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The best portable gas grills of 2021, according to grill experts

As more Americans get vaccinated, in-person gatherings and group outings are becoming increasingly popular. And since it's summertime, many people are taking advantage of the nice weather by hosting events outside, whether that's in their backyard or at the park. If you're planning on gathering with friends soon, a portable gas grill might come in handy — whether you have limited outdoor space or are traveling, portable grills take up less room, are easy to transport and are quick to set up. A portable grill isn't just ideal for the weekend warrior that loves being outside and cooking, either. “It's fantastic for parents involved in the children's activities or [who] enjoy the outdoors, especially camping and the beach,” said Max Hardy, owner and head chef of Coop Detroit. “The great thing about portable gas is it's easy to light and easy to cut off. It gives the cook better control of the fire versus charcoal, which is a little more challenging.”

IN THIS ARTICLE Portable grill benefits and drawbacks | How to buy the best portable gas grills | Best portable gas grills


Portable gas grills: Pros and cons

In addition to having the freedom to move these grills easily instead of needing to pick a permanent (or even semi-permanent) spot, portable gas grills have multiple benefits. According to Jonathan Fox of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, here are some of the benefits a portable grill affords you:

  • These grills are usually smaller, making them great for storage and travel.
  • You generally don’t have leftover ash — like what a charcoal grill will leave on your hands.
  • Portable gas grills heat up much faster and are much easier to turn off, which is key when you’re traveling.
  • They’re versatile and cook a variety of different foods.
  • Depending on which brand and model you go with, the price point can be generally lower.

However, there are some drawbacks to portable grills you should consider before investing in one. These cons might also inform the portable gas grill model that’s best for you.

  • They are generally smaller, which means less cooking space — you may have to cook items in batches, running the grill longer and using more gas.
  • Even the best portable gas grills don’t get as hot as a larger grill — unless you bring an entire propane tank.
  • Most models are still on the heavier side, so moving them around isn’t necessarily easy.
  • The flavor of food on a portable gas grill is different from charcoal, added Hardy, which some may prefer (and others won’t).


How to buy the best portable grill

When deciding on a quality gas grill that’s portable, you'll want to look for some specific features. The experts we consulted recommend keeping these in mind as you shop:

  • BTUs. British Thermal Units measure thermal output or firepower of a gas grill. According to Ferrellgas, a gas grill should have between 75 and 100 BTUs of power for every square inch of primary grill surface. For a grill with a 100-square-inch cooking space, for instance, the minimum ideal BTUs would be 7,500. Other factors can also compensate for lower BTUs, including high-quality cooking grates that conduct heat well and smaller vents to control air flow. Ultimately, grills with lower BTUs will take longer to cook food, and grills with higher BTUs can overcook or char your food if you aren't careful.
  • Side tables. Look for “workstations” to the left and right of the grill to make it easier when prepping your food on the go, advised Hardy.
  • Easy set up. If you’re shopping with travel or tailgates in mind, look for how easy it is to connect the gas and the convenience of set up as well as breakdown.
  • Durability. Since you’ll likely be setting up, breaking down and storing multiple times, you want a find a portable grill that can withstand some wear and tear, said Fox. He recommends asking before buying: “How is the build quality, is it cheap or durable? Does it have solid grill grates for getting a good sear?”
  • Grates. Having long-lasting grates isn’t the only consideration. You also want to look for ones that are heavy-duty stainless steel or cast iron grates. “They are better for searing and maintaining even grilling temperatures,” said Shanghai Red's executive chef Andres Sen Sang. “These also make for an easy clean up after use.”


Best portable gas grills

When it comes to brands, Weber is a go-to for our experts. But depending on your needs, these are some of the highly regarded portable gas grills they recommend.

Best overall portable gas grill: Weber

Weber Q 2200 Gas Grill

Weighing in at 42.5 pounds with 12,000 BTUs and 280 square inches of total cooking area, this portable grill can easily cook for three to four people at a time. “It is a Weber, so the build is one of the best out there,” said Fox. Although it only has one burner, which is common with a smaller grill like this, Fox explained that it’s surprisingly high-powered. “It also has a great cook space — enough for 8-12 burgers along with an optional second, elevated rack and a thermometer great for heat management. You can never go wrong with a Weber,” he noted.

Best affordable portable gas grill: Weber

Weber Q 1000 Gas Grill

The smallest option in the Weber Q Series, this portable gas grill is always ready to grab and go for your next adventure. In addition to porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates, 8,500 BTUs and 189 square inches of cooking space, this compact grill features a push button ignition and removable catch pan. “This is the best bang for your buck,” said Fox. “It has a great build, decent capacity and is both easy to control and cook on.”

Best smart portable gas grill: Northfire

Northfire Portable InfernoGo Propane Grill

Northfire's InfernoGo propane gas grill is one of the most high-tech portable option on the market. The Infernogo Grill heats up to 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit in minutes to allow for fast and thorough cooking. With 7,000 BTUs, a push-start ignition and infrared heat, this stainless steel grill brings delicious meals to backyards, tailgates and camping adventures.

Best basic portable gas grill: Weber

Weber Q 1200 Gas Grill

The next step up in Weber’s Q series, this portable grill option also has 8,500 BTUs and 189 square inches of cooking space that serves two to three people. However, it comes with two convenient folding side tables and also has an electronic ignition for an easier start. “This is a very reliable grill and it’s small enough to fit in the back of a car,” said Shannon Snell, pitmaster at Sonny’s BBQ. “It’s also an easy out-of-the-box setup. Pound for pound, this is one of the best grills on the market.”

Best high-end portable gas grill: TEC

TEC G-Sport Fr Portable Infrared Gas Grill

If you’re looking to splurge, Sen Sang recommends going with a TEC portable infrared gas grill. “It’s a versatile size grill and also certified for use with combustible surfaces, including wood,” he said. This means that whether you have limited yard space or are traveling, this grill has been designed for versatile use in mind, including on tables, countertops or free- standing on a pedestal.

Best all-in-one portable gas grill: Weber

Weber Q 3200 Gas Grill

Although this gas grill is compact — and ideal for those who have limited space — it’s still robust. With two burners, 468 square inches of total cooking area and two side tables, this grill is large enough to be a backyard staple while also having the benefits of portability. “Weber, hands down, has the best grills for the average consumer,” said Hardy. “It’s the best and meets all your grill needs with overall functionality.”


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When Weber comes out with something new in the small or portable grill category, it's kind of a big deal. At least, for me it is. The popular $219 Weber Q -- one of the brand's only other portable gas grills -- has topped my list of best small grills two years running, and it didn't appear another grill would topple it anytime soon. Unless, perhaps, that grill came Weber itself. The top-rated grilling brand recently launched its second-ever model that's marketed as portable: A larger, collapsible grill they're calling the Traveler. My attention was grabbed by the sleek, black, foldable, propane grill that snaps up like one of those urban grocery pushcarts. When collapsed, the Traveler can be rolled around on two wheels but it still features a substantial 320 square inches of grilling capacity. It currently retails for $325 on Weber's website. 

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As someone who frequents campgrounds and warm-weather park hangs, a reliable portable grill is always a compelling proposition. Earlier this year, I discovered the best truly portable grill, the Nomadiq propane grill, which folds up into a case the size of a handbag and so I fancied myself on a hot streak. I was curious if Weber -- ever an innovator in the grilling space -- could drop another portable grill to shake up the category as they did with the original Weber Q. I recently got my hands on the Traveler to see how Weber's latest portable grill stacks up against the field, as well as its own reputation. Read on for a hood-to-wheels review of the brand new Weber Traveler portable gas grill. 

Assembly and setup

Right out of the box the Weber Traveler was off to a great start. Setting up this grill took -- I kid you not --  no more than eight minutes from cutting open the packaging to literal ignition. To get grilling, you simply stick a dowel through the legs, fix the wheels onto both sides, stand it up, plop down the cast iron grill grates and peel off a few instructional stickers. Ta-da!



If you've seen Weber's marketing video for the Traveler, it leads you to believe the grill is extremely portable with images of would-be adventurers dragging the collapsible grill on hiking trails, over rock formations, and the like. I should start by saying that all feels like a bit of a stretch. While the Traveler does fold up easily and can be dragged around without too much effort, it is still rather heavy -- 47 pounds to be exact -- especially with the grill grates inside. I personally wouldn't want to drag or carry this grill on a hike or even a long walk. 

The big draw is that the Traveler is essentially a full-sized grill with legs that folds up to be no more than a foot wide and is something you can slide into the trunk or even the backseat of your car with relative ease. It's portable in the sense that it's easy to move from one semi-permanent location to another but, at that weight, it's not the right grill for a beach day or to take on a wander in the woods. 


How well did it grill?

Once assembled, it was time to give the Weber a go at its most important duty. At 1,300 BTUs, the Weber has a good punch of power for a "portable" grill so I expected some serious heat. The ignitor worked and the grill lit on the first attempt. The internal temp quickly rose to just about 500 degrees F with the lid closed but didn't exceed that temp. Worth noting that 500 is a good mark to hit for high-heat grilling -- things like steaks, burgers and in my case, tuna. The tuna steaks and sausages I plunked down on the grill grates got a nice sear with pretty grill marks in about 10 minutes (five on each side). 

Next, I wanted to see how well I could control the temperature for lower-slower grilling candidates. There's just one knob to control the fuel output and while the temp did drop when I lowered it, it was difficult to precisely control the temp one way or the other. That's not uncommon with grills but if you're looking for pinpoint low-and-slow cooking, this might not be the product for you.

There were also some noticeable cold spots on the grill, mostly around the edges. Again, not uncommon for gas or charcoal grills but I thought these cold spots were maybe just a little more pronounced than with the Weber Q. In fairness, the Q grill has a smaller grilling surface which could account for the difference

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Grill size

Speaking of surface size, at 320 square inches of grilling space, this has more than enough capacity for any grilling situation I find myself in. If you're cooking for more than 10 people you may have to grill in batches but for a portable grill, 320 is more than suitable to cook at least 10 burgers or pieces of chicken at once. Weber says it holds 15 burgers at once but I suspect that would be a tight fit.

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The Traveler is not much easier or more difficult to clean than your standard gas grill. There's a drip tray to catch the worst of it and you can easily remove the grill grates to clean the inside of the firebox or hull of the grill. The grates are best taken to the sink or a hose for rinsing. Be aware they are cast iron and on the heavy side. 


Final verdict

As far as I'm concerned, Weber is the standard for quality consumer grills at the mid to upper mid-range price category and so my expectations for its products are high. The Weber Traveler portable gas grill didn't disappoint and I think this a solid value at $325. It's a sturdily built unit that comes together in a snap and is completely user-friendly to boot. If you've never grilled a single day in your life, I still don't think you have any problems assembling and operating this grill. The Traveler got and stayed nice and hot (hit 500 degrees F in minutes) and controlling the temperature -- while not perfectly precise -- was fine for the type of grilling most people do. It's also large enough to be your permanent, everyday home grill.

I don't know if the complaint is the right word, but I would contend the Traveler is slightly less portable than the brand would have you believe. It's heavier than any other portable grill I've tested and I would categorize the Traveler as a semi-portable grill and not a truly portable grill. Still, if you want a grill that feels permanent while it is engaged but can still be moved quickly from one part of the house to another or lugged by car to a campsite or park barbecue, the Weber Traveler is as good -- and easy -- as grilling is going to get.

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Designed to grill on the go with a generous 47 cm cooking area and convenient carry handle.

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There are a lot of cool things out there that make us wonder — do they really work? In our I Tried It series, we set out to use them in the real world and have determined that, in fact, they really do.

On Trial: Weber Traveler Portable Gas Grill

The Tester:Brandon Carte, a frequent griller who appreciates when designers put their heads together to make great products portable

The Brief: The Weber Traveler doesn’t require as many sacrifices as other portable grills. When you use it, you’ll feel like you’re grilling on your full-sized grill at home.

As convenient and portable as propane camping grills are, it’s no secret that they don’t hold their own against their full-sized counterparts. Most have poor temperature control, smaller-sized cooking surfaces, and you oftentimes need a table to put them on. On the plus side, they’re cheaper, lightweight, and still get the job done.

The $325 Weber Traveler is a new portable grill that doesn’t cut any corners. Other portable grills can feel a bit like grilling on a kid’s toy. The Weber is much more versatile and powerful.

Weber Traveler Portable Gas Grill

$325.00 (24% off)


An Innovative Integrated Cart

What makes the Weber stand out is its built-in cart. It looks a bit like a cross between a dolly and a pair of scissors. You can quickly raise and lower the grill one-handed, and since it’s on two wheels, it can easily be dragged around with little effort on your part.

The 44-inch-wide grill folds down to just 15 inches, making it short enough to stow in the trunk of your car. When the grill is raised, it stands independently at 36 inches tall.


While the cart makes the grill easier to move, and its handles on each side help you lift and carry it, the Weber Traveler is quite heavy — a whole 47 pounds. So you probably wouldn’t want to lug it throughout the woods.

Plenty of Useful Features

Weber thought of everything — even the smallest of details — while designing the Weber Traveler. The grill has an automatically locking lid, gas spring lifters, and locks that prevent the cart from folding down when the propane tank is attached.


The grill, which only took me 7 minutes to assemble, is appealing to car campers, tailgaters, parkgoers, condo owners, and apartment dwellers alike. It ignites instantly and offers grillers a generously spacious 320 square inches of cooking space — enough for 15 burgers. Plus, there are three hooks for your tools, a built-in thermometer, and a convenient side table for holding your food before and after you grill it.

The Traveler’s single 13,000 BTU burner — which wraps around the entirety of the grill — gives off some serious heat. The grill is powered by small 1-pound liquid-propane tanks, which can be purchased for around $6 at stores that carry sporting goods and camping gear. It can also be hooked up to a larger-sized propane tank with the purchase of a separate adapter.

During my tests, the grill’s internal temperature rose to 500 degrees Fahrenheit in only about 5 minutes. The tank ran out of juice after 2 hours of grilling. I recommend picking up the Bernzomatic Fuel Gauge, so you always have a clear sense of how much fuel remains.

What It’s Like to Grill on the Traveler

I found that the Traveler evenly distributed the heat for cooking my steak to perfection. I was able to get some nice sear marks on some burgers I grilled without trouble, but when I filled the grill to capacity and cooked some corn on the cob and onions, the edges of the grill didn't cook as rapidly. I don’t know if I’d go as far as calling the edges “cold spots,” but my veggies didn’t heat as quickly as the burgers in the center did.

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The grill’s porcelain-enameled, cast-iron cooking grates split into two pieces down the middle. They were easy to remove and clean, however I did let mine soak in the sink overnight with some Dawn Powerwash to later scrape off the burned bits of food. The grill hood and cook box wiped clean with a wet rag. I liked that the Traveler has a removable disposable grease trap (sold in a set of 10) to make cleanup less of a burden.

I personally wouldn’t use the grill for low and slow barbecue like ribs or brisket, since its single knob for controlling fuel output doesn't allow for precise temperature control. It’s also worth mentioning that the Traveler has just 5 inches of headroom under its lid, so you likely couldn't cook large roasts, shoulders, or turkeys in it.

Closing Argument: The Weber Traveler is a premium gas grill that is durable, quick to heat up, and is incredibly user-friendly. When you grill on it, you’ll forget you’re grilling on a portable grill. That’s how good it is. It’s not as portable as other gas grills, but its ingenious cart makes it easy to fold down and roll from place to place. Considering the Traveler’s power output, its versatility, and the fact that its components are backed by a generous 2- to 5-year warranty, make it worth buying.

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Brandon CarteTechnology EditorBrandon Carte has been the technology editor at since 2017, where he's been covering the latest gadgets and scouring the internet for the greatest deals; His tech reporting has been featured on and USA Today.

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