Choosing the Right Portable Grill for a Beach Cookout

These five grills are perfect for any setting, including the beach.

Ahead of your next beach cookout, check out one of these five portable grills. No beach day is complete without a grill and some on-the-spot burgers or hotdogs. Sometimes, the on-site grills are occupied, dirty or just not up to your standards. Keep the situation under your control by finding a suitable, portable grill for your next beach outing.

This list is for veterans and newbies to the grilling game alike. One of these grills has a push-start ignition, and the other is of a grills company that has been making them since 1896. No matter your needs or wants with a grill, there’s sure to be a portable grill hot enough for you to buy.

Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill with VersaStand

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Freestanding or tabletop, this gas grill is good in just about any situation.Amazon

Bring this versatile gas grill with you the next time you go for a beach cookout. The Cuisinart CGG-180 is a portable grill with a 5,500 BTU stainless-steel burner and even-heating, porcelain-enameled grate. It can accommodate anywhere from four to six people with 160 square inches of grilling area.

The grill’s design allows for use as a freestanding or a tabletop grill. Additionally, there’s a briefcase-like handle for easily carrying this 17-pound grill.

Weber Liquid Propane Grill

Weber portable grill
Your very own push-to-start grill.Amazon

The Weber 50060001 provides 189 square inches of grilling space with one stainless-steel burner that produces 8,500 BTU per hour. It has porcelain-enameled, cast-iron cooking grates with cast-aluminum lid and body. In total, it measures out to 14.5 x 27 x 16.5 inches with the lid closed.

This grill also has push-button ignition and infinite control burner valve settings. It uses separately sold, disposable 14.1- or 16.4-ounce LP cylinders.

Blackstone Table Top Grill

Blackstone portable grill
The Blackstone tabletop grill’s easy-to-clean surface requires only a simple paper towel wipe-down.Amazon

The Blackstone tabletop grill has an easy-to-use, electric igniter and runs off one-pound propane bottles. There's also a built-in grease-catcher. It uses a stainless-steel "H" burner with a 12,000 BTU heat output across 260 square inches (15.25 x 17 inches) of grilling space.

You can purchase the 17-inch version by itself, the 17-inch version with barbecue accessories or the 22-incher.

Cuisinart Tabletop Gas Grill

Tabletop Gas Grill
This is a modular grill, customizable to your liking and grilling style.Amazon

The Cuisinart CGG-200's defining factors revolve around its simple customization. There are panels that fasten securely to the grill, but they can be removed quickly and easily when you need to clean or store the grill. There's also a removable drip tray. This tabletop grill also has a stainless-steel burner with 12,000 BTU heat output and a porcelain-enameled, cast-iron cooking grate. It uses twist-start ignition. The CGG-200 measures out at 19 x 27 x 12 inches.

Marsh Allen Cast Iron Hibachi Charcoal Grill

Marsh Allen grill
The sturdy construction and grilling area make this a great grill for a quick family picnic.Amazon

When you want to grill food the old-fashioned way, over a bed of charcoal and maybe some wood chips, Marsh Allen's Cast Iron Hibachi Charcoal Grill is a convenient and sturdy option. With two 9- x 8-inch cooking grids, you can fire up some burgers, dogs and shrimp as soon as the charcoal is ready. At 16-pounds it's easy to carry, and the price makes this an especially good choice.