Small grilling is great for small gatherings or events such as camping and tailgating. Of course, the type of grilled foods prepared is limited by a smaller cooking area as these situations require a compact portability and space consideration.
The food is still as tasty and fun as that prepared on a home pit. It was with this concept in mind that manufacturers of grilling and barbecue equipment created the smaller and portable grills that are seen today. These differ from the indoor electric grills, in that they still use propane or charcoal but are smaller and can be stored and carried in a smaller confined space.
The Culinary Art of Small Grilling
Outdoor grilling has been a major pastime for many individuals and families. As the tailgating craze caught on, more and more people were taking their home grills to the ball park and stadium. At the same time, grills for those that lived in condos and apartments were also hard to come by and so manufacturers looked at this as a new niche to explore with better products than those already on the market. To begin with small grills had small folding legs and still used charcoal. As more people wanted the convenience of gas, they added more gas styles to the market.
Now, small grills range from the briefcase style to the foldable upright grills. All of which are be folded down or compact enough for easy storage when not in use and easy portability. This has expanded grilling to new heights from beyond just a home activity. Grilling burgers and other foods while tailgating at a stadium, enjoying a afternoon at the lake or even taking on a hike, small grills have become a part of the outdoor cooking experience. As such, presented here are five top notch portable grills.
Best Portable Tabletop Gas Grill
This grill – Cuisinart Model #CGG-180T Petite Style Grill is easy to set up and grill. The porcelain covered grills provide even heat distribution and the 5,000 BTU burner can handle anywhere from 8 burgers to 4 pounds of fish easily. Only weighing 13 pounds and in a briefcase shape, means it is light weight and super portable.
Users love how portable and easy to start up and clean this grill is. For anyone who wants a small compact, take anywhere grill, this is an great choice.
Best Portable Outdoor Tabletop Grill
The Cuisinart Model #CGG-200 Table Top Grill differs slightly from the briefcase style Petite by being slightly larger and heavier but the trade of is a 12,000 BTU burner. It has two fold in shelves and the grates are cast iron, porcelain coated. It is small and compact enough for any type of event.
It comes with a temperature gauge and is electronically ignited. Users love the superior cooking ability of this grill and the fact that the grate heats evenly. They also remark about how easy this grill is to clean and how portable it is.
Best Liquid Propane Grill
Weber is a leading grilling manufacturer and this portable grill is no exception. This grill – Weber Model #50060001 Portable Grill has push button starting and has 189 square inches of cooking space. The grates are porcelain coated cast iron and the burner produces 8500 BTU of heat. It has an external grease pan and replaceable catch pans for easy use and clean up.
It comes fully preassembled requiring little out of the box prep time. It is super easy to set up and fast to clean. Users love the compact, yet generous cooking area and the easy to clean surface. Anyone looking for a portable gas grill would find this grill an excellent choice.
Best Propane Grill to Buy
Coleman is a well known outdoors accessory and equipment manufacturer and Coleman grills and stoves are a household name. This Coleman RoadTrip LXE Portable Grill carries on the outdoor cooking tradition by being super portable and easy to use. It has folding legs and all porcelain coated surfaces. It has two burners for 20,000 BTU of heat and 285 squares inches of cooking area. It also has a pressure control system that allows perfect heat regulation even in cold weather.
This is among the best portable grills available. People who purchase this grill love the fast and easy set up and take down and the super easy way it can be cleaned. For anyone considering a pack grill or a tailgate grill, this is the perfect choice.
Best Infrared Gas Grill
While only slightly larger than the other grills in this list, this small gas grill – Char-Broil Model #14601997 Bistro Grill uses true technology for excellent infrared cooking. This means juicier foods and total heat cooking that eliminates hot and cold spots that cook at different times.
This grill has quick start ignition and uses stainless steel grates. It is compact and while it does not fold down as other grills it is small enough to be portable for tailgating and outdoor events. It has over 240 square inches of cooking space and has wheels for easy mobility.
People who purchased this grill love the excellent flavor of the food and how easy to clean and reuse this grill is. By and large, anyone looking for a good outdoor, yet compact grill should consider this as it is an excellent grill.
As with any heat source, care should be taken to operate the device safely. Do not allow flammable materials within five feet of a hot or cooling grill and make sure the grill is fully cold before attempting to collapse. Be sure to read and follow all safe operating procedures and never operate a grill on an uneven surface as tipping could result.