In this guide we’ll look at the best portable BBQs.
I’ve compared design, build quality, features and cost
to give you my top recommendations.

What Are The Best Portable BBQs?

  • Features
  • Rugged and sturdy construction
  • Stainless steel burners and grates
  • Runs on portable liquid propane.
  • Cost
Rating
9.8/10
  • Features
  • Really light compact design
  • Great value for money
  • Steel construction
  • Cost
Rating
9.4/10
  • Features
  • 430 rust-resistant stainless steel
  • Folding legs allow you to grill at table height
  • One year guarantee
  • Cost
Rating
9.2/10
  • Features
  • Great budget option
  • Small and compact
  • Easy to set up, pack away and clean
  • Cost
Rating
9.0/10
  • Features
  • Light and compact
  • Packs into a convenient case
  • Easy to clean and pack away
  • Cost
Rating
8.9/10

More Detailed Portable BBQs Reviews

Char-Broil X200 Grill2Go - Portable Barbecue Grill

The Char-Broil X200 Grill2Go portable gas barbecue features TRU-Infrared™ technology, has a really rugged, sturdy construction and is easily portable.

This portable barbecue is really well built with a sturdy construction and a securely latching lid. Despite being sturdy this item is easy to carry making it the perfect portable gas grill. The barbecue has stainless steel burners and grates that are easy to clean. The unit features an electric ignition, temperature gauge in the lid and runs on a portable 16.4-ounce disposable liquid propane cylinder which you can buy separately. The barbecue is large enough to cook 12 burgers at a time and features TRU-Infrared™ technology which means food cooks more evenly.

This barbecue is simple to set up, heats up fast and cooks evenly. It is also quick to cool down so you can pack it away 20 minutes after you finish using it. It is definitely the best portable BBQ for camping and beach barbecues.

Overall, this product is sturdy, easy to use and cooks food beautifully.

Notebook Folding Grill - Portable Picnic BBQ

This Notebook Folding Grill packs down amazingly small and is durable and well-constructed.

The BBQ is made from heat-resistant painted-steel and features chrome-plated steel grills. It is easy to use, simply unfold it like a book, fill it with charcoal and slot in the grills.

The cooking area is 45cm x 30 cm large and will easily cook enough food for a family of four. The bowl takes plenty of charcoal and you can remove the grills with the supplied tongs if you need to top it up. Once you have finished, the grill can go in the dishwasher.

The unit is very light and packs up really small, so it is perfect for camping and beach barbecues.

This is the best small portable BBQ and offers excellent value for money.

Uten Stainless Steel Folding Portable BBQ

The Uten Stainless Steel Folding Portable BBQ in the large size is ideal if you want a portable barbecue that has a large grilling area and is tall enough to use standing.

This barbecue has a huge grilling area and can cook enough for 5-10 people. The legs fold flat against the coal tray, keeping the BBQ compact and easy to carry with just a small handle. Its also quite light to carry. The legs keep the barbecue off the ground and prevent scorching grass. It also means you can use this barbecue at standing height rather than having to crouch over it.

The BBQ is very easy to set up and needs no tools. You simply fold out the legs and insert the grills. Air circulation is good and the barbecue cooks really well. The grill slides off and the coal tray lifts out making it easy to clean.

The barbecue is made of 430 rust-resistant stainless steel and has non slip rubber feet. It comes with a one year guarantee.

Overall, this is the best portable BBQ if you need a large grilling area and prefer a barbecue at table height.

Uten Portable Barbecue Stainless Steel Charcoal BBQ

The Uten Portable Barbecue Stainless Steel Charcoal BBQ is a great budget option that is small and light so perfect for camping and beach barbecues.

This barbecue is reasonably sturdy and the short legs keep it off the ground to prevent scorching grass. The grills are made from chrome-plated steel for easy cleaning and rust resistance. The barbecue is easy to put together, light and easy to carry. It is small enough to tuck away in the boot of the car and not take up much room being just 13.8x W10.6x H7.9 inches.

When set up, the grill on which you cook is quite close to the coals, however as long as you wait for the flames to die down and the coals to turn white you shouldn’t have a problem with burning food.  The BBQ is easy to clean and pack away.

This is a great budget option for occasional barbecues and will work out cheaper than buying disposable barbecues.

Valiant Nomad Folding Portable Picnic Barbecue

The Valiant Nomad Folding Portable Picnic Barbecue is a light yet sturdy barbecue that folds way into a case with convenient carry handle.

This barbecue is very robust and has a sturdy easy to clean grill. It weighs just 3.3 kg making it perfect for camping and beach barbecues. Once set up it has short, sturdy legs to keep it off the ground. The grill area is 32cm x 23cm which provides plenty of room for cooking a meal for a couple or small family, or snacks for a larger party.

The barbecue is easy to clean as the coals sit in a tray which can just be emptied once cool. The unit packs up into a case with a handy carry handle.

This is a great mid-range barbecue that is perfect for camping or picnics and should last a good few summers.

Buyer’s Guide

Design

When choosing the best portable BBQ, design is an essential consideration. Many portable barbecues are small and compact so they can be taken anywhere. Most have short legs that keep the barbecue just off the ground to prevent damage to grass and these can be used on a table top as well. If you prefer to work at standing height, there are barbecues with longer legs that are table height once set up.

Some portable barbecues fold up like a book, while others snap together like a suitcase and have their own carry handle.

Weight

Most portable barbecues are light and easy to carry. If you plan on carrying your barbecue some distance do check the weight as this does vary quite considerably. However, most can easily be carried by one person without much strain.

Features

Features to look out for in your portable barbecue include sturdy legs, a large enough grilling area for your needs and a large bowl to hold coals. Chrome-plated grills are another nice feature as they are rust-resistant.

Easy of assembly

All the portable BBQs in this review are easy to set up taking just minutes or even seconds and requiring no tools. It’s always wise to have a practice run when you receive your barbecue so there are no unexpected problems when you reach your perfect destination.

Ease of cleaning

Once you have finished with your barbecue you will want it to be easy to clean and pack away. Most have a simple bowl to hold the coals and this can just be emptied once they are cool. Look for chrome-plated grills that are easy to clean. The small grills on portable barbecues usually fit in a dishwasher making cleaning up a breeze.