Weber Grill Review – Frugal Novice

Weber Grill Review

We love to grill, which I think I’ve mentioned before. And in Texas, it’s grilling weather most of the year, so that works out well for us. We grill a lot of chicken and veggies, and since eating at some friends’ house we’ve added pineapple to our favorites.

Most of the time when we’re grilling it’s just for the four of us, so we were pretty excited to review Weber’s Q220 Portable Gas Grill along with the Rolling Cart to house it on.

This little grill packs a lot of punch, and is a perfect fit for our family. Some of its features include:

  • Total cooking area = 280 sq in
  • 12,000 BTU-per-hour input
  • Stainless steel burner
  • Infinite control burner valve
  • Removable catch pan
  • Porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grate
  • Electronic ignition
  • Uses disposable 14.1- or 16.4-oz LP cylinder (not included)

I went to the store to buy the propane cylinder, and really liked how easy it is to just pick up the 16.4-oz cylinder from the camping supplies area. I didn’t have to go hunt down an associate to help me trade in my old propane tank, and it just cost $2.38 to buy the cylinder!

This grill is heavy duty. The lid, body, and cooking grate all feel solid.

There’s also a temperature gauge on the outside of the grill to help monitor the heat levels while cooking your food:

The size of the cooking grate is just perfect for a family of 4-6, in my opinion. There’s plenty of room and everything cooks evenly. We were really impressed!We grilled out four large chicken breasts for fajitas (recipe listed below) along with a pouch of garlic, and had plenty of room to add more if we had wanted.

The grill by itself is 26 inches tall (with the lid open). We’re planning a weekend trip down to the beach sometime later this year, and we’ll take the grill with us to enjoy a cookout. Its compact size is perfect for travel! I know we’ll take it with us to the park sometimes too so we can cook out, have a picnic and let the boys enjoy the playground.

The rolling cart that it comes with is a nice complement to the grill. It allows users to grill at a normal, comfortable grill height. This was important to us because for use at home we wouldn’t want to have the heat at our kids’ level. Having the grill up higher makes it easier to keep it out of their way. The cart is compact and folds up, meaning you could very easily take this along with you as well. It’s a lightweight piece, but provides a solid base for the grill to rest upon.

I would give this gas grill 5 stars. It’s well-made, convenient to use, doesn’t take up much space, portable, and does a wonderful job of cooking food. It’s also less expensive than larger, non-portable counterparts – yet another reason this is a great family grill! You can purchase the grill online or at local retailers.

I mentioned above that we used the grill to make chicken for fajitas – here’s the recipe for a marinade that we used:

  • 1 1/4 cups chopped cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chile powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice from 3 limes

If you’re looking for other grilling recipes, Weber provides a ton of options on their site, like this week’s foil-wrapped baby back ribs. Yum!

Note: I received the grill and rolling cart from Weber for review. All opinions in this post are honest and are entirely my own. I was not compensated monetarily for this post.

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    I’m your newest follower from Friendly Friday! Hope to see you around Bargains4Wahms sometimes

    I’d LOVE to get your Weber Contact.

  • Tamara B. July 24, 2011 at 11:36 am

    We never have grilled on anything but a Weber and they are the best!

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