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Yes, You Can Buy a Charcoal Grill for Under $25 Right Now

·3 min read
cuisinart mini grill
cuisinart mini grill

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Some of your favorite summer memories might involve backyard barbecues and balmy, carefree nights where the only thing you have to worry about is whether you want a hot dog or burger-and if the latter, how well you'd like it cooked. But the beauty of grilling is that it doesn't have to have boundaries. One portable charcoal grill proves you can take the barbecue beyond the white picket fence and into the wilderness-and it's currently 51% off on Amazon.

Not only has this option from Cuisinart scored nearly 6,000 five-star ratings from happy reviewers, but it's also the retailer's number one best-selling charcoal grill, beating even full-size options and fan-favorite picks-like the iconic Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill. Though, unlike its high popularity, its $21 price tag is seriously low.

With a 14.5-inch diameter and 2-pound weight, this model is tiny enough to take with you anywhere, providing the very same smoky taste you know and love from a traditional charcoal grill in portable form. Tote it on your next camping trip for campfire-style s'mores under the stars, or keep it in the trunk of your car for upgraded tailgates, sunny beach days, and impromptu picnics in the park.

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To buy: Cuisinart Portable Charcoal Grill, $21 at amazon.com

But don't let its small size and lightweight feel fool you-150 square inches of cooking space can grill up to six burgers at a time, making it ideal for feeding the whole family-or just a carload of hungry travelers. One reviewer claimed they used it to grill "an amazing rib roast at Xmas," suggesting it's large enough for bigger cuts, too. Another called it the "best portable grill I've ever used," saying they won second place for their ribs at a local grilling contest the very first time they used it.

If you're looking for a small grill for use at home, reviewers say its limited square footage is just right for apartment balconies or smaller decks and patios-just prop it up on a table and you're good to grill. In fact, its compact size creates less mess to clean, so some couples and solo grillers actually prefer this option over their full-size alternatives for a fuss-free weeknight meal.

Related: The 10 Best Outdoor Grills to Upgrade Your Summer Barbecues

"Perfect for a family of three," wrote one five-star reviewer. "I got this just to take camping. Turns out this is all that we need. Less surface area to clean, and we don't have to use as much charcoal. We still have the large Weber and gas grill for when we entertain, but this is perfect for burgers or steaks for us. And the quality is nice. Also the latches keep the lid in place when it's in transport in the storage of the camper."

The appeal of this grill goes beyond its size. A dual-venting system offers optimal charcoal management and temperature control, so you can set it low and slow or amp up the flame for high-heat searing, while a chrome-plated cooking rack distributes the heat evenly and efficiently. Also note-worthy, an enamel-coated firebox is durable enough to survive any sort of grilling conditions and an ash catcher is easily accessible for effortless cleanup. Shop the Cuisinart Portable Charcoal Grill while it's just $21 on Amazon for a limited time.