If you have ever wanted to take your grilling on the road, the great news is that there are plenty of affordable gas grills for budget shoppers. High-end gas grills tend to have more features and higher BTU’s but this doesn’t mean that you can’t get a good portable gas grill at a cheap price.

There are many poorly built gas grills at the lower end of the price range so you need to be extra vigilant to make sure you get the best value for your money. We have compiled a review of the 5 best portable gas grills for under $100 to save you the headache of choosing from dozens of models.

Comparison Table

Our #1 Choice
Coleman NXT 50 Propane Grill Tabletop

1. Coleman NXT

This portable grill is also attractive and looks and feels sturdier than most other grills at this price rangeRead Review.
9.7
Close Runner Up
Liquid Propane BBQ Gas Grill,Barbecue Grill Outdoor Cooking Camping Stove Portable Stainless Steel,Orange

2. Wonlink Liquid Propane BBQ

This unit is almost like a complete outdoor kitchen. You can grill sausages for breakfast while making coffee at the same time – Read Review.
9.5
Best Portable
Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Propane Gas Grill, Red

3. Cuisinart CGG-1807

This petit grill is true to its name and fits nicely on your truck’s tailgate or picnic table. The grill is easy to set up, use, and clean up after – Read Review.
9.3
On A Budget
Cuisinart CGG-049 Searin' Sphere 10,000 BTU Portable Gas Grill,Black

4. Cuisinart CGG-049

The dome-shaped grill has excellent heat distribution at this price range so you don’t have to worry about hot and cold spots Read Review.
9.1
Flat Top
Blackstone 1650 Tabletop Grill without Hood Propane Fuelled – 17 inch Portable Stovetop Gas Griddle-Rear Grease Trap for Kitchen, Outdoor, Camping, Tailgating or Picnicking, Black

5. Blackstone Table Top

Not precisely a traditional gas grill with grilling grate, but a great affordable alternative at well under $100 – Read Review.
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The Coleman NXT Lite Tabletop Propane Grill is a good top pick for the best portable grills for under $100. The grill only requires minimal assembly and you can get it ready to go in 10 minutes after taking it out of the box.

This portable grill is also attractive and looks and feels sturdier than most other grills at this price range. The lightweight grill weighs 20.2 pounds and is easy to transport.

Coleman NXT

This portable grill is also attractive and looks and feels sturdier than most other grills at this price range

  • Cooking Area: 168 square inches
  • Weight: 20 pounds
  • BTUs: 8,500

The Coleman NXT Lite Tabletop Propane Grill has three heat settings and surprisingly high heat for such a small grill. The 168 square inches cooking surface is enough for a small group. The selling point for this grill is the interchangeable cook top. You can buy separate attachments to change this grill into a stove or griddle.

The downside with this grill is it doesn’t come with a built-in thermometer. It is hardly surprising at this price range but it would be nice to have a thermometer on such a powerful unit.

Pros

  • Interchangeable cook top also converts to griddle or stove
  • Powerful for a portable unit
  • Durably constructed grill

Cons

  • The grill lacks a built-in thermometer

The Wonlink Liquid Propane BBQ Gas Grill Outdoor Camping Stove is a one of a kind portable gas grill that costs just under $100. This is a traditional grill with a grate but also doubles up as a portable camping stove. The 2-in-1 unit has 170 square inches cast-iron grilling grate while the stove side can hold up to a 12-inch pan.

This unit is almost like a complete outdoor kitchen. You can grill sausages for breakfast while making coffee at the same time. The grill’s collapsible design makes it easy to store away and to carry while the adjustable wind guard protects your flame regardless of the pan size you are using.

The downside with this Wonlink 2-un-1 liquid propane grill is the unit doesn’t have a high flame. You can only choose from medium to low flame.

This is the perfect unit for someone looking for a versatile and portable gas grill to take on camping trips.

Pros

  • The 2-in-1 gas grill is also an outdoor stove
  • Cast iron cooking grates have good heat distribution
  • Collapsible design is easy to pack away and carry

Cons

  • Low and medium heat only

Cuisinart CGG-1807

This petit grill is true to its name and fits nicely on your truck’s tailgate or picnic table. The grill is easy to set up, use, and clean up after.

  • Cooking Area: 145 sq in
  • Weight: 13.5 pounds
  • BTUs: 5,500

The Cuisinart CGG-049 Searin’ Sphere 10,000 BTU Portable Gas Grill is a briefcase-style portable grill that is perfect for camping trips, picnics, tailgating parties, or an apartment with limited space.

This petit grill is true to its name and fits nicely on your truck’s tailgate or picnic table. The grill is easy to set up, use, and clean up after.

The grill’s stainless steel plates do a decent job with grilling meats and the unit uses little fuel so you can hook it up to a disposable propane gas tank. This model costs a little over $100 but is still worth considering if you are looking for a good portable gas grill.

The downside of this unit is the grease tray is a little too small and you will have to empty it often to avoid flair-ups.

All things considered, this is a small, portable and attractive grill that cooks decently for the price.

Pros

  • Attractive briefcase-style grill
  • Good heat distribution
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • The grill is prone to flair-ups

Cuisinart CGG-049

The dome-shaped grill has excellent heat distribution at this price range so you don’t have to worry about hot and cold spots

  • Dimensions: 15.2 x 18 x 15.5 inches
  • Weight: 13 pounds
  • BTUs: 10,000

The Cuisinart CGG-049 Searin’ Sphere 10,000 BTU Portable Gas Grill is a very nice looking grill that costs well under $60. The grill weighs a mere 13 pounds so it’s a portable unit that you can take with you on short notice.

The grill sports a 10-inch diameter grilling grate which you can clean in your dishwasher. The push-button ignition and maximum 10,000 BTUs per hour are good enough for any grilling you want to do.

The dome-shaped grill has excellent heat distribution at this price range so you don’t have to worry about hot and cold spots. This dome shape also provides a spacious interior, enough for the famous Beer Can Chicken which most grills in this price range are too shallow to accommodate.

The downside of this grill is that it can be a little difficult to assemble especially for someone without much DIY experience.

This is a good looking grill with excellent heat distribution and comes highly recommended as a portable grill.

Pros

  • Aesthetically pleasing design
  • Spacious interior cooks beer can chicken
  • Good heat distribution

Cons

  • The grill is relatively difficult to assemble

Blackstone Table Top

Not precisely a traditional gas grill with grilling grate, but a great affordable alternative at well under $100

  • Cooking Area: 260 sq in
  • Weight: 21 pounds
  • BTUs: 12,000

The Blackstone Table Top Grill-17 Inch Potable Gas Griddle isn’t precisely a traditional gas grill with grilling grate, but a great affordable alternative at well under $100.

The griddle is quite portable and very easy to set up so you can start cooking immediately. The 260 square inches stainless steel griddle is spacious enough for up to 4 people and heats up evenly.

This griddle has a grease-trapping tray which makes cleaning up quick and easy once you are done cooking. The electric igniter fires up the griddle instantly and the heat knobs allow you to adjust the perfect cooking temperature.

This is a versatile griddle that will make breakfast foods like eggs, bacon, and potatoes and grill burgers, steaks, hotdogs, and anything else you might want to eat on a camping trip.

The downside of this griddle is the lack of grilling grates which are essential if you want to get a sear on your meats and burgers. The cooking area is also quite small if you intend to cook for a large party.

The Blackstone Table Top Grill 17-inch Portable Griddle is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a good alternative to the traditional grated gas grill.

Pros

  • Good quality griddle top
  • Quick and easy ignition
  • Easy cleanup

Cons

  • Griddle doesn’t sear meats like a grated grill

Our Verdict

You don’t need to spend a fortune to get a good portable grill. There are plenty of options for portable grills under $100 that perform well and will last you a long time.

Cheaper grills tend to be poorly constructed and have sparse features but this isn’t always the case as you can see from this review. You can now take your world-famous barbecue on the road and enjoy your favorite recipes anywhere!