|Cooking Surface||280 square inches|
|Price||This model is not affordable, but you will get a reliable and durable system that will last for years|
|Durability||9 out of 10|
In this review, we will be taking a look at the Weber Q 2200 portable gas grill. The goal of this review is to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision on whether or not this grill is the right fit for your particular needs.
With that in mind, we have decided to structure the review in a particular way. Firstly, we will give a brief overview of some of the most basic specifications for this grill, followed by an in-depth look at all the features that this grill has to offer. We will then briefly go over any extras that come with the grill, and also what it is that sets this grill apart from other similar grills. Finally, we will provide a list of pros and cons, in order to make it easier for the reader to see everything in one place. Having laid out the structure of the review, let’s get right into it.
The Weber Q 2200 is a small, portable gas grill. It was designed to be able to accompany you on any camping trip into the wild, seeing as though it was made to be compact, but also quite sturdy, in order to be able to cope with everything you can throw at it on your journey.
With that being said, this grill is also a great choice for those users who do not necessarily want to go camping, but want a small and reliable grill for everyday use in the home. It is especially well suited to use in apartment buildings, where such things are allowed. It can fit on almost any balcony or patio, and will provide a professional grade of cooking, regardless of its small size.
In this section, we will be taking a more in-depth look at all the different features one would expect a good grill to have. We will be going over some of the most important features, such as cooking area, power output, construction, but we will also showcase some of the features that often get overlooked in reviews such as this, but may provide the edge for one grill over another.
Firstly, let us take a look at the surface area available for grilling. Since this is a small and portable grill, we shouldn’t really expect acres of grilling surface, yet the Weber Q 2200 manages to provide a pretty solid surface area, even when compared to some standard grills. That surface area is 280 square inches, which is more than enough to cook up all the burgers you need to feed your camping buddies all at once.
Speaking of the size of this grill, let us take a look at its measurements. Since this is a foldable ‘transformer’ grill, it has two different states, and therefore two different sets of measurements.
When it is fully folded up, it measures 15 x 32 x 18.5 inches, whereas it measures 26 x 51.4 x 25.1 inches when primed and ready for grilling. As we have already mentioned, these measurements make this the perfect grill for camping, but also for people who don’t have a lot of room to spare for a grill, especially in apartment buildings.
It is also important to mention the weight of this grill at this point. When fully assembled, it weighs 42.5 pounds, which may be considered a lot for a grill that is supposed to be portable and easy to move around. The bulk of this weight comes from the grilling grates, which we will discuss in more detail later in this section.
For now, however, we would like to point out that this grill can tailgate your vehicle as you make your way to your camping destination, so it probably isn’t that big of a deal, especially considering the fact that the extra weight comes from the quality of the materials used to construct it.
Speaking of the materials, let us take a look at precisely what this grill is made of. In keeping with its tradition of excellent quality grills, with really solid construction, weber uses cast aluminum to construct this grill, which provides sturdiness without adding a lot of extra weight to the grill, which is a very important thing to consider. Naturally, the metal closest to the heat source has been treated with a special heat-resistant paint, in order to make the construction last much longer.
Let us now take a look at some of the more important features of this grill, in terms of actually cooking the meat itself. Firstly, the amount of power this grill can output is 12,000 BTU per hour, which is quite an impressive number for such a small grill. There are many non-portable grills which struggle to meet this benchmark, so this is definitely a big plus for this grill.
Naturally, this number of BTUs is not enough to undertake more advanced grilling projects, especially for recipes that call for extreme-heat grilling. However, it is more than enough for simple grilling items such as burgers, chicken breasts, drumsticks and the like.
We have already mentioned the fact that this is a gas powered grill, but let us take a closer look at this feature. To be more specific, this grill uses liquid propane as fuel, but the propane container has been simplified in order to bolster the portability of this grill. Namely, this grill uses disposable liquid propane cylinders, which come in two sizes, either 14.1 or 16.4 oz. That enables you to only take what you need for your camping trip, for instance, without having to lug around a huge propane tank everywhere you go.
As for the ignition system, Weber has supplied this grill with a one-touch electric ignition, which is literally guaranteed to start your grill every time. The way it works is by turning the energy you expend on pressing the ignition button into an electric spark, which then lights the gas that is flowing next to it. That way, the grill ignites in a safe way, since ignition takes place away from the user, but also in a more reliable way, since the human element is taken out of the equation.
Since this is such a small and portable grill, it only features one burner. With that being said, we can safely offer high praise for this burner, owing to some excellent design choices by Weber. Firstly, the burner is made of stainless steel, which gives it the longevity and durability one would expect from a high-end grill.
Furthermore, it is made in two pieces, which are welded together firmly, in such a way as to allow the heat to reach all the areas of the grill equally, so that there are no hot or cold spots. This is a problem that plagues even professional grills, so to see it solved in such a simple way on this grill is a big vote of confidence.
Let us now take a look at the grate that comes with this grill. As we have already mentioned, the grate is the heaviest part of the grill, and for good reason. It is made of cast iron, which is considered by many to be the best heat conductor when it comes to grilling, which is very important if you want a great sear on your meat.
On top of that, the grate is coated in a special porcelain enamel, which serves two complementary purposes. Firstly, it gives the grate non-stick features, which is very important in terms of cleanup, and secondly, seeing as though porcelain is also renowned for its heat conducting capabilities, it also bolsters the sear you can get on your meat even further.
Naturally, when it comes to meat, there will always be serious amounts of fat and juices dripping down off the grates, and it is very important to see how the particular grill we are looking at chooses to deal with these drippings. The Weber Q 2200 opts for a simple solution, in the form of a curved bottom, which lies beneath the burner, and directs all the drippings into a hole that is located at the center of the curved surface. From there, the drippings flow into a disposable drippings container, which can easily be placed and removed at will.
Though this is quite a simple little grill, it does offer a certain amount of control to the user, in terms of the temperature the meat cooks at. Firstly, this grill comes with a temperature dial for the burner. This dial was made in such a way as to allow the user to set the temperature exactly how they want it, since the dial is infinite, meaning that the manufacturer has not set it to predetermined temperature steps, like most other grills.
The second item which offers the user a degree of control over the temperature of the grill is the built in thermostat that comes with it. This thermostat is located on the hood of the grill, which means it can closely monitor the temperature inside. Naturally, if you want to be even more precise as to the internal temperature of the meat, feel free to use a meat thermometer, though for the purposes of camping, this seems hardly necessary.
It is standard practice for grill manufacturers to include some free goodies with the grill you ordered. These can range from protective covers for your grill, certain grilling tools such as spatulas or tongs, or even branded t-shirts or aprons. Sometimes, they even throw in some ingredients such as spices or rubs, in order to get you hooked on their auxiliary product lines.
Weber, however, eschews this practice entirely. They offer next to nothing in the way of extras, especially with this grill, so this section may feel a bit empty. That being said, it is important to point this fact out, since users may expect some goodies in the box, only to be disappointed when they open it up.
Still, there is one item of interest that comes with the grill, and that is the Owner’s Manual and Cookbook. This short volume contains all the best practices related to the maintenance of the grill, as well as tips on how to get the most out of it in terms of grilling. The cookbook contains some recipes that Weber has chosen as being particularly well suited to the grill in question, so you would do well to give them a try.
Another accessory, which Weber considers optional but which is utterly necessary in our opinion for the correct functioning of this grill is the liquid propane container adapter hose. This is used to adapt the input of the grill to be able to handle large propane tanks, should you choose to use them. This is a very useful feature if you want to use your grill at home, and don’t want to keep constantly changing the propane cylinders.
In reviews such as this, it is very important to see what features set the grill being discussed apart from other grills. We should also point out that any comparison of the Weber Q 2200 should be against grills in a similar price range, size, and other categories that are important to consider. Comparing this grill with professional high-end grills would serve no purpose, since these are much more powerful, and are expected to come with all the bells and whistles that can be crammed into a single grill.
With that in mind, let us highlight one of the best features of this grill, and that is the relatively large grilling surface area that this grill offers. With 280 square inches of cooking area, it is just shy of several other grills in a similar category, including, for instance, the Traeger Junior Elite, with its 292 square inches. The point to this comparison, however, is that the Traeger Junior Elite is not a collapsible, portable grill such as the Weber Q 2200, yet they have very similar surface areas available for grilling, which is an excellent feature.
Another thing to keep in mind, which we haven’t mentioned previously, is that this grill comes fully assembled out of the box, at the buyer’s request. With most other grills, in this category, as well as in higher categories, users often have to spend a few hours assembling their grill, especially if they had never done it before. This grill is pretty much ready to be fired up straight out of the box. The only thing you need to do before lighting it is to attach the propane cylinder or tank for fuel, and press the ignition button. Though arguably not that significant a feature, this really helps when you are just dying to cook up some meat as soon as the grill is delivered to you, which is a sentiment we all share to a degree.
The purpose of this review is to supply the reader with all the most important information they need to make an informed decision on whether or not the grill in question is in line with their particular needs. With that in mind, we have decided to include a list of pros and cons at the end of this review for two main reasons. Firstly, to highlight the most important features of the grill, and secondly, to provide an easy to skim overview for those users who don’t have the time to read the whole thing, or just need a quick reminder. Here is the list of pros for this grill.
- Portability: This grill was made to be well suited for outdoor grilling in the wilderness, on camping trips and other similar activities. To that end, it is small and collapsible, with foldable side tables and an efficiently designed profile, made to take up as little room as possible.
- Great construction: This grill is made of really solid materials, and is designed to be able to withstand everything that goes with transportation to remote locations, and use in the wild. The supporting construction is made of cast aluminum, which has been treated with a special heat-resistant paint to make it last longer.
- Large surface area: For a small and portable grill, the Weber Q 2200 packs in a lot of grilling surface area. To be more precise, it offers up to 280 square inches of grilling area, which is in line with the standards for small stationary grils. That is an impressive feature that is sure to make your next camping trip memorable.
- Ample power: This grill, though small, offers more than enough power to cook any camping staple, including burgers, chicken thighs, steaks, and so on. With 12 000 BTUs per hour, it guarantees a great sear and flavorful meat every time.
- Excellent grate: This grill comes with a fantastic grate that is made to be able to sear your meat to perfection, while retaining non-stick properties. That’s because it is made of a solid cast iron, which is an excellent heat conductor, and is considered something of an industry standard at this point. This cast iron is enameled with a porcelain coating, which gives the grate its non-stick properties, which means you can simply wipe it off when you are done with it. In addition to that, the porcelain enamel provides even more heat-conducting capabilities for an excellent sear.
As with each product, this grill has good and bad sides to it as well. Since we strive to give impartial overviews of the products in all our reviews, we include a list of these downsides to every grill, and that will be the case with the Weber Q 2200 as well. Let’s take a look at those downsides.
- Weight: For a portable grill, the Weber Q 2200 is surprisingly heavy, weighing in at around 42.5 lbs. Some users have complained that they couldn’t carry it with one hand, and that it makes loading and unloading their car a hassle. Naturally, the heaviest part of the grill is the cast iron grate, so we would recommend loading the grill up in two parts, the grate, and the rest. This should make it more manageable without much hassle.
- No cart: This grill is made to be small and portable, but that comes with certain tradeoffs. One of the most important of these is the fact that it doesn’t come with a cart to hold it up. If you are in the wild and want to use this grill, you will need to set it down on the ground, and grill there. The other option is to buy a cart from Weber separately.
- No extras: Though Weber is renowned for the quality of the grills they manufacture, they are also known for being skimpy on the extras. Indeed, this grill comes with nothing other than the Owner’s Manual and Cookbook, and an optional conversion hose for larger propane tanks.
Ths concludes our review of the Weber Q 2200 liquid propane grill. We would just like to highlight the most important features of the grill one final time, for the sake of clarity. Firstly, for those who want a great portable grill for use on camping trips, this is an excellent quality choice, because it provides excellent quality results anywhere.
Furthermore, it can also be used by people who live in apartment buildings, as it can fit on almost any balcony or veranda. The only major downside of this grill is its weight, but that is a necessary tradeoff for the quality of the materials used to construct it.Ultimately, the choice is up to you, and our aim has been to provide you with all the information you may need to make an informed decision on whether this grill is the right fit for you.
Our Final Verdict
The Q series has a crucial advantage because it can use both liquid propane and electricity as fuel. Aside from that, this BBQ system is extremely durable thanks to its strong construction. When you combine that with the versatility and performance of this grill, you get a model that’s well worth the money. This is a more affordable option than some other units from the Q series. However, that also means that this model isn’t as powerful as, for example, Q3200. Regardless of that, if you are looking for a regular-sized grill that has incredible durability and versatility, Weber Q2200 is a model worth the investment.