These compact grills grew from the popularity of Weber’s small portable Q 100 and 200 models which we will review later on the tailgate & portable grill page. Many owners found they liked these little grills both on the go or at home. So Weber made them bigger and put them on a small cart. It has some nice features for an apartment/patio style grill for small spaces. The 393 square inch primary cooking surface is big for a space saver. Although Weber’s quality and service usually justify their higher prices, once you get into this price range there are an awful lot of choices that provide more for the money. That said if the Q 300 and 320 fit your size requirements, they are fun and functional with an appealing, modern look.
Both have a coated, cast aluminum housing with the obligatory heat indicator in the lid. Like the large cooking area, the lid has a bit more height than many compacts, enabling owners to cook roasts and chickens. There are 2 stainless steel burners. One burner wraps around the perimeter of the firebox and a second burner runs through the middle from side to side. Set both burners on high for direct heat cooking and shut off the middle burner to create a small indirect section. Grates are porcelain-enameled cast iron. The cart is nylon and has two removable, fold-down side shelves with tool hooks. Two large wheels on the right side with a bottom shelf for the LP tank which is concealed by a thin nylon sheet. A slide out catch pan at the bottom of the firebox holds a disposable grease pan and may be accessed from under the left side shelf.
The Q 300 has piezo electric ignition, the 320 is battery powered. The 320 adds a 69 square inch warming rack and LED lights on the handle that illuminate the grill surface.