The Best Camping Grills

The Best Camping Grills

Food can make or break a camping trip, and having a lightweight and portable camping grill is a great way to make your life a bit easier while still enjoying the adventurous side of camping.

Cooking over an open flame with meat skewered on sticks may sound rugged and fun, but in reality, it’s a real pain in the rear. These grills are small for easy portability but they pack a punch when it comes to cooking up a meal quickly and efficiently.

Here are our picks for the best camping grills:

1. Royal Gourmet PD1202R Portable Grill

Royal Gourmet PD1202R Portable Grill

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The Gourmet PD1202R is one of the easiest grills to use, and it will make your food taste so much better. With a big cooking surface, you can put up to eight burger patties, which makes this an excellent grill for large groups. The grill is powered by a 1 lb. propane tank, which doesn’t add much weight to the whole grill. With a weight of 24 LBS, this is not a very heavy grill. In general, this grill offers an excellent heat distribution, which will make your cooking way better. You need to keep in mind that you need to take care of it when not using it since it can gather rust.

2. Country Smokers CSGDL0370 Horizon Series

Country Smokers CSGDL0370 Horizon Series

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With a lightweight stainless steel build, this grill is made to last, and it’s also very portable, which makes this a great grill for camping. Powered by two propane burners, you’ll be able to cook whatever you wish. It also has an enormous cooking surface, which is around 373 square inches. Below that, it’s a small bucket, made perfectly to collect the grease your food will produce. As for the weight, it’s at around 30 LBS, and its long legs can fold up, so it can turn into a small-ish grill, and also it’s effortless to transport. Since we talked about transporting, this grill has two handles on each side, which are covered with foam to keep your hands safe from burning.

3. Coleman Gas Camping Stove

Coleman Gas Camping Stove

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One of the best camping equipment manufacturer comes with the Coleman Gas Camping Stove. Just because Coleman made this one, it should be a guarantee that this grill will be great. You will have room for two large pans with two different burners, so cooking large meals will be no problem for this grill. The BTU output is at 20000, making this one of the most potent grills on this list. Even if you are in a windy area, the wind blockers that this grill has on its sides will make the experience smoother. Another exciting feature is the ability this grill has to regulate the pressure in extreme conditions, making it a very reliable grill.

4. Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill

Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill

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Another grill from one of the biggest camping gear manufacturers, Weber, is one of Coleman’s biggest competitors. As such, they are always ‘fighting’ each other by making better products than the competitor. This compact grill is one of the best out there, but it doesn’t that it is small because of that. With a cooking surface of up to 189 square inches, you have plenty of room for anything you wish to cook. Weber Q1000 has a single burner capable of offering an even heat on all its surface. And with a weight of 28 LBS, moving this grill around will be no hassle. Everything about this grill is great apart from it being a bit hard to clean at times, and if you buy a version with a larger tank, you will need additional items for it to work.

5. Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Tabletop Gas Grill

Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Tabletop Gas Grill

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With a 155 square inches cooking surface, this is not the biggest camping grills on this list, but it’s still one of the best. Having a lightweight design makes this an excellent grill not just for camping but for any activity that requires cooking on the go. Apart from having a small cooking surface, the BTU is also low, with it being at 5500. Despite its small weight of 13.5 LBS, this one is one of the most portable grills with its excellent build quality.

6. Cuisinart CCG 190RB Portable Charcoal Grill

Cuisinart CCG 190RB Portable Charcoal Grill

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One of the best cheapest grills on the market, but just because it’s cheap, it doesn’t mean it’s terrible. Its simplicity is one of the selling points of this grill. And since this one is small in size, it’s perfect for transporting. As for the cooking surface, this has 150 square inches of it, which is not the biggest, but it’s still good enough. The most significant selling point of this camping grill is the price because the price to performance ratio is amazing. Even though it’s a cheap grill, the quality of materials used for it is outstanding. For example, the grill grate is chrome-plated. If you want a grill and you’re on a  budget, then this is the grill for you.

7. Blackstone Table Top Grill

Blackstone Table Top Grill

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One of the best grills for the price, the Blackstone Table Top Grill, comes packed with unique features. As far as the cooking spaces go, this has one big enough to feed everyone, 260 square inches. After you’re done with cooking, the cleaning part is also very straightforward. With only 12000 BTUs of power, this is not the most potent grill, but it will get the job done. One thing to keep in mind with this grill is that it does not have a cover, so you will need to be careful with it. Apart from that everything is great for the price and you won’t be disappointed with it.

8. Napoleon TravelQ 285 Portable Gas Grill

Napoleon TravelQ 285 Portable Gas Grill

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Unlike the cheapest grill in this list, the Napoleon TravelQ is on the other end of the price range. Even though it has a higher price than usual, it still delivers on what you expect from it for that kind of price. As you can see from the name, the cooking surface is set at 285 square inches, which is great for bigger groups. Other features include two separate burners, which are made with stainless steel tubes and are controlled separately. In general, this is one of the best grills, but when you include its price, the conversation drifts away from it. If you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed by it, but there are better deals on the market.

9. Solaire SOL-EV17A Everywhere Portable Infrared Propane Gas Grill

Solaire SOL-EV17A Everywhere Portable Infrared Propane Gas Grill

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Taking the crown from the TravelQ as the most expensive camping grills on this list is the Solaire SOL-EV17A. This grill is one of those grills that does something way better than the rest. Even though this is a costly grill, its size is on the small side. With 140 square inches of cooking areas, this doesn’t help with that price. This grill has real infrared ceramic and stainless steel burners, making it unique compared to the others on this list. As a lightweight grill weighing at 15 LBS, this grill offers good transportation. In general, it’s a great grill, but it’s a bit costly, and if you can afford it, then I suggest you go ahead and buy it. There may be better options, but if you want a small factor grill that cooks food excellently, this is the one for you.

Closing Thoughts

Here you can find the best grills on the market, with various prices and sizes. No matter your budget, you are sure to find a grill that will fit with it. As for the list of the best camping grills went by, we found out that all of them offer a great cooking experience, so the only thing that is left for you is to find some good quality food and unfold your cooking recipes and start cooking. The only thing I can say to you right now is to enjoy your meal and the company of the people surrounding you who will appreciate your cooking with you.


Written by Jakob Coleman

Camping, hiking are my passions in life! Growing up in Buffalo, WY I've been lucky enough to live at the doorstep of the Bighorn Mountains where I spend most of my free time backpacking, exploring, and testing new camping gear!

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