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Get things cooking this summer with these portable grills.
Get things cooking this summer with these portable grills.
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We can all agree that summertime means three things: ice cream for dinner, an unhealthy obsession with air conditioning, and the ubiquitous weekend barbecue. But keeping a grill in your backyard to facilitate those get-togethers isn’t always feasible.

If you have space constraints or are looking to grill on the go, this roundup features wood, propane, and charcoal options that can be stowed away until you need to use them. None of these are super powerful three-burner gas grills, but will get the job done without all of the bulk.  

Whether you’re going to the beach, camping, or live in a city, these portable versions are a bit smaller and great to help take your party on the road.   

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There’s a reason Cuisinart has become a household name in kitchen appliances. Thanks to its size, this grill uses way less gas than a full-sized grill, but still has room to cook about eight steaks or over 4 pounds of fish with 145 square inches in grilling surface. You can grab it with or without a stand here starting at $86.98.    

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At less than 10 pounds, this unit is lightweight and portable. Any grill master knows that food grease dropping on charcoal results in tons of smoke, but the Aaobosi features a battery-powered turbo fan system that reduces smoke production up to 90 percent. The wire rack and container are also dishwasher safe, making the grill easy to clean and fun to use. Grab it here for $89.99.      

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Another charcoal option is the Cobb Grill, which runs on eight charcoal briquettes for up to three hours and, just like the Aabosi, weighs under 10 pounds. It has about 12 inches of cooking area, so if you’re not concerned with having a ton of grilling space it’s a great option. Grab it here for $139.99.    

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Grilling in serious business. With a top handle and secure locks on either side, transport of this four pound grill is a breeze. If you really mean business, you can grab it in red or silver here for $69.99. 

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Portable units have become unpopular with some grillers because they lack the capability to reach a high grilling temperature. The CookAir is different in that in can reach 1000 degrees F using its internal fan, which creates air circulation around the burning wood to accelerate the heating process. If you love a smoky flavor to your food, this is the grill for you. Grab it here starting at $146.59.    

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This unit is one of the more expensive options in this roundup, but it packs a big punch. With 280 square inches of cooking space and a 12,000 BTU stainless steel burner, you’ll definitely get the most power using the Weber Q2200. At 42 pounds, it’s as big as a portable grill can get. If you’re more serious about the power of your grill and less concerned with bringing it on a trip, grab the Q2200 here for $249.        

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The Mon Oncle BBQ V2 is a reinvention of the classic barbecue, thanks to its vintage feel. While it may look different from other tabletop models, it functions the same as many other grills that use charcoal. The perforated holes on either side are not only aesthetically pleasing but actively cool the grill as it cooks. The RS Barcelona brand recommends using coconut shell ecological charcoal for best results, as it retains heat well without generating much smoke. Grab it here in a variety of colors here starting at $390.

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