Some of the best sellers we like, some we don’t, and we’ll tell you that too. Some have been reviewed, and we’ll hook you up to those pages. Sometimes we like a better alternative, and if so, we’ll tell you.
The classic Weber Kettle, a best seller for years. We love the design, but for the price range prefer the Premium model (#3 below) for the hinged grill and the one touch ash bucket. It’s worth $50 more.
We love this cast iron, hibachi style grill for the quality and price. Perfect for
sportsmen, students, and those without room for a larger unit. Two adjustable grills. Only $35 too!
A mini Weber for $35? Why are you waiting? Perfect for tailgating, apartments, camping. Throw it in the car to show off your grilling skills to your friends. I would not be
For under $100 you get a gas grill. For a temporary solution to outdoor cooking it’s hard to argue with the price point, but until Char-Broil improves its quality, we can’t recommend this one with anything but low expectations of longevity and functionality.
My hands down favorite charcoal grill under $1000. For around $400 you get the classic Weber 22″ kettle, a gas starter, a handy rest for the lid, a work table, charcoal storage, and a rack below. When we reviewed the Performer Platinum we called
it a Best Buy, but since then the Platinum price has gone up and the Deluxe is all you need.
Perfect compact, easy to use grill for singles and couples, tailgaters and campers, and for those with HOA restrictions against charcoal-fired grills.
The Q 1000 is a top seller 12 months of the year. It’s well under $200, it’s highly portable, has convenient push button ignition, and porcelain-coated cast iron grates that should last you at least 10 years before replacing them.
While we prefer food cooked over charcoal for a superior taste, we don’t always have the time nor the patience to mess with briquets. The Weber Q 1000 rules for the small, portable gassers.
As I’ve said repeatedly on the site, I prefer to cook with charcoal or wood, but this year marks the 25th year I’ve owned this grill in a former model, and it is still in fine shape.
You’re going to spend between $400 -$550 depending on whether you choose black or stainless steel, 2 or three burners, and a side burner. My recommendation is to opt for the black, unless you just love cleaning stainless steel, and go for the three burners–it gives you some flexibility for cooking with one burner at lower temperatures.
There are other gas grill options on this list. They are included because they’re top sellers–not because we’re recommending them. Spend the money–get the Weber. It will last 5x as long as the cheap grills and they will look better on your deck, too.
We love Cuisanart’s entry into the portable grill market, as the brand carries a very good reputation, and this little dude is a standout, pun intended.
The price is right at under $135, but there’s a downside–it’s only a 5,500 btu unit and that can present problems if you’re grilling steaks or fish or anything requiring a very hot grill. For burgers, hot dogs, and general warming, it’s OK, but the lack of versatility might give us some pause on pulling the trigger on this one–opting for the more powerful, tabletop Weber Q 1000 above, for just a little more money.
I’ve had mine for about 20 years. I use it for overnight fishing trips and tailgating at the Niners. Well made, compact, easy to pack and carry. Love it.
Compare this to the Weber Smokey Joe–another perennial favorite and one I’ve owned for even longer than this one. The Smokey Joe is a charcoal grill, and when you’re tailgating or camping in wind or in areas where charcoal isn’t the best choice, the Weber Go-Anywhere is the ticket. Possibly the biggest advantage over almost any other portable gas grill is it folds up and seals itself, leaving the ash, food residue, and other unwelcome stuff inside the grill, not in your vehicle.
There’s model for $10 less, but with this one you get a stainless steel burner and
porcelain-coated steel grates. Don’t plan on grilling a thick rib-eye though–it’s only 6,500 btus. I’ve never had the desire for more, because I limit my fare when using this little guy to burgers, dogs, and even warming pre-prepared food.
Sure, food’s going to taste better with charcoal, but you will not find any small portable grill more convenient and easy to use than the Go-Anywhere.