Just because you’re out camping does not mean you can’t enjoy good food. Having the best camp grill with you lets you enjoy delicious meals even when you’re away from home.
When it comes to choosing grills for camping, one of the most important things is to pick one that offers a balance between size and cooking capacity. This way you don’t bring something that’s way too burdensome, at the same time don’t have to do too many rounds of cooking for the entire group.
Below, our reviews cover 3 different types of camp grill options:
- Gas grills
- Charcoal grills
- Campfire grills
None of the 3 are right nor wrong. It all boils down to what style of cooking you prefer to do, whether it’s propane gas based, by charcoal or by natural fire.
Portable Gas Grills for Camping
One thing we’d like to point out is that when choosing between the different available designs, is to take note of the price. They don’t always have the same price even if they are the same model. Some colors are cost less than others.
This is a very convenient camping companion because it is equipped with scissor legs that fold down flat to the ground. So essentially you’re getting a tabletop that can convert into a rolling carry-on style package.
The grill runs on two 10,000 BTU burners that give you fast high heat on its 285 square inch grilling surface. The grates are porcelain coated cast iron that helps hold the heat and allows for even cooking of meats and veggies.
If size is an issue and you want to pack a small grill to camp, then the CGG-180T from Cuisinart is one of the more compact options in our best camping grill reviews.
The unit comes in two styles:
- A table top edition that’s inexpensive and has short legs. This is meant to be set on top of the picnic table or camp table.
- If you want a freestanding version, you can get the one with the VersaStand. This includes long table legs that can be extended or pulled up depending on what it’s being used for.
The Petit Gourmet uses a briefcase style design where the grill’s lid has a carry handle integrated to it. This allows you to carry it easy and store it in the car or SUV.
Powered by 5,500 BTUs, this gas grill is ideal for groups of 4 to 6 individuals and can cook 8 burgers at a time in its 145 sq. in. main grill.
If small size and ease of transport if your main concern this is the best camp grill for you.
As you’d expect the unit comes with quick heating capability and the ability to reach high temperatures to let you sear your meats to lock in the juices. The Q 1000 does not have the power of the larger freestanding Weber grills with its 8,500 BTU per hour burner.
But it is able to achieve very good grilling results because it uses high quality grates, a smaller 189 sq. inch cooking surface and a domed cover that keeps the heat in.
The unit includes two folding side tables that let you put utensils, plates and prep material on and runs on a one push ignition system that makes it easy to fire up the grill.
Camping Charcoal Grills
For those who prefer grilling with charcoal for the extra flavor, Weber’s Smokey Joe Silver Charcoal Grill is a compact unit you can take to the beach or the campsite to enjoy char grilled burgers, hotdogs and steaks.
This is a low height grill, that offers a 14.5 inch diameter round grilling area. It is perfect if you want to be able to cook with charcoal while away like for car camping, or tailgating. In total it offers 147 square inches of cooking space.
With the lid on the grill stands 17 inches tall, and takes up 14.25 inches by 14.5 inches in floor space.
Since it doesn’t run on any burners, this Weber grill is much cheaper than the camping gas grills above in our reviews.
The Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill uses a lunch box carry style that makes it more convenient to transport and carry around when you’re in the camp grounds.
It does use a rectangular shape and doesn’t have as deep a bowl as the round Weber grills but it definitely is easier in terms of portability.
Built on the same cooking technology as the other Weber charcoal grills, this one lets you cook as many as 6 large burger patties at once on its 160 sq. inch grilling surface.
The unit has 4 vents to let air out while you smoke or grill, two of which are on the top side and another 2 on the bottom. You can choose the open the vents when you want for better control of the cooking temperature.
Campfire Camp Grills
Those who want that campfire experience can save themselves from having to bring a canister of propane or charcoal when going camping by using a campfire grill or grate.
This is a steel welded grill that offers a good sized 16 inch by 12 inch cooking area. The grate can be set over the camp fire and let you put anything from your skillet to coffee pot on it.
This is a lightweight unit that includes folding legs making it easier to put aside and transport to the campgrounds.
The grill lets you cook burgers or steaks right on it should you want to get the nice grill marks or place them on a pan over the grates.