Best Camping Grill (Buying Guide)
Grills are the ultimate piece of camping kit if you’re looking to impress. With a camping grill, you can set up and get cooking in a matter of minutes. And you can cook some surprisingly tasty dishes too, far better than you would expect to eat in a remote location! However, there are only a few good options for you for grills if you’re not going car camping. There are some simple, BBQ models, that are light enough to attach to your backpack, but really decent grills are quite heavy pieces of kit, so need a car to transport them.
Propane grills are the most popular option of grill, so we have reviewed a couple of our favorites for you. But for the more environmentally conscious, we’ve also reviewed a couple of options of grills that don’t require gas canisters, where instead you have to build the fire. Read on to discover the best camping grill for you.
Best Camping Grill – Overview
1. Cuisinart CGG-180 Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill with VersaStand, Red
- 160-SQUARE-INCH PORCELAIN ENAMELED COOKING GRATE: 160-square-inches of porcelain enameled grates give you a spacious cooking surface is able accommodate lots of food at one time while still...
This is a great option for you if you want to impress with your outdoor cooking capabilities, but still, want your camping grill to be neat and portable. This portable gas grill from Cuisinart has a unique extendable design, that allows you to cook easily on a raised grill in any location, no matter how remote. The telecopied legs give you optimum versatility while you’re cooking, and are super sturdy and can work on almost any surface.
The grill requires no assembly and can be set up and ready for grilling in under 10 minutes without the need for tools or matches, meaning you can just arrive at your campsite and get cooking! It folds up into a package that looks like a little suitcase, and only measures 19 x 11.5 x 10 inches, and weighs only 17 lbs.
This model is also really versatile. The unique design allows you to use the grill as a freestanding or tabletop grill, a feature that is unique to this product. And it’s versatile too in the fact that with its immense portability, you can carry it nearly anywhere, but it can cook for up to 6 people!
This is all because of the huge 160-square-inch grilling area of this grill. It’s also a powerful little portable camping grill. It features a 5,500 BTU burner, a twist to start electric ignition system and a precision temperature gauge to give you the ultimate temperature control. This means you can cook almost anything, even in bad weather conditions.
- Can be set up and ready for grilling in under 10 minutes without the need for tools or matches
- Compact and portable
- 160-square-inch grilling area of this grill, enough for 6 people
- Quite heavy
2. Blackstone Table Top Grill – 17 Inch Portable Gas Griddle – Propane Fueled
- CONVENIENT AND PORTABLE - This portable grill is built with an easy to use electric igniter, uses convenient 1 pound propane bottles for fuel, and has a built in grease catcher. Perfect for camping,...
With the Blackstone Table Top Grill, you could cook impressive food to feed a crowd in a matter of minutes. It comes in three different sizes, 17, 19 and 22 inches, which is enough to accommodate your group. Especially with the flat, even surface of this grill, you can cook almost anything, whether it be grilled cheese or a burger! Even with the smallest size of grill, you get a whopping 260 square inches (15.25in x 17in) of heavy-duty cooking surface, giving you both versatility and durability.
This grill also offers a fast and even heating surface which not only makes it cook your food evenly but also is more eco-friendly, as it’s a more effective use of the fuel. This grill has a stainless steel “H” burner that heats up fast! The “H” shape offers even heat distribution and fast cooking with a 12,000 BTU heat output. More than enough to cook your steak just how you like it.
Another selling point of this model is how easy it is to use. You just switch it on with an easy to use electric igniter, no need to bring an extra pack of matches, it uses convenient 1 pound propane cylinders for fuel which are easy to source and light to carry and has a built-in grease catcher. It’s also the easiest model when it comes to clean up. Because of the high-quality materials used, simply wipe it off with a paper towel after you’ve used it, and you’re ready to go! However, at 25 pounds, it is a bulkier piece of kit, so only consider this model if you’re going car camping.
- Huge, even cooking surface
- 12,000 BTU heat output
- Uses 1 pound propane bottles for fuel
- 25 pounds
- Have to ensure that griddle doesn’t rust
3. Cuisinart CGG-200 All Foods Tabletop Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
- Modular grill-surface system. The panels securely connect to the grill, yet remove quickly and easily for cleaning and storage. Removable drip tray
This is one of the more expensive models we’re reviewing, at over $160, but with the superior cooking abilities of this grill, you may decide that the extra expenditure is worth it for you. This 12,000-BTU tabletop gas grill with stainless-steel burner offers a huge amount of heat, to suit all of your grilling needs, even if you want to get that perfectly seared steak. It also has an even distribution of heat which is not only useful for cooking your food evenly, it’s also eco-friendly. But it will cook your food quick: it heats up fast and recovers quickly after opening the cover to check or rotate food.
The main selling point for this model is the durability of the materials, that really are second to none. It’s a porcelain enamel-coated cast-iron cooking grate, so with material like these, you know that this product is high-quality, and will stand the test of time. This is also useful for camping in any weather condition, or during any season. These materials are super durable and will withstand any condition your outdoors adventure has to throw at it.
Another reason you might consider investing in this product is because of its versatility. It has two folding side shelves, which you can use to let cooked food sit before you eat it, or easily pack and stow away inside the grill for ease of storage and portability. It also has a removable drip tray, making it easier to clean. And with a 240 square inch cooking grate, there’s more than enough space to cook for your entire group. But it does weigh upwards of 30 pounds, so this is only an option for you if you’re going car camping.
- 240 square inch cooking space
- Durable materials: porcelain enamel-coated cast-iron cooking grate
- Two folding side tables
- Even distribution of heat, up to 12,000-BTU
- Over 30 pounds, so not very portable
4. Coleman Party Propane Grill
If the previous models we’ve reviewed look too expensive, too heavy, and just too fancy for your needs, then this grill by Coleman could be the perfect option for you. Firstly, let’s start with the brand. Coleman is a well trusted, traditional camping gear company. They make durable, trustworthy products, that withstand the elements, and are tried and tested on camping trips throughout the generations. And this grill is no exception: it’s built to stand the test of time.
This grill with propane tank isn’t as powerful as some of it’s bigger brothers, but with it delivering 8,000 BTUs of cooking power across 122 square inch grilling surface, you might just find that it’s enough to meet your needs. It also has an InstaStart push-button ignition for convenient matchless lighting, meaning you can just arrive at your campsite and get grilling in no time. For those of you looking to go camping and grilling in more extreme situations, then the Coleman grill might be the best option. Its PerfectFlow technology provides consistent performance even in extreme conditions.
But the biggest selling point for this model really is the portability. It has stable legs, that once detached, fit inside the grill for easy transport and storage. It’s also a lot smaller than the other grill options, at 13.2 x 13.4 x 7 inches, and with about half the size of the grill surface area. However, if you’re actually camping, and hiking with your grill, then you should choose an option like this. It weighs just under 6 pounds which, although isn’t ideal for really long backpacking trips, is perfect to take with you on weekend hiking and camping trips.
- InstaStart push-button ignition for convenient matchless lighting
- PerfectFlow technology provides consistent performance even in extreme conditions
- Light and portable
- Durable materials
- Less heat power
- Can cook for fewer people
5. AGM BBQ Charcoal Grill, Folding Portable Lightweight Barbecue Grill
- ✔ 【Best BBQ Grill For You】Enjoy good taste of cooking with AGM portable lightweight BBQ charcoal grill. Just get together with friends or families to have distinct romance of outdoor smoker...
So far, all of the options we have reviewed have been powered by car canisters. This is a great option for portability and versatility, as you can easily stow the grill and extra canisters in the trunk of your car, and you can cook in even adverse weather conditions with a propane canister. However, if you’re more eco-minded, and don’t mind sacrificing a bit of the convenience factor, then this model by AGM could be the perfect option for you.
With this grill, you set up your own charcoal BBQ, and cook your food on top. That gives your food the wonderful BBQ smokey flavor and doesn’t sacrifice on evens of cooking either. This is because of the 5 vents on both sides of this grill which make the airflow well, thus charcoal burns efficiently and the food cooks faster. This model also has a really nifty, foldable design, which means you can just carry it around like a small briefcase. When folded, it’s only 24x35x6 cm, making it a great addition to your hiking and camping trip, especially seeing as it only weighs 4 pounds.
This product is also made from quality materials. It’s made of premium stainless steel, abrasive resistant and scratch-resistant, This means it won’t be deformed easily by even really high heats, making it a durable material. Even though it has a unique, foldable design, this model isn’t as versatile in use as some of the others. The legs aren’t quite stable enough to use this on uneven ground, it should be on a table or flat grass. And, because you have to make the BBQ yourself, it doesn’t promise as even a cooking surface as the other models. But you might be willing to sacrifice this considering its eco-friendly, portable qualities.
- Eco-friendly, no fuel canisters needed
- 5 vents on both sides of this grill which make the airflow well
- Unique, foldable design
- Portable and lightweight
- Made of premium stainless steel, abrasive resistant and scratch-resistant
- Heat regularity and spread isn’t as easy to control
- More difficult to set up and clean
6. Texsport Heavy Duty Over Fire Camp Grill
- Sturdy cooking accessory makes it easier to grill your outdoor feasts
If you like the eco-friendly, back-to-nature approach of the previous model, then this option might suit your needs. This is a much more DIY approach to a camping grill and requires more effort from the camper. To use this grill, you’ll have to first construct a campfire. For our top tips on how to put out your fire pit, click here. Once it’s going, you can rest this campfire grill over the top, and cook your food on it.
This is not the right pick for you if you’re looking for convenience. But if you’re trying to get back to nature, especially if you’re going backcountry or primitive camping, this is a light and portable option for you. You can even easily attach it to the bottom of your backpack with a carabiner, and the legs fold underneath for even more compact storage.
This product comes in 3 different sizes of cooking area, with more than enough room to heat two pans and a kettle, or to grill using the steel-mesh grill top directly. It’s made using durable materials and designed to handle heavy cast iron cookware. This grill is perfect for the avid outdoors adventure seekers out there. There’s no extra bells and whistles, just how we like it. Just a product that does the job well, and is durable enough to last you a lifetime.
- 3 different sizes
- Steel grate mesh grill top
- Designed to handle heavy cast iron cookware
- A huge cooking surface that can hold 3+ pans
- Easy and light to transport with a collapsible design
- You have to build the fire yourself
- Quite large and bulky for really long hiking/ backpacking trips
7. Weber Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill 18 Inch Black
- Holds up to eight burgers made with a Weber burger press
This cute little charcoal grill is a traditional, round design, in a chic shiny black finish. It’s a great option for camping trips for a small group, or big picnics on a day out with the family. And even though it looks cute, it has a big cooking capacity: it holds up to eight burgers at once. This is a great option for you if you like the eco-finely nature of the last two models but still want all of the cooking capacity and versatility of the gas-powered grills.
Unlike with the more simple BBQ grills, with this grill, you can control the temperature and speed of cooking. This is because of the dampers which allow you to easily control the temperature inside your grill. It’s also made of a heavy-gauge steel charcoal grate, which is very durable and disperses the heat evenly. The steel also makes this model easy to clean, as does the aluminum ash catcher.
One great feature of this portable grill is the highly durable materials. Its porcelain-enameled lid and bowl retain heat, and won’t rust or peel, meaning you can keep your food warm for a long time and the product will last you for years. Another clever feature is the Tuck-N-Carry lid lock which doubles as a lid holder to avoid placing the lid on the ground.
- Cooks 8 burgers at once
- Dampers which allow you to easily control the temperature inside your grill
- Aluminum ash catcher
- High-quality porcelain-enameled lid and bowl retain heat, and won’t rust or peel
- Have to light the fire yourself
- Heavy at 18 pounds, bulky, and quite difficult to transport
If you don’t mind spending a little extra and are out to impress, then our winner is Cuisinart CGG-200 All Foods Tabletop Gas Grill, Stainless Steel. With the superior cooking abilities of this grill, you may decide that the extra expenditure is worth it for you. It’s definitely not the cheapest model we reviewed, at $160. But this 12,000-BTU tabletop gas grill with stainless-steel burner offers a huge amount of heat, to suit all of your grilling needs, even if you want to get that perfectly seared steak.
If you’re looking for a grill that works in multiple situations, whether it be a cookout, a camping trip, a picnic, or to take round to your friend’s house for a party, then this model has you covered. It’s quite bulky and heavy, so it’s not perfect for those who are looking for a grill to take with them hiking or backpacking. However, a grill isn’t a necessary piece of camping gear. It’s a luxury addition, which is especially for entertaining and cooking for a large group. So, for entertaining purposes, or if you’re car camping, the Cruisinart grill is top of its game.
Camping grills are much less multi-purpose than camping stoves. You probably won’t be using these to boil water for your hot drink on a winter camping trip. However, they are fantastic, luxury additions to your summer camping trips. They make cooking a breeze: with the gas-powered models you can set up camp and have your grill camping in a matter of minutes. So, for the height of luxury, bring a grill with you on your next car camping trip, and cook a steak. If you don’t feel like royalty, we’ll be very surprised!
Bonus tip: If you want to get even more DIY, follow this tutorial video to make your own personal camping grill!