When it comes to cooking outdoors portable grills are one of the best ways to do this, they enable you to make your favorite tasty meals anywhere and anytime.
From camping trips to the beach, to the park, to the patio or balcony or even as a backup grill & cooker for when your main one at home is already cooking at full capacity – there is a range of different scenarios in where you can utilize these handy little cookers.
From propane grills to charcoal grills we have tested and reviewed the best outdoor cookers for summer and highlighted each ones key features saving you the hassle of having to do it yourself.
Kick start your summer (or winter) by investing in the right portable grill because you never know when they will come in handy and they cook wonderful tasting meat which you cannot get by cooking in the oven at home.
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Read on below to see which outdoor cookers made the cut.
Best Portable Grills For Summer
1. Road Trip 285 Propane Pop Up Grill
A perfect grill for camping, family days out at the park, the beach or for using at home, the Road Trip 285 Propane Pop Up Grill is all that you need to make delicious meals for everyone.
Extremely easy to move around and set up, it has convenient 16 ounce sized propane canisters, bring extra if you’re cooking up a feast for an army though!
The grates are made from porcelain coated durable cast iron which sit above 3 burners that put out an impressive 20,000 BTUs giving you the ability took anything, anywhere.
The 25 x 12 inch cooking surface can cook all of your burgers, hot dogs and whatever else you wish to quick efficiently and effortlessly.
The grill grates can be swapped out for a griddle or stove grates which you can purchase separate.
This grill is the perfect solution this summer for all of your portable grilling needs, it easily pops down and stores into your vehicle and it is easily transferred or installed wherever you locate to. Color options available on the product link below.
2. Weber Smokey Joe Portable Grill
Coming in at under $40, the Weber Smokey Joe Portable Grill offers great value for money!
Boasting the classic kettle shape design it is extremely light weight making it very portable and easy to move around.
It has a bottom vent and a top damper which enable optimum airflow. Don’t be put off by its size though as there is enough room to move the coal around to help you perfect cooking any type of meal.
Setup of the grill is very easy to do and it cools down quickly after each use. This style of grill is a classic prototype which never fails to deliver and you can get any grilling job done, for under $40 you cannot complain.
Weber is the benchmark of grilling globally and has been a trusted brand in the market for years and years, you can be sure when you buy a Weber that you are always getting a top quality cooker.
3. Cuisinart CGG 770 Venture Gas Grill
One of the more unique and better looking compact portable grills out there, the Cuisinart CGG 770 Venture Gas Grill offers a grill which boasts its own style and qualities.
When compacted and packed up it can be mistaken for a trendy looking picnic basket making it extremely portable.
Out of the box it takes a mere 2 minutes or less to set up. Featuring a nice wood top and sturdy durable handle and grill base.
The top and the base combine to form a fully functional prepping surface which clips onto the grill on the side, you simply slot a 16 ounce propane canister into the built in storage area specifically for it inside of the base and you are away.
Ideal for grilling burgers, hot dogs, boneless chicken or fish. Thicker cuts of meat will take a bit longer to cook but not too much longer.
This grill is not only practical and portable but it makes for the perfect photo shot while out with the family or for when you are chilling by yourself having a beer and a steak due to its unique look and style.
4. Fire Disc Tall Propane Cooker
The Fire Disc Cooker is technically a cooker which you can use outdoors and not a grill, but in a roundabout way it does the the same thing anyway.
It sits at an optimum height for when you are standing and features a 22 inch disc shape cooking surface. It can easily be taken apart with no tools and stored away flat into the car.
We like this cooker because it can be used as cast iron frying pan or wok which can hold a lot of meat or food at once! You can fry, saute or boil up all of your favorite meats on a solid flat leak free cooking surface making it very handy for those outdoor lunches or camping trips.
Cook all of your breakfast, lunch or dinner foods in one cooker! Use it at home or for any family day out or vacation. 2 color choices can be seen on the product link below.
This is the perfect cooker which does what your stove top at home does for when you are out on the go or for using at home outside during those warm summer nights out on the patio. Easy to setup and easy to clean, check it out.
5. CGG-240 Roll-Away Gas Grill by Cuisine Art
The Roll-Away Gas Grill is very easy to move around and store away due to its ability to fold down flat, with the wheels on it you can wheel it behind you like you do with a suitcase at the airport. You can hang it up on the wall too so it’s a win win purchase.
The grill is 18 x 34 inches in size making it perfect for that patio, apartment or any where that has limited space.
When it’s opened there are 2 x shelves on either side of the grill which are useful for preparing food on one side and for storing cooked food on the other side, (or your beer for that matter).
The design of this 15,000 BTU burner puts out great over all even heat across the entire grill. There is enough space on the grill to cook enough burger patties at once for 4-6 people.
This is a highly portable compact but sleek functional grill which you can use anywhere and anytime, it folds down easily too making it great for at home or for when you are out and about.
6. Oklahoma Joe’s Rambler Portable Charcoal grill
The solid but easy to use Rambler Portable Charcoal Grill gives you a distinct delicious charcoal taste on all of your favorite meats as required.
The charcoal tray is easily adjusted to your preference hanging from the ladder rack where you can quickly raise or lower the coals as required.
If you want to cook meat at a slower pace simply move the coals to one side and cook the meat on the opposite side of the coals and close the lid.
The top damper manages the heat for you with ease as well as the large thermometer on the grill.
This grill is built to last hence why it has the slightly heavier weight of 50 pounds, it is still portable but not as compact in size as some of the other grills reviewed above.
If you want a grill which will last and put out beautiful charcoal flavors every time then give this one a try.
7. Go BQ Charcoal Portable Grill
The Go BQ Charcoal Portable Grill is an innovative grill that folds up neatly. It packs up into a cool tube which is eight inches in diameter by 14 inches in length making it very portable and easy to store away.
There is a handle on the top and an extra included shoulder strap. The metal frame is collapsible and the rest of it is made from high quality silicone-coated fiberglass.
Very easy to set up, the outside carrying case also acts as a hood to cover the food. All types of meat we cooked on here came out delicious.
As with any charcoal grill, if you want to cook meats such as chicken for a longer period of time it is all about manipulating the coal placement which is easily done by cooking the chicken or chosen meat away or on the opposite side of the charcoal if you wish to cook it for longer.
Cleaning up this grill after use is quick and easy, the fabric on the grills outside case cools in under a minute.
This grill is great for any trips away from home due to how easy it is to pack up and carry around, it is also great for anyone living in a small apartment, we highly recommend this grill.
8. Weber Q1200 Propane Grill
The Weber Q1200 Propane Grill is a lightweight, compact yet highly portable grill, in fact it is one of the most easiest grills to move around due to its sleek design and size.
The single burner on this grill provides all of the heat that you need to cook any type of food no matter where you are. This grill produces some of the most absolutely stunning flavors for all of your steaks, sausages and even roasts!
When the lid is closed you get a consistent temperature and the natural flavors and juices of your meats get locked in.
Additionally, Weber sells a separate stand which is very handy if you don’t have a table to put it on. They sell a lot of very cool additional accessories which you can purchase by searching them on the link below.
These accessories include griddles, extra cast iron trays, roasting dishes and trivets which give you the ability to turn your Weber Q1200 into a convection oven where you can cook whole roasted cuts of meat and even do baking!
Weber is one of the most trusted brand names in the industry and with this little gem you won’t be disappointed.
On the product page below, you can choose from the various colors you’d like for your grill to be.
9. Snow Peak Takibi Fire and Grill
Made in Japan, the Snow Peak Takibi is for the people who enjoy the campfire cooking experience.
Made from high quality stainless steel this foldable fire pit comes with a grill extension that fits easily over the top and it can be adjusted up or down to suit your preferences with cooking over the coals.
As with any charcoal grill it is all about how high or low you place the grill above the coals and of course where you place the coals as well as what type of wood chips or coals that you use underneath.
With this grill the cool thing is that once you have finished all of your cooking for the evening you can remove the grill plate, throw some more wood on and use it as a camp fire all night long – now how cool is that?
The Takibi puts out delicious smoky flavors and in our opinion is worth every penny.
10. Cuisinart CCG190RB Portable Charcoal Grill
The Portable Charcoal Grill offers great value for money by coming in at under $30 and offering two different color choices, it is perfect for any level of experienced griller.
There is a spacious 150 square inch cooking space at the top making this an easy to move grill but it is also effective at cooking a decent amount of meat at one time.
The dual venting system gives you ultimate charcoal management and temperature control. The grill has three secure lid locks for safe cooking and safe transport.
It is compact enough to take anywhere being only 14.5 x 14.5 x 15 inches and it weighs just 2 pounds! Perfect for camping, your patio, balcony or whatever your grilling needs are.
There is a durable enamel coated firebox and mess free ash catcher for ease and safety. This grill is great bang for buck and you cannot go wrong for the price and functionality.
11. Weber 14402001 Premium Kettle Charcoal Grill
Offering 3 different color choices this Premium Kettle Charcoal Grill is a sleek handy little portable grill.
The 22 inch diameter porcelain-enameled bowl and lid covers a 363 square inch cooking area which enables you to grill any food efficiently and with ease.
It is extremely easy to clean up after use and the ash catcher is removable.
The aluminium damper is rust resistant and the two handles are made from glass-reinforced high quality nylon.
The assembled dimensions are 38.5 x 27 x 22.5 inches making it very portable and compact.
Easy to set up, easy to use, easy to pack away. You cannot go wrong with the Weber Premium Kettle Charcoal Grill.
Outdoor grilling is a favorite past time of many people but portable outdoor grills enable you to take your favorite past time with you wherever you go.
Portable grills such as the ones which we have reviewed above are easy to take with you yet still produce the wonderful taste and efficiency of cooking gourmet taste-worthy meats while you are out on vacation or if you simply want to cook on your patio or balcony.
There is a portable grill above for every type of grilling enthusiast, charcoal grills tend to require a bit more effort and time but the flavors of which they produce can be wonderful once you master the art of using them.
Propane grills still produce wonderful tasting meat but not quite the distinctive taste of which you get from charcoal grilling, propane grills can be viewed as being easier to use than charcoal grills but at the end of the day it comes down to user experience and preference.
Enjoy cooking your delicious meats and meals this summer (or winter) and we hope our article today can help you in deciding with what outdoor cooker may be best for you, thank you for reading.
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