No Backyard Necessary: 9 Well-Designed Portable Grills

No Backyard Necessary: 9 Well-Designed Portable Grills

Caroline Biggs
Jun 12, 2017

'Tis the season for cooking outdoors. While some of us are lucky enough to have yards and decks to grill on, many of us only get to enjoy the tasty perks of barbecue on special occasions; i.e. camping trips, tailgates, or friends' outdoor soirees. That's why investing in a portable BBQ can be a real game-changer. Not only are they compact and easy to transport, they allow you to turn a simple beach day or picnic in the park into a full-blown summer barbecue (though be sure to check that they are permitted and follow any of your local beach or park guidelines).

Since finding fashionable—let alone, portable—grills isn't easy, we've gathered some of the most design-forward options on the web. From a briefcase-style stove to a perforated steel grill, here are nine mobile barbecues that move with you—no backyard necessary.


Not only is this flat-folding, one piece charcoal grill super easy to set up, it comes with a chic canvas storage tote to make transporting it even easier.

Cute and compact, this briefcase-inspired stove simply unfolds into a tabletop charcoal grill (that can hold up to two 12-ounce steaks).

Able to both grill and smoke, this portable powerhouse comes with removable cooking grates for easy cleanup and an air vented lid to control temperature (and smoke). Did we mention it comes in bright yellow, too?

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This sleek charcoal and electric grill moves from inside to outdoors with ease. Use electric mode to grill—sans flames—indoors or just add charcoal (and wood chips for a smokier flavor) when you're in the mood for some proper barbecue.

This circular stunner has a hinged lid that rolls under the grill for a smooth startup, as well as a tubular leg design to make transportation and setup effortless too.

Along with the perks of being portable, this perforated charcoal grill features a double grill pan system that reduces smoke and eliminates drips—making it safe for indoor use.

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Uniquely engineered with a battery-powered fan to produce less smoke, this best-selling portable grill only requires eight charcoal briquettes per hour to cook up some exceptional BBQ.

Designed like a briefcase—with leather straps and a handle—this vintage-inspired portable grill is made entirely out of perforated steel, making it stylish and safe from overheating.

Smoke-free and easy-to-clean, this swanky, top-rated grill can be used both in-and-out-of-doors and boasts an elegant, rounded flange for an unexpectedly contemporary look.

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