Hibachi grills have been slowly growing in popularity as people try to find more authentic ways to replicate home barbecuing while out on the road.
No longer do we want cheap, disposable, unreliable grills, but instead we want something reusable and sturdy enough for us to rely on.
Fortunately, hibachi grills offer us a portable station, while still offering us enough cooking space to make use of. All while based on a cast iron construction, making them durable and reliable.
Here's my guide to the 5 best hibachi grills on the market that you should consider for your next camping or picnic trip.
Let's get into it.
#1. Cajun Cookware Grills Cast Iron Hibachi Grill
This mini-hibachi grill is fantastic for transporting; at just 40 lbs it’s a snap to carry around; with its round pre-seasoned cast iron grilling surface it’s tiny at 15 inches across and 8 inches tall.
While the ultra-compact grilling surface may not be the best choice in all situations, it’s the price of convenience for those who adore their Cajun grill for its portability; admirers also report that for all its small size, the grill actually seems much larger than expected when in use.
It’s also very well known for being quite solid; on top of that it cleans up very easily and cooks food fast with beautiful grill marks.
All in all, this grill is an amazing find.
Brand: Cajun Classic
Size: 16 x 16 x 16 inches
Weight: 41 pounds
#2. Marsh Allen Cast Iron Hibachi Charcoal Grill
It's very light, and also is smaller than many of the other hibachis on this list. Don't let that fool you though: This is an excellent portable unit.
Its wooden handles make it easy to carry around and also safe to use. At 157-square-inches, its cooking area is modest in size but for an easy portable grill it offers more than enough space to cook chicken cuts and fish for a small group of people.
It offers adjustable height settings to help you moderate the intensity at which you cook your food.
All in all, probably the best value-for-money grill on this list.
Brand: Marsh Allen
Size: 18 x 10 x 3.4 in
Weight: 18 pounds
#3. Lodge L410 Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill
This grill is pretty deluxe, boasting a pre-seasoned 17 ¼ by 9 cooking grate and a charcoal fuelled cast iron grill; it provides easy access to coals through a back-end downward opening door and has a draft door to help keep the heat under control.
It measures 19 by 10 by 8 ¼ inches and is easily washable by hand and it can also be placed at two adjustable heights in order to control cooking speed, which is amazing.
Add in the lifetime warranty and this is one sweet little grill!
Size: 19 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
Weight: 32 pounds
#4. Bruntmor Hibachi-Style Portable Cast Iron Grill
This grill from Bruntmoris great both for camping or as a picnic tool. Although small in size, it's made from cast iron so is extremely durable.
It boasts adjustable vents to help with controlling air flow and temperature, and has a fire grate for holding your coals.
All in all, while it might not be large enough to warrant a permanent fixture in your garden, it still offers you a great grilling experience.
Size: 21.7 x 13.5 x 9.9 inches
Weight: 30.2 pounds
#5. Kafuh Mini Yakitori Earthenware Portable Hibachi Grill
This hibachi differs greatly from the rest of the grills on this list in its style, choosing to take a more traditional Japanese aesthetic. Despite this almost delicate appearance, don't be fooled: This is a really sturdy number.
Be aware though, this is a small grill. Not for massive cuts of Western barbecue meat, but rather Japanese-style fish cuts.
Size: 5¾ x 5¾ x 7 inches
Weight: 6 pounds
So no matter what you’re looking for in a hibachi, whether it’s enhanced portability, a larger cooking surface or convenient heat control, one of these three options should serve you well.
Hibachis have come a long way and they’re still one of the best methods of cooking up smaller amounts of food in a hurry; they’re also sturdy and durable so investing in the right hibachi should keep you covered for a long time to come.