Freebie of the Week: Portable Gas Grill


I was out garage saling on a very hot day. Garage sales were thin AND poor, but the junk picking was excellent!

This used Coleman grill is my Father’s Day gift to my husband, who had been repeatedly asking me to find a new table top gas grill as our present one was rusted out and flame was going everywhere.

I actually walked up to the house and knocked on the door because I couldn’t believe they were giving away this grill (and a really nice kid’s mountain bike). The woman who answered the door said, “Take it! Take the bike, too!” I took the grill which was quite heavy and left the bike so someone else could also have a good day.

It turned out that the reason the grill was so heavy was because the grill piece inside was cast iron. The burner had a bit of surface rust but those things never stay shiny for long anyway. After  a good cleaning by my now very pleased husband, we were “cooking with gas,” literally. (We also found that the grill had a pull-out tray on each side for setting dishes and utensils.)


Here you see the grill in action cooking Burgers Diablo. If the burgers look tempting to you, the recipe follows:

Burgers Diablo

Serves 4

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small egg
  • 1/4 cup ketchup or chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic or plain salt
  • 1 teaspoon each: prepared mustard, prepared horseradish, minced onion, and Worchestershire sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns

Mix all ingredients together and form into four patties. Grill until well done. The burgers will be tender. Measure additions to the meat carefully to avoid too much moisture in patties. (This is a good recipe for grassfed ground beef.)

Incidentally, the gas we used to grill these Burger’s Diablo was 50 cents a bottle purchased at the Black Earth village-wide garage sales. I run across so many of these small bottles of gas that I rarely have to pick them up at the hardware store for full price. (Go figure.)

You can buy different cast iron inserts for this grill. A griddle would be cool to find. You never know what you are going to find on the curb. I’m grateful for the generosity of my neighbors. Begonia


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