On your next camping trip or outdoor adventure, take the ability to grill all your favorite meats and veggies with you by bringing along a portable outdoor grill. Imagine how good grilled burgers, chicken, fish, veggies, even desserts will taste at your campsite picnic table when served hot off your portable grill. When shopping for a portable outdoor grill, there is a lot to take into consideration. You’ll notice that while some grills are simple and straight forward, others feature all the bells and whistles you could want on a grill. But these features come at a price. You can spend as little as $30 for a nice compact grill and as much as $1,000 for the fanciest outdoor portable grill ever made! So it’s best to do your homework and know what your grilling needs are before you start shopping.
Since you’re going to be packing your portable grill into an already overflowing car or RV, you want to make sure you choose one that folds down neatly into a compact shape. A lightweight portable grill is a good choice if you plan to carry it down to the beach for a cookout. Also, take into consideration how big your party is. If you normally just camp or cook out as a family of four, then you don’t need a portable grill that can cook for up to 8 people at one time. But if your plans include lots of family and friends, then you’ll want to look for a grill that can accommodate more burgers, poultry, and fish so that no one has to wait around for their juicy burger while everyone else dives in.
Here are a few portable outdoor grills that we like (and links to a few of our favorite grilling recipes!). Happy grilling!
Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE-
The large, 285 square-inch cooking surface makes this a monster of a portable outdoor grill. The PerfectFlow Pressure Control System provides steady heat, even in cold temperatures. This popular full-sized Coleman grill has two separate grates that each have a 10,000 BTU burner with an independent control knob. So when half your group wants burgers and the other half wants fish, you can still use just one grill for all your cooking needs. Two (2) side tables are perfect for holding sauces, grilling tools, spices, and more, and they fold down when not in use. Cast-iron and porcelain-coated surfaces make this model a breeze to clean, and the grease management tray is removable for easy clean up. Although it weighs in at 60 lbs., it sets up and folds down easily thanks to the scissor-style legs. There are large carrying handles and wheels for super-easy transporting. Comes in seven (7) fun, bright colors. Dimensions: 19L” x 13.5D” x 33.75H”
Char-Broil Portable Gas Grill-
Coming in at around $30, this spunky little grill features a 187-square inch chrome-plated cooking grate to cook up to 8 hamburgers at one time! The 11,000-BTU burner heats up quickly and evenly, delivering perfectly cooked burgers, chicken, steaks, seafood, and more every time. The grate is dishwasher safe and easy to wash by hand. Designed for excellent portability, the legs on this model fold up and over the top of the grill to hold it in place when it’s packed away. At just 10 pounds, this simple grill might be light on weight, but it’s heavy on efficiency and capability. Dimensions: 24L” x 12D” 15H”
Cuisinart CGG-200 All-Foods 12,000BTU Portable Outdoor Tabletop Propane Gas Grill-
This high-end portable outdoor grill features an impressive 240-square inches of cooking area that can feed up to 8 people at one time! No more serving food in stages with this grill that heats up to 500°F in no time for an optimum grilling temperature. The 12,000BTU stainless steel loop burner provides solid grilling performance to grill your foods to perfection. With a simple push of the TwiStart ignition system, the grill comes to life and the grate heats evenly and quickly. The double-sided grate allows you to grill burgers, chicken, or steaks on a flat side that delivers beautiful grill lines, or you can grill more delicate items like fish or seafood on the other side that offers better surface point grilling. There is a drip tray for easy grease clean up. Despite the large grilling surface area, this grill is designed for easy, lightweight portability. Weighing in at 37 pounds, it’s easy to bring along on camping trips, to the beach, or to the big game for pregame tailgating. An optional folding grill stand is available for purchase to give this portable grill more of an everyday, backyard-grill feel. Dimensions: 42L” x 15D” x 18.5H”
Weber 10020 Smokey Joe 14” Portable Grill-
For a charcoal option, this Weber is a great choice! Ultra lightweight at only 9.5 lbs., this grill has a triple nickel-plated cooking grate with a diameter of 14 ½ inches, giving you plenty of room to cook up to 6 hamburgers or 3 large steaks at one time! The glass reinforced nylon handle makes it easy to remove the lid when needed. Constructed with a porcelain enamel coating to prevent rusting and fading, this tough little grill is ideal for camping, tailgating, cookouts, beach parties, and more. Take this grill anywhere for a delicious, hot-off-the-grill meal! Comes with a 10-year limited warranty.