Best portable BBQ 2021: our top 8 small gas and charcoal barbecues

Looking for the best portable BBQ for a summer of adventuring? Check out our roundup of the top small BBQs

The best portable BBQs
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Looking for the best portable BBQ for trips this summer? We've found some of the top small BBQs and tabletop BBQs on the market from Weber, Char-Broil and Campingaz to get barbecue season started. 

Whether it's trips to the campsite or days at the beach, the best portable BBQs are lightweight and designed to be safer than single-use barbecues. What's more, they're more budget-friendly than the best BBQs thanks to their compact frames. Even if you just want the best small BBQ to sit on your patio table for easier storage, we've found some top options right here.

Charcoal BBQs are more commonly available in portable sized, but some of the best gas BBQs can also be taken on the go, and come with electronic ignition. For our top picks of the best portable BBQs of 2021, keep reading. 

The best portable BBQ 2021

Weber Smokey Joe

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1. Weber Smokey Joe Premium Barbecue

Best portable BBQ: a traditional kettle BBQ, ideal for camping holidays and beach trips

Specifications
Best for: All rounder
Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 3.5kg
Reasons to buy
+Tuck and carry lid lock for convenient transportation+Classic charcoal cooking+One of our most loved brands
Reasons to avoid
-Gets quite hot all over

Large enough to cook effectively on charcoal, yet small enough to conveniently pack into the boot of the car, the Weber Smokey Joe is a great all-rounder that also happens to be very friendly on the pocket. It features a steel cooking grate, a handy tuck and carry lid, a steel charcoal grate for aeration and a briquette measuring cup so you don’t over do it on the heat production. 

If you’re a fan of the traditional smokey flavour and need a BBQ large enough to feed a group of you, the Weber Smokey Joe is the perfect choice. The best portable barbeque you can buy, bar none.

  • Buy the Weber Smokey Joe Premium Barbecue

Best portable BBQ for social gatherings: Berghoff Tabletop BBQ

2. Berghoff Tabletop BBQ

Best portable BBQ for social gatherings: for weekends away or gatherings in the back garden, this is your perfect BBQ

Specifications
Best for: Social gatherings
Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 8.3kg
Reasons to buy
+Sits on your tabletop +Has a lid and strap for portability+Super compact
Reasons to avoid
-Handle gets hot

Anyone who enjoys the sociability of tabletop cooking (think raclette) will love the idea of this BBQ from Berghoff. Thanks to its clever, heat resistant base, it’s safe to place on a table, so everyone can partake in cooking the food, rather than the dedicated BBQ chef missing out on the sociability of the event. 

The BBQ compacts down into one small unit and can be conveniently carried over the shoulder, making it perfect for beach trips, too, and also our pick of the best portable BBQ for social gatherings.Su

  • Buy the Berghoff Tabletop BBQ

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3. Kuhn Rikon VK9000 Table Top BBQ

Best portable gas BBQ: take the Kuhn Rikon VK9000 Table Top BBQ anywhere

Specifications
Best for: Features
Fuel: Gas
Weight: 19kg
Reasons to buy
+Comes with two foldable arms+Sturdy legs to keep tables safe+Gas powered
Reasons to avoid
-Gas not included

Place the Kuhn Rikon VK9000 Table Top BBQ on tabletops when traveling for an instant barbecue. It's gas powered, meaning you won't need to bother with igniting any charcoal. 

Ignition is electronic and has a 47 x 35cm cooking area. It also has a built-in thermometer in the metal lid. There's four legs included on the Kuhn Rikon VK9000 Table Top BBQ which means it stands clear of any tabletop. 

  • Buy the Kuhn Rikon VK9000 Table Top BBQ

Best non-smoke portable BBQ: Lotus Grill BBQ

4. Lotus Grill BBQ

Best non-smoke portable BBQ: a next level table top BBQ that doesn’t produce smoke, perfect for windy beach trips

Specifications
Best for: No smoke
Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 3.7kg
Reasons to buy
+ Very lightweight +Budget-friendly+Designed for smoke-free cooking
Reasons to avoid
-Charcoal will need refilling if cooking for more than two people

There’s nothing more annoying than the sting of smoke in the eye but with this best portable BBQ grill from Lotus, that is no longer a problem. This BBQ boasts heaps of clever features that make it well worth the expenditure. 

From the battery powered fan that brings the heat up to the right temperature to the smoke free cooking that still infuses your food with that authentic smokey flavour, the Lotus Grill is a lightweight, colourful construction that’ll make back garden BBQs and beach trips a joy.

  • Buy the Lotus Grill BBQ

Campingaz Attitude 2100 LX

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5. Campingaz Attitude 2100 LX

Best portable BBQ for families: a stylish table top gas BBQ with plenty of cooking space

Specifications
Best for: Family camping trips
Fuel: Gas
Weight: 23.9kg
Reasons to buy
+Two burners+Generous cooking area+Removable grease collector
Reasons to avoid
-On the large side

If you’re looking for a family-sized portable BBQ, the Campingaz Attitude 2100 LX may be just the ticket. Thanks to its built-in carry handles, the BBQ is easy to transport, but it still has 58 x 36 cm of cooking space.

With a control burner valve and thermostat, you can regulate the temperature of the BBQ so the food doesn’t burn on the outside and remain raw in the middle. You also have the option of buying culinary modular inserts to convert it into one of the best pizza ovens

Best budget portable BBQ: Hotspot Notebook Portable BBQ

6. Hotspot Notebook Portable BBQ

Best budget portable BBQ: folding flat – just like a notebook – this BBQ is cheap, stylish and functional

Specifications
Best for: Budget
Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 4.54kg
Reasons to buy
+ Plenty of cooking space 
Reasons to avoid
-Prone to rusting

If you’re looking for cheap and cheerful, it doesn’t get much better than the Hotspot Notebook Portable BBQ. It collapses into a flat shape and features carry handles for portability. There’s a charcoal grill and a cooking grill, which provide vital aeration and cooking space. Made from a heat resistant pressed steel and weighing in at just over 4.5kg, this is a lightweight, stylish BBQ perfect for trips away and as a stylish back garden feature. The best portable barbeque for those on a budget, we think.

  • Buy the Hotspot Notebook Portable BBQ

Weber Go-Anywhere Charcoal BBQ

7. Weber Go-Anywhere Charcoal BBQ

Best full-size portable BBQ: this barbecue comes in a box

Specifications
Best for: Full size BBQ
Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 6kg
Reasons to buy
+ Stylish and incredibly ergonomic 
Reasons to avoid
-Grate twists in high heat

Almost as though you’re carrying a tool box, when it comes to transporting your BBQ to your favourite picnic spot, this one is a top choice. There’s plenty of space for cooking, and with two air vents you can carefully control the temperature and infuse your food with that great smoky flavour. 

With plenty of five star reviews, if you’re looking for a quality BBQ that makes a great all rounder, this is the best portable barbeque for you.

  • Buy the Weber Go-Anywhere Charcoal BBQ 

Char-Broil Grill2Go X200

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8. Char-Broil Grill2Go X200

Best premium portable BBQ: gas powered and high-end with two burners

Specifications
Best for: Feasting
Fuel: Gas
Weight: 6kg
Reasons to buy
+Two stainless steel burners+Electronic ignition+Lid thermometer
Reasons to avoid
-Grate twists in high heat

The Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 comes with a portable propane cylinder that slots right into place for taking on the go. It also clamps shut with two lid seals and a handle at either side to make carrying easier.

The stainless steel grate is easy to clean and it's powered by two burners. The BBQ boasts Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared, which is designed to prevent flare-ups for a more even cooking experience. 

  • Buy the Char-Broil Grill2Go X200

WHAT IS THE BEST PORTABLE BBQ?

Taking our top spot as the best portable BBQ you can buy is the Weber Smokey Joe Premium Barbecue. This traditional kettle barbecue is a great all-rounder in terms of size, price, features and the fact it can easily be folded away. Scroll to read our full review.

How to buy the best portable BBQ

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Size and shape

Portable BBQs come in all shapes and sizes. Some, like the Weber Smokey Joe Premium Barbecue are traditionally kettle-like in shape and are usually lightweight for easy transportation. Alternatively, portable BBQs can be even more compact, with the Berghoff Tabletop BBQ being a fantastic choice for social occasions. 

Fuel type

When you’re looking for the best portable BBQ for you, consider whether you would prefer to cook on gas or charcoal (both have their positives and negatives). Also consider the weight of the BBQ – you will be wanting to take it places after all. 

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Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie joined the Real Homes team in 2021 after working at TopTenReviews as a Staff Writer. She is constantly on the hunt for the latest (and best) kitchen appliances, and reviewing these products hands-on. As a baking enthusiast, Millie’s job at Real Homes is the perfect excuse to cook up an endless supply of snacks. When she’s not in the kitchen though, she loves knitting and exploring the country with her black labrador.