9 Best Portable Grills (2021): Charcoal, Propane, Electric, Infrared

It will burn wood or charcoal, though I mainly tested it with wood. With the right kind of wood (I used oak and pecan since that’s what grows around my house), the FirePit may produce the best flavor of any grill here. The main drawback when using it as a grill is its size. It’s big enough to cook for four, but it’s long and narrow, which makes some things awkward (I suggest you don’t try a whole chicken). It’s best suited to grilling kabobs and the like. Think “food on a stick.”

Perhaps the best thing about the FirePit is that when dinner’s over, you can lower the fuel rack and turn it into, well, a fire pit.

Biolite’s Firepit+ is $250 at BioLite and REI.

Best Leave-No-Trace Option

Primus Kamoto ($160)

Photograph: Primus

This is my new go-to charcoal grill for quick trips. I still love the Weber above, but the Kamoto has the edge when it comes to portability. It collapses down to store flat; the large version that I tested measures about 15 inches by 20 inches. Once extended, it’s big enough to handle 16-inch-long logs (or charcoal) with 255 square inches of cooking surface. That’s big enough to handle burgers and veggies for our family of five. After you’re done cooking, the Kamoto doubles as a fire pit, which is handy for campsites where ground fires aren’t allowed (like at the beach).

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The compact design makes it portable and leaves plenty of extra trunk space, but I’m not crazy about the grilling surface itself. It’s a thin metal grid, and I find that heavily marinated meats stick a bit more than on wider, thicker grill grates. On the plus side, your asparagus won’t drop through into the coals.

My other concern is that relatively thin metal may warp with heat over time. Since this grill folds up, that could render it unusable. I’ve been using it regularly (about once a week) for six months now, and it still collapses nicely, but one side has begun to bow out slightly.

Primus’s Large Kamoto Grill/Firepit is $160 at Amazon and Backcountry.

Testing Methods

The terms grilling and barbecue are often used interchangeably, which is fine, but if you get serious about cooking over flame you’ll want to learn the distinction. Grilling usually means cooking directly over high heat, while barbecue typically refers to cooking over indirect heat for longer periods of time. You grill steak. You barbecue ribs.

I used both methods to test, grilling everything from steak to salmon to corn, even kale. (This recipe for grilled kale is my go-to for testing how hard it is to clean a grill. It’s delicious but incredibly messy.)

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