Weber Jumbo Joe 18-Inch Portable Grill

Most public grills aren’t so great. They resist the elements well, but they don’t hold heat. Grills that don’t hold heat don’t cook meat as thoroughly. That’s why if you plan on visiting a campsite or a park that has an open grill, you may want to consider bringing your own portable one instead-- that is, unless you prefer your meat burnt on the outside and bloody on the inside.

The people at Weber hope that you’ll make the switch and decide to bring their Jumbo Joe portable grill to your next camping trip. One of the best things about the Jumbo Joe is that it lives up to its name. The Jumbo Joe truly is jumbo. With this grill, you get 240 square inches of cooking space.

Let’s take a look at this grill’s other features to see what else it has to offer.


A large cooking surface — 240 square inches is enough space to cook about 10 hamburgers. Not too shabby for a portable grill.

Locking lid — The lid locks, allowing for easy transportation.

It isn’t heavy — This grill is light enough for a 10-year-old to carry. It weighs only 17.2 pounds.

Small profile makes for easy storage — Because it is short, the Jumbo Joe is easy to store.

Air comes in through the bottom, not the sides — Some portable grills have air intake vents located on the sides. The Jumbo Joe’s vents are on the bottom, which allows for more efficient airflow.

Our Ratings: 4.3/5 

The Good

The Jumbo Joe has just about everything you’d want in a portable grill. It’s lightweight and portable, yet the cooking surface is large enough to feed a crowd.

The Bad

Unfortunately, the vertical space inside this grill is a bit limited. There isn’t quite enough room to accommodate an entire chicken, for example.

Best Suited For

Tailgaters, campers and apartment dwellers.

Not So Good For

If you’re looking for a full-sized grill for your backyard, this is not the grill for you.

The Verdict

The Jumbo Joe is one of the best portable grills out there. It can do just about any type of grilling you can imagine and the horizontal cooking surface area that you get is quite large. The Jumbo Joe’s only downside is its lack of vertical space. If it had just one more inch of straight up and down space inside, the Jumbo Joe would be the perfect portable grill.

Learn more about the Weber 1211001 Jumbo Joe 18-Inch Portable Grill on Amazon, or take a look at one of our other great, reviewed products like the Weber Go Anywhere Charcoal Grill. All of these Grills are competitively priced on Amazon.