Best Portable Grills iMore 2021

There's really no better way to cook your meat and veggies than on a grill, whether set up for propane or charcoal. Perhaps you even enjoy adding a bit of applewood smoke flavoring to your foods. What about when you want to head out on a road trip or the park for a family outing? Hauling a full-sized grill doesn't make much sense, but luckily, there are these great portable grills that will fulfill your cooking needs.

Our pick: Weber Q2200

Staff favorite

This grill uses liquid propane to cook at 12,000 BTUs, but its cast-aluminum body remains portable enough to go with you on the road. It has 280 square inches of cooking space on its cast-iron grates, plus two fold-out shelves give you extra room to hold utensils and spices.

$270 at Amazon

Also great: Weber Q1200

If you don't need quite as much cooking power as the Weber Q2200 offers, there is the cheaper Q1200. It puts out 8,500 BTUs, has 189 square inches of cooking space, and still has two fold-out shelves. The cast-aluminum body is available in eight different colors to match your other outdoor gear.

$210 at Amazon

Stand included: Cuisinart CGG-240 All Foods Roll-Away

When you head out, and your final destination doesn't include a tabletop to set your grill on, or you just don't want to squat on the ground for your grilling, a cooktop with a built-in stand is perfect. The Cuisinart All-Food Roll-Away grill comes with a collapsing base that locks into place and has wheels for when you're ready to go. With 15,000 BTUs, an ignition switch, removable cast iron cooking grates, and two slide-out shelves, this set up will have you grilling on the go in no time.

From $153 at Amazon

Compact design: Char-Broil Grill2Go X200

Sometimes cooking on the go comes with some challenges, and space can be one of them. This is where the Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 Portable TRU-Infrared grill comes in. You'll get 200 square inches of space on their 9,500 BTU infrared cooking surface. This technology limits flare-ups and allows the heat to be evenly spread for more precise cooking. With a locking die-cast firebox and aluminum lid, this grill will be ready to go for all your adventures.

$130 at Amazon

Smoker on the go: Masterbuilt MPG 300S

Grilling in its own right is amazing, but adding a bit of smoke flavoring can sometimes be just what is needed to get to that next level. Masterbuilt has its MPG 300S portable propane grill that gets you 345 square inches of cooking space and two 6,500 BTU burners. The bonus here is that there is a wood chip & smoke tray that has its own 3,500 BTU burner to add that wonderful smokehouse flavors to your food. The grill also comes with two attachable side trays and locking feet & lid.

$180 at Amazon

Charcoal grilling: Weber Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill

The Weber kettle-style charcoal grills have long been a favorite amongst outdoor cooks. With the Jumbo Joe, Weber is bringing their popular style grill to a more compact and portable form-factor. The grill smartly packs up within itself for easy travel, and the wire handle locks onto the lid to keep it all closed while on the move. If charcoal is your preferred way to grill, then this is just what you have been looking for to take that tasty grill on the road.

$70 at Amazon

Budget charcoal: Char-Broil Portable Tabletop Charcoal Grill

For a quick and portable way to grill when out and about, the Char-Broil Portable Tabletop Charcoal Grill is a great option. It's a solid grill with 190 square inches of cooking space that folds up nicely with a compact footprint so you can pack it up and hit the road with ease. You get simplicity and performance so you can cook on the go at a great price.

$30 at Amazon

Get grilling

Just like when looking for a grill that will be your go-to outdoor cooking appliance at home, there are plenty of factors to consider picking your portable grill. Deciding how much cooking space you will need and what fuel source you want should be at the top. Do you prefer the simplicity, speed, and consistency of propane, or maybe the ceremony and flavors you get from charcoal? These points are due to the same consideration for your portable grill, as well.

For anyone looking to invest in an outstanding portable propane grill that delivers 12,000 BTUs of cooking power, the Weber Q2200 should be seriously considered. The Weber Q2200 gets you plenty of cooking space as well as significant heat to handle anything you want to gill up. If you prefer the flavor of charcoal, then, Weber's Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill is a great choice for a lightweight grill from one of the best in the business. Weber kettle grills are known for the smoke and flavor they can impart while cooking with charcoal. For the best of both worlds with the simplicity of propane as well as the flavor of charcoal, the Masterbuilt MPG 300S is going to be the best bet. Their inclusion of a smoke box with its own burner gets you just the right amount of heat onto the wood chips, so you can get the perfect smoky flavor into your foods.

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