A Guide to the Best Yakitori Grills

If you visit a yakitori restaurant in Japan, odds are that you will be eating skewered chicken as your meat cooked on a specialized grill over charcoal. The grill is typically long a narrow with a width only large enough to accommodate the meat on the skewers. This allows a portion of the skewer to hang off the side of the grill so that the meat can be rotated as needed. 

The chicken is typically flavored in tare (sweet soy sauce) or with a simple seasoning such as salt and pepper. Your options are often not with the flavoring but with the part of the chicken you want skewered and grilled to ordered. Many parts of the chicken are utilized in yakitori grilling such as the thighs, skin, liver and wings. 

If you are here looking for a grill to cook yakitori on, you probably understand how delicious this food is and why it is so popular in Japan. Thankful there are several options of grills below that will allow you to create yakitori at home without having to catch a plane to Japan or find a quality local Japanese restaurant that serves this meal. 

Most of these grills are inexpensive and remarkably portable to take along with you to places such as picnics, tailgating, parks, and the beach.  Additionally, they  make a great addition to your existing standard grill since they do not take up a lot of extra space that many of us do not have.  

The Best Yakitori Grills

 

Party Griller 32″ Stainless Steel Charcoal Grill

Sale
Party Griller Yakitori Grill 32” x 8' w/Double Mesh Grill Grate - Portable Stainless Steel Charcoal BBQ Grill. Great Satay, Japanese Hibachi. Makes Juicy Lamb Shish Kebab, Shashlik, Spiedini Skewer
134 Reviews
Party Griller Yakitori Grill 32” x 8" w/Double Mesh Grill Grate - Portable Stainless Steel Charcoal BBQ Grill. Great Satay, Japanese Hibachi. Makes Juicy Lamb Shish Kebab, Shashlik, Spiedini Skewer
  • RUST-PROOF AND WARP-PROOF, EASY TO CLEAN - 32 Inches x 8 Inches Wide. Made of Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Inside and Out. Size of Grill (L x W x H) : 32” x 8” x 7” / Grill with Stand (included) 32” x 8” x 34”. Rounded edges prevent finger cuts. Item comes pre assembled, very minimal assembling is required.
  • VENT CONTROL ON BOTH SIDES – This BBQ Grill features easy to adjust vent that controls heat intensity and create even air circulation throughout the grill. Eliminate hot spots with this easy to use charcoal grill!
  • RESTAURANT QUALITY DESIGN - Long rectangular grill makes grilling Yakitori, Satay and Kebab a breeze. Traditionally these Skewer Grills are made of iron. Stainless Steel design makes it light and portable, yet maintain its functionality. Bring this Portable Grill to the park or use it as Camp Grill!
  • BARBECUE GRILLS AT ITS BEST – Also called a Portable Mangal Grill, this stainless steel grill is perfect for any Skewers, Shish Kebab, Lamb Kebab, Shashlik, Japanese Yakitori, Malaysian Satay, Thai Satay and Chinese Lamb Skewer (羊肉串)
  • EXTRA BONUS – Set of 2 Stainless Steel Seasoning Shakers, perfect for your custom BBQ seasoning spice blend. Plus a High Quality 12 inch Scissor BBQ Tongs. That’s $10 in value! This grill comes with a 20”x 8” and a 12" x 8" Stainless Steel Mesh Grill Grate, covering the entire grilling surface. Genuine PartyFairyBox & PartyGriller items will be shipped from California

Last update on 2020-08-02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

The Party Grill is made from stainless steel on the interior and exterior, so rust is not a concern. The stainless steel also makes this grill simple to clean.

The grill is lightweight at 16.8 pounds making it extremely portable to move wherever you wish to grill. It measures 32″ L x 8″ W x 7″ for the grill and 32″ L x 8″ W x 34″ H with the stand. The legs are removable; therefore, many vehicles can accommodate transporting this grill to a location such as a park or picnic area. 

Below each side handle there is a vent which allows the user to control the heat. This is an essential feature for producing quality meals through proper temperature regulation. 

This yakitori grill comes assembled allowing you to be up and grilling in no time. It is a charcoal grill so charcoal will need to be purchased separately for operation. 

Other Features:

  • 2 stainless steel seasoning shakers (included)
  • 12 inch scissor & BBQ tongs (included)
  • Charcoal holding grid to allow the charcoal to be separated from the ashes
  Buy from Amazon

Fire Sense Yakatori Grill

Sale
Fire Sense Large Rectangle Yakatori Charcoal Grill | Japanese Ceramic Clay Grill | Tabletop Grill for Backyard, Outdoor Cooking, Camping | Chrome Cooking Grill, Internal Charcoal Grate, and Stand
318 Reviews
Fire Sense Large Rectangle Yakatori Charcoal Grill | Japanese Ceramic Clay Grill | Tabletop Grill for Backyard, Outdoor Cooking, Camping | Chrome Cooking Grill, Internal Charcoal Grate, and Stand
  • This outdoor cooking grill uses charcoal as its source of fuel.
  • This BBQ grill comes with a charcoal grate and cooking grill included.
  • This charcoal BBQ grill has been specially designed to be used on a tabletop.
  • This outdoor grill features a handmade clay construction.
  • This barbecue grill is perfect for camping and backyard outdoor cooking.

Last update on 2020-08-02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

 

The Fire Sense yakatori grill produces a 17″ x 10″ cooking surface and its assembled dimensions are 10.24″ L x 17.73″ W x 7.09″ H. This is an excellent grill if you are looking for portability or easy storage as a main feature. However, it is large enough to grill at least four hamburgers or 6 hot dogs at a time. 

The ceramic construction of this grill helps with proper heat distribution for better grilling results.

This is a charcoal grill so it will need to be used outside. It comes equipped with adjustable ventilation to allow for ample heat control. The picture above shows the two ventilation areas on the front of the grill (black rectangles). 

Keep in mind that the instructions for this grill state that this is not a tabletop grill. If you are seeking a tabletop grill, this is product is not an option for you. 

The below video provides a solid overview of the features and functionality of the Fire Sense grill. The video provides a good visual on how much food this grill can surprisingly handle at once. 

Other Features:

  • Stand with handles (included)
  • 1 year warranty
  • Smaller version of this grill available here
  Buy from Amazon

Shuzhu Tabletop Grill

Shuzhu Tabletop Grill Portable Foldable Small Lightweight Stove Mini Charcoal BBQ Grill Stainless Steel for Outdoor Cooking Camping Hiking Picnics Tailgating Backpacking Kabob Yakitori
24 Reviews
Shuzhu Tabletop Grill Portable Foldable Small Lightweight Stove Mini Charcoal BBQ Grill Stainless Steel for Outdoor Cooking Camping Hiking Picnics Tailgating Backpacking Kabob Yakitori
  • The portable folding charcoal grill weighs only 2.3lbs, the lightweight and foldable design makes it simple to transport and store away. You can carry it anywhere you want to grill and enjoy outdoor BBQ gourmet, with delicate drinks to light up your passion and release your vitality
  • For 2-5 people. Maybe you can spend some time with your family or the ones you love. Extending the life of your outdoor living space with comfort
  • The foldable grill grate design allows for the easy addition of charcoal and the innovative double sided air intake promotes convection ventilation for faster cooking. Easy to setup with most component parts already pre-attached for easy assembly
  • We are absolutely certain you will not regret your purchase. You can order right now with complete confidence. It's a Perfect Gift for your friends and family members who love to do BBQs
  • Rounded edges prevent finger cuts. Item comes pre assembled, very minimal assembling is required.

Last update on 2020-08-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

This Shuzhu is one of the best yakitori grills in terms of price. It is  affordable, but effective for preparing your favorite yakitori-style meals. 

The grill weighs only 2.3 pounds, therefore, it is great for taking on the road to picnics, tailgating, the park, camping, and more. The legs fold up to make the size a compact 18 inches by 9 inches for transporting. 

Despite its size, the manufacturer states that the grill is recommended for 2 to 5. While it isn’t ideal for entertaining, it will likely meet the needs of most small families. 

Other Features:

  • Charcoal grill
  • Comes with 1 portable grill & 1 barbecue rack
  • Outdoor use only
  • Tabletop use okay per the manufacturer
  • Vented on both sides
  Buy from Amazon


Kinka BBQ Diatomite 
BQ-8WF 54 

Last update on 2020-08-02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

The Kinka BQ-8WF 54 is the closest to authentic yakitori-style grill that you possibly may find outside of Japan. This is actual considered a barbecue stove and not an oven.

The exterior of the stove amazingly does not get hot enough to burn unlike many other grills. This is an excellent safety feature that may prevent kids or even adults from getting injured.  

The stove is designed to radiate far infrared rays from the interior walls. These rays assist in supplying an even cook to meats and other foods. 

The grill is 21.26 inches W x 9.06 inches D x 7.87 inches H. It weighs 24.3 pounds making it light enough to move where needed. 

Other Features:

  • Made of diatomite 
  • Exceedingly durable
  • Charcoal grill
  Buy from Amazon

Uten Barbecue Charcoal Grill

Sale
Barbecue Charcoal Grill Stainless Steel Folding Portable BBQ Tool Kits for Outdoor Cooking Camping Hiking Picnics Tailgating Backpacking or Any Outdoor Event (Large)
66 Reviews
Barbecue Charcoal Grill Stainless Steel Folding Portable BBQ Tool Kits for Outdoor Cooking Camping Hiking Picnics Tailgating Backpacking or Any Outdoor Event (Large)
  • ★ If you love a smoky grilled flavor in meats, vegetables, etc., this simple lightweight BBQ charcoal grill will allow you to savor delicious foods ANYWHERE & ANYTIME!! Get together with friends and/or family for outdoor smoker cooking, BBQs, picnics, tailgating, camping or a night on the patio, parties, park, beach, etc.
  • ★ Foldable and portable. The BBQ Grills folding legs are designed for easy transportation and storage. Its comfortable lifting handles allow you to carry with ease.
  • ★ Made of 430 rust-resistant stainless steel. Heat-resistant and not deformable. Its air ventilation vent design on both ends of the grill is to maintain an even distribution of heat and airflow. Non-slip rubber feet make the grill stable Included with the grill is a set of tongs, plus small and large barbecue wire mesh panels.
  • ★ The Grill comes with an easy-to-follow instruction guide for stress-free assembly without tools.
  • ★ 1-year Money-back Guarantee because we commit ourselves to creating and catering high quality and great design products.

Last update on 2020-08-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

The Uten grill is a durable but lightweight outdoor barbecue. It weighs only 10.1 pounds making moving it a breeze. The legs fold up underneath the bottom of the grill to allow for easy transportation or storage. 

The grills dimensions are 28.7 x 13 x 26.8 inches when setup for barbecuing. It is able to accommodate approximately 5-10 people for a variety of events. 

It is constructed of  stainless steel throughout, which will deter rust and allow for a easy cleaning. Additionally, each end contains air vents to help provide even heat across the grill. 

Other Features:

  • Charcoal grill
  • 1 tong (included)
  • 1 year warranty 
  • Non-slip rubber feet
  Buy from Amazon

StyleMbro Japanese Yikiniku Grill

Sale
StyleMbro Japanese Yakiniku Grill for Yakiniku, Robata, Yakitori, Takoyaki and BBQ (SET(Body&Grill), 10 inches)
8 Reviews
StyleMbro Japanese Yakiniku Grill for Yakiniku, Robata, Yakitori, Takoyaki and BBQ (SET(Body&Grill), 10 inches)
  • EXPERIENCE JAPANESE STYLE GRILL AND TABLE-TOP STOVE - You can make and grill Japanese style food - Yakiniku, Robata, Yakitori, Takoyaki and BBQ. And this has perfectly optimized designs for individual.
  • PORTABLE CHARCOAL GRILL - Each of items is easy to assemble for grilling in home or outdoor picnic tailgate camping. Charcoal briquettes are recommended when you use this grill. Inner charcoal steel case makes the body clean and long use from charcoal ashes. Wooden base safely prevents high heat from grilled charcoal to table.
  • EASY TO USE & WASH - Ash leaks by and under the body make charcoal flame proper and long lasting. After grilling with charcoal, you just wash upper grill and inner charcoal steel case. But, hand wash recommended.
  • Materials - Upper grill and inner charcoal steel case : stainless steel, Body : Aluminum. Wooden Base : Paulownia wood.
  • Dimensions - Assembled grill : 5.0" x 5.0" x 4.0" Upper Grill : 5.0" x 5.0" x 0.2" , Body : 5.0" x 5.0" x 3.7", Only products provided&sold by StyleMbro are authentic. IF NOT, ALL OF ITEMS ARE COUNTERFEIT.

Last update on 2020-08-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Barbecuing on this grill will give the users a feeling that they are in Japan cooking authentic yakitori. While this grill technically is portable enough to transport to a place such as a park or the beach, we would suspect that most people would keep it at home for parties or family dinners. 

The makers of this grill do make a 5″ version (see it on Amazon) of this grill which is much more portable for transporting or using in small spaces.

This is a metal barbecue that is both durable and finely detailed. It will provide enough space to BBQ for at least two to three people. This is one of the best yakitori grills  for both its elegant and genuine appearance of a Japanese-style grill. 

The grill features stainless steel grill grates with an aluminum body and inner charcoal steel case. The manufacturer recommends charcoal briquettes for the fuel source

Other Features: 

  • Dimensions: 10.2 x 5.8 x 5.4 inches (assembled)
  • Paulownia wood base
  Buy from Amazon

Books.And.More Folding Mangal

Books.And.More Folding Mangal Steel Charcoal Grill – Satay Grill, Portable BBQ Grill, Yakitori Grill, Kebab Grill, Shish Kebab, Shashlik, Spiedini on The Skewer
14 Reviews
Books.And.More Folding Mangal Steel Charcoal Grill – Satay Grill, Portable BBQ Grill, Yakitori Grill, Kebab Grill, Shish Kebab, Shashlik, Spiedini on The Skewer
  • Easy Folding Grill. 6 SKEWERS Included.
  • Dimensions: 13.4 x 17.7 x 20" (340 х 450 х 510 mm)
  • Steel Thickness: 0.06" (1,5 mm)
  • Made in Russia
  • Material: Steel

Last update on 2020-08-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

The dimensions of this grill are 13.4 x 17.7 x 20 inches, which makes this one of the largest on our list. While this grill is more designed for larger kebab cooking, many people looking to purchase a grill for yakitori might still consider this mangal. 

This grill might look a bit bulky to some, but as you can see from the above picture, it folds down to an convenient compact size. You can essentially take this grill anywhere you wish to cook and it can be unfolded and ready to fire up within minutes. 

Other Features:

  • Stainless steel (0.06 inches thickness)
  • 6 skewers (included)
  Buy from Amazon


 Fired Burning (ABURIYA) CB-ABR-1

Last update on 2020-08-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

It is recommended to use the grill outside because of the smoke it will create with certain foods and the chance of carbon dioxide poisoning. 

The Iwatani is a true made in Japan mini grill. It operates using only small cans of butane(sold separately), so it can almost effortlessly be taken to a variety of place where you want to grill. This is especially true since the grill weighs only 5.29 pounds. A canister of butane will last about 1.5 hours on high heat, which allows ample time to grill most yakitori meals. 

  Buy from Amazon

Yakitori Grill Q&A

What accessories do I need for grilling yakitori? 

The beautiful thing about yakitori is its simplicity. In many cases, you only need skewers to rotate the meat over the flame. However, some people may be more comfortable moving the meat with tongs because of the heat. Additionally, a grill basting brush is good to have on hand if you plan on using sauces on your meat. Keep in mind that it may be more economical to buy a grill tool set than each tool individually. 

Can I grill more than just yakitori chicken on the above grills?

You are not limited to just chicken with the above grills. Many of the grills above are suitable for general BBQ cooking for foods such as hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, and more. 

What is the best charcoal for yakitori? 

Binchotan is an oak charcoal that is often used when making high-quality yakitori. This is the charcoal we recommended, however, it tends to be expensive. 

What type of skewers should I buy?

We prefer either metal or 100% bamboo skewers. You can purchase quality bamboo skewers in bulk for super cheap here. Be sure that the size of your skewers are long enough to hang outside of your grill so that the yakitori can easily be rotated or moved off the grill. 

Can I use a yakitori grill indoors?

You should use these grills outdoors because of the smoke and carbon dioxide that can be deadly. You should only use a grill indoors if the manufacturer states that  indoor use is okay. 


Top Featured Image Credit: Searobin