AmazingRibs.com is supported by our Pitmaster Club. Also, when you buy with links on our site we may earn a finder’s fee. Click to see how we test and review products.

Cuisinart Petite Gourmet Tabletop Gas Grill Review

Share on:
Cuisinart Petite Gourmet

The Cuisinart Petite Gourmet Tabletop Gas Grill is Portable with a capital P! Small and lightweight the design favors style and mobility over performance. We found the single 5,500 BTU stainless steel oval burner got plenty hot for searing but temp was concentrated in the middle of the porcelain coated steel grate, making it necessary to constantly move foods around for even cooking. Still, with a little baby sitting it gets the job done. Below left you see how the middle burgers cooked faster, but by continually swapping positions on the approximately 15″ x  10″ cook surface, we ended up with good results. Burgers on the right were not quite done when the pic was taken.

Side by side pictures of a small rectangular gas grill with the lid up. The lid is red and the cook surface is black. Six burgers are cooking The picture on the left was taken when the burgers first went on the grill. The picture on the right was taken when they were almost done.

Cuisinart’s claim that Petite Gourmet can cook 8 burgers is overstated, unless they are referring to small sliders. The burgers above were medium size one third pound patties about four inches in diameter. Some owners gripe they can’t get any heat out of this petite gasser. Others burned up the interior firebox and melted all the plastic parts, most likely by cranking it all the way and closing the lid. We were surprised by the high temp in the middle cook box and found cooking on medium with the lid closed worked well. If you really want to push this little grill all the way to the high setting for searing something small, like a couple skewers over the center hot spot, leave the lid up to prevent damage. Piezo electric ignition is built into the control knob to fire when you turn the dial on.

Most Petite Gourmet owners really like their little BBQ grills. Weighing less than 14 lbs. and about 16 inches wide, they are lighter and smaller than many tabletops. Locking lid, (shown below), and fold up legs enable one to carry them like a brief case.

locking lid

Overall construction is coated, lightweight steel. Black and stainless steel lid models are offered, but the attractive bright red model we tested seems most popular. Obviously not suited for holiday feasts or cooking that requires larger, more advanced equipment; Petite Gourmet is meant for simple, low capacity grilling. For about $20 more you can get a VersaStand model with fold up, telescoping legs that elevate the gill surface. Click here to check it out on Amazon.

Standard models run off a 16 oz. propane tank and an adaptor for a 20 lb. tank is available. The 16 oz. tank fits very snug against the grill body making it difficult to screw on initially. A gray plastic piece located over the tank provides some protection when the grill is resting upright on the back. There is a small slide-out grease tray, (below). Be sure to push it all the way in firmly or it can easily slip out when being carried by the handle. When grilling a lot of greasy stuff like burgers, this little tray can fill up causing grease fires and creating a mess. Be sure to clean The Petite Gourmet after every use. We just wiped off the inside with a couple paper towels, removed the grease tray and wiped any bits of charred foods through the tray slot onto the grass. One clever owner reports removing the grease tray and placing a pie pan under the grill to catch drippings.

A red and black metal object place on a metal grate. A black metal tray is pulled out on the lower left. A small green canister is attached on the right.

Packaging was very good and the grill was almost fully assembled in the box, nestled safely in form fitted foam. We noted complaints about Cuisinart customer service and made a couple calls to investigate. After waiting on hold for ten minutes, we gave up and tried an alternate Cuisinart number only to be told Cuisinart grills are handled by their marketing firm, The Fulham Group. We called The Fulham Group customer service and got a voice mail asking us to leave our phone number and email. A far cry from Weber who continue to set the standard for quality customer care.

Be that as it may, Cuisinart has a modest hit with Petite Gourmet, capturing the eyeballs and pocket books of many, mostly satisfied buyers. If you want a good looking, small, lightweight portable for simple low capacity grilling, this could be for you. Additionally the going rate on Petite Gourmet is about a hundred bucks; more than some small portable gassers, but not nearly the most expensive on the market.

Limited three year warranty covering defects in parts and workmanship.

  • Model:
    Petite Gourmet Tabletop Gas Grill
  • Item Price:
    $ 130.00
  • Where to buy (buying from this supplier supports this website):
  • Made in USA:
    no
  • Review Method:
    Cooked On It
    We have hands-on experience testing this product. We have also gathered info from the manufacturer, owners and other reliable sources.
  • Primary Function:
    Grill, Tailgater
  • Fuel:
    Propane Gas
  • BTU:
    5,500
  • Heat Flux:
    43.65
    Heat Flux is the BTU per square inch and is a more useful measure of how much heat a grill delivers than BTU alone.
  • Main Burners:
    1
  • Primary Capacity:
    126 square inches

Published On: 9/29/2017 Last Modified: 11/21/2022

  • Max Good, Full time grill tester - Max Good, AmazingRibs.com's Vice President of Product Reviews & Keeper of the Flame, is the man in charge of finding the best products for the AmazingRibs.com Equipment Reviews section. Max bottles his own barbecue sauce recipes and now sells them around the country.

 

High quality websites are expensive to run. If you help us, we’ll pay you back bigtime with an ad-free experience and a lot of freebies!

Millions come to AmazingRibs.com every month for high quality tested recipes, tips on technique, science, mythbusting, product reviews, and inspiration. But it is expensive to run a website with more than 2,000 pages and we don’t have a big corporate partner to subsidize us.

Our most important source of sustenance is people who join our Pitmaster Club. But please don’t think of it as a donation. Members get MANY great benefits. We block all third-party ads, we give members free ebooks, magazines, interviews, webinars, more recipes, a monthly sweepstakes with prizes worth up to $2,000, discounts on products, and best of all a community of like-minded cooks free of flame wars. Click below to see all the benefits, take a free 30 day trial, and help keep this site alive.


Post comments and questions below

grouchy?

1) Please try the search box at the top of every page before you ask for help.

2) Try to post your question to the appropriate page.

3) Tell us everything we need to know to help such as the type of cooker and thermometer. Dial thermometers are often off by as much as 50°F so if you are not using a good digital thermometer we probably can’t help you with time and temp questions. Please read this article about thermometers.

4) If you are a member of the Pitmaster Club, your comments login is probably different.

5) Posts with links in them may not appear immediately.

Moderators

  Max

Click to comment or ask a question...

Spotlight

These are not paid ads, they are a curated selection of products we love.

All of the products below have been tested and are highly recommended. Click here to read more about our review process.

Use Our Links To Help Keep Us Alive

Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our “buy now” links. This has zero impact on the price you pay but helps support the site.


The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy


The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It’s among the best bargains for a smoker in the world. This baby cooks circles around cheap offset smokers because temperature control is so much easier. Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them.


Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet’s Dual Tube Burners

3 burner gas grill

The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood including dual-tube burners that are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. Click here to read our complete review.


Grilla Proves That Good Things Come In Small Packages

The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint of the Grilla Pellet Smoker makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, including on a condo patio. Click here for our review on this unique smoker.


GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone


GrillGrates amplify heat, prevent flare-ups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily moved from one grill to another. Click here for more about what makes these grates so special.