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The 10 Best Portable Grills For Outdoor Cooking

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Is there anything more delicious than a meal cooked on an outdoor grill? It’s enough to turn a humble hotdog into a masterpiece or a simple piece of fruit into a dessert worthy of a high-end restaurant. Whether you’re camping, spending the day at the park, or just need to save space, these portable grills will make sure you can cook outdoors wherever you go. 

Char-Broil Portable 240 Propane Liquid Propane Gas Grill 

Char-Broil Portable Grill
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The Char-Broil Portable 240 Propane Liquid Propane Gas Grill is a tremendous value. It features 240-square inches of cooking space (more than enough for 6-8 burgers). It ignites with the push of a button while a knob on the side allows you to adjust the flame. A lid-mounted gauge makes sure you reach exactly the right temperature. The legs are sturdy enough to sit on the ground or a tabletop and side handles make it easy to pack to the beach, park, or campsite. 

Coleman Camp Propane Grill 

Coleman Camp Propane Grill
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If you’re hiking to your camp spot or even packing your grill a considerable distance from your car to the park, the lightweight Coleman Camp Propane Grill is a dream come true. This handy grill only weighs 3lbs, in spite of offering a generous 180-square inches of cooking space. Side panels can be used as side tables for barbecue tools and condiments, or folded up to block the wind on breezy days. Perfect heat technology makes for even cooking and it folds up neatly at the end of the day. 

GOSUN Solar Oven 

Solar Oven Sun Cooker
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There’s no need for propane or charcoal with the GOSUN Solar Oven because it works its magic with the power of the sun. This versatile piece of technology cooks most meals in under a half an hour—just load it into the cooking tube to enjoy meat, veggies, or even bake loaves of bread. It’s 2-feet long, 2.3-inches wide, and two feet long, making it easy to pack up and carry anywhere you want to create a delicious meal on the go. 

Weber Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill 

Weber Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill
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If you start salivating at the thought of food grilled over charcoal, you’ll love the Weber Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill. Weber is one of the most heralded names in grilling, and this portable model doesn’t disappoint. It features a porcelain enameled bowl and lid, a lid lock so you don’t have to set it on the dirt, an ash catcher, and a handle with a heat shield. The dampers allow easy temperature control so your feast will turn out just the way you want it. 

Primus Kamoto Portable Open Fire Pit 

Kamoto Portable Fire Pit
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With the Primus Kamoto Porable Open Fire Pit you can enjoy delicious food cooked over wood-fire without disturbing the ground. It sets up easily—all you need is firewood. It’s perfect for telling stories around the campfire or you can use the grate on top to cook up meat, veggies, or anything else that tickles your fancy. It folds up neatly and compactly for easy portability and storage and if you don’t have firewood on hand, it’s versatile enough to work with charcoal as well.  

NOMADIQ Portable Gas Grill 

NOMADIQ Portable Propane Gas Grill
Amazon

The NOMADIQ Portable Gas Grill is about as sleek and modern as a grill can get. It weighs just over 12 pounds and ingeniously folds into a clamshell shape. Best of all, setting it up takes less than a minute. It includes two drip trays, a gas hose, and dual burners for a total of 226 inches of cooking spaces. For smaller meals, you can opt to use just one to conserve propane. If you hate cleaning grills, you’re in luck, the non-stick grates are dishwasher-safe after you get back home. 

Everdure By Heston Blumenthal Heston Cube Portable Charcoal Grill 

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Cube Portable Charcoal Grill
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The Everdure By Heston Blumenthal Cube Portable Charcoal Grill looks like a small cooler. The innovative design combines a food-grade storage trade and a bamboo preparation board. The chrome handles remain cool to touch, even when cooking with high heat and a porcelain firebox catches drippings and ash. You can use this grill anywhere—a plaque at the bottom forms a heat barrier so it won’t damage the tabletop. The cooking surface is 115-square inches, perfect for smaller meals. 

Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Gas Grill 

Cuisinart Gourmet Gas Grill
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The porcelain-enameled cooking grate on the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Gas Grill includes a generous 160-square inches of cooking space. The telescoping stand allows stand-up grilling, even when there isn’t a table available. It heats up quickly and folds up in seconds into a briefcase shape for easy transport so you can spend your time enjoying the outdoors instead of fussing with your grill. 

Grillerette Pro Battery-Powered Portable Charcoal Grill 

Grillerette Pro Battery Powered Grill
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If you love the taste of charcoal but hate waiting for your coals to heat up, you’ll love the Grillerette Pro Battery-Powered Portable Charcoal Grill. It uses a battery-operated fan to light your charcoal faster and help it stay lit. In addition, the design of this grill keeps grease from dripping into your coals, which allows for a 90-percent reduction in smoke. The entire grill weighs under 8 pounds and it comes with a carrying bag. 

Cuisinart 14-inch Portable Charcoal Grill 

Cuisinart Portable Charcoal Grill
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If you only plan to grill once or twice, chances are price is just as important as functionality. The Cuisinart 14-inch Portable Charcoal Grill is inexpensive and compact- the perfect combination for the occasional griller. This grill features a dual-vent system for temperature control and an ash catcher for no-mess charcoal grilling. At just 2 pounds, it’s light enough to carry just about anywhere you want to enjoy the authentic flavor of charcoal grilling 

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