What happens when you bring together fresh air and juicy, grilled food? Arguably, you get the tastiest meal in town. But what if it’s mealtime while you’re out and about, on a vacation, or traveling cross-country? Lugging around the full-size gas grill or charcoal grill is certainly not a practical option. Even so, just because you are away from home doesn’t mean you can’t fix up your own grilled specialties. With today’s portable grills, “eating out” takes on an entirely new meaning.
Portable grills, also known as tabletop grills, are increasing in popularity as grill quality and features improve. Whether you are boating on the lake, camping at the park, tailgating at a football game, or simply out for a day of family fun, a portable grill can be a welcome addition to your standard gear. Like their full-size cousins, portable grills are available in gas, charcoal, and even infrared varieties. They heat up quickly and provide you with tasty meals no matter your location.
Portable grills usually come with a variety of features. For example, while some portable grills come only with the standard grated surface, perfect for grilling hamburgers, bratwurst, or chicken, others feature a number of different grill surfaces, allowing you the option to select an alternate surface for a particular food. In addition to the standard grated surface, a portable grill may come with a grill plate, a skillet, and/or a lid that doubles as a wok. Some grills can serve as a camp stove, too, on which a coffee pot or kettle can boil water.
As the name implies, portable grills are smaller than full-size grills are are easily moved from place to place. Most of these grills have legs that either fold down or can be removed for travel. In addition, portable grills often come with a sturdy carrying bag, making it even easier to bring the grill along. Though smaller in size, a portable grill can still cook a decent amount of food on a single surface.
Perhaps surprisingly, one place where portable grills can be found more and more is not on the road, but on the back patio. Owning a full-size grill is not possible for those who live in apartments or condos and who may only have access to a small outdoor patio or deck area. Portable grills are really the only option in these situations. But, even when more outdoor living space is available, many home owners appreciate the versatility of a portable grill over the full-size option. Portable grills are often less expensive to purchase, are easier to clean, and can be stored out of view when not in use. Being able to move a grill out of the way without effort and free up valuable space on the back deck or patio is an attractive benefit. Considering the many advantages of today’s portable grills, it is easy to see why they have become an increasingly popular addition to life on the road as well as at home.