A tailgate just isn’t a tailgate without food… preferably food caressed by fire. Veteran and amateur tailgaters alike know that grilling is the way to go. But hungry parking lot partiers won’t wait for that hot dog, burger, steak or brat forever. They may just double down on the chips and dip.

Don’t be that tailgate. You need a grill that sets up fast, cooks things right and cleans up easily. In short, you need a grill that takes care of business in short order, because there’s beer to be consumed and football to be watched.

Here are four grills to consider for your next tailgate, and the one after that, and the one after that.

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Blacktop 360 Party Hub Grill-Fryer ($279)

The whole gang can gather around the Party Hub Grill as the food’s cooking. The unique 360-degree shape combines an infrared grill, deep fryer, griddle and warming plate in one. A whopping 24,000 BTUs of propane gas cover 452 square inches of porcelain-coated cooking space, with an electronic pulse ignition to start ‘er up. And if that’s not enough, it sports a built-in cutting board and thermometer too. And at a lower back-friendly 37 pounds, it can be folded, popped back in the storage/carry bag and stowed in your trunk just before kickoff.

Buy the Blacktop 360 Party Hub Grill-Fryer.

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Coleman RoadTrip Party Grill ($44.99)

You don’t even need a football game to kick on the RoadTrip Party Grill’s 8,000 BTUs of propane gas (though it sure helps)… just a few burgers and a few buddies to eat them. Want to add something more? Then use the griddle section to burn some bacon, or remove the grill and cook a pot of beans on the grate. The Party Grill assembles in 10 minutes, is dishwasher safe and breaks down for easy transport. No matches needed either — the InstaStart ignition takes care of that.

Buy the Coleman RoadTrip Party Grill.

 Tailgate Gear: Grills

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GoGalley Outdoor Kitchen ($3499)

Rule the parking lot with the GoGalley Outdoor Kitchen. This propane grill doubles as a smoker, oven, deep fryer, boiler and skillet. Heck, it will probably fetch your dry cleaning if you ask nicely. Four stainless steel grill burners (12,000 BTUs each) transverse 540 square inches of cooking space. Add to that a three position, 25,000 BTU cast iron side burner and 6,000 BTU oven/smoker burner. Castor wheels make it movable, and the battery powered winch system lifts the grill up off the ground to secure it to your vehicle for transport.

Buy the GoGalley Outdoor Kitchen.

 Tailgate Gear: Grills

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EZ Grill Regular Size Disposable Grill ($7.99)

Then again, maybe you just need something quick and easy. Enter… the disposable grill. The EZ Grill means a fast, no-hassle trip to tasty-land, with nothing to clean up afterwards. It’s self-contained, easy to carry and even easier to light, (since the charcoal is already inside). Just remove the overwrap, attach the stand and light the starter sheet beneath the metal grill. Wait 15 minutes and then begin grilling on the 10-by-12-inch surface. Grilling can’t get much easier than that.

Buy the EZ Grill Regular Size Disposable.

Happy tailgating!

Keep score and keep your drink cool with the Scorzie!

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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.


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