Weber Q2200 Portable Grill
The Weber name has been associated with grills since the early 1950’s. As such, they have produced some fantastic grills over the years, and the Weber Q2200 portable propane grill is no exception. With its 280 sq. in. of cooking space, fold-out side tables, and porcelain enameled cast iron grates; the Q2200 is a great all-around portable grill.
It wouldn’t be right to talk about portable grills and not highlight “portability.” The Q2200 weighs in at around 42.5 pounds and measures out at 15.5 H x 51.4 W x 19.5 D with the lid closed and the side tables out. Meaning you get a lot of cooking surface without taking up a lot of real estate on your table. Also, with the side tables folded in, it exposes the carrying handles which makes for easy transport.
There are a couple of drawbacks though. One of the drawbacks is there is no clasp to keep the lid shut while being transported. Sure, a $2 bungee cord from Harbor Freight will do the trick, but for a grill costing at the time of this post $250, the lack of a clasp seems like a bit of an oversight. Additionally, if you want a cart similar to the one which comes with the Coleman Road Trip LXE, you are looking at an additional $80 or so.
The amount of actual cooking space is also a significant factor when choosing a grill. The amount of space needed depends mainly on the number of people you are cooking for, and how many food items you are cooking at once. The Weber Q2200 has 280 sq. in. of cooking surface which is slightly less than the Coleman LXE, but much more than previous Q Models. There is also an optional griddle which you can purchase; trading half of the grill surface for a griddle. Pretty impressive come breakfast time!
When we are talking versatility, we are looking at ways the grill can be used to cook and overall usability. At 12,000 BTUs, the Q2200 puts out some heat. Some say too much, and others say not enough. Compared to the Q1200 and the Q1000, both of which put out 8500 BTUS, the Q2200 is a step up in the Q Series. The challenge is it has one burner so you can’t have one side of the grill at a different temp than the other. Grills with multiple burners will have a leg up in versatility in our opinion.
Additionally, the fold-out side tables are handy for keeping seasonings, utensils, or food items handy. We like how the side tables tuck inside the grill while it is packed away to save storage space, and then fold out when grilling! A nice design feature by Weber for sure.
As with a lot of modular grills like the Camp Chef Explorer, additional versatility can be purchased such as the previously mentioned griddle, portable cart, and disposable drip pans. The portable cart is a nice feature as it allows you to use the Q2200 while leaving your picnic table etc. free for sitting and eating. You can also purchase an adapter should you want to run it off of a 20 lb tank versus disposable LP cylinders.
Here is our biggest beef with the Weber Q2200 in the form of a question. What are you getting for your $250 compared to other grills on the market? Once again we have to compare it to the Roadtrip LXE which for $160 has two burners, and comes with fold-out tables and a portable cart.
Additionally, without a shield over the burner, drippings have been known to clog the holes in the burner. The holes then have to be cleaned out periodically to allow the grill to work correctly. Also, having one burner doesn’t let you use direct heat and indirect heat at the same time.
In closing, the Weber Q2200 is a well-engineered product from a great company. It offers some great features and options which make it more portable and versatile compared to some other grills. If you need a grill that is easy to transport and set up, and can cook up some mean burgers; the Q2200 is an option well worth your time exploring. Be prepared to part with some of your hard-earned funds in the process though.