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Four highly mobile gas grills fire up a moveable feast wherever you go

Coleman Roadtrip Grill, $170

Coleman's Roadtrip Grill

Coleman's Roadtrip Grill

Q Portable Barbeque Grill

Q Portable Barbeque Grill

You want this one if: You're a freak for multitools. Cooking area: 285 sq in Weight: 42 lbs Heat output: 20,000 BTU Why we like it: With a griddle and grill included, the Coleman offers up myriad culinary options. Run it on a 16.4-ounce propane cylinder or attach the optional hose ($22) to tap into a standard 20-pound tank. Portability Quotient: Good. At 42 pounds, this is big iron, but it tucks nicely into its own wheeled haul bag ($35). Bonus: Hang hooks allow quick-draw access to your grill tools. Contact: 800-835-3278, www.coleman.com

Q Portable Barbeque Grill, $100
You want this one if: You covet aerospace design specs. Cooking area: 105 sq in Weight: 13 lbs Heat output: 3,600 BTU Why we like it: The Area 51 design is just the right look for this cooking turbine. Unfold the legs and the grill surface, and hit the starter button. With dual heat controls, you can flip burgers on one half and brown asparagus on the other. Portability Quotient: Extreme. It weighs only 13 pounds and folds up into a briefcase-style package, complete with carrying handle. Bonus: A real conversation starter! Contact: 866-689-2023, www.thane.com

Solaire’s Anywhere Infrared Grilling System & Rock Mountain Range’s Sea of Cortez

Solaire's Anywhere Infrared Grilling System

Solaire's Anywhere Infrared Grilling System

Rock Mountain Range's Sea of Cortez

Rock Mountain Range's Sea of Cortez

Solaire Anywhere Infrared Grilling System, $314
You want this one if: Grill? You want a grilling system. Cooking area: 155 sq in Weight: 20 lbs Heat output: 14,000 BTU Why we like it: Hey, it's not just a grill; it's a grilling system. The all-stainless Solaire runs on propane but cooks with infrared rays at a searing 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit. The grill gets hot in three minutes and directs heat straight at your food—without torching the area around it. Portability Quotient: High. This 20-pound heat seeker transfers easily from tailgate to trout system. Bonus: Optional mounts let you set it up on a tripod ($139) or sailboat railing ($149). Contact: 562-696-8718, www.solairegrills.com

Rocky Mountain Range Sea of Cortez, $329
You want this one if: You TiVo American Chopper. Cooking area: 288 sq in Weight: 39 lbs Heat output: 46,000 BTU Why we like it: The stainless-steel Sea of Cortez is the burliest of the bunch; it'll shrug off a rickety ride on a backcountry road through the Rockies or a wild day at the beach. Boil corn on one of the two-foot-square cooktops and deploy the optional grill kit ($32) to sear salmon steaks on the other. Portability Quotient: Decent. At 39 pounds, it's built like a bedrock—drop it into the pickup and forget about it. Bonus: It comes with detachable legs. Screw 'em in the base to make a 28-inch-high console range. Contact: 800-682-7733, www.rockymountainrange.com

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