The 8 Best Grills for Tailgating of 2019

Support your team with one of these grills for the best party of the season

Smiling friends barbecuing in stadium parking lot
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Our Top Picks

Weber Jumbo Joe 18 Portable Charcoal Grill at Amazon

“Big enough for a full sized cookout, in a portable container.”

Broil King Steel Keg at Amazon

“Capable of hitting very high temperatures while staying cool on the outside.”

Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared at Amazon

“Power of an infrared grill in a portable.”

Nexgrill 2-Burner Portable Propane Grill at Home Depot

“Foldable legs that save space in storage and transportation.”

Weber Q-2200 Portable Grill at Amazon

“Seven-inch lid means this grill is big enough to cook a whole chicken.”

The Orion Cooker at Amazon

“Completely enclosed cooking chamber completely separates the flame from the food.”

Sportsman's Grill Hibachi at Amazon

“High, intense heat that sears and grills fantastic.”

Coleman Road Trip LXE at Amazon

“When cooking is done, it folds down quickly and those large wheels let you roll it away.”

  • 01 of 08

    Weber Jumbo Joe 18 Portable Charcoal Grill

    Weber Jumbo Joe
    Weber Jumbo Joe. Weber-Stephen Products Company

    In some parts of the world Weber means grill like Kleenex means tissue. The Weber Kettle is the most widely identified charcoal grill and now the 18 1/2-inch Weber grill comes in a portable size. With the same cooking grate as the full sized charcoal grill, the Jumbo Joe is big enough for a full sized cookout, in a portable container. Weighing 22 pounds and with a single hold handle, this just might be the perfect portable grill for when there are more than two people.

  • 02 of 08

    Broil King Steel Keg

    Broil King Steel Keg
    Amazon.com

    The Broil King Steel Keg is so closely modeled on the size and shape of the Big Green Egg that grates and accessories are interchangeable, yet this metal version has some truly impressive innovative features and design. Capable of hitting very high temperatures while staying cool on the outside with great temperature control, this grill really is an amazing unit. You can even mount it onto your trailer hitch and take it tailgating, something you would have trouble doing with similar ceramic kamado cookers. While a great grilling grill, there are some small problems with the design that might give you issues.

  • 03 of 08

    Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared

    Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared Gas Grill
    Rasmussen Iron Works, Inc.

    Imagine the power of an infrared grill in a portable. This 14,000 BTU infrared grill packs more heat than any other portable grill and at 20 pounds you can take it almost anywhere. All stainless steel construction you can even get this grill in marine quality steel with a railing mount for boating. 155 square inches of grilling area. Uses either disposable propane bottles or can be converted to a full 20-pound tank or even natural gas.

  • 04 of 08

    Nexgrill 2-Burner Portable Propane Grill

    nexgrill-portable-gas-grill
    Courtesy of Home Depot

    This grill makes it easy to take your party on the road, with foldable legs that save space in storage and transportation, then unfold easily to keep the grill stable for cooking. When the party is over, the lid locks closed so you can contain any mess on the way home. This weighs just 20 pounds, so it’s light enough to move it wherever you want it.

    The grids are made of stainless steel that is easy to clean and won’t rust or stain, no matter what you cook. The body of the grill is also stainless, so you don’t need to worry about leaving this outdoors for year-round use. It has two burners that each has its own control, which is great when you want to sear steaks on one part of the grill while you finish cooking them at a lower temperature on the other side.
    This offers a total of 16,000 BTUs of cooking power and a total cooking space of 184 square inches. It can be used with 20-lb. LP tanks for long cooking sessions or you can convert it (with an adapter kit, sold separately) to use 1-lb. tanks for lightweight portability.

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  • 05 of 08

    Weber Q-2200 Portable Grill

    Weber Q-2200 Portable Grill
    Amazon.com

    This portable grill is a master of design. It packs up to be less than 32 inches long, yet it's seven-inch lid means this grill is big enough to cook a whole chicken. It uses standard 14-ounce propane tanks (not included) and has a 280 square-inch porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grate that's almost big enough to be called a full sized grill. At under $200 this grill has Weber's durability and a unique design that has won awards. Not only a great grill to cook on, it's cool looking too.

  • 06 of 08

    The Orion Cooker

    Orion cooker
    Amazon.com

    Describing what The Orion Cooker is may be the most difficult thing about it. Basically, this is a charcoal fired roasting oven. The completely enclosed cooking chamber completely separates the flame from the food. This does not mean that you can not add smoke flavor and it does not mean that this is no better than your oven at cooking everything from racks of ribs (8 at a time) to whole turkeys. This is a great "cooker" for large meals, tailgating and for getting foods cooked quickly (a 20 pound turkey in 2 1/2 hours). So while not a grill or a smoker, it is definitely a good cooker.

  • 07 of 08

    The Sportsman's Grill Hibachi by Lodge Manufacturing

    Lodge sportsman grill
    Amazon.com

    Of the heavy duty cast iron hibachi grills on the market this is probably the best. Movable but heavy and capable of some truly great grilling. As a hibachi you don't get a lid, indirect grilling, rotisserie or anything like that. What you do get is high, intense heat that sears and grills fantastic. This is a perfect apartment grill, especially for the college student who can grab it and head anywhere with this unit.

  • 08 of 08

    Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE

    The collapsible design of this grill makes it perfect for storage in small spaces, including the trunk of your car when you take it on the road. Once it’s set up, large wheels make it simple to roll to the perfect spot for grilling. Then, when cooking is done, it folds down quickly and those large wheels let you roll it away rather than having to carrying it.

    This has 285 square inches of grilling space, and you can swap the standard grilling grates for a cast iron griddle or chrome-plated steel stove grate, each sold separately.
    With this grill, you’ll get a total of 20,000 BTUs of cooking power and two burners that operate independently, so you can cook on high heat on one side while you gently toast buns on the other side. The grates are porcelain-coated cast iron for professional looking grill marks and easy cleaning.