9 Highly Rated Portable Grills Under $400

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GRILLING ON THE GO

Grills don't need to be confined to the deck or patio. With a portable model, a cook can fire up the grill at a campground or tailgate. Many of the best portable grills start under $200, and several come in below the $100 threshold. They aren't slouches, either -- some of cheapest models by made Weber employ the same cooking technology found in the brand's classic Original Kettle charcoal grills.

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WEBER SMOKEY JOE CHARCOAL GRILL 14" 10020

*Cheapism Reviewed* Portable Charcoal Grill Under $100
Price: $30 | Buy it on Amazon
Features: 147 sq. in. cooking surface

Good for grilling fans who hanker after that charcoal flavor when cooking on the go, this smaller version of Weber's famous Original Kettle delivers all the same perks in a compact package.

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WEBER JUMBO JOE CHARCOAL GRILL 18" 1211001

Large Portable Charcoal Grill Under $100
Price: $60 | Buy it on Amazon
Features: 240 sq. in. cooking surface

This larger version of Weber's Smokey Joe has the same cooking chops and enamel coating for durability.

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COOK-AIR EP-3620BK

Portable Wood-Fired Grill Under $200
Price: $146 | Buy it on Amazon
Features: approx. 154 sq. in. cooking surface

Day-trippers with a penchant for steak on the go can overlook a small cooking grate in exchange for good searing abilities and an AC plug and car adapter.

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WEBER Q1200 GAS GRILL 51060001

Portable Grill Under $200
Price: $199 | Buy it at Home Depot
Features: 189 sq. in. cooking surface | 1 burner | 8,500 BTUs

An easy-start ignition, precision valve controls, and durability justify the price tag for many consumers. All the color options are an added plus.

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CHAR-BROIL TRU-INFRARED GRILL2GO X200

Portable Infrared Grill Under $200
Price: $102 | Buy it on Amazon
Features: 200 sq. in. cooking surface | 1 burner | 9,500 BTUs

Easy to carry around and made of heavy cast aluminum, which helps retain heat and prevent rusting, this infrared gas grill is just right for dedicated tailgaters.

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CUISINART CGG-200 ALL FOODS GAS GRILL

Large Portable Grill Under $200
Price: $149 | Buy it on Amazon
Features: 240 sq. in. cooking surface | 1 burner | 12,000 BTUs

Small households and avid picnickers can make good use of this portable gas grill with a twist-start ignition and folding side shelves.

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SOLAIRE ANYWHERE SOL-IR17B

Portable Infrared Grill Under $400
Price: $389 | Buy it at Bbqguys.com
Features: 155 sq. in. cooking surface | 1 burner | 14,000 BTUs

Outdoor types who don't want to bother with charcoal can set up this infrared grill almost anywhere. At just 20 pounds, it's easily portable, and the commercial-grade stainless steel construction will withstand the elements. It's on the pricey side, but the quality is said to be excellent and all Solaire products are made in the United States.

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MAGMA NEWPORT II INFRARED GOURMET SERIES GAS GRILL A10-918-2GS

Portable Infrared Grill for Boating
Price: $400 | Buy it on Amazon
Features: 162 sq. in. cooking surface | 1 burner | 11,200 BTUs

Heads up, boaters: This portable gas grill with infrared technology is made from marine-grade stainless steel and can link to on-board fuel systems.

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GREEN MOUNTAIN GRILLS DAVY CROCKETT DCWF

Portable Pellet Smoker Under $400
Price: $349 | Buy it on Amazon
Features: 219 sq. in. cooking grate | 100 watts (12 volts)

Cooks who want to add an outdoor portable pellet smoker to their grilling arsenal will like the price of this model -- and the Wi-Fi connectivity -- despite the relatively small capacity. This smoker can be hard to find, as Green Mountain has a limited number of authorized dealers, but Sam's Club members have easy access (starting at $348).