The Best Portable BBQ Grills for Cooking Anywhere

Enjoy grilled meats and veggies at the park, campsite, or tailgate with these mobile grills.

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For those who like to take their party on the road, wheeled coolers and portable grills are must-have items. A portable grill means the party doesn't always have to be in your backyard. It can be on the beach, at a campsite, or your favorite tailgate.

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Char-Griller Akorn Jr.
Lucy Hewett


Char-Griller's kamado-style grill reduces weight (and cost) with a travel-friendly, insulated steel body—instead of the traditional ceramic or clay construction, which can crack. It infused a nice smoky taste to the food. The 153-square-inch cooking area comfortably held a dozen brats.

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Weber Q 2200
Lucy Hewett


Not too big and not too small, this grill was a favorite for its quick assembly, consistent heat, and wide, 280-square-inch grill surface. The 12,000-Btu gas burner cooked things quickly, while the folding side trays proved essential for food prep.

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Lodge Cast-Iron Sportsman
Lucy Hewett

This hibachi-style charcoal grill has two height settings for the preseasoned grate. The thick grill marks it left were impressive, as were the Lodge's portable size and ease of cleaning—a side panel flips down to empty the coals. Though on the smaller side, the 138-square-inch grate fit two short rows of brats and burgers.

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Traeger Tailgater
Lucy Hewett


Fueled by wood pellets, the 19,500-Btu Tailgater infused a rich smoke flavor into the burgers and brats. The 300-square-inch grilling area holds up to a dozen burgers or 18 dogs. As the largest grill, it was also the most difficult to set up, requiring three people to comfortably unload it and fold out the legs.

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Napoleon Grills PRO285X-BK Travel Grill
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No one will go hungry if you've got the Napoleon Travel PRO. It can grill up to 20 hamburgers at once on the 285 square inches of cooking area, and will accommodate roasting whole chickens, turkeys, and even prime rib. It includes a cast-aluminum high top lid, cast iron non-stick cooking grids, stainless steel burners, and an easy-to-light Jetfire ignition system.

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Camp Chef Rainier Camper Combo
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Camping stoves need to fire up quickly and pack up neatly. This Camp Chef meets both of those requirements with matchless ignition and an included carry bag. It also includes a non-stock aluminum grill and griddle, which saves you the hassle of packing a pan or separate grill.

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Stok Gridiron Grill
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Stok's Gridiron Grill features its grilling insert system and includes a cast-iron grill grate insert. Other inserts range from pizza stones to veggie trays. This collapsible grill features an electric starter, temperature gauge, and side table. With 348 square inches of cooking space, everyone will leave your tailgate stuffed.

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Weber Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill
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This classic grill is for purists who still enjoy the taste of charcoal grilled food, despite the time and mess. It's 14.5-inch diameter cooking space works great for family meals, plus charcoal grills are dead-simple to operate. The grill includes a 31-page guide with cooking tips and recipes for grilling everything from pork chops to bratwurst and cornish hens.

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Fire Sense Notebook Charcoal Grill
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This grill folds flat to one inch within seconds, making it the most portable grill on our list. The simple design cradles charcoal neatly, and the ventilated base keeps the coals hot. There is no cover and the grill space is limited, but you can keep this grill stored in trunk of your car for hot food in a pinch. It's the choice for the budget-minded griller on the go.

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Char-Griller Table Top Charcoal Grill and Side Fire Box
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The Char-Griller has the look of a traditional barrel-style smoker, and although it's small and portable, it's made of heavy steel construction. The ash pan has adjustable dampers and easily slides out for quick cleanup. The 250 square inches of cooking space and an attached lid give this tiny grill a big feel. This grill can also double as a Texas style side smoker and attach directly to your larger Char-Grill to serve as a fire box.

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Char-Broil Portable Grill2Go X200
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This new portable grill features TRU-Infrared cooking technology for no flare-ups, which is a rarity for a portable grill. The die cast aluminum construction is extremely durable and the lid-mounted temperature gauge comes in handy.

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Snow Peak Grill Burner
Snow Peak

The Grill Burner is easy to heat and clean, and designed to provide a consistently hot surface for grilling your meat low and slow. The sleek design makes this grill a standout among the bubble grills seen at every tailgate.

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Primus Kuchoma Grill
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The Kuchoma Grill from Primus is the sharpest looking grill on the list. It's constructed from stainless steel, oak, and brass, that comes together to create a light and compact grill. The non-stick grill grate and drip tray are easily removable for cleaning. The Kuchoma will be available in spring/summer 2018 for $180.

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