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8 Portable Gadgets for Cooking Outdoors

From beach to backyard, you can cook anywhere this summer
The Best Portable Cooking Gear
Photo: Antares via Kickstarter

When it comes to meal making during sticky midsummer months, we look for any excuse possible to step outside our toasty kitchens. Luckily, there's more to warm-weather cooking than reaching for a pint of ice cream (a balanced meal, in our opinion) or dropping yet another burger on the grill: A new crop of outdoor cooking gadgets is here, and in addition to slinging crispy-crusted pizzas and charred filets even the best steakhouse would be proud of, they're also portable enough to go wherever your summer travels take you.

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Let's just say as long as you have one of these eight outdoor gadgets by your side, your actual kitchen might start to have a little FOMO. 

  • BioLite CampStove 

    This backpacker-friendly micro stove does it all: It boils water, grills a complete meal and, yes, even converts its burning wood fire into energy to charge your phone.

    biolite.com, $200

  • Antares Portable Charcoal Grill

    Even experienced grill masters can attest that charcoal can be a pain to light. Portable and perfectly sized for small gatherings, the Antares essentially slaps a grill grate on top of a chimney starter, meaning you're never more than a few minutes away from a lighter fluid-free barbecue.

    kickstarter.com, backing starts at $35

  • BioLite PizzaDome

    Equally at home stored in the back of your car as it is set up in your tiny Brooklyn backyard, this wood-fired grill also does double duty as a bona fide pizza oven, charring crispy pies for all.

    biolite.com, $270

  • Coleman Portable Stove Oven Combo

    Your dream of having a Viking range might not be a reality, so settle for this charming camping equivalent instead. Two burners and a fully functioning oven mean you can make a full-course meal, no matter where you are.

    coleman.com, $325

  • Velocity Grill

    Ever wanted to know what it's like to cook over a rocket? All you need is two pieces of wood and a little bit of patience; this deceptively light grill (it weighs in at just 17 pounds) will reach a hellish 1,000 degrees. Let's just say you won't have any problem getting a proper sear.

    amazon.com, $160

  • GoSun Solar Oven

    While ordinary solar ovens are akin to eighth-grade science projects (re: almost useless), this sleek, chrome-plated tube won't have a problem baking foods even in overcast conditions, since the inside of this oven can reach an impressive 550 degrees.

    amazon.com, $279

  • Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Oven

    With this conveniently propane-powered oven, 10 minutes is all it takes to go from tossing pizza dough in the air to donning your best Italian accent and calling out "It's a ready."

    surlatable.com, $240

  • Looftlighter Fire Lighting Tool

    No, this isn't an oversize curling iron. The next time you realize you don't actually know how to light a fire, just point this at your wood or charcoal, and in 60 seconds, you'll have a roaring fire. Just be sure to hide it before anyone finds out you couldn't light the fire the old-fashioned way.

    walmart.com, $56

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Whether your idea of the perfect picnic is cooking in the wilderness or sipping a summery cocktail at a sidewalk café, we’ve got everything you need to spend your Summer in the Wild. Let the outdoor entertaining begin.

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