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Portable Grills: BBQ Flavor Anywhere You Need It

While we carry a wide selection of impressively large grills, some of our most popular items are smaller tailgating and camping grills. These compact, portable BBQ grills provide a degree of utility and convenience that many customers find vital. Whether you're an avid outdoorsy type looking for a portable grill for camping or a die-hard sports fan in need of a travel grill for your next tailgate party, these small portable grills may be just the ticket. Portable grillers everywhere have found a ton of value in these tabletop BBQ grills, especially when they shop with Kickass Grills. We've done the legwork for you, curating a collection of only the best barbecue grills portable enough to take on a camping trip. Because we've selected the most reliable brands on the market, you can shop confident that you'll be getting a portable camping grill that's built to last for years to come.

Why Buy a Portable Grill

Outdoor table top grills appeal to a broad array of customers with different needs. We've already mentioned those looking for a camping BBQ solution or a tailgate party starter, but they're also an excellent option for those looking to grill in smaller outdoor spaces, such as townhomes and condos with limited space. Customers who buy a portable outdoor grill from Kickass Grills often tell us they purchased for these reasons:

  • Mobility - When customers buy BBQ grills portable enough to be easily carried by one person, they quickly discover the new flexibility this easy mobility can open up. Setting up your grill in a prime location at the campsite or stadium can remove many of the headaches associated with outdoor cooking such as bright sunlight and inconvenient wind gusts.
  • Versatility - While most who buy a portable grill are doing so because they want a dedicated unit for camping or tailgating, there's no reason one of these portable grills can't be your primary grilling station at home. If you're living in a condo without your own dedicated outdoor space, a portable gas grill can be an excellent solution.
  • Ease of Use - The third major selling point for portable grills is how easy they are to use. Compared to the effort it takes to cook over an open campfire or haul a full size grill to a football game, a portable BBQ is a snap to set up and use to make delicious food in a snap.

What to Consider When Buying a Portable Grill

While at first glance portable grills may seem interchangeable, there are a number of factors to keep in mind while shopping to ensure you find the perfect grill for your needs. We've curated a collection of only the best brands in the outdoor cooking industry, so you know you'll get a quality barbecue solution, but finding the portable grill that best suits your particular use case takes a bit of research and thought. These are the main things you'll need to keep in mind:

  • Fuel Type - We carry tabletop grills in two primary styles: portable charcoal grills and portable propane gas grills. While there are a few natural gas portable grills, they are considerably less common. Portable propane grills are quicker and easier to use, but charcoal BBQs can provide exceptional smoky flavor. Which you choose is simply a matter of preference.
  • Price - Because we've selected only the highest quality brands in the grill industry, our prices will tend toward the higher end of the scale. However, portable grills tend to be the most affordable items in our collection, so if you're looking to purchase an exceptionally good grill without overreaching, this is a good option.
  • Material - The grills in our inventory are primarily made from 304 stainless steel because it's a durable metal that resists corrosion well for lasting utility. If you're looking to grill dockside or another wet environment, consider getting a grill made from 316 marine-grade stainless steel. This alloy is specifically formulated for use in high-moisture areas and provides additional protection from corrosion.
  • Features - Portable grills tend to have fewer additional features than full size units, but that doesn't mean they're completely without additional selling points. One of the most important decisions to make is whether you want a tabletop grill or a model with folding legs and wheels that you can set up anywhere. The added convenience these grill carts provide is key for some of our customers. Also, a few of our portable propane grills feature infrared burners. This innovative design can offer greater heat for more reliable searing, and it generally consumes less fuel, which is especially important with a portable unit, as you have to bring the propane canisters with you as well.
  • Size - While portable grills are by nature smaller than standard grills, there's still quite a range of size options to consider. A larger portable grill will offer bigger grill grates and a larger cooking surface, while a smaller grill will be lighter and easier to pack. Give some thought to where the grill will be stored and transported when choosing a size.

Portable Grill FAQs

  • Can a portable grill cook anything a regular grill can? Yes. While they're obviously smaller and so can't cook as much food at once as a standard size grill, portable grills operate on the same principal and can do nearly as much as a full size grill.
  • Is it safe to use a portable grill on a wood table? Our portable BBQ grills are designed for safe use on wood tables, which makes them a great camping accessory. They're not recommended for use on plastic or glass tables, however.
  • Can I use metal utensils on a portable grill's cooking grates? Yes. The brands we carry generally make their grill grates from either stainless steel or cast iron, both of which are durable enough to stand up to metal utensils.
  • Is it safe to use a portable grill on a balcony? It is safe, but it's important that you check the rules for your condo building before deciding to use a grill of any kind on your balcony.
  • What are the best brands of portable grill? We stand behind every brand we sell here at Kickass Grills, but some of the most popular brands of portable grill include Napoleon, Blaze, TEC and Solaire.