Best portable gas grills: our pick for your favorite dishes on-the-go

The best portable gas grills make it easy to entertain in a small outdoor space, or enjoy tasty food on vacation

Cuisinart Professional Portable Gas Grill
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We all love a summer cookout, tasty barbecued food, and enjoying meals al fresco, but not all of us have the space for a full-sized grill.  Whether you've only got a balcony at your disposal or you want something you can take with you to the park or on camping trips, the best portable gas grills could be the answer.

These grills typically feature compact and lightweight designs that make them easy to transport, with options for folding legs and built-in handles. The cooking surface area is usually ideal for small to medium-sized groups, and some models may even have additional features such as adjustable burners, smartphone controls, and built-in lighting. 

We have assembled the very best compact gas grills, ranking them based on things like power, carryability, size, and design. For full-size models, take a look at our guide to the best gas grills overall, or keep reading to see which portable options we chose in each category.

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Best portable gas grill overall

Weber Traveler Portable Gas Grill

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1. Weber Traveler Portable Gas Grill

Best portable gas grill overall

Specifications

Cooking area: 320 sq in
Burners: 1
Type: Propane
BTU: 13,000
Dimensions: H14.6 x W22 x L42.7in
Weight: 49lbs

Reasons to buy

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Good-sized cooking area
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Folding legs for easy storage
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Stylish choice of colors
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Convenient prep surface

Reasons to avoid

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Just one burner
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Quite heavy for a portable model
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More expensive

Weber is a household name in the world of grilling for a reason, and the Weber Traveler Portable Gas Grill lives up to its reputation with a sleek and stylish design perfect for outdoor cooking on the go. Its foldable stand makes it easy to transport and store while also giving you a stable base when cooking.

The grill also features a porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grate for even heat distribution and a built-in thermometer allowing you to monitor your food easily. The large grease management system also makes cleaning less of a chore, and the overall compact design of the Traveler makes it ideal for campsites, tailgating events, or even picnics.

The Weber Traveler is an excellent grill designed perfectly for backyard get-togethers and taking on trips alike. Made from high-quality materials, during testing, we loved the ample cooking space and handy prep surface, even if we found it a little heavy for a portable model.

Livingetc rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Best portable gas grill for camping

Cuisinart Venture Portable Gas Grill

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2. Cuisinart CGG-750 Venture Gas Grill

Best portable gas grill for camping

Specifications

Cooking area: 154 sq in
Burners: 1
Type: Propane
BTU: 9,000
Dimensions: H10.7 x W13 x L16.2in
Weight: 20.5lbs

Reasons to buy

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Very lightweight and compact
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Stylish design with carry handle and folding legs
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Lid/prep surface included

Reasons to avoid

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Smaller-sized cooking area
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Lower BTU
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No lid while cooking

Whether you're camping, tailgating, or spending a day at the beach, the Cuisinart Venture Gas Grill is an ultra-portable and compact model that can help you cook up a storm. With its handle and lid, this grill is a versatile and multipurpose tool that you can take with you anywhere. It has a high-grade stainless steel burner that delivers 9,000 BTUs of heat, while the porcelain enameled cast iron cooking grate and twist-start ignition system ensure that your meals are evenly cooked and satisfying.

One of the best things about this grill is its 'stack-and-go' design. The lid doubles as a prep surface, which is incredibly useful when you're cooking in a location without many clean surfaces, such as the beach. You can also use this grill for broiling and roasting, which makes it a versatile tool for any outdoor cooking adventure. What's more, it's relatively affordable compared to other models, making it a great option for those on a budget.

However, there are a few downsides to this grill. It has a limited cooking surface, which means that it may not be the best option for large groups. Additionally, there's no grease management system, which can make cleanup a bit more challenging. Despite these drawbacks, the Cuisinart Venture Gas Grill is still a great option for those who want an ultra-portable and versatile grill that they can take with them anywhere.

Best portable gas griddle

Royal Gourmet Portable 3-Burner Table Top Gas Grill Griddle

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3. Royal Gourmet Portable 3-Burner Table Top Gas Grill Griddle

Best portable gas griddle

Specifications

Cooking area: 316 sq in
Burners: 3
Type: Propane
BTU: 25,500
Dimensions: H7.9 x W16.3 x L25in
Weight: 30lbs

Reasons to buy

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Good-sized cooking area
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Three burners
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Good BTU
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Affordable price

Reasons to avoid

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No lid
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Clunky design

Even though it's not designed for portability, the Royal Gourmet PD1301S 3-Burner Portable Gas Grill is still compact enough to store conveniently. With three burners and a generous cooking surface, it boasts 25,500 BTUs of grilling power. It also comes with a built-in grease management system, which simplifies the cleaning process, and a protective cover to keep it safe when not in use.

The Royal Gourmet PD1301S is an excellent choice for those who wish to grill occasionally but don't need something for trips away. It's perfect if you're planning to cook for medium-large parties, thanks to its number of burners and sizeable cooking space. It may not be the most attractive grill on the market, but it's certainly built to last, and it's of high quality.

Best tabletop gas grill

Napoleon TravelQ 240 Portable Propane Gas Grill

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4. Napoleon TravelQ 240 Portable Propane Gas Grill

Best tabletop gas grill

Specifications

Cooking area: 240 sq in
Burners: 1
Type: Propane
BTU: 9,000
Dimensions: H14 x W26 x L18.5in
Weight: 24.6lbs

Reasons to buy

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Very lightweight
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Folding legs and handle

Reasons to avoid

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Just one burner
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Lower BTU

The Napoleon TravelQ 240 Portable Propane Gas Grill is perfect for taking with you on your camping trips or simply to use in your backyard. The grill is compact, even when folded out, making it easy to store away when it's not in use, and the legs can be put down to make it even more compact - great for those who are short on space.

Despite its small size, the TravelQ 240 has a fairly generous cooking space, which is always a plus. The lid also makes cooking easier, and the handle on the front of the grill means that you can carry it around with you wherever you go. Whether you're using the TravelQ 240 at home or further afield, you'll appreciate how easy it is to use.

One of the standout features of the TravelQ 240 is the WAVE cooking grids. These grids produce those iconic sear marks on your food, making your meals look and taste even better. Additionally, the firebox and removable drip tray are always easily accessible, which means that cleaning up after your meal is a breeze.