The 7 Best Hibachis
This wiki has been updated 18 times since it was first published in January of 2017. What's a tailgate party without one of these hibachi grills doing its thing? What they lack in size, they make up for in efficiency. This style of cooking puts your food close to the coals, allowing for quick and thorough grilling of burgers, steaks, fish, veggies, and more. But be careful, as all the surfaces get really hot, so you'll want to keep kids and pets at a safe distance. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
July 27, 2019:
Long a staple of tailgate parties and apartment-patio cookouts, hibachi grills have earned their reputation as convenient supplements to a household's cookware. They are durable and simple, with no moving parts that are prone to malfunction. You might not want to attempt whole hams or roasts on one of them, but they're ideal for a few burgers, hot dogs, sausages, kebabs, or chicken breasts.
You need to be smart about using them, of course. They get really hot, so establish a safety zone around yours where no flammable materials or children are permitted. The surface on which it sits should be flame resistant and melt-proof, too. Have a pair of oven mitts nearby, and make sure to only touch the grill on its handles when in use. And remember that coals can stay hot for 24 hours, so never dump your ashes before they're cool to the touch.
In this update, we evaluated options based on quality and value. Removed several items due to concerns about their availability, and added the Weber 121020. Its enamel coating means it will last a long time with proper care, and it has vents in the lid to help control temperature.