Tailgate Grills, Camping Grills, And Portable Grills Of All Sizes: Buying Guide, Reviews, And Ratings

For the tailgate party, balcony, beach, back country hike, cattle drive, Winnebago trip, or on your yacht, you need a portable grill.

When shopping for a portable, the same rules apply as when you are shopping for other grills. You need to consider price, temperature control, ease of cleanup, ability to smoke foods, high heat, durability, safety, and, of course, size and weight.

Many of the small units don't have lids. Try to get one with a cover for the best temperature control and to prevent burning thicker meats. Try to get enough surface area so you can set up for 2-zone cooking.

When out and about, I usually look for convenience, and because a small bottle of propane will last a long time and it's a heckuva lot lighter than charcoal, my favorite portable is a lightweight Weber 1520 Gas Go-Anywhere Gas GrillPlaceholder. But by far, my favorite portable of all is the Cook-Air. It burns only wood!

There are many options, from throwaways, to tried and true Hibachis, to some pretty snazzy rigs. We have not had a chance to work with many of them, so this list will certainly grow.

Click here to see many the portable grillsPlaceholder on Amazon.com all at once.

Click here to see my checklist of what you need to take to a tailgater.

Click here to see all the tailgating and small portable grills currently in our database.

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