As the sun continues to shine, you might be thinking about picking up a portable barbecue so you can enjoy freshly grilled food wherever the summer takes you.
There are so many options available it can be tricky knowing what to look for, and there's no guarantee that spending more money will ensure you end up with a better barbecue.
We've rounded up a handful of portable barbecues we've recently tested, as well as some more general information to help you make a more informed decision.
The article below is about portable barbecues which have gone through rigorous testing in our lab to ensure they are safe to use. We do not test disposable barbecues as they are potential fire hazards and also cannot be reused, meaning they are not an environmentally friendly option.
If you're keen to pack up your grill and take it camping or to the beach, a portable barbecue can be handy and versatile. They're also something to consider if you're short on outdoor space and haven't the room to store a full-sized barbecue.
Portable barbecues can be used repeatedly, so are a much more sustainable choice than disposable barbecues. We don't test disposable barbecues as they are potential fire hazards and cannot be reused, meaning they are not an environmentally friendly.
Some portable barbecues have legs but, either way, they tend to be low down which doesn't make bending down or sitting beside it a particularly comfortable barbecuing experience.
You can safely place a portable barbecue on a heatproof surface - this can include concrete, stone and brick but make sure it's stable and not left unattended, especially if there are young children running about who could potentially burn themselves or knock it over.
If your table isn't heatproof, for example if it's made from wood, don't sit your portable barbecue on top of it.
This low-cost, barrel-shaped charcoal barbecue is compact (H53 x W51 x D47cm) and weighs 7kg, so it should be fairly light if you plan to carry it around.
It does have four legs but that doesn't mean it stands very tall. You might find it easier to place it on a suitable table to make the working height more comfortable.
This circular, gas barbecue weighs just 3.6kg, so it should be ideal for taking on your picnic or camping trip. It also comes with a carry bag to help you move it.
There's an array of optional extras, which is rare with portable barbecues. These includes a pizza stone and a plancha, which is a flat-top griddle that combines high-temperature searing with a small amount of smoking.
You'll need a 220/227g bayonet-style gas cartridge to fuel it - but it neatly sits inside the main body of the barbecue so you won't have to carry it separately.
There's no need to bother with bags of charcoal or gas canisters if you opt for this electric portable barbecue from Landmann - but you will need somewhere to plug it in. It's not the lightest, weighing 13.8kg but has a spacious cooking area of 43 x 33cm so it could be worth looking at if you plan to cater for four guests or more.
This portable barbecue is fairly light, weighing less than 6kg, and it has two handles to make it easy to carry around. The lid also has clips so it stays securely fastened when you're moving it about.
Multitasking accessories, such as a wooden lid that doubles up as a chopping board, also come included - great if you're hoping to travel light.
A somewhat unconventional-looking barbecue, this grill can be carried just like a suitcase - simply fold the legs over to secure it and use the lid as a carrying handle.
This competitively priced compact barbecue is incredibly light (2.4kg), but does this mean it's ideal for outdoor excursions?