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Best Portable Charcoal Grills for 2022

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Charcoal grills are simple things, but finding the right one isn’t always easy. Part of the problem is that there are a lot of cheap, bad portable charcoal grills on the market these days. In general, there are two styles, those with lids and those without. Those with lids offer a little more versatility in their cooking, but many of those without lids cook hotter and faster. Most portable grills are there to do one thing and do it well, grill small food items like burgers, hot dogs, and steaks. These, the best portable charcoal grills will do that. They won’t feed a large number of people, in fact, they are good for about four people at a time. Of course, they are fast so several items can be cooked over a period of time. These portable charcoal grills are easy to use, easy to clean, and will stay hot longer than most cookouts. Perfect for camping, picnicking or any meal away from home.

Weber Smokey Joe Silver

Weber Smokey Joe Portable Charcoal Grill
  • 147 square inches of steel wire cooking area
  • Enamel-coated steel construction
  • 10-pound total weight

Lodge Sportsman Grill

Lodge Sportsman Portable Charcoal Grill
  • 120 square inches of cast iron cooking area
  • Cast iron construction
  • 32-pound total weight

Big Green Egg Mini Max

Big Green Egg Mini Max Charcoal Grill
  • 132 square inches of steel wire cooking area
  • Ceramic construction
  • 76-pound total weight

Fire Sense Large Yakitori

Fire Sense Large Yakitori Portable Charcoal Grill
  • 181 square inches of steel wire cooking area
  • Ceramic construction
  • 18-pound total weight

Old Smokey #22

Old Smokey #22 Charcoal Grill
  • 346 square inches of steel wire cooking area
  • Aluminized steel construction
  • 19-pound total weight

Son of Hibachi

Son of Hibachi Portable Charcoal Grill
  • 170 square inches of cast iron cooking area
  • Enamel-coated steel construction
  • 17-pound total weight

Cuisinart Portable Charcoal

Cuisinart 14-Inch Portable Charcoal Grill
  • 165 square inches of steel wire cooking area
  • Enamel-coated steel construction
  • 5-pound total weight

Quick Grill Medium

Quick Grill Medium Portable Charcoal Grill
  • 144 square inches of steel wire cooking area
  • Stainless steel construction
  • 5-pound total weight

Volcano 2

Volcano 2 Portable Charcoal Grill
  • 144 square inches of steel wire cooking area
  • Enamel-coated steel construction
  • 22-pound total weight
Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.

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