Even if your outdoor space amounts to little more than a courtyard, a roof terrace or a balcony, you may still be able to squeeze in a BBQ. We've rounded up a stylish selection of portable BBQs for tiny gardens and balconies
Table top BBQs
A practical portable BBQ needs to be light to move around, easy to clean and it must provide maximum cooking space while taking up minimal room in your small garden, terrace or balcony.
If you are buying for a balcony, roof terrace of communal garden in a block of flats or other shared property, check your deeds or tenancy agreement to ensure that BBQs are allowed; we don't want to encourage a fire hazard!
Small table-top BBQs are perfect for roof terraces and balconies. The Lotus Grill Portable BBQ, shown above from Cuckooland, comes in a range of colours. It is smokeless and ready to cook on in less than five minutes after lighting.
It has a built-in, battery-operated fan, which means there is minimal smoke, and it requires very little charcoal. It can be quickly extinguished and it can even be cleaned in the dishwasher. It also comes with a travel case and the option to buy an add-on to turn it into a pizza oven.
If you're used to a more traditional style BBQ, this compact and light weight kettle-style portable BBQ, shown above from Gardenesque, could suit. Available in light blue and olive green, it can cook enough food for three people. It includes an insulated handle, a zinc-plated charcoal pan and an adjustable air vent to control the cooking heat. Its price is pretty reasonable too.
Portable bucket BBQs
A portable bucket BBQ is great for small outdoor spaces or for barbecuing at a campsite. This Bucket BBQ from Amazon, shown above, can be used again and again and comes with a bowl for holding the fuel and a grill with a handle. Just make sure it's cooled down after use, before cleaning and moving.
As alluded to earlier, BBQs on balconies are often forbidden for safety reasons, so check the requirements for your property before investing in one.
If it is allowed, this Morsø Balcone electric balcony BBQ, is specifically designed with a mounting, sold separately, to fix to a balcony railing; although it can be used on a table top too. Being electric, it's flame free, making it extra safe. Just make sure you don't drop a sausage on your neighbours in the apartment below!
A BBQ in a suitcase
A BBQ that packs away into a suitcase-style case is ideal if you're looking for a BBQ that you can use in your personal outdoor space if you have one and easily take along to a public open space, campsite or beach that allows open-air cooking. This Kikkerland portable suitcase BBQ from Amazon is perfect for a meal for two and it folds away and locks up for easy transport. Again, just make sure it's cooled down before you move it after use.
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