Summer is definitely over and winter isn’t too far off. But the cold weather doesn’t mean that you’ll have to put away your grill and hang up your tongs until spring comes around. Grilling is something you can enjoy during any season. Many backyard chefs can attest to that. This October, there have been a number of new grills introduced to the market. And several of these new entries have caught our eye. Today, we’re going to do lightning reviews on some of the new gas grills. At the end of the month, we’ll be choosing which are the best ones to buy.
This gas grill isn’t from one of the most well-known brands but it doesn’t mean it’s not something you shouldn’t consider. The 8-Burner Liquid Propane Event Gas Grill sure does live up to its name. It has a total of 950 square inches of cooking space that can fit around 60 burgers at once – perfect if you’re expecting to feed a hoard of hungry guests.
The grill has stainless steel burners with 13,000 BTU each, a total of 104,000 BTUs. Now, that’s really powerful but you have to consider that the grill has no lid. It does have a foldable windscreen to protect the flame but it still needs all that power to ensure that preheating and recovery times are not long. The grate, made out of steel and coated in porcelain, is good for holding heat and ensuring that your food doesn’t stick. But a porcelain coating can easily get scratched which can lead to rust on your grate.
One thing we do like about the RoyalGourmet 8-Burner is the storage space. There are two foldable side tables perfect for a workspace and two level shelves underneath the grill so you can have everything you need at hand. There’s also the 4 caster wheels that make the grill somewhat portable despite its heavy weight (117 lbs).
Another thing you should note is that all the burners can be individually operated. There are 8 stainless steel knobs for controlling each burner. There are also small lights on top of each knob to let you know if the burner is turned on or not. An electronic ignition system makes lighting up easy with the push of a button.
Now, is this something that you’ll want to buy? Maybe. The cooking space is perfect if you always have a party going on. Plus, you have all that storage. But the lack of a lid does limit the versatility of your gas grill. We’ll put this RoyalGourmet grill on the “Interesting” list for now.
There are several really good portable gas grills in the market already and they’re made by reputable brands like Weber and Coleman. So what does this grill have to offer?
This stainless steel portable gas grill is perfect for those who wish to do some outdoor cooking while on the go. You can easily place the grill on your tailgate or on top of a table. The foldable legs, the carry handle on the front, and the lockable lid all work together to make this grill easily carried from truck to table and back.
For a portable grill, this little baby has some serious cooking space, a total of 305 square inches. It has a primary cooking area for your burgers and other meats as well as a secondary cooking area for keeping your food warm. There’s also a temperature gauge located on the lid so you don’t have to lift it up every time just to check on the food.
The hood is made up of a double layer of stainless steel to ensure heat retention AND durability. Other parts of the grill that are also made of stainless steel includes the flavor activator and the firebowl. While it certainly isn’t going to last decades like a Weber, it’ll definitely last a few years.
What we really like about the grill is its ability to heat up very fast. And it can get very hot. The only problem is that it does have a hot spot, right at the bottom of the U burner. You definitely don’t want to leave your food cooking unattended. That being said, the food does come out great. The grill is very easy to use even for a novice griller. And really, the price can’t be beat.
When it comes to gas grills, Char-Broil® is the leading innovator. The brand, which has been around for decades, has a reputation for quality at a low cost. With this portable grill, we think Char-Broil® definitely delivers.
This is a portable gas grill that has a 190-square inch cooking space and a porcelain coated grate. The legs are foldable and can be used to lock the lid into place for transfer. The grill only weighs around 11 lbs so moving it from your car to the beach or the picnic table isn’t going to be a job for two people, unless you have really weak arms.
While it’s not stainless steel, it does have a high-temperature finish to add to its durability and longevity. It does feel a little bit flimsy but it is extremely affordable so one shouldn’t expect decades of use out of this grill. It is designed for occasional use, not as an everyday thing. Considering its price, this tabletop grill performs pretty well, heats up relatively fast. You should always use the lid though because the heat will dissipate just as quickly if it’s windy. Aside from that, there are no hot spots to complain about so cooking will be a breeze even for the newbie griller.
It does take a bit of work to get this assembled out of the box so take that into consideration. But once you have it set up, you’re good to go. Easy to use, easy to clean. For a small family or group of friends, this grill definitely fits the bill.
If you’re thinking about dipping your toes into a little bit of outdoor cooking, you might want to check out this newcomer in portable gas grills. The Uniflame Portable gas grill has a 294-square inch cooking space that will fit around 16 burgers at once. The 15,000 BTU stainless steel P burner ignites quickly with the push of a button and heats up the grill pretty fast. The heat distribution is even so no hot spots to worry about. Cooking is definitely a breeze on this grill.
What about the other parts then? Well, the grill comes with a foldable steel side shelf that has a tool holder. The steel and Bakelite lid handle is heat-resistant so no worries when opening the grill as the food cooks. And cleaning the grill plates isn’t hard at all.
The Uniflame grill is definitely not built like a tank like other really good portable grills out there. But it does make up for it by being extremely light and easily transportable. Also, the materials may not be up to par as the more expensive Coleman LXE but it’s sturdy enough that you don’t have to worry about it falling apart after a couple of BBQ sessions. Assembling it is pretty easy. Folding it for transport or storage is not difficult as well. Just wheel it into place and go on your way.
All in all, if you’re looking for a really affordable grill that’s easily portable and cooks pretty well, then you might want to go for the Uniflame. If you have the budget to go higher, then you can check out the ones made by well-known and reliable brands like Weber and Coleman.