Best portable gas bbq: UK buyers guide 2020
We have taken the best portable gas bbq range and reviewed them thoroughly, leaving a few real stand out contenders for the best portable gas bbq.
Nothing sums up summertime better than the smell of delicious food cooking away on your barbecue while you knock back a cold drink and soak up the sun in your back garden.
What could make that scene better? Well, for me, having that barbecue and cold drink while overlooking a nice lake while camping, or having my feet nestled in the sand of a beach somewhere. To realise this image I’d need a barbecue that is lightweight, easy to set up and pack away, and still giving me enough heat to cook a good amount of food on the grill at once.
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Best portable gas bbq
Thankfully, the best portable gas bbq can give me all of those things.
Portable barbecues can be fuelled by either charcoal or propane, each with their own positive and negative traits.
Portable charcoal barbecues will give that lovely smokey smell and flavour to your meat, but can be a challenge to get your fire bed right with it to ensure balanced cooking. It’s also messier, both when handling the charcoal and then dispose of it afterwards. that said, you can’t go wrong with a good charcoal bbq and we’ve reviewed those in detail if you’re interested.
Portable gas barbecues are the easiest to set up, the cleanest, and the most convenient. The best portable gas bbq should have their burners spaced evenly so that you get uniform cooking performance across the grill.
These types of portable barbecue also usually give you more control over the heat and flame, so you can fine tune your outdoor cooking skills.
Portable gas bbq reviews
There are a surprisingly large number of Portable gas bbq to choose from on the UK market at the present time, and with products from mainland china continuing to sweep in, that number will only keep on growing.
So how do you separate the wheat from the chaff?
Well, you have two options, you can either go around all the garden centres in your area and take a look at them for yourself, or let someone else (AKA Garden Tool Box) do the hard work for you.
If you chose the second option, read on to see what products we selected, and reviewed, as the best portable gas barbecues available at the moment.
Best Portable gas bbq reviews
Here are our reviews of the best Portable gas bbq currently on sale in good old Blighty. We will start off with an exceptional product from Cadac- the Carri Chef 2.
1. Cadac Carri Chef 2 BBQ and Chef Pan Combo
One of the main things we are looking for in a Portable gas bbq is versatility, and in that respect, the Carri Chef 2 shines.
It can be used as both a portable gas barbecue and a chef pan and it is very easy to switch from one to the other so it doesn’t matter if you want to grill steaks and sausages, cook pancakes for the kids, or even if you want to do a full English fry up, complete with a pot of tea, the Carri Chef 2 has got you covered.
Its 47cm diameter is a good size that sits nicely between practicality and portability, and the variable heat settings combined with the different cooking surfaces give you a wide range of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Some so called ‘Portable gas bbq’ are actually just full sized models with wheels attached and it wouldn’t really be practical to try to get one in the boot of your car.
The Cadac Carri Chef 2 is another story all together, and is truly portable. The whole unit packs away into the good quality, round carry bag that it comes in, including the legs.
Carrying it around won’t break your back either. The legs are made of anodized aluminium and are very light, in fact the total weight of this portable gas barbecue is only 10.5 kilograms.
Setting up the Carri Chef 2 is quick and easy, thanks to a clever yet straight forward design. All you really have to do is screw the legs in by hand, click the lower level shelf into place, and you’re ready to attach the gas bottle.
This Portable gas bbq can be used with gas bottles and tanks of various sizes, and there are even places to hold the gas tanks in place in the middle of the lower shelf. This shelf is also a handy place to keep your condiments, spices and sauces, so they are always at arm’s reach when you’re cooking. Of course, you could also just have your beer sitting there too.
The domed metal cover has a thermometer built in so you can monitor what’s going on underneath without needing to lift the lid. It also doubles as a wind breaker that clicks onto the side of the barbecue. It’s a good feature because, let’s face it, even in the sunniest weather, Britain can still be windy enough to blow out your flames or blow debris onto your food.
When the fun is over, this Portable gas bbq breaks down as easy as it goes up and it has also been designed to be easy to clean, so you won’t need to be scrubbing away for hours at the end of the da. The chef pan can just be wiped down with kitchen roll or something similar.
The only negative thing I can say about this wonderful portable barbecue is that there are some lightweight plastic parts and only time will tell how long they hold up. The legs are also lightweight, but being aluminium they will last a long time.
The price tag may also put some people off, but as with most things, you get what you pay for and this portable gas barbecue is the best out there.
Cadac Carri Chef 2 BBQ and Chef Pan Combo Review
Best Cadac Carri Chef 2 BBQ and Chef Pan Combo Features
What needs work on the Cadac Carri Chef 2 BBQ and Chef Pan Combo
|Packs away neatly into its carry bag||Some lightweight plastic parts might not last as long as the metal ones|
|Good heat and cooks quickly||Might be too expensive for some|
|Variable heat settings|
|Large cooking surface|
|Dome cover has built in thermometer|
|Cover doubles as a windbreaker|
|Easy to assemble|
|Practical design with lower shelf|
|Versatile cooking surfaces|
|Space to hold gas bottle|
|Easy to clean|
Our next review is of the Campingaz party grill 200 model, a good choice for people who want a good portable gas barbecue without having to shell out too much for it.
2. Campingaz Party Grill 200 Camping Stove
The Campingaz 200 CV portable gas barbecue is another 2 in one product that offers you the choice of using either the grill for your barbecue or a flat pan for frying things and it performs miles better than the Campingaz Gas BBQ Adelaide 3 Woody we reviewed in our main best gas bbq post.
Designed specifically for camping, it is very compact (32cm x 33cm on its legs) and extremely lightweight at only 2.8kg. Obviously the lack of weight and small size make it excellent for carrying around, but it also means that the cooking surface is smaller too.
Now, I’m not saying its tiny, and it is probably enough to cook up enough hot dogs and burgers fast enough to keep a small family happy, but if you are cooking for more I’d have to suggest you take a look at the Carri Chef 2 instead.
This is a 2000w single flame Portable gas bbq and can produce a fair bit of heat for something so compact. It will boil a litre of water in under 4.5 minutes and cook 6 large sausages in an equally fast time, so you can get a hotdog down your kids to keep them quiet while you cook the larger part of the meal. The heat is controlled by a knob on the front of the barbecue and it is fully adjustable from a very low flame to a high heat.
The Campingaz 200 CV portable gas barbecue runs off Campingaz’s own CV 470 gas cartridges that slip nicely into the bottom of the stove. These cartridges give you about 3 hours’ worth of cooking time and can be bought separately for about 7 pounds each. It would be nice if you could use any old gas canister like the Carri Chef 2, but the Campingaz cartridges are fairly inexpensive and easy to buy online.
A nice feature of the Campingaz 200 CV is the integrated water compartment that is designed to collect any grease that drips out while cooking, and this makes cleaning this Portable gas bbq so much easier.
Like the Carri Chef 2, this model is very easy to assemble and pack away. The 3 short legs can be detached tool free and stored inside the main stove unit along with all the other components.
As I just mentioned, the legs on this portable gas barbecue are short, so you will need to sit it on a table for it to be at a comfortable cooking height while you are standing. If you plan to cook while sitting on the floor or low chair though, it should be just fine.
Again, there are plastic parts like where the gas canister is connected, that might not hold up to any less than careful handling.
Campingaz Party Grill 200 Camping Stove Review
Best Campingaz Party Grill 200 Camping Stove Features
What needs work on the Campingaz Party Grill 200 Camping Stove
|Affordable for most people||Have to use Campingaz’s own gas canisters|
|Grilling grid and pan cooking platforms||Has some plastic parts that could break easily|
|Variable heat control|
|Weighs only 2.8kg|
|Easy to assemble|
|Packs away neatly inside the main stove|
|Water compartment catches grease|
|Fast cooking times on full heat|
We complete our top 3 with the Char-broil x200 grill2go, an energy efficient Portable gas bbq with some nice technological features.
3. Char-Broil X200 Grill2Go - Portable Barbecue Grill
This product from Char-broil is probably the most durable and hard wearing of our best portable gas barbecue reviews.
It has stainless steel burners, a stainless steel cooking grate, strong lid, and what plastic parts there are, are made of thick, heavy duty materials that won’t break on you easily. It’s a nice feeling to not have to handle your Portable gas bbq with kid gloves in fear of accidentally damaging it. You still have to be careful, just not as careful as with most other products of this type. I don’t think this performs as well as the Char-Broil Performance SeriesTM T22G – 2 Burner Gas Barbecue Grill in the small static gas barbecue range but it’s still worthy of making the top three in this range.
The lid has a nice sized handle and also a built in temperature gauge so you can keep tabs on what’s going on underneath.
The ignition system on this portable gas barbecue is an electric push button mechanism that works so much better than trying use matches if there’s a breeze.
Where this model stands out though is on the quality of the food it produces. Char-broil’s ‘TRU-infrared cooking system’ that prevents flare ups and ensures that your food is cooked evenly. This also helps to maintain moisture in your food so you get a nice juicy steak and not a dried out old piece of leather.
This system also helps the Char-broil X200 to be more fuel efficient and the maker’s claim it will save you about 30 percent in gas expenditure when compared to most of its competitors.
The X200 portable gas barbecue runs off 16.4 ounce propane cylinder that has to be bought separately, but you can buy a pack of 6 on Amazon from Coleman for 23.99.
The problem I have with this model, is that when the gas cylinder is full, it works amazingly, producing delicious, well cooked food. However, when the gas gets low, the cooking performance is affected. It could have just been the model I was testing but I’ve seen a few other people complain about it too.
Char-Broil X200 Grill2Go – Portable Barbecue Grill Review
Best Char-Broil X200 Grill2Go – Portable Barbecue Grill Features
What needs work on the Char-Broil X200 Grill2Go – Portable Barbecue Grill
|Solid construction||When the gas gets low it affects the cooking performance|
|Stainless steel burners||Quite expensive for what it is|
|Stainless steel cooking grate|
|Plastic parts are good quality and robust|
|Temperature gauge built into lid|
|Electric ignition button|
|TRU infrared system prevents flare ups|
|Cooks evenly and preserves moisture in the food|
|Easy to set up|
Best portable gas bbq UK
I hope you enjoyed our review of the best portable bbq UK. We have also reviewed the best bbq outright in detail as well as the best bbq smoker too. If you didn’t find what you’re looking for here I would recommend a read of these pages as they’ll provide further interesting reading in the world of barbecues. You can always find a bbq bargain because there are so many manufacturers its ultra competitive.