Large grills are difficult to move around in your backyard and almost impossible to take anywhere else you want to do your cooking. That’s why a portable grill is much handier, like the model in our Royal Gourmet PD1300 review. This little grill griddle is compact, so it fits almost anywhere, but doesn’t sacrifice the features you need.
This portable model still has a large cooking area, multiple burners with individual controls, a fantastic ignition system, and it is easy to assemble to get you started. If you’ve never heard of this model or what it has to offer, check out our Royal Gourmet PD1300 review below.
The Royal Gourmet PD1300 portable 3-burner propane gas grill griddle has a ton of great features that make it a popular choice among campers, tailgaters, and anyone else who needs a compact model. The following sections break down those features, so you can see exactly what this grill has to offer.
Despite its portable size, the Royal Gourmet PD1300 is fully loaded with a ton of great features usually found on much larger models. It can go anywhere you do, cooking up a ton of food to feed large groups with no waiting. It is also well-made, with a decent price that can fit into any budget.
This little grill has a decent-sized cooking area of 326 square inches, so it can hold up to 15 burger patties at once. The porcelain-enameled surface helps reduce sticking, no matter what you’re cooking, which keeps your food intact and helps with cleanup when you’re finished eating. The griddle-style cooking surface also allows you to make eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, bacon, and anything else you desire, so it is perfect for every meal.
Included with the Royal Gourmet PD1300 is a regulator for hooking up a 20-pound propane tank. This adds a bit of bulk to the unit since those tanks are a bit cumbersome but it also gives you enough fuel for several meals, so you don’t need to replace the tank as often. For those interested in the smaller 1-pound fuel tanks, there are adapters available, though not from Royal Gourmet.
There are three ring-shaped burners to heat the grill surface, all of which are controlled independently using dials on the control panel, so you can turn each one up or down as needed, depending on what you’re cooking. The controls are easy to use, including the Piezo ignition system that starts your grill with the touch of a button.
Each of the three burners in the Royal Gourmet PD1300 offers 9000 BTUs for a total of 27,000 BTUs when all three are lit. The unit heats fast, so you don’t need to wait forever to start cooking, which is essential when feeding a hungry group. There are some hot and cool spots, though, so you may need to rotate the food as you’re cooking to keep them all evenly cooked.
This little grill is extremely easy to use. It sets up quickly since you only need to attach the feet, the griddle surface, and the propane tank before you can start cooking. It includes a removable drip tray that catches the grease and other cooking debris. The tray is a bit small, so if cooking particularly messy foods, you may want to empty it frequently while grilling. Cleanup is also a breeze, thanks to the porcelain-enameled cooking surface, which prevents most of your meals from sticking.
There are anti-splash shields around the sides of the griddle top that prevents grease from splashing over the sides of the grill. This keeps your area neater, plus it reduces the chances of grease splashing below the grill and into the burners where it could cause a grease fire. The four bottom feet are non-slip, to increase stability and keep your grill from sliding around while you’re cooking.
As well as the tank regulator for a 20-pound propane tank, the Royal Gourmet PD1300 also includes a handy cover. This protects your grill from the elements when you’re not using it. The removable drip pan is also included to keep messes to a minimum.
A grill that falls apart the first time you use it isn’t one you’re going to be happy about spending your money on. That’s why the Royal Gourmet PD1300 portable gas grill is built to last. It includes a few plastic parts but the majority of the materials used are designed for durability. This includes the 3.5-inch-thick porcelain-enameled cooking griddle, the stainless-steel control panel, and even the non-skid feet on the bottom of the grill.
The dimensions and weight of this handy little grill determine how portable it is. Luckily, Royal Gourmet PD1300 is compact and lightweight, so it is easy to take with you anywhere you need it.
Its dimensions are 25 x 18.1 x 9.1 inches, so you can tuck it into a trunk or on a camper shelf without forcing you to leave other gear behind. It also weighs only 30.9 pounds, which makes it easy to lift onto any cooking surface when it’s time to get grilling.
You expect every product you buy to last forever but unfortunately; this isn’t always the case. If issues happen, you shouldn’t have to pay for any costly repairs or replacements. Luckily, the Royal Gourmet PD1300 gas grill includes a 1-year warranty, which covers you for any defects with the components or the manufacturing. This means that you have a full year to test out the model to ensure it is working as it should. Of course, this doesn’t include any issues that arise from improper use, so be sure to read the manual before you use this grill.
The Royal Gourmet PD1300 has a decent price of about $100, depending on where you buy it. This makes it the perfect model for those on a budget or anyone looking for a reasonably-priced grill that is compact but still capable of feeding an army.
|Easy to clean||Some hot and cold spots|
|Quick assembly||Only compatible with 20-pound propane tanks|
|Cover included||Small drip pan|
|Large cooking area|
|Stainless steel control panel|
There are dozens of portable grills on the market, though not all of them include the features we’ve discussed in our Royal Gourmet PD1300 review. This model is lightweight, compact, easy to use, and still has enough griddle space to feed a large group, no matter how hungry they are.