I’ve been in love with propane grills for quite some time now and occasionally do pull it out in favor of a propane smoker. So the other day when I was attending a small BBQ party, somebody asked me what I thought was the best propane grill under 200 dollars!
That got me thinking and I realized that due to the umpteen number of options in the market, it does becoming confusing for you and me to decide on the best rated propane grills. And that it’s even tougher when you have to stick to a certain budget.
After testing a lot of gas grills and speaking to other grilling experts, I finally honed in on the top 3 propane grills that cost less than $200. Each of these has been personally tested by me and adheres to some strict quality standards that I like to set. Simply put, I only recommend those items that I would personally like to see in my house.
If you’re having a tough time deciding between the 3 grills below, simply go with my 1st choice for the best propane grill under 200.
1. Coleman Propane Roadtrip LXE Grill
This Roadtrip LXE from Coleman is a great option for anyone looking for a grill for occasional use. If you make barbecues only now and then, and do not require a standalone type outdoor grill to use every single day, then this particular product will be able to satisfy your needs well. Its portability is a plus, and storage is pretty easy since it does not take up much space. Its compactness further makes it fun for camping, along with tailgating.
Portability of a grill can be regarded as a quite important aspect of its usability. Most tabletop grills, although very satisfactory for cooking, actually involve a lot of hassle, especially when it is time to move a grill around. With this Coleman LXE, such problems do not exist.
It is important to understand here that even though the Coleman Roadtrip is a compact portable grill, with a large cooking area; that is, nearly 285 square inch of area. The size is comparable to many indoor kitchen stoves. Also, the grill has the ability to cook anywhere from two to four hours, which is dependent primarily on what setting you use during cooking.
Consisting of 2 convenient burners that have the capacity to withstand 10,000 BTUs, the grill can easily heat the whole cooking space within short duration. The Instastart Ignition, which is an electronic ignition system, allows it to start in an instant without the need for fire or match. There are also accessory holders and 2 side tables to enhance the overall space.
Porcelain coating on the cast-iron made grates makes cleaning easy, and the drippings are collected by the removable grease tray, which can be cleaned after sliding out. So as far as cleaning is concerned, this product is one of the most user-friendly in its price category.
Note that not everything about it is amazing, and there are a few drawbacks associated with this product. First of all, the legs are kind of narrow for its body, so the grill can be somewhat unstable at times, especially when dealing with uneven surfaces. Secondly, the legs do not have lock-into-place capacity, and therefore, when rolling the grill, the legs may collapse, causing inconvenience.
The good thing about this grill is that its drawbacks are nothing major compared to all the great things it has to offer. Besides, since Coleman offers a huge number of accessories to enhance its usability further, the grill is definitely worth considering.
2. Cuisinart Tabletop CGG-200 Outdoor Propane Grill
Cuisinart’s CGG – 200 is a grill which is considered to hold a place among the best affordable grills in the market. The portability of this product makes it suitable for outdoor use. It fits pretty much all tabletops. As far as its burner capacity goes, 12,000 BTUs is the limit. The burner features a twist-start system for ignition and gets very hot within minutes.
Since all the major body portions feature stainless steel as the construction material, this Cuisinart is quite heavy-duty. Further, the side tables have stainless steel too. The grate features a vegetable tray, so in case you like vegetables, you will love this grill.
With only 4 screws that connect the grill to its short stand, its assembly process is very easy to handle. Note that even though the instructions do not mention it, spraying the grill with a non-stick spray will helps reduce sticking of food, ensuring easy cleaning.
The remarkable thing about this grill is that even though it is very affordable, it has the capacity to preheat really fast. In fact, it can reach as high as 500 degrees within just few minutes! It can deal with chicken pretty well, and most other common ingredients can be handled by it nicely. Unless you have a full load, you can reduce the temperature and still have great result at the end. Another really admirable aspect about this grill is that it allows its users to cook with the lid down, which is not possible to do with most other models in this category. Not only cooking with lid down helps to prevent flare-ups, but also makes overall cooking quality better.
The Cuisinart CGG – 200 features 2 handles for better carrying capability. It is easy for an adult to carry to and from car or truck. Its side tables have the capacity to remain under lid, and come out in place when required. Truly, a worthy contender for the best propane grill under 200 dollars!
There is one unique aspect regarding this product, and that is its reversible grate. While one side makes cooking steaks and other solid foods handy, the other side has been especially designed to be convenient when dealing with delicate foods, especially burgers.
3. Weber’s Liquid Propane 50060001 Q 1000 Grill
Featuring a lid made of cast-aluminum, the Q1000 has a body that stands out because of the glass-reinforced frame made of nylon. The frame has been especially designed to ensure rust-free operation. Priced at nearly $170, the grill accompanies a 5 year warranty period, which can be regarded as great judging by is price.
The burner looks good with its stainless-steel elements, and the 8500 BTUs of capacity satisfies most cooking sessions well. As far as cooking area goes, the grill has an overall area covering 189 square inches. The burner features push button variety of ignition. Further, the valve is adjustable to adapt to different cooking situations. That means whether you have the urge to bake potatoes, or make some sizzling steaks, you will have the perfect temperature in no time. The cooking grates made of cast-iron are enameled by porcelain. The drip pan is quite helpful as well.
It requires a propane cylinder with a capacity of 14.1 to 16.4 ounces when traveling. However, in case you prefer to do so, you can purchase accessories to connect it with bulk propane supply to cut costs. That is especially convenient when the grill is placed at a fixed spot, such as yard, patio or balcony.
The factors that are remarkable about this Weber are:
- Since the grates actually come in 2 different pieces, the cleaning process is much easier compared to single piece grates
- There is no reason to use a starter since it features push ignition system, which makes starting the ignition quick and convenient
- It cooks evenly, and the dial heat makes temperature control simple and precise
- The drip pan made of aluminum catches all traces of oil, so there is not much mess
- Cleaning is made convenient after taking off the grates to wash under sink, and scrubbing the interiors and lid using brush
- Even though it can satisfy the hunger of 6 people or more easily, it still does not occupy too much space, which is a good thing if you want to adjust it in a small room
Many other portable propane grills do not cost as much as this one, however, since its overall quality is very likable, and the design elements are noteworthy, the cost seems to be justified. Moreover, do not forget that it has a 5 year warranty period too.