90 minutes. This is a charcoal grill and can deliver fantastic results when used along with apple wood or hickory. The heating is pretty uniform. The lid has to be turned every now and then to ensure uniform cooking. Despite its small size, this grill can take in a lot of food and is sufficient for a group of 5-6 people. The grate can be wiped off using oil.
There are a lot of positives for this little grill machine. It is very durable. You can have it for years with very little maintenance. A good cleaning session can make it look as good as new. It cooks meat, hot dogs and burgers very well. Do not be fooled by its small size. This grill can be used to save a lot of coal. It is ideal for carrying around in a car or in a small apartment.
However, there are specific drawbacks that make it unsuitable for travel. It does not have any carry handle and it cannot be sealed up in any way. Moreover, you cannot dispose of the hot coal after you finish cooking. All you can do is to wait for them to get extinguished by sealing all the air inlets. The legs are pretty flimsy and get bent easily which are the main sore points associated with this product. This can prove to be quite irritating and annoying.
This grill costs only a fraction of what others cost in this segment. It is priced at about $30. At this price, any grill is a good deal. In case you are not sure whether you want to invest in something expensive right away, you can always experiment with this grill as it is cheap and small but has a good build quality and cooks excellent food.
So What’s The Verdict?
The Coleman 2000017442 Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE is definitely the winner in this segment. It is moderately priced but has a lot of features and a porcelain coated cast iron grill that does not require seasoning making it maintenance free. It is also covered by a 5-year warranty, rated as best portable bbq grill. Our runner-up pick is also good but slightly overpriced. The classic charcoal grill, Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill, is a good catch for the more traditional though it is kind of on the expensive side. In case you are not sure whether investing this much money would be a good choice, go for the Weber 10020 Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill. It costs only $30 but has a lot of useful features and is quite durable for something so cheap which offers almost everything.
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