Weber Traveler Portable Gas Grill
Portable grills are a fantastic grilling solution since they can be fired up regardless of where you are or what your living situation is like. Portable gas grills, in particular, are the epitome of an ideal portable grilling solution since it is quick to get fired up and requires minimal cleanup. However, a common notion…
Portable grills are a fantastic grilling solution since they can be fired up regardless of where you are or what your living situation is like. Portable gas grills, in particular, are the epitome of an ideal portable grilling solution since it is quick to get fired up and requires minimal cleanup. However, a common notion is that portability often compromises the functionality of the grill. Insufficient cooking surface area and poor temperature control are some of the most typical perceived problems with this variety of grill.
The Weber Traveler Portable gas grill is among the most popular choices in the portable gas grill category. It promises maximum mobility with the functionality of a full-sized grill. To determine whether or not it really lives up to this promise, I put it to the test. In this article, I will lay out the specs and features of the Weber Traveler and share my experience with this portable gas grill.
This grill is one of Weber’s best-selling models right now. Recently their CEO was quoted saying they are ‘Barely keeping up with the demand’ for the Traveler Grill. That tells you something.
Weber Traveler Overview and Specs
Weber is known to produce some of the best gas grills in the game. Most Weber grills do come with a hefty price tag, but the feature set, quality, and overall grilling experience can offer remain unmatched. The Weber Traveler portable gas grill is a mid-range gas grill that does not compromise on features and delivers a seamless grilling experience with its x-frame scissor cart design that is collapsible.
The grill can be lowered or raised with ease and the two sturdy wheels ensure that you can lug it around whenever you need to. The grill is 44 inches wide and 36 inches tall when fully raised. However, it only takes up 15 inches when folded down. There are handles on each side for easy moving and carrying.
Overall, my experience is that the Weber Traveler is an excellent option if you really want a gas grill that is portable or small.
Weber Traveler Specifications
|320 sq. inches
|Porcelain Coated Cast Iron
|1-Pound Liquid Propane Tank or larger with adapter hose.
|Very minimal assembly. No tools required.
|Weber Traveler Gas Grill
|Weber Traveler Cargo Carrier
|Propane Tank Adapter Hose
The grill features porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates that aid in proper heat transfer. A great feature is the lid lock, which automatically locks down the lid for easy transportation when the unit is folded. You also get reliable piezo-electric ignition, a lone control knob for easy operation, and three tool hooks for convenience. It takes less than 10 minutes to assemble as most of the grill is pre-assembled.
Grilling and Smoking Performance
While portability is likely to be major factor of consideration for anyone considering this grill, the performance and versatility when it comes to smoking and grilling need to be without compromise for this to be a recommendation. Let us take a look at how the Weber Traveler performs in these areas.
The grilling prowess of the Weber Traveler seemed more than adequate according to my tests. The single-knob controller can allow for moderate to high heat and the heat distribution seemed even despite only one stainless steel burner tube that is capable of putting out 13,000 BTUs. The grill can get quite hot, especially when the cooking chamber is not full to the brim. Since it only offers five inches of vertical space, you can very easily fill to capacity when cooking a large batch of food. In such cases, while temperatures remain fairly consistent, the grill takes more time to come up to temp. There is a lid thermometer that lets you monitor temps so you know when the grill is at the proper temperature. In terms of the cooking space, the Weber Traveler grill boasts 320 sq in that Weber says can fit 15 burgers at once.
The heat is also a little more intense in the center of the cooking area compared with the sides. If you want to cook sides with your meat, putting them towards the sides can make good sense. It is also important to remember that while large whole cuts of meat can be conveniently cooked in the limited space, you do not have adequate space to grill a whole bird if you want.
The Weber Traveler is not particularly suited to low and slow cooking. You can keep the lid closed and turn the knob to its minimum position to keep the heat low and contained, but I would advise you to go for a dedicated smoker if smoking barbecue is your priority.
Overall Fit and Finish
The Weber Traveler is made from sturdy, high-quality materials and should stand the test of time. It is also sensibly engineered to be easy to carry and deploy, and pack away when done using. The wheels are solid, and the handle gives it that added bit of convenience. The grill grates are porcelain-enameled steel, giving you a good combination of heat retention while also being fairly easy to clean. It also boasts a side shelf so you can have a plate and seasonings at hand at all times.
The grill runs off propane gas canisters or a gas bottle that you can find at just about any big box store. It mounts underneath the cart’s side table to keep it out of the way. However, you can purchase an adapter hose so you can attach a 20lb propane tank that you would normally use on a full-size gas grill.
The front of the cart has three tool hooks so you can have your tongs, spatula, or other favorite tool right in front of you at all times. Underneath the main body of the grill is a drip tray to catch all that grease that falls when grilling burgers.
The main feature of the Weber Traveler is its portability. The unit is extremely easy to assemble, and the grill can be raised or lowered with one hand. The design choices made by Weber in this regard serve to make this a truly portable grill, but one without any compromise in terms of cooking ability. The unit is easy to fold and tuck away and raise and turn into a full grill. It uses a small propane gas bottle as its default fuel source which means you don’t have to lug around a 20lb tank alongside the grill. You can purchase that adapter hose if you want to, though.
A lot of thought has gone into the design of this grill to aid in portability and convenience. A great example is the automatic lid lock, which makes sure that the lid remains securely in place while the unit is folded and being transported.
Portable Cargo Carrier
Of course, Weber wouldn’t forget to offer some accessories for a brand-new grill line. Make moving the Traveler that much easier with their Cargo Carrier. Form fitted to tightly wrap the Traveler and keep any grease inside the grill when mobile. This allows you to store the Traveler anywhere in your vehicle without worrying about grease stains on the carpet or seats.
Weber Traveler Griddle
If you’re camping or tailgating, you might also want to be able to make breakfast. Well, Weber thought of that with the Griddle accessory for the Weber Traveler. You can make pancakes, bacon, and eggs on this griddle. You could even make smash burgers for lunch or dinner. The griddle is made of porcelain-enameled cast iron. It keeps the heat retention and distribution of cast iron while also being easy to clean with soap and water thanks to the porcelain coating. You don’t even need to season it to get it ready! You do need to make sure you use the right utensils as regular metal spatulas could damage the porcelain enamel, though.
Do I Recommend?
Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend the Weber Traveler, but only to customers who are looking to satisfy very particular criteria – a portable gas grill that does everything reasonably well without offering many standout features. It’s not going to replace a full-size gas grill for cooking a large amount of food or bigger cuts of meat nor does it offer the ability to create two distinct cooking zones so you can smoke meat. However, it’s a fantastic portable propane grill. Here are some pros and cons:
What We Like
· Extremely easy to assemble, fold, and deploy
· Hot burner can create excellent sear marks
· Sturdy construction with wheels and handle
· Automatic lid lock
What Makes Us Angry
· Slightly heavy for some people
· Some complaints of auto lid lock not working
· Low profile lid is not chicken friendly
For the budget, the Weber Traveler does a salient job of offering a truly portable grilling experience. If you love taking your grill places and cooking outdoors, this can be a trusted companion that will last you a long time. The convenient features come as an added bonus and the simple, one-hand operation and easy assembly can make this grill a strong contender if you are looking for a portable gas grill.
Weber is a proven brand that ensures you will get a quality product. The Traveler keeps up to the standard of the brand’s legacy.
If you’re looking for more portable options, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of our favorite portable grills for more easy-to-use options spanning all different fuel types from propane to charcoal and even wood pellets. If you’re looking for traditional charcoal flavor on the go, we’ve got a list of our favorite portable charcoal grills including the Weber Jumbo Joe. If the fact that you can’t really smoke barbecue on the Weber Traveler bothers you, check out our list of the best portable pellet grills headlined by the Z Grills 200A Cruiser.
|Weber Traveler Gas Grill
|Weber Traveler Cargo Carrier
|Propane Tank Adapter Hose
Question: Can You Use A 20 LB Propane Tank On A Weber Traveler?
Answer: The Weber Traveler comes ready to accommodate a 1lb propane gas canister. If you want to switch to using a normal full-size gas tank which works well if you’re using the Traveler at home or planning on cooking a lot of food in a shorter period of time, you do need to purchase an adapter hose.
Question: Can I Cook A Roast On A Weber Traveler?
Answer: While the cooking surface is plenty large enough to put a chuck roast or other large cut of meat on, the lid clearance is quite short. You would run into issues with a taller cut of meat hitting the inside of the lid. A thinner chuck roast, somewhere in the one- to three-inch range could work. However, you cannot create two-zone cooking, so you’ll have to keep a close eye on the temperature gauge on the lid to ensure you don’t overcook the roast. If you’re looking to cook larger cuts of meat, you’ll probably want to look into a portable pellet grill or another type of grill that can handle smoking or creating indirect heat.
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