The Cuisinart CGG-200 Tabletop Grill
The Cuisinart CGG-200 grill is an attractively designed tabletop grill. With a great balance between portability, versatility, and cooking surface; the CGG-200 will allow you to be grilling up some tasty food in no time. Throw in the foldable stand, and you can go from the backyard to the campground using the same fantastic grill!
Portability is a major consideration when choosing the right grill for you. How much room does it take up when stored? How easy is it to get from your car or RV to the grilling location? How easy is it to set up? These are all great questions when researching your next portable grill.
Weighing in at around 35 lbs and measuring 28.5″ L x 20.3″ W, the CGG-200 is easy to tote around and set up. During transport, the side tables store inside the grill, leaving the carry handles exposed. Once you find your grilling area of choice, all you need to do is pull the side tables out, hook up your propane, and light it up. Done!
If you would prefer to provide the Cuisinart CGG-200 its stand similar to the Coleman Road Trip LXE you can purchase the foldable grill stand for around $60.00. The grill stand allows you to use the CGG-200 in your backyard, and easily set it up in your favorite campsite.
The amount of cooking space a grill has to offer is also a vital consideration. Sometimes you want to grill a few burgers, and sometimes you want multiple food items on the grill at the same time. The CGG-200 has 240 sq inches of cooking surface. It is smaller than the Weber Q2200 which has 280 sq inches, and the Road Trip LXE which has 285. Again though, typically the more substantial the grill area, the more space the grill takes up as a whole.
Additionally, the Cuisinart puts out 12,000 BTUs using its single stainless steel burner -right in the ballpark of most portable grills. The grill gets up temp quickly, and the porcelain enamel-coated cast iron cooking grate works well for transferring the heat. The single burner design can be a drawback if you want to use indirect cooking methods though. It’s low profile lid also doesn’t lend itself to cooking large items like a whole chicken either.
The Cuisinart CGG-200 does what it is intended for – it grills food. It doesn’t do much else though compared to modular grills like the Camp Chef or the Road Trip LXE. There are no fancy accessories like griddles or pizza ovens which can drop in. It grills. With a price tag of around $155.00 compared to the LXE’s $130.00 cost, it isn’t much of a multi-tasker for the price.
The side tables are always a nice feature to have to keep things handy, especially if you are using the foldable stand versus sitting the CGG-200 on a tabletop. It can also run off disposable tanks, or 20 lb tanks using an adapter hose. The adapter hose is excellent for RVers wanting to connect it to their onboard propane supply.
We already kind of beat up the CGG-200 on its lack of versatility, so we won’t kick it while it is down. It does seem to lack, however, on build quality. It looks pretty and all, but the lid design limits what you can cook in it. The lid also doesn’t have any type of clasp to keep it closed while transporting it. Also, it would be nice if the legs folded up like some other grills we have seen. Foldable legs would decrease the amount of storage space needed.
Much like several grills on the market, the grilling surface is heated using one burner. One burner limits your ability to cook low and slow on one side while searing on the other. You also can’t use indirect cooking methods as previously mentioned.
All in the Cuisinart CGG-200 is a great little grill if all you want is a grill. For a lot of folks, this is all they want and need. If all you are searching for is a portable grill you can store easily and set up quickly, then the CGG-200 is a good fit. Also, if you want to use the same grill at home as well as when camping, we would recommend this grill and the foldable stand. If, however, you want a grill with multiple accessories and cooking options; we would suggest you steer clear.