Do you love to grill like we do? Maybe you live in an apartment or condo and need something small; perhaps you are looking for that perfect tailgating grill. The Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill ($111.59) offers big grilling performance in a portable package. Despite the compact size, the grilling surface is large enough to grill eight burgers, eight steaks, six to 10 chicken breasts, or up to 4 pounds of fish. The grill’s superior heating performance stems from the powerful 5,500 BTU stainless-steel burner and porcelain-enameled grill grate, which combine to heat the grill quickly and evenly to more than 500 degrees F. At the same time, the grill’s compact size keeps propane use to a minimum: a single 16-ounce propane canister will last for several hours, or you can connect it to a 20-pound propane tank for longer-lasting, permanent grilling (requires Cuisinart 4-foot LP adapter hose, sold separately). And when grilling is complete, the grate cleans up easily outdoors or in your kitchen sink.
Built for convenience and portability, the Petit Gourmet includes a handy foldaway leg system integrated into the base of the grill. When you’re on the move, the tubular aluminum legs and stabilizing feet stay tucked away on the grill bottom. Once you arrive, however, the legs lock cleanly and securely into place in a matter of seconds, giving you a stable, reliable stand for grilling on almost any terrain. Just find a secure surface, unfold the legs, and hit the electric lighter. No other portable grill goes from your car to cooking in such a short time. As an alternative, Cuisinart sells a CSGS-100 grill stand that positions your grill at an ideal grilling height (sold separately).
The Petit Gourmet also features a secure lid lock on the front of the grill that keeps the lid closed when the grill is moved from place to place, along with a pronounced carrying handle that lets you tote the 13-pound grill briefcase-style. To make transport even easier, grillers can opt to purchase the CGC-18 storage bag, which doubles as a grill cover (sold separately).