If you’re a keen camper, picnic goer or just on the hunt for a smaller-sized barbecue, a portable grill could be just the ticket. Compact enough to store away and easy to transport, portable BBQs will let you cook up a storm in a range of outdoor areas.
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From fire pits to portable pizza ovens, the popularity of garden socialising and al fresco dining isn’t slowing down. And if, like us, you’ve got some staycations booked in the calendar, a portable barbecue might be at the top of your shopping list. They’re compact and lightweight, making them ideal for camping holidays and trips to the beach.
Wondering how to use a portable BBQ? Transportable grills come in all shapes and sizes, and can use gas, electricity or charcoal, so it’s important to assess your needs and how much space you have before buying. Some portable BBQs will require assembly work, but if DIY isn’t your forte, there are plenty of ready-made choices too.
Best portable BBQ grills
Outsunny New Foldable BBQ Grill Cooking Charcoal Trolley with Wheels
- Buy now from Amazon (£46.99)
This foldable portable grill is made from durable enamel and has the perk of a wooden shelf for BBQ food prep, or use it to pop your drink on while you grill! It can be easily folded up and stored away, handy as it’s on the larger side, (83cm H x 64cm W x D57cm) and the wheels make transportation easy.
George Foreman 32cm Portable Charcoal Football BBQ
- Buy now from Argos (£25)
For a low-fuss, budget-friendly portable BBQ, try the George Foreman Portable Charcoal Football BBQ. The domed lid ensures food is cooked evenly and its dinky size, at 42cm H x 32cm W x 32cm D, makes it a doddle to transport. Three legs gives you a sturdy grilling and an ash catcher makes it easy to clean.
UTTORA Barbecue Grill
- Buy now from Amazon (£18.99)
Looking for a larger portable BBQ? This fold-up grill might be the one for you. It can cook portions for up to a party of five in one go, and is super quick and easy to set up. Weighing just 1.6kg and with folding legs and a carrying handle, it’s easy to take this BBQ on the go with you.
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Gardenesque Lightweight Portable Kettle Charcoal BBQ with Insulated Handle
- Buy now from Amazon (£39.99)
Bring a pop of colour to your al fresco meals with this pretty portable Gardenesque BBQ. It features a generously sized chrome grill, suitable for three portions, and a removable charcoal pan for easy cleaning. It’s also lightweight and has an insulated handle to make transporting it simple.
Table Top Gas BBQ Inc Lava Rock
- Buy now from Amazon (£32.14)
This generously priced portable BBQ comes with lava rocks to add an authentic, smoky taste to your BBQ food. Ideal for camping trips and campervan getaways thanks to its lightweight design, this table-top BBQ just needs to be hooked up to a gas supply and you’ll be ready to go.
Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 Portable Gas BBQ
- Buy now from Robert Dyas (£159.99)
For an investment BBQ, look no further than the Char-Broill portable gas BBQ. Measuring 34.5cm H x 60.2cm W x 40cm D, this transportable grill has all the essentials of a standard gas bbq, including an electric igniter and a lid-mounted temperature gauge, for a far cheaper price. It’s heftier in terms of weight, coming in at 9.7kg, but for serious grillers, this is a worthwhile purchase.