“Hubby’s wieners were better on the Weber” is how I wanted to title this review - but I reconsidered. Nevertheless, all his grilling was improved! Was it the grill or the guy?
Recommend this product?
Let’s start with the box. A large one arrived at our house. Sitting snugly inside it was another box containing the Weber Q-140 Portable Electric Grill. Already hubby was grinning. (Electric toys of any variety bring out the smiles.) His grin grew as he saw that there was little we had to do to put this grill together.
The unit was basically altogether. After checking instructions, at my insistence, we determined that a Phillips screwdriver. This wasn’t printed in the manual put there was a picture that looked like one. Directions were similar to those from IKEA. Numbers, pictures, and a lettered sequence of illustrations gets you through assembly. We did fine. The trickiest part for me was attaching the handle to the lid. Basically, it just screws on but given my low threshold of skill and patience for mechanical activities, it was a little goofy trying to get it lined up. Still, we had the grill assembled in less than 10 minutes.
We reviewed the rest of the instructions together (a step hubby would otherwise skip). There are a handful of written guidelines as well as a list of warnings. One of the things we needed to do before we could just “fire her up” was to preheat the grill on high for fifteen minutes. It is also suggested to coat your food in oil to prevent sticking and improve browning. Since our first test of the Weber Q-140 Portable Electric Grill involved hotdogs we decided to skip the oil. We placed the grill on our cement landing outside and plugged it in. It was a high enough area to be moderately comfortable and provided the required flat surface.
With a 189-square inch grilling surface, the Weber Q-140 had plenty of room to handle a pack of hotdogs. We turned the temperature controller knob to medium, closed the lid, and walked away for four or five minutes. When we came back to it, the dogs looked almost done. We attempted to rotate them but they stuck a little to the grates. We closed the lid for another couple of minutes but didn’t really think they needed more time to cook. They looked evenly done and there was no burning like usually occurs with our gas grill. Happily, they tasted good too. No dried out doggies here!
Cleaning was super easy. After waiting (ok, honestly avoiding) for an hour or so, the grill was completely cool to handle. There was little to nothing in the drip pan and there wasn’t much on the grill grates either. The grates are heavy! They are two pieces of porcelain-enameled cast iron. A quick soaking and gentle washing in hot, soapy water was all that was necessary.
Our second trial for the Weber Q-140 Portable Electric Grill was thick cheeseburgers. This time, we did lightly coat the burgers with olive oil. Phil turned the grill on high, closed the lid, and let it cook for ten minutes before checking. He flipped the burgers once, and let them continue to cook. The smell was yummy and reminded me of burgers on the gas grill. About six or seven minutes later, he opened the lid, plopped cheese slices on the burgers and closed the lid for another minute. The burgers were moist and cooked to perfection. No pink middles and no blackened meat.
Cleanup was a more involved this time. The grates required harder scrubbing and there was plenty of grease and gunk in the drip pan to clean. I struggled with getting the removable bowl liner out to clean. I had to resort to looking up the directions for help. Once I saw the picture on gently lifting the heating element on one side then sliding the bowl out, it wasn’t too difficult to do (remember, mechanically challenged here).
Our third test on the Weber Q-140 Portable Electric Grill was steak. These weren’t prime cuts but decent slabs of inch-thick meat. Hubby tenderized them, brushed on oil, and plopped them on the preheated grill. Again grilling on high, he flipped them about seven minutes into cooking. They were browning nicely and smelled pretty good. About ten minutes later, they were done. Though tender, the steaks didn’t have the same taste that they do from the gas grill. They were good but not as great. Again, clean up was about the same as with the hamburgers. A little more involved but nothing outlandish. It would be easier if we had a grill grate brush.
All-in-all, I think the grill did a good job. Food cooked fast and was tasty. Cleaning of the Weber Q-140 Portable Electric Grill isn’t a problem. And I’m impressed with how well-made the grill is. For a single person, couple, or small family living in an apartment this grill is perfect! As long as you have a level surface outside, away from water, then this is a simple and safe alternative to gas grills.
A few drawbacks concerning the Weber Q-140 Portable Electric Grill are that it should not be stored outside, cannot be used inside, and may not be used to cook for more than an hour at a time. I suppose if you have a protected porch area, the grill could be kept there but purchasing a separate grill cover would be highly recommended. Also, this grill does not come with a stand/cart. It is “table top” height but don’t use it on your table!
Is this grill for us? No. Since we do a lot of family cookouts, a larger gas grill is required. Still, we were pleased with the Weber Q-140 Portable Electric Grill and would recommend it to those that need an occasional grill or want to grill but have restrictions about flame and gas grills. If we were in the market for an electric grill, this one would get our buy. The Weber Q-140 Portable Electric Grill is fairly easy to find in local stores. Online retailers also have it. Amazon currently carries it for $229.
So was it the grill or the guy? I think it was mostly the grill the yielded such positive results. Of course, hubby was paying closer attention to it than he normally does so our results could be a bit skewed. Still, I’m giving kudos to the Weber Q-140 Portable Electric Grill.
** This grill was given to me in exchange for my review.
Amount Paid (US$): see review