A wise man once said, “Fathers must grill.” Or maybe that was your spouse. Either way, grilling is your preferred method of cooking because “burning” = “flavor.” And, just because you live in a space-challenged urban area or plan to car camp this weekend, you still have to feed your family. Fortunately for you, there are plenty of ways to burn … er … cook for them that don’t require 25 pounds of propane.
Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Charcoal GrillIn addition to this hibachi-style charcoal grill, Lodge makes a host of seasoned cast iron products like that skillet you got for your wedding that will last literally until death do you part. So your grandkids can sit around the campfire cooking and telling stories about you long after you’ve taught them how to grill a steak to a proper medium rare. Your char-grilled legacy lives on.
Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Charcoal Grill ($380)
BioLite Portable Grill AttachmentA camp stove is essential for brewing up your morning coffee, but you can only eat so much ramen before the outdoors start to feel considerably less great. This grill attachment is the perfect companion to said stove, as it requires no charcoal or propane to impart smoky flavor to all your favorite non-liquid foods. Otherwise why the hell did you kill all them squirrels?
BioLite Portable Grill Attachment ($60)
SlatGrill The TrailGoes anywhere, cooks anything, uses any fuel, and neatly rolls up into a duck cotton canvas sack. This might be the most versatile grill on the planet.
SlatGrill The Trail ($80)
Bodum Fyrkat Picnic Charcoal GrillNo matter how many of these newfangled grills you own (and there’s good reason to own as many as possible), when your kids think back to dad with spatula in hand, you’ll be standing beside one of these classic kettles. And, since it’s basically a toddler-size Weber, it makes for hilarious photos of your kid with a spatula in one hand and a little cup of beer in the other.
Bodum Fyrkat Picnic Charcoal Grill ($85)
Paul Jr. Designs Coleman RoadTrip GrillThis thing maneuvers, assembles, and collapses as quick as your stroller, only you get to replace the squirming toddler with juicy, delicious meat. One 16.4-ounce propane cylinder will last you 4.5 hours with both burners on low, giving you the perfect excuse to start that tailgate insanely early. Steak and eggs, anyone?
Paul Jr. Designs Coleman RoadTrip Grill ($150)
Fire Sense Notebook Charcoal GrillIt has 228 square inches of cooking area so you can grill up your whole meal at once and — holy crap! — it folds completely flat into its own carrying case. Even if it wasn’t sleek and pretty it would be the greatest invention ever.
Fire Sense Notebook Charcoal Grill ($33)
Napoleon Portable Propane Grill With CartAnother highly mobile folding grill, this one actually stows upright so you have the option of hanging it on a wall, because the meals you grill are works of art and this is the frame.
Napoleon Portable Propane Grill With Cart ($400)
BurnieBurnie is an all natural, self-extinguishing wooden grill with a cute name and an adorable red-bearded mascot. Its ingenious construction is borrowed from an ancient Nordic technique of burning wood stumps, so you can legitimately claim to be a viking while using it.