Coming second at a much cheaper price is the Royal Gourmet Patio Gas grill. It is a choice for the more budget-oriented but in no shape or form does it stand back from the big players in this game. For its price, its one of the best grills out there, gas or not. It features a very sturdy construction made out of quality materials paired with a small enough footprint for it to be easily carried around and stored.
If you are looking for a patio grill that will do the job for making a delicious dinner for your family, then this is the right model for you. If you want something bigger and with more burners, check out models like the Char Broil Classic which is again in this price point but features more burners and a larger BTU rating.
Now let’s jump right into this review where we will go through some of the most notable features of this Royal Gourmet model.
Features That Make It Stand Out
The thing that makes this grill stand out the most is its dimensions. Not only is it practical in terms of cooking and grilling but it also has a very small footprint compared to other two-burner models. It has extendable (foldable) side tables made from stainless steel which make use of the space around it. When unfolded they can replace a cutting board or any other type of surface you’d need to cook on or to have your food stay on. This makes it an excellent patio cooking grill.
When the tables are folded, this model can fit into basically any place even the smallest terraces, making is a great choice for people living in apartments.
In terms of power this grill isn’t very impressive, judging solely by the numbers. It has 24 000 BTUs but those are more than enough for any type of cooking, as the two burners can withstand and reach high temperatures in no time thanks to the special feeding system. It also makes this grill far more economical than others in this price class and it won’t dry out your propane bottle as fast as the rest, giving it a slight advantage in terms of economy.
That, combined with the price, makes it the go-to choice for people on a tighter budget.
In terms of cooking space, this model packs 320 square inches of porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates. The coating on the cast iron is something you rarely see in this class and it really improves the longevity of your grill. It also makes cleaning it easier and protects the grates from corrosion.
There are 96 square inches of porcelain coated warming rack which can act as a secondary cooking surface for those indirect heating recipes you want to try out.
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The lid and most other parts of this grill are double powder coated with a dark brown paint making them really time-resistant. This is a nice touch from a company that offers a product at this price.
On top of that, you get a bottle opener at the front part of the unit as well as a seasoning basket.
On the lid you will see a built-in thermometer which accurately tracks the inside temperature when you are steaming or smoking something and don’t want to open the lid.
The control panel at the front has two very sturdy knobs which allow you to control the gas flow, and therefore the inside temperature. Everything here is also made out of stainless steel, making the whole thing really corrosion-resistant. This means that you can take it outdoors and keep it there even if it rains. Still, for the season when you won’t use it, we recommend using a cover.
On the downside, the surface area won’t be enough for you if you want to cook for a lot of guests or a big party. This grill is more oriented towards a market niche of small families. Still, it can fit a whole turkey (roughly 20 pounds) but nothing more than that.
Want to learn more about gas grills? Head over to our full Buyer’s Guide where you will find all the models and information you need on the topic. Now, let’s check out the various pros and cons of the Royal Gourmet grill.
Pros And Cons
- Very Cheap
- Super sturdy construction
- Powder coated panels
- Stainless steel elements
- Built-in stainless steel thermometer
- Two foldable shelves
- Works on liquid propane
- Two burners at 24 000 BTUs
- Very economical
- Doesn’t have enough cooking surface for larger parties
- The BTU output might not be good enough for some people
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Conclusion & Rating
As a whole, people who are looking for a well-made grill but aren’t willing to spend a small fortune on a Weber model would love seeing the features this little guy has to offer. The stainless steel elements and the sturdy construction make it a great choice for families which also don’t have enough space to accommodate it. The small footprint makes it ideal for balcony cooking and also makes it easier to move around the house or apartment. If you are willing to sacrifice a smaller cooking area for a better deal on the price tag, then go for this model. All in all, we gave it a solid score of four and a half out of five stars rating.