Top Portable Grills for 2017

Best Gas, Charcoal or Electric Grills You Can Take Anywhere

The 10 best portable grills to take on the road whether it's a trip to the beach, a picnic or camping. These grills offer a wide variety of options from gas to charcoal with many great features. If you are in the market for a grill you can pack away until you need it, these are the units you should be looking at.

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    The problem with many portable grills is that they just can't produce a good, high grilling temperature. How about a wood burning grill that can hit 1,000 degrees F? The Cook-Air grill uses an internal fan to create a cyclone of air moving over the burning wood to accelerate the combustion making it quite possibly the hottest portable grill on the market. Better yet, because it is a wood burning grill, it makes wonderful amounts of smoke to flavor foods and actually make...MORE them taste like cooking over a campfire, which you are. Loaded with great features and powered either by a standard outlet, car adapter, or batteries, this is a very portable little grill with a good sized grilling space.

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    The Weber Q 2200 is the cornerstone of Weber's popular Q line of portable grills. I say portable because that is what it was built to be but at 42 pounds and requiring two hands to carry, this isn't the most portable of portable gas grills. What it is, is a good gas grill that just happens to be small enough to be perfect for the balcony or the trunk. The single burner design doesn't give a great deal of versatility, but with 280 square inches of cooking this...MORE little grill can cook up burgers, steaks, and chicken for several people. Efficient design and Weber quality make this a good investment.

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    Imagine the power of an infrared grill in a portable. This 14,000 BTU infrared grill packs more heat than any other portable grill and at 20 pounds you can take it almost anywhere. All stainless steel construction you can even get this grill in marine quality steel with a railing mount for boating. 155 square inches of grilling area. Uses either disposable propane bottles or can be converted to a full 20-pound tank or even natural gas.

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    In some parts of the world, Weber means grill like Kleenex means tissue. The Weber Kettle is the most widely identified charcoal grill and now the 18 1/2-inch Weber grill comes in a portable size. With the same cooking grate as the full sized charcoal grill, the Jumbo Joe is big enough for a full-sized cookout, in a portable container. Weighing 22 pounds and with a single hold handle, this just might be the perfect portable grill for when there are more than two people.

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    The TravelQ is the new portable gas grill from Napoleon. Lightweight and very compact this 20-pound model can be carried with one hand, yet has plenty of grilling space on heavy cast iron cooking grates. In most ways, this is comparable with similar portables including heat output and capacity. One advantage this little grill has over many similar sized grills is the twin burner design allowing for greater versatility in cooking. While not inexpensive, this is a well-built...MORE portable that will work well at the park or on the beach.

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    The Cobb grill has been repeatedly praised as one of the most unique and versatile portable grills on the market. This unit will run on eight charcoal briquettes for up to three hours, will never flare-up, and can cook a whole chicken as easily as burgers. Light weight, easy to light and operate, this grill is perfect for virtually every outing. It doesn't even get hot on the exterior so you can pick it up while cooking to move it. The only real drawback is the relatively...MORE small size. The cooking area is a little under 12 inches and doesn't give you a lot of space. Other than that this is a great little grill.

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    Once the little backyard hibachi grill ruled. Constructed of heavy cast iron, durable, and punished these grills were a mainstay of college parties, beaches, and parks across the country. As this kind of metal work moved overseas, these grills got cheaper and virtually disappears. Fortunately, Lodge Manufacturing has remained in business and actually thrived in the cast iron world.

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    The Volcano Grill started out long ago, as a charcoal powered way to efficiently heat a large dutch oven. I have had one of these original Volcano units for many years. Of course, that unit, like this new version can also be used as a grill as well as a high-powered burner for virtually any kind of large, heavy pan. That is really the selling point of this product and why it seems to show up on so many disaster "prepper" websites. It can be used for so many things and...MORE with a removable propane burner it can run on most any fuel available.

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    The Zippo All Terrain Grill is Zippo's entry into outdoor cooking and it is impressive. Certainly, the nearly $400USD price tag puts it on the high end of the market, but the powerful heat output and solid construction make it one of the better ones. This grill is new to the market and comes from a company that hasn't made something like this before, but there is attention to detail. At 45-pounds, it is heavy, but the cart design makes it easy to transport.

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    The classic hibachi grill was about as easy a grill to use as anyone was going to find. A large cast iron pan was filled with charcoal and cooking grates could be adjusted over the fire for temperature control. Son of Hibachi still gives that great, open flame grilling style, but in a design that is completely revolutionary. The whole grill folds up into a briefcase style unit. In this position, charcoal can be added and lit, like a charcoal chimney. Once burning, simply open...MORE the unit up, put on the cooking grates and start cooking. Afterwards, it can be folded up while the coals are still burning and put out by pouring water into the unit, or better yet, snuffed out in a heat resistant, airtight carrying bag. This way the remaining charcoal can be used again.

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