It’s that time of the year for tailgating parties. And whether you’re planning to get yourself a brand new tailgate grill or replace your new one, it’s always important to opt for the best. After all, what fun would you have if the grill you’d get is of low quality?

So, we’ve gathered the ten best tailgate grills on the market today. Feel free to weigh in the pros and cons so you can find the perfect grill for you.

Comparison Table

Our #1 Choice
Coleman Gas Grill | Portable Propane Grill | RoadTrip 285 Standup Grill, Red

1. Coleman RoadTrip 285

This tailgate grill is a full-sized collapsible grill that you can easily take anywhere; it comes with three powerful burners for fast and efficient grilling Read Review.
9.8
Close Runner Up
Weber 54060001 Q2200 Liquid Propane Grill , Gray

2. Weber Q2200

This grill only comes with a single 12,000 BTU burner but heats up quickly to up to 550 degrees – Read Review.
9.5
3 in 1
Blackstone 1555 Tailgater Griddle and Grill Combo

3. Blackstone Tailgater

This tailgate grill offers 3-in-1 versatile cooking; includes a grill box, a griddle, and an open burner stoveRead Review.
9.4
Best Portable
Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Propane Gas Grill, Red

4. Cuisinart CGG180T

This is a tabletop grill that comes in a briefcase design for easy transport anywhere you goRead Review.
9.3
Fuel Efficient
Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill,Black, 15'H x 19.5'W x 11.5'L

5. Weber 121020

This is a charcoal grill that only has 160 square inches of the cooking area; cooks fast and uses a  small amount of fuel – Read Review.
9.3
Largest Cooking Space
Weber Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill 18 Inch Black

6. Weber Jumbo Joe

This is a bigger charcoal grill with 240 square inches of cooking space; it has a straightforward design with very minimal Read Review.
9.1
Best Infrared
Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 Portable TRU-Infrared Liquid Propane Gas Grill

7. Char-Broil Grill2Go X200

This tailgate grill utilizes a TRU-infrared burner system for fast and even heat distribution throughout the cooking space Read Review.
9
Smallest Grill
Weber 51040001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill, Red

8. Weber Q1200

This model is smaller than the Q2200 but with almost the same features; you’ll have more colors to choose fromRead Review.
8.9
Best Pellet
Green Mountain Davy Crockett Sense Mate Electric Wi-Fi Control Foldable Portable Wood Pellet Tailgating Grill with Meat Probe, Black

9. Green Mountain Davy Crockett

This grill can be used as a griller and a smoker; it utilizes wood pellets for that delicious flavor that wood bringsRead Review.
8.9
Most Durable

10. Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron

This grill is made of cast-iron which gives it excellent durability that will last for yearsRead Review.
8.6

Coleman RoadTrip 285

  • Grilling Area: 285 square inches
  • Dimensions: 30.25 x 19.19 x 16.13 inches
  • Weight: 46.67 pounds
  • Fuel Source: Propane Gas
  • Material: Aluminum

More features: Three adjustable burners; InstaStart push-button ignition; integrated thermometer for accurate temperature monitoring; locking lid for secure transport; comes with two durable side tables and a water pan

First on our list is the Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill, a full-sized, collapsible grill that you can take anywhere with you, especially on tailgating.

Coleman has always been known for its excellent quality, and you can see that from the coating of this grill. The PVC coating makes the product is resistant to cold, heat, sun, and moisture.

This griller provides you with 285 square inches of cooking area, which is enough for you to cook for several people. This whole grilling area is then heated up by three double burners that release 20,000 BTUs of power.

With the powerful burner technology, you’ll be able to cook meat fast. You’ll also be happy to know that the grate is porcelain coated for faster heat distribution. On top of them, cleaning after should be a breeze.

The InstaStart ignition gives you a push-start for reliable lighting all the time that doesn’t need any matches. You also get to have great control over the temperature as there are three control knobs and an integrated thermometer right on top of the lid.

If you want more cooking versatility, you can buy some griddles or some stove grates, too, that you can interchange with the grates. The two side tables that come with the grill give you enough space to keep your sauces, seasonings, and other utensils within reach.

Other features you’ll enjoy are the wheels for easy transfers to places, a locking lid to keep it secured, and a water pan to catch grease and oil from the meat.

Pros

  • High-quality product with PVC coating
  • Grilling power of up to 20,000 BTUs
  • Option to swap to a griddle or a stove grate
  • Easy to set up and put down
  • 3-year limited warranty

Cons

  • The lock on the lid is not secured enough
  • Shallow water tray and hard to pull out
  • The lid has slight gaps all around preventing building heat for searing

Weber Q2200

  • Grilling Area: 280 sq. inches
  • Dimensions: 25.1 x 51.4 x 26 inches
  • Weight: 42.5 pounds
  • Fuel Source: Propane Gas
  • Material: Aluminum

More features: One stainless steel burner with 12,000 BTU power; porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates; electronic ignition; built-in thermometer; drip pan for easy cleaning; two folding work tables; comes with 3D interactive assembly instructions

Next on our list is the Weber Q2200 Liquid Propane Grill. Again, another high-quality grill made by a known grill manufacturer. You can tell from the first-look that it comes with a high-quality and durable cast-aluminum construction.

The grill comes out of the box fully-assembled with only a few minor steps left to do. This gets rid of all the inconvenience of having to set up a grill.

The cooking area is 280 square inches, making it large enough for you to prepare meals for five people. A single stainless steel burner lights it up with 12,000 BTU power. This allows the grill to heat up quickly and can even reach up to 550 degrees.

Now, since there’s only one burner, expect some cold and hot spots, especially in areas that can’t be reached directly by the burner. But it still does make a perfectly great sear on steaks.

You’ll be happy to know that the porcelain-enameled grate is split in half. This gives you great versatility as you can change it on a griddle for frying. On top of that, it makes cleaning the grill a lot easier.

The grill comes with an electric starter for a quick and easy start. The lid also comes with a built-in thermometer for easy temperature monitoring. And you’ll love the foldable side tables that provide extra space for your condiments and other cooking needs.

As for tailgate purposes, the size is just right to offer portability, but it might be on the heavier size. It might need two people to carry the grill, but if you wish to make it lighter, you can detach the grates for a while.

Pros

  • Durable cast-aluminum construction
  • Comes with a porcelain-enameled split grate
  • Includes two roomy and foldable side table
  • Built-in thermometer on the lid
  • Temperature reaches 550 degrees quickly

Cons

  • Has only one burner
  • Can be on the heavier side

Blackstone Tailgater

  • Grilling Area: 512 square inches
  • Dimensions: 52 x 24 x 38.5 inches
  • Weight: 75 pounds
  • Fuel Source: Propane Gas
  • Material: Stainless Steel

More features: Stainless steel construction; two burners – an H-style stainless steel burner and a round cast iron burner; two adjustable heat controls with a built-in electric igniter; comes with a grill box and griddle plate; direct burner access for Dutch Ovens, Skillets, and Stock Pots; has extra large dual grease trays; independently adjustable legs.

Another excellent tailgate grill on this list is the Blackstone Tailgater Portable Gas Grill and Griddle Combo. This is the perfect choice to have if you’re looking for a grill that will offer you great cooking versatility.

With a griddle, a grill, and an open burner system that you can double as a stove, you got yourself a 3-in-1 versatile cooking grill. This way, you won’t have to bring three different cooking appliances to prepare various meals.

Of course, you can’t use them all together. You can either have the grill box and the griddle plate, the griddle plate and the stove, the grill box and the stove, or just use the open burner all the way. Nevertheless, it’s an all-purpose unit.

This grill comes with an overall high-quality stainless steel construction that will surely last for years. On top of that, it’s powder-coated, so rusting will be the least of your worries.

This grill’s total cooking area is 512 square inches, which is a lot larger than most tailgate grills. This is then heated by two independently controlled burners that deliver over 35,000 BTUs of power. And since it’s made of cast-iron, the grill heats up fast and also holds really well.

Now, you might wonder, considering the size, is it still great for tailgating? Well, from the name itself, yes, it is. The grill requires no assembly, and set-up requires only seconds of your time. And since the legs are adjustable, it’s made to use on any terrain type.

Pros

  • 3-in-1 cooktop for versatile cooking
  • Large cooking area
  • Comes with two independently controlled burners
  • Power ignition easy start
  • Portable design
  • Telescoping legs for easy height adjustments

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with wheels for easy maneuverability
  • Might take two people to set-up
  • May provide uneven cooking

Cuisinart CGG180T

  • Grilling Area: 145 square inches
  • Dimensions: 18 x 17.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Weight: 17 pounds
  • Fuel Source: Propane Gas
  • Material: Steel

More features: Porcelain-enameled grates; foldaway legs; powerful 5500 BTU stainless-steel burner; integrated lid lock; briefcase-style carrying handle; lightweight; gas control knob with built-in ignition; drip tray

Next on our list is the Cuisinart CGG180T Petit Tabletop Gas Grill. If you’re only looking for a tailgate grill for small gatherings, this is the grill to check out.

It only comes with a 145 square inches cooking area and one stainless steel burner that delivers 5,500 BTU heat. This size and power are enough to prepare meals for up to four people. This may be a big deal if you’re planning a big tailgate party, but for a couple of friends, this is enough.

After all, the important thing is the quality of the cook. Expect to have even cooking all throughout as if you’re also cooking on a full-sized grill.

The porcelain-enameled grates cater to even heat distribution, faster heating, and easy clean-up after use. The grill also comes with a drip tray that collects all grease and food drippings.

With its compact, lightweight briefcase design, it’s easy to carry anywhere you go. The legs are also made foldable for that purpose. At the same time, it gives you a solid grill that stands on any flat surfaces.

Other features you’ll see are the gas regulator, twist to start electronic ignition, and the precise temperature gauge.

Pros

  • Sturdy and durable construction
  • Comes with porcelain-coated non-stick grill grates
  • Excellent grease management system
  • Fast assembly or set-up
  • 3-year limited warranty
  • Use as either a free-standing grill or tabletop grill

Cons

  • Burner doesn’t get very hot
  • Small cooking space
  • Legs don’t lock up in place

Weber 121020

  • Grilling Area: 160 square inches
  • Dimensions: 12.2 x 21 x 14.5 inches
  • Weight: 14.5 pounds
  • Fuel Source: Charcoal
  • Material: Porcelain-coated Cast Iron

More features: Porcelain-enameled lid and base; locking lid and legs; durable plated steel cooking grates; easy to clean; comes with 3D interactive assembly instructions

Next on our list is the Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill. If you’re looking for that authentic taste of charcoal on your meat, this will be the perfect company for tailgating. It’s a tabletop charcoal grill that may look simple but high-quality.

This grill’s whole body is made from high-quality stainless steel and coated with a durable porcelain-enamel layer. This ensures that the grill won’t rust and peel for the years to come.

The provided cooking space is only 160 square inches. This may sound small, but it’s actually enough to serve up to five people. Since the cooking grates are made of plated steel, heat is retained, which also means faster cooking times.

As this is a rectangular-shaped charcoal grill, you can always set up the grill with two heat zones. This way, you have better versatility in the cook of your meat.

Now, for tailgating, fast clean up after grilling is an essential factor. Since this is not like portable gas grills where you just need to turn the ignition off, charcoals take some time to burnout.

Yes, we can close the lid to suffocate the fire, but this is not an airtight grill. On top of that, you can’t risk driving home without knowing if you’ve put out the fire.

The best thing to do is to scoop out the ash and other charcoal still burning and slowly pour the water in the grill to ensure the fire is out.

Pros

  • High-quality materials throughout
  • Simple yet sturdy and durable
  • Easy to assemble
  • Comes with a locking lid and legs
  • Includes multi-tiered warranty

Cons

  • Small cooking space
  • Legs have a tendency to jam
  • Requires more preparation than gas grills

Weber Jumbo Joe

  • Grilling Area: 240 inches
  • Dimensions: 19.75 x 20.5 x 19.75 inches
  • Weight: 18 pounds
  • Fuel Source: Charcoal
  • Material: Steel

More features: Plated steel cooking grate; heavy-gauge steel charcoal grate; porcelain-enameled bowl and lid; built-in lid thermometer; lid handle with heat shield; aluminum ash catcher; tuck-n-carry lid lock

Next, we have another grill from Weber, the Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill. Now, this one is a bigger option to get for a tailgate charcoal grill.

With 240 square inches of cooking space, you get to prepare 13 burgers for your friends and family. This is already a large enough size for tailgating. It’s also not very tall, which makes it just enough to fit the trunk of your car.

You’ll notice that this charcoal grill is very compact. This is an excellent advantage as it’s easier for you to light it up. But as it’s a charcoal grill, you’d need to wait between 20-30 minutes for it to warm up.

Since the cooking grate is made of plated steel, it’s easy to heat up and provides even heat distribution. But if you wish to maintain a consistent temperature inside, just simply put down the lid.

Because this is mainly built for portability, it doesn’t come with a lot of features. It does have an aluminum ash catcher for easy cleaning after use.

Pros

  • Porcelain-enameled lid and body for better heat retention and durability
  • Large cooking area
  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Provides great temperature control
  • Includes ah an ash catcher

Cons

  • Limited space under the lid
  • Doesn’t include extra features like baskets, grill grates, etc.

Char-Broil Grill2Go X200

  • Grilling Area: 200 square inches
  • Dimensions: 23.7 x 15 x 13.6 inches
  • Weight: 20 pounds
  • Fuel Source: Propane Gas
  • Material: Die-Cast Aluminum

More features: Cast-aluminum firebox and lid with dual stainless steel latches and temp gauge; high-impact frame with legs and carry handles; no flare-up TRU infrared cooking system; built-in push-button ignition

Next, we have the Char-Broil Grill2Go X200. From the first look, this grill surely is something that will last with you for years. With its die-cast aluminum construction, the durability of this product is undeniable.

As the name implies, this product is designed for grilling on the go. That’s why it comes with a high-impact frame, stainless steel latches, and carrying handles, so it remains secure.

Providing only 200 square inches of cooking area, this grill is only best used in small-sized gatherings. It also comes with a 9,500 BTU stainless steel tubular burner that ensures even heat distribution across the stainless steel cooking grate.

Because this grill uses a TRU-infrared cooking system, expect no flare-ups. This also ensures no heat and cold spots and faster cooking time. So, even if it has a small cooking space, you get to fill up your stomachs as you’ll be sending food out continuously.

Just below the grill, you’ll see a removable drip pan for easy cleaning after use. Other than that, the product features a lid-mounted temperature gauge and a push-button ignition.

Pros

  • Solid and durable construction
  • TRU-Infrared cooking system
  • Compact and portable design
  • Includes an electronic ignition and a temperature gauge
  • Grease management system

Cons

  • Temperatures may get too hot
  • Difficult to clean

Weber Q1200

  • Grilling Area: 189 sq in
  • Dimensions: 24.6 x 20.5 x 40.9 inches
  • Weight: 26 pounds
  • Fuel Source: Propane Gas
  • Material: Cast-aluminum

More features: One stainless steel burner of 8500 BTU; porcelain-enameled, cast-iron cooking; built-in thermometer; two folding side tables; removable catch pan; easy-start electronic ignition; comes with 3D interactive assembly instructions.

Next on our list is the Weber Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill. Almost similar to the Weber Q2200 but is smaller, with only 189 square inches of cooking space.

The griller comes with only one burner that delivers 8,500 BTU of heat across the grill grates. The cast-iron material makes the great heat up fast and maintains that heat. On top of that, it provides even heat distribution for that great cook on your meat.

Like the Weber Q2200, the grill grates are split in half, giving you enough versatility on what to cook. You can replace one area with a griddle plate if you need to fry some meat. This also makes it very easy to clean after use.

Other features you’ll enjoy are the electronic ignition for an easy start, two folding side tables for extra preparation space, a built-in thermometer for easy temperature monitoring, and a removable catch pan to catch drippings and grease.

You should note that the cart with wheels is bought separately. So, you’d need to carry the whole grill, which is quite heavy. You might need the help of a friend to do this.

Pros

  • High-quality cast-aluminum lid and body
  • Super non-stick grill surface
  • Includes two foldable side tables
  • Excellent temperature control
  • Comes with a 2-5 year warranty

Cons

  • A bit on the heavier side
  • The lid doesn’t come with a latch

Green Mountain Davy Crockett

  • Grilling Area: 219 square inches
  • Dimensions: 29.92 x 14.96 x 21.65 inches
  • Weight: 57.32 pounds
  • Fuel Source: Wood Pellet
  • Material: Steel

More features: Thermal sensor; includes a meat probe, peaked lid for rib racks, and convenience tray; 9-pound hopper capacity; foldable legs; digital temperature control; WiFi control

Next on our list is the Green Mountain Davy Crockett Sense Mate Wood Pellet Grill. If you’re looking for that great flavor brought out by wood, this is the grill to get. On top of that, it’s dubbed as the ultimate tailgate grill.

Setting up the grill can be a bit tricky, but you can easily start it once set. Using 12V direct power, you can ensure safe and efficient consumption of energy. Using the digital control, you can select the temperature from 150-550 degrees, depending on your need.

With a cooking area of 219 square inches only, the grill is best used for small gatherings. However, you can still expect fast and efficient cooking because of the mechanism it uses.

The venturi-style firebox allows excellent heat distribution by using very minimal fuel. And since the pellet hopper capacity is at 9 pounds, you can grill continuously for hours.

Overall, this is an excellent grill that offers quality and versatility. But what we love the most about the product is the WiFi control, offering convenience even when you’re away from the grill. The grill also includes other accessories such as the meat probe and a convenience tray.

Pros

  • High-quality construction
  • Grill and smoker combo
  • Uses wood pellets for tastier meats
  • WiFi Control
  • Easy to assemble

Cons

  • Temperature control is difficult to manage
  • WiFi feature is sometimes unreliable

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron

  • Grilling Area: 142 square inches
  • Dimensions: 19 x 8.25 x 10.25 inches
  • Weight: 27 pounds
  • Fuel Source: Charcoal
  • Material: Cast-iron

More features: Cast-iron body; comes with a coal door; a sliding mechanism for better airflow; seasoned with 100% natural vegetable oil

Lastly, we have another charcoal grill on our list, the Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Sportsman’s Grill. This one is uniquely designed as the grill is made of cast-iron materials, making it very durable.

The whole aesthetics of this grill gives a classic feel. It’s also made compact, so it’s easy to carry anywhere, whether for camping, hiking, or tailgating.

With only 142 square inches of cooking area, this grill is best used to prepare grilled meats and vegetables for about four people. But considering that the grill grates heat up pretty fast, cooking times are faster for each meat. The superior heat retention of the grill also helps you save money due to the efficient fuel usage.

Another great thing about the grill grate is that it’s height adjustable. So you have the option to move your food further or close to the heat source. The flip-down door allows you to add more charcoal while you cook without having to remove the grate.

Although it’s quite heavy, the size and weight are just enough to make it portable. This means that it isn’t a hassle to carry along.

If you get this grill, remember to keep your dogs and children away from it. This can get very hot and will take time to cool down.
Pros:

Pros

  • Made of durable, cast-iron material
  • Excellent heat retention
  • Fuel efficient
  • Grill grates are height adjustable
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • A bit on the heavier side
  • Can get very hot

Our Verdict

When it comes to tailgating, quality and portability are important. There’s no doubt that these ten on this list fit the criteria.

However, if we were to choose the best, it would be the Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill. The grill can provide an ample amount of cooking space, convenience in setting it up, and wheels that make it easier to move around.

Although a bit on the pricier side, there’s no denying that it’s a high-quality product. It’s a great investment if you plan to go on tailgating trips for the next few years.