Best Portable BBQ Grills - Fresh Reviews by Grillszone

Best Portable Grills – Buying Guide

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The sun is shining, the sky is clear. Summer is here. And it’s a perfect time for some outdoor grilling. At the same time, a whole lot of us are itching to travel, tired of being cooped up in the house after a long winter. That means a bit of camping or going to the beach. It could even mean loading up the RV for a long road trip to see the sights all over the country. Fortunately, we get to enjoy those two activities together. In the early 20th century, camp grills were mostly all we had, and they epitomized the phrase “roughing it.” Today, we have portable grills that we have many of the features of permanent grills, ensuring that you get to enjoy true outdoor cooking in your travels. Cooking on the go has never been made easier. Now, there are various types of portable grills available in the market; some are fashioned for tailgate parties while others are more suited for the great outdoors. There are even portable grills for RVs. But before you go buying the first portable grill you see on sale, you’ll need to be sure that the one you buy will match your needs AND your budget. Below are short reviews of various portable grills in each category (based on fuel source). Be sure to check them each out to find out which one would be perfect for your summer trips.
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Top Portable BBQ Grills of 2020


Portable Grills Reviewed

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1. Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill

$130.513.325 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews -0
Review Score -3.3

Grilling on the go has never been easier with the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill. This compact grill may be small in size but it’s easily as powerful as a full size one. It has a powerful 5,500 BTU stainless-steel burner while the porcelain-enameled grate ensures even heat distribution.

The grill is perfect for feeding a family of 4 to 5 people with its 145-square inch cooking space. You can easily fit 8 steaks or burgers and even a 4-pound fish! As an added bonus, cleaning the grill is quite easy. Just use warm water and soap to wipe away grease, dirt, etc.

The grill features a lid with a latch, folding legs, a generous carry handle, and a spill-resistant drip tray. Taking it with you on your annual family vacations, tailgate parties, or RV road trip is a breeze. At 13.5 pounds, the grill is light enough to carry from your car and back.

However, the lighter doesn’t work as well as it should. It doesn’t come with a thermometer. And the legs don’t lock in place. But for the price, portability, and performance, the Petit Gourmet is downright perfect.

What we love:

  • Easy to carry around
  • Can feed 4 to 5 people.
  • Powerful burner
  • Durable construction

What we don’t like:

  • It doesn’t always light up when started.
  • The folding legs don’t lock into place which can cause it to wobble.
  • The grill doesn’t have a built-in thermometer.

2. Pit Boss Grills 75275 Stainless Steel Two-Burner Portable Grill

$156.853.391 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews -0
Review Score -3.4

Grill lovers who want portability combined with durability, then this stainless steel two-burner portable from Pit Boss Grills should be right up your alley. The body and lid are constructed out of 430 stainless steel while the grid is made of 304 stainless steel.

At 23 pounds, the grill isn’t as light as other portable tabletop grills. But it definitely isn’t difficult to take with you on trips to the beach, cross country road trips, or tailgate parties. Plus, the folding legs and latching hood make transporting the grill from car to table and back easy enough. It also ensures that the grill doesn’t take up as much space in your trunk.

The performance of this grill isn’t anything to scoff at either. The two burners provide 10,000 BTUs each and are independently controlled, enabling you to be more versatile in your cooking. The grill can reach up to 650 degrees Fahrenheit which means you can easily sear your meat. The 275-square inches of cooking space is enough to cook food for a group of 6 to 8 people.

However, the legs do not lock into place which makes it a bit wobbly. Also, the edges of the legs are quite sharp and can cause injury to you and your table. In addition, because the grill is quite powerful for its size, it can cook your food too fast so make sure to keep an eye on things.

What we love:

  • The grill features two independently controlled, powerful burners for more versatile cooking.
  • Body, lid, and grate are made purely of stainless steel.
  • The large cooking space can easily fit food for 6 to 8 people.

What we don’t like:

  • The foldable legs don’t lock into place which can cause the grill to wobble.
  • The edges of the grill can be quite sharp which can scratch your table or, worse, scratch you.
  • The food can get cooked quite fast so you need to keep an eye on it or it might get burned.

3. Broil King Porta-Chef 120

$279.925 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews -0
Review Score -5

Who says you can’t grill on the go with a full-sized grill? The Broil King Porta-Chef series definitely makes it possible. The Porta-Chef 120 features detachable legs and side tables as well as built-in condiment storage bins and tool hooks so you can grill in style wherever you go. The lid comes with convenient lid pins while the detachable side shelves and legs can be stored right under the grill base to make the Porta-Chef easy to transport.

What about performance? Well, the Porta-Chef 120 isn’t your average portable grill. It features a stainless steel burner with an output of 14,000 BTUs. It also features heavy cast iron cooking grids and the Flav-R-Wave stainless steel cooking system for heat retention and even heat distribution. In short, this baby can reach high temps fast and maintain it well. Even better, you get the enhanced flavor of smokey BBQ due to the flavorizers that vaporize all the drippings from your meat.

Just like a full-sized grill, the Porta-Chef 120 comes with a primary cooking space of 220 square inches and a warming rack that has 128 square inches of space. You can easily cook a variety of food for your family or keep cooked food warm while you finish prepping the rest of the meal.

Of course, there are slight drawbacks. The grill is heavier compared to other portable grills in the market. Also, it is much more expensive. That being said, the Porta-Chef 120 still ranks up there as one of our favorites.

What we love:

  • You get all the main features of a full-size grill with the benefit of portability.
  • The stainless steel burner is quite powerful and, along with the flavorizers and cast iron grate, provide even heat distribution.
  • The cooking space and warming rack increases  the grill’s versatility.

What we don’t like:

  • The grill is quite expensive for a portable type.
  • The weight of the grill is much heavier compared to other portable grills in the market; it is not as easy to carry around.

4. Giantex Tabletop Grill

$162.995 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews -0
Review Score -5

This stainless steel portable grill from Giantex trikes the perfect balance between performance and design. Constructed out of 430 stainless steel, the unit is incredibly durable and easy to clean. It will definitely last several years of BBQ on the go.

The Giantex Tabletop Grill features two burners with a max output of 20,000 total BTUs. The burners are independently controlled by two push-and-turn knobs which enables versatile cooking. The cooking space is large enough to do some indirect cooking or fit enough food to feed 6 to 8 people. The grill heats up quickly and the heat deflectors ensure even cooking all around.

One of the best things about this portable grill is that it’s very, very easy to clean. It also comes assembled so you can start grilling as soon as it lands on your doorstep. It’s definitely very convenient to have, especially if you like taking trips with friends and/or family.

What we love:

  • The grill is easy to use and clean.
  • It reaches high temperatures quickly.
  • The 2 burners are independently controlled which adds flexibility.

What we don’t like:

  • The grate is stainless steel which does not perform as well as a cast iron one.
  • The food is quite near to the burners so you need to adjust your cooking style to avoid the food getting burned.
  • The interior components do not stay in place when the grill is being carried.

5. George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill

$99.995 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews -0
Review Score -5

Not everyone is allowed to cook on a gas or charcoal grill where they live. But that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy a good barbecue now and then. With the George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill, you never have to worry about regulations and even seasons. You can use the removable stand and place the grill out on the patio, porch, or balcony of your home. You can also just place the grill on your countertop for some indoor cooking.

Cooking on this grill is incredibly easy. The adjustable temperature control features five heat settings so you can cook a wide variety of foods. The domed lid which is high and vented helps the hot air circulate for even cooking. You can even choose to open or close the vent to control the amount of moisture inside the grill. A feature unique to this portable grill.

The grill plate had 240 square inches of cooking space. It had a sloped design to remove most of the fats from your meat, ensuring you eat healthy all the time. These fats accumulate in the drip tray which can be removed for easy clean up. Even the grill plate is removable and features a non-stick coating to make cleaning it much more convenient.

Of course, there are some negatives. The stand is made of lightweight plastic and may easily crack. This also makes the grill easy to tip over when accidentally bumped into. Also, the heat settings do not show you the exact temperature. You’ll need a meat thermometer on hand to check if your food has cooked properly.

What we love:

  • Lots of cooking space to feed a family of 10 to 15.
  • You can grill food inside or outside your home, no matter what the weather is.
  • The grill is very easy to clean.

What we don’t like:

  • You need to have a meat thermometer because the heat settings don’t provide you with the actual temperature emitted by the grill.
  • The stand is made of plastic which is a bit on the flimsy side.

6. Weber Q2000

$299.005 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews -0
Review Score -5

When it comes to grills, Weber is the gold standard. The brand is synonymous to incredible performance and longevity. If you have a Weber grill, you can expect it to last longer than your lifetime. So, it’s no wonder really that one of the best portable grills ever is the Weber Q2000.

This portable grill is one of the largest in this category offered by Weber. It features 280 square inches of cooking space and a powerful burner with a max output of 12,000 BTUs. It has cast aluminum housing for excellent heat retention and distribution. The cast iron grates do the same. Plus, they’re great for searing. Half of the grate can be removed to place a griddle for more versatile cooking (sold separately).

The grill is not as small as some portables. In fact, it can be quite heavy at 40 pounds. But with the amount of cooking space plus the folding side shelves, this baby is worth every pound. You are able to feed larger groups AND have some extra workspace to prep your meals while you’re grilling on the go. Another great thing about the Q2000 is that you can mount it on a foldable stand that has two legs or two wheels (sold separately) to make it easier to setup and use outdoors.

Other highlights about the Weber Q2000 include a piezo electric ignition, glass reinforced nylon frames, and a removable grease pan. Drawbacks include difficult to clean and no built-in thermometer. Not much, we know. That’s because you can’t really go wrong with a Weber.

What we love:

  • It’s a Weber grill; top-of-the-line quality build.
  • Folding side shelves provide you with additional prep space.
  • The burner is quite powerful and the housing + grate ensure even cooking all the time.

What we don’t like:

  • The grill is not easy to clean.
  • There is no built-in thermometer.

7. Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE

5 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews -0
Review Score -5
Coleman is a name we all associate with the great outdoors. And part of being outdoors is grilling which means that Coleman has a broad range of grills for consumers to choose. One of which is the Road Trip LXE. It is probably one of the best portable gas grills the brand has ever made. It has two 10,0000 BTU steel burners that are controlled independently with heat control knobs. It has two porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates that have a total of 285 square inches of cooking space. You get matchless lighting with the InstaStart (electric) ignition. The LXE comes with a collapsible stand with two wheels as well as sliding tables on each side of the grill. Three built-in tool holders are found under the heat control knobs. The grill also features oval heat diffusers that cover the burners for even heat distribution as well as for burning any grease that drips from the meat for added flavor. For easy cleanup, the grill also comes with a removable grease tray. Along with the stand, the entire grill weighs 41 pounds which is the heaviest of the three portable gas grills we’ve reviewed. However, the Coleman grill already comes with a cart that makes hauling it to and fro a breeze.

There’s a lot of things that this portable gas grill has going for it. The cooking surface is large enough to feed a family of five or more. There’s little assembly required (though it’s a bit more than what the other two require). The independently controlled burners add greater versatility to your cooking. You can do 2-zone cooking or just cook different types of food at different temperatures at the same time. To increase the grill’s flexibility, grates are removable and can be replaced with other types of cooking plates such as a pan grate or griddle (sold separately, of course).

At 41 pounds, the weight of the grill can be off-putting for some because just thinking about carrying something that heavy can break my back. Fortunately, the heaviness of the grill is mitigated by the stand and its wheels. Whether it’s standing upright or in a folding position, moving the grill from point A to B is incredibly easy. And the weight just adds to the grill’s stability. No need to worry about the grill falling over because of strong winds, etc. Also, the LXE is solidly constructed; nothing will break apart while you are rolling it around the place.

Other advantages of this particular grill are the even heat distribution and excellent heat retention. You don’t have hot spots that cause you to move your food around. And you also get to cook your food pretty fast. Cleanup is also relatively easy. The removable grease tray and grates make possible to wash them in the sink with some hot, soapy water.

But, just like any grill in this review, there are some stuff that makes you wonder if this grill is for you. Again, we mention the weight because it is quite significant. While you won’t have to worry about carrying it a great distance, you do have to worry about possibly lifting it out of the trunk of your car. Another drawback is that the burners are powerful. Yes, this is a disadvantage because there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the temperature right. The grill can get very hot and since there isn’t a built-in temperature gauge and the control knob only has a low and a high setting with a large empty space in between, you really will need to guesstimate the correct temperature during your first few tries. One last thing we don’t like about this grill is the lid clearance which isn’t very high. Unlike the Weber Q1200, you can’t cook small roasts like whole chickens here. Then again, if you’re at a tailgate party, you might not want to wait that long for your food.

Coleman definitely delivers when it comes to this top quality portable gas grill. For under $150, you get a versatile grill that is able to cook your food just the way you like it. Yes, it will take a bit of practice to learn how to get the right temperature for cooking your food. But then, so do a lot of other grills on the market today. And despite its heaviness, the cart makes everything so much easier. Road tripping will never be the same with the LXE.

8. Napoleon TravelQ 285

5 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews -0
Review Score -5
Napoleon is Canada’s answer to Weber. They produce top quality grills that often bear a striking similarity to Weber grills. However, Napoleon is also well-known for its innovations and designs that ensure that they aren’t simply carbon copies of the other popular brand; they can actually be even better. The company produces several portable grills, one of which is the TravelQ 285. This grill has a powder coated steel body and a 285 square inch porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grate. There are two stainless steel burners that each has 6,000 BTUs. The Jetfire ignition system fires up the burners and two control knobs allow you to control each one independently. The lid has a built-in temperature gauge that lets you check the temperature inside the grill without having to lift the lid. The lid also serves as a barrier to the wind, so the flames remain protected while you’re cooking. The grill also comes with folding legs. The TravelQ 285 is pretty compact at only 24 inches wide and 14 inches high. And it’s also quite light in comparison to other portable gas grills, weighing at 20 pounds. One other feature that must not be forgotten is the removable grease pan.


  • You have greater versatility in cooking compared to other portable grills in this category. You can do 2-zone cooking (direct and indirect cooking). You can also cook two different types of food and have them finish cooking at the same time (i.e. medium and well-done burgers). You can also opt to bake or smoke food at low temperatures with this grill.
  • the grill has a locking mechanism that snaps shut and stays shut, holding the lid in place while you transport it from one place to another.
  • even heat distribution
  • large capacity grill (up to 16 burgers at a time)
  • plenty of workspace for a portable grill
  • easy to use and clean
  • the windscreen helps maintain heat on windy days
  • grease pan is easy to remove and clean
  • cleanup of the entire grill is pretty easy
  • the foldable legs are lightweight but very sturdy


  • no warming rack or gas gauge
  • can’t control airflow so temperature control is limited
  • cast iron grate requires seasoning from time to time
  • the body of the grill heats up quickly and provides limited heat retention.
  • handles and knobs are made of plastic
  • a bit more expensive than others in this category (even if it comes with two burners)

The Napoleon TravelQ 285 is really one of the best portable grills in this category. It has solid construction that, with a bit of TLC, ensures it will last for several years. It has two burners that can be individually lit which greatly increases the grill’s versatility. You have loads of cooking space. And the lid provides you with a handy barrier for windy days in the park or at the beach. If you’re looking for a grill to accompany you in your travels, you might want to check out the TravelQ 285.

9. Artland Lotus Grill Portable Grill with Transport Bag

5 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews -0
Review Score -5
This portable charcoal grill is a design award winner, and it’s easy to see why. Available in various colors, this little grill actually looks like a bowl but a really cool one. The colored outer bowl has vents that allow air inside. It also has a battery-powered fan which fans the flames (yes, pun very much intended). Then there’s an inner bowl where the magic happens. Located inside the inner bowl is the fire chamber where you put some liquid gel fire starter, light it up, and then place the small charcoal basket (which is more like a large can) on top. The heat generally stays within the inner bowl. Even with the charcoal burning at extremely high temps, the exterior remains just a bit on the warm side and is still cool enough to touch. Even the bottom of the grill is tabletop safe. The grill doesn’t come with a lid and adjustable air vents. But the fan’s speed is adjustable, so you can still control the temperature of the grill. The other parts of the grill is a 124 square inch stainless steel cooking grate that locks in place. The grate has a solid circle in the middle to prevent grease from dripping on to the burning coal, preventing flare-ups.

So, what do we love about this grill? It’s light (around 9 pounds) and colorful. It’s tabletop safe. It lights up surprisingly fast, around 5 minutes tops. And it reaches extremely high temperatures – 600 degrees Fahrenheit. And though it is a smokeless grill, there still is a smokey flavor on your food after cooking. Cleanup is relatively easy because the removable parts are dishwasher-safe. It’s worth to note that the part where the solid metal circle meets the grate is a bit harder to clean because scourers sometimes get caught in it.

What don’t we like? The heat isn’t distributed evenly because the charcoal bin is located exactly under the middle of the grate. This means that you’ll have to move your food around a bit to get even cooking. The grill runs on 4 AA batteries, and these can run the grill for an estimated 40 hours of cooking. However, you could also run out when you least expect it. Plus, it’s only good for feeding 2-3 people, possibly four max. If you have a larger group, you’ll need a portable grill that’s bigger. Lastly, it doesn’t have a lid so if you need to do the more oven-like cooking; you’re out of luck there.

Overall, this is a great grill for a small group. It has a lot of features we like in a portable grill – lightweight lights up fast, and can reach extremely high temps. While the uneven heat distribution could be a bit annoying, it isn’t that big of a deal breaker. For its price, it’s definitely a front-runner as one of the best portable ones you’ll ever find.

10. Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill

$71.005 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews -0
Review Score -5
There’s no question that when it comes to charcoal grills, nobody does it better than Weber. And this portable grill is a masterpiece as usual. Over the twenty years since it was first introduced to the public, the Go-Anywhere have been making customers happy all over the world. So, what makes this grill so popular? This rectangular-shaped grill is one piece of solid engineering – no nuts and bolts to hold parts together. It is made of porcelain enameled steel with a 160 square inch triple-plated nickel grate. There are adjustable air vents located at the top of the lid and the bottom. It features pivoting legs that swing around to the top of the lid to lock it in place when you’re transporting the grill from point A to point B.

What do we love about this grill?

  • There’s no assembly required. You can use it as soon as you get it. Just swing the legs around to a standing position, lift the lid, load up on the charcoal, and light it.
  • It’s lightweight (14 pounds) and can be carried around with one hand. While a bit heavier than the Lotus Grill, it’s still easily transportable from one location to another.
  • Like all Weber grills, this one is incredibly durable and will last a lifetime.
  • Can feed around 6-8 people at a time
  • The grill has built-in lid hangers on the side where the lid can rest on if you require a barrier against the wind
  • The porcelain-enameled steel body of the grill is resistant to rust (weather-proof according to Weber)
  • even heat distribution
  • Cleanup is very easy
  • When the vents are closed, the grill is airtight which means you can effectively suffocate the fire and save on charcoal.
  • The dual dampers above and below enable you to control temperature
  • Cool down is pretty fast – around 15 minutes for the grill to be touchable
  • The price is pretty low; you really get great value for your money.
  • You get a handle on the lid plus side handles so you have the option of carrying it with one hand or with two. A good work-around for people who don’t really have the muscles for carrying 14 pounds with just one hand.

What don’t we like?

  • It takes a bit longer to reach cooking temperature compared to the other two portable charcoal grills we’re reviewing.
  • The height of the cooking grate isn’t adjustable.
  • The nylon handles heat up and require an oven mitt or grill glove for handling
  • There’s no access door to the charcoal; you’ll need to lift the grate with all the food on top if you want to add or move around the charcoal.
  • Since heat is controlled with the adjustable air vents, it requires a bit of learning on the part of the cook/chef.

11. Weber 51010001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill

$259.005 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews -0
Review Score -5

Weber is the gold standard of all grills, and it’s easy to see why. They consistently produce top quality grills that produce delicious results and last for a long time. One of their best-selling grills is the Weber Q1200 Portable Gas Grill. The grill has a cast aluminum dome-shaped lid and body. The split cooking grates have a total of 189 square inches of cooking space and are made of porcelain-enameled cast iron. It has one stainless steel burner (8500 BTU), an easy-start electronic ignition, an infinite burner control valve, and a built-in thermometer. The grill also comes with a removable, angled grease tray and a disposable catch pan. The Q 1200 also comes with fold-out side tables for more workspace. While the grill runs on disposable LPG cylinders, you can opt to purchase an adaptor that allows you to power the grill with larger gas cylinders. The entire grill weighs around 31 pounds.

What we love:

  • the grill comes fully assembled out of the box
  • solid and durable construction
  • it cooks like a full-sized grill despite its small size
  • the D-shaped burner ensures there’s even heat distribution
  • the cast aluminum lid and body ensures there’s good heat retention
  • cast iron grates are perfect for searing
  • the side tables are a feature that you rarely see on portable grills
  • the option of running the grill with a 20lb. LPG tank
  • stainless steel cooking grates are also available
  • a cast iron griddle can be bought to replace one of the grates and add versatility to your cooking
  • electronic ignition lights up the grill fast
  • the large dome of the lid allows you to cook small roasts such as whole chickens
  • the grease tray is located far enough from the flames to prevent flare-ups
  • can be placed on top of a table or mounted on top of a Weber cart
  • comes in a variety of colors ranging from standard black or white to really colorful ones like fuschia and green
  • clean up is fairly easy

What we don’t like:

  • it’s very heavy for a portable grill
  • can’t cook large roasts such as turkeys (not a feature you normally look for in a portable grill)
  • indirect grilling isn’t possible

There isn’t much to dislike about the Weber Q1200. It cooks great and looks cool. It’s almost everything you want in a portable grill. The weight of the grill is its biggest drawback, decreasing its portability especially if you plan on carrying it for quite a distance. While the heaviness can be disconcerting for some who want to grill on the go, most people are quite happy with the performance and design of this portable gas grill. At almost $200, it’s definitely worth the money. An investment that will benefit you for decades to come.[vc_row][vc_column]


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12. Weber Q1400 Electric Grill

$329.001.444 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews -0
Review Score -1.4
The Q1400 is, as mentioned, a portable electric grill. Aside from this fact, most of the features of this grill are actually similar to what you get with the Weber Q1200 Portable Gas Grill. It has a cast aluminum dome-shaped lid and body. The grate is made out of porcelain-enameled cast iron and provides 189 square inches of cooking space. Like the other Weber Q grill we reviewed, the grates are also split in half to allow replacing one side with a cast iron griddle, increasing the grill’s versatility. It also has an infinite control burner valve. It also has glass reinforcement on the nylon frame to add to its durability. Since this is an electric grill, the Q1400 has a 1560-watt electric heating element and a 6-foot grounded cord. The grill also has an aluminum heat retention liner to lower the preheat time and increase heat retention.

What we love:

  • no assembly required because it comes fully assembled right out of the box
  • extra long cord so you can set it up easily in various locations
  • can reach very high temperatures (over 600 degrees Fahrenheit) despite being a 120-volt electric grill
  • heats up fast and recovers the heat even more so whenever you open and close the lid
  • adjusting the heat is easy with the temperature control knob
  • removable drip pan makes cleanup fairly easy

What we dislike:

  • because it’s an electric grill, you always need a socket somewhere to power your grill which limits the places where you can bring the grill. Definitely no camping in the wild.
  • small cooking area (around four hamburger patties or two steaks)
  • very expensive
  • weighs 34 pounds so it’s not really that light, more like one of the heaviest on our list of best portable grills.

Overall, it’s a Weber grill, so you know it’ll be quality. And the fact that they were able to solve the problem of low heat output from an electric grill is, simply put, amazing. With the Q1400, you get a very powerful portable grill that can produce delicious BBQ anytime, anywhere… as long as you can find a socket. Now, for the price, it is pretty expensive. And you don’t get a lot of cooking space at that. But, if you’re limited to buying an electric grill, this is easily the hottest one you’ll find in this category.

Bonus Review – Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill

The Lodge Manufacturing Company is well-known for producing heirloom cookware. They’ve been around for more than a hundred years, and their products have been known to last almost as long. Now, their products are quite numerous, featuring cookware for indoors and outdoors. But the company only manufactures one grill – the L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill. And this little gem is actually considered a top-of-the-line hibachi (a portable, small grill made up of a cooking grate placed over a brazier), very popular for camping, tailgate parties, and the like.


  • the entire grill is 19 by 10 1/4 by 8 1/4 inches
  • the seasoned cooking grate is 114 square inches
  • made of durable cast iron
  • the cooking grate has 2 adjustable heights
  • a sliding damper or draft door at the bottom
  • a flip-down door for accessing the coals
  • a wire bail handle

What we love:

  • cooks enough for a small group (around 7 burgers)
  • cooking time is pretty fast
  • even heat distribution
  • this hibachi grill can fit in your fireplace so you can still grill to your heart’s content should you experience cold/wet weather
  • the slits are fairly narrow so no danger of your burger falling through the grate and feeding the coals instead of you
  • the flat grill surface allows you to cook in a skillet or something similar on top of the grill without worrying about the pan wobbling
  • durable construction
  • when properly seasoned, you never have to worry about food sticking to it
  • doubles as a small fire pit when camping in the woods or at the beach

What we don’t like:

  • it’s extremely heavy and tends to tip forward when you pick it up using the handle which makes it awkward to transport from point A to B. Not very portable compared to other grills in this category
  • the entire grill (including the handles) can get really hot, so it’s not tabletop safe. You’ll need to use bricks or something similar (nothing flammable) to rest the grill legs on. As an added drawback, the grill stays hot for a long time after cooking.
  • there are no side shields to prevent round hot dogs from rolling off
  • cleanup is a bit tedious, especially when dealing with the ash
  • requires a lot of maintenance to prevent rust
  • the latch of the front door doesn’t catch well so it can easily fall open especially when you’re moving the grill around

While there are certainly drawbacks to owning the Lodge Sportsman’s Charcoal grill, the praise from customers are never-ending. It’s a pleasure to use, and the food turns out amazingly delicious. Now, it can be a bit messy and to start it up can be a hassle if you’re in a hurry just like a lot of other charcoal grills out there. But the amount of effort you put in pales in comparison to the food that you get in the end. If you’re looking for a hibachi to grace your backyard or your next camping trip, this one from Lodge should be your number one pick.

Best portable charcoal grill

Winner!! Weber Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill

$71.005 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews -0
Review Score -5
All three portable charcoal grills have their pros and cons. The Lotus Grill lights up the fastest but doesn’t have even heat distribution. The Weber has the largest cooking surface, but it doesn’t have easy access to coal. The Lodge grill is made of durable cast iron (a crowd favorite) and retains heat very well. However, it is prone to rust and the heaviest of all three grills. In short, there are loads of things to love and hate in each grill. Now, YOUR pick should definitely be the grill that meets your needs and budget the best. But if you want us to weigh in, we’ll go with the Weber for several reasons. It’s light and extremely portable, something you’ll want if you want to carry this grill from one location to another (like the trunk of your car to the picnic table). It has the largest cooking surface for such a compact grill, so you get to cook for more people. It is made of rust resistant material, so you don’t have to worry so much about exposing the grill to the elements. You have built-in lid hangers to allow you to create a wind barrier if necessary. You actually have a lid for your grill so you can do a bit of low and slow cooking if you desire. You get even heat distribution, so you don’t have to worry about hot or cold spots. And the price is the best, by far. At under $50, you get a top quality portable grill that will easily provide you with delicious BBQ whenever you want, wherever you are. And it will continue to do so for many decades to come.[/vc_column_text]

Best portable gas grill

Winner!!: Coleman Road Trip Grill LXE

5 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews -0
Review Score -5
While the Weber Q1200 is definitely a popular choice, the Coleman LXE edges out ahead because of several reasons. It has a larger cooking surface, and it offers more versatility in terms of cooking. In addition, the LXE has more portability because it already comes with a cart at no extra cost. While it certainly is heavier and larger than the Weber grill, you don’t have to carry it from point A to point B. Just roll it around to where you want it. Of course, it isn’t as compact as the Weber, so it has its limitations in terms of application as well. Like the other two portable gas grills, you get even heat distribution. But only the Weber and the Coleman have excellent heat retention. When it comes to the price, the LXE is also a winner. It’s easily the least expensive of the three with almost all the same benefits. So you definitely get more than your money’s worth. And despite the fact that Weber is well-known for producing top quality, long-lasting grills, there’s no indication that the Coleman LXE isn’t going to fare as well and as long as the Q1200.[/vc_column_text]

Best portable electric grill

Winner!! Weber Q1400 Electric Grill

$329.001.444 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews -0
Review Score -1.4
Despite being extremely expensive, we believe that this Weber is well worth the money. Like all Webers, this portable electric grill is solidly constructed, reliable, and durable. It was definitely built to withstand heavy-duty use. The grill is versatile, having split grates that enable you to switch out with a cast iron griddle if you so choose. It is definitely the hottest portable electric grill on the market today. And its heat retention capabilities are just plain awesome. Now, the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Electric Patio Bistro 180 edges out the Weber when it comes to cooking performance because of its innovative grate. Food cooked on the Char-Broil remains juicy and tender but food cooked on the Weber can dry out quickly if you’re not careful. The high heat can cause the food to cook more quickly than you anticipated, making for rubbery meat. Fortunately, this is merely a learning curve you’ll need to overcome. Over time, you will get the hang of cooking food on this grill. So, what makes the Q1400 way better? Some features on the Weber simply tip the scale. It has an incredibly long cord which enables you to be more flexible on where you place the grill. It also has excellent heat retention capabilities which means food cooks much faster. Cleanup is way easier on the Weber. And the grill comes to you fully assembled out of the box. No work needed. If you’re looking for a truly portable electric grill, the Weber Q1400 is quite possibly the only choice for you.Portable grills are probably one of the best things to have ever been invented. You get to enjoy delicious BBQ anytime, anywhere. You’ll definitely be experiencing outdoor grilling at its finest. Whether you’re off to experience some one-on-one time with nature, have some fun at the beach, or travel from coast to coast by your RV, you’ll never have to go without food that’s cooked to perfection.