best tailgate grill reviewsHave you finally decided to join the tailgate party community? If so, please allow us to give you a wholehearted welcome.

If you are only here for other reasons, you are still welcomed. The gist is that you are interested in the best tailgate grill, aren’t you?

In this article, we will give you an honest review of some of the tailgate grills we have tested and concluded as the best grills.

There will also be a short frequently asked questions section at the end, so please keep reading till the end.

Now, without further ado, let the review begins.

Best Pick

Char-Griller E06614 AKORN Jr, Red Charcoal kamado Grill
A Kamado-style grill retain heat better than ceramic while being later. Extremely easier to control temperature

Budget Pick

Cuisinart CCG-190RB Portable Charcoal Grill Budget friendly with above-average performance. Has an 11,000 BTU burner than grill meat of any thickness easily

5 Best Tailgate Grill: A Comprehensive Review

ImageNameBest FeatureWattage
Char-Griller E06614 AKORN Jr, Red Charcoal kamado Grill Char-Griller E06614 AKORN JrBest balance between price, durability and qualityn/a BTU
153 square
Weber Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill 1211001Weber Jumbo Joe Charcoal GrillDual-airflow dampers for easy controln/a BTU
n/a square
Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas GrillCuisinart CGG-180T Portable Tabletop Gas GrillBest for portability5,500 BTU
145 square
Cuisinart CCG-190RB Portable Charcoal Grill
Cuisinart CCG-190RB Portable Charcoal GrillBest for budget tailgate grilln/a BTU
150 square
Coleman RoadTrip LXX Portable Propane Grill
Coleman RoadTrip LXX Portable Propane GrillBest for road trip20,000 BTU
285 square

1. Char-Griller E06614 AKORN Charcoal Kamado Grill

Char-Griller E06614 AKORN Jr, Red Charcoal kamado Grill
All of the recommended tailgate grills on this list are great in their own way, but the Cuisinart E06614 is the top one. It has the best balance between price, quality, durability, and other requirements.

The most outstanding feature of the E006614 Akorn is the top and bottom air dampers. Other users might actually prefer the kamado-style design that directly contributes to enhancing the flavor.

However, we found that the double damper system was actually more impressive. The temperature control was incredibly easier. Moreover, the E06614, while being lighter than a ceramic grill, was able to retain heat as if it was ceramic itself.

Additionally, it might not look like it, but the grill is also quite portable. There are handles designed to boost portability despite the rather odd shape of the grill. Although, if you are after a grill that is specifically designed for portability, there is another one that would suit you on the list.

Other than those, another thing worth mentioning about this tailgate grill is the ash pan. The design seemed to have focused primarily on the easy clean-up aspect.

In short, the E06614 Akorn is a grill that boasts about its locking lid for safety, triple-layered still wall for heat retention, and dual air-flow dampers for temperature control. It definitely deserves the top spot on this list.

Though, it does not mean the grill is without any flaws. A screw was missing, and we had to improvise by purchasing one at a local supplier. It was not a big deal for a minor bumper, nonetheless


  • 153 square inch
  • Kamado Style grill
  • Affordable
  • Dual-air flow dampers
  • Locking lid
  • Portable
  • Durable


  • Possible minor issues with quality control

2. Weber Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill 18 Inch Black

Weber Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill 1211001

The Weber Jumbo came in real close on our list of the best tailgate grill. It would have made the top spot if it weren’t for the only, which will be mentioned soon.

In terms of overall durability, the Weber Jumbo 1211001 is on par with the winner tailgate grill. The lid and the bowl are porcelain-enameled to improve heat retention and resistance to rust and peel. The structural integrity of the grill is quite impressive too. Thus, the grill has decent durability with the mentioned attributes.

The Weber Jumbo 1211001 also has dampers that allow easy temperature control. Although it is not the top and bottom dual-airflow dampers, the control is still relatively competitive to the winner tailgate grill.

In short, the grill offers quite a lot of cooking space while being very compact and light at the same time. Grilling quality isn’t compromised for the mentioned pros either.

However, the Weber Jumbo 1211001 does have one flaw that knocks it off to the second spot on this list. The plastic handle design could use some improvement in my our opinion.

The plastic handle didn’t seem to be as firm as it should be. Granted, we did it put it through some intense grilling for testing purposes. Regardless, the handle shouldn’t feel like it was going to come off.


  • Dampers for temperature control
  • Tuck and carry lid lock design
  • Porcelain-enameled lid and bow
  • Portable
  • Very decent cooking space


  • Bad plastic design

3. Cuisinart CGG-180T Portable Tabletop Gas Grill

Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill

The CGG-180T is also another excellent choice for a tailgate grill, especially if portability and convenience are your primary requirements.

This portable gas grill has a grilling area of 145 square inches, which is more than enough to hold a medium-sized tailgate party. The foldaway-legs are the reason why this grill is at the top when it comes to portability.

It makes the grill easier to carry than any other grill on this list. The 13.5 pounds carrying weight capacity is also another factor that boosts its portability too.

Additionally, you can quickly cook ten burgers, 5 to 8 steaks, loads of chicken breasts, or more. More importantly, though, the food would always come out perfect.

We were also equally surprised when we were testing it. We tried to fit as much food into the grilling area, and see how well it could handle cooking food with consistency. Surprisingly, the buns, steaks, and sausages came out with an incredible smell and as juicy as it could be.

After a while comparing it to the other grills, we came to the conclusion that the 5,500 BTU stainless-steel burner was the main factor contributing to efficient cooking.

As for cooking consistency, the porcelain-enameled rack ensures that even-heating can be achieved.

The only complaint we had for the CGG-180T was perhaps the wobbly burner knob. It didn’t feel as firm as it should be. However, it shouldn’t pose any major issue as long as you treat it with a bit of care.


  • 145-square-inch grilling space
  • 5,500 BTU
  • Stainless -steel burner
  • Lid lock for more safety
  • 13.5 pounds carrying weight capacity
  • Decent affordability


  • Wobbly burner knobs

4. Cuisinart CCG-190RB Portable Charcoal Grill

Cuisinart CCG-190RB Portable Charcoal Grill

If you are on a tight budget, you should consider the Cuisinart CCG-190RB. The grill might have been designed to be budget, its performance is among the best.

Since it is a budget-friendly grill, you shouldn’t expect it to have features like dual-airflow dampers or kamado design. However, that does not mean the grill will not perform.

In fact, it can grill food better than most budget grill out there and is even on par with other more expensive grills. 

The grill has an above-average burner and an impressive 150 square inch cooking space for its price. This combo ensure that you can still cook enough food for a group of 3 to 4 people.

Additionally, it is also made with materials that prevent rusting to improve its durability. 

Regardless, the grill is, of course, not without any flaws. The grill has a slight issue with heat retention and may consume more fuel than other grills.


  • Extremely affordable
  • Extreme portable
  • 150 Square inch cooking space
  • Durable


  • Slightly inferior heat retention and not as fuel-efficient

5. Coleman RoadTrip LXX Portable Propane Grill

Coleman RoadTrip LXX Portable Propane Grill

The Coleman Roadtrip grill features a 20,000 BTU burner for a cooking space of 285 square inches. This is by far the most impressive BTU per square inch of grilling space. It essentially means you can grill enough food for about ten people simultaneously.

If you have some spare cash, you can also purchase swappable grates for extra convenience for your road trip. The grill also has a collapsible design for easy transportation, further making it best for road trip purposes.

There are tons of other grills that also have a compact design, so why is the Coleman grill best for road trips? The reason is that the grill uses a 1 pound propane bottle, which can be purchased at any local supplies store.

For folks that regularly go on road trips would know that looking for fuel can be a pain, especially when you are deep in a secluded area while using a grill that uses rather a peculiar form of fuel.

Overall, the grill is extremely decent for road trip purposes, but it does have the same flaw as Weber Jumbo. The plastic design is also equally as bad.

The difference here is that the plastic lies in lack of protective coating, which is definitely needed if it is designed for road trips.


  • Uses 1 pound propane bottle
  • 20,000 BTU
  • 285 square inch cooking space
  • Changeable cooking tops
  • Collapsible design


  • Bad plastic design

What You Should Consider Before Purchasing A Tailgate Grill?

Convenience vs flavor

What You Should Consider Before Purchasing A Tailgate GrillIf you value convenience more than flavor then you should opt for a gas grill. Otherwise, a charcoal grill would be more suitable if you are into maximizing the juiciness, aroma and texture of your steak. 


For folks who are new grilling duties, make sure you choose a grill with the best airflow. It will help a lot in temperature control and therefore minimizing the risk of you ruining the food.


After eating, comes the cleaning. If you especially dread this part of the trip, make sure that the grill you are getting has one of those ash-tray designs for easy clean up. This is usually the most painful among the cleaning duties.

Tailgate Grill: FAQ's

Can you grill on a camp stove?

How to choose the best tailgate grillYes and no. Yes, because with a bit of additional set-up, you can grill your meat on the camp stove without any significant issue. 

No, because ultimately, it is not meant for grilling. A camp stove is best when it comes to cooking food on the pot of pans. You could also grill with some extra tinkering, but you shouldn’t expect it to grill as efficiently as a grill.

Which Coleman stove is the best?

It is hard to explain all rationale in just a few words, but the Coleman 2 Burner Grill Stove Combo 2000020929 is definitely a candidate among the best.

It has all the attributes that the best stove should have, such as affordability, portability, durability, and cooking efficiency. The stove is also a hybrid grill, so there is the multi-tasking that is extremely decent.

Can you roast marshmallows over a propane grill?

Of course, there shouldn’t be any issue roasting marshmallows over a propane grill. A heat source is pretty much everything you need to roast a marshmallow. It does not matter if the heat source is from charcoal, burning wood or gas. 

On the contrary to steak and other forms of meat that are usually better when grilled with char, marshmallows do not have any properties that require char-grilling specifically. 

However, please do bear in mind that the propane burner should be thoroughly cleaned beforehand.

What is the best grill for tailgating?

Once again, the answer to this question can be quite controversial. Tailgating parties are essentially grilling food behind a parked vehicle. So, the real question is, where do you park then hold your tailgating grilling parties?

If you are yet to have a specific answer, then the winner tailgating grill on this list is definitely the best choice for you. It has the best overall specs and attributes that fit most general purposes. 

However, if you are the sort of folk that is fond of a tailgate grilling party on road trips, then you should definitely go for the Coleman Roadtrip tailgate grill. 

The same logic applies to other situations. So, think about you will be regularly using your tailgate grill and read our reviews for one that suits you best.


That’s it, folks. That should be enough to conclude our review article on the top 5 best tailgate grills. As much as we would like to give a more in-depth review, but making it any longer may cause some of you to fall asleep reading the article. So, If you have a specific question on the grill that has not been covered, please leave them down in the comment section below. We will get back to you as soon as possible. As always, thank you for reading the article, and we will see you in the next one. Ciao!