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Best Portable Grills for Memorial Day Weekend Barbecues

Summer is right around the corner!

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start to all things summer. Hikes in the great outdoors, long days on the beach, vacations with family and friends, and sharing meals are cherished summertime pastimes. But in this new coronavirus-era, group events and  barbecues with family and friends may not be practical, safe, or even allowed in your town. Because of restrictions, it might not seem worth it to invest in a large backyard grill right now.

But you always wanted a really awesome, quality grill for camping, haven't you? Why not invest in a compact grill that you can use in the backyard AND take on the road with you. We've found well-made, compact grills that you can take anywhere, yet also look and cook great in your backyard. So you can use it now at home for Memorial Day, and when the restrictions are lifted, take the portable grill on the road with you to campground, park, beach, vacation rental, and wherever you go!

As always, Mod Camper only recommends the best quality products — impeccably made with a modern aesthetic.

PKGO Portable Aluminum Charcoal Grill and Smoker

The small footprint of this grill and smoker makes it a great choice for camping, tailgating, beach days, and picnics.


PK Grills PKGO Portable Aluminum Charcoal Grill and Smoker is a charcoal grill and smoker in one. The unique capsule shape and 4 vents make it easy to grill hot and fast or low and slow. Cast aluminum construction is rust-proof, durable, lightweight and conducts heat 4x more efficiently than steel charcoal grills. For more than 60-years the cast aluminum PK Grill and Smoker has been winning the respect of casual grillers, BBQ enthusiasts and professional cooks by turning out great food.

Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill


Tabletop grills are compact and easily convert from home to travel. But some like the ease of a freestanding grill. The Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill fits the can convert to a standup grill with the telescoping stand.

Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill is small in size but cooks as well as a full-size grill. It’s fueled by propane and features a twist start ignition for easy lighting. It’s great for small decks and patios, or anywhere space is limited. The compact size keeps the heat near the cooking surface, making it more energy efficient than large grills. The perfect grill for the beach, tailgating, hiking, fishing, or camping. It’s easy to clean and features a removable grate that’s dishwasher safe. Also available with a telescoping stand.

Cuisinart Venture Portable Gas Grill

It was love at first sight when we laid eyes on the Cuisinart Venture Portable Gas Grill. This gorgeous grill looks like a picnic basket! But it's a stack-and-go design complete with a solid wood top cutting board!

The Cuisinart Venture portable grill has the features of a large grill, like a porcelain enameled cast iron cooking grate, and a twist start ignition. It even has a solid wood top cutting board that provides a flat surface for food prep and serving. The small footprint makes it perfect for grilling anywhere your adventure takes you. Take to beach, camp, hiking, and festivals!

Char-Broil X200 TRU-Infrared Portable Gas Grill

The Char-Broil X200 delivers infrared grilling. Infrared grilling maximizes flavor, energy, and convenience by using a radiant heat cooking system as opposed to a convection cooking system found in traditional gas grills, so food retains more of its own natural juices.

The Char-Broil X200 TRU-Infrared Portable Gas Grill features durable die cast aluminum construction, push button ignition, lid-mounted temperature gauge and the TRU-Infrared cooking system for no flare-ups. It’s designed to be sturdy and convenient, so you can set up your grill with you when you’re tailgating, camping or on the beach.


Everdure by Heston Blumenthal CUBE Portable Charcoal Grill

The CUBE may be the most beautiful compact grill we've ever seen. It was designed by famous British chef, Heston Blumenthal, who has revolutionized the outdoor cooking market by providing innovative products with enduring stylish construction and superior performance.

The Everdure by Heston Blumenthal CUBE Portable Charcoal Grill is designed with an integrated food grade storage tray, preparation board and porcelain enamel firebox. It’s easy to store, set up, cook and clean. Brushed stainless steel tongs and spatula and travel carry case available as add-on. And it comes in various colors.

Cuisinart Chef’s Style Stainless Tabletop Gas Grill

For the foodiest of foodies, the Cuisinart Chef’s Style Stainless Tabletop Gas Grill is the ultimate in compact grills. It's a professional grill in a portable package!

The Cuisinart Chef’s Style Stainless Tabletop Gas Grill can be ready for grilling in less than ten minutes, without the need for tools or matches. It features a powerful two-burner system with electronic ignition and dedicated control knobs for each stainless steel burner–cooking choices that are not available on other portable grills. The locking cover, folding legs, and a comfortable carrying handle makes it easy to take anywhere. It’s perfect for picnics, tailgating, camping, the beach, or anywhere a reliable grill is needed.

Add fun to your barbecue with lawn games!