Best Portable Space-Saving Charcoal Barbecues BBQ

As Summer descends upon us with the waves of sun and the invitation to outdoor living, the draw of a BBQ is never far off. A permanent large BBQ is perfect for entertaining in a large garden space, however if you are an apartment dweller with a small balcony or enjoy camping, there are some amazing neat and tidy BBQ that are easy to store away when not in use too.

These are some that we looked at when considering the options.

Conventional round kettle, briefcase, the notebook, the barrel, the suitcase and the Hibachi, we look at the different portable table top BBQ grills on the go.

Top 10 Best Portable BBQs

Here is a quick list of our best portable barbecues; the briefcase, the notebook, the barrel, the suitcase and the Hibachi… who would have thought that portable BBQs would be so interesting.

  1. Weber Go-anywhere Charcoal Barbecue – WITH LID
  2. Yellowstone Pac-Flat BBQ – Silver/Black – FOLD FLAT, OPEN GRILL, CASE INCL.
  3. Grants Stainless Steel Barrel Portable Charcoal BBQ Barbecue – OPEN/CLOSE GRILL, BARREL STYLE
  4. Son of Hibachi Portable Charcoal Barbecue BBQ  – OPEN GRILL, CASE INCL.
  5. Hotspot Notebook Portable BBQ – FOLD FLAT, OPEN GRILL
  6. Portable Folding Charcoal Barbeque Grill BBQ with Tools – OPEN GRILL
  7. Landmann Piccolino 37cm Portable Charcoal Barbecue – WITH LID, KETTLE STYLE
  8. Grilltech Portable Grill (Hibachi Style BBQ) – CASE INCL., HIBACHI STYLE
  9. Summit Portable Briefcase BBQ – OPEN GRILL
  10. Kikkerland Portable BBQ Suitcase – OPEN GRILL

Now for a closer look at the details:

1. Weber Go-Anywhere – OUR FAVOURITE

Finally we have the, kettle-style transportable BBQ with carrier handles from the renowned Weber.

Porcelain enameled coating prevents rust and fading and pivoting legs lock the lid in place for add safety.

  • This grill offers 160-square-inches of cooking surface on the triple nickel-plated cooking grate
  • Packs away nicely in a tight space

Dimensions: 21in (L) x 12.25in (D) x 14.5in (H) Approximately 53.3(L) x 31.1(D) x 36.8(H) cm with Cooking surface: 1657.6 cm2

Also available: Weber Go-Anywhere Gas Barbecue

2. Yellowstone Pac-Flat BBQ – Silver/Black

BBQ and fire pit all-in-one. Separate legs to be assemble and disassembled as required. As the name suggest, it folds flat and comes with durable carry bag for storage.

Dimensions: Size: Open 31 x 31 x 22 cm, Folded 31 x 4.5 x 20 cm. Cooking surface: 961 cm2

Also sold as Gelert Foldable Barbecue

3. Grants Stainless Steel Barrel Portable Charcoal BBQ Barbecue / Sealey BBQ1 Portable Charcoal BBQ – Black

  • Barrel-shaped BBQ which opens out to provide two cooking areas.
  • Contains side vents for efficient charcoal burning.
  • Secure fastening lid and permanent legs for easy transportation.

Dimensions: Each cooking area is 13″ x 8.5″ (34 x 22cm) in size – great for camping. Overall height is 18″, and the cooking grid height is 9″. Cooking Surface 748 cm2 or 1496 cm2

4. Son of Hibachi Portable Charcoal Barbecue BBQ – Black

The Original Son of Hibachi BBQ based on a chimney effect lighting of coals and self cleaning feature after use. Check out the video demo at the bottom of the article to see how to fire and get your barbecue ready in 7 to 10 minutes.

Small, foldable and portable complete with carrier/snuff-out bag.

Dimensions: 20cm x 23cm per grill plate, total cooking area approx. 20cm x 46cm. Cooking surface: 920 cm2

5. Hotspot Notebook Portable BBQ – Black / Stainless Steel

Fold-flat design with a heat-resistant powder-coated steel body.

Cooking area dimensions: 435mm x 290mm. Cooking surface: 1261.5 cm2

6. Portable Folding Charcoal Barbecue Grill BBQ with Tools

Also sold under different names: BeyondFashion, Trendenz, Popamazing, Lifeinhand. The portable folding charcoal barbeque grill turns into a suitcase size when folded up. Foldable legs to stand up with utensils clipped on to cover. Contains additional case tray for the charcoal ashes.

  • Approx. Size: 43.5cm x 27cm x 7cm (L&W&T). Leg Height: about 15cm. Cooking Surface: 1174.5 cm2

7. Landmann Piccolino 37cm Portable Charcoal Barbecue – Various Colours

  • Comes in multiple colours
  • Kettle-style mini BBQ with a Chrome-plated cooking grill with warming rack
  • Ergonomic handle with lid ventilation disc
  • Supplied with stainless steel tongs that attach to the Barbecue
  • Enamelled lid and firebowl with lid clips for easy transport
  • Charcoal pot for easy fuel handling
  • Available Colours: Turquoise, Black, Lavender, Lime Green, White,

Dimensions: 37 cm diameter circular grill. Surface Area: 1075 cm2

8. Grilltech Portable Grill (Hibachi Style BBQ)

Not the original Son of Hibachi although similar style. Lighting coals based on chimney style and effect with carrying bag/Snuff-out pouch provided. Watch the video below to understand how the Hibachi Style System works.

  • Ready To Cook In Under 10 Minutes
  • Snuff-Out Pouch Included
  • Self-Cleaning After Use

Dimensions: 20cm x 23cm per grill plate, total cooking area approx. 20cm x 46cm. Cooking surface: 920 cm2

9. Summit Portable Briefcase BBQ – Black

Extremely portable, suitcase style BBQ. Comes with a built-in stand for off the ground barbecuing

Dimensions: Packed size 22 x 16 x 10cm, Open size 34 x 24 x 10cm. Cooking surface: 816 cm2

10. Kikkerland Portable BBQ Suitcase – Stainless Steel / Red

A more expensive version of the suitcase style BBQ, except that this one does not open flat but at an angle. There is an internal heat tray for the coal and ash tray. The unit unfolds partially and locks in place easily for cooking and when you are done, locks away and closes securely turning it into a portable briefcase profile.

Dimension when open: 31.4 x 8.6 x 16.5 cm. Cooking surface: 270cm2

Cooking Surface Comparison

Portable BBQCooking Surface (approx.)
1. Weber Go-anywhere Charcoal Barbecue1657.6 cm2 BIGGEST
2. Yellowstone Pac-Flat BBQ – Silver/Black961 cm2
3. Grants Stainless Steel Barrel Portable Charcoal BBQ748 cm2 or 1496 cm2
4. Son of Hibachi Portable Charcoal Barbecue920 cm2
5. Hotspot Notebook Portable BBQ1261.5 cm2
6. Portable Folding Charcoal Barbeque Grill with Tools1174.5 cm2
7. Landmann Piccolino 37cm Portable Charcoal Barbecue1075 cm2
8. Grilltech Portable Grill (Hibachi Style BBQ)920 cm2
9. Summit Portable Briefcase BBQ816 cm2
10. Kikkerland Portable BBQ Suitcase270cm2 SMALLEST

Video Demo

As promised, here is the video demo of the Son of Hibachi Portable BBQ.