It’s hard to imagine a better afternoon with family or friends than one spent on a boat. Usually, an enjoyable afternoon also involves some good, freshly-made food, and there is no better way to make food on a boat than on a grill.
However, to grill on a boat you really do need a good grill, otherwise the whole ordeal would just turn in an afternoon of troubleshooting and trying to get your grill to work. To make the choice easier for you, today we present you the three best grills for a pontoon oat available on amazon.
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George Foreman GGR50B 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill
Using an electric grill on your pontoon boat is only an option if you have access to electricity, of course. You’ll definitely need some source of power, whether it’s from shorepower or a generator. If you have access to one or both of those on your pontoon boat, the George Foreman GGR50B 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill is definitely a great choice.
With an electric grill such as this one, you never have to worry about having enough fuel or where you are going to store it. There is also much less risk of accidents because there is no open flame.
When buying an electric grill, you can basically choose any size you like, but we think the George Foreman GGR50B grill is a good universal option. This circular grill measures 16.5 inches in diameter, which means it’s not overly large, but it also allows you to cook for larger groups of people when necessary.
- 15+ Servings - It’s tailgate time! The 240 square inches of circular grilling surface lets you make over 15 servings for large groups of people ,Has Temperature Indicator Light
- George Tough Nonstick Coating - There’s a lot to love about this nonstick coating; it’s durable, easy to clean, and removes the need for butter and oil, Has Temperature Indicator Light
- Indoor/Outdoor Removable Stand - Don’t let the weather keep you from the glory of grilling; the easy-to-remove stand takes you from patio to countertop in no time. Adjustable Temperature Control - The temperature probe lets you choose from five heat settings to get the best results on any kind of food
- Apartment-Approved - Your landlord will love this grill just as much as you do because the fully electric system gives you high-quality grilling with no charcoal, no propane, and no flare-ups
- Tip-can control moisture of foods, to some extent, by opening or closing lid vent. Turn lid handle or vent clockwise to open vent for drier cooking. Turn counterclockwise to hold in moisture for moister meats. Light on temperature control probe will cycle on and off as grill thermostat maintains proper temperature. This is normal operation. Note-condensation may collect on inside of lid when cooking.Approx. 38 inches high including pedestal
Other than that, the George Foreman GGR50B grill also comes with a lid and a stand included. The lid has a stay-cool handle on top and a vent that you can adjust in order to control the moisture inside the grill when the lid is on which is great.
On the other hand, it’s easy to mount the grill on the stand, but you can also use it without stand. On your pontoon boat, you’ll probably need to secure the stand so the grill doesn’t tip over, but this should actually be quite easy to do. Overall, a great, versatile grill that is easy to set up and use.
Easy to assemble and use
Includes a stand
Can be used both indoors and outdoors
Good value for money
Requires access to a power outlet
The non-stick grilling surface might wear out with time
Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill
Cuisinart is a brand known for making affordable and easy to use solutions for the kitchen. When it comes to the Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill, they have certainly lived up to their reputation.
This little grill is perfect for using on a pontoon boat, but there’s no reason why you can’t use it at home and in your garden too.
In fact, you can use the same grill in all of these places and more, because it is a portable grill in the true sense of the word – the whole grill is lightweight, the lid is attached to the grill and locks in place, the legs fold underneath… When you put it together, it looks like a little briefcase, and you can take it with you anywhere you want.
That all sounds nice, but let’s talk a little bit about the technical characteristics of the Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill.
The grill offers 145 square inches of grilling space, which is enough to fit approximately eight burgers at the same time. Moreover, the surface you’ll bee grilling on is a porcelain-enameled grilling grate which is quite easy to clean and heats up evenly, which is always a plus.
- Portable gas grill with 145-square-inch grilling area and foldaway legs
- Cooks 8 burgers, 8 steaks, 6 to 10 chicken breasts, or 4 pounds of fish
- Powerful 5,500 BTU stainless-steel burner and even-heating porcelain-enameled grate
- Aluminum legs and stabilizing feet set up in seconds; integrated lid lock keeps lid secure
- Pronounced briefcase-style carrying handle; weighs 13.5 pounds
The grill is equipped with a single stainless steel burner that gives you a total of 5,500 BTU of grilling power. While this is not the most powerful grill in the world, we believe it’s a good choice for a pontoon boat.
It will grill the food a little slower, but, on the other hand, it doesn’t use too much fuel, which means you don’t have to bring extensive reserves of gas with you on board. In fact, this grill uses a standard 16-ounce gas canister, but you can also use an adapter if you prefer connecting it to a bigger tank.
The stainless steel burner works great and is resistant to rust and corrosion
The lid is attached so you don’t have to worry about it falling off
With a single 5,500-BTU burner, it does cook a little slower than some other girls
Magma Marine Kettle Gas Grill
As the name suggests, the Magma Marine Kettle Gas Grill was made specifically for boats – and it does work really great! There are a couple of reasons why we really liked this grill. First of all, all of the parts, including the bowl, the lid, and the grilling grates are made of stainless steel with a mirror finish.
If you like to grill on a boat (and especially if your boat is in salty waters), this is simply the best option. Any other material will easily get damaged due to the corrosion and rust caused by the salty air and extreme conditions, but not stainless steel.
Moreover, the Magma Marine Kettle Gas Grill can be easily mounted on your boat. It includes an L-bracket which is always necessary, but you can also purchase all kinds of mounts separately from Magma. Another feature we really liked is the waterproof electronic ignition system that lets you turn on the grill with only a push of a button.
- Made of 100% 18-9 mirror polished stainless steel with a combination "easy to clean" grease catch pan / wind baffle
- Hinged lid won't slam shut and has a "stay cool" handle with air cooled supports
- Swiveling, windproof turbo venturi & control valve virtually eliminate blowouts, places the fuel valve where it's safe and convenient
- Before lighting the indexed bowl and lid may be rotated to act as a windshield in gusty wind conditions
- Uses both radiant and convection cooking with burner and hi-tech radiant plate heat distribution, quickly comes to temperature
The Magma Marine Kettle Gas Grill also features a lid with hinges, so it doesn’t accidentally slam shut when there is a strong wind. Additionally, since you can rotate the grill and the lid, the lid can serve as a shield from the wind.
Finally, this grill uses standard 1-lb propane canisters, but it can also be adapted for propane or natural gas systems that some boats have on board.
Made completely out of stainless steel which is perfect for boats
The hinged lid and stay-cool handle make grilling on a boat much easier
The grill can work with 1-lb propane canisters, or be adapted for on-board propane or natural gas systems
Electronic ignition system included
A little small
Prone to blow-outs due to the wind
How do you choose a grill for your pontoon boat? Well, there are a couple of things that you should keep in mind. First of all, if you want to grill on a boat, you need to consider what source of power you can use, which will narrow down your choices.
Electric girls like the George Foreman GGR50B 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill are great and easy to set up and use, but they do consume a lot of power. Moreover, if you don’t have access to electricity on your pontoon boat (and many of us don’t), this option is automatically out of the question.
However, gas grills are also a great choice. Choose the Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill if you want a grill that you can easily take with you when going on your boat and then take it home with you afterwards.
On the other hand, if you want a grill that will stay on your pontoon boat, the Magma Marine Kettle Gas Grill is definitely the right choice due to its amazing durability and resistance to corrosion and rust.