Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Gas Grill Review

Manufactured and marketed towards families who like to grill on the move, the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet gas grill is a great choice for small to medium size families. With a cooking area of 145” sq, there is just enough space to cook for six people simultaneously.

Cuisinart manufacture a wide range of products, from juicers, to knives, to grills. Their products are generally manufactured to be affordable, everyday use items. Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Gas GrillThe Petit Gourmet fits nicely into this category.

It’s one of the more easily portable grills that can accompany a family on their travels. When not in use it simply folds up, locks shut, and can be carried like a briefcase by the handle on top.

With adjustable foldaway legs and a fold out table, the Petit Gourmet does its best to be an all inclusive mini kitchen when in use. It’s easy to carry around weighing only 13lbs, quick to set up, and just as quick to pack up. There is a version with a stand too if you prefer the grill to stand at waist height.

Setup and Design Features

The CGG-180T is designed to be very portable, and with that in mind it only has a 5,500 BTU burner. On any grill larger than this I would say that’s a little under powered, but on this small grill from Cuisinart it does the job just fine.

It’s the design that first impresses the user, it’s hard to understand how they fit such a large cooking space and legs on a unit that packs up into a carry case smaller than a briefcase. It’s a tough little unit too, with aluminum legs and lid, stainless-steel burner, and a porcelain-enameled cooking grate.

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Operating this grill is super easy by design too. The heat control knob is central to the front of the stove, the propane tank tucks away underneath, and the side trays make rotating food from the grill to the plate easy.

Click here to take a quick peak at a video from Cuisinart.  As you can see from the video, it’s not the largest grill on the market but does fit a good amount of food.cuisinart gas grill

Dimensions -The Cuisinart CGG-180T is 16” H x 16.5” W x 13” L with a 145” sq grilling area. This gives you less cooking space than the Weber Q 1000, but at a slightly cheaper price point. And at 13 lbs, it’s the same weight as the 2 burner Primus Firehole, a powerful camping stove.

The Pros

  • Ready to use out of the box
  • Folds and locks up into a convenient carry case
  • Retails at a competitive price point for a camping grill
  • Available in red or black
  • Very portable grill, lightweight and small

The Cons

  • 145” sq cooking area is a tight squeeze for 6 people
  • Users report the painted finish on lid discolors from the heat
  • No wind shields on the sides to keep the heat constant in windy conditions

Insider Tips

As mentioned above, there are no side windscreens with the Petit Gourmet Grill. However, you can cook with the lid down. If you are outdoors in windy conditions this will shield the food and keep the heat in. You’ll find it cooks great with the lid down too.  In heady wind, move your cooler, an action packer or other boxes nearby for a wind break.

Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Gas Grill Summary

The obvious point here is that the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Gas Grill isn’t suitable for a large group of people. It’s small, portable, and convenient for a small group of people. That being said, it’s really good value for money, and does a great job at serving a small group. This grill is recommended for people who love cooking while outdoors, but not spending too much time prepping and cooking.


Overall, the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Gas Grill provides a great, easy to use grilling option for outdoors people that like to cook with minimal fuss. The pros and cons listed in this review show you that there are a lot more positives to this grill than negatives. I would certainly recommend it for anyone with an active outdoors lifestyle.
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