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Best Portable Grills 2019 : Reviews and Buying Guide

The choice of best portable grill all comes down to personal taste. Most people would look for benefits like the weight, cooking or grill surface size. Most of the grills are compact, small and can cook an array of foods.

If you wanted to buy one for yourself, then look online. Here you may be flooded with options as each model is fitted with smokers, BBQ grills, accessories, free appliances, etc. How would you determine what’s best for you based on your budget? In this list, we’ve reviewed 10 of the most popular grills online and found that the Lodge Cast Iron Sportsman’s Hibachi-Style Grill was best for use at home. We have gone through the other as well, have a look.

Coleman Road Trip 285 Portable Propane Grill

Coleman guarantees three things in their Road Trip 285 Portable Propane Grill –3 temperatures controls, better control over power use and grilling and cooktops that can be changed easily.

The Stand-Up Propane Grill features collapsible but sturdy legs that can be easily setup, dismantled, and transported with a little help from the 2 attached wheels. Using the grill is just as simple too, where all you have to do is push the Insta-Start ignition button for matchless lighting.

They’ve added an improved burner system that offers 20% better control over the 20,000 BTU of power that the grill is capable of. Next feature is the powerful precision when it comes to selecting grilling temperatures using just the independently adjustable knobs. This lets you determine the right temperature between the 3,250 to 20,000 BTU power range.

You can choose from any of the porcelain coated cast iron grill grates of cooking options. Note that each of the stove grates, griddles are sold separately.  On the bonus, the grill has two sliding side tables for holding cooking spoons, dishes, sauces, etc. And, the grill can be stored upright.

POSITIVES:
  • Enhanced burner control,
  • precision power using three temperature zones,
  • easy to transport with quick fold legs and wheels,
  • interchangeable cast iron grill grates,
  • 2 sliding side tables for utensils and sauces,
  • drip pan

NEGATIVES:
  • poor quality materials,
  • require a lot of care and maintenance after use

Verdict: We love the concept of this best portable grill, how easy, convenient it is to use and the number of options that come with it.The material of the grill and most of the individual parts don’t live up to the quality as advertised. We set it up and used it a couple of times, but noticed the paint beginning to peel and rust created by cooking the food, especially on the water or drip tray and the grates.

We found that it was tough to get these critical replacement parts but didn’t want to give up on the grill entirely. Ultimately, if you use this grill and start seeing the same issues, all you can do is simply clan that rust off and prevent oil or water build up.

Solaire SOL-IR17BWR Anywhere Portable Stainless Steel Infrared Warming Rack Gas Grill

Solaire guarantees that their SOL-IR17BWR Anywhere Portable Stainless Steel grill is the solution for RVs, tailgaters, picnics, back yards, balconies, boating, and camping trips. Made entirely in the US, the grill has features like the Solaire patented infrared burner. This heats up faster and cooks the food in minutes, without drying out the food completely.  The burners are protected by the Solaire V-grate, so you can enjoy extended grilling safely without the flare-ups and it improves on the flavour as well. This SOL-IR17BWR model has one more interesting feature called the warming rack fixed onto the hood of the grill, complete with a carry bag to hold 3 propane bottles.

Only minor assembly is required to fit the handles using 6 bolts and the four adjustable feet. Otherwise, the rest of this 304 stainless steel grill is ready for use right out of the box using only 1 pound propane bottles.

It can be adapted for use with a bigger BBQ propane tank, but note that you will have to install an adapter hose accessory. You opt for natural gas too but have to use the recommended natural gas Conversion kit, or withinstalled low-pressure propane system with the low-pressure LP Conversion kits.

The Solaire infrared grill burner is protected by a hood that has spring-loaded latches and is capable of producing the same heat from charcoal fire while maintaining consistency of gas. This kind of burner is superior and delivers on grilled food that’s succulent, cooked well while maintaining its natural flavours. Infrared burners are faster and provide even heat distribution too and that’s something you won’t find when using normal charcoal heat.

Like most portable grills, you need to actually use one before understanding the quality – and that’s exactly what we did. Two things that we liked and thought were the best features on this grill were the quality carrying bag that made it easier to transport the grill.The other thing was the super hot temperatures, that was strong enough to sear a steak. The temperature was one of the things we didn’t like about it. No doubt it was hot enough for tougher ticker meats, but we couldn’t set the right temperature for lighter grilling and most smaller foods had to be removed quickly or they got burnt.

Like most portable grills, you need to actually use one before understanding the quality – and that’s exactly what we did. Two things that we liked and thought were the best features on this grill were the quality carrying bag that made it easier to transport the grill.The other thing was the super hot temperatures, that was strong enough to sear a steak.

POSITIVES:
  • Real Infrared ceramic and Stainless Steel burners,
  • electronic push-button ignition, 140 Square inches of grilling area,
  • special v-grate that improves flavor and virtually eliminates flare-ups,
  • 67 Square inches of warming rack area,
  • Includes carrying bag, Grill weighs 20 pounds and measures 20 wideA variety of accessories are available – (tank adapter, tripod, portable stand, natural gas conversion, low-pressure propane kit, mount adapter plate, and grid scraper)

NEGATIVES:
  • Razor sharp edges,
  • super hot temperatures burn thinner smaller pieces of foods,
  • rivets and clasps are loose and poorly positioned. So set up is a nuisance and takes longer than expected.

Verdict: The temperature was one of the things we didn’t like about it. No doubt it was hot enough for tougher ticker meats, but we couldn’t set the right temperature for lighter grilling and most smaller foods had to be removed quickly or they got burnt.

Next, other grills are more or less assembled when delivered to you in the box. This grill wasn’t and the grill jammed into the hood and took some time to pull apart! The other part is that most of the edges are stainless steel and very sharp. So, we definitely had to take our time and be extra careful about setting up the grill.Then the rivets, clasps don’t secure the handles tightly and remained loose the entire time.

We thought that for $400, the assembly could have been a little better or come with some kind of manual to show how it’s done. This isn’t an issue once you have managed to set it up of course, and when done you’ll notice that it can cook steak in ways that we’vebeen wanting propane grills to do so.

Coleman 2000020926 Grill Ppn Ml Fold N Go Grill

The Coleman 2000020926 Grill Ppn Ml Fold N Go Grill main features are a foldable grill and built-in handle. It can fold up smaller than a suitcase but can produce a maximum of 6,000 BTUs cooking power that’s adjustable as well, using the horseshoe burner.

The Perfect Flow technology ensures an optimal grilling experience irrespective of the kind of weather outdoors, with steady performance and heat output. And there’s enough space to cook as much food as you like using the 105-square-inch cooktop. Clean up isn’t a hassle either as the grease tray and grates can be removed and out in the dishwasher. The Coleman 2000020926 delivers a maximum of 3 ½ hours of cooking time on the high heat temperature using a 16.4-ounce propane cylinder.

This little grill might be just what you’re looking for if you need a tiny, easy to transport grill within a reasonable price.We tested it out a bit, by attaching it to a regular propane tank and cooked some rib eye steaks. The steaks were cooked well, the grill heated up quickly and we were able to clean it up after that.

So, it seems like the perfect portable propane grill and appeared to be sturdy enough as well, another advantage of this grill is that it can be assembled easily, controls work as described and connecting to that propane bottle was a simple task too.

POSITIVES:
  • Portable folding grill with built-in handle for easy transport and storage,
  • Delivers 6,000 BTUs of heat across 105 sq. in. of grilling surface, Adjustable horseshoe burner for precise temperature control and even heating,
  • Perfect Flow technology ensures consistent performance even in extreme conditions,
  • Removable dishwasher-safe cooking surface and grease tray for easy cleaning

NEGATIVES:
  • No push ignition system

Verdict: Note that the flame coming from the burner might be invisible but when lit, the heat is pretty much there.Also, you have to start the burner using a long-stemmed match as there is no push ignition. Had it not been for this one missing feature, this grill would have been our top favourite.

Even then, the cooking surfaces were easy to light but make no mistake it isn’t exactly a replacement for your regular grill. It can, however, replace all of the other portable grills you might have as it’s just easier than using charcoal and should last you a long time with the right amount of care.

Cuisinart CGG-306 Professional Stainless Steel Tabletop with Gas Grill and Two-Burners

The Chef’s Style Stainless Tabletop Grill from Cuisinart is guaranteed to be ready for use in under ten minutes and doesn’t require matches, coals, or tools. It is fitted with a two burner system that can be started through electronic ignition and controlled usingdedicated control knobs.

That means that each burner has its own control knobs for separate cooking temperatures. Apart from this unique cooking choice, you also have collapsible legs, locking cover or hood and a handle to ferry the grill along with you wherever you go. Cuisinart recommends using this grill for camping, beaches, backyards, picnics and runs on a 20 lbtank of propane.  The right kinds of foods to cook on the Cuisinart CGG-306 ProfessionalTabletop Grill include larger cuts of meat or fish by grilling them indirectly over the burners. Cook the most sumptuous briskets, turkey, whole chickens by searing them first over the burners and then setting them aside on the cooler grill rack.

Fulltemperature control using the adjustable burner knobs and integrated thermometer, stainless steel grate offers superior heat so that foods cook evenly every time.The grill made out of stainless steel weighing in at25 lbs, so it’s light enough to be carried and compact enough to be put in the car.  We like this grill, and here’s why. To start with, its built well and all of the fittings are quality stainless steel, and that includes the heavy gauge propane fitting for a20lb propane tank, not the smaller camp bottles.

When started up,  it jumps up to 600 degrees (F) within ten minutes and cools down within twenty minutes, enough for you to remove the grills with your hands, once it’s been turned off. The thermometer is built onto the grill, so you don’t have to carry an extra one and we have to say that it’s agile and accurate.

Some set up is required though, but all you have to do is unbox the thing, unfolding and separate all the parts, place the cooking grills, burner covers and start grilling. The grill is fully stainless steel, from the oven bottom, burner shields, cooking surface, so cleaning up the grill is easier.

Packing it up is for storage or transport is easy, as the legs can be folded and the lid has a latchon either side. You can even store it horizontally over vertically saving you loads of space in the garage or car.

POSITIVES:
  • Grill requires no assembly and can be set up and ready for grilling in under 10 minutes,
  • a powerful two-burner system with electronic ignition and dedicated control knobs for each stainless-steel burner,
  • Stainless grates provide the top performance of a large grill in a portable one,
  • The stainless steel grill weighs only 22 lbs. making it lightweight and small enough to fit in a compact car,
  • integrated thermometer and adjustable burner knobs help control the heat of the grill

NEGATIVES:
  • shallow dome reduces cooking space,
  • light gauge stainless steel build

Verdict: We did find some limitations, one where the dome is pretty shallow and might not accommodate something bigger like a whole ham. You might have some luck with pork shoulders and that’s about it.

Next, the stainless steel build is engineered perfectly but is a light gauge, only because it has to be portable. This is why it heats up and cools down faster. This is a plus point when it comes tomoving the grill around or cleaning it. Don’t expect it to heat the grill and expect its hold higher temperatures for very long though.

This leads us to our next point, where the shallow dome combined with light gauge means that you lose a lot of heat when opening the dome to grill or turn the food over. This isn’t all that big of a deal unless you leave the dome open for too long.

Lodge Cast Iron Sportsman’s Hibachi-Style Grill with two Adjustable Heights

Lodge boasts of a full range or series of cast iron cookware made in the USA. These utensils are known for unmatcheddurability versatility, even heating and a finish that is easy release. The same things applyto this Sportsman’s Hibachi-Style Grill as well.

This rugged grill is also meant for use with camping, picnics, and tailgating although it might not look like it.

Instead of knobs, you have a draft door that is used for regulating the heat and can, therefore, be used for any area where self-contained cooking coals are accessible. And there are two adjustable heights so you can cook comfortably.

The broad grill is wide enough to accommodate whole burgers, steaks, fish and you can make or heat coffee and tea also. The grill has a second door that can be opened, specifically for adding or removing coals and for cleaning. Other good features are the attached handles and a small side shelf for keeping utensils.

POSITIVES:
  • features a draft door that regulates heat,
  • coals are accessible behind a flip-down door,
  • good for grilling and frying

NEGATIVES:
  • old style coals only grilling and cooking method,
  • slightly heavy, frequent oiling for rust prevention

Verdict: This hibachi cast iron grill is the best one yet and not exactly a lightweight player, and should last rugged use for a very long time. It is definitely the toughest of all the portable grills we’ve seen yet and weight a full 30 pounds.

The grate could have used another height adjustment though but we’re still not complaining as the grill heats up nicely and actually makes that sizzling sounds when foods are placed on the hot grills!Some people were even able to sauté vegetables on it too, as the heat was that consistent and strong!

So much for the performance, what about the cleaning? The grate can be cleaned off with a nylon brush and oiled again so that food never really sticks to the bars.You could even use an oily rag to wipe it down as well. One thing you have to know is that ironcharcoal grill will get rusted, but this won’t affect the durability and can simply be prevented by keeping them oiled every time.

Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel Tabletop Propane Gas Grill

The Smoke Hollowstainless steel gas grill is perfect for barbeque grillers on the go. Stainless steel construction ensures that it lasts all kinds of outdoor activities like boating, camping, and even your backyard.

The 205 Stainless Steel Tabletop has a compact design complete with locking lid, big front handle and folding legs. The warming rack and 305 square inches of cooking racks are powered by one pound propane cylinders.

We noticed that, when feasible, people who own this Smoke Hollow grill will go for it when they need to grill something! Or those people who want to travel light on their next fishing or camping trips.A unit like this comes in handy for both of these situations only because of its portability and convenience.

The build quality is decent for its price tag and might even outshine some bigger, beefier units that you pay double the price for.But, it will definitely last longer than them. That might have to do with the design on the unit that we thought was well thought out.The legs fold neatly, compactly and the lid has latches that are very secure.

POSITIVES:
  • 205 sq. in. primary stainless steel cooking area 105 sq. in. chrome-plated warming rack,
  • 10,000 BTU stainless steel “U” burner, Fold-able stainless steel legs; Uses 16oz. disposable cylinder, Stainless steel drip tray; Temperature gauge

NEGATIVES:
  • Drip pan doesn’t get latched down in the grill

Verdict: It’s comfortable carrying it around in this way but the drip pan moves around a lot inside and might make a mess if you haven’t clean edit out. We’re not too thrilled about the temperature range though, it appeared to reach and hold 100 degrees at best that can be affected by ambient temperature.

So cooking heavier meats might be a problem, but you should be able to grill smaller pork chops, burgers, chicken breasts which is just about right of a unit of this size and power.

Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill

Cuisinart promises great grilled flavours every time you use the compact, high-performance CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill. In spite of its small, compact build, the grill has enough juice to cook a meal for the entire family – and that includes hamburgers, steaks, around 4 pounds of fish and chicken breasts.

The grill uses less gas but still manages to heat up quickly. The best part is that you can enjoy these cooking advantages anywhere you go as the drip try is spill resistant.

POSITIVES:
  • Portable gas grill with 145-square-inch grilling area and foldaway legs, Cooks 8 burgers,
  • 8 steaks,
  • 6 to 10 chicken breasts, or 4 pounds of fish,
  • Powerful 5,500 BTU stainless-steel burner and even-heating porcelain-enameled grate,
  • Aluminum legs and stabilizing feet set up in seconds; integrated lid lock keeps lid secure,
  • Pronounced briefcase-style carrying handle; weighs 13.5 pounds

NEGATIVES:
  • too small and compact for long use

Verdict: We have to admit that it cooks evenly like a larger grill, using less fuel. Adding to which the Cuisinart Stainless Steel Petite Tabletop Grill is durable and solid too. Get this best portable grill if you need to cook in confined spaces that don’t have a lot of ventilation.

Easy lighting using the twist start ignition makes it perfect for use in smaller spaces like patios, decks, and heat stays limited to the cooking surface making it more effective when it comes to cooking and perfect for hot summers days.

Pit Boss Grills 75275 Stainless Steel Two-Burner Portable Grill

The Pit Boss Portable Grill is a full 276 sq in cooking surface built into a strong, long lasting stainless steel build. In spite of a heavy build, the grill is portable with a latch hood and foldable legs that make it compact enough for you to carry.

When it comes to the grilling, its features a two 10,000 BTU burner design that is independently controlled for full temperature control and is operated using a 20 lb. cylinder.

Grill on the go with the Pit Boss 200P that packs a punch with 304 stainless steel cooking grids fitted inside a sleek stainless steel exterior. Push the ignition and control the heat using the ABS controls and adjust it using a built-in dome thermometer.

We tested it out and it works well, and it’s even built superbly, it’s heavy and that has to do with all the stainless steel that makes it as good as any top end grill rack.

We did come across some commons complaints on a few things on this best portable grill. One is that the knobs strip out as soon as they are pressed in and rotated to start up the igniter. We think this has to do with plastic that softens as the temperatures increase. The other big complaint was about the welds on the corners and sides that many felt were too tiny and that they might fall off or get distorted with expansion/ contraction.

POSITIVES:
  • 430 Stainless Steel body and lid construction and 304 stainless Steel grid construction,
  • Two 10,000 BTU burner design delivers the perfect amount of heat for grilling and searing,
  • Portable design features Folding legs and latching hood for easy carry,
  • Push and turn ignition and dome thermometer,
  • Lightweight and easy to carry

NEGATIVES:
  • plastic knobs distorted under intense prolonged heat,
  • smaller weaker welds

Verdict: Still, the grates and the actual grill itself is pretty good. Another con is that the bottom tends to collect lots of grease – this happens when the build-up of charred food bits leak from corners that aren’t welded properly. If this happens to your Pit Boss Portable Grill, then simply line the drip tray with foil.

Coleman Propane Grill RoadTrip LXE Portable Gas Grill

The Coleman RoadTrip LXE Portable grill is a better solution over those bulky, heavy grill beasts that you’re used to by now! It’s easy to carry around and it can be set up just by folding it out and rolling it over to a good cooking spot. The grill’s durable cast-iron grilling surfaces are ready once you lift the lock system.

Next when you’re ready to cook,use the push button to ignite the InstaStart lighting system. You can carry on grilling for over an hour using only a cylinder that gives the grill about 20,000 BTUs of power.

This grill is definitely the easiest to set up and you only need one tool just to attach the wheels. People who were happy with this grill are those who bought it for use on small patios and don’t’ want to deal with the hassles of a bigger propane grill.

They also liked that they could store it away when it was not in use, protecting it from the elements and wear and tear.

POSITIVES:
  • Portable propane grill ideal for tailgating, picnicking, and camping,
  • Delivers 20,000 BTUs of heat across 285 square inches of grilling surface,
  • Swap-Top interchangeable cooktops allow you to switch grill grates out for griddle and stove grates (sold separately), Insta-Start button ignites grill without the need for a match or lighter,
  • Collapsible design is easy to transport and fits into most car trunks, Easy to transport,
  • folds to compact size with large handle and wheels for easy pulling;
  • Sets up in seconds,
  • Easy-to-clean, cast-iron and porcelain-coated surfaces with removable grease tray

NEGATIVES:
  • for lighter grilling and cooking use

Verdict: The portable grill fits the bill perfectly when it comes to other aspects, like the grill grates for example. The 285 square inches can accommodate anything to everything from a tiny lunch to a dinner party! Cleaning up afterward is easier too – simply line the bottom of the grill with foil and cut out circles so that this foil sheet fits around the burners and leave the opening that leads to the drip tray.

Blackstone Grills Tailgater – Portable Gas Grill and Griddle Combo with Barbecue Box, Two Open Burners, Griddle Top

The Blackstone Grills Tailgater grill has been designed for cooking on uneven terrain. Try the fast intense heat on one burner and slow warming on the other. In this combo set, you get a number of additional tools too.

A 512-inch dual cooking surface comprises of a flat griddle on the right side and a grill box on the left. Not only do you have two kinds of cooking options, but you can also remove these sides and get full access to the burners, which means you can use any kind of vessel possible.

Use the stockpot, frying pan, dutch oven on the high heat levels. Use the Grill Box when the temperatures reach 500 degrees. Next, lower the heat and use the griddle for shallow frying and flat cooking.

In spite of the kind of versatility, this grill has, setting it up is a hassle. The adjustable legs move upwards but don’t stay there and fall out as you begin settling or leveling the grill before use. We had to place the grill on its side before we could adjust all legs properly. This may call for a two person set up and isn’t convenient.

POSITIVES:
  • Easy portable setup,
  • almost no assembly required,
  • enjoy several different setup combinations,
  • includes a heavy-duty grill box with vent,
  • handle and durable cast iron grill grates plus a cold rolled steel griddle plate,
  • strong powder coat finish,
  • two independently controlled burners

NEGATIVES:
  • Lengthy,
  • annoying setup,
  • heavy and bulky build

Verdict: This best portable grill is a bit heavy and big, and that’s excluding the self-contained grill box and stouter frame. It was definitely the heaviest of all the portable grills we reviewed here.Our least favorite part was the drip trays that were too thin. What happens is that you would have the empty trays more often or risk the oil spluttering around!

These few hiccups aside, the grill is a step above with its solid build and no plastic parts. Once you have set it up, it won’t feel like your using a portable grill. Then, it remained stable on most terrains we tried it out on.

Since its portable, you have modular options too and can take off the grill box and won’t need a separate propane stove.

Why you should buy Best Portable Grills?

Portable grills are good cooking option, whether you like cooking indoors or outdoors. They not only preserve the flavour, but grilling foods is proven to be healthier for you too. There are a lot of models that are affordable models, and many of them are compact enough for most patios. These grills might be really small and meant for picnics, a tailgate, or cooking for yourself. Then you have medium to bigger grills for family barbeques and cookouts. There are even professional grade grills as well, but are normally used for eateries.

They might be compact, but you get a decent amount of space for grilling, smoking foods that you like.

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Regardless of what you read online, portable grills are easy to clean as long as you follow the instructions and basic care guidelines.

Buying Guide

Kettle charcoal

The simplest concept is still the kettle charcoal that is a metal ball with metal legs and the charcoal is placed on the bottom. It’s the cheapest and best one yet. Then you have ceramic grills that are versatile and can grill, smokes and bake pizzas too. Lastly, there’s the barrel grill that looks like a gas grill but is better suited for smoking. This is why they have hinged lids and rounded domes.

And based on that, you can decide on what type of portable grill you need for your home. If your home is on rent, or if the patio is made from wood, then you might not be allowed to grill or smoke. In this case portable grills that can be moved to the front lawn or backyard would be better.

Gas grills

Then gas grills are more popular as they can be used all year round. If you can use a grill, then move onto the size of the grill and the cooking space it has. You can choose a smaller one if you do very little grilling, or are simply cooking for yourself. Or a bigger one when grilling for more people

And when you’ve decided on these two things, consider price – here we’d recommend going through all the grills you find and then determine what price fits your budget.

The Final Verdict

The best and easiest way to grill is to do it on a smaller grill. best Portable grills are convenient and great for beginners too or if you only have the family over for a barbeque weekend. Find the mini grill that suits your needs today.

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