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The Weber Q320 Propane Portable Outdoor

I recently tried out the Weber Q320 Propane Portable Outdoor Gas Grill for one month with the help of my husband. We did this so that I could write a detailed review for consumers considering purchasing this gas grill. We made a point to grill as often as possible during the review period, so that we would get a clear idea of how this unit operates with regular usage. Here is my review.

I think it is important to factor the price into any product review, since my expectations for a $100 product would be very different from my expectations for a $800 product. This Weber Q320 gas grill will cost you about $380, and that includes the shipping. That makes this the least expensive full-sized gas grill Weber offers; the only cheaper gas grills made by Weber would be the tabletop models. This is still a little bit higher of a price tag than you will find on cheap gas grills from your local big box store, however. That puts my expectations for this gas grill in the low to mid-range.

My husband and I unpacked our new Weber Q320 Gas Grill and started assembling it. It was very easy to put together. The two of us were able to get it into working order in about 30 minutes. It is much easier to assemble than most gas grills.

I looked over my new Weber Q320 gas grill. I have used a similar Weber gas grill in the past and I notice that Weber has made a few changes when designing the Q320, which I consider to be improvements. First, the side shelves on this gas grill are collapsible rather than stationary. I love this because it will allow me to tuck away my gas grill into the corner of the patio while it is not in use. The shelves feel very sturdy while locked in place. The second change involves splitting the cooking grate into two pieces rather than being one single grid like in past Weber gas grill models. This makes removing the cooking grate for cleaning much easier. These grates are porcelain coated cast iron, which means they are quite heavy. Splitting the cooking grate into two pieces was a very good idea.

The shelves and the main body of the stand on this Weber gas grill are comprised mainly of plastic. The grill has a plastic dome that covers the propane tank area. Although plastic can give a gas grill a cheap look and feel, it is a great way to avoid rust and corrosion. Rust and corrosion are the two main complaints with less expensive gas grills.

This Weber gas grill has a light which can either be turned on and off manually or set to be on whenever the lid is open. I really like that feature since I often cook late at night and my backyard lighting is not the best. I also like that I can shut the light off during daylight hours to save energy.

I have heard the Weber Q320 referred to as a compact gas grill. The cooking area is 462 square inches, compared to 507 square inches for the Weber Genesis gas grill models. The Genesis gas grill models will cost you between $700 and $1,000. I think the cooking area size on the Weber Q320 gas grill is very close to the higher priced Weber models, and I think that definitely qualifies this as a full-sized gas grill. The fold-away shelves do make this model somewhat compact for storage purposes, but you do still get ample cooking space with the Weber Q320 gas grill.

This gas grill heats quickly and consistently. One of my favorite things to cook outdoors is bone-in skin-on chicken quarters. I am very picky about how the chicken quarters are cooked. I like the chicken skin to be browned and crispy but the inside just cooked enough to be safe yet still very moist. That requires consistent controllable heat, and this Weber Q320 gas grill delivers. This Weber Q320 gas grill is also large enough to hold 8 of those chicken quarters at once without over-crowding.

My husband and I used this Weber Q320 gas grill several times a week during the review period. This grill always delivered good, consistent heat. It is capable of both high and low heat, so we were also able to slow cook items such as pork shoulder. My husband dry-rubbed a pork shoulder and cooked it for hours over a very low heat. We normally use our smoker for a task like this, but we wanted to give the Weber Q320 a try. We knew we would miss that smoky taste, so my husband used a smoked sea salt in the rub. The Weber Q320 gas grill did a great job of maintaining a slow, constant heat and the pork shoulder cooked perfectly. The long cooking time gave the smoked sea salt time to permeate the meat and the result was a great, smoky barbeque flavor without the hassle of a wood fire or charcoal.

Overall, my husband and I both agree that this is a great mid-range gas grill. The Q320 has a somewhat cheap look due to the extensive use of plastic but Weber provided quality parts where it matters the most. The burners, cooking grates and the cook box are all sturdy and well-made. It cooks very well because of this. I would prefer a gas grill with a more solid overall construction, but I do know that I won't find it at this relatively low price. That is why I feel the Weber Q320 gas grill is a good value and well-priced for what it has to offer.




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