As you can tell from the recipes I’ve been posting over the summer, I’ve been doing my fair share of grilling. Which is great because this is the first summer where I actually feel confident about my grilling abilities. In the past, I’ve found using a barbecue to be intimidating – mind you, I’ve been working with a broken barbecue that has burnt my hair three times. I think this new found confidence comes from the combination of three things; experience, a grilling class I took at the Weber Grill Academy, and my new Weber Q1200 portable barbecue that I’ve been grilling with all summer. I don’t do many product reviews on here, but after using this barbecue, I knew that it was something that you would like to know about. With summer winding down, it’s time to get those must-have appliances to be ready for next summer. First on the list, a new barbecue.
What is the Q1200
The WEBER® Q® 1200™ is a 1 burner, portable tabletop propane grill. It’s the perfect “condo-size” grill that fits on any balcony or patio. If you’ve recently moved to a new place with a balcony, this is the barbecue for you. I was using my grill on top of a table, but I recommend purchasing a stand for this barbecue for optimal safety. This grill also comes in a range of colours, but I opted for black.
For me, my favourite thing about this barbecue is the size. It’s smaller than a regular barbecue, which means it’s easy to move from one place to another, but it still has grates with 189 square inches of grilling space. Which meant that I was able to easily grill five burgers! I also found that the heat is distributed really evenly (there are no hot spots on this grill), which makes for easy grilling. The electrical ignition makes starting the barbecue a breeze (plus, the instructions are printed on the foldable side tables so if you lose the instructions, you’ll be fine).
Grill it: Turkey burgers studded with feta cheese
Since I wasn’t planning on traveling around with my grill, I opted to use a regular propane tank and hooked it up to the barbecue using an adapter hose for Weber Q-Series grills that I purchased at Home Depot. It was simple enough to hook up the propane tank and all it takes is the turn of a knob and the press of a button to ignite the burner. Alternatively, you can also use smaller propane canisters, but I haven’t tried that myself.
Something to keep in mind when thinking about this grill is that having one burner means you don’t have the ability to use the indirect heat grilling method (this is a method that uses residual heat to cook food evenly). Also, if you’re cooking for a large family you will probably want something with a little more space, however, for a single girl or guy or a family of two to four, I can’t recommend this grill enough.
Grill it: Vegetarian skewers (made with eggplant!)
So what’s the verdict? This grill is a must-have if you’re cooking for one to four people.
Disclosure: I was given a WEBER® Q® 1200™ however the decision to write about and review this product was completely my own and all opinions are 100% mine. This post also contains affiliate links, thank you for supporting Living Lou and allowing me to continue to create content.