Updated: April 2018

10 Best Small BBQ Grills Under $300 to Buy in 2018

Whether it’s friends or family coming over, there’s no better way to reconnect then a delicious, outdoor BBQ. And with a BBQ, comes the need for a strong, durable grill. If you’re looking for a way to enjoy a BBQ without breaking the bank, this is the list for you. While they may not cook as well as their expensive and large counterparts, you can be sure they’ll last for a couple years and get the job done.

Here are 10 small BBQ grills under $300:

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Our Choice

Napoleon 225 Travel Q Portable Grill

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The Small BBQ Grill That Sets Up In 10 Seconds

Bottom Line:
This Small BBQ from TravelQ is the best grill in terms of functionality and portability. It provides you a small design with 225 square inch of cooking space. And the best part? It sets up in just 10 seconds. Perfect for high quality grilling wherever you may be.

Portable, Large grilling area, Durable, Cooks well, Optional stand

More expensive than similar sized grills.

The Napoleon 225 TravelQ Portable BBQ Grill is the perfect combination of portability and functionality. It’s compact size allows you to carry it with you on the go while it’s generous 225 square inches of grilling area provides enough food for an entire family – 16 burgers to be exact!
It’s clamshell design makes it easy to hold and an optional stand can be used for proper outings.

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Coolest Look

Toolbox BBQ

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Portable BBQ Designed Like a Toolbox

Bottom Line:
This BBQ is the perfect gift for a father or husband. It’s stylish look draws tons of attention at your outing while providing you a stainless steel area to grill on.

Extremely portable, Stylish look, Easily accessible and convenient.

Small grilling area, not as durable.

The Toolbox BBQ from Suck UK is a portable BBQ designed to be like a classic metal toolbox. With a classic red look, the toolbox unfolds to reveal a warming rack and storage tray. It measures 7.9 x 9.4 x 17.5 inches, providing an extremely portable and accessible option for BBQ grilling. Grill your food on one side of the toolbox while storing your ingredients in the other side.

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Can Use Indoors

Lotus Grill

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Battery-Operated Grill for Indoor & Outdoor Use

Bottom Line:
The Lotus Grill is the must-have BBQ for people that want to have a BBQ even on a rainy day! It’s modern and durable design allows for easy grilling while being safe.

Portable, Quick grilling, Battery-operated, Use indoors/outdoors

Small cooking area, Requires more maintenance (changing charcoal every 15 minutes)

The Lotus Grill is a portable, smokeless, battery operated grill that can be used indoors or outdoors for delicious meals around the table! It heats up in just 3 minutes allowing you to quickly skip setting up and get right to grilling. It’s stylish, modern and durable design prevents the outer shell from heating allowing you to use it indoors in a well-ventilated area.

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Best Bang For Buck

Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Tabletop Gas Grill

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Briefcase-Style, Portable Tabletop BBQ Grill

Bottom Line:
This Tabletop BBQ Grill is the best bang for your buck. It’s single stainless steel burner offers a grilling space of 145 square inches. Don’t be fooled by its small size, the grill is designed to be durable and cook evenly just like a larger grill.

Extremely portable, Durable, Quick set-up

Longer cooking times.

The Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Tabletop BBQ Grill is a pronounced briefcase-style portable grill that weighs only 13.5 pounds. Its 145 square-inch grilling area allows you to cook up to 8 burgers, 8 steaks, 6 to 10 chicken breasts or 4 pounds of fish! The aluminum legs allow for easy and quick set-up and the integrated lid lock allows for easy transportation.

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For Larger Crowds

Char-Broil Classic 360 3-Burner Gas Grill

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Classic 3-Burner Propane Gas BBQ Grill

Bottom Line:
The Char Broil Classic 360 3-Burner Gas Grill is an affordable, small and lightweight BBQ with the capabilities to fill large meals for the whole family. With 3 burners and a large grilling area for cooking performance, it’s a reasonably good choice.

Large grilling area, More features (burners, storage trays), Lightweight.

Requires assembling time, Not as portable, Disposable (not long-lasting).

The Char Broil Classic 360 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill combines a standard BBQ with a simple, lightweight and inexpensive model. With 3 burners and 30,000 BTU’s of heat across the large 360 square inch of cooking surface, it’s the largest grill size you can get for a small BBQ. The two 6-inch wheels allow you to move it around during your outing and serve everyone your delicious food.

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For Travelling

Weber Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill

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Compact, Travel-Ready Liquid Propane Grill

Bottom Line:
This BBQ Grill is the perfect companion to bring with you on a road trip. It uses one stainless steel burner and an aluminum design for a lightweight, portable option for family dinners.

Extremely portable, Split grate for griddle, Push-button ignition

Small grilling area, Needs specific LP cylinders (14.1 or 16.4 oz)

The Weber Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill is a compact, portable option that’s perfect for people travelling. It’s single burner produces 8500 BTU of heat per hour to heat 189 square inches of total cooking area. The cooking grates are made from porcelain-enameled cast-iron preventing it from rust. Great for quick meals with your friends and family wherever you may be.

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For Camping

BioLite FirePit

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Smokeless Wood & Charcoal Burning Grill/Campfire

Bottom Line:
The BioLite FirePit is the perfect addition to a camping trip. Small and compact sizing makes it portable, with no smoke. It works both as a BBQ grill and a campfire. Easily transition from grill to fire in less than an hour.

Portable, Multiple uses, Controllable fire intensity

Not optimal for regular BBQ outings, ideally for camping.

The BioLite FirePit is a smokeless wood/charcoal burning device that both cooks your meals as a grill and also gives you front row tickets to a beautiful campfire. It uses an air injection and flow system to give it a smokeless environment while also allowing you to control the intensity of the flames. When you’re finished with it, it easily folds up to store away for next time.

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Most Versatile

Aquaforno II

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All-In-One Multifuel Outdoor BBQ, Oven and Rotisserie

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Perfect for those who want a versatile BBQ, the Aquaforno II combines an outdoor BBQ with a pizza oven, rotisserie, smoker, water boiler, clothes dryer and outdoor heater all-in-one! Best of all, it’s portable through it’s telescopic design.

Versatile, Multiple uses, Portable (foldable through telescopic design).

Components are separated and need to be put together every time.

The Aquaforno II is an all-in-one BBQ grill, oven and rotisserie! It’s unique telescopic design allows it to shrink down into a compact portable bag. There are three tiers to assemble: the base, the brazier, and the oven top. The Aquaforno can use multiple fuel sources like: wood, peat, charcoal or gas. When you don’t need to cook, the Aquaforno turns into an outdoor heater and clothes dryer.

When it’s all assembled, the Aquaforno II weighs 20kg.

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Smallest Size

Kombuis Outdoor Cooking Set

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Portable and Efficient Rocket Stove / Cooking Set for On-The-Go Cooking

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Perfect for a traveller, this complete camping / travelling cooking set contains a wood stove, pot and pan all compact in a small size. It easily assembles using 4 separate parts which can be carried in your backpack.

Portable and compact, Small size, Multiple uses (stove, pot, pan).

Very small cooking area.

The Kombuis Portable and Efficient Rocket Stove / Cooking Set is a complete traveling / camping set with a stove, pan and pot. To use it, simply assemble the base and then interchange between pan and pot on the top. There’s also a lid available to place on top of the pot for boiling water. Thanks to the small space between the pot and lid, draining water is easy. The 45° angle makes fueling with sticks, twigs and biofuel simple and quick.

The Kombuis Rocket Stove / Cooking Set measures 6.3″ x 4.7″ in size.

Available here.

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Best for expert grilling

Goldchef Grill

Goldencheg Grill

The grill that brings the steakhouse to your house

Bottom Line:
The Goldchef grill is perfect for the person who loves their steak dinners! It’s designed to give you perfectly cooked meat from home in no time at all

Heats up in two minutes, Portable, Flexible, Healthier cooking


If you love perfect steaks, this grill is for you! It heats up to 1500 degrees in just two minutes, and it has multiple cooking zones for whatever you want to make. It’s also a healthier option—the vertical grilling option drips the fat right onto the flavor tray and off your meat!

The best part? You can take it anywhere! It weighs only 8 kg, and it folds up for easy transport.

Available here.

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