You can’t have a successful tailgate without some epic BBQ. If you’re in need of a grill or an upgrade, read along for a summary of our top grills for tailgating in 2021.
The Ultimate Tailgater Grill – Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill ($220)
Dimensions: 30.25 x 19.19 x 16.13 inches
Item Weight: 46.67 pounds ß hence the wheels…
Cooking Surface: 285 sq. in.
Fuel Type: Propane
We LOVE this grill. We’ve used this exact grill at many of our tailgater properties nationwide and it always does a great job. When it comes to tailgating, having the wheels is so important. It makes it easy to transport to and from your vehicle, especially if your tailgate location is some distance away from your car. It’s also super nice to have it raised. Most grills (even ones you’ll see on this list) are ones you leave on the ground, and although they are great, and get the job done, it can definitely be a bit tiring on the back (or cause for a quicker turnover of folding tables). This grill also has swappable cooktops that you can purchase in addition to the base grill – adding on the griddle is highly suggested to make egg sandwiches for the early morning kick-offs. Although the black grill is neutral, the red one looks great ????
One thing to note is this grill is on the heavier side! Keep that in mind when thinking of how/who will be using this grill for your tailgates.
The Grill You Wouldn’t Mind Leaving Behind – Char- Broil Standard Portable Liquid Propane Gas Grill ($34)
Dimensions: 24 x 12 x 15 Inches
Weight: 1 Pound <– great for tailgates!
Cooking Surface: 187 sq. in.
Fuel Type: Propane
If you’re the single-game a year tailgater, give this great little grill ago. Right now, it’s being sold by Char-Broil Store directly for $34 with Amazon Prime delivery. This would also make a great Christmas gift for a loved one who can’t wait for the 2021 football season! This grill gets the job done, it’s light, and if you don’t want to deal with bringing home a dirty grill, you can toss it in a dumpster on your way out from the stadium.
If you want to keep a grill over a longer period, this grill is an option, we’ve used one of these for a few games. However, I wouldn’t suggest only having this grill if you’re hosting several friends and family for a tailgate. Although this grill has a decent amount of space, it’s not large enough to handle cooking for a tailgate party of 10+ unless someone wants to hang out by it all day long! Just something to keep in mind. Another thing to note is this is not the sturdiest grill, BY FAR. Which should be assumed in the price, and the fact that it only weighs a pound.
Small-Group Tailgater Go To – Coleman NXT Lite Tabletop Propane Grill ($195)
Dimensions: 18.25 x 16 x 11.25 inches
Weight: 20 pounds
Cooking Surface: 144 sq. in.
Fuel Type: Propane
This is a great little tailgater grill. It’s very sturdy, compact, gets the job done for smaller groups or to grill supplemental items. I’d say if you have a core tailgate group of 4-6 people, this grill would be a great option.
This BBQ grill gives you the cooking power to prepare meat or veggies and uses even-temp burners to radiate heat equally across the grill. The swap top interchangeable design allows you to switch out the grill grates for a griddle top or stove grate (both sold separately), and the easy instastart ignition lights the burners with the push of a button. This grill runs on the small propane canisters.
Some folks say this grill runs hot, I’ve never had that issue with this grill, but something to note and keep an eye on if you decide to purchase it.
Best Bargain – Weber 441001 Grilling, 36″H x 18″W x 23″D Black ($89)
Dimensions: 18 x 23 x 35 inches
Weight: 3.31 lbs <– great for transporting to a tailgate
Cooing Surface: 240 sq. in. (this holds about 9 burgers)
Fuel Type: Coal
If you’re looking for a coal grill, this is the one for you. And it’s a great deal.
This grill is iconic for the go-to backyard bbq grill over the years. The shape is designed to hold and circulate heat. Just adjust the vents to control the heat, and drop a few more coals through the grates below the handles when you need some more. The ash catcher is great, but we’d suggest cleaning it out after each use so it doesn’t get picked up by the wind in the days following a grill.
The wheels are what we like to see when it comes to picking out a tailgate grill since it will allow you to roll it into the ideal tailgate spot.
We haven’t used this grill as much for our tailgate services due to a majority of stadiums not allowing coal grills – (PSA – be sure to look up your stadium grill rules before purchasing!). However, a handful of our team members have used this grill for personal use and encouraged us to include it!
Things to consider when purchasing a tailgate grill
How large of groups do you usually have with you at your tailgate? What portion of the tailgate food is typically food?
Make sure you purchase a grill that has the appropriate amount of cooking space for an enjoyable tailgate experience.
Fuel Type – know the rules of your stadium!!
Prior to purchasing a grill, do some research on the rules of your stadium and stadiums you typically travel to. Some allow open fire, some don’t. Be sure to understand the yay’s and nay’s of your stadium prior to investing in a grill.
You can typically find these in the gameday guides & FAQs on your team’s website, or by searching “(TEAM) Tailgate Rules” it should come up.
Do you tailgate right at your vehicle? Or do you park, and then bring your gear to the campus? If you have to travel, we’d encourage either a lightweight grill or one with wheels.
Other Blogs to Check Out
Tailgater Holiday Gift Guide – if you’re looking to get a head start on your 2021 tailgate gear, check this out!
Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below! If you have a grill you use for tailgating, and absolutely love it, please let us know about it in the comments below!