Best Portable Barbecue Propane Grills of 2019

Kenneth Wilson

If you haven’t decided on what barbecue grill to get for your new home, maybe you should consider getting a portable one. You can use it indoors or outdoors and bring it to a camping trip, family gathering, picnic, or another friend’s house. 

But there are different types of portable gas grills. I recommend getting one that runs on propane. Why? Because it is more convenient and easier to clean. Propane grills are also easy to start, sometimes with just a push of a button. It also reaches its full temperature quickly, usually around 10 to 15 minutes and you can maintain the temperature.

Since you’re busy settling in your home, you might not have time to look and research on which portable propane gas grill to get. To help you out, here are my top picks of portable propane grills.

Giantex Tabletop Gas GrillChar-Broil Standard Gas GrillColeman RoadTrip LXE Gas GrillWeber Q1200 Liquid Propane GrillChar-Broil Signature Cabinet Gas GrillCuisinart CGG-180 Petit Gourmet Gas Grill
ColorSilverBlackBlack, Blue, Green, Maroon, Orange, Purple, Red, SilverFuschia, Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Red, TitaniumWhiteRed
Net weight 26 lbs10.2 lbs48.5  lbs29.2 lbs131.4 lbs17 lbs
Product dimensions 22 x 18 x 15 in24 x 12 x 15 in33.8 x 13.5 x 19.1 in20.5 x 40.9 x 24.6 in23.5 x 51.1 x 47.2 in19 x 11.5 x 10 in
Cooking area20.5″ x 13″187 in2285 in2189 in2420 in2160 in2
No. of Burners212131

Giantex Propane Tabletop Gas Grill

The Giantex Propane Tabletop Gas Grill is a great grill to bring when you’re going camping, picnicking, or having a cook-out outdoors. It’s made out of durable stainless steel but is still lightweight. Its finish makes the surface easy to clean, so you only have to worry about the inside. It comes with 2 burners which can easily be turned on with a push and turn. Each burner has 10,00 BTUs which helps the grill immediately heat up. This grill comes with a lockable lid and foldable legs for easier storage and transportation. 

Price: $150 + (SEE PRICE HERE)

Rating: 4.5 stars / 112 reviews

2-burner grill and each burner can be adjusted independentlyMay immediately get too hot
Grilling capacity is enough for four people per batchReports of the temperature control knob and burner malfunctioning
Durable and lightweightOne month warranty only
Quick assembly and easy to useQuality issues with the legs (uneven, wobbly)
Comes with a foldable leg, thermometer, pressure gauge, lockable lid
Easy to clean
Certified by CSA

Char-Broil Standard Portable Liquid Propane Gas Grill

This is the least expensive grill on this list. The Char-Broil Standard Portable Liquid Propane Gas Grill is great for on-the-go. You can use it anywhere and it comes with foldable legs that can lock the lid. If you’re in the middle of grilling and need to move it, you can, because it has heat-resistant handles. Its cooking grate is easy to clean, you can just throw it in the dishwasher. It has one burner with 11,000 BTU and you can even the heat if you close the lid. This can also be used for indirect cooking at low temperatures.

Price: Less than $50 (SEE PRICE HERE)

Rating: 4 stars / 1178 reviews

Chrome-plated grate (dishwasher-safe)Small cooking surface
Can cook eight burgers at onceNeed to start manually (no push-button lighter)
Closing the lid can even the heat and lessen flare-upsSome have issues with the regulator
Rust-resistant finish and durable

Coleman Propane Grill | RoadTrip LXE Portable Gas Grill

A bigger portable grill yet still flat and compact, the Coleman RoadTrip LXE is a great grill to bring when camping or going for a picnic. It’s easy to assemble and use due to the InstaStart technology. You can ignite the grill without a lighter or match. It comes with two burners that are independently adjustable.

Price: $250 to 350 (SEE PRICE HERE)

Rating: 4 stars / 5271 reviews

A large cooking area that can serve 3 to 4 peopleHeavy and legs rattle
InstaStart matchless lighting systemGrill gates don’t have locks
Easy to assembleDoesn’t have a temperature gauge
Durable finishIssues with uneven heating
Comes with sliding side tables and thermometerDifficult to clean
Grates can be switched with griddle and stove grates
Collapsible and has a built-in stand and wheels

Weber Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill

This grill is small, lightweight, and durable that you can bring it outdoors. It comes with tables where you can place cooking utensils, small plates, and more. It runs on battery and easily starts with electronic ignition. The burner can be controlled with a valve so you can perfect the heat. Its grate is made out of porcelain-enameled cast-iron which makes it easy to clean.

Price: $200 + (SEE PRICE HERE)

Rating: 4.5 stars / 1057 reviews

Non-stick grill surfaceSmall cooking area
Electronic ignition that easily startsNo lid latch
Great temperature controlMay be difficult to attach propane canister
Easy to clean
Comes with side tables
Does not require assembly

Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared Cabinet Liquid Propane Gas Grill

The largest grill on this list is the Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared Cabinet Liquid Propane Gas Grill. It’s expensive but that’s because it comes with an infrared cooking system which enables you to cook the food evenly and have more control over the temperature. It prevents hot and cold spots on the cooking surface so you can cook faster while using less gas. It comes with a special porcelain-coated cast-iron grate which allows heat to spread evenly and it acts as a barrier to prevent flare-ups.

The Char-Broil quickly-starts up since it uses a Surefire Electronic ignition system. This grill comes with three top-ported 443 stainless steel tube burners and a porcelain-coated warming rack. You can also get an add-on of a side burner with 13,000 BTUs. 

You won’t be able to bring it to a picnic or camping, but it has wheels so you can easily move it around your home. It also has a storage cabinet to hide the tank and keep your cooking utensils, sauces, and other tools. 

Price: $400 + (SEE PRICE HERE)

Rating: 4 stars / 109 reviews

Infrared cooking system for even cookingLarge and heavy
Surefire Electronic ignition system for quick start-upHard to assemble
Excellent temperature controlPricey
Has a gas conversion option
Comes with a storage area

Cuisinart CGG-180 Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill

One of the features customers like about the Cuisinart CGG-180 Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill is its telescoping stand. The legs can be folded and adjusted to two different heights. You can use it as a tabletop grill or freestanding. It is also easy to start, you just need to twist to get the electric ignition going. It comes with porcelain-enameled grates to efficiently and evenly distribute the heat. Its burner has 5,500 BTUs and has a temperature gauge to help you control the heat.

Price: $100+ (SEE PRICE HERE)

Rating: 4 stars / 3,696 reviews

Durable and lightweightSmall cooking area
Excellent heat controlNo temperature gauge
Easy to assemble and cleanIssues with the stand (wobbly)
Comes with a built-in standLid latch is plastic
Adjustable legs (folded, two different heights)Doesn’t heat as high as other grills
Efficient on fuel
Doesn’t require assembly

After deciding or maybe even buying your portable grill, check out these tools and accessories you can use to make your grilling sessions easier and more enjoyable.

Kenneth Wilson
September 27, 2019

Kenneth Wilson

Retired contractor. Currently residing in Southwest Florida. Now in semi-retirement, I write and manage this blog focused on helping home owners make savvy decisions when it comes to finding contractors and getting their projects done. I also operate remodeling design service for homeowners.

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