For over twenty years, we at Smokey Steak Ranch have been learning, studying and reaping the benefits of smoking and grilling our meals. And we know the best meals are shred with friends and family during special celebrations and events. Above all, there is nothing better than a good barbeque when tailgating for a big game. As a result, we scoured the market and compared features such as size, heat source, cooking surface, and portability. To help you find the perfect barbeque for your next party, we have compiled a list of the 12 best small tailgate grills of 2019.

Our Top Recommended Tailgate BBQ Grills

Coleman Roadtrip LXE Portable Propane Grill
  • COLEMAN ROAD TRIP PROPANE PORTABLE GRILL LXE
  • 285 square inches
  • 20,000 BTUs
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Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill
  • WEBER 50060001 Q1000 LIQUID PROPANE GRILL
  • 189 square inches
  • 8,500 BTUs
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Weber 10020 Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill
  • WEBER 10020 SMOKEY JOE 14-INCH PORTABLE GRILL
  • 147 square inches
  • Weight: 9.5 pounds
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Product ImageProduct NameSurface (sq.in)BTUTo Review
Coleman Roadtrip LXE Portable Propane Grill1. COLEMAN ROAD TRIP PROPANE PORTABLE GRILL LXE28520,000
Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill2. WEBER 50060001 Q1000 LIQUID PROPANE GRILL1898,500
Weber 10020 Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill3. WEBER 10020 SMOKEY JOE 14-INCH PORTABLE GRILL147N/A
George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Silver, GFO240S4. GEORGE FOREMAN INDOOR/OUTDOOR ELECTRIC GRILL240N/A
Masterbuilt Smoke Hollow PT300B Propane Grill, Tabletop (Newer Version)5. MASTERBUILT SMOKE HOLLOW PROPANE GRILL20510,000
Coleman Party Propane Grill6. COLEMAN PARTY PROPANE GRILL1228,000
Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill, Red7. CUISINART CGG-180T PETIT TABLETOP GRILL1455,500
Char- Broil Standard Portable Liquid Propane Gas Grill8. CHAR-BROIL STANDARD PORTABLE GAS GRILL18711,000
Cuisinart CGG-059, Grillster 8,000 BTU Portable Gas Grill9. CUISINART CGG-059 GRILLSTER1468,000
Cuisinart CCG-190RB Portable Charcoal Grill, 14-Inch, Red10. CUISINART CCG-190RB PORTABLE CHARCOAL GRILL150N/A
Lodge Cast Iron Sportsman's Grill. Large Charcoal Hibachi-Style Grill for Picnics, Tailgaiting, Camping or Patio. Two Adjustable Heights.11. LODGE CAST IRON SPORTSMAN’S GRILL153N/A
Char-Griller E22424 Table Top Charcoal Grill and Side Fire Box, Black12. CHAR-GRILLER BOX GRILL250N/A

List of 12 Best Tailgat BBQ Grills for the Money:

1. COLEMAN ROAD TRIP PROPANE PORTABLE GRILL LXE

Coleman Roadtrip LXE Portable Propane Grill

 

Features
  • 20,000 BTUs
  • 285 square inches grilling surface
  • Swaptop allows you to change grill grate to griddle and stove grates (sold
    separately)
  • Instastart button ignites grill instantly, no need for a match or lighter
  • Two independently adjustable burners give you more control
  • Side table providing added space for meal prep
  • Cast iron grill grate for durability
  • Product Dimensions: 32 x 35 x 19 inches
  • Weight: 44 pounds

 

This portable grill comes from a brand synonymous with camping, Coleman. And there is a reason that Coleman has been the number one trusted name for outdoor activities for so long, they are reliable and their products are built to last.

This Road Trip LXE grill lives up to the tradition of its brand, with a large grilling capacity and strong construction. This all-in-one grill will make you the hit of any tailgating party.

Pros / Cons
  • Collapsible design makes this grill effortless to store and transport
  • Two wheels on the bottom providing mobility while in upright, grilling
    position
  • Straightforward assembly can be completed in a matter of minutes
  • This grill is a bit on the heavy side for a portable grill
  • The wheel need to be on a flat surface to ensure stability while the grill is
    in use

Coleman Roadtrip LXE Portable Propane Grill

OVERALL SMOKEY STEAK RANCH REVIEW

The Coleman Roadtrip Portable Grill was definitely designed with tailgating in mind. It has a small footprint, and can be broken down and transported without any hassle or fuss. With an easy-start ignition and the ability to change over grill top, we consider this unit to be the best portable gas grill for tailgating by a mile.

2. WEBER 50060001 Q1000 LIQUID PROPANE GRILL

Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill

 

Features
  • 8,500 BTUs
  • 189 square inches grilling surface
  • Porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates for durability
  • Push button Ignition lights every time you use it
  • One stainless steel burner built to withstand any wear and tear
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5H x 27W x 16.5D inches
  • Weight: 27 pounds

 

This Weber Q1000 grill is constructed of cast aluminum so it can withstand the elements that come along with on-the-go grilling.

Providing grilling quality with a sleek style, this Weber grill has a larger grip handle and control knobs, ergonomic side handles and a sturdy front. This unit is durable, but light weight making it an excellent tailgating companion.

Pros / Cons
  • Consumers are telling us that this grill has excellent heat control
  • This unit provides excellent heat control
  • Compact and perfect size to grill for smaller groups of people
  • This grill does not include a thermometer with purchase
  • Wider propane tanks may be challenging to screw on due to the connector being
    too close to the grill

Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill

OVERALL SMOKEY STEAK RANCH REVIEW

The Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill is a tabletop grill that has a sturdy and secure base. Built with longevity in mind, this device is extremely durable and easy to transport. It is easy and comfortable to use, making it an outstanding small gas grill for tailgating.

3. WEBER 10020 SMOKEY JOE 14-INCH PORTABLE GRILL

Weber 10020 Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill

 

Features
  • 147 square inches grilling surface
  • Durable construction includes porcelain-enameled lid and bowl that will not
    rust or peel
  • Included dampers give you control over the temperature inside your grill
  • Cooking grate is plated steel providing durability, heat retention and easy
    cleaning
  • Charcoal heating source
  • Product Dimensions: 17 H x 14.2 W x 14.5 D
  • Weight: 9.5 pounds

 

The Weber Smokey Joe 14-Inch portable grill is well made and has some excellent features; which include a Porcelain-enamel-coated grate and brilliant top vent that allows you to control the temperature inside of your grill without lifting the lid.

It is extremely lightweight and has a very compact design; making it a must include on our tailgating grill list.

Pros / Cons
  • Compact size but still allows for grilling a full meal at once
  • Porcelain-enameled coating helps to retain heat and protects the grill from
    the elements
  • Buyers are loving the straightforwardness and easy use that this Weber grill
    provides them
  • The legs on the grill could be a bit flimsy and unstable
  • Consumers are stating that the bottom vent could become clogged during use

Weber 10020 Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill

OVERALL SMOKEY STEAK RANCH REVIEW

The Weber 10020 Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill is a charcoal grill that is easy to transport and will provide you with the charcoal grill flavor with each and every use. Designed for on-the-go grilling, we consider this grill to be the best portable charcoal grill for tailgating on the market.

4. GEORGE FOREMAN INDOOR-OUTDOOR ELECTRIC GRILL

George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Silver, GFO240S

 

Features
  • 240 square inches grilling surface
  • The dishwasher-safe drip tray collects excess fat and grease
  • Removable Stand takes you from patio to countertop in no time
  • Fully electric grill, no charcoal or propane needed
  • Product Dimensions: 23.50 x 21.20 x 12.10 inches
  • Weight: 17 pounds

 

The George Foreman Electric Grill has a large grilling surface with the ability to accommodate 15 people at one time. The grill surface contains a tough nonstick coating which is durable and extremely easy to clean. This unit comes with a removable stand, allowing it to be used indoors or outdoors.

Pros / Cons
  • Grillers are very happy with how quickly this grill heats up and is ready for
    cooking
  • This is a great alternative for those living in an apartment or area with
    restricted grill use
  • Simple to assemble, set up, use, transport and store
  • Some users have complained about problems with temperature gauge
  • Electric hook up may present some problems

George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Silver, GFO240S

OVERALL SMOKEY STEAK RANCH REVIEW

The George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor electric grill is a great way to grill without the hassle or mess of charcoal or propane. It has a large cooking surface with ample space to cook for large groups of people. The removable stand allows it to be transported easily and simple set up no matter where you want to use it. This unit is great for use as a tailgate barbecue griddle.

5. MASTERBUILT SMOKE HOLLOW PROPANE GRILL

Masterbuilt Smoke Hollow PT300B Propane Grill, Tabletop (Newer Version)

 

Features
  • 10,000 BTUs
  • 205 square inches grilling surface
  • Foldable stainless steel legs for easy set up, storage and transport
  • Chrome-plated warming rack adding 100 square inches of cooking surface
  • 1 “U” shaped burner made of stainless steel for durability
  • Product Dimensions: 27 L x 17 W x 12 H inches
  • Weight: 21 pounds

 

The Masterbuilt Smoke Hollow is a tabletop propane grill designed specifically for outdoor use. Constructed in stainless-steel, this unit is sure to add to any tailgating event.

It is compact with a locking lid, folding legs and large handle on the front providing simple and hassle-free transport and storage. This grill uses small, disposable, 1lb propane cylinders (not included).

Pros / Cons
  • Grillers are loving the quick heat up and cook time this unit provides
  • The inside grates can easily be removed for simple and fast clean up
  • Heats evenly and consistently no matter what you are cooking
  • Some consumers find the cooking space to be inadequate for their needs
  • There are occasions where the outside may rust if left out in the elements
    for extended periods of time

Masterbuilt Smoke Hollow PT300B Propane Grill, Tabletop (Newer Version)

OVERALL SMOKEY STEAK RANCH REVIEW

This tabletop grill from Masterbuilt is great for use in any on-the-go scenario. It has a sturdy construction and is designed for transporting and simple storage. The “U” shaped burner will produce plenty of cooking power for any meal you throw at it. The Masterbuilt Smoke Hollow is one of the better bangs for your buck in all of our tailgating grill reviews.

6. COLEMAN PARTY PROPANE GRILL

Coleman Party Propane Grill

 

Features
  • 8,000 BTUs
  • 122 square inches grilling surface
  • PerfectFlow technology provides consistent performance even in extreme
    conditions
  • Push Button Ignition for easy start up every time
  • 1 adjustable burner
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 13.4 x 7 inches
  • Weight: 5 pounds

 

The Coleman Party Propane Grill has detachable legs that fit inside the grill for easy transport and storage. It boasts 122 square inches of cooking surface with 8,000 BTUs with its adjustable burner giving you tremendous control over your grilling.

Pros / Cons
  • Heats up quickly and provides evenly cooked food every time
  • Many consumers are telling us that this grill is a great bang for your buck
  • Extremely compact and is designed for simple transport, set up and clean up
  • Does not come with a lid which may put some grillers off
  • Some consumes have had problems with ignition light up failing

Coleman Party Propane Grill

OVERALL SMOKEY STEAK RANCH REVIEW

Coleman Party Propane Grill exudes optimal performance without complications. Simple and straightforward, this grill is easy to use, store, transport, and clean up. A fantastic tailgate barbecue grill, the Coleman party propane grill will definitely add convenient grill cooking to your tailgating party.

7. CUISINART CGG-180T PETIT TABLETOP GRILL

Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill, Red

 

Features
  • 5,500 BTUs
  • 145 square inches grilling surface
  • Legs provide stability while grilling while being able to be folded away to
    allow for easy transport and storage
  • Piezo Ignition provides a quick start up every time
  • Even-heating porcelain-enameled grate
  • One stainless-steel burner heats up quickly
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 16.5 x 13 inches
  • Weight: 13.5 pounds
  • Propane gas heating source

 

Next up on our list is the Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit tabletop grill. This grill is certainly compact and will fit on any table or flat surface. Perfect for tailgating, and its steel construction will ensure this unit will last throughout the entire season, and for years to come.

Pros / Cons
  • Perfect size for those individuals with limited storage space or small
    outdoor spaces
  • Its compact stature creates fuel efficiency, allowing your propane tank to
    last longer
  • Suitcase style design allows for easy carrying and transport
  • Consumers have complained that the catch basin is quite small and may allow
    grease to build up quickly and possibly spill over
  • Cooking surface good for smaller parties, may not accommodate groups of 5 or
    more people

Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill, Red

OVERALL SMOKEY STEAK RANCH REVIEW

Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit tabletop grill is one of the best tailgate grills for trucks. Designed to be compact and easily transported from place to place, this device does not compromise on power or performance.

8. CHAR-BROIL STANDARD PORTABLE GAS GRILL

Char- Broil Standard Portable Liquid Propane Gas Grill

 

Features
  • 11,000 BTUs
  • 187 square inches grilling surface
  • Steel construction provides a quality and durable finish for you grill
  • Ignition
  • One burner provides more than enough heat for all of your grilling needs
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 12 x 15 inches
  • Weight: 10 pounds
  • Use 16.4 oz or 14.1 oz. propane cylinders as a fuel source

 

This char-broil standard portable grill was created for transporting to your favorite tailgating party. It’s legs fold over top of the grill and lock the lid into place.

The lid has heat-resistant handles allowing you to move it without waiting for the grill to cool down. The chrome-plated cooking grate is dishwasher safe, enabling quick and simple clean up. For great grilling every time, the Char-Broil Standard portable gas grill is for you.

Pros / Cons
  • Consumers love that the chrome-plated cooking grate is dishwasher safe
  • Grillers are telling us that the legs are surprising sturdy and stable
  • Even cooking with every grill attempt, no hot or cold spots while cooking
  • The air vent between the grill and the regulator allows for the propane to
    mix with the air and may be a startling sound (like a small engine) for
    those not expecting it
  • Some buyers have noted issues with the regulator at times

best tailgate grills

OVERALL SMOKEY STEAK RANCH REVIEW

This Char-Broil portable grill is an excellent contender if you are considering the purchase of a cheap tailgate grill. Designed for use anywhere you feel like grilling, this device features legs that fold over the top of the grill to lock the lid in place as well as heat-resistant handles so that you do not have to wait for the grill to cool down in order to move it from one place to another.

9. CUISINART CGG-059 GRILLSTER

Cuisinart CGG-059, Grillster 8,000 BTU Portable Gas Grill

 

Features
  • 8,000 BTUs
  • 146 square inches grilling surface
  • Enameled steel cooking grate is dishwasher safe making clean up a breeze
  • Push to Ignite start button
  • Two burner configuration heats the entire grill surface and cooks evenly
    throughout
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 11.5 x 10 inches
  • Weight: 10 pounds
  • Used with 1 lb. Propane gas tank as its heating source

 

Cuisinart CGG-059 Grillster has a sleek design this is compact and ready to go whenever and wherever you are. Its high performance and hassle-free cleaning make this grill even more appealing.

Designed with portability and performance in mind, the Grillster will enable amazing results with every use. The grill hood Grill hood lifts out of the way: the hood lifts up to give total access to the grate. It’s attached to the base, and can easily latch and lock Back in place to securely carry or store.

Pros / Cons
  • Steel construction is of great quality and enables lasting durability
  • Consumers are loving the locking lid, carrying handle, and collapsible
    folding legs
  • Grill heats up and cools down quickly
  • The shallow dome may pose problems cooking larger cuts of meat
  • Some buyers encountered issues when attempting to cook on lower heats

Cuisinart CGG-059, Grillster 8,000 BTU Portable Gas Grill

OVERALL SMOKEY STEAK RANCH REVIEW

The Cuisinart CGG-059 Grillster is a great portable car grill that will present excellent results for all of your tailgating uses. Grill hood lifts out of the way: the hood lifts up to give total access to the grate. It’s attached to the base, and can easily latch and lock Back in place to securely carry or store. This simple to assemble and easy to use unit will enable you to keep the party going as long as you want.

10. CUISINART CCG-190RB PORTABLE CHARCOAL GRILL

Cuisinart CCG-190RB Portable Charcoal Grill, 14-Inch, Red

 

Features
  • 150 square inches grilling surface
  • Dual venting system, giving you the ultimate charcoal management and
    temperature control
  • Durable enamel coated firebox and convenient mess-free ash catcher for safety
    and ease
  • Uses charcoal as its heating source
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 14.5 x 15 inches
  • Weight: 2 pounds

 

This Cuisinart CCG-190RB Portable Charcoal Grill is perfect for grilling a small meal.. Extremely lightweight and compact design makes for a tremendously easy transport and storage task. The firebox is enamel coated – giving it strength & durability to survive the harshest grilling conditions. The dual venting system helps control the heat so you can cook slow & low or up at searing hot temperatures.

Pros / Cons
  • Perfect compact design enabling you to achieve that perfect charcoal grill
    taste anywhere you want to go
  • Grilling capacity at 150 square inches allows the griller to cook
    for a small family or group without any fuss or hassle
  • Three secure lid locks for easy and safe transport
  • Some buyers have complained that the grill moves while cooking
  • It is possible to burn food quickly, so close attention needs to be paid
    from the beginning of the cooking process until the end

Cuisinart CCG-190RB Portable Charcoal Grill, 14-Inch, Red

OVERALL SMOKEY STEAK RANCH REVIEW

The Cuisinart CCG-190RB Portable Charcoal Grill is easy to assemble. Weighing only 2 pounds, this unit was no doubt built for hassle-free transport and storage. Despite its small footprint, this device boasts a 14 inch cooking space, allowing you to cook for any number of people. Its versatility and compact nature make this grill an excellent addition to any tailgating event.

11. LODGE CAST IRON SPORTSMANS GRILL

Lodge Cast Iron Sportsman's Grill. Large Charcoal Hibachi-Style Grill for Picnics, Tailgaiting, Camping or Patio. Two Adjustable Heights.

 

Features
  • 153 square inches grilling surface
  • Draft door that regulates heat while cooking
  • Grill can be set up between two adjustable heights
  • Sturdy cast iron design is built to last
  • Charcoal heating source
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Weight: 27 pounds

 

Lodge Cast Iron Sportsman’s Grill provides a charcoal hibachi-style grill experience sure to entice anyone. Seasoned and ready to use for a natural, easy-release finish. This grill is built of cast iron, allowing the heat from the coals to be contained using less charcoal at every use. It is adjustable, allowing you to choose from two different heights to find the best cook for each of your meals.

Pros / Cons
  • Heat can be adjusted with draft door to ensure an even cook no matter what is
    on the grill
  • Consumers love the way this grill performs to the utmost quality with every
    single use
  • This grill comes with an attached handle for carrying as well as a built-in
    shelf for resting utensils
  • Cast-iron design makes this unit extremely heavy, which may hinder transport
  • It is possible for food to slide off easily

OVERALL SMOKEY STEAK RANCH REVIEW

The Lodge Cast Iron Sportsman’s Grill is an amazing portable tailgate barbecue grill. Adding a bit of flare to your party, this device can handle any size party and whatever food you can think of to throw at it. Providing a hibachi style flavor to all of your dishes, this device is a must-have for any seasoned tailgate party host. If you are looking to invest in a portable grill, and do not mind the heavy stature, this is the grill for you.

12. CHAR-GRILLER BOX GRILL

Char-Griller E22424 Table Top Charcoal Grill and Side Fire Box, Black

 

Features
  • 250 square inches grilling surface
  • Removable ash pan for easy coal clean up
  • Grill uses charcoal as its heating source
  • Stay Cool hood handle provides an added layer of safety while in use
  • Heavy steel construction for extended durability
  • Cast iron cooking grates are built to last
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 17 x 16 inches
  • Weight: 40 pounds

 

The final grill on our list is the Char-Griller Box grill. This grill is in a class all its own with its ability to be hooked up to Char-Griller barrel grills. Using charcoal as its heat source, this grill has an offset stature allowing for Texas style smoking when used with the Char-Griller barrel grills. It has a cooking space large enough for any size party and a removeable ash pan that allows for simple clean up when grill time is over.

Pros / Cons
  • Grillers love the idea of this grill being used as a smoker as well
  • Solid construction provides amazing durability
  • This unit’s ability to be used as a smoker as well as a grill has avid
    grillers and smokers alike loving this unit
  • This is the heaviest grill on our list at 40 lbs., which may be cumbersome if
    trying to transport
  • The paint on the outside tends to bubble and peal after a few uses

Char-Griller E22424 Table Top Charcoal Grill and Side Fire Box, Black

OVERALL SMOKEY STEAK RANCH REVIEW

The Char-Griller Box Charcoal Grill is easy to assemble and even simpler to use. Providing versatility, this grill can be attached to all Char-Griller barrel grills and used as a fire box for smoking. The heavy steel construction ensures that this grill will last for decades to come. Sure to add a bit of flare to your grilling experience, this unit’s versatility and extensive list of features will please even the pickiest of grill masters.

CONCLUSION

After careful review, we at Smokey Steak Ranch believe that the ultimate tailgate grill would be the Coleman Road Trip LXE. This little grill is compact enough for convenient and easy transport while still delivering amazing power and unbeatable performance. With ample space to grill to your heart’s content is combined with easy set up, break down, and storage, this grill is tough to beat. The best portable grill for tailgating, the Coleman Road Trip LXE is sure to provide excellence to any party. For any questions regarding this grill, or any other grill on our list, feel free to contact us by reaching out at https://smokeysteakranch.com/.

And, as always, Happy Grilling