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Weber Q1200 Gas Grill review

The Weber Q1200 is a portable gas grill to rule them all, letting you go anywhere while cooking perfection.

Weber Q1200
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Our Verdict

The Weber Q1200 Gas Grill is a superb portable grill that's covered by a five year warranty, is easy to clean and gives a consistent and powerful heat to cook food. Lots of extra accessories make using different gas sources, cooking plates and stands all options to personalize the experience for you. While this isn't on a scale of a freestanding non-portable gas grill, it does offer nearly everything you could want while also offering portability, should you need it.

For

  • 8,500 BTU of power
  • Easy clean porcelain coated
  • Electronic ignition

Against

  • Heavy

The Weber Q1200 Gas Grill is a portable grill that is built from high quality materials which are made to last. It's also made to keep life simple, using materials that make clean up as easy as the cooking process.

This isn't the lightest portable grill out there, thanks to those premium materials. But it is ideal for anyone that needs to save space on the patio or wants a mobile grill for an RV or party out in nature.

The Q1200 is small enough to take on a trip to grill by the lake, say, but not small enough to carry with you on a camping trip. Essentially we'd recommend taking it by car with minimal trekking of this 30lb beast.

Weight and portability aside, this is crammed with premium features as you'd expect from a high-end brand like Weber. That includes a five year warranty on most parts. We're going to drill down into these so you can decide on what's important to you in a gas grill.

So is this the best portable gas grill for you? Read on to find out.

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Weber Q1200 Gas Grill review: Design and build

  • 189 square inches of cook space
  • 8,500 BTU
  • Electronic ignition

The Weber Q1200 Gas Grill is a way to get a portable propane grill without having to make sacrifices on quality or performance. Delivering a similar build quality to the likes of the Weber Spirit II E-310, this little grill is better than a lot of full sized gas grills at a similar price.

This quality is thanks to the build, which Weber has made with the best materials. The grill, for example, is made of cast iron cooking grates which provide superb durability no matter where this travels with you.

Long lasting quality isn't all the materials offer though as the grill is also coated in porcelain. This means it can be cleaned far easier without build up that you have to worry about later. 

Important extras that are standard on most full sized grills are still included here with a lid thermometer to track temperature and a full electric ignition for one touch starts. 

Even the angle of the gas attachment is well designed allowing you to attach a longer, 14oz or 16oz, portable canister that screws right into the grill, no need for piping. There are adapters available if you want to use a standard 20lb propane tank or your RV supply. You even get handy foldable side tables as standard.

Weber Q1200 Gas Grill review: Features

  • Stainless steel tube burner
  • Removable catch pan
  • Infinite control burner valve

The Weber Q1200 Gas Grill is crammed with features for a device that's so portable. From the cast iron grills being coated in porcelain-enamel to the 8,500 BTU of power across the 189 square inch cooking space – this does it all. Admittedly, perhaps not with enough space for larger events, and if you need more cooking space something like the Char-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner is a good choice, but for a family or small party this is great.

The body and lid being made of cast aluminium mean they're still durable but are lighter, allowing for greater portability. 

Cleaning is another top feature since this comes with a removable catch pan that slides out of the back and can be thrown away and replaced or cleaned. 

The side tables pop up and fold away meaning you have the space for storage when cooking but this folds down small enough to not take up too much room in your vehicle. 

The Infinite control burner, as Weber calls it, can be twist controlled allowing you to deliver just the right amount of power as you need. This is delivered through a stainless steel tube burner which helps to keep heat evenly distributed. 

Weber Q1200 Gas Grill review: Performance

  • Great power control
  • Easy clean
  • Portable enough

The Weber Q1200 Gas Grill is portable but it's not small. There's enough room on that grill area to fit about six burger patties comfortably. This is just right for two people grilling or a small family.

The stainless steel burner rings distributes the 8,500 BTU of heat across the grill evenly and will get up to temperature in as little as 10 minutes with the lid shut. There's plenty of heat so be warned, this isn't for those that like to cook using indirect heat. If you do want to do this, Weber suggests using a grill basket to get you some distance from the burners.

Wind will affect the grill if you're not set up right, so be sure to face the wind allowing the lid to be lifted as a block, while turning the food. 

You can use a griddle plate, ideal for breakfast, but it only takes up half the grill so room is limited. 

Clean-up is easy thanks to that removable catch tray. This can be replaced relatively inexpensively but it's also easy to just give it a quick clean out and use it again. The grills themselves need to be left to cool before cleaning, then they're small enough to fit in most sinks so you can give them a proper soapy wash to make sure they're clean. This allows you to avoid using a wire brush which could potentially damage that porcelain coating. 

Should I buy the Weber Q1200 Gas Grill?

If you want a portable gas grill that doesn't scrimp on quality or features then the Weber Q1200 is for you. It's easy to use, to clean and to move about and you're covered by a superb warranty.

If you want more cooking space, don't need to be so portable, or want to save money by not having such a great warranty you could go for another brand instead.

If you're looking for faster cook times, then you might be interested in our round up of the best infrared grills, while our guide to the best grill thermometers will insure food safety.