The Best Portable BBQ Grills Under $100

Save time and money with a portable bbq grill...
Why a portable BBQ grill?

Because while you may already have a kick-ass, do-it-all grill that you love so much you gave it a name…

It weighs a ton.

Now if you can’t take it with you, you might as well stay home and keep the dog company, so what you need is a grill that you can take anywhere, and won’t cost you as much as ol' ____________ (insert grill name here).

What to look for…

  • Portability (Duh!)   If you're already toting enough tailgating supplies and food for a small army the last thing you need is a heavy, cumbersome tailgate grill. A portable grill that takes up little space and is easy to transport & set up just makes it that much easier.

  • Low Price  You've heard it all before - the cost of gas, tickets, food, etc. continue to go up and away like an errant Geno Smith pass. So while you don't want to cut too many corners you also don't want to overspend on features you won't really need.

  • Durability  This goes without saying (even though I'm saying it). There's not much sense in saving some cash on a portable grill if it doesn't last. A lifetime guarantee may not be necessary, but it should at least last for several seasons so you get your money's worth.

Top 5 portable BBQ grills that won't cost you much

Cuisinart 5-in-1 Grill  It's a grill. It's a griddle. It's a panini press. It's all three, weighs just 8 pounds.

This goes for $129 here, but you can have it for just $79.95 + free shipping. Check out the reviews on Amazon.

Aussie 205 Stainless Steel Tabletop Grill  At just 20 lbs, 26 inches long with folding legs and 305 square inches of grilling space, this 12,000 BTU gas grill takes up very little space and is perfect for your party of 4.

It will cost you $129 at Home Depot, but you can get it for only $85.54 + free shipping here.

Coleman Propane Sportster Grill  It has a smaller (225 sq. in.) cooking area than the Aussie 205, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up in functionality. Its wheels and folding legs makes it ultra-portable, while the instant push-button ignition and removable grease tray means set-up takes just seconds and clean up mere minutes.

This goes for 120 bucks at Dick's Sporting Goods, but just $89.99 (free shipping) here.

Weber Go-Anywhere Grill  What's in a name? A whole lot, depending on the product. So when it comes to tailgate grills, the Weber name is synonymous with quality and reliability.

With 160 square inches of grilling surface it's offers less grill space than most, but you can be assured of high-quality performance for many years to come. (Available in both propane gas & charcoal models). With a 4.7 star rating, this goes for $60 at Walmart and Home Depot, but you can get the top name in portable BBQ grills for $49.99 here.

Instagate   It's not really a portable BBQ grill per se, but it deserves honorable mention for being one of the best tailgating products. Ever.

What it is, is a tailgate party in a box. You’d swear it was created by a magician, because open it up, and - abracadabra - out comes a grill, grilling utensils, plates, cups, napkins, condiments, a lighter/bottle opener, and even beer pong balls. Then - presto, change-o - the container becomes a cooler with 3 “tables”.

Entrepreneur Sells Tailgate Party in a Box.

This is the ultimate in portability, convenience, and recyclability. And it’s yours for a mere $29.99 here.

Two for One

If these portable bbq grills strike your fancy but are simply too small, here's a novel idea: buy two grills instead of one.

4.7 stars at Amazon!
Let's use the Weber Q1000 Propane Grill as an example. The Weber Q1000 weighs 29 lbs, has a cooking surface area of 189 square inches, and costs about $170. To get a Weber grill that has at least twice the cooking area, you'd have to upgrade to a Q300 model. So does the Q3200 cost $340?

Nope. To get slightly more than twice (2.08, to be precise) the cooking area (393 sq. in.), it will cost you 2.35 times the price ($399) for a grill that is roughly three times the weight (86 lbs). All of this does not figure out to be as good of a deal as buying two Q1000s.

Now that you've got your grill…

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