Cuisinart CGG-059 Grillster Portable Propane Gas Grill

Last updated: September 9, 2021

Cuisinart CGG-059 Grillster Portable Propane Gas Grill

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Overall Take

This gas grill uses enameled steel grates that are dishwasher safe for easy clean up. The grill can be placed directly on a tabletop or on any rollaway gas grill stand. The unit only weighs 10 pounds making it an excellent choice for camping or tailgating.

In our analysis of 118 expert reviews, the Cuisinart Grillster Portable Propane Gas Grill placed 22nd when we looked at the top 22 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

If sleek design, high performance, & no hassle cleaning are your thing. Then the Cuisinart grillster portable gas grill is the perfect grill for you! The steel, hinged lid & three wall design create an exceptional, contained cooking area. & with temperatures reaching upwards of 600 Degrees, you won’t be left wanting for power with this small portable grill. Once you’re finished cooking up some of your favorite foods, save time & energy by tossing the dishwasher safe, enameled cooking grate in the dishwasher & let it do the work for you. While on the subject of saving time, it doesn’t get much easier than a 5 Min grill assembly with no tools required! combine all that with a 3 year warranty & the Cuisinart grillster portable gas grill is tough to beat! Weighing just 10 pounds, the Cuisinart Grillster is a streamlined, lightweight portable grill that can be taken anywhere. The steel grill features a locking lid, a large carrying handle, and folding legs that collapse neatly for storage. Take it to the beach, the backyard or a sporting event. It tucks into a trunk and can be enjoyed anywhere. The Cuisinart Grillster is like a large grill in a small size. The handsome design features a porcelain enamel cooking grate that distributes heat evenly. The small footprint makes it ideal for use on a small table. The Cuisinart Grillster portable grill is a great size for burgers, steak, seafood, vegetables, chicken or kabobs. The hinged lid rotates out of the way to access the grate, and it only needs a 1 pound propane canister. The compact size is perfect for times when there’s no need for the large grill. It’s ideal for balconies, small decks, picnics, tailgating and RVs.

Expert Reviews


What experts liked

Super versatile and lightweight, Perfect for tailgaiting or camping, Stainless steel grates are ideal for large cuts of meat,20,000 BTU’s heat output
Stainless grate, Lightweight, Secure locking lid, Easy to move, Ready to use within minutes, Ideal for large cuts of meat, Perfect for grill lovers, High-quality material, Large pull out greasy tray, Easy to assemble

What experts didn't like

You have to transport a propane tank with it
Grates are bit sticky, Shallow dome of lid, Without natural gas conversion kit

Our Expert Consultant

Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

Overview

There’s no better way to enjoy warm weather than with a great backyard barbecue. Whether you’re cooking for your immediate family or a large group of friends, meat and vegetables taste a little better when cooked over a grill. Gas grills are the quickest and easiest way to cook outdoors since they fire right up in a couple of steps. However, great-tasting meals start with the grill you choose.

When shopping for grills, it can be easy to get caught up in the quality of the construction: make sure the grill’s cook box has thick and solid walls to keep the heat inside, especially if you prefer to grill year-round. Generally, heavy stainless steel is a good option because it doesn’t rust.

But while it is important to choose a sturdy, durable grill — since it will be exposed to the elements 24 hours a day,— you should put far more effort into weighing the grill’s cooking ability. Weber Spirit E-210 LP Gas Grill, 2-Burner model has burners that put the perfect sear marks on your meat, if that’s important.

Primarily, you’ll need to look for a grill that offers even heat from front to back, which provides consistency. This will let you use every square inch of burner space while cooking rather than confining all your items to the area of the grill that gets hottest.

Also, look for heavy cooking grids and full coverage from cooking elements. You don’t want hot or cold spots on your grilling surface!

The need for rapid, even heating means that you should consider size.

“With gas grills, size does matter,” says our resident kitchen expert Julie Chernoff, member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, dining editor of Better magazine and food journalist. “You shouldn’t buy more grill than you need, although it’s always tempting to buy the sexy unit with all the bells and whistles.”

She advises taking into account how much room you have for your grill and how many people you’re feeding.

“If you regularly host barbecues or friends and family, a larger-capacity grill is in order,” she says.

Ease of use may also be something you want to take note of before you buy.

“Make sure that the ignition works well — and if it is a propane system versus a dedicated natural gas line, make sure there is some sort of gauge to tell when the gas is running low,” Chernoff says. “No one wants to run out of propane halfway through a barbecue!”

One of the biggest challenges you’ll face is in knowing when your meat is cooked to the perfect temperature. Although many grills come with thermometers, these are built into the hood, which makes them inadequate for accurately measuring the internal temperature of your steaks and burgers. For that reason, you’ll probably need to stand close by with a meat thermometer in hand.

However, you don’t have to completely make cooking a guessing game. Newer models from Weber connect to an app that monitors the grill’s temperature and alerts you when your meat is done. You’ll still need to keep an eye on your grill, but this can at least let you wander away for a few minutes here and there without worrying about forgetting about your food.

As you’re shopping for a grill, also keep portability in mind. Models that are designed for a tabletop are perfect for taking on camping trips. Even having a grill with wheels for moving it around can make a difference if you’re concerned about an approaching hail storm or a winter filled with ice and snow.

You’ll likely be able to choose from some exciting extras, including side burners, tool hooks, a rotisserie or a smoker box. When deciding on these, consider how likely you are to use them and for what purpose.

“I find the side burner useful for reducing marinades and melting butter to brush on corn, and tool hooks keep utensils handy,” Chernoff says.

Fortunately, there are a few grills on the market that will provide all of the extras you want while also helping you cook delicious meals. Simply outline the feature set you want and your budget, and you’ll quickly find the right grill for you.

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