11+ Best Portable Grills For Summer (Buyers Guide)

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When it comes to cooking outdoors, a portable grill is one of the best ways to do so, portable grills enable you to make your favorite tasty meals anywhere, anytime.

From camping trips, to the beach, to the park, to the patio or balcony or even as a back up 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 portable grills for summer and highlighted each ones 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.

After reading this article feel free to check out our other write up on the Best Family Picnic Products

Read on below to see which portable grills 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 or beach or at home, the Road Trip 285 Propane Pop Up Grill is what you need.

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 seperate.

This grill is the perfect solution this summer for your portable grilling needs, it easy pops down and stores into your vehicle and is easily transferred or installed wherever you locate to. Color options available on the product link below.

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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, 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 setup and it cools down quickly after each use. This style of grill is a classic prototype which never fails to deliver and get any grilling job done, and 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 Weber you are always getting quality.

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3. Cuisinart CGG 770 Venture Gas Grill

One of the more unique, better looking compact 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 setup. 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 fit a 16 ounce propane canister into the built in storage are specifically for it inside the base.

Ideal for grilling burgers, hot dogs, boneless chicken or fish, thicker cuts of meat will simply take a bit longer to cook but not too much longer.

This grill is not only practical and portable, but makes for the perfect photo shot while out with the family or chilling by yourself having a beer and a steak, due to its unique look and style.

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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 round about way does the the same thing.

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 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 night out on the patio. Easy to setup and easy to clean, check it out.

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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 airport, as well as it being able to be hung up on the wall it’s a win win.

The grill is 18 x 34 inches making it perfect for that patio, apartment or any where with limited space. 

When it is opened there are 2 x shelves on either side of the grill which are useful for prepping food on one side and 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, anytime, it folds down easily making it great for at home or when you out and about.

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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 which can quickly raise or lower the coals as required.

If you want to cook a meat more slower, simply move the coals to one side and cook the meat on the opposite side of the coals and close the lid.

To 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 the slightly heavier weight of 50 pounds, still portable, but not as portable as some of the other grills reviewed above.

If you want a grill which will last and put out beautiful charcoal flavor, give this one a try.

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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 eight inches 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.

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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 the heat that you need to cook any type of food no matter where you are. 

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.

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.

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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 well as what type of wood 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 smokey flavors and in our opinion is worth every penny.

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10. Cuisinart CCG190RB Portable Charcoal Grill

The Portable Charcoal Grill offers value for money, 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 easy to move grill 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.

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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 setup, easy to use, easy to pack away, you cannot go wrong with the Weber Premium Kettle Charcoal Grill.

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In Conclusion

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 and we hope our article today can help you in doing that, thank you for reading.

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