Summer may be the season for cooking out in your backyard, but when it comes to tailgating and camping out, grilling is a year-round activity.
When you’re grilling away from the comfort of your patio, the portability of your set-up is important. Unless you’re cooking your famous ribs for the whole pre-game crew, you’re probably not going to bring your full-sized rig and a 5-gallon propane tank to the stadium parking lot. At the other extreme, you probably want a better option at your grill-less campsite than propping a flimsy grate over the campfire.
There’s a wide variety of portable grills in between, and some of them even have enough power and cooking space that they might be all you need for home-sweet-home, too (especially if home is an apartment).
We selected a dozen portable grills, ranging from a clever camp stove accessory to a collapsible waist-high grill that weighs 50 pounds. The list includes gas, charcoal and wood-burning options; some are straight-forward miniature versions of your average backyard grill while others are ingenious pieces of engineering. All come well reviewed.