5 Portable Grills That Prove You Can Barbecue Anywhere

Take the barbecue to the beach, camping or out on the patio with these portable grills!

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July 24, 2020
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Grilling is a quintessential summer activity, saving you from heating up your kitchen with your oven and encouraging you to spend quality time outdoors on a nice night. But, if you live in an apartment or have limited outdoor and patio space, cooking outside might feel just out of reach. We're here to say it doesn’t have to be.

There are smaller, portable grills that can make having an outdoor barbecue feasible in just about any setup. We scoured the Internet and reached out to Food Network test kitchen director (and grilling extraordinaire) Ginevra Iverson to get her take on what you should look for when selecting the perfect grill for your small space. Before you make a purchase, though, we advise you to check your local fire codes and as well as each individual manufacturer’s guide for information on how close a grill can be to your apartment building or house.

While we don't usually test or develop recipes on a small grill, we've seen strong reviews of this small, portable Weber grill. Weber ensures this small charcoal grill is compact and lightweight, secure with a lid-lock carrying handle to make moving worry-free. The diameter of this grill is 14 inches, and it is about 17 inches in height, so it’s perfect for a small patio and portable enough to be moved around whenever you need it. One reviewer on Weber’s site also praised the Smokey Joe grill for camping, picnics or grilling for two.

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While other grills are portable in the sense they are easily picked up and moved around, this grill truly incorporates transportable features, including a bamboo tray, storage for food, plates or cutlery and cool-to-the-touch handles for easy maneuvering. But, aside from being compact, stylish and practical, the charcoal grill by Heston Blumenthal can be used on most surfaces, thanks to the built-in heat protection shield. This grill is great for picnics, tailgating, the beach or grilling out of the patio.

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If your go-to pan for your stove and oven is a perfectly-seasoned cast iron skillet, Lodge Cast Iron Sportsman’s Grill might be the best choice for you. According to Lodge, this grill is a great option for picnics, tailgating, camping or for nightly use on your patio, and Ginevra loves that it gets super hot. Portable enough to pack in the car and take on a trip with you, this grill is a heavy-duty yet equally versatile option.

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Overall, Ginevra recommends looking for a heavy duty grill with a steel grilling surface, which brought us to this small propane gas table-top grill. According to the brand, this grill comes equipped with two stainless steel, independently adjustable main burners, large enough to cook up to nine hamburgers at once. Weighing only 20 pounds, this lightweight grill is great for bringing out to the patio for a night of barbecue.

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Cook six burgers at once on this portable charcoal grill from Weber. The legs on this grill flip over to become handles, making it compact and secure for traveling. Plus, with Weber Connect, you can turn this portable grill into a smart grill, which will let you know when your food is ready to flip or done cooking as well as offer recipes and tips.

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