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Best Small Gas Grills for Cooking on the Move

Whether you're traveling by car, RV or boat, a small gas grill is an excellent travel companion for cooking on the go.

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Choosing a Small Gas Grill

Most small gas grills designed as tabletop grills can be set up anywhere — on the tailgate of a truck or SUV, in a boat or on a picnic table. You want a grill that’s rugged enough to withstand the demands of travel while being easy to carry and store.

Choose a grill with electronic ignition so you won’t need a match or lighter. And remember that size matters when comparing heat output (BTUs) as well as total grilling surface. Finally, consider your specific needs whether you’re an avid camper, tailgate host or beach bum.

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Best When Cooking for Two

The Coleman Fold N Go Instastart Grill is the most portable of portable grills, with a folding design and built-in handle. It features 105 square inches of cooking surface — just enough to cook for two on the go. It may be small compared to others, but this portable gas grill delivers 6,000 BTUs of heat that can be precisely adjusted for even temperature control.

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Best Portable

Weighing only 10 pounds, the Cuisinart CGG-059 Grillster is light and easy to take anywhere, especially with its locking lid and built-in carrying handle. It’s easy to store, too. Though small, this portable gas grill is big on performance thanks to a heat output of 8,000 BTUs and 146-sq.-in. of cooking surface — enough to cook a meal for four.

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Most Versatile

The Cuisinart CGG-180 Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill with VersaStand easily transforms from a tabletop to freestanding grill, with telescoping legs and three height settings. With a 5,500 BTU burner and 160-sq.-in. cooking surface, this small gas grill can accommodate eight burgers or strip steaks, six to ten chicken breasts or more than four pounds of fish. Yet with a locking lid and carry handle, it’s still easily portable.

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No. 1 RV Campers’ Choice

Look around any RV campground and you’ll see more Weber Q gas grills than any other brand. That’s because it has every feature you need in a small gas grill. It heats up quickly, and the shape and design of the cook box enables good air flow for even cooking. The heat is infinitely adjustable, plus the built-in lid thermometer lets you monitor the temperature. With convenient fold-out trays and a whopping 280-sq.-in. of grilling surface, this 12,000 BTU gas grill won’t disappoint.

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Most Durable

One look at the Char-Broil X200 TRU-Infrared Portable Gas Grill and you can see it’s built tough, yet it weighs less than 20 pounds. What really sets this small gas grill apart is the TRU-Infrared technology, which provides more even heat with fewer flare-ups, even in cold weather. With a 9,500 BTU burner, temperature gauge and of cooking, you’re set to feed the whole crew. Oh, and the stainless steel grates are easy to clean.

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Best for Breakfast Lovers

With 12,000 BTUs and 260-sq-in. of flat cooking surface, the Blackstone 17-in. Portable Griddle is perfect for cooking pancakes or hash browns, bacon and eggs for everyone. Or fire it up to grill meat, poultry or fish. And talk about easy cleanup — just wipe the cooking surface with a paper towel! Smartly designed with telescoping legs for space-saving storage, this portable gas griddle can be fitted with an optional grill grate. Find more Blackstone accessories to make all your cooking desires come true.

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Donna Smallin Kuper
Donna Smallin Kuper is an award-winning organizing expert, certified House Cleaning Technician and bestselling author. She's written more than a dozen books, including her latest, Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness. Her tips appear regularly in many popular print and online publications. She also shares her expertise as a blogger at Since 2013, she and her husband have been full-time RVers, living a simple life of abundance on the road.