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5 Best Portable Propane and Charcoal BBQ Grills Reviews

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With the BBQ season closing in on us, it’s time to choose the best portable barbecue grills. However, it is not an easy task to pick  the best BBQ outdoor grills, because there are hundreds of brands and models available in the market. One more problem is that BBQ grills come in two forms such as propane or gas and charcoal. So you should be more intelligent in choosing best and suitable one.  Here, we have selected and reviewed five best portable grills which can be used in camping, party, picnic or any other outdoor activities. We hope that you may find your suitable portable grill from our reviews, and enjoy your activities.

Portable BBQ Buying Guide : Things to Consider

Weight – This is the most important features to look for portability use. Always search for a lightweight and bearable BBQ grill for portability ease.

Style – Though portability is the main features for a mobile barbecue, you should check also the style and design also. As you take this type of grill maker outside, it should represent your personal style and fashion consciousness also.

Size – How big are your meals? Steaks or whole chickens? Always make sure there is enough room for whatever you plan to cook.

Durability – How well-constructed is it? Always check the welding. Usually, high-quality cookers will have nicely polished welds. Ceramic coating is also an indication of quality, but not the rule.

Temperature control and distribution – Does it allow you to control the temperature? Does it spread heat evenly? Most modern grills will have this feature, but make sure you read the reviews.

Cleaning – finally, how well/easy does it clean? This is fairly important, because if your grill becomes encrusted, you’ll lose much of the heat.

5 Best Portable BBQ Grills:

1.Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill


If you were considering getting a nice, family grill, the Weber Q1000 might just be the thing for you. Weber combined elegance with the utility to provide a great, portable cooker.The cooker is a combination of an aluminum casing (lid and body) and porcelain-coated cast-iron grates; total weight is around 26 pounds, which means you can take this baby almost anywhere – by yourself! Cook your meat in your backyard, at a camping site, or even your kitchen on the Q1000’s single stainless steel 8500-BTU burner. For your convenience, the cooker has push-button ignition and adjustable infinite control burner valve, so you can get the heat under its 189-square-inch area feel just right. For fuel, use either 14.1 or 16.4-ounce disposable cylinders (these are sold separately). This is not the biggest of portable grills, but, then again, size doesn’t really matter, does it? There’s a removable drip tray for catching grease. Measuring 23.5 x 27 x 20.5 inches, the grill easily fits in your trunk.

Remark: Weber Q1000 is the Best Portable BBQ in the market, Highly Recommended


  • comes almost fully assembled out of the box
  • light and easily transportable
  • can hook up to a standard refillable tank (option is not included with purchase)


  • problems cooking on a windy day

2. Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE

best-portable-bbq-grills Coleman’s Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a compact, compatible, easy to carry grill that works on propane. Need we say more?

The LXE burns propane and lights on a button (literally). Once lit, it’s good for an hour. It can be set up in no time, outfitted with various interchangeable cooking tops (these are sold separately), and you can move it no fuss thanks to its wheeled stand. It’s perfect for camping. Moreover, it sports two side-tables you can slide out to get the extra surface. The cooker cools quickly and cleans easily. After you’re done, the LXE can be folded to a neat compact package. Simply collapse the stand and put it in your trunk.For those of you who like grilling on the go, this is your go-to grill.

Remark: This product is suitable for camping, road trip and outdoor party


  • easily packed, transported and stored
  • the drip tray is fully removable
  • the porcelain-coated body comes in various colors


  • cooktops (griddles and stove grates) not included
  • can’t grill with the top down

3. Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill

best-portable-bbq-grillsThe 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill lives up to its name – it can go anywhere. Its boxy design allows you to store it and transport it while maximizing the use of space.

The grill comes fully assembled out of the box, with no nuts or bolts, only pivoting legs that lock the lid for easy carrying. Moreover, it’s porcelain-enameled to protect it from rusting. It’s less than 15 pounds heavy (without charcoal, obviously), and can easily be carried by even your kids. There are four vents to allow oxygen, and the lid can be used as a windshield, so you can cook even on a windy day. This feature makes it ideal for camping and other outdoor activities.

It’s best suited for small families.If you’re into charcoal cooking and need a small easily portable grill, this is the way to go.

Remark: Weber 121020 is very lightweight and portable, best for family trip


  • easily packed, stored in tight spaces
  • Cook 4 steaks or up to 8 pieces of chicken at a time
  • Weber quality build


  • it’s low-set
  • the grid’s too close to coal

4.Weber 1211001 Jumbo Joe 18-Inch Portable Grill     

best-portable-bbq-grillsJudging by its roundish design, Webber’s Jumbo Joe would not feel out of place among your average pots and pans. The bowl and lid are porcelain-enameled to protect it from rusting and fading. The great is plated steel, and it measures 18.5 inches in diameter for the total cooking of about 240 square inches. When assembled, it measures 19.75 x 20.5 x 19.75 inches, so make sure you have a chair handy or put the grill on a raised surface. A table should be fine. There’s a glass-reinforced nylon handle, which allows you to carry it quite easily even if you need to move in the middle of cooking, though this is not recommended (for obvious reasons). The cooker burns charcoal.

This is the perfect grill for those who take pleasure cooking in front of their tent, trailer or cabin.

Remark: Weber 1211001 is the best value portable grill, in terms of price and design  


  • quality build is on par with much more expensive grills
  • cooks evenly
  • the combination of metals works in perfect harmony


  • It’s heavy
  • it takes some time to put up the grill

5. The Original Po’ Man Charcoal Grill


This is an easily portable, easily assembled, no-fuss grill (apart from lighting the coal). The cooker is made to resemble a trash-can, though we can claim with confidence that no actual cans are used to make it.First and foremost, this is a charcoal grill, meaning it’s ideal for old-school grillers. It comes with a round grate, as you might’ve guessed, corresponding to the shape of the cooker. With this, you get two complimentary skewers and a drip plate to keep all the juices. The cooker is made of steel, with a matte black finish, and frankly, it looks quite stylish.

The fact that it’s a charcoal grill could be both an advantage and a disadvantage. If you don’t mind fussing about lighting the thing, and prefer the taste of meat prepared over some charcoal, this is the thing for you.

Remark: Po’s Man looks like old school grill, best for charcoal grilling  



  • Easily set up, with adorable design.
  • Old-school taste at a great value
  • Great capacity – cooks 4 chickens at once.


  • Can’t hook up propane.
  • Some might feel squeamish about the design

Final Verdict

Whether you’re looking for style or utility, this list has it both and more. All of the grills are easily portable. The Po’ Man and Webber’s Jumbo Joe and Go-Anywhere burn charcoal, while Coleman’s LXE and Weber’s 50060001 use propane gas. However, for best overall quality, go for Webber 500600001.

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