Every fall thousands of fans pour into parking lots and parks to support their favorite team by throwing a serious party before the game. These grills will give you the cooking power to do some serious tailgating no matter the sport or the time of year. On this list, you will find both the large and the small, the expensive and economical. You will also find charcoal and propane grills here so read the whole list to find the grill that is right for you and your situation.
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This is a trailer hitch mounted 3-burner propane gas grill on a swing arm that not only lets you tote your grill pretty much anywhere but swings away from your vehicle far enough to open a tailgate or access your trunk. The Party King MVP-8400 grill is built for tailgating but can be used as a standard patio grill. Not only do you get the swing arm mounting, but this grill can be put on an optional cart and used year round. While okay as a patio grill it is a large, powerful tailgating grill... that will let you grill up more than just the typical burgers and dogs.
02 of 08
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.
03 of 08
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.
04 of 08
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.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
The Cobb grill has been repeatedly praised as one of the most unique and versatile portable grills on the market. This unit will run on eight charcoal briquettes for up to three hours, will never flare-up, and can cook a whole chicken as easily as burgers. Light weight, easy to light and operate, this grill is perfect for virtually every outing. It doesn't even get hot on the exterior so you can pick it up while cooking to move it. The only real drawback is the relative... small size. The cooking area is a little under 12 inches and doesn't give you a lot of space. Other than that this is a great little grill.
06 of 08
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.
07 of 08
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.
08 of 08
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.